Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Chris' Film Club: The Harry Potter series

Today we can say a very happy birthday to the relatively unknown author J.K. Rowling. She is the author of the poorly received and unpopular Harry Potter series that were turned into 8 films.

They star Daniel Radcliffe as a teenage wizard who has to ward off the forces of evil with his friends (played by Emma Watson and Rupert Grint). The rest of the cast are veritable smorgasbord of British acting talent, including Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, Gary Oldman, Maggie Smith and many many more.

We're all going on a summer holiday...



Hi Drivetimers

I thought I'd write a special blog post to tell you what's happening to the show in August.  West Herts Drivetime will be taking a summer break, returning to our airwaves on Monday 2nd September.

In it's place for the month of August will be Summer Drivetime with Nick Hazell, Jonny Seabrook and Sylvia Fountain.  They will be sharing the presenting duties and to find out who is presenting when, make sure you look at the schedule at www.radioverulam.com (you can find it under the ON AIR section).

Summer Drivetime will largely comprise regular travel & traffic updates alongside the great music mix you have come to expect from our regular drivetime show.  Look out for some special extra features along the way!  The regular Drivetime team will be back in September with all the usual bits and pieces, plus maybe one or two new features as well!

Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting our little show.  It has been on the air in it's current format for just over three years and we wouldn't be able to do it without YOU!  Your daily song suggestions often make us chuckle, we are grateful for the various guests that come in from all over West Herts to tell us about the amazing community work happening in our area, and we really enjoy the live music from local talent.

On behalf of the Drivetime team, I hope you have a wonderful summer and we'll see you once again in September (well, we won't actually see you as radio doesn't work that way but you know what I mean).

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Travel Feature with Andy Jarosz


It appears our British summer is coming to a close, so what better time to migrate this coming august! Only one man can give us the low down on planning our summer holidays, our local travel correspondent; Andy Jarosz. Holidays do still require a great deal of planning but there numerous ways nowadays we can go about this.

In yesteryear there was less ways for researching your holiday destination. You could visit the local travel agent or look on Telly Text (Finding the news was arduous enough!) . Nowadays searching for holiday details has never been easier. Looking and booking online has never been more popular and more accessible. Some people can book their flight and hotel then plan the rest whilst they are in abroad! Most hotels have free wi-fi.

   A popular site for advice and information tripadvisor. Whilst Andy wouldn't advise it as a booking tool, he did hold the site in high regard for it's easily accessible information and format. But Andy also mentioned you have to be wary of bogus reviews. However if a hotel has 200/300 good ratings and a few mildly negative reviews then you can assume it's trust worthy. To check out tripadvisor go to: www.tripadvisor.co.uk

   Andy however likes the more traditional guide book. Guide books has major advantages over random reviews on a web-page. They are written by professional writers traveling to those locations and have experienced all of places in the book first hand.

However with all these people surfing the web have travel agents become a thing of the past?
Visting your travel agent has a number of advantages to book online. For example if you have a complicated flight path or want to go on a complex family holiday or require specialist itinerary. They are experts on their subject matter and can help you if your not feeling savvy about organising everything and finalising the booking. They can also offer more legal protection and insurance for example if the airline goes bust whilst you're abroad.

For more information on booking your holiday or general travel check out Andy Jaroszs' website and twitter feed:





Chris' Film Club: Predator

Today is the 66th birthday of officially the greatest actor of all time, Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger. He has made some classic movies and one that certainly deserves its 'classic' status is Predator.

Predator sees Arnie and his pals (including 80s action stalwarts Bill Duke, Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura) hunting down some hostages, all the while being hunted themselves. Predator is violent, action-packed and altogether awesome.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Chris' Film Club: Apollo 13

Today in 1958, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  Because of this, Chris has chosen the film Apollo 13.

Apollo 13 tells the true story of the mission when 3 astronauts (Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise) got stuck in space after a liquid oxygen tank explodes. They had to make their way back to Earth safely through ingenuity and inventiveness.

Stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris and Bill Paxton.


New Music Playlist w/c 29th July & this week's featured track by Matt Cardle & Mel C

Hi Drivetimers

Here is this week's new music playlist:

Andy Burrows - Keep on Moving On
Billy Ocean - Having A Party
Blondie - A Rose By Any Name (feat. Beth Ditto)
Bonnie Tyler - This is Gonna Hurt
Booker T - Broken Heart ft. Jay James
David Bowie - Valentine's Day
Emma Stevens - A Place Called You
Glen Campbell - Postcard from Paris
Imagine Dragons - It's Time
Jack Johnson - I Got You
Jahmene Douglas - Titanium
Jake Bugg - Broken
Joss Stone - The Love We Had (Stays On My Mind)
KT Tunstall - Invisible Empire
Kacey Musgraves -  Silver Linings
Lea Thompson's Ska Orchestra - Fu Man Chu ft. Bitty Mclean
Lissie - Further Away (Romance Police)
Matt Cardle & Melanie C - Loving You
P!nk - True Love (feat. Lily Allen)
Rod Stewart - She Makes Me Happy
Status Quo - Looking Out For Caroline
Stereophonics - We Share The Same Sun
Taylor Swift - Everything Has Changed (feat. Ed Sheeran)
Texas - Detroit City
The Mavericks - Come Unto Me
Travis - Moving
Zac Brown Band - Jump Right In

Items in BOLD are new additions
This week's featured track is Loving You by Matt Cardle & Melanie C:

Butterflies & Water Consultation with Sarah Buckingham from Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust




Our guest on Drivetime this evening was Sarah Buckingham from the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Sarah informed us about the following items
Butterfly bonanza at Aldbury Nowers
Record numbers of butterflies have been seen at a Wildlife Trust nature reserve near Tring, including a new record for the locally scarce dark green fritillary.
Butterflies are recorded every week between April and September along a set survey route at Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve. The survey completed last week (14 July) saw the highest ever number of butterflies recorded at the site since the Wildlife Trust started doing the weekly survey there. The record-breaking results included 296 marbled whites, 144 ringlets, 145 meadow browns, 57 large skippers and 19 dark green fritillaries.
The impressive numbers are a result of the hot sunny weather, coupled with the extensive work carried out by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust to encourage the plants that butterflies like. Dark green fritillaries for example favour almost exclusively the common dog-violet and hairy violet to lay their eggs on.
Numbers of dark green fritillaries have steadily increased over the years as a result of the Wildlife Trust’s management work at Aldbury Nowers. Two were recorded in 2010, 10 in 2011, 38 in 2012 and over 40 so far in 2013. This means they are generally more abundant on the reserve as a whole.
Around 80% of the UK’s chalk grassland habitat like that found at Aldbury Nowers has been lost in the last 60 years, as land has been developed and grasslands ‘improved’ for agriculture.
Sarah Buckingham, Communications Manager at the Trust, says: “Many of our native butterflies are in decline, so it’s great to see how well they are doing at Aldbury Nowers this year. It’s a wonderful place to visit if you are planning to take part in the Big Butterfly Count. See how many butterflies you can record while you take in the stunning views from the ancient Ridgeway National Trail. A walk on the reserve at this time of year is highly recommended!”
The Big Butterfly Count takes place 20 July to 11 August: http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/.

Water - have your say
There are just a couple of weeks left to let Affinity Water know how important protection of our natural environment is when it comes to water resource planning.
Our precious chalk streams are running dry because we take too much water from their sources.
If Affinity supply your water, let them know that it's vital that they incorporate protection of our rivers into their plans.
You can respond to the consultation here: http://www.talkwater.co.uk
Read more about the problem here: http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/campaigns/water+for+wildlife

Friday, 26 July 2013

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 26th July 2013

Today's Film Guide was a bit different to usual ones because it was actually recorded in advance. 8 years in advance to be more precise. The fact that Danny and Simon are so spot on with what they discussed, in terms of the UK box office and what films are on TV only proves to me what I've always suspected: they are time travellers.

This would explain why they seem to be so ahead of the curve, especially when it comes to things like fashion. Simon really knows his stuff when it comes to which gravel-grey jumper someone should be wearing.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon and Danny did record in advance and spoke about the UK box office and the pick of films on TV for the coming week.

Friday
Piranha
10.10pm – 12.00am
5*

Saturday
The King and I
3.25pm – 6.15pm
Film4

Sunday
WALL-E
8.30pm – 10.00pm
BBC3

Monday
Star Trek
9.00pm – 11.30pm
Film4

Tremors
9.00 – 11.00pm
ITV4

Michael Collins
11.40pm – 1.45am
BBC1

Wednesday
30 Days of Night
10.05pm – 12.20am
E4

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Thursday Interview: Kate Griffin

Today, Kate Griffin joined us in the studio to chat about her budding new life as an author and her book that has launched her career: Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders.

After being born in St Bartholomew’s Hospital, within the sound of Bow Bells in London, Kate's maternal family lived in Victorian Limehouse and her grandmother told her many stories of life around the docks. Kate now lives in St Albans.

Before becoming an author, she had worked as an assistant to an antiques dealer, a journalist for local newspapers and now works for The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders, based on Wiltons Music Hall in the East End and Kate's first book, has won the Stylist/Faber crime writing competition. And with her revealing on the show that she is signed up to do two more books, the story of Kitty Peck is not over just yet!


If you want to find out more about Kate then you can go to either http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7160408.Kate_Griffin or 

Kate Griffin was born within the sound of Bow bells, making her a true-born cockney. She has worked as an assistant to an antiques dealer, a journalist for local newspapers and now works for The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders, Kate's first book, won the Stylist/Faber crime writing competition.
Kate's maternal family lived in Victorian Limehouse and her grandmother told her many stories of life around the docks. Kate lives in St Albans.
- See more at: http://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/author/kate-griffin#sthash.SWy7RCMR.dpuf

Kate Griffin was born within the sound of Bow bells, making her a true-born cockney. She has worked as an assistant to an antiques dealer, a journalist for local newspapers and now works for The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders, Kate's first book, won the Stylist/Faber crime writing competition.
Kate's maternal family lived in Victorian Limehouse and her grandmother told her many stories of life around the docks. Kate lives in St Albans.
- See more at: http://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/author/kate-griffin#sthash.SWy7RCMR.dpuf
Kate Griffin was born within the sound of Bow bells, making her a true-born cockney. She has worked as an assistant to an antiques dealer, a journalist for local newspapers and now works for The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders, Kate's first book, won the Stylist/Faber crime writing competition.
Kate's maternal family lived in Victorian Limehouse and her grandmother told her many stories of life around the docks. Kate lives in St Albans.
- See more at: http://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/author/kate-griffin#sthash.SWy7RCMR.dpuf


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Tomorrow's News Stories Today

Matt Adams, editor of the Herts Advertiser, joined Danny to discuss this week's local stories this afternoon.





These topics included babies, The Apprentice, and drops in crime.  You can read all the local stories in the Herts Advertiser tomorrow. If you can't wait until then, check out their website or listen again.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Interior Designer Gwendoline Alderton talks baby rooms



Gwendoline came into the studio and gave us some advice on how you and your baby can get the best nights sleep.
Firstly, the temperature is very important, a comfortable temperature for you and you're baby will help create a comfortable atmosphere to sleep in. If you're using a duvet add a sheet underneath so you can swap between the two depending on the temperature of the night.
Moving on to colours , Gwendoline mentioned white creates a subliminal message that you're feeling cool, it also feels fresh and can make a room look more spacious.
When deciding on colours for a baby's room, if you're not a fan of the typical baby blue or pink then according to Feng Shui apple green is a great soft and calming colour for young ones.

as kids get older they start to ask for brighter colours such as red or black,  therefore you need to compromise. Introduce a section of the colour on one wall . With teenage girls they often ask for big patterns a good idea is to use a light reflective wallpaper which bounces light around and creates a bright happy atmosphere.

When you have a child/teenagers room you need to divide it into sections, for example a newborn baby needs plenty of floor space with engaging toys. Once children get older provide boxes (dump boxes) use a graphic on the box so children at a young age learn to put things back in the right place. Once they become teenagers a table and chair is a good idea with a shelf or pin-board to advertise their achievements.

For more advice from Gwendoline head to: http://ga-interiors.co.uk/ 

Monday, 22 July 2013

Monthly Science Feature with Science Correspondent Sam Rolfe



 


Sam Rolfe our science correspondent was tonights guest on Drivetime tonight, here is what Sam told us about;
The world is being asked to look up on Friday and smile in the direction of the ringed planet, Saturn.
The Cassini probe, in orbit around the gas giant, is going to take a picture of Earth, and the imaging team wants everyone to wave and smile.
Because of the great distance to Saturn, our home will appear as a mere pixel in the final photo.
But Cassini scientist Carolyn Porco says it is a moment to "celebrate life on the Pale Blue Dot".
"Waving time" - the period when the spacecraft's cameras will be operating - starts at 21:27 GMT and ends at 21:42 GMT (22:27-22:42 BST).
These timings include the 80 minutes it will take reflected light from the surface of the Earth to travel the nearly 1.5 billion km (900 million miles) to reach the outer Solar System.
Dr Porco's Ciclops imaging team will be producing a large mosaic of Saturn and its ring system on Friday.
Earth will appear as small speck in the lower-right of the final picture.
It is likely to be several days before the first images are processed and released.
The probe snapped a similar mosaic in 2006. On that occasion, Earth was positioned in the upper-left of the frame.
But Dr Porco says the set-up six years ago was not ideal. For the re-shoot, she plans to use Cassini's highest resolution camera, and the most appropriate filters to capture Earth in natural colour.
More than that, however, she says, people on Earth will know this time they are on camera, and that offers everyone the opportunity to participate.
Dr Porco hopes the picture will be reminiscent of the famous "Pale Blue Dot" image captured by the Voyager-1 probe in 1990.
That was a picture she helped organise with the astronomer and popular science writer Carl Sagan.
He memorably described the Earth as looking like a "mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam", such was its apparent insignificance in the vastness of space.
Inspired in part by the Cassini team's plans, scientists working on the Messenger probe at Mercury will also be picturing Earth on Friday and Saturday.
Messenger will see Earth as it scans the skies for any previously unrecognised objects that might be circling the innermost world.
Timings for these pictures are 11:49, 12:38, and 13:41 (all GMT) on both Friday and Saturday.
Parts of the Earth not illuminated in the Cassini images, including all of Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, will appear illuminated in the Messenger pictures.

The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. The shower builds gradually to a peak, often produces 50 to 100 meteors per hour in a dark sky at the peak, and, for us in the Northern Hemisphere, this shower comes when the weather is warm. The Perseids tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. They radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero, but, as with all meteor shower radiant points, you don’t need to know Perseus to watch the shower; instead, the meteors appear in all parts of the sky. They are typically fast and bright meteors. They frequently leave persistent trains. Every year, you can look for the Perseids around August 10-13. They combine with the Delta Aquarid shower (above) to produce the year’s most dazzling display of shooting stars. In 2013, the Perseid meteors will streak across the short summer nights – August 10-13 – from late night until dawn, with little to no interference from the waxing crescent moon. Plus the moon will be near the planet Saturn in the evening hours, giving a colorful prelude to late-night Perseid show. Best mornings to look: August 11, 12 and 13.


New Music Playlist w/c 22nd July 2013 & this week's featured track by Andy Burrows

Hi Drivetimers

Here is this week's new music playlist:

Agnetha Fältskog - Dance Your Pain Away
Andy Burrows - Keep on Moving On
Billy Ocean - Having A Party
Blondie - A Rose By Any Name (feat. Beth Ditto)
Bonnie Tyler - This is Gonna Hurt
Gabrielle Aplin - Home
Glen Campbell - Postcard from Paris
Imagine Dragons - It's Time
Jack Johnson - I Got You
Jahmene Douglas - Titanium
Jake Bugg - Broken
Josh Groban - False Alarms
Kacey Musgraves -  Silver Linings
Lea Thompson's Ska Orchestra - Fu Man Chu ft. Bitty Mclean 
Lissie - Further Away (Romance Police)
P!nk - True Love (feat. Lily Allen)
Rod Stewart - She Makes Me Happy
Scouting for Girls - Millionaire
Status Quo - Looking Out For Caroline
Stereophonics - We Share The Same Sun
Taylor Swift - Everything Has Changed (feat. Ed Sheeran)
Texas - Detroit City
Thea Gilmore - Start As We Mean To Go On
The Mavericks - Come Unto Me
Zac Brown Band - Jump Right in

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Keep On Moving On by Andy Burrows:


Thursday, 18 July 2013

Drivetimes New Gardening Feature with Martin Finney



Today marked the start of a new regular feature on West Herts Drivetime, with Martin Finney from Aylett Nurseries joining the Drivetime team to discuss all things gardening and to answer your questions.

He discussed matters relating to the extremely hot weather recently and what you can do to keep your plants healthy during July and across the Summer period.

These included pointing out that Roses can be deadheaded to prolong the display; by cutting back to an outward facing leaf encouraging new shoots a second display in the autumn can be achieved. Martin also encourages you to trim your hedges this month because the birds should have finished nesting.

He also advises that early potatoes should be ready to harvest this month, along with the fact that its best to dig just one root and if after inspection the tubers are too small leave them for a week or two, be sure to keep them well watered to assist the tubers to swell.

If you want a full list of jobs to do in your garden in July then go to the Aylett Nuseries website which is 
www.aylettnurseries.co.uk.