Monday, 30 September 2013

Chris' Film Club: Tucker & Dale vs Evil

Today I have picked a film that came out on this day in 2011: the little known but very funny Tucker & Dale vs Evil.

Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine play two hillbillies (the title characters) who get mistaken my murderers and much bloody fun ensues.

The trailer is below.

Today's Drivetime Guests - Seth Lakeman @sethlakemannews & Lisbee Stainton @lisbeestainton



Today saw the return to the Drivetime show of Seth Lakeman and Lisbee Stainton.  Folk-inspired, multi-award winning singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman tours with his hugely talented band plus special guest Lisbee Stainton on dates around the UK in October. Seth has released six albums including 2005’s Mercury-nominated Kitty Jay through to his latest album, Tales from the Barrel House, which confirms Seth’s innate knack for writing both foot-stomping, sing-along songs and more tender, thoughtful ballads.

Seth Lakemans new single - Portrait Of My Wife is out on 21st October 2013.

The interview is on www.radioverulam.com/listenagain and aired at approx 5.35pm.

Herts 10K

The charity
All proceeds from the HERTS 10K go to support the work of Grove House.

Grove House (part of Rennie Grove Hospice Care) provides care and support to patients with life-limiting illness throughout the Chilterns area of Buckinghamshire and the St Albans, Harpenden and Dacorum districts of Hertfordshire.

The hospice charity's services are tailored to the individual's needs: whether supporting patients through treatment to full recovery - or ensuring a patient can receive the best possible end of life care in the place of their choice.


Grove House will support more than 2,000 patients and their families each year.

Friday, 27 September 2013

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 27th September 2013

Today saw Simon come into the studio looking somewhat ashamed. Danny asked him what was wrong and Simon was at first reluctant to say anything. Danny then promised Simon one of the cookies he loves so much if he opened up. The thought of one of those cookies that makes Simon giggle so much was too tempting so Simon revealed a secret that he's been holding onto for many a year. He admitted to Danny and myself that he has in fact never seen a single movie and his reviews are thus fraudulent. Danny and I then admitted that we had suspected as much based on everything he has ever said on the Film Guide. Simon then couldn't decide whether he was relieved or insulted.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office and his pick of films on free-to-air TV for the coming week.

Friday
Dark Star
10.55pm – 12.35am
Film4

Saturday
Marley and Me
9.00pm – 11.20pm
E4

Schindler’s List
10.20pm – 1.55am
ITV4

Alien
10.55pm – 1.15am
Film4

Distant Voices, Still Lives
12.55am – 2.15am
BBC2

Sunday
The Railway Children
3.45pm – 6.00pm
ITV3

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
3.40pm – 6.20pm
Channel 5

Black Book
11.05pm – 1.55am
Film4

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Chris' Film Club: 30 Days of Night

Today is director David Slade's birthday and he was at the helm of the vampire film 30 Days of Night. The film sees Josh Hartnett and Melissa George attempt to hide from vampires in the northern most town in the USA (Barrow, Alaska). The town experiences prolonged periods of darkness due to its geographical location and this is perfect for vampires to thrive.

The film also stars Danny Huston and Ben Foster and the trailer can be seen below.

Kate Griffin Speaks to us about her new novel 'The Jade Boy' @kateagriffin

This evening we were joined by local author Kate Griffin to talk about her new novel 'The Jade Boy', which she has written under the pseudonym of Cate Cain and is released at the beginning of this month.
Like her previous novel 'Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders' 'The Jade Boy' is also set in London. Although this time the action takes place during the great fire of London and the book follows a band of children as they discover a sinister plot beneath the accepted story of the 'accidental' fire.
'The Jade Boy' is aimed at young teens, and might particularly appeal to a young male audience, not to mention our very own drive time host Danny Smith!



Kate also briefly spoke to us about plans to make a TV series of her novel 'Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders' (watch this space!) and her role at blog site http://spitalfieldslife.com/, a blog chronicling the goings on of London's east end.

If you missed Kate and would like to know a bit more then you can listen again at http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Chris' Film Club: Ronin

Today in 1998 Ronin was released. The film stars Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Sean Bean and Jonathan Pryce and was directed by John Frankenheimer.

De Niro and co. are hired to find a mysterious briefcases and much gunfighting and car chases ensue. The trailer is below.

Comedic Singer Vicky Arlidge @vickyarlidge live in the studio!

Today on the show we had none other than the YouTube famous Vicky Arlidge, fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe festival! She played two of her songs-subjects ranging from being a mum to losing your husband at the time of a football phone in.


You can find Vicky at her website, Twitter, Facebook and also her YouTube channel. If you missed the interview then check out our listen again service at the Radio Verulam website.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Chris' Film Club: The Great Gatsby

Today would be celebrated author F. Scott Fitzgerald's 117th birthday so I have picked two film adaptations of his brilliant book The Great Gatsby.

One is directed by Jack Clayton and stars Robert Redford as the title character and the other stars Leonardo Di Caprio and is directed by Baz Luhrmann.

Interior Design with Gwendoline Alderton

Gwendoline joined on Drivetime tonight to talk about the current trends in design on the high street
Dusky Pink and Soft Pebble are two ofthe in colours , and the pink blends well with Black or Grey.

Remember if you are changing your interior then the accesories will be in the Dusky Pink too.

The "in" patterns currently are tropical with bed spreads being a favourite


further details can be found at the web site  http://ga-interiors.blogspot.co.uk/

Monday, 23 September 2013

Chris' Film Club: The Hurt Locker

Today is actor Anthony Mackie's birthday and he starred alongside Jeremy Renner in the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker. The film follows a bomb disposal team in Iraq and is full of great acting (especially from Danny's favourite actor Renner), tense sequences and beautiful cinematography.

The film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow (who became the first female Best Director at the Oscars for her work on the film) and also stars Brian Geraghty, David Morse and Guy Pearce.

New Music Playlist w/c 23rd September 2013 & this week's featured track by @GavinDeGraw

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Capital Cities - Safe and Sound
Daft Punk - Lose Yourself To Dance (feat. Pharrell Williams)
Dave Stewart - Every Single Night
Eliza Doolittle - Let It Rain
Elton John - Home Again
Gavin DeGraw - Best I Ever Had
Hugh Laurie - Junco Partner
James Blunt - Bonfire Heart
Jamie Cullum - You’re Not The Only One
Jenn Bostic - Missin’ A Man
John Newman - Cheating
Josh Groban - Below The Line
Kathryn Williams - Heart Shaped Stone
Katy Perry - Roar
Kings of Leon - Wait For Me
Lawson - Juliet
Lissie - Sleepwalking
Matt Goss - Strong
Michael Bublé - After All (feat. Bryan Adams)
OneRepublic - Counting Stars
Passenger - Holes
Paul McCartney - New
Prefab Sprout - The Best Jewel Thief In The World
Rod Stewart - Brighton Beach
RubyLux - I Don’t Want Paradise
Scarlette Fever – Sunday Best
Sting - Practical Arrangement
The Feeling - Rescue

Items in BOLD are new additions
This week's featured track is Best I Ever Had by Gavin DeGraw:


Sam Rolfe - Science Correspondent

Sam Rolfe our science correspondent joined us on Drivetime tonight ;

Huge canyon discovered under Greenland ice
The canyon - which is 800km long and up to 800m deep - was carved out by a great river more than four million years ago, before the ice arrived.
It was discovered by accident as scientists researching climate change mapped Greenland’s bedrock by radar.
The British Antarctic Survey said it was remarkable to find so huge a geographical feature previously unseen.
The hidden valley is longer than the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It snakes its way from the centre of Greenland up to the northern coastline and before the ice sheet was formed it would have contained a river gushing into the Arctic Ocean. Now it is packed with ice.
The ice sheet, up to 3km (2 miles) thick, is now so heavy that it makes the island sag in the middle (central Greenland was previously about 500m above sea level, now it is 200m below sea level).
The canyon still runs “downhill”, though, and meltwater from the ice sheet seeps out below sea level at the northern end – at a relative trickle, rather than a torrent. Glaciologists think the canyon plays an important role in transporting sub-glacial meltwater produced at the bed towards the ocean.


NASA Spacecraft Embarks on Historic Journey Into Interstellar Space

NASA Spacecraft Embarks on Historic Journey Into Interstellar Space- NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. The 36-year-old probe is about 12 billion miles (19 billion kilometers) from our sun.

New and unexpected data indicate Voyager 1 has been traveling for about one year through plasma, or ionized gas, present in the space between stars. Voyager is in a transitional region immediately outside the solar bubble, where some effects from our sun are still evident

Friday, 20 September 2013

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 20th September 2013

Today Simon joined Danny and myself in the studio, expecting something a bit different. A party perhaps. It was an extra special show because it marked a very important anniversary. An anniversary that Danny totally remembered, of course. Like, he didn't forget at all, and will definitely tell you what it is, but wants you to say it first, like, just because. Simon wasn't having any of it and flounced off (as he is prone to do). Danny still has no idea what the anniversary is, but apparently Simon is off getting something 'annulled'.

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

Friday
She’s Out of My League
11.40pm – 1.20am
BBC1

Saturday
28 Weeks Later
10.55pm – 12.50am
Film4

Sunday
Lone Star
11.50pm – 2.00am
BBC1

Monday
The Joneses
11.05pm – 1.05am
Film4

Wednesday
Million Dollar Baby
9.00pm – 11.35pm
Film4

In the Line of Fire
11.00pm – 1.40am
5USA

Thursday
Blade Run: The Final Cut
10.00pm – 11.50pm
BBC4

Martin Finney from Aylett Nurseries

On the show tonight we were joined in the studio by gardening expert Martin Finney who gave us lots of useful tips for looking after our gardens as the winter approaches. Martin told us you shouldn't be worried about the early rainfall in September because everything will be nice and plump, but you should be picking your harvest about now if you haven't done so already.

Martin also suggests that now is the time you should be thinking about the future with your gardens and take advantage of the damp and warm soil. If you want to lay turf, plant grass or plant bulbs such as daffodils, then now would be the time to do it (although watch out for squirrels, who love bulbs).

Martin works at Aylett Nurseries and if you have any questions then get in touch with them via e-mail or just go into the shop and they will be more than willing to help.

If you want to hear the interview again, then use our 'Listen Again' service on the Radio Verulam website.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Chris' Film Club: Die Hard with a Vengeance

Today is British actor Jeremy Iron's 65th birthday. He starred as terrorist Simon Gruber in Die Hard with a Vengeance, the third film in the Die Hard series. Gruber is looking to avenge the death of his brother Hans (the villain from the first Die Hard film) and seeks to destroy John McClane (Bruce Willis).

The film is a return to form for the series, following the disappointing second film and it also stars Samuel L. Jackson.

Andy Jarosz - Travel Correspondent

Andy Jarosz our travel correspondent was tonights guest on Drivetime, Andy covered the following;
Holiday Disasters!
* Travel insurance, always have some and dont always go for the cheapest option, check what the policy covers as spending a few pounds extra can save you a lot of money in the long term
* If the worst happend - make an adventure of it, if your flight is delayed by say 6 hours , can you get to the nearst town for a look around? use the time where possible.
* Always ask for help if your stuck, if your car breaks down go to that house and ask for help , they may even feed you!
More details can be found at Andys web site  501places.com

Scarlette Fever @ScarletteFever_ on The Drivetime Sessions - Listen Again

We were thrilled to have Scarlette on The Drivetime Sessions yesterday.  Via the wonders of the internet, you should be able to hear it all over again here:


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Chris' Film Club: Moulin Rouge!

Yesterday we wished a happy birthday to director Baz Luhrmann. Luhrmann is known for his distinctive visual style, and nowhere is this better demonstrated than in Moulin Rouge!

Ewan McGregor plays a young English poet and writer who falls in love with Nicole Kidman's famed dancer. The film stars Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh and John Leguizamo.


Chris' Film Club: X-Men

Today is actor James Marsden's birthday and he played Cyclops in the big-screen version of the popular X-Men comic series.

Marsden joins a great cast, including Hugh Jackman (in a star-making role), Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan. All play mutants, battling for the future of their own race and that of mankind.

The trailer can be seen below.


The Drivetime Sessions: Scarlette Fever

In the studio today we had Scarlette Fever, playing both covers and original songs! The singer-songwriter releases her EP "Single White Female" on the 30th of September, and plays a mix of rock, indie and pop.

For more information on her new EP, future releases and other live studio sessions visit the Scarlette Fever website and twitter. If you missed the live session, visit our listen again service.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson – Banana and Blueberry Muffins



My motto has always been ‘never trust a skinny cook!' I do like to share recipes that I know work for me. They are not necessarily of my invention – but I will always give you the origin and maybe the story behind them! These recipes are relatively easy to make – hence the title, Faff-Free Cooking.

So today's treat is …. Banana and Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

225g plain flour
2 tsps baking powder
Pinch of salt
100g caster sugar
1 egg
125g plain yoghurt
125 ml milk
75g melted and cooled margarine
75g punnet of blueberries
2 mashed ripe bananas


1, Pre heat oven to 180C/gas 4 and place 12 paper muffin cases into a muffin tray.
2, In a large bowl, put the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar and mix lightly to combine.
3, Mix the egg, yoghurt, milk and melted and cooled margarine together in a jug. Pour this into the dry ingredients and mix lightly. Don't over mix or the muffins will be too dense in texture.
4, Add the blueberries and mashed banana and stir lightly through the mixture.
5, Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and bake for 30 mins until lightly golden brown.
6, Place on a wire rack to cool.





Monday, 16 September 2013

Cuppa For Care with the Court Yard Cafe

   On Friday the 13th, The Court Yard Cafe hosted an event "Care For A Cuppa". The cafe successfully raised money for local hospice Grove house by featuring a number of local arts and crafts including Funky Daisy Fashion and Jewellery, Pom Pom Emporium and many more stalls featuring various vintage items and hand made porcelain.

   Later in the day there was an hour set from the fantastic ukelele group Ver Players who play a wide range of upbeat covers from Maggie May to Valery by The Zutons and Amy Winehouse.  This was the first event of it's kind to be out on by The Courtyard Cafe, however that have also help raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Care and Support Charity by hosting Coffee Mornings.

If you wish to visit this safe haven from the bustling city life that is St Albans go to:

11 Hatfield Road,
 St Albans,
AL1 3RR


   Not only do they help raise money and awareness for good causes, The Courtyard Cafe also help promote local artists. Currently they are holding an art exhibition from the 7th of September to the 5th October. Featuring artists from near and afar including, Esther Kirkpatrick, Itzia Olbarria and Brigit Tompkins.

To find out more on their charity events, exhibitions and the cafe itself go to :

    www.courtyardcafestalbans.co.uk

Chris' Film Club: Goldfinger

As today is Director Guy Hamilton’s 91st birthday, Chris has chosen Goldfinger.

The 3rd James Bond film sees Sean Connery track down Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) and try and avert an attack on the gold reserve at Fort Knox.

Stars Connery, Frobe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton and Harold Sataka.


Lifestyle with Lisa Pearson @mummywhisperer - Upcycling!



 

Lisa Pearson our lifetsyle correspondent was tonights guest on Drivetime , Lisa told us about;
Upcycling.  She writes:

I thought I’d share what I’ve been doing all summer – embracing the Kirstie Allsopp revolution!
I love the whole crafting/upcycling revolution that has been birthed by the recession.  I believe that creativity is good for the soul, even if you aren’t a natural at it.  Plus it SAVES MONEY!  Money which can be spent on other stuff, or that can keep us out of debt.  So it’s a good plan!
The question is, how to go about it if you don’t have a natural eye or lots of experience?
Rather than start small, I decided to ‘go for it’ and see wether it is possible to create a vintage inspired Hairdressing salon/spa in Hertfordshire in 4 months, from as much upcycled stuff as possible.  I think seeing Kirstie at Britmumslive, may have meant I got a little carried away!
To read more from this fascinating article, follow this link http://mummywhispererblog.com/2013/09/can-you-really-upcycle-if-you-arent-kirstie-allsopp/

New Music Playlist w/c 16th September 2013 & this week's featured track by The Feeling @thefeeling

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Barenaked Ladies - Odds Are
Capital Cities - Safe and Sound
Daft Punk - Lose Yourself To Dance (feat. Pharrell Williams)
Earth, Wind & Fire - My Promise
Elton John - Home Again
Hugh Laurie - Junco Partner
Jack Johnson - Radiate
James Blunt - Bonfire Heart
Jamie Cullum - You’re Not The Only One
Jenn Bostic - Missin’ A Man
Jessie J - It's My Party
John Newman - Cheating
Josh Groban - Below The Line
Kathryn Williams - Heart Shaped Stone
Katie Melua - I Will Be There
Katy Perry - Roar
Kings of Leon - Wait For Me
Manic Street Preachers - Show Me The Wonder
Matt Goss - Strong
Michael Bublé - After All (feat. Bryan Adams)
OneRepublic - Counting Stars
Passenger - Holes
Rod Stewart - Brighton Beach
RubyLux - I Don’t Want Paradise
Scarlette Fever – Sunday Best
Simple Minds - Blood Diamonds
Sting - Practical Arrangement
The Feeling - Rescue
Tom Odell - Grow Old With Me

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Rescue by The Feeling:


Friday, 13 September 2013

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 13th September 2013

Today Chris couldn't come up with anything interesting to say on here because he has had a long week and his brain is tired.

That was brief but the truthful (thinking is hard) and Simon was in the studio as usual, not knowing the name of films and being too relaxed for his own good. Danny and Simon discussed the UK box office and Simon's pick of films on free-to-air TV for the coming week.

Friday
United 93
11.05pm – 1.00am
ITV1

Saturday
Starter for Ten
11.10pm – 12.45am
BBC2

Sunday
Changeling
9.00pm – 11.50pm
ITV3

Tuesday
Funny People
11.15pm – 2.00am
ITV2

Wednesday
Carlito’s Way
11.20pm – 2.05am
ITV4

The History Boys
11.45pm – 1.35am
BBC1

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Chris' Film Club: The Matrix

Today is respected actor Joe Pantoliano's birthday so I've picked a modern classic (or over-hyped piece of tosh if you are Danny) in the form of The Matrix. Full of groundbreaking special effects it was one of the biggest movies of the 90s. Just forget about the sequels.

The film stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Pantoliano and Hugo Weaving (as the villainous Agent Smith). The trailer can be seen below.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Chris' Film Club: Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Today is director Brad Bird's birthday so I have chosen his live-action directorial debut MI:GP for todays film club. The film (which is the 4th in the Mission Impossible series) was a surprisingly good film, filled with good, solid action and amazing stunts, nearly all of which were performed by Tom Cruise himself.

The film stars Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton and the trailer can be seen below.

The Drivetime Sessions: Grae Wall

Grae Wall was playing live today as part of the West Herts Drivetime Sessions with his band, Los Chicos Muertos! He is a local singer songwriter that plays solos as well as being the front man for another band, The Trailer Trash Orchestra.



Keep up to date with Grae and the micro label "Trashville" on Twitter, Facebook or the website itself- Trash Ville. If you missed the live performance head on over to our listen again service at Radio Verulam's website.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Chris' Film Club: The Three Musketeers

Today Chris' pick for the film club is a film that he loved when he was younger but discovered later that it was rather pants. The film is The Three Musketeers, because today in 1585, Cardinal Richelieu (often the antagonist in the musketeer films) was born.

The film stars Charlie Sheen, Oliver Platt, Kiefer Sutherland and Chris O'Donnell as the Musketeers and Tim Curry plays Richelieu. Sadly I can find only fan trailers online, which is weird, because that means people like it.

St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau

Elizabeth Crampton from St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau was our guest on Drivetime this evening, Elizabeth covered the following subjects;

Courier Scams

 This is a fraud that is mainly targeting the elderly and vulnerable in our communities. These scams are becoming increasingly prevalent across London and beyond.
Method

    Elderly members of the public have been receiving unsolicited telephone calls from fraudsters purporting to be from the police or their bank.
    A fraudster will ring a member of the public, claiming to be from their bank (or in some cases claiming to be the police), stating that their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on their card or that their card is due to expire and needs to be replaced.
    The person may be asked to ring the bank back using the phone number printed on the back of their bank card. This helps to convince the person that the call is genuine.
    However, the fraudster has kept the telephone line open so even though the person has called the bank, the call does not go through. Instead they are unknowingly connected straight back to the fraudster.
    The fraudster then gains the person’s trust by pretending to be from the bank and seeming to offer assistance. In many cases the person is asked to provide their full bank card details and key in their PIN so that their existing card can be “cancelled” and their new one "activated" or "authorised." The fraudster will then explain that the bank will need to collect the card.
    The fraudster will then attend the person’s address or send an innocent courier company driver to collect the card and sometimes provide them with a “replacement” card which is subsequently found to be fake.
    Therefore, the fraudster has obtained the person’s name, address, full bank details, the card itself and the PIN. The bank cards are then used fraudulently without the victim’s knowledge.

Variations

    Fraudsters pretending to be from the police cold calling members of the public claiming to be from the Economic Crime Department and that the person’s bank account has been compromised by criminals. The fraudster suggests that the person should transfer their bank balance into a “safe” police account.
    Fraudsters pretending to be from the police attending people’s addresses and retrieving the person’s card and PIN.
    Members of the public receiving letters on bank headed paper informing them that their account
    raudsters pretending to be from the police attending people’s addresses and retrieving the person’s card and PIN.
    Members of the public receiving letters on bank headed paper informing them that their account has been the subject of a fraud. The letter advises them to transfer their funds to a “safe” account and that an official will be in contact to provide them with a new card and PIN.
    Fraudsters contacting members of the public requesting them to cut their cards in half because their account has been compromised. They are then asked to post the cut card to an address where fraudsters simply tape the card together again and can use the details to commit fraud.

Prevention Advice

If you receive such a call end it immediately.
Please be aware of the following:

    Your bank will never attend your home
    Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card
    Your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN


KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WHEN YOUR FLIGHT IS DELAYED OR
CANCELLED

At a glance – key points
Contact your airline or tour operator to find out if your flight is likely to depart. Try their website first.
If you are already at the airport and your flight is cancelled (and your airline says there will be no more flights that day) try to make your way home if you can.
When stuck at an airport in the UK and your flight is delayed or cancelled, you have the right to be looked after by your airline, whatever caused the delay or cancellation. If you choose to go home and return, the airline should cover reasonable costs of your journey.
When major disruption happens, it may take longer to get through to customer service telephone numbers, websites and customer helpdesks. Please be patient, reasonable costs of your call should be reimbursed by your airline.
Your right to another flight or a refund
If your flight has been cancelled, your airline must get you to your destination or offer you a full refund. If your flight is delayed by more than 5 hours and you no longer want to travel you are entitled to a full refund. If you are a transfer passenger you are also entitled to a flight back to your original departure point. Be aware, once you accept a refund your airline no longer has to look after you. If you are on a package holiday and you choose to cancel your outbound flight, you may lose your entire holiday.
If you decide you still want to fly, your airline should help get you to your final destination. Airline call centres and websites will be very busy but be patient and persistent. If you allow your airline to re-book you then you will have a better chance of getting on an earlier flight with no risk of extra cost or the hassle of seeking a refund.
If the disruption is severe, your airline may advise you to make your own travel arrangements and will reimburse reasonable costs. If this happens, make a note of the conversation (when, where, and with whom) and any guidance from your airline. Ask the airline to update your booking with the agreement. You shouldn’t assume your travel insurance will cover you if you choose to get yourself to your destination.
If you have contacted your airline but they refuse to organise alternative travel for you, you have the option to make your own arrangements and claim the costs back from your airline. Try to rebook with the same airline and travel in the same cabin class. It will be easier to get all your money back if you can keep the costs down.

Full details can be found at the website http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/


New Music Playlist w/c 9th September 2013 & this week's featured track by Jenn Bostic @jennbostic

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alistair Griffin & Leddra Chapman - The One
Barenaked Ladies - Odds Are
Birdy - Wings
Capital Cities - Safe and Sound
Earth, Wind & Fire - My Promise
Elton John - Home Again
Florida Georgia Line - Cruise (feat. Nelly)
Jack Johnson - Radiate
Jamie Cullum - You’re Not The Only One
Jenn Bostic - Missin’ A Man
Jessie J - It's My Party
Josh Groban - Below The Line
Kathryn Williams - Heart Shaped Stone
Katie Melua - I Will Be There
Kings of Leon - Wait For Me
Manic Street Preachers - Show Me The Wonder
Michael Bublé - After All (feat. Bryan Adams)
Olly Murs - Right Place Right Time
OneRepublic - Counting Stars
Passenger - Holes
Pet Shop Boys - Love Is A Bourgeois Construct
Rod Stewart - Brighton Beach
Scarlette Fever – Sunday Best
Shane Filan - Everything To Me
Simple Minds - Blood Diamonds
Sting - Practical Arrangement
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra - Love Is The Drug
Tom Odell - Grow Old With Me
UB40 - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track for this week is the excellent Missin' A Man by the superb Jenn Bostic - and we are thrilled to announce that Jenn will be our guest on Thursday's show!

Friday, 6 September 2013

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 6th September 2013

Today saw the return of the Radio Verulam Film Guide! Simon was in the studio looking very tanned and buff, having spent the entirety of July and August in exotic locales with his various wives and girlfriends. He looked so good in fact that Danny and myself did not recognise him, as he looked a little like a squat Dennis Quaid who had been riding a horse. Simon then eased back into his usual chair and didn't know the name of several films. The Film Guide was back....

Ok, that was (mostly) a lie, but Simon was in to talk about the UK box office and his pick of films on free-to-air television this week.

Friday
Fallen
11.05pm – 1.05am
BBC1

Saturday
The Searchers
4.40pm – 7.00pm
Film4

Lake Placid
9.00pm – 10.40pm
E4

Sunday
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
9.00pm – 11.30pm
Channel 4

Tuesday
Dirty Dancing
9.00pm – 11.10pm
5*

Wednesday
The Next Three Days
9.00pm – 11.45pm
5*

Sliding Doors
11.20pm – 12.45am
BBC1

Thursday
Amadeus: The Director’s Cut
11.45pm – 2.35am
BBC1

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Drivetime Interview with Charity Workers Zoe Sigler and Jayne Walters

  Todays guests in the studio were Zoe Sigler and Jayne Walters, who are raising awareness of the charity organisation called The Open Door.  Zoe, who is a Volunteer Co-ordinator at The Open Door told us  "It's an emergency night shelter for st albans and surrounding area. They can receive shelter via a referral and can stay for up to 28 nights. During this time staff and volunteers offer support to help themselves with their situation and improve their lives".


  Jayne Walters is the PR Officer at the Hightown Praetorian & Churches Housing Association. The charity provides housing and support services to families, single people and people with additional needs. The housing association can also give referrals to those seeking shelter at The Open Door as well as supporting a number of other humanitarian charities.

  They have a drop in centre in Hemel Hempstead, which is open from  1.00pm - 2.30p Monday to Friday. Vulnerable members of the community can get food, advice and support from staff. They can also get a referral from other social services and networks or make contact with Open Door themselves.

   The service is now 21 years old and has flourished since 1992, with now currently over 100 volunteers predominantly working in the kitchens and the drop in sessions. They never turn potential volunteers away as they are the heart of soul of the charity. Running on a bank of staff the hours are flexible and acknowledge their volunteers busy life styles .

If you do wish to partake in either organisations you must be over 18 and commit to at least of 2 hours a shift within each month. All you need to do is complete an application form and a Disclosure of Barring Service form (DBS) as there are vulnerable people who seek support. Then there would be an informal interview, induction and overview of health and safety procedures.

  There are also a number of fund raising events held to raise donations including the annual Sleep In at the Abbey which will be Friday December 6th. They are also partaking in Dragons Apprentice.

  Whilst a lot of the helpers are from church groups, there is also a resurgence of young people wishing to gain experience and flesh out their CV's for university.  If you don't you simply don't have the time to work but want to help then click on the following links to donate money.

If you wish to find out more information about The Open Door click on the following link:

www.hpcha.org.uk/open-door.cfm

 If you wish to find out more about the Hightown Praetorian & Churches Housing Association information about  click on the following link:

www.hpcha.org.uk/residents-information/benefit-reform/

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

The Drivetime Sessions: J Starck

Today J Starck and bassist Simon Herries came in to the studio to play live as part of the Drivetime Sessions. Justin (J) writes acoustic songs with a mixture of pop, folk and soul and is playing at the Maltings Theatre on Saturday 14th September.


For more information you can find him on Facebook with news on previous albums, gigs and live demos! If you missed the session, head on over to our Listen Again service.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Sarah Buckingham from the trust was our guest tonight on Drivetime, Sarah told us about the folowing events;

The Lost Gardens of Gobions

Thursday 26 September, Brookmans Park

Gobions Wood in spring
8.15pm.
United Reformed Church, Oaklands Avenue, Brookmans Park. Anne Rowe from the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust is back to repeat her popular and fascinating illustrated lecture about the famous 18th century garden at Gobions, the remains of which can still be found in Gobions Wood - if you know where to look! No booking required.
The talk will be followed up with a walk on Saturday 28th September.

 

Tewin Orchard Apple Picking Event

Sunday 22 September, Tewin Orchard

10am-1pm
Come along for a morning of fruit picking to help with the harvest at Tewin Orchard. As places are limited booking is essential. For more information and to book a place contact the Trust on 01727 858901.

Otter Appeal

Help give local otters a place to shelter and breed

APPEAL UPDATE

We have raised an impressive £10,389.60 towards our habitat enhancement work, thank you to everyone who has already supported the appeal. We still need help to raise our target and do even more.
2013 Otter AppealWhilst numbers of these beautiful animals have been slowly growing in other parts of the country they are once more under threat in Hertfordshire and Middlesex.
We need to raise a minimum of £16,000 this year to carry out urgent habitat enhancement and creation work.

Why are otters suffering a decline?

Local monitoring of the otters' stronghold in the Lea Valley shows a serious decline in their presence from 13 to just 4 locations.
Like us, otters need food, shelter and somewhere to bring up their young. A male otter's territory can cover up to 20 miles. Unfortunately, we have many obstacles and threats in our area which make survival for our local otters difficult.
River locks, roads, railways and habitat loss are all barriers.
Otters need space to be able to move safely if we are to give them the chance of survival. Your donation will help us to create a flourishing Living Landscape to provide homes for the otter and other local wildlife.

Here are just some examples of what it costs to create and enhance our habitats for local otters...

...and so how your donation could help to give these charismatic animals a place to shelter and breed:
£30 could provide sites for otters to shelter and rest on the riverbank by promoting low, dense vegetation growth through coppicing
£60 could help clear a ditch and create a wildlife corridor for otters to travel between sites to find food
£120 could give a volunteer the skills and experience necessary to become a wildlife surveyor to monitor otters and help inform our restoration work
£300 could increase fish stocks by creating refuges for fish to hide and spawn
£500 could give otters a safe place to breed and rear pups by building an underground pipe and chamber holt

New Music Playlist w/c 2nd September & this week's featured track by @ScarletteFever_

Hi Drivetimers

We're back!  Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alistair Griffin & Leddra Chapman - The One
Barenaked Ladies - Odds Are
Birdy - Wings
Blue - Without You
Capital Cities - Safe and Sound
Caro Emerald - Completely
Earth, Wind & Fire - My Promise
Elton John - Home Again
Florida Georgia Line - Cruise (feat. Nelly)
Jack Johnson - Radiate
Jamie Cullum - You’re Not The Only One
Jenn Bostic - Missin’ A Man
Jessie J - It's My Party
Josh Groban - Below The Line
Katie Melua - I Will Be There
Manic Street Preachers - Show Me The Wonder
Olly Murs - Right Place Right Time
OneRepublic - Counting Stars
Passenger - Holes
Pet Shop Boys - Love Is A Bourgeois Construct
Rod Stewart - Brighton Beach
Shane Filan - Everything To Me
Sting - Practical Arrangement
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra - Love Is The Drug
Tom Odell - Grow Old With Me
UB40 - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Sunday Best by acclaimed local artist Scarlette Fever: