Friday, 31 May 2013

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - 31st May 2013

This week we had been given strict instructions to meet Simon out in the car park before The Film Guide. Last week he suffered what can only be described as a mental breakdown due to being a long-suffering Brentford fan. Danny and I had to see a horrific Hawaiian shirt, dump a stolen Ferrari and clean it for prints, and return a traumatised ferret to its child master.

Danny and I waited out in the car park and, dead on the specified time, a big white van pulled up, opened its side door and a huge boot kicked a disheveled, ashen-faced man out onto the concrete. The man picked himself up, dusted himself down, blinked heavily in the daylight and stroked his new beard. It was Simon, but he looked like a homeless and mentally unstable Richard Gere if he had been cast as Robinson Crusoe.

"Hi, Simon." We said in unison, trying not to sound like he freaked us out a little.

"Hello chaps!" Simon replied, smiling broadly. "How have you too been without me?"

"Don't you mean 'you two'?" asked Danny.

"How can you spot spelling mistakes in my verbal speech pattern?" Simon replied, looking confused.

"It's a talent." said Danny, looking a little smug.

"Anyway," I cut in "how did you grow a beard so quickly?"

"To keep us calm at the institute they fed us lawn fertiliser and it makes me a bit potato bucket monkey cheese Snoop Dogg but it sure does make my hair grow!" Simon answered while picking a fly out of the air and sticking it in his mouth.

"I think we should take him inside" suggested Danny, as Simon started rifling through the skip nearby in the vain hope of finding a life size Sandra Bullock cutout. She has a restraining order out against him, don't ya know?

Ok, that was a lie (except the restraining order) but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office and his pick of films on TV for the coming week.

Friday
Back to the Future III
7.45pm – 10.00mm
ITV2

Saturday
Unbreakable
11.45pm – 1.50am
ITV2

The Hills have Eyes
11.25pm – 1.30am
Film4

Sunday
The Road
10.30pm – 12.10am
BBC2

Tuesday
The Iron Lady
9.00pm – 11.35pm
Film4

Thursday
Starter for Ten
9.00pm – 10.30pm
BBC4

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Chris' Film Club: Bull Durham

Today in 1935, baseball legend Babe Ruth played his last ever game of professional baseball. To honour this moment in time, we've picked Bull Durham, one of Kevin Costner's many baseball films.

The film is a comedy about a love triangle between old pro Kevin Costner, young talent Tim Robbins and baseball groupie Susan Sarandon.

The trailer can be seen below.

Company of Teens

Tonight Danny was joined in the studio by Kieran and Alex, two young and talented individuals that made Danny curse his age and lack of skill. After he had finished throwing a wobbly Danny got down to the important business of why exactly they were there, flaunting their youth in his face.

Turns out they come from 'The Company of Teens', which is the youthful arm of 'The Company of Ten'. The group if for people aged 14-19 and they put on a show each season, with this years show being The Tempest. The company is based at The Abbey Theatre at the bottom of Holywell Hill.

If you want to find out more about both companies or are interested in joining then you can go to their website here or e-mail them at coteens@abbeytheatre.org.uk.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Danny meets JoanovArc


We were lucky to have the talented JoanovArc in the studio who have recently been signed with Holier Than Thou Records! The girls played the remastered UK version of “Say Sayonara” which will be released soon.

If you want to listen to the interview you can listen again by heading to http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/

For tour dates and information on JoanovArc  http://joanovarc.co.uk/

Chris' Film Club: The Silence of the Lambs

Today we wish a happy birthday to actor Ted Levine, who played the psychotic serial killer Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs.

The film sees Jodie Foster's FBI agent enlist the help of an even nuttier killer, Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lector, to catch the bloke. Very tense and brilliantly made, it was the first ever horror film to win the Best Film award at the Oscars.

The trailer can be seen below.

Tools With A Mission


Tools with a mission are an organisation providing help by collecting and refurbishing tools and equipment no longer required in the UK and sending them overseas into Uganda, Nigeria and India. They are currently at the Dagnall Street Baptist Church, they will be there until seven pm tonight (29/05/2013) so please pop down with any unwanted tools if you can.



If you simply want more information on Tools With A Mission then go to http://www.twam.co.uk/

And for the Dagnall Street Baptist street Church go to http://dsbc.org.uk/

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Make your house look more spacious with Gwendoline Alderton



This week Gwendoline is giving us advice on how to make a room look more spacious. Firstly, she has been telling us that white is a popular colour for summer, it can be used throughout the whole house or simple pockets of white can create a fresh spacious feel. Soft Sheen paints will help bounce light around the room and give durability making a small room look more open and airy. However, when decorating a room with a monochromatic colour scheme it can become quite bland, adding different textures can overcome this problem, by using fluffy rugs or leather a one colour room can look more varied.

Another latest trend Gwen told us about is the nautical theme, different shades of blue are popular for summertime and pattern is easy to introduce . The popular nautical stripes can create a spacious room, when used horizontally a room can look wider whereas if stripes are used from floor to ceiling this will create height.

Dual-purpose furniture should be used when trying to create space, on the market there are tonnes of handy options such as beds which lift up and have storage space underneath, coffee tables with magazine and newspaper space below and the common sofa bed all can help with limiting the amount of objects in a smaller room. Another tip Gwen mentioned was  that by moving furniture a couple of inches away from the wall subconsciously will create the feel of a more spacious room!

For more information on Gwendoline and interior design go to.

www.ga-interiors.co.uk


Chris' Film Club: Drive

Today we say a very happy birthday to the beautiful and talented Carey Mulligan, who is 28 years old today. She stars in Drive as a young mother who becomes involved with the mysterious and enigmatic Ryan Gosling, who is a film stunt driver by day, getaway driver by night.

The film is directed by Nicholas Winding Refn and also stars Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston and Ron Perlman. It is an incredibly well made and beautiful film that is certainly not for the faint of heart or those who don't like long, pregnant pauses for dramatic....






...effect.

New Music Playlist w/c 27th May 2013 & this week's featured track by David Bowie

Hi Drivetimers

As yesterday was a Bank Holiday, this week's new music playlist is a day late:
Bastille - Laura Palmer
Bon Jovi - What About Now
Bruno Mars - Treasure
Caro Emerald - Liquid Lunch
Daft Punk - Get Lucky ft. Pharrell Williams
David Bowie - The Next Day
Depeche Mode - Soothe My Soul
Emmelie De Forest - Only Teardrops
Fleetwood Mac - Sad Angel / Without You / It Takes Time / Miss Fantasy
Goo Goo Dolls - Rebel Beat
Josephine - Last Minute
Josh Osho - Freewheel
KT Tunstall - Feel It All
Leanne Mitchell - Pride
Mark Owen - Stars

Nell Bryden - Echoes
Olly Murs - Dear Darlin’
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Dresden
Passenger - Let Her Go
Phillip Phillips - Home
Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines feat. T.I. & Pharrell
Sinéad O’Connor - Old Lady
Status Quo - Bula Bula Quo
Tegan And Sara - I Was A Fool
Texas - The Conversation
The Script - Millionaires
Travis - Where You Stand

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is The Next Day by David Bowie:


Friday, 24 May 2013

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - 24th May 2013

Despite confidently declaring that Brentford would trounce Yeovil Town in the League One Play-off Final and that Yeovil fans could 'climb back into that stinking pit they call home' (his words, not mine) Simon was brought back down to the Earth with a bump. Brentford did not succeed and this has finally tipped him over the edge. He pulled up outside the studio in a red Ferrari 308 GTS, dressed in a ludicrous Hawaiian shirt and with a new, thick mustache (which upon closer inspection was revealed to be a heavily-drugged ferret).

"Errr.... hi Simon." Danny muttered when presented with this new style which, even for the usually ostentatious and florid Simon, was rather garish.

"I don't know who this Simon is, for I am Magnet PI!" Simon retorted, pointing his finger to the sky.

"I'm pretty sure it's Magnum PI, Simon. And why are you talking like a Victorian gentleman?" I asked, still bemused by the whole thing.

"How dare you, sir?!" he said, visibly angered at the affront. He whipped out a silk glove from behind his face-ferret and struck me across the face. "I challenge you to a duel!"

We never got around to dueling, as Danny had been quietly having Simon sectioned under the Mental Health Act. We wish him well in this trying time. I blame Uwe Rösler.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to discuss the UK box office and discuss his pick of the best films on TV for the coming week.


Friday
Final Destination 3
10.55pm – 12.40am
Film4

Saturday
The Crazies
11.40pm – 1.35am
Flm4

Sunday
The Lake House
11.20pm – 1.00am
BBC1

Monday
Wyatt Earp
11.00pm – 2.50am
ITV4

Tuesday
Desperado
10.50pm – 12.50am
Channel 5

Dan in Real Life
11.35pm – 1.10am
BBC1





Thursday, 23 May 2013

Battle of the Brains on Drivetime




Danny spoke to an 'intellectual equal' on Drive this evening, none other than  CJ De Mooi,  best known for his eight years on the panel of quiz show Eggheads.

As well as knowing the two double landlocked countries (Liechtenstein and Uzbekistan in case you aren't as clued up as Danny and CJ), he filled us in on the charity quiz being held in St Albans tomorrow night to raise money for The Crescent. 

The Crescent provides help and support to those living with, or otherwise affected by, HIV. Without any funding from Herts County Council, they rely entirely on donations, the goodwill of their volunteers and fundraising events such as The Quiz Night. 

As a patron of the charity, CJ will be hosting the Quiz Night held at Homewood Rd United Reformed Church Hall tomorrow from 7.30pm. Tickets are £6.00 a head or £22  for teams of four and people are encouraged to turn up on the door if you haven't had a chance to buy a ticket  CJ has promised a night of fun, education and everyone's favourite event, a charity raffle. And if you didn't need any more incentive to go, CJ provided an exclusive West Herts Drive time hint, reading the news tomorrow could help you win a round or two tomorrow...

To find out more about the quiz and the charity visit The Crescent website


Chris' Film Club: Bruce Almighty

Chris' choice for today was released on this day in 2003.

Directed by Tom Shadyac and stars Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carrell.
Jim Carrey gets to become God.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Chris' Film Club: Mission Impossible

As with Chris' other choices this week, today's film was released ton this day in 1996.

Directed by Brian De Palma and starring Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Jon Voight, Jean Reno and Kristen Scott Thomas.  This is a big screen remake of the classic TV show, spawning three sequels to date.

Travel Correspondent Andy Jarosz

Our guest this evening was travel correspondent Andy Jarosz who told about his recent trip to Greece;
Even aside from the effects of the Greek financial crisis, there are some tremendous deals on travel to Greece. Cruising worldwide is experiencing a downturn, and so cruises in the Greek islands are at the lowest prices in years - even on luxury lines, in part because of 2012's Costa Concordia disaster and other problems with cruise ships worldwide. You may be able to upgrade your trip considerably by taking advantage of some of the lowest hotel and transportation costs in a long time. Even summer flights are at lower-than-usual prices; some package tours are at decade-low prices.
While carrying a few days' cash in Euros is always a good idea, since ATMS can run out, this is especially important now. Bank mergers have actually reduced the number of ATMs available, without reducing demand. Also, be sure you have sufficient prescription medications with you. Since many medicines are imports, there have been burps in the supply lines to Greece as unpaid bills to pharmaceutical companies pile up.
While Greece enjoyed an upsurge of plenty of extra tourists in 2011, followed by fewer in 2012, I don't expect it to be that busy in 2013. With the ongoing world economic downturn, tourism to Greece may decline, though Greece is receiving many visitors from China and newly wealthy former Soviet bloc nations. But in general, you're much less likely to face massive crowding at the monuments and attractions. And this in turn leads to less jammed hotels and tavernas, which may mean that the owners have more time to relax and chat with the guests they do have. This may translate into an even more memorable and pleasant trip for you, at a bargain price.

Bottom Line: Still Go to Greece. You'll have a wonderful time - maybe an even better trip than in a "normal" year.

More details can be found at he web site http://www.501places.com/ 

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Chris' Film Club: The Empire Strikes Back

The film I've chosen for the film club today is The Empire Strikes Back, which was released today in 1980, making it 33 years old! The film (the 2nd in George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy) is often held up as being the best of the bunch. It displays several qualities that Lucas failed to replicate in his more recent Star Wars films: character development, decent acting, interesting plotting and not Hayden Christensen.

The film, directed by Irvin Kirshner and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams, is an all time classic and features one of cinema's most famous twists......... Bruce Willis is a ghost!

Clare Gill and the East Common Project


Clare Gill from Redbourn spoke to Danny today and explained all about the East Common Project. The project is a group of local residents who want to provide a natural, all age and all ability area for children and families.
The volunteers are now working with the Redbourn Parish Council and have a goal to transform the East Common, they listened to residents of all ages and got feedback from both children and their parents so they have a great knowledge of what people would like.
So far they have raised over seventy thousand pounds however to hit their target they still need another ten thousand. Their next fund raising event is Redbourn Strikes Back on the 30th June. The film "The Empire Strikes back" will be shown, there will be characters and a fate with stalls.
For more information on the project or to look out for when the tickets go on sale follow the links to:

http://www.eastcommonproject.co.uk/

You can also like their Facebook page,  https://www.facebook.com/RedbournEastCommonPlayGroup

Or follow on Twitter.
@EastCommonProj 


Chris' Film Club: Willow

All this week, Chris' Film Club will be featuring films that were released this week in years gone by. Today's film was released on this day in 1988.

Directed by Ron Howard and stars Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley and Jean Marsh. The story is one of an evil queen who foresees her downfall being caused by a young girl, so it is up to Davis and Kilmer to protect this girl and defeat the queen.

Monday, 20 May 2013

New Music Playlist w/c 20th May 2013 & This Week's Featured Track by Caro Emerald

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Agnetha Fältskog - When You Really Loved Someone
Bastille - Laura Palmer
Black Star Riders - Bound For Glory
Bon Jovi - What About Now
Bonnie Tyler - Believe In Me
Caro Emerald - Liquid Lunch
Daft Punk - Get Lucky ft. Pharrell Williams
Depeche Mode - Soothe My Soul
Fleetwood Mac - Sad Angel / Without You / It Takes Time / Miss Fantasy
Goo Goo Dolls - Rebel Beat
Jamie Cullum - Everything You Didn’t Do
Josephine - Last Minute
Josh Groban - I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
KT Tunstall - Feel It All
Lady Antebellum - Downtown
Nell Bryden - Echoes
Olly Murs - Dear Darlin’
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Dresden
Passenger - Let Her Go
Phillip Phillips - Home
Sinéad O’Connor - Old Lady
Status Quo - Bula Bula Quo
Stereophonics - Graffiti on The Train
Stooshe - Slip
Tegan And Sara - I Was A Fool
Texas - The Conversation
The Band Perry - Done
The Script - Millionaires

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Liquid Lunch by Caro Emerald:

Lifestyle - with Lisa Pearson


 Lisa Pearson our lifesyle correspondent was our guest this eveing, Lisa coverd healthy eating:

What is a rubbish cook?
Just because I’m a rubbish cook DOES NOT mean I eat READY MEALS!

In my case it’s someone who ….
1) Can’t follow a recipe that involves more than three ingredients
2) Panics when there are too many steps
3) Add to that children who are not willing to politely wait for more than 10 minutes, so it’s got to be quick
4) A lack of interest in improving my skills (in fact a big mental block which I’m happy to keep)
5) No chance of being organised at the beginning of the day for dinner at the end
6) Not worried about being boring and having only enough meals for 2-3 weeks of repeats
7) Cleverly married the Big Northern Hairy One who can cook brilliantly
8) Makes the same meals for the kids and adults, because I really don’t have enough time not to
9) Has a phobia of soup apart from Heinz tomato soup with lots of bread
10) Quite likes a bit of salad, but definitely couldn’t be considered a health nut

I really, really, really think that you mums who can cook, casserole, make pies, and organise yourselves so brilliantly are amazing.  You don’t appreciate the skill required to read and follow a recipe.
Seriously, it is NOT that easy!
BUT, I’m not that bothered about learning.  I have been a domestic goddess twice in my life and it kicked me big time in the butt both times, so I’m totally content with my rubbishness.

So why on earth am I going to write about it, if I’m so rubbish at it?

Because I think that the media only gives three really extreme images of cooking.
1) You have the chips, curries, fried in humungous amounts of fat with a sprinkling of sugar and salt on top image.
2) Then there are the incredibly extremely healthy bunch, who eat a pile of things that I wouldn’t consider, let alone my children.
3) Then there are the chefs who seem insistent on adding so many ingredients and chopping so many things up, even when they are cooking something ‘simple’ or ‘quick’.
more details can be found at the web site  http://mummywhispererblog.com

I have learnt to cook healthy well balanced meals, that are simple and quick to cook.
There’s hardly any preparation time.
They are easily mix and matched.
And they work for both the grown ups and the kids in this house.

So that’s what I’m going to share.  Hopefully it will help anyone stuck in the chip scenario to break out of it, and Mums struggling to balance their demanding lives with providing healthy food.
Some of you may then go on to become brilliant cooks, which will be great.
Some brilliant cooks might still like to read my ideas, just to make sure that they are also brilliantly healthy.

Friday, 17 May 2013

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - 17th May 2013


Today Simon was in the studio again to talk all about films. He appears to have recovered from the story told in the most recent blog post, which saw him driving off into the sunset in a Cadillac with a bevy of beautiful women and a cooler full of beers. He was just acting out after his beloved Brentford missed out on automatic promotion. He insists he is very fine indeed, although the second wedding ring on his hand and the 'THUG LIFE' tattoo on his knuckles suggests otherwise. Football can do crazy things to a man.

Ok, that was a lie (the tattoo says 'YOLO'), but he was in the studio to talk about the UK box office and his pick of films on TV for the coming week.

Friday
In the Line of Fire
9.00pm – 11.45pm
5USA


Saturday
Face/Off
9.45pm – 12.00am
BBC3


Sunday
The Social Network
9.00pm – 11.20pm
Channel 4


Monday
State of Play
11.10pm – 1.35am
ITV2


Thursday
Beverly Hills Cop
9.00pm – 11.05pm
Film4




Thursday, 16 May 2013

Today's phone guest was Breakaway Theatre's Bob Lewis


Bob Lewis was our guest today, from the Breakaway Theatre company.  They have been going 25 years and are a roaming company that do inside and outside productions.  They have around 40 active performing members, and around 200 associate members - often arranging social evenings, acting lessons, car boot and cake sales.

Their forthcoming production is called 'Roberto Zucco' based on a true story of an Italian serial killer in the 80s.  He was notorious throughout Europe, being placed on the 'Most Wanted' list.  The subject matter may seem dark but there is a comedic edge too.  In a twist to the format, the main role is undertaken by two actors to show the outside and inside of Zucco.  It was written by French author Bernard-Marie Koltes and has not been performed previously in Hertfordshire.  It contains adult themes and strong language, some discretion is advised.

The show will be performed from 30th May-1st June and then from 6th-8th June at the Maltings Arts Theatre.  Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketsource.co.uk/OVO and information about the group can be found at www.breakawaytheatre.co.uk

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Camphill Village Trust



Today, Kay Weston from the Camphill Village Trust spoke to Danny about the work of Camphill St Albans charity. As well as this, she enlightened us on the charity's Cafe on the Corner, one of the only cafes in St Albans Danny hasn't (yet) frequented!

Camphill Village Trust is a UK organisation supporting adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems and other special needs. Camphill St Albans has various projects which aim to get people involved in the community and help them be self sufficient. Alongside providing accommodation, they have a studio where service users create art and jewelry to sell, an allotment where vegetables are grown to be sold and a centre for social events, including plays, karaoke and PC facilities. 
As well as all this, Kay runs a sewing club, and is in the process of holding sewing machine lessons, aiming  to make the  internal mending service a profitable endeavor by opening it to the public. 

The Cafe on the Corner, (the corner being that of Adelaide and Catherine St) is open 9am - 4.30pm Tuesday to Saturday. Beneficiaries of the Trust get the opportunity to work here, and you can help them by buying a cup of coffee and some homemade cake. (We don't need to be told twice..)

The Trust are always looking for help and in particular are looking for donations of sewing materials to help their sewing club. If you know anyone that can help, or would like to learn more about the charity, you can call them on 01727 811228 or visit their website

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Local Tourism Feature with Charles Baker



Charles Baker came into the studio to tell us what's happening in the month of May!

Firstly the bank holiday weekend is jam packed with activities. There's the Urban Beach weekend at the Verulamium Park on sat 25 and sun 26th May, brand new courts have been set up in the park with sand directly from the Olympic venue. There will be lots going on at the park such as face painting, zumba, circus skills and refreshments. The weekend is free for any more info please head to www.stalbans.gov.uk/beach-courts

The Hertfordshire county show is also taking place on the Bank holiday weekend. Radio Verulam will be broadcasting live from the event so pop down and say hello!

On the 19th May the St Albans charity cycle ride is taking place. The Rotary clubs of St Albans organise this charity cycle ride event. There are 4 routes around mid-Hertfordshire. The event welcomes everyone to take part from adults, children and young people and families.

Moving onto June, on Saturday the 1st June - Sunday 15th September The Magna Carta 1213: The journey starts here is at the museum or St Albans. you can find out what motivated the barons and clergy men to formulate their demands to King John. For any more information on this event or others go to enjoystalbans.com


Monday, 13 May 2013

Citizens Advice Bureau




Elizabeth Crampton from St Albans Citizens advice bureau was our guest this evening on West Herts Drivetime, amongst the items covered were:

Disability Living Allowance - sometimes referred to as DLA - is a tax-free benefit for disabled children and adults who need someone to help look after them, or have walking difficulties.
The Council's Income Maximisation Team is happy to assist you with completing the DLA form. They can visit you at your home. Visit the contacts area of this page to access their details.
From 10 June 2013, a new benefit called personal independence payment (PIP) will be introduced to replace disability living allowance (DLA) for people of working age (16-64).Children under 16 will continue to claim DLA, and people over 65 can claim Attendance Allowance.
From October 2013, if you are aged between 16 and 65 and you report a change in your condition, you will have to apply for PIP instead.
If you receive DLA and will be aged between 16 and 64 on 8 April 2013, you will eventually have to make a claim for PIP instead, even if you have been given an indefinite or lifetime award for DLA.  At some point between January 2014 and March 2016 you will be contacted by DWP and invited to claim PIP. When you claim PIP your DLA will continue to be paid until the PIP claim has been decided, but if you do not make a claim for PIP within 28 days your DLA will be suspended.

What is money transfer fraud?
Money transfer services are often the preferred method used to obtain cash by a variety of fraudsters. Money transfer services, such as Western Union, allow individuals to send cash quickly, easily and reliably, allowing criminals to obtain cash from online auction site frauds, lottery scams, 419 frauds and criminal cashback.
When money transfer services are being used in connection with criminal activity the recovery of any cash sent is extremely difficult. Individuals do have to produce identification when collecting cash, however, the documents produced by these fraudsters are often very sophisticated.
How can we protect ourselves from money transfer fraud?
Never use money transfer services to send cash to people that you do not know or whose identity you cannot verify.
Never pay for an item bought on an online auction site such as ebay, through instant wire transfer service. The seller may suggest this option to you and may be entirely genuine, however there is little security in this, no matter what the seller says. Even if you are being offered a good deal, or a ‘second chance’ on an item that you really wanted, you are effectively sending your cash to a stranger ‘on trust’ alone.
Never send cash via money transfer service if you have been in receipt of any lottery fraud emails in which you are encouraged by the sender to transfer money in the form of advance fees in order to release lottery winnings. Genuine lotteries will never ask you to pay taxes or release fees. In fact genuine lotteries, such as the UK Big Lottery, have no idea who bought the winning ticket, so will never be able to contact you telling you about your ‘unclaimed’ prize money. You have to contact them with your details. If you have received any emails requesting that you send money, never reply, and never send these people money - by any method.

Similarly, never send cash via money transfer service if you have been in receipt any ‘419’ emails, that offer you a cut of a large sum of money - if you help to release it from a bank account. If you do respond to this mail, during the discussions with the sender you will be encouraged to send them cash in the form of advance fees to gain the release of the money, which is usually a ridiculous figure that is in the millions. Again, never reply, and never send these people money - by any method.

Never send cash via money transfer service if you have been in receipt of a cheque payment from an individual - in a sum greater than what you have asked. This is known as criminal cashback  for the item you are selling or property you are renting. After the cheque has been paid into your account, the fraudster you will encourage you to send the difference to them, or someone else by money transfer or bank transfer. Never send these people cash by any method. If the cheque you have received is stolen or forged, it can often take more than 3 days before that cheque is identified as being fraudulent, and by that time  you would have already sent the funds by money transfer with no means of getting it back, and also find that your bank account will have the original debt reversed, leaving you with the loss of the funds withdrawn and sent by money transfer.

What help is available to victims of money transfer fraud?
Victims of this type of fraud often feel personally humiliated by the situation – especially if they find themselves embroiled in a scam and have parted with a great deal of money. In most cases these victims do not inform the police, or tell anyone at all. It is extremely important however, that you do tell people, and inform the police if you find yourself embroiled in a scam as described above. As already discussed, career criminals look for victims who are unknowing about transfer services, or maybe looking for that ‘too good to be true’ opportunity of a lifetime. Always stay vigilant, and never even reply to any offers made to you that you are not entirely sure of, and only ever use money transfer services when sending funds to your family and individuals that you know you can trust.

New Music Playlist w/c 13th May 2013 & this week's featured track by Bastille

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
Bastille - Laura Palmer
Black Star Riders - Bound For Glory
Bonnie Tyler - Believe In Me
Daft Punk - Get Lucky ft. Pharrell Williams
Depeche Mode - Soothe My Soul
Fleetwood Mac - Sad Angel / Without You / It Takes Time / Miss Fantasy
fun. - All Alone
Goo Goo Dolls - Rebel Beat
Jamie Cullum - Everything You Didn’t Do
Joe Cocker - I Come In Peace
Josephine - Last Minute
Josh Groban - I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
Lady Antebellum - Downtown
Nell Bryden - Echoes
Olly Murs - Dear Darlin’
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Dresden
Phillip Phillips - Home
Rod Stewart - It’s Over
Sinéad O’Connor - Old Lady
Stereophonics - Graffiti on The Train
Stooshe - Slip
Tegan And Sara - I Was A Fool
Texas - The Conversation
The Script - Millionaires

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track for the week is Laura Palmer by Bastille:


Monday, 6 May 2013

New Music Playlist w/c 6th May 2013 & this week's featured track by Nell Bryden + Caro Emerald Album giveaway!

Hi Drivetimers

This week we are giving away copies of the brand new album by Caro Emerald.  If you would like to win a copy, just scroll to the bottom of this post for details.

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 - Get Lucky ft. Pharrell Williams
Depeche Mode - Soothe My Soul
Dido - End Of Night
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
Nell Bryden - Echoes
Noah And The Whale - There Will Come A Time
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Dresden
Passenger - Let Her GoPhillip Phillips - Home
Primal Scream - It’s Alright, It’s OK
Rod Stewart - It’s Over
Sinéad O’Connor - Old Lady
Stereophonics - Graffiti on The Train
Stooshe - Slip
Texas - The Conversation
The Mavericks - Born To Be Blue

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Echoes by Nell Bryden:



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Friday, 3 May 2013

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - 3rd May 2013

On this glorious Friday afternoon Chris was in the studio again, taking the place of Simon for another week. Simon has driven off into the sunset in his pink 1970 Cadillac Eldorado with a bevy of beautiful, bikini-clad women by his side and a ice box of cold beers under the seat and has said he will be back 'when he's back'. We think he's just acting out after Brentford missed out on automatic promotion last weekend. He'll get over it, Brentford fans are used to disappointment.

Ok, that was a lie (except for the bit about Brentford and disappointment), but Chris was filling in for Simon again this week and he spoke at length about the UK Box Office Top 10 and his pick of films on TV for the coming week.

Friday
ITV2
9.00pm – 11.25pm

Saturday
Channel 4
9.05pm – 11.25pm

Sunday
Film4
9.00pm – 11.45pm

Monday
BBC1
8.30pm – 10.40pm

Tuesday
ITV4
10.30pm – 1.00am

Wednesday
Film4
7.00pm – 9.00pm

Thursday
Film4
11.45pm – 1.55am

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Chris' Film Club: Bend It Like Beckham

As it's David Beckham’s 38th birthday today, Chris has chosen the film Bend It Like Beckham.  The film stars Parminder Nagra who so desperately wants to play football but her parents don’t allow her to play. She befriends Keira Knightly’s character who convinces her to try out for a local team.
The film also stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Shaznay Lewis and Ameet Chana.


Today's special guest - Tunde Baiyewu @Tunde_Baiyewu formerly of the Lighthouse Family


On today's show we heard my recent interview with former frontman with the Lighthouse Family, Tunde Baiyewu.

If you missed it, or would like to hear it again, click here.