Friday, 28 February 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 28th February 2014

Tonight Simon and Danny were both in the studio and it was totally live and everything and don't let anyone tell you otherwise, yeah? Those people are liars. Big fat lying liars. YA HEAR?!

Ok, that may or may not be a lie (so many lies, so little time), but they did discuss the UK box office top 10 and Simon's pick of films on free-to-air TV.

Friday
My Cousin Vinny
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Movie Mix

Airplane!
9.00pm – 11.00pm
E4

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
11.05pm – 1.15am
BBC2

The Shining
11.25pm – 1.50am
ITV4

Saturday
The Lincoln Lawyer
10.00pm – 12.15am
Channel 4

Schindler’s List
10.00pm – 1.50am
ITV4

Sunday
Vertigo
1.55pm – 4.00pm
BBC2

The Sting
4.25pm – 7.00pm
ITV4

Monday
Elizabeth
11.10pm – 1.35am
BBC2

Tuesday
Billy Elliott
9.00pm – 10.45pm
BBC4








Thursday, 27 February 2014

Today we had Tony and Margaret in to speak about the Chiswell Green U3A launch event

Tony and Margaret came into the studio today to speak about the launch of the brand new Chiswell Green branch of the University of the 3rd Age. The U3A is a self-help organisation for active retired or semi retired people, to provide educational, creative and leisure activities.

There will be a launch meeting on Thursday 6th March at 10am. If you want more information on the meeting or U3A as a whole, Get in touch with them at laiwakfoo2004@yahoo.co.uk

Chris' Film Club: Chicken Run

Today is actor Timothy Spall's birthday and he's had a great and varied career, including voicing a role in Aardman Animation's Chicken Run. The film sees a group of chickens who are destined to be the filling in some pies mount a daring escape with the help of a smooth talking Rhode Island Red (voiced by Mel Gibson). The rest of the cast includes Miranda Richardson, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks and Imelda Staunton.


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Chris' Film Club: Commando

Today we say a very happy birthday to the great Bill Duke, an action movie star and cult movie hero, who stars opposite Arnie in Commando. In the film, a bunch of mercenaries kidnap Arnie's daughter (big mistake) and he retaliates by blowing up everything that has every existed (pretty much). The film also stars Dan Hedaya, Rae Dawn Chong and Vernon Wells.


The Drivetime Sessions: @LivziEm

LivziEm joined us live in the studio today, playing the original song 'Rain', a yet unnamed song (although the studio assistants had a few good contributions) and a cover of 'Your Song'.

To keep up to date with Livsi, head on over to her Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages. If you missed the session, you can Listen Again for up to seven days on the Radio Verulam website.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Chris' Film Club: The Social Network

Today we can say a very happy birthday to the talented Rashida Jones (daughter of Quincy). She has a role in The Social Network, which tells the formation of The Facebook (initially anyway) and the ensuing legal kerfuffles. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake and features an Oscar-winning script from Aaron Sorkin (creator of The West Wing).

Glendoline Helping us Sleep!


Today in the studio we were joined by our Interior design expert Glendoline talking about how to gain maximum comfort in yours and your children's bedrooms. She offered up many tips and tricks in order to allow us all to get the best sleep possible by connecting with our bedrooms.

Her tips and tricks included:

  • Include subtle colours in the bedroom to avoid outgrowing them
  • Make a shared bedroom appealing to both people, do this by adding subtle feminine and   masculine features such as floral pillows or throws.
  • It's also essential that children connect with their rooms; do this by adding colour and changing the lighting.



For more of Glendoline's design techniques you can find her at:

Website - www.ga-interiors.co.uk

Twitter -  twitter.com/gainteriors

Facebook - facebook.com/gainteriors






Monday, 24 February 2014

Chris' Film Club: Senna

Today we say a very happy birthday to F1 legend Alain Prost, the winner of 4 World Championships between 1985 and 1993. He was also a great rival of the great Aryton Senna, an equally (if not more so) exceptional driver and the subject of this wonderful documentary. Senna documents the glorious rise and sudden tragic end of one of sports most charismatic and talented champions. For F1 fans and non-fans alike, it plays almost like a Hollywood film, with heroes and villains, glorious battles and shocking twists and it captures exactly what made Ayrton Senna into the legend he is today.

Science Correspondent Sam Rolfe







Tonight on West Herts Drivetime Sam Rolfe our science correspondent was the guest.

Want to secure an office against wireless hackers? Try smearing the windows with carbon.
Researchers in England have developed a transparent film that blocked 90 percent of radio waves. The material, described February 19 in Scientific Reports, is made from a stack of quartz layered with graphene — a one-atom-thick latticework of carbon atoms — that’s only several atoms thick.
The film could provide wireless security by absorbing unwanted radio transmissions. The next challenge for researchers is tuning the film to a wider range of frequencies and developing a method for making larger sheets.
https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/graphene-film-blocks-wireless-signals

Pop music hit maker Clive Davis knows a catchy song when he hears one. Now an app aims to define that elusive quality more concretely.
Designed by computer and cognitive scientists at the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University in the Netherlands, Hooked! asks citizen scientists to help uncover the mystery ingredients of a hook — the most memorable part of a song. The results might illuminate how music taps into memories and emotions in the brain. First the app drops the needle somewhere in the middle of one of the 2,000 most popular songs of all time. Listeners quickly report whether they know the tune or not. To test whether the listener really does know the song, the app then turns off the music.
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/lend-ear-science

Scientist of the month - Professor Alice Roberts
http://www.alice-roberts.co.uk/

Night Sky This Month
Jupiter is still in a great position in the sky to be viewed for most of the night.
http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/ 


New Music Playlist w/c 24th February 2014 & this week's featured track by @picturehouse_ie

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera - Say Something
American Authors - Best Day Of My Life
Brad Paisley - The Mona Lisa
Bruce Springsteen - Just Like Fire Would
Céline Dion - Water and a Flame
D.A. - Glowing
Elton John - Can't Stay Alone Tonight
Engelbert with Cliff Richard - Since I Lost My Baby
George Michael - Let Her Down Easy
Jake Bugg - A Song About Love
James Arthur - Get Down
John Legend - All Of Me
Katie Cole - (We Started A) Fire
Kian Egan - Home
Kylie Minogue - Into The Blue
Lisa Stansfield - Carry On
Lissie - The Habit
Mike Oldfield - Sailing
Paloma Faith - Can't Rely On You
Paul Carrack - Life's Too Short
Peter Andre - Kid
PictureHouse - Rules of Science
Rascal Flatts - Rewind
Rebecca Ferguson - All That I've Got
Rufus Wainwright - Me and Liza
The Hosts - September Song
U2 - Invisible

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Rules of Science by Picture House:


Friday, 21 February 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 21st February 2014

Today Simon decided he had better things to do like, you know.....stuff......so it was down to the dashing and muscle-bound Chris Aikman to step unto the breach, dear friends, and save the day. Sadly he was only told he would have to deliver incisive analysis roughly 3.246 seconds before the Film Guide actually started so he was somewhat unprepared. This meant that he only had time to print off the box office top 10 of a random nation (turns out Laos is still really crazy for National Lampoon's Vacation, released in 1983, hanging in there at number 8) and did not have time to properly research the new films being released this week. As a result Chris might have accidentally claimed that the new Colin Farrell film is a haunting treatise on the welfare of raccoons in South Carolina (it's not) and picked "Harry Potter, any of 'em" as his film on free-to-air TV for the coming week because "it'll be on somewhere, innit."

Ok, that was a lie (Chris is much less well spoken), but Chris was in the hot seat and discussed the UK box office top 10 and his pick of films on TV for the coming week.

Friday
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
9:00pm – 11:40pm
Film4

Saturday
Coraline
4:55pm – 6:55pm
Film4

Sunday
The Manchurian Candidate
12:15pm – 2:50pm
ITV4

Tuesday
Enemy at the Gates
9:00pm – 11:35pm
Film4

Wednesday
Road to Perdition
9:00pm – 11:15pm
Film4

Thursday
Serenity
9:00pm – 11:20pm
ITV4

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Grae Wall has come into speak about MusicCity

Grae Wall popped into the studio today to talk about St Albans MusicCity 2014 and how this exciting event has over 75 gigs at 39 venues in 9 days.
He talks about St Abans' rich music past and how this event will be running from the 15th to the 23rd March.
This festival features acts like London Community Gospel Choir and Ghostfire. Also the festival holds opportunities for you to join in, like workshops, open mics and jamming sessions.
And you will be given the chance to hear from professional inside the music industry, such as Jim Rodford, legendary bassist from The Kinks, Argent and The Zombies.

 


To find out more about MusicCity go to; www.enjoystalbans.com/musiccity



Chris' Film Club: Gosford Park

Today would be legendary director Robert Altman's 89th birthday, had he not passed away in 2006. In honour of his birthday I have picked his film Gosford Park, a murder mystery drama set in an English country estate. The film follows the relationships between those upstairs and those down and it features a wonderfully talented cast, including Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Richard E. Grant and Maggie Smith.

The trailer can be seen below.

Singer songwriter Dan Croll in the studio.

We had rising star Dan Croll in the studio today.
We spoke about his latest Album 'Sweet Disarray' coming out on 10th March. Also his new single 'From Nowhere' which is out now.
He has a tour coming up soon, starting from the 18th to the 29th March, in the UK.

If you want to hear more from Dan Croll, visit his website; http://www.dancroll.com/Dan_Croll/HOME.html

Or you can visit him on his facebook page.



Wednesday, 19 February 2014

The Drivetime Sessions featuring @JOANovARC

Returning to the studio today we had the local rock band JOANovARC! Although missing a member, the remaining trio performed a cover of KT Tunstall's 'The Black Horse and the Cherry Tree' as well as an original song 'Try it on'.

You can find out more about the band by visiting their Twitter or Facebook pages, and if you missed the performance visit our Listen Again service on the Radio Verulam website.


Chris' Film Club: Shutter Island

Continuing the theme of picking films set in mental institutions (ok, we've had two in a row) I've plumped for Shutter Island, which came out today in 2010. Directed by Martin Scorsese, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo as detectives investigating the mysterious disappearance of a patient from a creepy mental institution on a remote island. While not up there with the best of Scorsese's work, a mediocre Scorsese film is still better than most.

The film also stars Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer and Max Von Sydow.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Chris' Film Club: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Today we can say a very happy birthday to film director Milos Forman, who is famed for his work on this 1975 classic. Produced by Michael Douglas and starring Jack Nicholson, it is the story of a criminal (Nicholson) who thinks he can serve an easier sentence if he pretends to have a mental illness and spend his sentence in a hospital. There he becomes the leader of a group of patients and they go up against the head nurse, Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher).

The film also stars Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd and Danny DeVito.

Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson – Cheese & Chorizo Puffs

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 – Cheese & Chorizo Puffs

       Ingredients

            60g grated cheese – cheddar or mozzarella
            150g chorizo, chopped
            320g ready-rolled puff pastry
            1 egg - beaten
            Paprika for dusting
             

Preparation method

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.

2. With a 4 inch round pastry cutter, cut as many rounds as you can from the sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry.

3. Put the cheese and chorizo in a bowl and mix well.

4. Place a heaped teaspoon of the cheese and chorizo mix in the centre of the pastry round and fold in half sealing the edges together well.

5. Brush each puff with beaten egg, dust with paprika and bake for 20 mins. Cool on a wire rack. 

Chris' Film Club: Premium Rush

Yesterday we could wish Joseph Gordon-Levitt a very happy birthday so we have chosen his recent film Premium Rush. Gordon-Levitt plays a bike messenger in New York City, who is tasked with delivering a package that corrupt cop Michael Shannon also wants and will do anything to get his hands on. It's a thrilling and action-packed ride that makes best use of Michael Shannon, in what is a great 'psycho' role.

The trailer can be seen below.

Monday, 17 February 2014

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

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera - Say Something
American Authors - Best Day Of My Life
Brad Paisley - The Mona Lisa
Bruce Springsteen - Just Like Fire Would
Caro Emerald - One Day
Céline Dion - Water and a Flame
Chromeo - Come Alive
D.A. - Glowing
Elbow - New York Morning
Elton John - Can't Stay Alone Tonight
Embrace - Refugees
Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit
Imagine Dragons - Demons
Jake Bugg - A Song About Love
James Arthur - Get Down
John Legend - All Of Me
Katie Cole - (We Started A) Fire
Kodaline - One Day
Kylie Minogue - Into The Blue
Lisa Stansfield - Carry On
Lorde - Team
Mike Oldfield - Sailing
Neil Finn - Flying In The Face Of Love
Paloma Faith - Can't Rely On You
Paul Carrack - Life's Too Short
Peter Andre - Kid
Rebecca Ferguson - All That I've Got
Rufus Wainwright - Me and Liza
Seth Lakeman - The Courier
The Hosts - September Song
U2 - Invisible

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Into The Blue by Kylie Minogue:


Friday, 14 February 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 14th February 2014

Today Simon did something truly shocking. More shocking than the time he wrestled Danny to the floor when Danny suggested that the Sandra Bullock film 'Hope Floats' was anything less than perfect. Even more shocking than the time Simon tried to hide a baby zebra in his shorts after he'd nabbed it from a local petting zoo. EVEN more shocking than the time he entered his sock puppet into the local councillor elections and managed to earn a respectable 18.3% of the vote on a 'Pair; Don't Despair' platform about pairing socks in the washing machine so you don't lose one of them. This week Simon outdid himself: he picked some films that are on television this week from days other than Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I don't know if our lives will ever be the same again.

Ok, that was a lie (well, the first 3/4 of it), but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office top 10 and his pick of films on TV for the coming week.

Friday
Leap Year
7.00pm – 8.55pm
Film4

The Client
9.00pm – 11.20pm
More4

Saturday
Role Model
9.00pm – 11.00pm
E4

True Grit
9.00pm – 10.45pm
BBC2

Sunday
The Love Bug
3.100pm – 5.20pm
Film4

Tuesday
Sunshine
11.45pm – 1.55am
Film4

Wednesday
The Adjustment Bureau
9.00pm – 11.05pm
Film4

Thursday
Brazil
11.15pm – 2.05am
Film4

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Chris' Film Club: Vertigo

Today I have picked a film that is regularly cited as one of the greatest of all time and I do so because we can wish one of it's stars a very happy 81st birthday. Kim Novak plays a woman whose strange behaviour leads her husband to hire James Stewart, a former detective and now P.I., and see what she's up to. The film, by Alfred Hitchcock, is a classic for many reasons: performances, setting, art design and camera work, to name but a few.

The trailer can be seen below.

Beauty with a Purpose with @MissJMGray

On today's shows we were joined by former studio assistant and current finalist in this year's Miss Hertfordshire Jenny Gray.


She mentioned a charity called 'Beauty with a Purpose' which works with disadvatanged children in the UK. So far they have raised over £2,000 from the Hertfordshire heat alone and Jenny is looking to organise a local fundraising event to add to the total.

If you want to find more information about the charity, visit their website: http://www.beautywithapurpose.com/

The website for Miss Hertfordshire is www.misshertfordshire.co.uk

And Jenny's fundraising page is uk.virginmoneygiving.com/jennifergray-beautywithapurpose

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Chris' Film Club: Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day was released on this day in 1993 and I cannot think of a more deserving film to go into our film club that isn't already there. It tells the story of a disgruntled weatherman (played by Bill Murray) who is forced to relive the same day over and over and over again, which makes him into a better person. A brilliantly funny (and often poignant) film.

The film also stars Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliot and Stephen Tobolowsky.

The Drivetime Sessions with @DyslexicBand

The local four piece, Alt rock band 'Dyslexic' joined us in the studio this afternoon. They played two originals: the upbeat 'Talk to yourself', the slower 'Magic tragic' and they also covered the Enter Shikari song, 'Sorry you're not a winner'.




For more information visit the band's Lemonrock page at www.lemonrock.com/dyslexic, find them on facebook at www.facebook.com/DyslexicBand or go to their Twitter feed (@DyslexicBand). If you missed the session, head on over to the listen again service on the Radio Verulam Website: www.radioverulam.com/

Tom and Joe also asked for a 'cheeky plug' for their Twitter accounts, so go follow @tomthebomb246 and @joemedforth

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Fighting Freddie with @mummywhisperer

Tonight in the studio we were joined by Nicola Evans and our lifestyle correspondent Lisa Pearson talking about Nicola's courageous battle with Cavernoma and how she's raised money for the cause.

Nicola was raising money for the Cavernoma Alliance UK charity who help those who have the disease that affects 1 in 600 of us, which is hard to diagnose as there are few recognisable symptoms. After gaining information from the charity Nicola learnt that others have named their tumour, therefore Nicola decided on Freddie. Nicola found that talking to others who had named their Cavernoma helped them to come to terms with their illness.

Nicola is going to have a operation on her brain to remove the Cavernoma next month, though she does not have to shave her hair for the operation, she shaved her head for the Cavernova charity, and donated the hair to Little Princess Trust who support children with Cancer.




So far Nicola has raised over £2900!

For more information on this please contact/look at:

Lisa's Blog: http://espiritusalonandspa.com/the-inspirational-head-shave/

The Charities Website: http://www.cavernoma.org.uk/home.html

And if you want to donate and show your support to Nicola please donate to: http://www.justgiving.com/Nikki-Evans10



Chris' Film Club: The Poseidon Adventure

Today would be comedy legend Leslie Nielsen's 84th birthday. Sadly he passed away a few years ago but he is certainly not forgotten. Nielsen is now known as a comedian but spent a large part of his career as a serious dramatic actor. For this reason I have chosen The Poseidon Adventure for the Film Club, a classic disaster movie about a luxury liner that is flipped over in a dreadful storm, meaning that the survivors have to make their way to the top of the ship (which used to be the bottom).

The film stars the talents of Gene Hackman, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons, Ernest Borgnine and Roddy McDowell.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Chris' Film Club: The Woman in Black

This day in 2012 saw the release of The Woman in Black, a big screen version of Susan Hill's book of the same name. Daniel Radcliffe stars as a young London lawyer who goes north to sort out the estate of a recently passed woman and becomes involved in ghostly (and deadly goings on). It's an atmospheric and creepy experience and the film also stars Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer and Roger Allam.




Elizabeth Crampton from the Citizens Advice Bureau was tonights guest on West Herts Drivetime. The following topics were covered.

What are credit reference agencies?
Credit reference agencies give lenders a range of information about potential borrowers, which lenders use to make their decisions. The information shared may include information about your previous credit history. They hold certain information about most adults in the UK. This information is called your credit reference file or credit report.
The three main consumer credit reference agencies in the UK are Callcredit, Equifax and Experian.
How do I get my credit reference file?
You have the right to write to any of the credit reference agencies and ask for a copy of your credit reference file, which will cost you £2. Your letter should include:

your full name;
any other names you have used or been known by in the last six years eg your maiden name;
your full address including postcode;
any other addresses you have lived at in the last six years;
your date of birth; and
a cheque or postal order for £2 made payable to the credit reference agency.
You should keep a copy of your letter and you may want to send it by recorded delivery. Unless the agency needs more information, they have seven working days from receiving your letter to provide you with a copy of your file.

Sometimes the credit reference agencies need more information from you before they can send you your file. For example, they may need proof of your name and address from a utility bill or bank statement. This is important to make sure that no one else gets your file by mistake or to check that no one else has fraudulently applied for your credit reference file. The agencies do not have to send you your file until they get this information.
What should I do if my credit file is inaccurate?
If your credit file is inaccurate, you can raise your concerns with the credit reference agency. However, the problem may lie with the original lender or organisation that supplied the agencies with their information and you may need to contact them instead.
In most cases these issues should be speedily resolved, but in those cases where there is an obvious inaccuracy and it's not corrected, we may be able to help. Please note that it's not our role to decide on financial disputes.
Packaged bank accounts
Packaged bank accounts – sometimes called ”paid-for” accounts – usually charge a consumer a monthly or annual fee. These accounts can be called a lot of different names – gold, premium, upgraded, reward – but the thing they have in common is that they usually include a range of insurance and non-insurance benefits.
A typical account might include travel insurance and mobile phone insurance – as well as car breakdown cover, preferential rates on overdrafts or loans, use of airport lounges, and discounts on various products and services.
Consumers usually pay between £5 and £25 each month for an account.
Packaged accounts can be a good option for many people – saving them time and money. They can work well as long as people know what the benefits are, whether they can use them and what they have to pay for them.
Full details on these subjects and much more can be found the web site http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/

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

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera - Say Something
American Authors - Best Day Of My Life
Boyzone - Light Up The Night
Brad Paisley - The Mona Lisa
Bruce Springsteen - Just Like Fire Would
Caro Emerald - One Day
Céline Dion - Water and a Flame
Chris Young - Lonely Eyes
Chromeo - Come Alive
Elton John - Can't Stay Alone Tonight
Embrace - Refugees
Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit
Imagine Dragons - Demons
Jake Bugg - A Song About Love
James Arthur - Get Down
James Blunt - Heart To Heart
Jennifer Hudson - I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel) (feat. T.I)
Kodaline - One Day
Lisa Stansfield - Carry On
Lorde - Team
Mike Oldfield - Sailing
Neil Finn - Flying In The Face Of Love
Nick Mulvey - Cucurucu
Paloma Faith - Can't Rely On You
Paul Carrack - Life's Too Short
Rufus Wainwright - Me and Liza
Seth Lakeman - The Courier
Toni Braxton & Babyface - Hurt You
The Hosts - September Song

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is (We Started A) Fire by friend of the show Katie Cole.  She will be on the show this afternoon and her video can be viewed below:

Friday, 7 February 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 7th February 2014

This week Simon was in the hot seat to talk about his pick of films on free to air television for the coming week but the conversation didn't quite make it that far because Simon got a tad distracted. Everything seemed to be going fine until the giant mechanical dung beetle that had been following him all day (Simon says his name is Bessy) decided to start chewing on his arm. Danny and Chris couldn't help him (because they couldn't see anything and didn't know what he was talking about) and things went from bad to worse when Simon decided that fire was the only solution. So between the UK box office top 10 and the new releases in the cinema, Simon set fire to his favourite grey jumper (don't worry, he owns thousands more) to remove the pest. This led to the destruction of large parts of the studio and Danny and Chris' 'Handsomest Radio Pair' award that they picked up at last years Sony Radio Awards. Clearly he's not handling being a granddad very well.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about all of the stuff mentioned above and much more.

Friday
District 9
9.00pm – 11.10pm
More4

Saturday
Source Code
10.00pm – 11.40pm
Channel 4

My Beautiful Laundrette
10.30pm –12.05am
BBC2

Jackie Brown
11.40pm – 2.25am
Channel 4

Sunday
Thunderball
3.20pm – 5.50pm
ITV

The Towering Inferno
3.20pm – 6.25pm
Film4

Monday
The Hills Have Eyes
10.55pm – 1.10pm
Movie Mix

Tuesday
The Hoax
11.35pm – 1.25am
BBC1

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Martin Finney talks about what we can do in our gardens



Today's guest is Martin Finney, our own gardening correspondent from Aylett Nurseries, who came in to discuss what we can do with our gardens in February.

Martin spoke about how we can start to grow our plants now, and how to get the best from our seeds and bulbs in February.  He also mentioned enjoying the wildlife and how you can set up your own webcam in your garden to observe the wildlife.  Finally, he mentioned the benefits of braving the weather and thinking of jobs in the garden that can be done now, to save yourself time later in the year.

You can find more information on their website: http://www.aylettnurseries.co.uk/



Chris' Film Club: A View to a Kill

Today we can say a very happy 92nd birthday to Patrick Macnee, who was John Steed in the original Avengers on television. For entry into the film club however, I have gone with A View to a Kill, Roger Moore's last Bond outing. Turns out Danny didn't have too many nice things to say about it, but still, all Bond films are classics, in a way.....

It also stars Christopher Walken and Grace Jones.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The Drivetime Sessions with Grapevine Blues

The blues band 'Grapevine Blues' joined us in the studio this afternoon. They played three songs for us: their own, edgy 'Mickey's shuffle' and 'Key to the highway', as well as an amazing cover of 'Crossroads' - a 1936 blues song by Robert Johnson.




For more information on private bookings, gigs and new covers go to their website, at www.grapevineblues.com or find them on LemonRock, at www.lemonrock.com/grapevineblues

If you missed the session, head on over to our listen again service on the Radio Verulam website

Chris' Film Club: Best in Show

Today we can say a very happy birthday to the comedy legend Christopher Guest. One third of Spinal Tap, Guest has made several mockumentaries over the years and Best in Show is one of the best. It follows several contestants at a prestigious dog show as they seek to win the ulitmate prize.

The film stars Guest, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Michael McKean, Fred Willard and Jane Lynch. The trailer can be seen below.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Chris' Film Club: Dawn of the Dead

Today we can say a very happy birthday to filmmaking legend Georga A. Romero, who is 74 today. He is famed for making zombie movies incredibly popular and possibly his best one is Dawn of the Dead. 4 survivors of the zombie apocalyps hole themselves up in a shopping centre and fend off zombies, but the zombies aren't the most dangerous thing out there.....

The film stars Ken Foree, David Emge, Gaylen Ross and Scott Reiniger. The trailer can be seen below.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Chris' Film Club: Meet the Parents

Today we can say a very happy birthday to actress Blythe Danner. She plays Ben Stiller's future mother-in-law in the comedy Meet the Parents. Stiller and his girlfriend (played by Teri Polo) go to meet Polo's parents, played by Danner and Robert De Niro. Much hilarity ensues as De Niro's former government agent comes up against Stiller's teacher. The film also stars Owen Wilson, amongst others.

The trailer can be seen below.

Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust: Otters, woodland walks & reserves




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

Otter project work begins at Amwell

Work is underway at Amwell Nature Reserve to improve conditions for otters to breed, rest and feed.
This is part of a Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust project to create and restore habitat for otters in East Hertfordshire and will also benefit other native wildlife including fish and wetland birds like the kingfisher.
There is a now a twitter feed for Amwell which is twitter.com/hmwtamwell
Events

Sun, 16/02/2014 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
A woodland walk on good footpaths with gentle gradients
Join Reserves Officer, Rob Hopkins, on a two mile walk in Whippendell Woods and learn about woodland management, winter tree identification, woodland wildlife and wood folklore. Good footpaths with gentle gradients - hot drinks and cake to follow. No need to book, just come along on the day. Meet at the Rustic Bridge (300m from Langley Way entrance) Cassiobury Park, Watford.

Sun, 23/02/2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
A spring walk around Lemsford Springs Nature Reserve
Join Bob Grinham and the North Herts Local Group for an escorted visit to Lemsford Springs Nature Reserve and Stanborough Lakes for winter birds.
full details can be found at the web site http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/

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

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera - Say Something
Boyzone - Light Up The Night
Broken Bells - Holding On For Life
Caro Emerald - One Day
Chris Young - Lonely Eyes
Chromeo - Come Alive
Elton John - Can't Stay Alone Tonight
Embrace - Refugees
Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit
Imagine Dragons - Demons
Jake Bugg - A Song About Love
James Blunt - Heart To Heart
Jennifer Hudson - I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel) (feat. T.I)
Jessica Clemmons - Single Tonight
Katy B - Crying For No Reason
Kodaline - One Day
Lisa Stansfield - Carry On
Lorde - Team
Neil Finn - Flying In The Face Of Love
OneRepublic - If I Lose Myself
Paloma Faith - Can't Rely On You
Paul Carrack - Life's Too Short
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Rod Stewart - Beautiful Morning
Seth Lakeman - The Courier
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Young Blood
The Hosts - September Song
Toni Braxton & Babyface - Hurt You

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Carry On by Lisa Stansfield: