Thursday, 29 May 2014

Chris' Film Club: In Bruges

To round off this week's theme of 'films with places in the title' I've gone for Martin McDonagh's 2008 dark comedy In Bruges. The film is about two Irish hitmen (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) who go to the Belgian city of Bruges under the orders of their psychotic boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes). The film gets a lot of humour from the relationship between the men and the city they find themselves in, as they both react in different ways. The film is, at points, exceptionally violent but is also brilliantly funny and full of great performances.

Dave Weaver- Japanese Daisy Chain

Today local author Dave Weaver came into talk to Danny about his latest publication 'Japanese Daisy Chain'.

Set in contemporary Japan, 'Japanese Daisy Chain' is a series individual characters stories entwined by seemingly unrelated incidents.

Dave explained that he decided to set this book in Japan because it is where his wife is from and he has visited it several times and found it to e a wonderful story.

He also finds that Japan lends itself very well to ghost stories and that the contemporary culture adds to the mystery of the book.

This is Dave's second book, which is available in Waterstone's in St Albans and also on Kindle.

He plans to release a further 3 books in the near future. For more information go to Dave's blog:

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Chris' Film Club: From Russia With Love

Continuing the theme of films with places in the title, I've gone for From Russia With Love, the second Bond film and second with Sean Connery in the starring role. He goes up against S.P.E.C.T.R.E., a shadowy organisation determined to ruin everyones evening.

The film stars Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi and Lotte Lenya and the trailer can be seen below.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Chris' Film Club: Gangs of New York

For the Film Club this week I am admitting films that have place names in their titles. Today I have chosen the Martin Scorsese epic Gangs of New York. Set during the mid-nineteenth century, it tells the story of warring gangs in Boston.... nah, just kidding! Of course they're in New York.

It stars Leonardo Di Caprio, Leonardo Di Caprio's awful Irish accent, Cameron Diaz, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson, Jim Broadbent and the fantastically wonderful Daniel Day-Lewis, who steals the show as Bill the Butcher. The film isn't one of Scorsese's best, but it's still pretty damn good.

Gwendoline Helps Sort Out Your Office!

Our interior design correspondent Gwendoline's hot topic today was offices.

Gwendoline told us that colour can have an effect on the way you work, so its is important to chose neutral colours such as, Battle ship grey and whites, as people are now spending more time at work on average.

 Due to this you should also have an office that "fits you", so maybe equip it with comfy chairs. Gwendoline also felt it important that you incorporate something into your office, that when you need a break will avert your attention from a screen and allow your eyes to relax.

As well as being neutral she expressed that you should organise you office so that you have easy access to things you need, by using suitable storage, giving a you a clear office and clear headspace.

For more fabulous ideas and tips on interiors visit her blog:
or email her at:

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

Hi Drivetimers

With apologies for being a day late (blame the bank holiday!), here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Arctic Monkeys - Snap Out Of It
Bellowhead - Gosport Nancy
Boy George - Nice and Slow
Chrissie Hynde - You Or No One
Dolly Parton - Home
Echo & The Bunnymen - Lovers On The Run
Ed Sheeran - Sing
Elbow - My Sad Captains
Eli "Paperboy" Reed - Nights Like This
Ella Henderson - Ghost
Enrique Iglesias - There Goes My Baby
First Aid Kit - My Silver Lining
George Ezra - Budapest
George Michael - Going To A Town
Gregory Porter - No Love Dying
James - Moving On
James Blunt - Postcards
Katy Perry - Birthday
Longfellow - Kiss Hug Makeup
Michael Jackson - Love Never Felt So Good
Miranda Lambert - Automatic
Paloma Faith - Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Paolo Nutini - Let Me Down Easy
Passenger - Heart's On Fire
Paul Weller - Brand New Toy
Pharrell Williams - Marilyn Monroe
Rita Ora - I Will Never Let You Down
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
The Pierces - Kings
The Shires - Nashville Grey Skies 
Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Budapest by George Ezra:

Saturday, 24 May 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 23rd May 2014

This week's show went entirely without a hitch, so don't read anything into the podcast being released a day later than usual. Simon was in the studio as usual; Danny was in the studio as usual; Chris was also in the studio as usual (and looking even more handsome than usual (I know what you're thinking: that surely isn't possible! Turns out it is)). So why is the podcast going out later than usual I hear you ask? Well, it certainly isn't because the studio has no internet and that no-one seems to have any idea how it is meant to work, so we'll just blame it on gremlins. CURSE YOU GREMLINS!

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

6.40pm – 9.00pm

The Fifth Element
9.00pm – 11.30pm

El Cid
2.05pm – 5.00pm

Star Wars IV: A New Hope
7.25pm – 10.00pm

Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
5.45pm – 8.15pm

10.05pm – 12.25am
Channel 4

A Cock and Bull Story
11.30pm – 1.00am

The Dam Busters
6.30pm – 8.50pm
Channel 5

That’ll be the Day
9.00pm – 11.00pm
True Entertainment

Fast Five
9.00pm – 11.35pm

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Bake It Easy with Lucy from @heavensacupcake - Lemon Drizzle Cake

Tonight in the studio we had Lucy from Heaven Is A Cupcake.  She talked about her busy schedule and her new all in one, easy to make Lemon Drizzle Cake.

For the recipe click here

For more of Lucy's Recipes find her at:

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Monday, 19 May 2014

Lisa Pearson our life style correspondent was tonight's guest on West Herts Drivetime talking about anger management

Anger – what the hell is it all about?

So why do we get angry? …

1) Righteous Anger
This is the good anger. The one you don’t want to suppress.
2) Anger with someone else
Ironically we can often be angry with someone else, but get triggered by someone who isn’t actually anything to do with it.
3) Overwhelmed anger
This is when there is something else that has stressed you so much, that suddenly you flip at the slightest thing.
4) Not saying what we think anger
How often have you been angry with someone because they’ve done or not done something? But did you tell them? Or did you let it boil inside?
5) Pretending we aren’t angry
This is technically ‘not angry’, but we are angry, we just pretend we aren’t.
6) Serious anger issues
Then there are times when it’s not that simple, when the anger is too frequent and starts to control us. When it means that we are aggressive, scary, violent, and it starts to affect our relationships.

further details can be found at the web site

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Chris' Film Club: Minority Report

To round off the Steven Spielberg week we have chosen a more recent film, the 2002 Tom Cruise film Minority Report. Set in a future where cops use 'precogs' (three people that have visions) to predict crimes that will happen and arrest those who will commit the crime, Tom Cruise finds himself on the run from the law when his name comes up as linked to a murder. The problem? Tom happens to be the best cop around. Uh oh!

The film is stylish and slick and features a supporting cast including Samantha Morton, Max Von Sydow and Colin Farrell.

The Counselling Foundation and Mental Health Week

Jerri Russo from the Counselling Foundation visited Danny in the studio this week to talk about Mental Health Week.

The Counselling Foundation delivers counselling and trains people to become counsellors. Jerri explained they see people over short term and other longer and much more intensive periods.

People can be referred to the Counselling Foundation or they can contact them directly if they feel they may need counselling.  People go to the Counselling Foundation over a very broad range of issues. Any day to day struggles tey may have, or something more specific that they need to talk about.

Jerri explained that all GP referrals are free, but private consultations are subject to charge. The Counselling Foundation do have measures in place to assist people with little or no income.

Jerri went on to talk about National Mental Health week which is all this week, and raises awareness about the different mental health issues that people struggle with.

Danny asked Jerri to explain the difference between two of the most common mental health issues: anxiety and depression. Jerri explained the anxious person is thinking about tomorrow, and is worried about what will happen tomorrow, The depressed person knows what will happen tomorrow, and is giving up before they have even got there.

If you feel you are suffering from any of these it is very difficult to think that anyone can help you. There are always people out there who understand and will help. The Counselling Foundation endeavors to help you understand yourself, and what is going on, leading to you being able to cope with it in day to day life.

The Counselling Foundation are currently in their intake season,. training people to be therapists. Jerri explained that anyone and everyone can be a therapist, provided they do have some academic ability to be able to write essays and reports.

To find out more please call 01727 868585 or visit

Flamstead Book Festival - 7th June

Vicky from the Flamstead Book Festival book festival came in to talk to Danny on Thursdays Drive Time show to let us know what we can expect from the event on the 7th June.

Vicky explained that the program is filled with workshops and talks from famous authors both local and national, suitable for children and adults.

There will even be sessions for budding authors about how to publish their very own books!

For a great literary filled day, go to for more information.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Chris' Film Club: E.T. the Extraterrestrial

Continuing on the Spielberg theme for this week we have E.T. the Extraterrestrial. Voted the greatest science fiction film of all time by users of the popular film review website Rotten Tomatoes, it tells the story of a boy called Eliot who finds an alien in his back garden. E.T. has become stuck on Earth, so Eliot, his family and friends must help him find his way home. Featuring some iconic imagery and music it is at times wonderfully uplifting and equally heartbreaking. A beautiful film indeed.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Foreign food and drink, with Andy Jarosz, our travel correspondent

Andy Jarosz, are travel correspondent, along with today's theme of wine, was talking about foreign food and drink:

Firstly flying to France he spoke about beautiful baguettes and French delicacies, such as the dish 'foie gras'

Over to India, Andy discusses the amazing flavours of the local cuisine, which he claims puts British food to shame, including the a ray of fresh fruits to chose from in the morning.

From food to drink, Andy moves onto beer. Beer now attracts the tourists, whether you go to a big brewery or a up and coming one, according to Andy you'll end up coming away with at least a free sample.

For more information on foreign locations and lifestyles, visit Andy Jarosz's website:

Chris' Film Club: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Continuing the theme of Steven Spielberg films this week I've chosen Raiders of the Lost Ark. The first in the Indiana Jones series, it sees Harrison Ford play the dashing archaeology professor-by-day, adventurer by-night as he races the Nazis (not them again!) to find the Ark of the Covenant. The film is Spielberg's homage to the adventure serials of the 30s and also stars Karen Allen, Paul Freeman and Jonathan Rhys-Davies.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Chris' Film Club: Schindler's List

For the Film Club this week I have picked 'Steve Spielberg Films' as the theme, and so have decided to start with his harrowing 1993 classic Schindler's List.

The story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman in Nazi Germany, who managed to save over 1,200 Jews from the Holocaust after hiring them to work in his factories. Liam Neeson is excellent as Schindler, but Ralph Fiennes almost steals the show as the cruel concentration camp commander (alliteration!) Amon Goeth.

Shot almost entirely in black and white, it is often emotionally devastating but required viewing.

Fundraising Music Night in aid of Herts Air Ambulance with Katie + Juan this Thursday at Jamie's Deli

Tonight on West Herts Drivetime our guests were Rebecca Willett [Jamies Deli] and Rebecca Vukovich, this Thursday they are hosting a charity event in Jamies Deli which features music from Katie + Juan , a collection will be made for the Herts Air Ambulance at the event which starts at 8.30pm.

Friday, 9 May 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 9th May 2014

Today's show saw the return of Danny Smith to the host's chair, replacing the Gareth Malone-dredged-from-a-river look-a-like Johnny Seabrook. Our resident film expert Simon Carver was also in the studio and he seemed to have cheered up considerably from last week. You see, Radio Verulam were holding an event at the University of Herts last Friday which was a talk by esteemed film critic Mark Kermode. Simon took this quite personally as he: 1) is rather territorial (hence why he keeps weeing on everything in the studio) and 2) has had a running feud with Kermode since their time in the Women's Land Army in the 1940s. Both were in the same group based on a farm in Somerset in the Summer of 1941 when Simon fell in love with young GI with eyes like the sea after a storm. Kermode, however, managed to lure the GI away with his glorious quiff and knowledge of skiffle music. They've not spoken since.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon and Danny were in the studio talking about the UK box office and Simon's picks of films on free-to-air TV for the coming.

10.35pm – 1.00am

From Here to Eternity
2.25pm – 4.20pm

4.30pm – 6.00pm

An Ideal Husband
1.00pm – 2.30pm

A Beautiful Mind
10.45pm – 12.55am

Cedar Rapids
11.15pm – 1.00am

The Damned United
9.00pm – 10.30pm

Nowhere Boy
11.00pm – 12.55am

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Chris' Film Club: Man on the Moon

The final film going into the Film Club this week is the biopic of cult comedian and actor Andy Kaufman. In Man on the Moon, Jim Carrey plays the former Taxi star and musician Courtney Love plays his wife. Kaufman was a quirky comedian, often playing with the audience and turning the joke on them. Carrey is on top form and the film also stars Danny DeVito and Paul Giamatti.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Chris' Film Club: Boogie Nights

Following our theme of 'Musicians turned Actors' I've picked potentially the best film that Marky Mark (of the Funky Bunch fame) has ever starred in: Boogie Nights. Marky (or Mark Wahlberg as he has become better known) plays Dirk Diggler, an aspiring porn star in the 1970s and 80s. The film is very frank in it's depiction of the porn industry and that is certainly to it's credit. It is at times hilarious and heartbreaking and features an amazing cast, including Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heather Graham.

The Drivetime Session with Sinead Quinn

Tonight in the studio we were joined by the lovely Sinead Quinn who has performed on the Drivetime Sessions numerous times. She performed two original songs, Ready to Run & Just a Ring and a cover of Kasey Musgrave's, Mumma's Broken Heart.

To find out more out Sinead and any of her upcoming Gigs visit her twitter, Facebook or Lemon Rock Page (these feature both bands she plays in: Billington & Quinn  and Sinead and the Dawnbreakers)

If you missed the session please visit our Listen Again service

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Chris' Film Club: 8 Mile

This week the Film Club theme is 'Musicians turned Actors' so I've picked Eminem's big screen appearance in 8 Mile. Eminem plays an aspiring rapper from a tough background, so he has clearly gone with what he knows, but he brings a determined intensity to the role and he even picked up an Oscar for the song 'Lose Yourself'. The film also stars Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer and Brittany Murphy.

Friday, 2 May 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 2nd May 2014

Tonight's Film Guide saw Mr. Jon Seabrook replace Danny in the presenters chair and so initially Simon was a bit weary of the change. Simon is a little bit like a cat sometimes, in that he is often careful around new people and will approach with caution (he also shows his affection by clawing at your legs, and likes to kill things and leave them on the kitchen floor). As a result the show started somewhat slowly, with Simon not saying much for long stretches of time and merely staring at Johnny. Eventually Simon warmed up (as much as Simon ever really warms up) and joined in on the fun. He even gave Johnny a dead bird as a present. It really was quite sweet.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon and Johnny were in the studio this evening to talk about the UK box office top 10 and Simon's pick of films on free-to-air TV for the coming week.

The Book of Eli
9.00pm – 11.20pm

1.30pm – 3.35pm

The Perfect Catch
1.00pm – 3.05pm

The Fisher King
9.00pm – 11.45pm
Movie Mix

In Which We Serve
7.10m – 9.00pm

War of the Worlds
9.00pm – 11.10pm
Channel 5

The Matrix
9.00pm – 11.50pm

9.00pm – 11.25pm