Monday, 29 December 2014

New Music Playlist w/c 29th December 2014

Hi Drivetimers

How is your Christmas going?  Over-indulged on the sprouts?  Sick of the sight of turkey?  Have no fear, in seven short days your favourite Drivetime show will be back fully refreshed for 2015.  Make a date in your diary for 4pm on Monday 5th January 2015 at your place - see you then!  In the meantime, here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Annie Lennox - Georgia On My Mind
Barbra Streisand & John Legend - What Kind Of Fool
Ben Haenow - Something I Need
Deacon Blue - Bethlehem Begins
Echosmith - Cool Kids
Engelbert Humperdinck & Ron Sexsmith - Something To Hold On To (feat. Fox Primary School Choir)
Gregory Porter & Julie London - Fly Me To The Moon
Jamie Cullum - Don't You Know
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett - It Don’t Mean A Thing
Little Big Town - Day Drinking
Longfellow - Medic
Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
Meghan Trainor - Lips Are Movin'
Nell Bryden - May You Never Be Alone
Olly Murs - Up (feat. Demi Lovato)
One Direction - Night Changes
Paloma Faith - Leave While I'm Not Looking
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Real Hope
Queen - Let Me In Your Heart Again
Rae Morris - Under The Shadows
Rumer - Reach Out
Sam Smith - Like I Can
Sia - You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile
Simple Minds - Let The Day Begin
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
The Waterboys - November Tale
U2 - Every Breaking Wave
Within Temptation - Edge Of The World

Items in BOLD are new additions

See you next year!

Monday, 22 December 2014

New Music Playlist w/c 22nd December 2014

Hi Drivetimers

We're now on our Christmas break but will be back on air on Monday 5th January 2015.  However, we are still publishing Radio Verulam's new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Annie Lennox - Georgia On My Mind
Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)
Barbra Streisand & John Legend - What Kind Of Fool
Deacon Blue - Bethlehem Begins
Echosmith - Cool Kids
Engelbert Humperdinck & Ron Sexsmith - Something To Hold On To (feat. Fox Primary School Choir)
Gregory Porter & Julie London - Fly Me To The Moon
Jamie Cullum - Don't You Know
Johnny Altman and JoanOvArc - Wild One
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett - It Don’t Mean A Thing
Little Big Town - Day Drinking
Longfellow - Medic
Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
Meghan Trainor - Lips Are Movin'
Military Voices - 1914 The Carol Of Christmas
Nell Bryden - May You Never Be Alone
Nico & Vinz - In Your Arms
Olly Murs - Up (feat. Demi Lovato)
One Direction - Night Changes
Paloma Faith - Leave While I'm Not Looking
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Real Hope
Queen - Let Me In Your Heart Again
Rumer - Reach Out
Sam Smith - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Sam Smith - Like I Can
Sia - You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
Tom Odell - Real Love
U2 - Every Breaking Wave
Wilko Johnson And Roger Daltrey - Muskrat
Within Temptation - Edge Of The World

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track will return in 2015.

Have a great Christmas!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Sam Rolfe our science correspondent joins us




Sam Rolfe joined us today to talk about methane and organic molecules on Mars. The term organic molecules describe any molecules that contain carbon atoms. Examples include methane, hydrocarbons and amino acids. 

Methane is a gas that has been detected on Mars before. Previously though methane has been detected using remote telescopic observations from the Earth or from space. This is a very exciting discovery because this is the first in situ (on site, in place) measurement from the surface of Mars. 

Methane being actively produced, what of it! 90% of the methane on Earth is produced by biological processes. so that means there is life on Mars?! Let’s not jump to conclusions here. The discovery of methane definitely does not mean that there is definitely life on Mars. However, we never know, we may meet some martians soon... 

To listen again and to find out more visit http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Chris' Film Club: Bad Santa

I've gone for a darkly comic film today for the theme of 'Christmas films'. Bad Santa tells the story of a career criminal (Billy Bob Thornton) who dresses like Santa to rob malls at Christmas. He is rude and crude, but starts to turn it around when he meets a young boy called Thurman Merman.

The film is delightfully dark and certainly not one for the kids this Christmas time.

Monday, 15 December 2014

New Music Playlist w/c 15th December 2014 & this week's featured track by @MarkRonson

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Annie Lennox - Georgia On My Mind
Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)
Barbra Streisand & John Legend - What Kind Of Fool
Culture Club - More Than Silence
Deacon Blue - Bethlehem Begins
Engelbert Humperdinck & Ron Sexsmith - Something To Hold On To (feat. Fox Primary School Choir)
Gregory Porter & Julie London - Fly Me To The Moon
Johnny Altman and JoanOvArc - Wild One
Jools Holland & Kylie Minogue - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett - It Don’t Mean A Thing
Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
Military Voices - 1914 The Carol Of Christmas
Neil Diamond - In Better Days
Nell Bryden - May You Never Be Alone
Nico & Vinz - In Your Arms
Olly Murs - Up (feat. Demi Lovato)
One Direction - Night Changes
Paloma Faith - Leave While I'm Not Looking
Paolo Nutini - One Day
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Real Hope
Queen - Let Me In Your Heart Again
Rumer - Reach Out
Sam Smith - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Sam Smith - Like I Can
Sia - You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile
Spandau Ballet - Steal
Status Quo - Pictures Of Matchstick Men
Take That - These Days
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
Tom Odell - Real Love
Train - Cadillac, Cadillac
Wilko Johnson And Roger Daltrey - Muskrat

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars:


Chris' Film Club: Home Alone

The theme for this week is 'Christmas film's (rather unsurprisingly), so I've decided to start with one of the biggest comedy films of all time. Home Alone stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin, a young boy who is left behind at his house over Christmas. He tries to make the most of it, until his house is invaded by two steely-headed burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). He then almost kills them both, basically.


Lisa Pearson - Lifestyle Correspondent

Lisa Pearson was our guest tonight talking about Pampering.

What is a Pamper?
A Pamper is time, time for yourself.

Why is it important?
Amongst other things a pamper can reduce your stress and cortisol levels.

How often?
Some people have a pamper each month, it can be every week or even every day.

Self pamper
Remember that it is about bringing a moment to your life, with some joy, and a feeling of happiness and calm.

Full details from Lisa's blog about pampering can be found at  http://mummywhispererblog.com 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Chris' Film Club: Memento

For the final film this week I have gone for Memento, Christopher Nolan's mind-bending crime drama. It stars Guy Pearce (Mike from Neighbours) as a man with short-term memory loss, suffered in an incident that ended with his wife's murder. Determined to track down the killer, but not able to retain the information, he tattoos clues all over his body and has to piece them together every 20 minutes.

The film also stars Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Chris' Film Club: The Blair Witch Project

Today I've plumped for one of the most successful indie films of all time. The Blair Witch Project had an initial budget of $25,000, and ended up raking in almost $250,000,000 worldwide. It is a 'found footage' film, about 3 students who go off into the woods to explore the legend of the Blair Witch, and are never seen again. The cast do an excellent job and the scares come more from what you don't see, than what you do. Imaginative and cheap filmmaking at it's best.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Chris' Film Club: Run Lola Run

Continuing the theme of 'Indie Films' we have Run Lola Run, a German film starring Franke Potente as a woman has 20 minutes to find 100,000 Marks or her boyfriend dies. The film is fast-paced and imaginative, as it splits into 3 segments to show 3 different ways she could find the money.

The trailer can be seen below.

Beauty And The Beast at the Abbey Theatre

Beauty and the Beast





Today we were joined in the studio by Angela Stone, who is directing the Company of 10 production of "Beauty and the Beast" at the Abbey Theatre this December.

The play, which is running from the 19th to the 30th, is described as "a breathtaking re-telling of a traditional tale" and is based on the award winning production of the same name that ran at the National Theatre in 2010.

Angela described the play as perfect for all the family to visit over the festive period, and encouraged us all to see this original take on a classic!

For more information about the play such as prices and performance times, visit the Abbey Theatre's website at:


www.abbeytheatre.org.uk

Monday, 8 December 2014

Chris' Film Club: The Kings of Summer

The theme for the Film Club this week is 'Indie Films', so we start with one that came out last year called The Kings of Summer. A quirky and charming coming-of-age comedy about three teenage boys (Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias) who run away for the summer and live in a house they have constructed in the woods.

The film is incredibly good-looking, and features some very good perfomances, especially from Arias as the 'weird friend' and also Nick Offerman, as one of the boys' father.

John Whale of the Motor Neurone Disease Association on dealing with MND



Joining us today in the Drivetime studio was John Whale of the MNDA, who talked to us about Motor Neurone Disease.

John talked about the money raised by his charity and how it's invested. He said that since the disease is incurable, the money raised goes primarily towards supporting patients in capacities such as care-giving and suffering-mediation, but that money also goes towards the long-term goal of finding a cure for the disease.

John then went on to tell us about a play called 'Thérèse Raquin' by Émile Zola (adapted by Nicholas Wright) which is scheduled to be performed at The Abbey Theatre at 7.30pm on January 15th. All proceedings will go towards the Motor Neurone Disease Association and he therefore implored us all to attend as the money will go a long way towards helping people with this horrific disease.

Play description: 

"Set in nineteenth century Paris, 'Thérèse Raquin' tells the story of a young woman who is forced to marry her sickly cousin, Camille. She endures a suffocating existence until Laurent, a friend of Camille, steps into her life and a passionate and torrid love-affair changes their lives forever."

For more information visit: http://www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/whats-on/


New Music Playlist w/c 8th December 2014 & this week's featured track by @deaconbluemusic

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)
Barbra Streisand & John Legend - What Kind Of Fool
Coldplay - Ink
Culture Club - More Than Silence
Deacon Blue - Bethlehem Begins
Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke
Gregory Porter & Julie London - Fly Me To The Moon
Idris Elba - You Give Me Love (feat. Maverick Sabre)
Johnny Altman and JoanOvArc - Wild One
Jools Holland & Kylie Minogue - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Neil Diamond - In Better Days
Nico & Vinz - In Your Arms
Olly Murs - Up (feat. Demi Lovato)
One Direction - Night Changes
Paloma Faith - Leave While I'm Not Looking
Paolo Nutini - One Day
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Real Hope
Paul McCartney - Hope
Queen - Let Me In Your Heart Again
Sam Smith - Like I Can
Sia - You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile
Spandau Ballet - Steal
Status Quo - Pictures Of Matchstick Men
Take That - These Days
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
The Robert Cray Band - Hold On
Tom Odell - Real Love
Train - Cadillac, Cadillac
Wilko Johnson And Roger Daltrey - Muskrat

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Bethlehem Begins by Deacon Blue:


Sunday, 7 December 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 5th December 2014

Tonight Simon (or Studley Spankington, as his male stripper business cards call him) was in the studio with Danny and Chris. Honor (who also works on the show on Friday and as such has tacitly agreed to be a potential figure of fun in these delightful little postings) was in the studio and had just about calmed down from when she saw Danny, Chris and Simon all bedecked in their 'taches. Those days were long gone, as it is now Dovember, where men wear a dove on their head to raise awareness for Trench Foot.

Simon came into the studio with his dove, Harold, attached to his head by a piece of string, which stretched from his ear to Harold's foot. The dove, however, was not the most worrying thing about Simon's appearance (Harold was rather placid actually, and sat quietly during recording). When shaving his massive Stalinesque lip blanket off, he accidentally cut himself. Not once, not twice, but 342 times. Simon is nothing if not a traditionalist, so he likes to use sharpened flints as blades because, as he says, 'razors are for sissies.'

As a result, his face now looked like he had fallen head first into a giant cactus. Some people can pull this look off. Simon is not one of them. Still, he manfully presented the Film Guide like he normally does - forgetting facts, names and not having done the research properly. Just like the good ol' days.

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

Friday
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
10.40pm – 12.25am
BBC3

Comfort and Joy
12.25am – 2.05am
BBC2

Saturday
Play Misty for Me
11.55pm – 1.40am
ITV

The Talent Mr Ripley
12.40am – 3.05am
Channel 4

Sunday
Passport to Pimlico
3.10pm – 4.55pm
Film4

Apollo 13
4.00pm – 6.35pm
ITV

Monday
Hot Fuzz
9.00pm – 11.45pm
ITV2

Wednesday
Rabbit Hole
11.35pm – 1.00am
BBC1

Thursday
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
9.00pm – 12.00am
5*

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Visit from Foodbank

Today we were lucky enough to be visited by Jane-Anne and Jenny from Foodbank. Foodbank is an organisation that helps people who are struggling with their finances. In the Christmas period more people than ever struggle to afford enough food for themselves. However Foodbank goes the extra mile by supplying pet food as well toiletries to people who need them as well. Foodbank is going to be open all the way through the Christmas period to make sure nobody in St Albans is hungry this Christmas. If you want to contact Foodbank you can reach them by any of the below details.


Website: www.stalbansdistrict.foodbank.org.uk
Email: staadfoodbank@yahoo.co.uk
Twitter: staadfoodbank
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Albans-and-District-Foodbank/1477988969120708

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

A Fairtrade Christmas in St. Albans






Today; we were joined in the studio by Reverend Jos Perris, curate of St. Peter's church. She was here to discuss the pop-up Christmas shop appearing in St. Albans over the festive period, as a result of collaboration between the six Christian churches in the St Albans.

The shop will sell Fairtrade and Traidcraft gift items, decorations and Christmas cards. All of the profits generated by the shop will go to local charities including Centre 33, Open Door and Bereavement Matters - St. Albans. The shop will also act as a drop off point for the FEED food bank.

The shop will be open Monday - Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, from the December 1st to December 20th. You can find it in the Cross Street Cafe at the Dagnell Street Baptist Church, on the corner of Upper Dagnall Street and Cross Street

Monday, 1 December 2014

How to be Thrifty with Penny Carr @beingmrsc

Joining us in the studio today was Penny Carr with a brand new feature, temporarily dubbed our 'Thrifty feature', which was all about the various ways you can save money.

Penny offered up the following top tips for saving cash this Christmas:

    • Plan ahead and shop early.
    • Begin shopping for next Christmas in the January sales.
    • Book travel ahead of time.
    • Talk to relatives of the recipient of your gift for ideas on what to give them.
    • Shop for gifts at the Charity Shop.
    • Recycle last years decorations. 
    • You don't need to buy a real tree each year.
    • Make your own decorations.
    • It's not necessary to spend a great amount taking the kids on expensive outings as they'll enjoy any Christmas related activity.
Danny's bonus tip: 

The 'Thrifty Sandwich'

1) Toast a slice of bread
2) Season toast with salt and pepper
3) Butter two slices of bread as normal
4) Apply buttered bread to either side of toast filling

Embrace thriftiness, being frugal is never something to be ashamed of.
For more information, visit Penny's blog at: www.beingmrsc.com

New Music Playlist w/c 1st December 2014 & this week's featured track by Johnny Altman and @JoanOvArc

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

AC/DC - Play Ball
Andy Burrows - See A Girl
Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)
Boyzone - Wherever I Lay My Hat
Chrissie Hynde - Adding The Blue
Coldplay - Ink
Culture Club - More Than Silence
Dame Shirley Bassey - This Is What You Are
Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
George Ezra - Listen To The Man
Idris Elba - You Give Me Love (feat. Maverick Sabre)
Johnny Altman and JoanOvArc - Wild One
Jools Holland & Kylie Minogue - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Neil Diamond - In Better Days
Nico & Vinz - In Your Arms
Paolo Nutini - One Day
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Real Hope
Paul McCartney - Hope
Queen - Let Me In Your Heart Again
Sam Smith - Like I Can
Spandau Ballet - Steal
Status Quo - Pictures Of Matchstick Men
Take That - These Days
The Robert Cray Band - Hold On
Tom Odell - Real Love
Train - Cadillac, Cadillac
Wilko Johnson And Roger Daltrey - Muskrat

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Wild One by Johnny Altman (Nick Cotton from Eastenders) & local band JoanOvArc:

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Chris' Film Club:

The film for today is Michael Cimino's Vietnam drama The Deer Hunter, which won Oscars for Best Picture, Director (for Cimino) and Supporting Actor (for Christopher Walken). Three friends from a Pennsylvanian town enlist in the army and fight in Vietnam. They are captured, are tortured by their captors and are forced to play Russian roulette.

The film stars Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, John Cazale, Meryl Streep and George Dzundza.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Chris' Film Club: Gladiator

Continuing the theme of 'Best Picture Oscar Winners' we have Ridley Scott's Roman epic, Gladiator. The film sees Russell Crowe's Roman general betrayed by the son of the Emperor, and he is sold into slavery. He fights his way up the ladder as a gladiator (hence the name) and soon finds himself performing for his old enemy.

The film also stars the gloriously evil Joaquin Phoenix, and the less gloriously evil Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed (in his final film) and Djimon Hounsou.

Talking Interiors With Gwendoline @ga_interiors


We're talking Christmas trends!

Whether you want to go modern or traditional, it all about getting that warm homely feel.
You can bring out the kids old decorations and make a statement of them or you can go statement with festive fabrics.
Tartan is top of the trends with loads of different colours on offer, not just your traditional red and green, but plums and blues.
To make a feature of the tartan you can go big with furniture or you can accessories with cushions and throws.

Animals are back! Just like in the summer we had dogs, it's now 'wild' animals such as stags and hares, again they can be printed on cushions, mugs and throws.

Interiors have also taken inspiration from the news of the new Star Wars film due to come out in 2015, its all about stars and space, with lots of glitter!

For more information go to:
ga-interiors.co.uk

Or visit her twitter:
@ga_interiors

(Even Danny's getting in the Christmas spirit!)

Monday, 24 November 2014

Chris' Film Club: Argo

The theme for the Film Club this week is 'Best Picture Oscar Winners', so I've started the week with a recent one. Argo won the award for Best Picture two years ago, and is 'based' on the true events in 1979, when Iranian protesters stormed the US embassy in Tehran and took most people hostage. Six diplomats managed to escape and hid with the Canadian Ambassador until they could be rescued.

The film takes great artistic licence with the events of history, and most certainly shouldn't be seen as historical fact, but it is still a very well made and exciting movie. It stars (and is directed by) Ben Affleck, and also features Alan Arkin, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman.

Sam Rolfe on the Rosetta Mission, Comet 67p and Colin Pillinger @smrolfe



Joining us in the studio on West Herts Drive-time today was our Science Correspondent Sam Rolfe who told us all about Comet 67p, onto which we have recently landed a washing machine sized probe.

Sam told exactly what a comet is; she defined one as a primitive rocky object formed during the early stage of the Solar System. They originate from two places: the Kuiper Belt and beyond the orbit of Neptune.

She then went on to tell us about the Rosetta mission specifically. The main goals of the mission, according to Sam, are to characterise the elemental, isotopic and molecular composition of the comet. Unfortunately the probe launched in 2004 has landed under the shadow of a cliff and is therefore receiving minimal power through its solar panels and only functioned for a mere 64 hours before the battery failed. Finally on the topic, Sam spoke optimistically about the project, despite the setbacks, as she believes that the scientists involved have a moderate chance of utilising the various instruments attached to the probe to restore it to working order.

Finally for today, Sam spoke about the Scientist of the Month: Colin Pillinger. Pillinger worked at Cambridge University and then helped to co-found the Planetary and Space Science Institute. He is best known for his work on the Beagle 2 project to Mars although unfortunately no contact was received from Beagle 2 on arrival, and it's not known what happened to the craft.

For more information on the topics covered on today's show, visit these sites:

http://www.livecometdata.com/comets/67p-churyumov-gerasimenko/
http://www.nature.com/news/philae-s-64-hours-of-comet-science-yield-rich-data-1.16374
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Pillinger

New Music Playlist w/c 24th November 2014 & this week's featured track by @PaulHeatonSolo & @atomic_box

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

AC/DC - Play Ball
Andy Burrows - See A Girl
Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)
Boyzone - Wherever I Lay My Hat
Chrissie Hynde - Adding The Blue
Coldplay - Ink
Culture Club - More Than Silence
Dame Shirley Bassey - This Is What You Are
Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Erasure - Reason
George Ezra - Listen To The Man
Idris Elba - You Give Me Love (feat. Maverick Sabre)
Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades Of Blue
Jools Holland & Kylie Minogue - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Maroon 5 - Animals
Neil Diamond - In Better Days
Nico & Vinz - In Your Arms
Paolo Nutini - One Day
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Real Hope
Paul McCartney - Hope
Robert Plant - House Of Love
Sam Smith - Like I Can
Spandau Ballet - Steal
Status Quo - Pictures Of Matchstick Men
Take That - These Days
The Robert Cray Band - Hold On
Tom Odell - Real Love

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Real Hope by former members of The Beautiful South Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott:


Sunday, 23 November 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 21st November 2014

Tonight Chris the Beautiful (he's had his name changed by deed poll) was in the Film Guide hot seat, after the usually irrepressible Simon was struck down with back strain. He suffered his crippling problem combing his Stalin-like 'tache. You see, Simon, Danny and Chris have been seeing who can grow the creepiest looking mustache for Movember and it's a fairly close run thing. We invited Drive Time assistant Honor Morrison into the studio to judge who was doing the best, and she ran away in tears and screaming, so we consider that a job well done.

Ok, that was (mostly) a lie, but Chris was in the studio instead of Simon to talk about the UK box office top 10, new releases and Chris' pick of films on TV for the coming week.

Friday
Zombieland
11:15pm – 1:00am
Film4

Saturday
U-571
1:15pm – 3:30pm
5 USA

King Kong
6:05pm – 9:40pm
ITV2

Sunday
It’s a Wonderful Life
2:50pm – 5:25pm
Film4

Wednesday
Flight of the Phoenix
7:50pm – 10:00pm
Film +1

Thursday
The Matrix
10:30pm – 1:15am
ITV4

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 14th November 2014

Tonight Chris Aikman, the glue that holds this whole mess together, had to skedaddle before the Film Guide started tonight. This meant that Danny and Simon literally had no idea about the names of any films, actors or directors, and the show descended into a bit of a farce (although it always has a farcical quality to it, it managed to take it to a whole new level).

Their inability to decipher each others film clues (e.g. "That bloke with the hair and the face is really good in that thing with the woman with the arms and legs, where they go to that place and solves that thing where the other bloke did something he shouldn't.") eventually made Simon cry with frustration. Danny chose to show his frustration by sticking drawing pins into his left arm and chasing Fluffy, the building's caretaker, around the floors with a stick of butter. All of this went out on air. Award-winning stuff, I think you'll agree.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk vaguely about the UK box office top 10, the new releases at the cinema and his pick of films on free-to-air TV for the coming week.

Friday
Face/Off
9.00pm – 11.15pm
BBC3

The Terminator
9.00pm – 11.15pm
5*

Saturday
Despicable Me
5.45pm – 7.40pm
ITV2

Love & Other Drugs
9.00pm – 11.15pm
E4

Sunday
Fiddler on the Roof
12.30pm – 4.10pm
5USA

Wednesday
Jesse James
9.00pm – 10.55pm
BBC4

Terminator 2:Judgement Day
11.10pm – 1.50am
Film4

Thursday
Tucker and Dale vs Evil
11.05pm – 12.45am
Film4

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Bake It Easy With Lucy From @heavensacupcake

Today on Tuesday's show we had Lucy from Heaven is a Cupcake with Bake it Easy.

Chocolate is on the menu today to distract us from the pre Christmas rush. Within Lucy's busy Christmas schedule with the Christmas cakes on order she's kindly given us a double chocolate cupcake recipe to satisfy our sugary cravings.

For 12-14 cupcakes (or one huge cakes)
Go to Lucy's recipe at:
http://goo.gl/4JISiY

Lucy's tips:
'If you can, use margarine as it gives you lighter sponge, though if don't have margarine it doesn't matter.'
'make sure to add the water to the cocoa powder otherwise you'll get a very dry sponge.'

Monday, 17 November 2014

New Music Playlist w/c 17th November 2014 & this week's featured track by @JoolsBand & @kylieminogue

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

AC/DC - Play Ball
Andy Burrows - See A Girl
Boyzone - Wherever I Lay My Hat
Bryan Ferry - Loop Di Li
Chrissie Hynde - Adding The Blue
Coldplay - Ink
Dame Shirley Bassey - This Is What You Are
Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Erasure - Reason
Garth Brooks - People Loving People
George Ezra - Listen To The Man
Jools Holland & Kylie Minogue - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Maroon 5 - Animals
Nico & Vinz - In Your Arms
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - In The Heat Of The Moment
Olly Murs - Wrapped Up
Paolo Nutini - One Day
Paul McCartney - Hope
Robert Plant - House Of Love
Sam Smith - Like I Can
Take That - These Days
The Pierces - The Devil Is A Lonely Night
The Robert Cray Band - Hold On
The Script - No Good In Goodbye
Tom Odell - Real Love

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Should I Stay Or Should I Go by Jools Holland & Kylie Minogue:


Lisa Pearson on coping with anxiety in business @mummywhisperer


Joining us today on West Herts Drive-time was lifestyle consultant Lisa Pearson, who spoke to Danny about coping with the worries involved in running your own business. The coping steps were as follows:
  • You are panicking 
  • You are letting people know 
  • You are letting your self confidence/self-esteem get in the way 
  • It's not exactly what you are meant to be doing 
For further information visit Lisa's blog here: http://mummywhispererblog.com/

Friday, 14 November 2014

@wardthomasmusic on Drive Time!


Tonight we had the delightful Ward Thomas on the phone. The duo, made up of 20-year old twins Catherine and Lizzy, are rising stars in the country music world. Originally from Southampton, they are currently on tour around the UK, and have recorded in Nashville: the spiritual home of country music.

They were on the phone from Gateshead, where they are performing tonight. They answered all of Danny's hard-hitting questions, such as 'What are the best and worst things about working with your sister?' Proper Paxman-style stuff, I think you can agree.

The duo were game throughout, and if you would like to know more about them then you can visit their website here.To hear the interview again go to radioverulam.com/listenagain where it will be available for seven days. Simply navigate to Friday, at 5:30pm

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Stephen Hathaway from the Radlett Light Opera Society joins us



Stephen Hathaway from the Radlett Light Opera Society joined us today to talk to us about their production of "Oh! What a Lovely War" which will be performed between 18th-22nd November at the Radlett Centre. 

This production is commemorating the centenary of the First World War, the Radlett Light Opera Society  will be staging this popular show developed by Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop. The show summarises and comments on the conflict using popular songs of the time. 

For more information please visit their website http://www.rlos.org.uk/aboutus.html

And if you missed it, please click here to listen again. 

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Drivetime Sessions with Katie Plus Juan

Live in the studio this evening we were joined by the local duo Katie Plus Juan. They played two of their own songs for us: 'Stronger' and 'When You're Young', as well as a cover of the Pharrell Williams song 'Happy'.



For more information on private bookings, gigs and new music go to their Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/KatiePlusJuan or check out their LemonRock: www.lemonrock.com/katieplusjuan  

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Andy Jarosz our travel correspondent @andyjarosz

Today we had the Andy Jarosz our travel correspondent to talk about escaping the weather.
Whether you want to follow the sun or the snow each country has something different offer. You can go skiing in Canada or sunbathing in the canary island.

For more information go to Andy's website:
http://www.501places.com/

or visit his twitter:
 @andyjarosz

New Music Playlist w/c 10th November 2014 & this week's featured track by @andywburrows

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

AC/DC - Play Ball
Andy Burrows - See A Girl
Boyzone - Wherever I Lay My Hat
Bryan Ferry - Loop Di Li
Chrissie Hynde - Adding The Blue
Coldplay - Ink
Dame Shirley Bassey - This Is What You Are
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Elbow - Charge
Erasure - Reason
Garth Brooks - People Loving People
Jack Savoretti - Tie Me Down
Maroon 5 - Animals
Michael Jackson & Queen - There Must Be More To Life Than This
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - In The -  Heat Of The Moment
Olly Murs - Wrapped Up
OneRepublic - I Lived
Paloma Faith - Ready For The Good Life
Paolo Nutini - One Day
Paul McCartney - Hope
Pharrell Williams - Gust Of Wind
Pink Floyd - Louder Than Words
Robert Plant - House Of Love
Rumer - Dangerous
Sheryl Crow - Callin' Me When I'm Lonely
Take That - These Days
The Pierces - The Devil Is A Lonely Night
The Script - No Good In Goodbye

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is See A Girl by Andy Burrows:

Monday, 10 November 2014

Consumer Advice




Elizabeth Crampton from the Citizens Advice Bureau was our guest tonight on Drivetime covering the following issues.



Will Aid


Will Aid is a partnership between the legal profession and certain charities. Every November, participating solicitors waive their fee for writing a basic will. Instead, they invite you to make a donation to the Will Aid charities. Suggested minimum donations are £95 for a single basic will or £150 for a pair of basic mirror wills.


More information about Will Aid is available on its website at www.willaid.org.uk. The website contains a useful will planner to help prepare for the meeting with the solicitor and a tool to enable you to search by postcode for a solicitor who’s taking part. You can make an appointment now.




More support for separating couples and parents


A new support package for separating couples and parents has been announced by the Ministry of Justice to help people who need to go to court but are not represented by a solicitor.


Support will include:
improved online information on the 'Sorting out Separation' and www.gov.uk websites
increased legal and practical support in the civil and family courts
in certain pilot areas in England, from 1 November, a free helpline for separating parents
from 3 November, a free mediation session for parties if one of you is receiving legal aid.


Further details on these issues plus much more is available at the web site http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/england/news.htm

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Chris' Film Club: Lake Placid

The pick for the film club today is 'Lake Placid', a funny and entertaining B-Movie style production about a quiet community that is rocked by a giant crocodile taking up residence in the local lake. It wouldn't be such a problem if he didn't keep eating livestock and, you know, people.

The film stars Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Platt as the experts tasked with taking the croc down.

The Drivetime Sessions with @MinnieBirch

Live in the studio this evening we were joined by the local singer-songwriter Minnie Birch. She played two of her own songs for us: 'Unravelling' and 'Wise Words', as well as a cover of the Katy Perry song 'Firework'.



For more information on private bookings, gigs and new music go to her Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/minniebirch or check out her Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/minnie-birch 

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Chris' Film Club: Pacific Rim

Guillermo Del Toro's big monster movie, Pacific Rim, is my pick for the film club today. Kaijus are huge, Godzilla-like monsters, attacking the Earth through a inter-dimensional portal under the Pacific Ocean. In response mankind has developed huge fighting robots called Jaegers, which need two skilled pilots to operate them.

The film stars Charlie Hunman, Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day and is a special effects spectacular, with comic book action.


Monday, 3 November 2014

New Music Playlist w/c 3rd November 2014 & this week's featured track by @erasureinfo

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Bryan Ferry - Loop Di Li
Coldplay - Ink
Damien Rice - I Don't Want To Change You
David Gray - Birds Of The High Arctic
Deacon Blue - I Wish I Was A Girl Like You
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Elbow - Charge
Erasure - Reason
Garth Brooks - People Loving People
Jack Savoretti - Tie Me Down
John Legend - You & I (Nobody In The World)
Maroon 5 - Animals
Michael Jackson & Queen - There Must Be More To Life Than This
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - In The Heat Of The Moment
Olly Murs - Wrapped Up
OneRepublic - I Lived
Paloma Faith - Ready For The Good Life
Pharrell Williams - Gust Of Wind
Pink Floyd - Louder Than Words
Robert Plant - House Of Love
Rumer - Dangerous
Shaun Escoffery - People
Sheryl Crow - Callin' Me When I'm Lonely
Simple Minds - Honest Town
Take That - These Days
The Pierces - The Devil Is A Lonely Night
The Script - No Good In Goodbye
The Who - Be Lucky

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track for the week is the latest offering from Erasure, called Reason.

Chris' Film Club: Troll Hunter

The theme for the Film Club this week is 'Monster Movies', so today I've gone for the Norwegian film Troll Hunter. The film is a 'found-footage' mockumentary, sort of in the style of Cloverfield, in which a group of student filmmakers search for the truth about trolls.

The film is funny and inventive, and stars Otto Jespersen, Hans Morten Hansen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Tomas Alf Larsen and Johanna Morck.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 31st October 2014

Tonight the usual gang of Danny, Simon and Chris were in the studio together for the first time in what felt like years. Last week Chris wasn't in the studio because he was modelling on the catwalks of Milan, and the week before Danny wasn't in because he was modelling on the boardwalks of Bognor Regis. Simon had meant to come in last week because he takes the show very seriously but instead joined St Albans City FC striker John Frendo (who also should have been at his work) at El Clasico in Spain. Simon and John had a wonderful time watching Real beat Barca, while St Albans got knocked out of the FA Cup and Danny sat humming gently to himself in the studio while West Herts listened intently.

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

Friday
Sharknado
9.00pm – 10.45pm
Pick

Saturday
Back to the Future III
7.35pm – 10.15pm
ITV2

Footloose
9.00pm – 11.10pm
E4

Sunday
The Wizard of Oz
5.10pm – 7.15pm
Film4

Fantastic Mr Fox
7.15pm – 9.00pm
Film4

Monday
Casablanca
5.10pm – 7.15pm
Film4

Tuesday
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
4.30pm – 6.50pm
Film4

Wednesday
Beasts of the Southern Wild
11.40pm – 1.30am
Film4

Thursday
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
7.05pm – 9.00pm
Film4

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Chris' Film Club: Titanic

We finish off this week of disaster movies with one of the biggest movies of all time. Titanic broke box office records in 1997 and is a testament to the visual ingenuity of director James Cameron. It tells the story of Jack and Rose, two people on board the Titanic from vastly different backgrounds who fall in love and it all ends happily ever after.

The film stars Leonard Di Caprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates and Bill Paxton and it's trailer (which is 4 minutes long for some reason) can be seen below.

 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Chris' Film Club: Cloverfield

So far in 'Disaster Movie' week we've had plague and tornados, and today we can add 'monster attack' to that list. Cloverfield is a 'found footage' film, shot from the perspective of a camcorder-wielding New Yorker, as 6 of them try and make their way to safety after an attack on the city by a mysterious beast.

The film stars Michael Stahl-David, TJ Miller, Odette Yustman, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas and Mike Vogel and is an incredibly inventive and thrilling monster movie.

Introducing 'The Parsons Knows local music'

We were joined in the studio this evening by Denise Parsons, who is launching her new show, 'The Parsons Knows local music' tomorrow at 7:00pm.

Her show will focus on keeping listeners updated about the music scene in St Albans and in surrounding areas with gig information, news & reviews.


For more information, check out her Facebook page, or go to her website: denisep2963.wix.com/theparsonsknows

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Gwendoline Alderton on Interior Design

Gwendoline was back in studio once again this evening, and this time she was discussing how to make your home appealing to buyers:

  • The most important thing is to know your buyer, and change some aspects of your home to appeal to them. For example, if a family is being shown around make sure all possible bedrooms have beds actually in them. Every room should have a purpose.

  • Colour is important as always, it influences buyers' perceptions from the very start. Colourful plants outside your home are a great way to make a positive first impression.

  • Within your home, make sure you have a colour balance and flow. Also remember to steer clear of too many loud colours, while also avoiding blandness.

Next time she is in the studio, Gwendoline will be discussing decorating tips in the run-up to Christmas


For more information, you can visit her website at: http://ga-interiors.co.uk/

Chris' Film Club: Twister

Following on from the fun of having humanity wiped out in a worldwide pandemic, we move onto the more localised threats of tornados. Continuing the theme of 'Disaster Movies' I present to you Twister, starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton.

The film came out in 1996 and is the story of a group of storm chasers who are trying to research tornados, and have a new method of doing so but it requires them to get really close (a little too close for comfort…)

The film also stars Alan Ruck, Cary Elwes and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The trailer can be seen below.

 

Chris' Film Club: Contagion

The new theme for the Film Club this week is 'Disaster Movies' and it don't get no more disastery (perfect English I think you'll agree) than a mass epidemic wiping out large swathes of humanity. That's what happens in Contagion, Steven Soderbergh's film about a new and frightening disease that sweeps across the globe.

It has an excellent cast, including Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow, and it's a seemingly quite realistic depiction of what would happen in real life. Well worth a watch.

 

Monday, 27 October 2014

New Music Playlist w/c 27th October 2014 & this week's featured track by @ThePiercesMusic

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Barbra Streisand & Blake Shelton - I’d Want It To Be You
Bette Midler - He's Sure The Boy I Love
Brian Wilson & Various Artists - God Only Knows
Bryan Ferry - Loop Di Li
Damien Rice - I Don't Want To Change You
Deacon Blue - I Wish I Was A Girl Like You
Elbow - Charge
Garth Brooks - People Loving People
Jack Savoretti - Tie Me Down
James Blunt - When I Find Love Again
John Legend - You & I (Nobody In The World)
Michael Jackson & Queen - There Must Be More To Life Than This
Neil Diamond - Something Blue
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - In The Heat Of The Moment
Olly Murs - Wrapped Up
OneRepublic - I Lived
Paloma Faith - Ready For The Good Life
Pharrell Williams - Gust Of Wind
Pink Floyd - Louder Than Words
Rumer - Dangerous
Seth Lakeman - The Wanderer
Shaun Escoffery - People
Sheryl Crow - Callin' Me When I'm Lonely
Simple Minds - Honest Town
Status Quo – And It's Better Now
The Pierces - The Devil Is A Lonely Night
The Script - No Good In Goodbye
The Who - Be Lucky

Items in BOLD are new additions

My featured track for the week is The Devil Is A Lonely Night by The Pierces:

Sam Rolfe on 'The Sound of Science': 'Tree Song' and 'Sound in Space'


Joining us in the studio today was Sam Rolfe, our dedicated Science Correspondent, providing us with our monthly dose of scientific intrigue.

Tree Song:

Sam spoke about a confusing phenomenon dubbed 'Tree Song', involving the translation of the grooves and notches of the cross-section of a tree, into music. The music is mapped through the use of a needle (much like that of a record player) which is run across the wood and the data collected is then converted into tangible melody by computer. Sam mused that the project was an interesting 'merging of art and science' and that what we can perhaps draw from the project is that 'music can be found in everything'.

For more information and to listen to 'Tree Song' head over to their bandcamp here: http://traubeck.bandcamp.com/album/years

The Sound of Space:

She then went on to discuss the idea of sound in space and the way sound travels. Sam used the example of the sound produced by lightening on Earth, and lightening on Jupiter. She played us a couple of clips to illustrate the similaritites and differences and informed us that sound is often used as evidence for the presence of lightening on other planets in our solar system.

For more information, see this website: http://www.iflscience.com/space/what-does-space-sound

Scientist of the Month: Alexander Graham Bell

Finally Sam spoke to us about her choice for scientist of the month: inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell. She told us that Bell's interest in speech and sound was influenced greatly by his father and grandfather who were experts in elocution. Sam also explained that a number of scientists were separately and simultaneously involved in the invention of the telephone but that it was Bell's patent for his design that meant he was credited with the achievement.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Drivetime Sessions with @TheJulietLawson

Live in the studio this Wednesday we were joined by the local singer-songwriter Juliet Lawson. She played two of his own songs for us: 'All These Days' and 'This World Goes On', as well as a cover of the Annie Lennox song 'Why'.



For more information on private bookings, gigs and new music go to her Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/JulietLawsonMusic or check out her website: www.julietlawson.co.uk

Monday, 20 October 2014

New Music Playlist w/c 20th October 2014 & this week's featured track by @JackSavoretti

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Barbra Streisand & Blake Shelton - I’d Want It To Be You
Bernhoft - Freedom
Billy Idol – Cant Break Me Down
Brian Wilson & Various Artists - God Only Knows
Damien Rice - I Don't Want To Change You
Deacon Blue - I Wish I Was A Girl Like You
Elbow - Charge
Jack Savoretti - Tie Me Down
James Blunt - When I Find Love Again
Jamie Cullum feat Gregory Porter – Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
John Legend - You & I (Nobody In The World)
Lady Antelbellum - Lie With Me
Macy Gray – Hands
Mamas Gun – Hello Goodnight
Michael Jackson & Queen - There Must Be More To Life Than This
Neil Diamond - Something Blue
Paloma Faith - Ready For The Good Life
Paul Carrack – Stepping Stone
Pink Floyd - Louder Than Words
Rumer - Dangerous
Seth Lakeman - The Wanderer
Shaun Escoffery - People
Sheryl Crow - Callin' Me When I'm Lonely
Simple Minds - Honest Town
Status Quo – And It's Better Now
The Who - Be Lucky
U2 - The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
Ward Thomas – Way Back When

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Tie Me Down by Jack Savoretti:


Lisa Pearson - Lifestyle Correspondent




Lisa Pearson was our guest tonight talking about applying for a job and how to approach the interview.

Social Media
Be careful what you post on Facebook/Twitter as many employers will check your details on there

Be on time
if you cannot be on time for an interview what does it say about you arriving for work on time?

Be honest
Do not lie in your application it is easy nowadays to seek information for an employer

Appearance
Think about your appearance before you go, wearing jeans and a T shirt is probably not giving the best impression

Further details can be found at the web site http://mummywhispererblog.com/

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 17th October 2014

This week saw Danny away from the studio as he had to bail his eldest son out of jail again. The little tyke, who turns 9 this coming Wednesday, was caught trying to stuff eighteen dogs into a blender in search for the ultimate 'Slush Puppy' (his words, not mine). Danny Junior, or Danny Hannibal McGyver Rocky Smith Jr. to give him his full title, has been in trouble with the police before. In June he went for a joyride on a donkey he stole from Brighton beach, making it all the way to Dover before being caught, and just last year he was caught attempting to hijack an EasyJet flight to Fano. Danny blames the influence of his godfather, Simon Carver, on the boy, who he insists was fine before Simon took him to Vegas for his 3rd birthday.

Ok, that was a lie, but Alex was in the chair this evening to talk with Simon about the UK box office top 10, the new releases and Simon's pick of films on TV for the coming week.

Friday
Dogma
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Film4

Saturday
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
5.40pm – 9.00pm
Film4

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
9.00pm – 12.20am
Channel 5

Sunday
Back to the Future Part II
6.50pm – 9.00pm
ITV2

Monday
The King’s Speech
9,00pm – 11.20pm
Film4

Dracula
10.00pm – 11.20pm
BBC4

Tuesday
The Bourne Supremacy
9.00pm – 11.10pm
ITV2

Wednesday
Hugo
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Film4

Friday, 17 October 2014

CLICK Productions in the studio!

On the show tonight we were joined in the studio by three members of Click Productions, a local theatre company. Alex, Audrey and Brian were in the studio to promote their new production called NSFW (Not Safe For Work) by Lucy Kirkwood. The play tells the seedier underside of the magazine business.

The show is on at the Abbey Theatre in St Albans from October 22nd until the 25th. The group is also putting it's program sales aside to donate to Watford Mencap. If you would like more information on the production and the group itself then you can visit their website here.




Thursday, 16 October 2014

Rizzo from the St.Albans Operatic Society visited us in the studio @stalbansmusical

Today on the drivetime show we had a visit from Elise from the St Albans Operatic Society. Elise came in to talk about the society's upcoming performance of Grease on the 4th till the 8th of November. The society is a completely voluntary society for budding performers in and around St.Albans. If you want to book tickets for the show which is being proudly showcased at the alban arena you can visit www.alban-arena.co.uk and enter Grease in the search bar. Alternatively you can get more detils by going to their website http://www.saos.org.uk/stalbans/musical/grease, their Facebook www.facebook.com/saosgrease or going to their twitter page @stalbansmusical.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Chris' Film Club: Mr & Mrs Smith

No it's not just women who swoon over Brad Pitt clearly from his choice of themes for the Film Club Chris Aikman does too. Chris' pick for Wednesday's edition of the film club was the film where Brad met his future partner Angelina Jolie, the film is called Mr & Mrs Smith. Brangelina play a married couple of secret assassins, however when they find out each others identities they are both tasked with taking out their other half. The film also stars Vince Vaughn and is full of clever action scenes, fun dialogue and dark humour.

The Drivetime Sessions with Neil Stanton (@sulcata32)

Live in the studio this Wednesday we were joined by the local singer-songwriter Neil Stanton. He played two of his own songs for us: 'Girl on the Spectrum' and 'Miserable Cowboy Song', as well as a mashup cover of the Lady Gaga songs, 'Poker Face', 'Edge of Glory' and 'Paparazzi'.


















For more information on private bookings, gigs and new music go to his Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/neilstanton32 or check out his website: neilstanton.bandcamp.com

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 10th October 2014

Danny Smith was back in the studio tonight, although not in the same chair. This is because last week it was used by the Radio Verulam Casanova, Alex McKay, and there were some suspect stains on it, so the decision was made to burn it. Simon was back in his usual seat, still not having quite recovered from the night of revelry last Friday. There was a point on Friday that Simon seemed to disappear, but this was not an unusual occurrence, what with Simon's history with both the police and much of St Albans' lady folk, but this was a bit different. Firstly, he left all his clothes behind, bar one shoe and his special pair of fluffy handcuffs. Secondly, he completely paid for his round of drinks, which made the rest of the gang suspicious as Simon normally ducks out before he has to pay for anything. Simon doesn't seem to remember the rest of the evening however, so it will just have to be added to our book called 'Simon's Nights He Cannot Remember'. It's now 1034 pages long.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office, the new releases in the cinema and the best films on TV for the coming week.

Friday
48 Hours
11.40pm – 1.20am
Channel 4

Saturday
Top Hat
2.55pm – 4.30pm
BBC2

Shane
2.55pm – 5.15pm
Film4

Shine
11.50pm – 1.30am
BBC2

Sunday
Dances with Wolves
12.35pm – 3.25pm
BBC2

Back to the Future
6.55pm – 9.15pm
ITV2

Changeling
10.00pm – 12.55am
ITV3

Monday
Kick Ass
9,00pm – 11.15pm
Film4

The Descent
10.55pm – 12.45am
Channel 5

Tuesday
Moon
9.00pm – 10.30pm
BBC4

Elizabeth: The Golden Age
10.40pm – 12.45am

Wednesday
Cape Fear
10.05pm – 12.45am
ITV4

Discussing Belgium, Poland and travel writing in general with @andyjarosz







Andy was in the studio once again today, and was discussing the great travel opportunities in Europe. He mentioned Belgium as a great place for a weekend break, due to the Eurostar making the country there only 3 hours away and the fact that all the major cities are generally within an hour of each other.

He also encourages Poland as a holiday destination, especially due to the excellent food scene in cities such as Warsaw (just don't ask him about mountain oysters).

Finally, Andy is running a travel writing event during the upcoming St. Alban's literary festival. You can find Andy at the Cross Street Centre on Saturday the 8th of November from 1:30PM. Entry is £5 and highlights include talks by eminent travel writers such as Matthew Teller on locations from the Andes mountains to the Middle East.

For more information visit:

Andy's blog: http://www.501places.com/

http://www.stalbansliteraryfestival.co.uk/

Chris' Film Club: Snatch

Today Chris picked the film Snatch for the film club. Snatch is a Guy Ritchie gangster film in which Pitt plays an Irish bare knuckle boxing champion who becomes involved in .a convoluted plot involving heists and murders. He stars alongside Benicio Del Toro, Vinny Jones, Jason Statham and Dennis Farina among others in this funny British Gangster film.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Consumer Advice feature with Elizabeth Crampton on Online Banking, Letting Agencies and Vehicle Taxation.


Joining us today on the show was Elizabeth Crampton, our very own consumer advice correspondent from the Citizen's Advice Bureau.

  • Firstly, she offered advice on the correct way to conduct online transactions and warned of the potential dangers therein. Namely she touched on the potential consequences of entering incorrect Sort Code and Account Number details, saying that such errors can cause money to disappear into the ether, despite the legal obligation for the recipient of an accidental payment to repay the money. Banks such as HSBC and Nationwide are now saying that if the money is not returned promptly, they will simply return the money themselves.
  • Elizabeth also proffered advice on the house rental process and how to ensure safe use of Letting Agencies. She warned that agencies cannot charge you for registration with their business, nor can they charge you for a simple list of properties available to rent. She said that to ensure you're not dealt with unfairly by any such agency, it's best to go with one that is a member of a voluntary self-regulating trade body as they will require their agencies to have both a complaints procedure and money protection arrangements. This means that should the agency go out of business, you won't lose your money. Finally on the subject, Elizabeth recommended that for more information you should head over to www.safeagents.co.uk, which offers appropriate advise.
  • Lastly, Elizabeth spoke briefly about changes in the Vehicle Taxation system. She reminded us that as of October 1st, it's no longer compulsory to display the paper tax disc on the windscreen of your car. It is however, still compulsory to tax your car and you can visit www.gov.uk/tax-disc to do so. She also warned that, following these changes, when buying a new vehicle the tax will no longer be transferred and you will therefore need to get a new vehicle tax before you use the new car.
For more advise from Elizabeth Crampton and the Citizen's Advise Bureau, please visit: www.adviceguide.org.uk.

Chris' Film Club: Se7en

This week's film club consists of Brad Pitt themed films. We cap the week off with Se7en a film in which Brad starred alongside Morgan Freeman Kevin Spacey and Gwyneth Paltrow. This is a tense, claustrophobic and intensely unsettling film where two detectives attempt to solve a series of murders surrounding the theme of the seven deadly sins.


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Martin Finney on autumn gardening



Today on the show, regular guest Martin Finney from Aylett Nurseries came in to discuss autumn gardening tips.

He advises to use autumn as a time of preparation: plant bulbs such as daffodils, which you can almost forget about until spring (make sure to plant bulbs in  a sunny area). He also encouraged putting down winter bedding now while the soil's still warm, so that hardy flowers such as pansies will live through the winter months.

 As we are in the harvest period, he says this is an ideal time to pick produce such as peas or apples. It is also a good time to protect currently growing fruit or vegetables, or sow things like carrots.

He also had exciting news about the upcoming Apple Weekend at Aylett Nurseries from the 18th - 19th of October. People are encouraged to bring any varieties of apple that they can't identify and experts will be happy to inform you about them. Youngsters are welcome at this event and also at the pumpkin scooping that will be happening there before Halloween from the 25th to the 29th of October.

For more gardening advice or information, visit the Aylett Nurseries website at:    http://www.aylettnurseries.co.uk/





Monday, 6 October 2014

New Music Playlist w/c 6th October 2014 & this week's new release by @NeilDiamond

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Ali Campbell – I Want You
Annie Lennox - I Put A Spell On You
Barbra Streisand & Blake Shelton - I’d Want It To Be You
Bernhoft - Freedom
Billy Idol – Cant Break Me Down
Bryan Adams - She Knows Me
Ella Henderson - Glow
Holly Johnson - In And Out Of Love
James Blunt - When I Find Love Again
Jamie Cullum feat Gregory Porter – Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Johnny Marr - Easy Money
La Roux - Kiss And Not Tell
Lady Antelbellum – Lie With Me
Lewis & Leigh - What is There To Do
Macy Gray – Hands
Mamas Gun – Hello Goodnight
Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass
Michael Jackson - A Place With No Name
Neil Diamond - Something Blue
Paul Carrack – Stepping Stone
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot – When It Was Ours
Robin Gibb – I Am The World
Seth Lakeman - The Wanderer
Si Cranstoun – Dance For Evermore
Spandau Ballet – This Is The Love
Status Quo – And Its Better Now
Stevie Nicks – The Dealer
Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
U2 - The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
Ward Thomas – Way Back When

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Saturday, 4 October 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 26th September 2014

A tad late, I know, but let us pretend it isn't.

With the weekend now upon us, Danny, Chris and Simon were all very excited. Not because of the St Albans Beer Festival, nor was it for St Albans City's away game at Hayes & Yeading on Sunday in the FA Cup. Nope, the terrible trio were going to have a weekend long Dungeons and Dragons session. They had rented out the whole 7th floor of the Ziggurat Building to role play their quest, with Simon busting out his 'Simonty the Brave' outfit, which he made to go with the publication of his epic tome last week. Danny went for his character 'Smyth the Well-Endowed', an elf with a massive weapon, while Chris has brought all the gear for his character 'Christor the Merciless', whom Chris describes as a 'pugnacious dwarf with a God-complex and a drinking problem'. They planned to play for the whole weekend but sadly the game ended after only an hour, due to Simon and Danny having a falling out and their mothers having to come get them.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office, new releases and films on TV.

Friday
The Lives of Us
12.05am – 2.15am
BBC2

Saturday
Swing Time
12.50pm – 3.30pm
BBC2

Field of Dreams
2.35pm – 4.30pm
ITV

Margin Call
10.30pm – 12.10am
BBC2

Sunday
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
2.45pm – 4.55pm
ITV2

Kung Fu Panda
8.35pm – 10.00pm
BBC3

Monday
The Terminator
10.55pm – 12.50am
Channel 5

Tuesday
The Blues brothers
11.35pm – 2.10am
ITV4

Thursday
The Social Network
11.30pm – 1.50am
Film4

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 3rd October 2014

Danny wasn't in the studio tonight due to that rash that doesn't seem to want to go away, so Alex McKay was in the presenters chair, along with the usual duo of Simon and Chris. This meant that for the first time in years the average age of the Film Guide was now below 75 and to celebrate this new found youthfulness the gang decided to hit the town instead of doing the Film Guide. Of course, they couldn't just leave 30 minutes of dead air (that would just be unprofessional), so they took all the outside broadcasting equipment out with them. Listeners got front row seat at Simon's keg stand, as well as Alex's, the Casanova of Radio Verulam, attempts to chat up every single lady we encounter. Chris, ever the sensible (and dashing), was on designated driver duty, although in retrospect that wasn't the best idea, seeing as Chris can't drive. All in all, the evening was a lot of fun, but we've yet to get our recording equipment back from the police.

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

Friday
Wall Street
12.35am – 2.45am
Channel 4

Saturday
Flying down to Rio
1.00pm – 2.25pm
BBC2

A Fistful of Dollars
9.15pm – 11.20pm
Channel 5

Sunday
The Manchurian Candidate
2.25pm – 5.00pm
ITV4

Forever Young
2.30pm – 4.40pm
5*

Monday
Adaptation
1.25am – 3.40am
Film4

Tuesday
Backdraft
11.40pm – 2.20am
ITV4

Wednesday
Downfall
9.00pm – 11.25pm
BBC4

Thursday
8 Mile
11.50pm – 2.00am
ITV4


Thursday, 2 October 2014

Chris' Film Club: Miller's Crossing

The final film to enter our illustrious film club this week is the Coen Brother's brilliant gangster film, Miller's Crossing. Gabriel Byrne plays an Irish mob enforcer who is having an affair with his boss' lover, while their gang gets involved in a turf war with an Italian mob.

The Coen's are masters at balancing the light and the dark in their films, and Miller's Crossing is often as funny as it is violent, and it features great supporting turns from Albert Finney, Marcia Gay Harden and John Turturro.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Chris' Film Club: The Long Good Friday

Continuing our theme of 'Gangster Films' I've plumped for The Long Good Friday, a British classic that was also the breakout film for the late Bob Hoskins.

Hoskins plays the king of the London criminal underworld who is attempting to start a legitimate business but still gets mixed up with the Mafia, IRA and corrupt police. He also finds he can't get away from his criminal tendencies.

The film also stars Helen Mirren and has a part for a young Pierce Brosnan.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Chris' Film Club: Scarface

The theme for this week's Film Club is 'Gangster Films', so I've gone for the American classic Scarface. Al Pacino is Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant who makes his way to the top of the Miami crime world and makes a few enemies along the way.

The film is directed by Brian De Palma and also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. It's full of grisly violence and drug taking, so it can be labelled under 'One for the whole family'.

The Quorum Singers


Today (Tuesday 30th of September) our guest on the drivetime show was Hellen Phillimore. Hellen is a member of the Quorum Singers of St. Albans, a choir who perform for charity. Helen was on to tell us about their upcoming concert on the 4th of October to celebrate the 25th anniversary of both the foundation of the choir and the opening of the community centre where they first performed. The Quorum Singers enjoy an excellent reputation both for the quality of their singing and their charitable works. They describe themselves as "a friendly group of men and women" and are happy to welcome new members.

The details for the anniversary concert are as follows:

Date: 4th October 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Dagnall Street Baptist Church, St. Alban's AL3 5EE


For more information about The Quorum Singers, you can visit their website at:
http://www.quorumsingers.org.uk/