Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Monthly Wildlife Feature with Sarah Buckingham

Our local wildlife correspondent was in today giving us the lowdown on local nature events in the county. For those who aren't familiar with previous Wildlife Features with Sarah, she is a part of Herts and Middlesex WildLife Trust which is the leading voice for wildlife conservation in Herfordshire and Middlesex.

The first topic of interest was the recent Woodland Wildlife Weekend.  This happened last week and was celebrating woodland wildlife up and down the country. Due to the weather being quite erratic this year  those going on Blue Bell and nature walks may have noticed that the Blue Bells are only just starting to grow.

   Blue Bells are also signs of ancient woodland areas, so large masses indicate where ancient  wooded areas once were. In Hertfordshire The Gobion Wood and Brookemans Park are excellent places to see wood and grassland as well as  carpets of wood anemones. 

  Not all woods have blue bells (due to soil, light and other factors) but they still can be rich in natural history. In the east and south of the County we have large amounts of Oak Hornbeam which was originally cultivated for firewood in London. Managing woodlands is now one of the main tasks for the Wildlife Trusts especially as the woodlands have no purpose today. One of the most commen practices the Trust perform is "Coppicing" which is cutting a tree down to the stump to allow more light into the surrounding area to allow the wildflowers to grow.

    For  those in the vicinity of Spellbrook you may have noticed a lot of restoration work at Thorley Wash Reserve. Currently the Wildlife Trust has been clearing a lot of the willow trees to help local wildflowers grow as the area is a place of scientific interest. Thorley Wash has also some new residential conservationists : Water Buffalos! These cow-like creatures are originally from Romania and Asia and love swampy marsh land and their grazing helps maintain the environment. They are currently the star attraction at the reserve. You can visit them on Saturday the 11th of May, Spellbrook, Nr Bishop's Stortford. You can also take part in the new brand new Sculpture Trail! 

  Sarah also mentioned some other up and coming dates: On the Bank Holiday Weekend (4th May) Stanwell common, there will be a spring walk as well as a morning walk in Hoddesdon at the Danemead Nature Reserve.

Other dates include some events for Half Term for you and the kids:

 Woodland Wildlife Bonaza : This is on the Wednesday 29 of May, Brickendon from 10.30am - 12.30pm. You can hunt for butterflies and dragon flies and collect woodland bounty to create mini-boats and woodland creatures! Suitable for children 5 -11.

A Twilight Adventure : This takes place on the same day at Hertford Heath at 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Listen out for hoots of owls and watch for bats and other creatures of the night and gather round for a nice warm drink before  going home. Suitable for children 6 -12

Evening Bird Walk : Again on the same day but in Tring. Starts at 7pm and end at 9pm. It's a guided walk at Wilstone to look for hobbies. The meeting pointing will be in the car park at Wilstone Reservoir.

Book well in advance as places are limited! Finally the best part is it's completely free! 

(The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust do welcome donations as all money goes towards maintain local wildlife as well as running projects and raising awareness.)

For more information on the past and future events and The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust go to :



Chris' Film Club: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Today we wish a very happy birthday to the very talented Kirsten Dunst, who is 31 years old today. She is the rare example of a child actor who has gone on to prove herself in adult roles. None more so than in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

She joins a cast that includes Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet who get together but before too long they suffer a traumatic breakup. They both decide to erase each other from their memories and start afresh, but the process leads to some weird results.

It also stars Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson and Mark Ruffalo and features an Oscar-winning screenplay from Charlie Kaufman and trippy and imaginative direction from Michel Gondry. Not to be missed.

New Music Playlist w/c 29th April 2013 & this week's featured track by Tunde Baiyewu

Hi Drivetimers

Apologies for this being a day late but here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Agnetha Fältskog - When You Really Loved Someone
Alison Moyet - When I Was your Girl
Black Star Riders - Bound For Glory
Bo Bruce - Save Me
Bonnie Tyler - Believe In Me
Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky
Dido - End Of Night
Elsie - Your Loving Arms
fun. - All Alone
Gabrielle Aplin - Panic Cord
Jamie Cullum - Everything You Didn’t Do
Joe Cocker - I Come In Peace
Johnny Hates Jazz - Magnetized
Josh Groban - I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
Kacey Musgraves - Merry Go ‘Round
Lady Antebellum - Downtown
Michael Bublé - It’s A Beautiful Day
Noah And The Whale - There Will Come A Time
Primal Scream - It’s Alright, It’s OK
Rod Stewart - It’s Over
Stereophonics - Graffiti on The Train
Stooshe - Slip
Texas - The Conversation
The Mavericks - Born To Be Blue
Thea Gilmore - Love Came Looking For Me
Tunde Baiyewu - Diamond in A Rock

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Diamond In The Rock by Tunde Baiyewu (who just happens to be a guest on Thursday's show!):


Monday, 29 April 2013

Chris' Film Club: Batman Returns

Today we say a very happy birthday to one Michelle Pfeiffer, who is 55 years old today. She played Catwoman in the second of Tim Burton's Batman films. The films stars the underrated Michael Keaton as Batman and Danny DeVito, Christopher Walken and Pfeiffer round out an impressive cast.

While not as 'gritty' as the recent Nolan Batman films, it is very stylised and features the Burton aesthetic we have come to know and love. Well worth a watch (although maybe watch the first one, you know, first).

Friday, 26 April 2013

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - 26th April 2013

Today Simon was not in the studio so it was down to the handsome and effervescent Chris Aikman to calm things down a bit. Simon is known for being unpredictable; a maverick; an all-round loose cannon, so it was nice to have the air of civility that Chris brings to proceedings. Danny and him sat down with a nice pot of tea, a copy of today's Financial Times and the cricket on the radio in the background before delving deep into a discussion about the works of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.

Ok, that was a lie, but Chris really was in the studio instead of Simon and spoke eloquently and knowledgeably about the UK box office and his pick of films on TV in the coming week.


Friday
ITV2
9.00pm – 11.00pm

Saturday
ITV
10.35pm – 12.20am

Sunday
ITV4
10.00pm – 12.50am

Monday
Film4
9.00pm – 11.25pm

Tuesday
Film4
9.00pm – 11.05pm

Thursday
Film4
6.15pm – 8.50pm

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Chris' Film Club: Dog Day Afternoon

Today we say a very happy birthday to Al Pacino, the man who made what I like to call 'shout-acting' (or 'shouting' for short) into an artform. He is 73 today and I've chosen one of his earlier films, Dog Day Afternoon', for the film club today.

The film sees two young, desperate bankrobbers (Pacino and John Cazale) wind up in a hostage situation when their heist goes very poorly. It features a very intense performance from Pacino and a great turn from the late Cazale. It also stars Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, Penny Allen and Lance Henriksen.

Today's guest was Hugh L'Estrange from The Quorum Singers of St Albans




On Saturday 27th April 2013 at 7.30 pm The Quorum Singers of St Albans present A Concert of Sacred and Secular Music.  The programme includes Mendelssohn's Lord in thy Mercy Grant us Peace, Cesar Franck's Panis Angelicus, and three works by Rutter: The Lord Bless you and Keep you, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and Amazing Grace; Parry's Music When Soft Voices Die, and Sullivan's The Long Day Closes.

Entrance is via ticket which can be obtained in advance via Jill Halsey or by contacting the Quorum Secretary or on the evening itself for £9 or £7 concessions.  The church is just behind WHSmith's in town and parking is available at the nearby 'Gombards' car park just off Veralum Road.  All proceeds from this concert will go to support the Dagnall Street Baptist Church 'home' charity 'The Living Room' (www.thelivingroom.me.uk).  This charity has been set up to help addicts in their recovery and to support the families affected by addiction issues.   

Quorum was founded in 1989 to sing at the celebrations for the opening of the Dagnall Street Baptist Church Cross Street Centre.  After the church celebrations, Quorum continued as a performing group on a charitable basis and has donated many  thousands of pounds to many different charities.   All proceeds from concerts are given to charity and the everyday running expenses of the choir are covered by the members themselves.  With between 16 and 20 dedicated singers, the group attempts smaller and eclectic choral works, often in other languages such as German.  For more information about Quorum, please see their website www.quorumsingers.org.uk or talk to Jill Halsey.





Wednesday, 24 April 2013

A Special Birthday Serenade for Danny



What better way to celebrate Danny being a year older and wiser than with soprano singing mums Phelia visiting the studio to sing? They treated Danny to a beautiful rendition of Happy Birthday, as well as Sally's own song Love Is and a version of You are My Sunshine.

Sally Williams and Laurenne Chapman met at NCT antenatal classes and discovered a common love of singing. They formed Phelia, which is a combination of their daughter's names, Phoebe and Amelia, and have been busking and performing around St Albans ever since. They hold concerts especially for babies and preschool children and their parents and carers, and believe hearing live music is very important for little ones. To find out when they'll next be performing, or to contact the ladies, visit their Facebook page or follow them on twitter. And if you missed the show, as well as being able to listen back on the Radio Verulam website, you can subscribe to Phelia's YouTube page.

Chris' Film Club: WALL-E

My pick for the film club today is Pixar's WALL-E, a beautifully told story about a robot stuck on Earth, alone. Today's very tenuous link (aren't they all?) is that it is Barbra Streisand's birthday today and she appears in the film via a short clip from her musical feature Hello, Dolly!

WALL-E is an adorable little machine who has been left behind to clear up the wasteland that is now Earth. He falls in love with another robot, EVE, who has been sent from the last humans left in the Universe.

The film is beautifully rendered, funny and exciting and is a must for film lovers.


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Chris' Film Club: Four Weddings & A Funeral

As today is John Hannah’s 51st birthday, Chris has chosen the film Four Weddings & A Funeral.  Written by Richard Curtis and directed by St Albans own Mike Newell, this classic British comedy sees Hugh Grant constantly running into Andie MacDowell at functions and generally being Hugh Grant. Also stars Hannah, Simon Callow, Charlotte Coleman and Kristen Scott Thomas.


Interior design feature with Gwendoline Alderton


Gwendoline came into the studio to discuss all the upcoming interior trends with Danny.

Firstly we asked why an interior designer is used and who for. Gwen told us about a family who have just moved and bought an old house therefore some of the rooms are quite dark. To get more light into a room she told us to look outside first and see if there is anything obstructing the light which you can remove (if it's on your land). Secondly, if curtains are too heavy, a dark colour and covering too much of the window this can hugely effect how light the room is. Change the curtains to a lighter material and colour, alternatively you can change to a Venetian blind which can control how much light is let in.

Gwen moved on to tell us about the two young boys who wanted their rooms re-done. Gwen bought wall stickers online in dinosaur and sea-monster shapes to liven up the painted blue walls. Wall stickers are a great idea for children's rooms because they can be easily taken off as the kids get older.

Finally Gwendoline told us that when looking for a interior designer have a look on their website or ask to see a portfolio this can help you understand the type of work they do.


Monday, 22 April 2013

Chris' Film Club: Frost/Nixon

Today, in 1994, the world said goodbye to the controversial and divisive Richard M. Nixon. He is one of the most famous (or infamous) people in the history of the USA and he is the only President to have ever resigned from office.

I've chosen Frost/Nixon as the film for today. Directed by Ron Howard it dramatically portrays the legendary interview between the dishonoured President and the British TV star David Frost. It stars Frank Langella as Nixon and Michael Sheen as David Frost and has a supporting cast that includes Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt and Sam Rockwell.

It's a brilliantly acted and written piece of work and the trailer can be seen below.




 Sam Rolfe our resident science correspondent was our guest tonight, Sam covered the following items;



MARS ONE
 

NASA's road map for getting to Mars may be in flux, and SpaceX pioneer Elon Musk has only a vague intention to point his rockets at the Red Planet. But that doesn't mean nobody is making definitive plans to set up shop on the fourth rock from the Sun.
Stepping into the vacuum this Friday: a brand new private space venture from the Netherlands called Mars One, which aims to send four astronauts on a one-way journey to Mars in just 11 years time.
Founded by Dutch entrepreneur and researcher Bas Lansdorp, who previously headed up an alternative energy company, this new venture doesn't have a lot of the polish of other private space companies, many of which were started by billionaires such as Musk, Paul Allen or Jeff Bezos.
But Mars One does have something going for it: a definite and achievable to-do list.
Step one: send a communications satellite to Mars in 2016. Step two: follow up with a Red Planet rover in 2018, which will trawl the dusty landscape, scoping out some of the best spots to found a colony. Step three, in 2020: send infrastructure for the colonists to live in, including solar panels and machines that will convert the Martian elements into water and oxygen.
Only then, on the surprisingly specific date of September 14, 2022, will Mars One launch its first four astronauts. Their journey to the new colony will take ten months, though they will have been preparing for a decade. Most of that prep time, we hope, will be spent figuring out how not to kill someone when you have to live in extremely close quarters for the better part of a year with no shower access.
Lansdorp plans to send another couple of adventurous astronauts to join the colony every two years, but the idea is that no one gets a return journey. This is a permanent base, a Plymouth Rock in an entirely new world that will begin the long, slow and painstaking process of terraforming it.
http://mars-one.com/en/mission/mission-and-vision

Two promising places to live, 1,200 light-years from Earth
Astronomers said  that they had found the most Earth-like worlds yet known in the outer cosmos, a pair of planets that appear capable of supporting life and that orbit a star 1,200 light-years from here, in the northern constellation Lyra.

They are the two outermost of five worlds circling a yellowish star slightly smaller and dimmer than our Sun, heretofore anonymous and now destined to be known in the cosmic history books as Kepler 62, after NASA's Kepler spacecraft, which discovered them. These planets are roughly half again as large as Earth and are presumably balls of rock, perhaps covered by oceans with humid cloudy skies, although that is at best a highly educated guess.

Nobody will probably ever know whether anything lives on these planets, and the odds are that humans will travel there only in their faster-than-light dreams, but the news has sent astronomers into heavenly raptures. William Borucki of NASA's Ames Research Center, head of the Kepler project, described one of the new worlds as the best site for Life Out There yet found in Kepler's four-years-and-counting search for other Earths in the stars. He treated his team to pizza and beer on his own dime to celebrate the find (this being the age of sequestration). "It's a big deal," he said.

Looming brightly in each other's skies, the two planets circle their star at distances of 37 million and 65 million miles, about as far apart as Mercury and Venus in our own solar system. Most significantly, their orbits place them both in the "Goldilocks" zone of lukewarm temperatures suitable for liquid water, the crucial ingredient for Life as We Know It.

New Music Playlist w/c 22nd April 2013 & this week's featured track by Agnetha Fältskog

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Agnetha Fältskog - When You Really Loved Someone
Alison Moyet - When I Was your Girl
Blue - Hurt Lovers
Bo Bruce - Save Me
Bonnie Tyler - Believe In Me
Caro Emerald - Tangled Up
Dido - End Of Night
Elsie - Your Loving Arms
Emma Stevens - Once
fun. - All Alone
Gabrielle Aplin - Panic Cord
Hurts - Blind
Jenn Bostic - Not Yet
Joe Cocker - I Come In Peace
Johnny Hates Jazz - Magnetized
Kacey Musgraves - Merry Go ‘Round
Michael Bublé - It’s A Beautiful Day
Noah And The Whale - There Will Come A Time
P!nk Feat. Nate Ruess - Just Give Me A Reason
Primal Scream - It’s Alright, It’s OK
Rod Stewart - It’s Over
Stereophonics - Graffiti on The Train
Stooshe - Slip
Texas - The Conversation

The Mavericks - Born To Be Blue
Thea Gilmore - Love Came Looking For Me
Tunde Baiyewu - Diamond in A Rock

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is When You Really Loved Someone by Agnetha Fältskog:


Friday, 19 April 2013

London Community Gospel Choir Feature with Special Guest Helen Wills

   On Thursday Helen Wills stopped by to tell us of an upcoming record breaking attempt she's partaking in. Helen will be joining with the London Community Gospel Choir, which has performed with such artists as Madonna, Blur and Kylie Minogue. They meet regularly online to rehearse for a record breaking attempt which will celebrate the 30th anniversary of London Community Choir.

   The event will take place on the may bank holiday weekend on the Southbank at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The target is to get biggest ever gospel choir performing internationally. The previous Guinness world record was broken in Germany with a choir consisting of 1100 members.  The LCGC will attempt to shatter this with a staggering head count of 1300 singers. The performance will then be  adjudicated professionally.

But how did she get involved? Helen first got involved singing in local rock choirs rock choirs. She then started networking online with others including her counterpart Liz Burton. They met on parent blogging  sites which is excellent way to rehearse and meet up with other members who are also busy parents. Together they  take part rehearsals coordinated with Bazil Meade with the LCGC by using Google Hangout, which is not that dissimilar from skype.

   If anyone is interested in taking part in the event you can buy a ticket which costs £40 (This includes a T shirt and entry).  On the day rehearsal will take part on 2.30 at the Royal Albert Hall on the 5th of may at 7.30.

For more information on the London Community Gospel Choir go to :


For more information on the Record Breaking Attempt go to :

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - 19th April 2013

Today Chris couldn't think of a lie to write on here as an introduction.

Ok, that was a lie (or was it?), but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office and his pick of films on television for the coming week.

Friday
Airplane!
9.00pm – 10.45pm
Film4

Saturday
Parenthood
10.45pm – 1.00am
ITV1

Sunday
The Karate Kid
7.30pm – 10.15pm
Channel 4

Monday
Role Models
9.00pm – 11.00pm
Film4

Tuesday
LA Confidential
10.00pm – 12.45am
ITV4

Wednesday
Munich
11.05pm – 1.40am
BBC1

Thursday
Cyrus
9.00pm – 10.45pm
Film4

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Chris' Film Club: Inglorious Basterds

Today we can say a very happy birthday to director and actor Eli Roth. He is best known for directing Hostel and Cabin Fever, but also appeared alongside Brad Pitt in Quentin Tarantino's WWII adventure Inglorious Basterds. He is one of the Basterds, tasked with taking down Adolf Hitler.

The film stars Pitt, Roth, Michael Fassbender, Melanie Laurent, Diane Kruger and the fantastically menacing Christoph Waltz (in an Oscar winning role). The film could do with a trim but also contains some of Tarantino's finest work (the opening interrogation scene is wonderfully crafted and written).

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Special Guest Chris Norton Walker

  On the phone today was our very own born and bred funny man; Chris Norton Walker.
Chris started off with humble beginnings and studied Drama at Demontfort University. Within those very walls were fellow Graham Norton and Catherine Tate  who studied the art of drama (Although not at the same time nor is he related to the afore mentioned Norton!) . It's also within those very walls where Chris conceived the idea to start a career as a live stand up comedian!

4 years and over 600 gigs later who are we to argue that he hasn't achieved this goal?

Chris came in specially to tell his he will be the opening the first of a monthly comedy open mic tomorrow (18/4/13) at the Peacock pub in St Albans. It kicks off at 8 and entry cost £3 and all money will goes to various different charities on different months. The address for the venue is: 13 Hatfield Road, Town Centre, St Albans AL1 3RR.


Tomorrows event will be raising money for a local theatre company called Breakaway Theatre, which aims to produce powerful and unusual acts around St Albans. For more information on the Breakaway Theatre Company go to their website: www.breakawaytheatre.co.uk


We hope to have Chris back soon so we can hear how it all went and to hear more tales from behind the mic. For more information and to read his blog go to: 


Chris' Film Club: High Fidelity


As today is author Nick Hornby’s birthday, Chris has chosen the film High Fidelity as Nick Hornby wrote the book that the film is based on.

The film took the setting of the story from London to Chicago and stars John Cusack as a record store owner that tracks down several ex-girlfriends to discover what he’s been doing wrong in relationships. The film also stars Jack Black, Iben Hjejle, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lisa Bonet and Tim Robbins.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Chris' Film Club: The Great Dictator

Today we would say a very happy birthday to the legendary Charlie Chaplin (if he weren't somewhat deceased). He would be 124 today and he is one of silent cinemas most famous faces. His most successful film was his first fully 'talkie' film: The Great Dictator.

The film is a cutting satire of Hitler, Mussolini, Nazis and facism in general. At the time of it's release in 1940 the USA was not at war with Nazi Germany but Chaplin did not care. The film sees A Jewish Barber (that's his character name) switch places with ruthless dictator Adenoid Hynkle due to their being very similar in appearance. It has many classic moments that, even if you haven't seen the film, will be recognisable due to many films having paid homage to them over the years.

Enjoy the extremely dated trailer below!

David Clout from New Club 'The Vic' was today's phone-in guest



David Clout from Borehamwood and Radlett Talking Newspaper society was our telephone guest for today.  He has recently set up 'The VIC' (Visually Impaired Club) in Borehamwood  for those people with sight problems.  David was made chairman of the Borehamwood and Radlett Talking Newspaper Society 8 years ago, making recordings available on audio cassettes until a few years ago when they migrated to memory sticks.  He felt however that blind and partially sighted residents, particularly those that were house bound, needed catering for also.

The Vic starts a trial run on Friday 19th April followed by a Grand Opening on the 26th, hosted by Mayor Pat Strack, who was responsible for co-ordinating and appropriating funds for the VIC.  Those who feel difficulty in attending can rest assured that the Herts Community Transport team are able to pick them up from nearby areas.

The Vic will offer a range of activities, indoor sports such as stick-ball, table tennis and carpet bowls through to more passive pursuits from cards and scrabble to bingo, reading, musical activities and so on.  There also will be a possibility of creating and performing in plays.  

The club's launch and consequent events will be on Fridays at Maxwell Park Community Centre from 1.30pm - 4.00pm, open to the over 25 blind and partially sighted members of the community.

For more information call David on 01923 854403

Monday, 15 April 2013

Chris' Film Club: Lincoln

Today, in 1865, Abraham Lincoln died from his wounds after having been shot by John Wilkes Booth. This moment in history is captured in the film Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg, which is not a standard biopic but a film that charts the attempts by Lincoln and his allies to pass the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery.

It stars Daniel Day-Lewis (who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Lincoln), Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, James Spader and Tommy Lee Jones. It doesn't have a huge amount of action in it and is very wordy, but the performances are excellent and it's great to see the backroom politics that occurred to pass the Amendment.

Lisa Pearson - Lifestyle

      
 Our lifetsyle correspondent Lisa Pearson was our guest on Drivetime this evening, Lisa spoke to us about losing weight;

Weight Loss Hang Out No1! Problems, Goals and Plans

Starting your new regime right

Starting right makes such a difference to wether you get going at all, and keep going.


1) NEVER mentioning DIETS or WEIGHT or WEIGHT LOSS …. only getting Healthy, Fit and Strong

2) Why Healthy, Fit and Strong are so important for Mums

3) Why it’s important to be clear on ‘the problem‘ and how we got there

4) Some questions about what is important in our lives; this is so that we can be sure the goals are really suited to us and so that later on we can do the mind set exercise.

5) Why it’s important to measure ourselves in SO MANY ways

6) Setting goals, with mini goals in between

7) Not expecting to do it all at once, but why a gradual ramp up every 6 weeks is ideal

8) Creating a plan of action

9) Making sure your plan includes rewards for your body (even 15 minute baths are good), and for yourself (e.g. new knickers).

10) Tips for snacks, and increasing water

full details can be found Lisa's web site http://mummywhispererblog.com/







































New Music Playlist w/c 15th April 2013 & this week's featured track by Johnny Hates Jazz

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alison Moyet - When I Was your Girl
Andy Burrows - If I Had A Heart
Blue - Hurt Lovers
Bo Bruce - Save Me
Bonnie Tyler - Believe In Me
Caro Emerald - Tangled Up
Dido - End Of Night
Elsie - Your Loving Arms
Emma Stevens - Once
Gabrielle Aplin - Panic Cord
Hurts - Blind
Jenn Bostic - Not Yet
Johnny Hates Jazz - Magnetized
Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
Kacey Musgraves - Merry Go ‘Round
Madeline Peyroux - Changing All Those Changes
Michael Bublé - It’s A Beautiful Day
Noah And The Whale - There Will Come A Time
P!nk Feat. Nate Ruess - Just Give Me A Reason
Petula Clark - Never Enough
Primal Scream - It’s Alright, It’s OK
Rod Stewart - It’s Over
Stereophonics - Graffiti on The Train
Taylor Swift - State Of Grace
The Mavericks - Born To Be Blue
Tunde Baiyewu - Diamond in A Rock

Items in BOLD are new additions


This week's featured track is Magnetized by Johnny Hates Jazz:


Friday, 12 April 2013

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - 12th April 2013

Today saw the return of Chris Aikman to the Drive Time studio (he's been away for three weeks, surely you've noticed) so no-one much cared that Simon had some films to talk about.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk (semi-)knowledgeably about the UK box office and his pick of films that are on TV over the coming week.


Friday
Trading Places
9.00pm – 11.20pm
E4


Mean Streets
12.05am – 1.55am
BBC2


Saturday
Enemy of the State
9.00pm – 11.05pm
BBC3


While You Were Sleeping
9.00pm – 11.00pm
5*


Sunday
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
6.00pm – 8.35pm
ITV2


Juno
10.00pm – 11.50pm
Channel 4







Thursday, 11 April 2013

Steph Morren from the RSPB was today's guest



The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) have been actively promoting wildlife since 2008 in Verulamium Park between 8-10 weeks a year to show people the herons at their 'Date with Nature'.  The herons have been there since 1991 and they don't usually get close to people, so this scheme provides people with a unique insight into their nesting habits.  The poor weather this year has changed some of the birds' behaviours, swallows and housemartins area have been arriving later than usual by a few weeks and the moorhens and ducks have been building nests later.

The RSPB built a nest camera to monitor the herons, however snow hampered the amount of activity when it was first set up.  However there have been telescopes set up from the bank which can be used to observe the birds.  Look out for the the big green RPSB trailer 10.30-4.30 Monday-Friday to see lots of activities for children and families from now until Sunday 28th April.  They expect to be back next year as it raises a lot of awareness and fundraising.

To find out more please visit www.rspb.org.uk and search for nature reserves by county.  You will find Hertfordshire schemes with all information about nature reserves and groups.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Travel Feature with Andy Jarosz

Andy Jarosz was in the studio telling us about the sights and sounds of Amsterdam. He wanted to tell us Holland has to offer other than activities that are usually associated with a rowdy stag do.

There's something to interest the nature loving tourists as Hollands tulips are world renowned. For the historians it's also steeped in history of the 18th and 19th century. You can visit the Anne Frank House and see where she wrote her diary whilst hiding from the Nazis. You can also visit the Van Gogh Museum and see the largest  collection of his stunning work.

You don't have to fly (thought it take only about 45 mins by plane!) you can also go by train which is about 4 1/2 hours or by boat.

Copenhagen is also worth a look. It's rated one of the best cities to live in. Again there is lots of historical to visit and the habour is site to be hold. It's also for famous for sea food but notoriously expensive as well.

Andy also went on to talk about the social etiquette of haggling for souvenirs.  Haggling can be quite common in counties with a low earning population, it's not something done in the western culture and done carefully it can be a rewarding experience for both retailer and customer. It's important to research local area for how valuable such an item can be. It can be make sure both sides win. It's also important to remember it's their lively hood.

For more information on Holland and Andy go to website: www.501places.com/

Today's guest was Ian Murtagh from 'The Crescent'


'The Crescent' is a Support service for those affected by AIDS and HIV established in 1988.  The name came from their original location in Church Crescent before moving to their current base in Russell Avenue.

They over a range of support services, for people with issues of medication and health and offer complementary therapy for those experiencing side effects.  They also raise awareness by visiting colleges, to spread awareness of the AIDS and HIV viruses.

Unfortunately last August The Crescent received news that Herts County Council and NHS Herts were withdrawing funding for the initiative, resulting in many redundancies.  A couple of volunteers have stayed on raising money to continue through their own finances and fundraising events.  Some county councilors have allocated money through their charitable reserve budgets, however much more is needed to support the service users as much as before.

In February some extremely generous personal donors put on a benefit concert at their own cost and on the 24th May there will be a Quiz held at Homewood Road United Reform Church.  Teams of up to 6 people are invited to partake and individuals are also welcome.  The cost is £22 per team of four plus £5 per team member thereafter, all proceeds going to support the charity.

For further information or to make a donation please visit: www.thecrescent.org.uk or to get regular updates from their blogs visit the twitter account @CrescentSupport

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

New Music Playlist w/c 8th April 2013

Hi Drivetimers

Here is this week's new music playlist:

Andy Burrows - If I Had A Heart
Blue - Hurt Lovers
Bo Bruce - Save Me
Bonnie Tyler - Believe In Me
Boxes - Don’t Look Down
Brinsley Forde - Can’t Stop Me Now
Caro Emerald - Tangled Up
Deacon Blue - Turn
Elsie - Your Loving Arms
Emma Stevens - Once
Eric Clapton - Gotta Get Over
HAIM - Falling
Hurts - Blind
Jenn Bostic - Not Yet
Johnny Hates Jazz - Magnetized
Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
Kacey Musgraves - Merry Go ‘Round
Leddra Chapman - All About You
Madeline Peyroux - Changing All Those Changes
Madness - How Can I Tell You
Michael Bublé - It’s A Beautiful Day
P!nk Feat. Nate Ruess - Just Give Me A Reason
Petula Clark - Never Enough
Taylor Swift - State Of Grace
Thea Gilmore - Love Came Looking For Me
Tunde Baiyewu - Diamond in A Rock

Items in BOLD are new additions

Monday, 8 April 2013



 


Elizabeth Crampton from St Albans & District Citizens Advice Bureau was our guest on West Herts Drivetime this evening  amongst the subjects covered were;

Marriage & Civil Partnerships

http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/scotland/relationships_s/relationships_living_together_marriage_and_civil_partnership_s/living_together_and_marriage_legal_differences_scotland.htm

Travel/Flight Delays

http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/wales/consumer_w/travel_leisure_and_food_e/consumer_holidays_e/consumer_problems_with_flights_e/flight_is_delayed_or_cancelled.htm 


Ten tips to stop cold calls
Call centre agents making phone calls
You can stop many unwanted phone calls with a few easy steps
Unwanted phone calls – or cold calls – are one of the UK's most-hated marketing tactics. Don't put up with them - use Which? top tips to keep unwanted phone calls to a minimum.
1 Register for free with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS)
UK-based companies must not make unsolicited sales and marketing calls to TPS-registered phone numbers, even if the call centre is overseas. To register with the TPS, call 0845 070 0707 or go to the TPS website.
Which? research has found that signing up to the TPS cuts cold calls by around a third. However the TPS won't stop scams, market research calls, calls from companies where you have 'opted in' or calls from companies based abroad.
If you want to opt out of receiving most junk mail via the Mail Preference Scheme (MPS) at the same time, go to the StayPrivate website.
Both the TPS and MPS are free – if a company ever asks you to pay for this service, refuse and inform the TPS.
For more help and advice read our Consumer Rights guide on how to deal with unwanted phone calls.
2 Go ex-directory
Some companies, particularly local businesses, may use online or paper phone books to find phone numbers to target with sales calls. Ask for your phone number to be excluded from directories – this will stop companies from finding out your number in this way.
3 Keep your name off sales call lists
Data protection laws prohibit companies from calling you for marketing purposes if you've asked them not to, even if you're a customer.
If you must provide your phone number to a company, for example when signing up to a new service or buying a product online or on the phone, ask the company not to call you for marketing purposes or pass your number on to third parties.
Carefully check the marketing 'opt out/opt in' boxes to see if ticking or unticking them will prevent calls from the company itself or from third parties. If it doesn't, directly ask the company not to call you for sales and marketing purposes.
Contact companies you already receive unwanted sales calls from and ask to be removed from their call lists. Companies should abide by verbal requests but it's a good idea to put your request in writing too so there is a formal record.
4 Screen your phone calls
If you have caller display and an answer phone, consider only answering calls from numbers you recognise. Legitimate callers are likely to leave a message.
If you're a BT phone customer, BT Privacy at Home gives you free caller display as long as you make some calls with BT. You can also ask BT to register you with the TPS.
5 Set up call barring for unwanted calls
Many cold calls come from abroad, so unless you need to receive international calls, ask your phone operator if it can block calls from international numbers (t may charge for this service).
You may also wish to block calls from withheld numbers, though this may prevent some calls you want to receive. For example, if a friend or relative is calling from their workplace, this number may be withheld.
6 Consider using a call blocking service
TrueCall's product plugs directly into your home phone and offers fairly sophisticated call-filtering for a one-off fee of £100.
Alternatively the BT 6500 cordless home phone will bar calls from international numbers, withheld numbers and numbers without a caller ID plus up to 10 specific numbers.
7 Don't bow to cold calling pressure
If you receive a cold call, stay calm and don't let the caller intimidate you or pressure you with 'one-day-only' offers. Never reveal your name, address or financial details. If it's a legitimate call from a company you're interested in or are already a customer of, you can always call the company directly.
If you suspect a scam, don't press any phone buttons during the call. This could redirect you to a premium-rate number which you will be charged for.
8 Make a note of the cold call number
If possible, get the cold call phone number and company name (dial 1471 to check the number if you don't have caller display). These details will help organisations such as Ofcom take action.
If the cold caller withholds their phone number, make a note of the time of the call – your phone operator may be able to trace it.
9 Report cold calling offenders
    Report TPS rule breaches to the TPS. The TPS will contact the company and pass complaints to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), which can take action against repeat offenders.
    Report suspected scams to Action Fraud (0300 123 2040).
    Report other problem calls – such as silent calls - to your phone provider and/or Ofcom (0300 123 3000), which is reponsible for tackling nuisance calls.

10 Distance selling regulations – your rights
If you buy something as the result of a cold call, under distance selling regulations you usually have seven working days from the day after you receive the item to change your mind and return it.


The CAB is Moving
From 22nd April the bureau will be moving to the council offices at the Civic Centre , the offices will clossed from 18th April whilst the move takes place.














Tuesday, 2 April 2013

What's Hot in West Herts this April


Our resident local tourism expert, Charles Baker, popped into the studio on this surprisingly sunny afternoon to tell us what to look forward to this April. 

From the re-opening of Butterfly World (which retains 2012 prices up until the end of April
) to St Albans City F.C's last two league matches at home, there's plenty going on in and around West Herts. 

Instead of escaping to London to see a show, why not go to the Alban Arena's digital cinema? Or take a guided walk to learn more about the history of our Roman city?

You can find details of the events Charles mentioned on our community noticeboard  or by visiting the Enjoy St Albans website.