Friday, 30 November 2012

Taylor Swift, Matt Cardle and The Staves


Taylor Swift - Red
Poppier than before Swift's previous output and there is even a little bit of dubstep on there. Some classic 'Taylor' on there and they had a few different songwriters on the album, including Ed Sheeran. Overall Jenny gave it a thumbs up.

Matt Cardle - The Fire
The 2nd album of the X-Factor winner. Jenny wasn't too impressed by the album as a whole but was impressed by his vocal range.

The Staves - Dead and Born and Grown
Three very talented sisters (Emily, Jessica and Camilla) from Watford and Jenny raved about the album. They seem to be a band that have the talent and songwriting skills to go places.

To read more of Jenny's reviews you can visit her blog here.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Interior Designer Gwendoline Alderton on Christmas!!


Christmas is now less than a month away so our first tip is be prepared!  Gwendoline has identified 3 trends for Christmas decorations - Traditional, Home-spun and White.

If we look first at a traditional Xmas the colours normally associated are red and green.  These are homely and warm colours.  Add fairly lights first, making sure to weigh the base down, particularly with a larger or real tree.  If it is a real one be sure to water it frequently.  As obvious as it seems, add your lights first before the baubles so you can make adjustments with the tree branches.  You could also add a traditional tartan or checked tablecloth and it might be time to dig out those Madhatter lampshades again (these seem to be a favourite of Gwen's but perhaps this is a better time of year to blend them in...)

Another trend is for a white Xmas - it may be the only way to recreate a snowy scene this year although we'll keep you up to date with our ever-reliable forecasts... Strip out all colour as this is all about texture.  If you're going for a white tree to accompany your decor, then add silver or gold, or even some black.  Gwen's suggestion is to add fluff, feather boas and candles to your design.

Lastly there is a trend for a homespun Xmas, making things such as paper chains, angels, baubles and other decorations for the tree.  Get the kids involved, baking cakes and enjoying as much family time in the run up to the day.  A bit of festive music on the background can create a fun atmosphere where a little mess won't matter. Your colour scheme can be any - try a white tablecloth adorned with sugary colours and glitter.  If time is short, look for homemade stuff in the shops.  You may recall us featuring the shop 'Raindrops on Roses' a few weeks back, why not drop by there for some inspiration?

For more ideas, check Gwen's website which is
www.ga-interiors.co.uk

Chris' Film Club: Black Hawk Down

Today my pick for the Film Club is Black Hawk Down, because it is Tom Sizemore's birthday and he has a prominent role in the film.

Directed by Ridley Scott it tells the story of the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993, in which things went very badly for US Rangers when trying to capture a Somali warlord.

It stars Sizemore, Josh Harnett, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana, William Fitchner, Jason Isaacs, Tom Hardy and Orlando Bloom.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Chris' Film Club: A History of Violence

Today is actor Ed Harris' birthday so my pick for today's Film Club is A History of Violence, David Cronenberg's 2005 adaptation of a graphic novel of the same name.

The film stars Viggo Mortensen as a small-town diner owner who foils an armed robbery and becomes a local hero, but this draws unwanted attention towards him and his family from some shady characters.

The film also stars Maria Bello and William Hurt, who is so fantastic in the film he earned an Oscar nomination despite being in the film for just under 10 minutes.

Science with Sam - Life On Mars & Fresh Air For Fuel!


This month we were talking all about....

The 2 part Mission to Mars called "ExoMars" taking place in 2016 and 2018.
This exciting event will be helping man kind find out if there really is LIFE ON MARS!!!



Also we had a look into how air could potentially be turned into petrol. A company called "Air Fuel Synthesis" are trying to achieve the transformation from air to petrol as both products are made from the same elements.


Website of the month:
News, information, interviews and podcasts about all areas of science, including archaeology, astronomy, engineering, oceans as well as “Ask The Naked Scientists” and special editions.





What to see in the night sky:

- Full Moon on 28th Nov and 28th Dec.

- New Moon 13th Nov

- Venus is bright in the eastern skies in the mornings.  Before sunrise in the first week of  December Saturn, Venus and Mercury will be lined up in the morning skies, with the crescent Moon on 9th December.



For more information on science you can visit our science correspondent, Samantha Rolfe's blog: 







Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Chris' Film Club: Milk

Today in 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and city supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated by former supervisor Dan White, so my pick for today's film is Milk, which dramatises that day and the events leading up to it.

The film has a great central performance from Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to office in the USA, and also stars Josh Brolin as White, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna, James Franco and Alison Pill.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Chris' Film Club: GoldenEye

Today my pick for the Film Club is GoldenEye because it is Tina Turner's birthday today and she of course sang the iconic theme tune.

The film is Pierce Brosnan's first as James Bond and also stars Judi Dench, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco and Famke Janssen. Bond fights against one of his most important enemies, a former friend and ally in the shape of 006.

New Music Playlist w/c 26th November 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Beth Hart - Bang Bang Boom Boom
Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
Coldplay - Hurts Like Heaven
Deacon Blue - The Outsiders
Ed Sheeran - Give Me Love
Florence + The Machine - Lover To Lover
Jeff Lynne - Mercy Mercy
Jenn Bostic - Jealous Of The Angels
Katie Melua - Forgetting All My Troubles
Kylie Minogue - On A Night Like This
Labrinth - Beneath Your Beautiful (feat. Emeli Sandé)
Mika - The Origin Of Love
Muse - Follow Me
Olly Murs - Troublemaker
One Direction - Little Things
Paul Carrack - From Now On
Rebecca Ferguson - Shoulder to Shoulder
Robbie Williams - Different
Ronan Keating - Wasted Light
Steps - Light Up The World
Taylor Swift - Red
The Killers - Here With Me
The Overtones - Higher
The Rolling Stones - Doom And Gloom
The Script - Six Degrees Of Separation

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track for the week is On A Night Like This by Kylie Minogue, taken from her new album, The Abbey Road Sessions:

Friday, 23 November 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - 23rd November 2012

Today Simon joined Danny in the studio and they both decided to have a sensible discussion about films where neither of them made fun of the other for their opinions, talk over each other or make a joke in which something was something else 'for the Twilight Generation'.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to discuss the UK box office and the best films on free-to-air TV this week (if he could get a word in edgeways).

Friday
Spider-Man 2
9.00pm – 11.40pm
5*


Tremors
9.00pm – 11.05m
ITV 4


Saturday
Fatal Attraction
11.00pm – 1.15am
Channel 4


Sunday
Mermaids
4.25pm – 6.20pm
Channel 5


Tuesday
The Big Lebowski
9.00pm – 11.25pm
ITV4


Thursday
From the Ashes
8.00pm – 10.00pm
ITV4




Thursday, 22 November 2012

Chris' Film Club: Toy Story & A chance to win a pair of tickets to see Private Peaceful (12A) at the Alban Arena

Toy Story was released today in 1995, the first feature length computer animated film.  A little boy named Andy has his favourite toy, Woody, who comes alive when Andy isn’t around. But the status quo is disrupted when a cool new toy arrives on the scene.  It spawned two superior sequels but broke the mould with its' innovative techniques and stormed the box office, pleasing critics and audiences alike.  The toy voices are provided by a stellar cast including Tom Hanks, Tim 'Galaxy Quest' Allen, Don Rickles,Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn and John Ratzenberger aka Cliff from Cheers as Hamm.  Pixar rewarded his efforts by employing him in every one of their subsequent films including A Bug's Life, Monsters Inc and Ratatouille.



COMPETITION TIME

Thanks to our friends at the Alban Arena we have a pair of tickets to see the film Private Peaceful (12A) on Wednesday 28th November 2012 at either 1.30pm or 7.30pm.  If you would like to win the tickets, click here.

Set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, two brothers fall for the same girl while contending with the pressures of their feudal family life, the war, and the price of courage and cowardice.

Today's guest: Roly Everall from St Albans Rugby Club


Today's phone guest was Roly Everall from St Albans Rugby Club.  Roly has been playing and involved in the game since the age of 12 and has coached women and girls in his time, here and in France.  His current project is 'Rugby Minis' which is a series of games for children of both sexes between the ages of 5-11.

At the moment Roly has about a dozen youngsters playing for his team, who were entertained by Hemel Hempstead last weekend.  Much of the teaching involves a non-contact version of the game, so parents can be assured that safety is always paramount.  It also costs relatively little in terms of kit - all Roly recommends is tracksuit bottoms, regular football boots, a water bottle and perhaps a woolly hat as we head further into Winter!

They meet up on Sundays at the site in Oaklands Lane, off Hatfield Rd in Smallford, from 10-11.30am
To register your interest go to
www.pitchero.com/clubs/stalbansrfc

or email Roly at roly.everall@ntlworld.com

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Why Stop Now? AIDS Campaign with Sabrina De Souza

We've come along way from the 80's. HIV no longer is the death sentence it was back then and today around 8 million people in low income and middle income countries are receiving treatment for AIDS. Only a few years previous it had been around 400,000. Also we now have treatment available for babies born with HIV. Sadly however some people still can't get access to the right services and in 2011 there was still 330,000 babies born with the virus.

Sabrina was our guest in the studio and she tells us we still have a loooong way to go. One of the most important goals of the charity she works for "Why Stop Now?" is to ensure we don't back track with the progress that we've gained. There has been no government strategy to keep up the pace or tackle the problem within the UK since 2010 (Since the Coalition Government took over). HIV is still very much a national problem as well as a international one. By the end of the year there will be around 100,000 adults living with HIV.

Funding cuts seem mostly to blame, preventing charities and organisations giving the treatment and information that people who have contracted the virus so desperately require. Why Stop Now? aims to support the public by raising our voice and telling the government why this is an incredibly important issue still and that the war on AIDS has not been won.

So how can you help?

There's a number of ways you can support this cause. 

#1. Firstly you can write to David Cameron by going to whystopnow.org and adding your name and email address.

#2. You can create some noise online by going to twitter  #WhyStopNow.

#3. You can also mention the campaign to your local MP. (Steven Fry has currently tweet on the campaign!)

We can't afford to let the government to get slack on AIDs.  




Written by Gregg Jackson 

Chris' Film Club: Ghostbusters & A chance to win a pair of tickets to see Private Peaceful (12A) at the Alban Arena

It's Harold Ramis’ birthday today, so we celebrate that by looking back at 1984's Ghostbusters.  Ramis plays Egon, one of a ghost fighting team of experts, along with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson. Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis also star.  Harold Ramis appeared less and less on screen in intervening years; although taking small roles in films such as 'As Good As It Gets' and 'Knocked Up' it is now as a director that he is best known, helming classic comedies 'Groundhog Day' and 'Analyse This'.


COMPETITION TIME

Thanks to our friends at the Alban Arena we have a pair of tickets to see the film Private Peaceful (12A) on Wednesday 28th November 2012 at either 1.30pm or 7.30pm.  If you would like to win the tickets, click here.

Set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, two brothers fall for the same girl while contending with the pressures of their feudal family life, the war, and the price of courage and cowardice.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Lifestyle Feature with Lisa Pearson

  The Coca Cola, John Lewis and Argos advertising campaigns are now in full swing on your television sets, their steely corporate fingers attempting to hug at your heart strings and assure you that if you buy these products for your loved ones for Christmas only then will they fully be able to comprehend your affection for them.

  Lisa was in the studio on Monday giving us some useful tips on what might be a more practical way to approach Christmas.

  One of her suggestions included buying a family present.  It could be something a bit more expensive and would be appreciated by all members of the family.

  Another point she made is that we shouldn't  feel guilty if you can't afford to buy your children or family members exactly what they want or first hand. By searching online you can find second hand gifts in great condition or easy alternatives. It's also okay choose presents that will be more long lasting and practical and will help the children use their imagination!

  Also think of a present that you can build on over time, for example a train set that you can add to every year. Christmas is an important time for a little ones but it's the basic, well thought of gifts that are well received and cherished.

For more information and advice from Lisa go to:

mummywhispererblog.com

Written by Gregg Jackson.

Chris' Film Club: Blade Runner & A chance to win a pair of tickets to see Private Peaceful (12A) at the Alban Arena

Today is actress Sean Young’s birthday, so we honour her by looking back at seminal sci-fi classic 'Blade Runner'.

Set in a bleak distant future, Harrison Ford plays Deckard, a man who is searching for escaped ‘replicants’,androids who look just like humans.  Directed by Ridley Scott it also stars Rutger Hauer in a memorable role as Ford's nemesis, Young and Edward J Olmos.




COMPETITION TIME

Thanks to our friends at the Alban Arena we have a pair of tickets to see the film Private Peaceful (12A) on Wednesday 28th November 2012 at either 1.30pm or 7.30pm.  If you would like to win the tickets, click here.

Set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, two brothers fall for the same girl while contending with the pressures of their feudal family life, the war, and the price of courage and cowardice.

New Music Playlist w/c 19th November 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Real life has gotten in the way again, making this week's playlist 24 hours late (apologies!!!).  However, better late than never, here is this week's new music playlist:

Beth Hart - Bang Bang Boom Boom
Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
Coldplay - Hurts Like Heaven
Deacon Blue - The Outsiders
Donald Fagen - I'm Not The Same Without You
Ed Sheeran - Give Me Love
fun. - Carry On
Jeff Lynne - Mercy Mercy
Jeff Wayne - Forever Autumn (feat. Gary Barlow)
Jenn Bostic - Jealous Of The Angels
Jessica Mauboy - Gotcha
Joe McElderry - Rescue Us
Katie Melua - Forgetting All My Troubles
Kelly Clarkson - Catch My Breath
Labrinth - Beneath Your Beautiful (feat. Emeli Sandé)
Muse - Follow Me
Olly Murs - Troublemaker
One Direction - Little Things
Paul Carrack - From Now On
Ronan Keating - Wasted Light
Scouting For Girls - Without You
Steps - Light Up The World
Taylor Swift - Red
The Overtones - Higher
The Rolling Stones - Doom And Gloom
The Script - Six Degrees Of Separation

Items in BOLD are new additions

My featured track for this week is Jealous Of The Angels by Jenn Bostic:


Today's guest was Jonathan Pinnock, local author


Today's guest was Jonathan Pinnock, a local author that got a book deal two years ago - a former blog which was turned into a book called 'Mrs Darcy vs The Aliens' .  The book was best described as an unofficial follow-up to Pride and Prejudice.  This lead to a deal to publish his current book - a collection of previously published short stories called 'Dot Dash'.  The stories within are a mixture of dark or humorous tales, which won the Scott prize.  You can obtain this from your usual bookstores, Amazon will be also be stocking Dot Dash this week.

Jonathan is currently weighing up projects to work on.  In his experience, many stories end up abandoned if he feels they are not strong enough to continue.  He started off writing around 2005 when he rejoined Veralum Writers' Circle which gave him impetus to get published, by way of entering competitions and reacting from feedback from fellow writers.  For any prospective writers, Jonathan recommends starting small with shorts stories, taking them to local or online groups that will give you pointers.  Some competitions give you themes to write to which might inspire you if you're not sure where to start.

For further details on Jonathan's work, please view his personal website at:
www.JonathanPinnock.com

Monday, 19 November 2012

Chris' Film Club: Panic Room & A chance to win a pair of tickets to see Private Peaceful (12A) at the Alban Arena

Chris Aikman has chosen the film Panic Room as today is Jodie Foster’s birthday.

The film sees a woman and her daughter try and protect their home from three intruders, all from the safety of their panic room.  Starring Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam and Jared Leto.



COMPETITION TIME

Thanks to our friends at the Alban Arena we have a pair of tickets to see the film Private Peaceful (12A) on Wednesday 28th November 2012 at either 1.30pm or 7.30pm.  If you would like to win the tickets, click here.

Set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, two brothers fall for the same girl while contending with the pressures of their feudal family life, the war, and the price of courage and cowardice.

Friday, 16 November 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - 16th November 2012

This week Simon and Danny decided that they would try and raise some money for Children in Need and so they set up an obstacle course in the studio. They had a rope ladder, crawling under barbed wire and a balance beam over the fire pit that had bizarrely been built into the studio. Both being athletic and lithe gentlemen they completed the course in record time (with only a few burns here and there). Sadly, both had forgotten to actually get sponsorship and raise any money so everything they did was in vain. Like so much of their lives.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to discuss the latest box office top 10 and best films on free-to-air TV this week.


Saturday
Singin’ in the Rain
1.15pm – 3.15pm
More4


The Crazies
10.50pm – 12.50am
Channel 4


Don’t Look Now
11.00pm – 1.10am
Film4


Sunday
Star Trek: First Contact
1.00pm – 3.10pm
Film4


Unforgiven
9.00pm – 11.30pm
Channel 5


Monday
A Few Good Men
11.05pm – 1.30am
Channel 5


Wednesday
Chinatown
9.00pm – 11.35pm
Film4

Win a pair of tickets to see Private Peaceful (12A) at the Alban Arena

Private Peaceful (12)


Thanks to our friends at the Alban Arena we have a pair of tickets to see the film Private Peaceful (12A) on Wednesday 28th November 2012 at either 1.30pm or 7.30pm.  If you would like to win the tickets, click here.

Set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, two brothers fall for the same girl while contending with the pressures of their feudal family life, the war, and the price of courage and cowardice.

Jen's Music Reviews



Tonight we were joined in the studio by Jenny Caroll who reviewed four albums for us. She gave very positive reviews to the latest Donald Fagen offering 'Sunken Condos', Bellowhead's 'Broadside', Kristina Train's 'Dark Black' and Ben Howard's 'The Burgh Island EP'.

The reviews can be heard through our Listen Again feature for the next week.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Today we had Luke Massey, Local Wildlife Photographer

Luke Massey was our guest today, a local photographer and cameraman.  Luke was always interested in wildlife from early age, starting with a canon 350d.  Luke got started after contacting the warden from the Wildlife Trust where be began taking pictures.  This turned into a profession when he started doing wildlife photos for reknowned photographer Charlie Hamilton James for two weeks, leading to a recommendation to do BBC's Springwatch initially to film moles.  This was filmed for Springwatch in Wales, working with Michaela Strachan and Chris Packham.

This BBC project lead to 2020Vision, a national scheme with wildlife photographers.  Luke was given mentor Mark Hamblin and filming took places in the Cairngorns up in the Scottish Highlands, attempting to capture rare grouse species the Capercaillie.  More recent was a trip to Estonia photographing eagles.  Luke in insistent on an ethical approach to his work and does his best not to disturb animals but wait for opportunities to present themselves.  Current work involves a 4-part series called 'BBC Seasons', filming squirrels.  Luke has also used timelapse photography to film harvests in the autumn with the help and encouragement of local farmers.  He would very much like to photograph an Iberian Lynx from the south of Spain.

A 2013 Calendar of Luke's work is available, priced £10 from his website which is:
www.lmasseyimages.com

Chris' Film Club: Up

As it's Ed Asner’s birthday today, Chris Aikman has chosen the 2009 animated film Up for today's film club.  Asner voices Carl Fredricksen, an old man who decides to go on an adventure that he and his wife never got to do, but ends up getting more than he bargains for in the shape of a young boy called Russell.

A beautiful and movie animated film.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Chris' Film Club: Good Night & Good Luck


As today is the late Senator Joseph McCarthy’s birthday, Chris Aikman has chosen Good Night and Good Luck as today's film.  McCarthy was behind a lot of the communist witch-hunts and the Red Scare in the USA in the 1950s.

The film deals with real-life news anchor and journalist Edward R Murrows’ battles in the media with McCarthy.  Shot in black and white, the film stars David Strathairn, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Daniels and Frank Langella and directed by George Clooney.


Today Leoni Kibbey told us all about St.Albans Film Festival



Introducing the very first St Albans Film Festival on the 8th-10th March 2013

Filmmakers of all ages from across the globe are invited to submit their films. The best will be selected for
screening in some of the most unique venues around the city of St Albans, UK.

The St Albans Film Festival aims to be a new annual event for both locals and visitors to enjoy and take part in. Filmmakers both local and from across the globe will showcase their talent and receive recognition in the form of festival selection and the opportunity to win awards. Film-lovers will have a chance to see some unique and fantastic films and to celebrate the superb film making history of St Albans.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in and have a film you would like to submit then you can click the link below and find details on how to enter:

http://www.stalbansfilmfestival.com/
https://twitter.com/stalbansff
http://www.facebook.com/StAlbansFilmFestival

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Today we were once again joined by Andy Jarosz, travel correspondent


Andy joined us for his monthly feature on Travel

Today's topic is value destinations.  In recent months the Euro exchange rate has vastly improved from its' position of a year or two ago.  Andy identified two places where your money should go a little further.  A bill in Portugal's restaurants should be around 10-20% under the UK.  Bus travel is also reportedly cheap throughout.  Another place to consider is Germany - where food is cheap; a pizza and beer should set you back less than £10 and train travel is a steal.  Some may have the preconception that prices in the Eurozone are the same, however it can be found that, for example the same 5 or 6 Euro beer in Italy euros may cost you only 2 Euros elsewhere.

Long haul flights may cost you much more, a journey to South America for example can prove expensive but holidaying can be cheap once there.  In Thailand you can acquire decent accommodation for around £15/20 a night.  Backpackers can book in to hostels for only a pound or two.  Street food can be purchased again for only a pound or two so there are many savings to be made versus the UK, especially when staying over several weeks.

Many people seem put off by the prices in the UK, indeed trains and internal flights here can prove just as expensive as flying low budget.   Tourists attractions in London and Bed & Breakfast prices here can rack up enough to be beyond the means of many families.  With a little bit of know-how and prior research you can save money abroad - consider the airport transfer from the station to your hotel for example.  Andy managed to take a train from Malaga Airport, 10 miles to his hotel for only EUR1.60! 

Of course, currency exchange is a big consideration as well as the all-important beach towels.  As much as you can, try and get on top of this before you go.  There can be huge differences even locally.  Good places to try are places where tourism is rife, such as London where many booths stack up their currency to quickly exchange to visiting crowds.  Always negotiate - ignore the 'Commission Free' offers and simply ask 'how much will £300 get me?' or whatever you're looking to change.  Many places offer a Bureau de Change - not just the travel agents and banks, but high street shops too.  When you get to your destination, don't feel too embarrassed to bring along your pocket calculator for those less straightforward rates!

For more travel tips from Andy please visit his website at:
www.501places.com
or follow him on twitter: @501places

 
Andy will be back in the New Year as he is shortly heading for his own holiday in the Pacific Islands!  The team here on Drivetime are not jealous (much)!

Chris' Film Club: 300

As today is Gerard Butler’s birthday, Chris Aikman has brought us Zach Snyder's 2006 film 300.  This is a
heavily stylised adaptation of a graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae.  It stars Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham and Dominic West.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Chris' Film Club: Pitch Black

As today is actress Radha Mitchell’s birthday, Chris Aikman has chosen the 2000 movie Pitch Black.

The film is about a spaceship that crashes on an alien planet while carrying a dangerous criminal. But the criminal is not the most dangerous thing on the planet…

Also stars Vin Diesel, Cole Hauser and Keith David.

Citizens Advice Bureau

 Elizabeth Crampton from St Albans Citizens advice was our guest tonight on the show when the following subjects were covered;

Child Benefit
Child Benefit has always been paid to all families with children, regardless of household income. However, this is changing from 7 January 2013. Child Benefit will still continue to be paid to everyone, but if you're a higher-income family, you'll have to pay extra tax if you choose to keep getting it. The extra tax you pay will cancel out some or all of your Child Benefit.

You'll start to pay more tax if either you or your partner have an income over £50,000 a year but you'll still continue to receive a smaller amount of Child Benefit depending on how much income you've got. If your income is over £60,000 a year, you'll pay so much more in tax that it will cancel out the entire amount of Child benefit you're getting.

You can choose not to receive any Child Benefit, if you don't want to pay the extra tax. However, HMRC is encouraging you to still fill in a Child Benefit claim form even if you choose not to actually receive any payments from them. This is because claiming Child Benefit can help you build up national insurance credits which can help protect your future state pension. It can also help protect your entitlement to other benefits such as Guardian's Allowance, and ensure your child is automatically issued with a National Insurance number before their 16th birthday.

You may be also able to avoid having to pay the extra tax and still receive Child Benefit, for example by reducing your taxable income. You could do this by, for example, paying more into your pension. Pension contributions are taken out of your income before you pay tax. This could therefore reduce the amount of income on which you have to pay tax to below the £50,000 limit. If you're thinking of doing this, it's always a good idea to get independent financial advice before you make a decision.


Car Clamping

From 1 October you can no longer have your car clamped just because you spend too long in a car park or park where you shouldn’t have.

The police, DVLA and some other organisations will still be able to clamp your car, for example if you don’t pay your car tax or if your car is unroadworthy.

You can still get parking tickets on private land. A two stage appeals process has been set up to deal with parking ticket disputes. This can be used by parking companies who are members of the British Parking Association.

First you appeal to the parking company, then to an independent appeal body called Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA). This is different to the process for parking tickets issued by the council.

If a parking company isn’t a member of the British Parking Association, they can’t use this independent appeals process. They can take you to court if you don’t pay, but they will need your details and will have to prove parking signs were clear and that you broke the rules.
full details on these items and all other advice can be found at the web site www.adviceguide.org.uk

New Music Playlist w/c 12th November 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:


Aerosmith - What Could Have Been Love
Bellowhead - 10,000 Miles Away
Beth Hart - Bang Bang Boom Boom
Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
Coldplay - Hurts Like Heaven
Deacon Blue - The Outsiders
Donald Fagen - I'm Not The Same Without You
fun. - Carry On
Jeff Wayne - Forever Autumn (feat. Gary Barlow)
Jessica Mauboy - Gotcha
Joe McElderry - Rescue Us
Jools Holland & Rumer - Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
Katie Melua - Forgetting All My Troubles
Kelly Clarkson - Catch My Breath
Labrinth - Beneath Your Beautiful (feat. Emeli Sandé)
Lana Del Rey - Ride
Mika - The Origin Of Love
Moya - Making Me Fall
Olly Murs - Troublemaker
One Direction - Little Things
Paul Carrack - From Now On
Robbie Williams - Candy
Ronan Keating - Wasted Light
Scouting For Girls - Without You
Steps - Light Up The World
The Rolling Stones - Doom And Gloom
Whitney Houston & R. Kelly - I Look To You

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Mercy Mercy by Jeff Lynne:

Friday, 9 November 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - 9th November 2012

Tonight saw Simon and Danny bring their pets into the studio for Show and Tell. Simon's pet anaconda, Mr. Kiddlywinks, proved to be a hit but despite Danny insisting he had bought along his pet chihuahua Butch it was nowhere to be seen and Simon was awarded the title of 'Coolest Radio Verulam Pet Owner', much to Danny's chagrin.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk all about the UK box office and the best films on free-to-air TV this coming week.


Saturday
Flying Down to Rio
12.20pm – 1.45pm
BBC2


Knight and Day
9.00pm – 11.15pm
Channel 4


Monday
Shine
12.00am – 1.40am
BBC1


Tuesday
Tyrannosaur
11.05pm – 12.55am
Film4


Wednesday
Erin Brockovich
9.00pm – 11.45pm
Channel 5


Thursday
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
12.00am – 2.00am
ITV2





Thursday, 8 November 2012

Today we had Tere and Daisy from Raindrops on Roses

A new shop opened on the 7th November in St Albans calling itself 'Raindrops on Roses'.  Best described as a 'gift shop with a difference', the shop is staffed entirely from volunteers, sources most of its products from local craftspeople and donates all of its profits to Herts Against Cancer.  Primely situated directly opposite the Clock Tower the shop sells everything from cufflinks and make-up cases to men's shaving balm and children's winter tops. 

The shop's concept has been under construction for close to two years and was set up by a group with first-hand experiences of cancer, with an aim to raise funds to aid early detection in cancer patients.  Raindrops on Roses consider all their products unique to St Albans and Hertfordshire - but don't take their word for it, pop in yourself! 

Raindrops and Roses is situated at 15 High Street and will be permanently based in St Albans.  For more information please visit
http://www.raindropsonroses.org.uk/

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Today we had Ian Rogers on the show talking about the Saint City Trust



Saints City Trust is a democratic, independent, not-for-profit organisation of supporters, committed to strengthening the voice for supporters in the decision making process at St Albans City F.C. and strengthening the links between the club and the community.

For more information or to become a member of the Saints City Trust visit:

http://www.saintscitytrust.co.uk/

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Local Tourism Feature with Charles Baker

Charles Baker popped in this week to tell us all about the local events happening over the next couple of months.


It's that time of year again! Charles told us when and where to find our local Christmas lights switch on.
 The St Albans Christmas lights are being switched on. From 11:00 till 18:00 on Sunday 18 November there will be a children's funfair, Santa's Grotto, a Christmas market and loads more. The actual lights will be switched on at 17:30 by the Pantomime stars from Aladdin.

The Harpenden Christmas Carnival and the switching on of the town's Christmas lights is to take place in Harpenden Town Centre on Sunday 25th November, the event which is held in conjunction with the monthly Farmers Market runs from 12 noon to 6.00pm. This is Followed by Southdown on Friday 30th November and then Batford will switch their lights on Sunday 2nd December. All of these will be at 5.30pm.

Wheathampstead Christmas lights are being switched on at Thursday 29th November 6-8pm. The High street is closing for the event but Charles told us East Lane will be open for parking.

Redbourn are having a Christmas market, it will take place on Sunday 2nd November from 11am. The event is to raise funds to buy Christmas lights for the High Street and Cumberland Gardens. There will be face painting, bouncy castle, stalls and much more.

Charles also told us about loads of exciting events that are coming up, if you want to find out about these or need any more information just visit www.enjoystalbans.com.
 www.stalbans.gov.uk/ChristmasLights

Monday, 5 November 2012

New Music Playlist w/c 5th November 2012

Hi Drivetimers

I'm back, following a few day's off last week - thanks to Stuart Anthony for covering in my absence (he has a rather good show on Tues & Thurs from 12pm - 2pm!).  Here is our drivetime new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Adele - Skyfall
Aerosmith - What Could Have Been Love
Beth Hart - Bang Bang Boom Boom
Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
Coldplay - Hurts Like Heaven
Deacon Blue - The Outsiders
Donald Fagen - I'm Not The Same Without You
Ed Sheeran - Give Me Love
fun. - Carry On
Jeff Wayne Feat. Gary Barlow - Forever Autumn
Jessica Mauboy - Gotcha
Joe McElderry - Rescue Us
Josephine - Original Love
Joss Stone - Pillow Talk
Katie Cole - I Can't Wait
Kelly Clarkson - Catch My Breath
Kristina Train - Dark Black
Labrinth - Beneath Your Beautiful feat. Emeli Sandé
Lana Del Rey - Ride
Matt Cardle - It's Only Love
Moya - Making Me Fall
Olly Murs - Troublemaker
Paul Carrack - From Now On
Robbie Williams - Candy
Scouting For Girls - Without You
Steps - Light Up The World
The Rolling Stones - Doom And Gloom
The Script - Six Degrees Of Separation
Whitney Houston & R. Kelly - I Look To You

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Forever Autumn by Jeff Wayne feat. Gary Barlow:

Friday, 2 November 2012

Win a pair of tickets to see The Sweeney (15) at the Alban Arena on 13th Nov

We've teamed up with our friends at the Alban Arena to bring you a competition to win a pair of tickets to see The Sweeney (15).  The Alban Arena is showing this film on Tuesday 13th November at 5pm & 8pm.

For your chance to win tickets to the 8pm showing, answer this question:

In the pop world, how is Ben Drew better known?

A - Plan B
B - Plan A

To enter the competition, click here

In The Sweeney, Ray Winstone (The Departed) and Ben Drew (Harry Brown) star as part of an elite police unit in this explosive action film based on the 70s TV series. Also starring Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger).


Thursday, 1 November 2012

Barry Hilliard from St Albans City FC Supporters Trust


Today we welcomed Barry Hilliard from the supporters Club Trust.  The Saints are doing reasonably well in the league, currently sixth out of 23 - having played 11 games, winning 6, drawing 3 and losing 2.  Barry is optimistic about upcoming fixtures which are mainly composed of lower half teams.  They entertain AFC Totton this coming Saturday, who got to the play-offs last season but are struggling to find form in this one.  Tuesday sees another fixture in the midland town of Redditch and another fixture to surely clock up the miles sees a journey down to Bideford, North Devon.

St Albans City FC play at Clarence Park which has a capacity of 4500-5000 with Hemel Hempstead being a local rival.  If St Albans keep to form they could see themselves in a play-off situation themselves with promotion to the Conference South league.

Also worth a mention is the Under-18s Youth Team who have scored promotion recently.  If any younger players feel they have potential, Barry recommends contacting the club through their website which is www.sacfc.co.uk