Friday, 20 December 2013

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 20th December 2013

Tonight was the Drivetime Christmas show and Simon showed his dedication to the cause by not showing up. He gave roughly -19 minutes notice, which meant that we had 19 minutes of dead air, punctuated only by the sound of Danny coughing awkwardly. A quick call to the dashingly handsome and square-jawed Chris Aikman saved the day, as Chris was able to step in during his break from rehoming blind puppies by giving them to colour-blind orphans (Chris is a patron of Homeless Blind Puppies for the Benefit of Deuteranopic Orphan Toddlers, or the HBPBDOT for short).

Ok, that was a lie, but Chris was in the studio for an extra long edition of the Film Guide, when he not only discussed the UK box office and his pick of films on free-to-air TV for the next two weeks but also the worldwide box office for 2013, Danny's Top 10 Films of 2013 and what we can see in the cinemas next year.


Friday (20th)

Get Carter

9:00pm – 11:20pm

ITV4

Saturday (21st)

Zoolander

7:20pm- 9:00pm

Film4


Sunday (22nd)

My Neighbour Totoro

11:00am - 1:00pm

Film4


Monday (23rd)

Star Trek (2009)

9:00pm - 11:30pm

Film4


Tuesday (24th)

It’s a Wonderful Life

1:10pm – 3:50pm

Channel 4


Wednesday (Christmas Day)

Toy Story 3

3:20pm – 5:00pm

BBC1


The Muppet Christmas Carol

4:35pm – 6:15pm

Channel 4


Thursday (26th)

Paths of Glory

12:05pm – 1:55pm

ITV4


Friday (27th)

The Shawshank Redemption

9:00pm – 11:55pm

ITV2


Saturday (28th)

Escape to Victory

12:35pm – 2:55pm

Film4

 
Sunday (29th)

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

4:00pm - 6:30pm

ITV2

 
Monday (30th)

WALL-E

2:45pm - 4:15pm

BBC1

 
Tuesday (31st)

Singin’ in the Rain

2:30pm - 4:35pm

More4


Wednesday (1st)

Spartacus

11:20pm - 3:05pm

ITV4


Thursday (2nd)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

7:00pm - 9:00pm

BBC3

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Interview with Gordon and Lucinda from Herts Equestrian Assisted Learning

Today we were joined by Gordon and Lucinda from Herts Equestrian Assisted Learning (H.E.A.L). They provide the opportunity for people to learn about themselves and find positive solutions which help them get the very best out of life, both at work and at home. It is a very different experience based around actives with horses and trained professionals.



For more information

website: www.hertsequine.co.uk

telephone: 02081334582

email: learning@hertsequine.co.uk

Drivetime Sessions: The Tuesday Club

On Wednesday we were joined by Alternative, Rock&Roll band The Tuesday Club performing two original tracks and a cover.

With a mere handful of gigs under their belt the band could be viewed as new however this is a huge anomaly. The band is formed of eight members and we were joined by four of them. They describe their music as a mix between Roxy music and The Rocky Horror Show.




For more information on the band:

Lemon Rock: www.lemonrock.com/tuesdayclub

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thisisthetuesdayclub 



Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Interview with Jimmy Grey Co Manager of Saint Albans F.C.

  If you've heard  a lot of noise coming from Clarence park in recent months, it's probably due to the noise from the close knit fans of St Albans City FC. Last thursday we had a over the phone interview with the teams Joint Manager Jimmy Gray. He shares the joint manager position with long time friend Graham Gold.

     Together they have have been sharing sweet taste of victory with the longest Away run in local history. Recently they won 2-1 against Bashley and 4-0 against Hertford. However their run ended in a dramatic fashion last Saturday as (Conference National Leaders) Cambridge won 2-1 against Saints, sinking a goal in added time.


Jimmy Gray told us that fans of the team are a close knit community and visitors to the match will enjoy a friendly competitive atmosphere that you wouldn't expect to find in a league game.

All things considered the Saints have had an incredible year and hopefully Jimmy and Graham will guide the team into more success in 2014. 


For more details and information on the team and future matches go to: www.sacfc.co.uk


Faff-Free Cook Cooking with Jackie Johnson – Chocolate Coated Florentines



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 ….... Chocolate Coated Florentines

These make a lovely homemade Christmas pressie!

Ingredients:

75g butter       
75g light soft brown sugar
25g runny honey
1 tablespoon plain yoghurt
50g mixed candied peel
100g soft dried apricots - chopped
50g glace cherries – chopped
50g hazelnuts toasted and roughly chopped (or you could use almonds or a mix of both)
40g plain flour
125g plain chocolate

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Line 2 large baking sheets with baking parchment.
  2.  Gently melt the butter, brown sugar and honey in a large saucepan over a low heat until the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat.

  3. Stir the yogurt into the mixture in the saucepan and then add all the fruits and nuts and mix well.

  4. Sift in the flour and combine with a metal spoon.

  5. Place dessertspoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets. These will spread out quite a bit so leave 5cms in between.

  6. Bake for 20 mins until lightly browned and slightly crisp around the edges.

  7. Remove from the oven and leave on the baking sheets for 10 mins to firm
    up and then flip them over and cool on a wire rack smooth side up.

  8. Put the chocolate into a heat proof bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water. Using a flat sided knife cover the smooth bottom of the Florentine with chocolate and allow the chocolate to set. Makes 12 large Florentines.


New Music Playlist w/c 16th December 2013 & this week's featured track by Bruce @Springsteen

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Al Lewis - A Child's Christmas In Wales
Arlissa - Into The Light
Avicii - Hey Brother
Bellowhead - Christmas Bells/Jingle Bells
Beth Nielsen Chapman - Simple Things
Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes
Céline Dion - Breakaway
Cher - I Walk Alone
Deacon Blue - You’ll Know It’s Christmas
Eliza Doolittle - Walking On Water
Gabrielle Aplin - Salvation
Jack Johnson - Shot Reverse Shot
John Legend - All Of Me
John Newman - Losing Sleep
Katy Perry - Unconditionally
Kelly Clarkson - Underneath The Tree
Kim Wilde - Hey Mister Snowman
Kings of Leon - Beautiful War
Leona Lewis - One More Sleep
Lily Allen - Somewhere Only We Know
Little Mix - Little Me
Mary J. Blige - This Christmas
Michael Bublé - You Make Me Feel So Young
Nell Bryden - All You Had
Olly Murs - Hand On Heart
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Robbie Williams - Dream a Little Dream Of Me
The Band Perry - Don't Let Me Be Lonely
The Killers - Just Another Girl

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is High Hopes by Bruce Springsteen:

Monday, 16 December 2013

Life Style with Lisa Pearson



Lisa Pearson our life style guru was tonight's guest on drivetime talking about the top 10 tips for 2014.

1) Be nice.

I have a friend who is a ‘Nomad’ – i.e. technically someone who has nowhere to live.  She’s been a nomad for nearly a year, and has always had somewhere to stay.  The main reason being she is genuinely lovely.  People love having her around (check out her blog, it’s fascinating reading).  Being a nice person, must therefore be one of the the best insurances that there is.  Never ignore your friends; you may need them one day!

2) Ask for help

But of course, she wouldn’t have got any help if she didn’t ask!  If you let people know that there is a problem, then they will help out, and EVERYONE deserves help in a time of need.

3) Give back in return

In return my friend helps people out – she’s been a godsend for us for the past few months.  It’s quite true that people will get sick of a taker, but if you always make sure that you give in return (but don’t over give), then they will feel fulfilled by helping you.  It might be that you can’t do anything in return for a while, but that’s OK.  Also, it might be that you are limited in what you can do; don’t worry about that, and don’t under-estimate the value of what you CAN do.

4) Listen to your intuition

In a busy world, your intuition can save you time, and warn you of things that you are ignoring that could cause a problem.  Taking time to chill every day for a few minutes, try a simple meditation, go for a walk, or have a bath, can really help you to hear your intuition more.

5) Don’t ignore your debts

They just get worse when ignored.  You need to face them, be clear on your in and out goings and if there is a problem, get some advice and make a plancheck out the money advice service for free help.  Don’t ever think that you ‘have to spend money’ – don’t get into debt because you feel you should keep up with presents or socialising.

6) As soon as possible save

Try putting a little away each week, even if it is just £1.  Even if you are in debt.  Aim to build up to 10% of your income.  This sounds crazy, but it has a magical effect and it’s never too late to start.

7) Have a to do list

That way, things can’t creep up on you that might cause you trouble.  But if you are very overwhelmed, put them on a ‘long term’ list and stick to 3 top priorities.

8) Take responsibility for your life

I don’t mean ‘take the blame’, but I do mean looking at what you’ve been feeling powerless about and taking responsibility for your part in it.  Your attitude will affect your job and your relationships.  Ironically it is very unattractive to be around someone who is full of excuses, always blaming everyone else and feeling victimised by situations that others see differently.  Whereas someone who is strong enough to see their mistakes and their part in a situation is much more attractive in a relationship or workplace.

9) Take care of your health

Don’t ignore those niggles.  Stop putting it all off.  One of my best friends died 2 weeks ago – sometimes the body gets irritated with waiting for us and there are no more last chances.  It doesn’t have to be momentous, just take little steps.  A little more exercise, drinking enough water, improving your posture and breathing, and eating healthier will make a big difference.

10) Make contingency plans, then put them away

I don’t believe in worrying.  But I do believe that insurance and planning ‘just incase’ is worth it.  But once you’ve done it, put it away until you need it.  Face your fears, don’t let them run you.

Friday, 13 December 2013

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 13th December 2013

Today Simon was back in the studio to do the Film Guide after we took last week off. It was entirely Simon's fault that the show was cancelled last week because he is too much of a diva. Yep, that's right, Simon Carver threw a diva-strop and that meant the show could not continue. First of all, when Simon turned up in his limo we didn't have anyone waiting to greet him at the door. Our insistence that we are an all volunteer station and can't just hire someone to greet Simon at the door didn't seem to sit well with him but he still came into the building. When he discovered that we hadn't acquiesced to his request to lay out 3 bowls of pre-opened pistachio nuts and half a honey dew melon in his dressing room (which is in fact the toilet we share with the talking newspaper next door; Simon has scrawled his name on the door with a compass). This was the final straw for Simon who picked up his chihuahua, Miss Puddley-Pups, and flounced out the door.

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

Friday
Trading Places
9.00 – 11.20pm
Film4

Scarface
11.40pm – 3.00am
ITV4

Saturday
Die Hard
9.00 – 11.40pm
E4

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
10.00pm – 11.35pm
BBC3

Sunday
Dear John
4.55pm – 7.00pm
E4

Monday
Cliffhanger
11.05pm – 1.05am
ITV

Tuesday
Body Heat
11.05pm – 1.45am
BBC1

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Chris' Film Club (with Tatyana!): Ocean's 12

As Chris has been off sick all week, I decided to draft in film geek and new RV presenter Tatyana to bring us Chris' Tatyana's Film Club!

As today is 12th December, Tatyana chose the film Ocean's 12, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, et al.  A classy follow up to Ocean's 11, once again directed by Steven Soderbergh:


Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Drivetime Sessions: Billington and Quinn



We had local duo Billington and Quinn in this evening they performed two original songs and a cover.
The 1st song; Run to My Rescue is the first song they've written together and practically took mine and Danny's breath away.
Their 2nd song was an equally beautiful tune called Waking Up, and their Christmas treat for us was the slightly unusual choice (apparently it's big in Ireland?) Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer originally performed by Elmo and Patsy Trigg.
They have some gigs coming up if you care to check their Facebook- particularly exciting is their gig this Friday supporting the feeling at their Christmas shindig in at Stamford Bridge Staduim- tickets can be found here http://www.thefeeling.com/gigs.
You can find more information about Billington and Quinn's upcoming gig on their Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/BillingtonandQuinn

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Kim Wilde Interview @kimwilde

80s Sensation Kim Wilde joined us live today to promote her new single "Hey Mr Snowman"!

To hear the interview again, head over to our listen again service- and keep up to date with Kim on her website.

Andy Jarosz's Travel Feature @andyjarosz

Today the topic of our regular monthly travel feature was Brazil! Ahead of the World Cup in 2014, Andy talked about his experiences of the preparations.

With stadiums being reportedly behind schedule, unfinished seating was just one of the problems that the country faces. Yet, even though the 6 remaining venues were predicted to be complete at the start of December, and the football starts on the 12th June 2014, leaving some time for finishing touches.

If you're planning to fly in Brazil, think again! Airports and planes are already being used at significant levels, and Andy reported that if you want to get anywhere in the South American country you will have to go by air, not a good idea in the summer period of 2014 (unless you're there for the football).

The size of Brazil was an issue. So much to see and do became a problem! Entering the rainy season, wildlife is quite hard to spot- summer being the best time of the year (when a World Cup isn't taking place!). However, there are diverse buildings and coastal lines- Baroque architecture and waterfalls being just some examples.

Make sure to visit Andy's website and Twitter for further updates.

Monday, 9 December 2013

New Music Playlist w/c 9th December 2013 & this week's featured track by @kimwilde

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Al Lewis - A Child's Christmas In Wales
Arlissa - Into The Light
Avicii - Hey Brother
Avril Lavigne - Let Me Go
Bellowhead - Christmas Bells/Jingle Bells
Céline Dion - Breakaway
Deacon Blue - You’ll Know It’s Christmas
Gabrielle - Say Goodbye
Gabrielle Aplin - Salvation
Jessie J - Thunder
John Legend - All Of Me
John Newman - Losing Sleep
Katy Perry - Unconditionally
Kelly Clarkson - Underneath The Tree
Kim Wilde - Hey Mister Snowman
Kings of Leon - Beautiful War
Leona Lewis - One More Sleep
Lily Allen - Somewhere Only We Know
Little Mix - Little Me
Mary J. Blige - This Christmas
Michael Bublé - You Make Me Feel So Young
Nell Bryden - All You Had
Olly Murs - Hand On Heart
Paul McCartney - Queenie Eye
Robbie Williams - Dream a Little Dream Of Me
The Band Perry - Don't Let Me Be Lonely
The Feeling - Boy Cried Wolf
The Killers - Just Another Girl

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track for this week is Hey Mr Snowman by Kim Wilde


Thursday, 5 December 2013

Chris' Film Club: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Today would be Walt Disney's 112th birthday.
Snow White was the first ever animated full length feature!
Based on classic fairy tale and full of bright, well known characters it
doesn't shy away from darkness near the end.
Here's the trailer:

Martin from Aylett Nurseries talks about the jobs we can do in the garden this winter!

Tonight in the studio we were joined by Martin discussing the different jobs we can all do in the garden this winter.

Although you may think all gardening stops in the winter months you'd be mistaken. Martin has given us many ideas of both big and small tasks that can be completed.

These include: Feeding the birds and wildlife, insulating your green house if possible and planting Tulip and Daffodil bulbs ready for the spring months.

Aylett Nurseries also has a fantastic Christmas Display, good for all the family with a range of things to do and see. Their cafe is also offering a wide range of festive food and drink to celebrate the count down to Christmas and Christmas Trees are also being sold.


For more information contact details below:

Website: aylettnurseries.co.uk 

Telephone: 01727 822255

Email: info@aylettnurseries.co.uk


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

The Drivetime Sessions: The Devine Family

With a host of specialist instruments, a saxophone and a keyboard, The Devine Family played live in the studio today! The performance was a mixture of original and traditional material.

If you missed the session, head on over to our listen again service. Keep up with the Devine Family on their website and Facebook pages, and remember to tune in to The Traditional Irish Music Show!

Chris' Film Club: The Big Lebowski

Today is Jeff Bridge's 64th birthday.
He plays 'The Dude' in the Coen Brother's 1997 classic.
The Dude and his friend Walter (John Goodman) get caught up in a
complicated kidnapping scheme and meet a whole host of strange
characters.
Also stars Julianne Moore, John Tuturro, Steve Buscemi and Philip
Seymour Hoffman.
Here's the trailer:

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Chris' Film Club: Monsters

Monsters was released today in 2010.
It was directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Scoot McNairy and Whitney
Able it was made for a less than $500,000 and all the computer effects
were done on a laptop.
It tells of two people who have to make the long and arduous journey
across the northern part of Mexico, in a future when alien beings have
landed on Earth.
And here's the trailer!

Monday, 2 December 2013

New Music Playlist w/c 2nd Decembar 2013 & this week's featured track by @LeonaLewis

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Agnetha Fältskog - The One Who Loves You Now
Arlissa - Into The Light
Avicii - Hey Brother
Avril Lavigne - Let Me Go
Dan Croll - Home
Dido - NYC
Earth, Wind & Fire - Sign On
Gabrielle - Say Goodbye
Gabrielle Aplin - Salvation
Gary Barlow - Let Me Go
Jessie J - Thunder
John Legend - All Of Me
John Newman - Losing Sleep
Katy Perry - Unconditionally
Kelly Clarkson - Underneath The Tree
Kings of Leon - Beautiful War
Leona Lewis - One More Sleep
Lily Allen - Somewhere Only We Know
Mayer Hawthorne - The Stars Are Ours
Michael Bublé - You Make Me Feel So Young
Nell Bryden - All You Had
Olly Murs - Hand On Heart
One Direction - Story Of My Life
Paul McCartney - Queenie Eye
Robbie Williams - Dream a Little Dream Of Me
Rod Stewart - Can't Stop Me Now
The Band Perry - Don't Let Me Be Lonely
The Feeling - Boy Cried Wolf
Tom Odell - I Know

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is One More Sleep by Leona Lewis:


Chris' Film Club: Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2

Today is Lucy Liu's 45th birthday!
She is O-ren Ishii, one of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, who are
targeted for revenge by The Bride (Uma Thurman).
The film also stars David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah and Vivica A
And here is the trailer for Kill Bill 1.

Fox.

Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Sarah Buckingham from the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust was our guest tonight

The Trust was very pleased to welcome leading environmentalist Tony Juniper as  guest speaker at the Trust's AGM.
Tony is a campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor and leading environmentalist recognised, among other activities, for his work as Executive Director of Friends of the Earth.
He inspired the AGM audience with stories from his recent book, 'What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?', which puts forward the economic argument for valuing nature, with wide-ranging and sometimes astonishing examples of nature's value to the economy from across the globe.

Sarah updated us with upcoming wildlife events which can be found at the web site http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/