Monday, 31 March 2014

New Music Playlist w/c 31st March 2014 & this week's featured track by @mrjoshrecord

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Annie Drury - Some Day
Boyzone - Who We Are
Chrissie Hynde - Dark Sunglasses
Christina Perri - Human
Colbie Caillat - Hold On
DJ Cassidy (feat. Robin Thicke & Jessie J) - Calling All Hearts
Eleanor McEvoy - Please Heart, You're Killing Me
Gary Barlow - Since I Saw You Last
Gregory Porter - Hey Laura
HAIM - If I Could Change Your Mind
Imelda May - It's Good To Be Alive
John Smith - There Is A Stone
Johnny Cash - She Used To Love Me A Lot
Jonny Lang - Blew Up (The House)
Josh Record - For Your Love
Kaiser Chiefs - Coming Home
Luke Sital-Singh - Greatest Lovers
Matt Cardle - Hit My Heart
Paolo Nutini - Scream (Funk My Life Up)
Paul McCartney - Save Us
Prince & Zooey Deschanel - FALLINLOVE2NITE
Sara Bareilles - Brave
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Runaway Day Dreamer
The Overtones - Superstar
The Pierces - Believe In Me
The Robert Cray Band - You Move Me
Ward Thomas - The Good and the Right
Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey - I Keep It To Myself

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is For Your Love by Josh Record:


Chris' Film Club: Blade

The theme for this week's film club is films based on comic books or graphic novels. This has lead me to pick Blade, based on the Marvel comic. The film came out in 1998 and stars Wesley Snipes as a half-human, half-vampire who fights the forces of darkness. He does this with the help of Kris Kristofferson and together they try to take down Deacon Frost (played by Stephen Dorff), a vampire attempting to use ancient evil to become the most powerful being on the planet.

It's full of great action choreography and bloody violence. Fun for all the family!

Sam Rolfe - Our Science Correspondent

Sam Rolfe our science correspondent joined us on Drivetime tonight

 The first direct evidence for the Big Bang.

We have measured the age of the Universe to be 13.8 billion years old, with an uncertainty of 37 million years. However, an announcement last week has provided evidence for part of the theory of how our Universe began, namely the Big Bang. It was theorised that the Universe, which is expanding in all directions, no matter in which direction you look or from what location in the Universe you are, started with a “Big Bang”.

Scientist of the month
Steffen Richter
He is an engineer who has spent nine winters at the South Pole, three of which he was working with BICEP. He has worked with other experiments at the South Pole including IceCube and AMANDA.

Night Sky This Month

Jupiter is still in a great position in the sky to be viewed for most of the night.
Through small binoculars or a small telescope it is possible to see the four moons of Jupiter called Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto, originally discovered by Galileo in the 1600’s as well as some surface features on the disc of Jupiter, including cloud bands and the Great Red Spot.

Friday, 28 March 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 28th March 2014

Tonight Simon decided that he would stop swanning around Europe without telling anyone where he was and finally, you know, do his job. Come to think of it, I don't actually know what Simon does. He claims to work at a church but the amount of drug smuggling he does suggests that that is probably just a front (he is the inspiration for Tony Montana, played by Al Pacino in Scarface). Regular readers to the blog will know that following Brentford FC hilariously missing out on promotion last season Simon suffered somewhat of a breakdown and travelled to Las Vegas with a bevy of beautiful women for a weekend of debauchery. He seemed to know Las Vegas very well (especially where is best to find exotic dancers) so I've come to the conclusion that Simon is in fact a Las Vegas stripper. That would certainly explain a lot, although I imagine your average stripper knows a little bit more about movies than Simon does.

Ok, that was a lie (he's almost certainly a lounge singer), but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office top 10 and his pick of films on free-to-air TV for the coming week.

Friday
Wall Street
10.25pm – 12.50am
More4

Scent of a Woman
10.35pm – 1.25am
ITV

Thirteen Days
11.05pm – 1.20am
BBC2

Saturday
The 39 Steps
1.15pm – 2.40pm
BBC2

North by Northwest
3.20pm – 5.30pm
BBC2

We Need to Talk About Kevin
10.30pm – 12.15am
BBC2

Sunday
Big
1.00pm – 3.00pm
Film4

Parenthood
10.05pm – 12.35am
ITV3

Thursday
Clear and Present Danger
6.20pm – 9.00pm
Film4

Fast Five
9.00pm – 11.35pm
Film4

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Chris' Film Club: You Only Live Twice

This week's film club theme is Bond films, so I've chosen a personal favourite of mine, You Only Live Twice. This was the first film to fully reveal the classic villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence) as he plans to start World War III by stealing both Russian and American space shuttles and framing the each country for it.

The film stars Sean Connery, Pleasence, Mie Hama and Desmond Llewelyn and features a pretty epic action set-piece in which ninjas attack Blofeld's secret lair in a hollowed out volcano. As you do.

Hertfordshire Roller Derby

Katy and Lexie came to visit Danny today at West Herts Drive time to talk about the fastest growing women's sport in the world; Roller Derby.

Largely unheard of in Hertfordshire, there are now two Roller Derby Leagues in the county, reflecting the increasing in popularity.

Although it can be rough, there is a lot of skill and agility required to be successful at the Roller Derby. Each team has 5 players on an oval circuit at one time. These teams are made up of 4 blockers, and 1 jammer. The blockers role is to stop the opposing team's jammer from getting past them, whilst assisting their own jammer.

When the jammer has passed the blockers one, they then skate around the circuit for another go and can then accrue points.

Each jam lasts around 2 minutes, ad the blockers can use hips, elbow shoulders, pretty much whatever it takes to get the opposing jammer off the track.

Katy and Lexie explained that although it is rough, there are strict safety procedures including a sin bin for rule breakers! Elbox pads, knee pads, wrist guards , gum guards and helmets are worn by all players.

The girls think that the sports popularity is growing due to there being no typical 'Roller Girl'. All women of all shapes and sizes can get involved.

The Hertfordshire Roller Derby run two beginner sessions a year. The next one begins 6th April at Sports Base, Hemel Hempsted with training every Sunday. As long as you are female and over 18, anyone is welcome from any skating ability.

For more information, go to http://www.hertsrd.co.uk/index.html or email recruitment@hertsrd.co.uk.




Tuesday, 25 March 2014

New Music Playlist w/c 24th March 2014 & this week's featured track by @DJCassidy @JessieJ & @RobinThicke

Hi Drivetimers

Due to a severe bout of manflu, this post comes to you a day late, sorry!  Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Boyzone - Who We Are
Christina Perri - Human
Colbie Caillat - Hold On
DJ Cassidy (feat. Robin Thicke & Jessie J) - Calling All Hearts
Eleanor McEvoy - Please Heart, You're Killing Me
Engelbert with Cliff Richard - Since I Lost My Baby
Gary Barlow - Since I Saw You Last
Gregory Porter - Hey Laura
HAIM - If I Could Change Your Mind
Imelda May - It's Good To Be Alive
Johnny Cash - She Used To Love Me A Lot
Jonny Lang - Blew Up (The House)
Kaiser Chiefs - Coming Home
Kian Egan - Home
Matt Cardle - Hit My Heart
Michael Bublé - To love Somebody
Paolo Nutini - Scream (Funk My Life Up)
Paul McCartney - Save Us
Rascal Flatts - Rewind
Robbie Williams - Shine My Shoes
Sara Bareilles - Brave
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Runaway Day Dreamer
The Overtones - Superstar
The Pierces - Believe In Me
The Robert Cray Band - You Move Me
Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey - I Keep It To Myself
Zac Brown Band - All Alright

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Calling All Hearts by DJ Cassidy Ft Robin Thicke & Jessie J:

Chris' Film Club: Dr. No

This week's film club theme is 'Bond films' so we have gone right back to the beginning with Dr. No. Bond is sent to stop No from disrupting a manned space flight with a radio beam weapon and does so with the usual style and panache that we now associate strongly with the Bond series.

The film made Sean Connery a star and also starred Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman and Bernard Lee.

Gwendoline talks about rainbow colour schemes and much more

Tonight on the Drivetime show we were joined by our interior design expert Gwendoline who informed us on harmonious colour schemes, the colour of the month and  how to plan re-decorating your house.

March Colour of the Month - Daffodil Yellow, keeping in sync with the spring season this colour is going to be popping up all around the shops and the streets.

Some of her tips for your houses included:

- Bring more fun into your house by introducing rainbow colours, this will bring more excitement
- Don't be afraid to mix harmonious colours such as Green and Blue, Red and Orange
- Birds are a key feature for this month, they are perfect in wallpaper and pictures
- Think carefully about how you want a room to look, stick to the plan and pick out some key words such as Spacious, bright or clean

Her key tip for the day was that 'something small can make a huge difference'

For more information and tips from Gwendoline visit:

Website - www.ga-interiors.co.uk
Twitter - twitter.com/gainteriors
Facebook - facebook.com/gainteriors




Friday, 21 March 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 21st March 2014

Tonight Simon decided that a trip to Germany would be better than presenting the film guide, which, to be perfectly honest, I can fully understand. I mean, Germany is a beautiful country with great culture, interesting history and tasty, tasty beer. So it makes sense that you'd take a little holiday and then make sure that you told the presenter of the radio show you help present a film program on that you won't be there that week. Of course you do, otherwise you'd be a total and utter goon.

Wait, what's that? Simon didn't warn anyone that he was going away and he left everyone in the lurch? Yep, that's right folks. Simon didn't tell anyone he was off so Danny and Chris had to improvise the Film Guide. Sadly, Danny and Chris aren't very good improvisers, so they played a 15 minute game of charades and then hummed the theme tunes of 80s TV shows for the final 15 minutes. It was really....... inspiring.

Ok, that was (only half) a lie, but Chris was sitting in for Simon this week and spoke with Danny about the UK box office top 10 and his pick of films on free-to-air TV for the coming week.

Friday
Fight Club
9pm – 11:50pm
ITV4

Saturday
The Addams Family
1pm – 2:55pm
Film4

Sunday
The Spy Who Loved Me
4:15pm – 6:35pm
ITV

Tuesday
Seven Samuari
11:40pm -
Film4

Wednesday
Big
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Film4

Thursday, 20 March 2014

A Date With Nature at Verulam Park

Today Debs from the RSPB called in to tell Danny and the listeners all about Heron Watch with A Date With Nature at Verulam Park.
There are currently 13 nests on Heron Island with some chicks born as early as a week ago!

Herons breed earlier than most birds, and the mild winter has ensured that the chicks are doing well. This is the only time of year to see chicks which will be there for around the next week.

Debs explained they are popping their heads over the nest from time to time and everyone is welcome to visit Heron Watch anytime between 10.30 am-4.30 pm Wednesday to Sunday and if you are lucky you might see the chicks.

If you're keeping your eye out for something to do with the kids this Easter, A Date With Nature's Heron Watch will be at Verulam Park right up until May including Easter Sunday and Monday. There are activity sheets for the kids, joining packs, cuddly toys and a nature trail around the park You can even go and see the wing span of the Heron's by visiting the A Date With Nature trailer.

To find out more about Heron Watch, visit www.rspb.org.uk and follow the link to the Heron Watch blog where you will find out more about the Heron's at St Albans, and some of our other feathered friends, including Kingfishers and Eagles.


Chris' Film Club: Apocalypto

Finishing off this week's film club theme of 'foreign language films' I have chosen a film slightly different to the rest. It's a bit different because it is a Hollywood film and in a language not widely spoken (although there are still around a million native speakers of it today). The film I've chosen is Apocalypto, and it is entirely in
Yucatec Maya.

Directed by Mel Gibson, it stars Rudy Youngblood as Jaguar Paw, a Mayan tribemans who is captured by a bigger, meaner tribe and treks across Central America. He has to subsequently escape and save his wife and baby, all the while being persued by vicious enemies.

It's a fast and thrilling film and Gibson once again proves what a skilled director he is. The trailer is below.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Chris' Film Club: City of God

Continuing this week's theme of foreign language films we move on to South America (Brazil specifically) and the wonderfully epic and sprawling crime drama City of God. Set in the favelas of Rio (and starring many actors who actually grew up in the favelas) City of God tells the story of several young men who grow up in and around organised crime in the 1960s through to the 80s. It's equal parts darkly funny and thrilling, with great direction and sumptuous cinematography. A must see for any film fan.

It is directed by Katia Lund and Fernando Meirelles and stars Alexandre Rodrigues. The trailer can be seen below (although it does make it look a little silly).

The Drivetime Sessions with @TwoBeatsApart

This afternoon, we were joined in the studio by St. Albans duo Two Beats Apart. They played two of their own songs: 'Aim' and 'We Will', as well as a cover of the Mumford and Sons song 'I Will Wait'.













To find out more about Two Beats Apart and their upcoming gigs, find them on Twitter, Facebook or head on over to their website. To hear them again, go to the Listen Again service on the Radio Verulam website.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Chris' Film Club: The Raid

Continuing the theme for this week's film club (foreign language films) I have chosen The Raid, a brutally violent and relentlessly thrilling Indonesian action film. Directed by Welshman Gareth Evans, it stars Iko Uwais as a member of a armed police unit who infiltrate a tower block, with the intention of capturing the crime lord on the top floor. In their way are all the inhabitants of the tower block, who happen to work for the crime lord.

The trailer is below.

Lucy Clark new feature - Bake it Easy

Tonight on the drive time show we were joined by our new cooking correspondent Lucy Clark, with her new segment Bake it Easy. Teaching us how to make Vanilla Cupcakes.

To download the recipe click here

Or visit Lucy's Website: http://www.heavenisacupcake.net/




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

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Christina Perri - Human
Colbie Caillat - Hold On
Elbow - New York Morning
Eleanor McEvoy - Please Heart, You're Killing Me
Engelbert with Cliff Richard - Since I Lost My Baby
George Michael - Let Her Down Easy
Gregory Porter - Hey Laura
HAIM - If I Could Change Your Mind
Imelda May - It's Good To Be Alive
Johnny Cash - She Used To Love Me A Lot
Jonny Lang - Blew Up (The House)
Kaiser Chiefs - Coming Home
Katie Cole - (We Started A) Fire
Kian Egan - Home
Kylie Minogue - Into The Blue
Lissie - The Habit
Matt Cardle - Hit My Heart
Michael Bublé - To love Somebody
Paolo Nutini - Scream (Funk My Life Up)
Paul McCartney - Save Us
PictureHouse - Rules of Science
Rascal Flatts - Rewind
Robbie Williams - Shine My Shoes
Sara Bareilles - Brave
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Runaway Day Dreamer
The Overtones - Superstar
The Pierces - Believe In Me
U2 - Invisible
Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey - I Keep It To Myself
Zac Brown Band - All Alright

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Hey Laura by Gregory Porter:


Monday, 17 March 2014

Chris' Film Club: Tell No One

The theme for this week's Film Club entries (and yes, we've always had a theme of the week and I'll fight anyone that says otherwise) is 'Foreign Language Films' so to start off this week I've chosen the 2006 French film Tell No One.

Alex is a doctor who is just about getting his life together following the murder of his wife when he starts receiving mysterious messages suggesting that she may be alive....

The film is based on a book by American author Harlan Coben and stars Francois Cluzet, Marie-Josee Croze, Gilles Lellouche and Kristen Scott-Thomas. The trailer can be seen below (warning: bare bottoms)

Lifestyle with Lisa Pearson - Take Care Of Yourself @mummywhisperer



Lisa Pearson was our guest tonight on West Herts Drivetime.

here are 10 tips for taking care of yourself;


  1. Go outside
  2. Get moving
  3. Music is food for the soul
  4. 30 mins rest
  5. Keep your energy reserves
  6. Pamper yourself
  7. Sleep
  8. Your time is valuable
  9. Laugh
  10. Eat cake

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


Friday, 14 March 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 14th March 2014

Tonight we had Simon in the studio as usual but he was acting in a slightly unusual way. By that I mean he was being actually quite interesting. He started out by telling us what he was doing this weekend and for the first time ever it didn't include reorganising his gravel-coloured jumper collection (he orders them by date of purchase, how close to gravel they actually look, size, thickness of wool and finally their repulsiveness to the opposite sex). He was actually going to go out and enjoy the sunshine, take part in some water sports, go out in the evening and catch a show, party the night away and generally lead the life of an interesting person. What he was describing was wonderful, almost dreamlike. In fact, it is too much like a dream.... The real Simon would never do anything as interesting as anything I've described. No, this is definitely a dream! I don't want to wake up! I don't want Simon to go back to the way he was was! Noooooooooooo!

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

Saturday
Dear John
2.55pm – 5.00pm
Film4

The Wizard of Oz
7.50pm – 10.00pm
5USA

Limitless
9.00pm – 11.05pm
Channel 4

Sunday
Sexy Beast
11.05pm – 12.50pm
Film4

Minority Report
11.25pm – 1.45am
BBC1

Memento
12.15am – 2.10am
Channel 4

Monday
An Officer and a Gentleman
11.10pm – 1.35am
Film4

Tuesday
Cape Fear
11.35pm – 2.05am
ITV4

Wednesday
Brokeback Mountain
12.05am – 2.20am
Channel 4

Thursday, 13 March 2014

The Crescent- Informing and supporting people with HIV

Today Rachel and Iain from The Crescent joined us in the studio.


When Rachel was diagnosed with HIV in 2005 she thought it was a death sentence , the Crescent in St Albans, founded 26 years ago, provided her with the support she needed to realise she could live a normal healthy life. Rachel is now a trustee working with Iain Murtagh to educate people and to show them that HIV sufferers are only human.

She said: 'I want to open other people's eyes. We're not dirty, you can sit next to us.'

The Crescent offers advice, therapy, support and social groups and anyone is welcome.

Rachel says it was The Crescent that gave her the courage to go ahead with the medication and not be scared of the possible side effects.

Iain Murtagh explained that The Crescent is not currently funded, and they are asking people for any donations, whether that be financial or a donation of their time. This can be helping out in the garden, or lending an ear over a cup of  to someone who needs support.

For more information head to www.thecrescent.org.uk  01727 842542.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The Drivetime Sessions with @chloeetaylor

Chloe Alexandra joined us in the studio this afternoon for The Drivetime Sessions. She played two of her own songs: 'Just another day' and 'Far away', as well as a cover of George Michael's 'Faith'.

















To find out more about Chloe and her upcoming gigs, either find her on twitter or head over to her Facebook page.

Consumer Advice from Elizabeth Crampton

Our Consumer Advice Consultant Elizabeth Crampton came in to talk to Danny about potholes, energy bills and NHS confidentiality.

If  you are footing a high bill because you have hit a pothole, you may be able to claim for your repair bills. Head to www.potholes.co.uk for a list of reported potholes in your area.

Energy bills are the highest household expenditure after mirages and rent in most residents. Elizabeth advises that you should regularly provide your own meter readings to prevent out of date estimate bills. Head to www.adviseguide.org.uk for more information.

Finally if you are concerned about the new Care Data Program and want to know how and where your medical information can be shared, check out www.medconfidential.org  to find out your rights, or ask your GP.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Andy Jarosz talks to us about his trip to Japan


Today on the show we were joined by Andy Jarosz, our travel correspondent, discussing his recent trip to Japan and tips on how to get the best deals when booking your own holiday.

To read about his experience visit: http://www.501places.com/2014/02/japan-ongoing-affection/

Andy's tips and tricks include:


  • Book your holiday online in order to ensure you make the most of your money
  • Always look for new offers and deals 
  • Be prepared to pay more during term times
  • Take advantage of cooler climates to go site seeing 
For more from Andy visit:

Twitter - +Andy Jarosz 

Monday, 10 March 2014

New Music Playlist w/c 10th March 2014 & this week's featured track by Johnny Cash

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Brad Paisley - The Mona Lisa
Christina Perri - Human
D.A. - Glowing
Elbow - New York Morning
Engelbert with Cliff Richard - Since I Lost My Baby
George Michael - Let Her Down Easy
HAIM - If I Could Change Your Mind
John Legend - All Of Me
Johnny Cash - She Used To Love Me A Lot
Kaiser Chiefs - Coming Home
Katie Cole - (We Started A) Fire
Kian Egan - Home
Kylie Minogue - Into The Blue
Lissie - The Habit
Michael Bublé - To love Somebody
Paolo Nutini - Scream (Funk My Life Up)
Paul McCartney - Save Us
Peter Andre - Kid
PictureHouse - Rules of Science
Rascal Flatts - Rewind
Rebecca Ferguson - All That I've Got
Robbie Williams - Shine My Shoes
Sara Bareilles - Brave
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Runaway Day Dreamer
The Pierces - Believe In Me
U2 - Invisible
Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey - I Keep It To Myself
Zac Brown Band - All Alright

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is She Used To Love Me A Lot by Johnny Cash:


Friday, 7 March 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 7th March 2014

Tonight Simon and Danny were in the studio and got on with things as if everything was ok. They were chatting and discussing films like usual; Simon forgot the names of every actor that has ever made a film and the name of every film ever made, so, you know, the usual. But everything wasn't ok. You see, Chris Aikman wasn't there. Sure, he never listens to the Film Guide even when he is sitting in the next room but he is the soul of the show; the glue that holds the entire thing together, and he wasn't there. No, Chris has been taken down with a mysterious illness and some sources think that it may be an inside job.

"My money is on that Simon fella," a friend of Chris' told me. "He's always been jealous of Chris' ability to remember the names of films, actors and directors, and speak in a voice that contains more than one note." The case remains open....

Ok, that was a lie (mostly, Chris is actually unwell), but Simon and Danny were in the studio to talk about the UK box office and Simon's pick of films on free-to-air TV for the coming week.

Friday
The Proposal
10.35pm – 12.20am
BBC1

300
9.00pm – 11.15pm
ITV4

Saturday
Moulin Rouge
9.00pm – 11.35pm
Movie Mix

Pitch Black
11.10pm – 1.35am
ITV2

Sunday
One Day
9.00pm – 11.05pm
Channel 4

The Killing Fields
11.35pm – 1.50am
BBC2

Monday
Never Let Me Go
9.00pm – 11.00pm
Film4

Tuesday
Desperado
10.00pm – 12.10pm
5USA






Thursday, 6 March 2014

The St. Stephen Parish Council 2014 Festival




On today's show, Danny spoke to Councillor Eileen Whittaker about the upcoming 2014 Festival, which will take place in May.

St. Stephen Parish Council will be holding the event over the weekend from Friday 16th May and it will feature everything from local musicians and artists to alpacas.

The 2014 Festival will be at Greenwood Park, Tippendell Lane, Chiswell Green, St. Albans and local acts are urged to take part if they are interested in participating in the event.

For now, cllr Whittaker confirms that there will be plenty of food, local bands and a "mountain of clay" for children. The Friday promises a grand opening with bands, while the Saturday will focus on the arts. Sculptors and blacksmiths will provide demonstrations for children to take part in crafts and there will also be alpacas. On Sunday, the event will go out with a bang, as there will be a fete, fun fair and a food court.

To get involved, contact the Parish Council on 01923 681 443 or via email at clerk@ststephenparishcouncil.gov.uk.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

The Drivetime Sessions with Andy Skelton

We were joined in the studio this afternoon by the local songwriter Andy Skelton. He played two originals: the enchanting 'All the Love Has Gone' and more upbeat 'Change of Heart', as well as an impressive cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'The Chain' (for which he was joined by the rest of his band, The Skeltons).

To find out more about Andy and his upcoming gigs, head over to his LemonRock page or find him on Facebook. If you missed the session, you can listen to the broadcast for another 7 days at http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Martin Finney encourages us 'not to give up' on our gardens



Today on the Drivetime show we were joined by our resident gardening expert Martin Finney from Ayletts Nurseries, discussing the jobs we can do in the garden this March.

His Tips and Tricks include:

- Prune flowers and tidy up the garden if needed
- Sew a few seeds to prepare for warmer weather Eg. Poppy Seeds
- Put down some fertiliser to help growth
- Avoid putting down moss killer on the lawn, lightly rake over the grass and add grass seeds to any sparse areas



For more information please visit their website: http://aylettnurseries.co.uk/

Monday, 3 March 2014

Campaigning with the Herts Middlesex Wildlife Trust @HMWTBadger


Tonight on the West Herts Drivetime show, wildlife correspondent Sarah Buckingham from the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust joined Danny Smith to talk about what the trust have been up to since we last caught up with her.

Over the weekend, the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust joined forces with the Badger Trust to take to the streets of St. Albans, where they marched against the government's badger cull policy. Local MP Anne Main is proud to back the campaign and the hashtag #BadgerMonday has been a trending topic recently.

"We want the best outcome for badgers and farmers," Sarah explained on air. "It's a worrying problem and a badger cull isn't the solution."

Sarah urges listeners to "keep talking about it" and visit the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust website for more information.

http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/campaigning/stop-badger-cull

Danny and Sarah then went on to talk about the High Speed 2 (HS2) development and the impact it will have on the environment.

The HS2 will run from London Euston through the Chilterns and Warwickshire to Birmingham and Sarah's concerns are about the severe impact that the line will have on the habitats and lake in Boardwater Lake Nature Reserve.

She stressed on the show that she isn't against the HS2, but rather the route.

"They decided the route before looking at the habitat," Sarah explained. "Many nature reserves will be affected."

The Wildlife Trust is always looking for extra support for their various campaigns. Visit: http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/membership for more information.

Despite being luckier than the south west of England, the nature reserves of Herts have been impacted by the extra water caused by rainfall, but it is too soon to determine the effects of the wetter habitats. On the show, Sarah looked at the positives and the negatives of the situation with Danny.

The Trust have been working on repairing damaged bridges in the reserve and they are also running an appeal called 'Give Us a Kiss', which you can view here: http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/how-you-can-help/give-us-kiss-appeal

To see what events the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust will be hosting, visit: http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on

New Music Playlist w/c 3rd March 2014 & this week's featured track by Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltry

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

American Authors - Best Day Of My Life
Brad Paisley - The Mona Lisa
Bruce Springsteen - Just Like Fire Would
Céline Dion - Water and a Flame
Christina Perri - Human
D.A. - Glowing
Engelbert with Cliff Richard - Since I Lost My Baby
George Michael - Let Her Down Easy
HAIM - If I Could Change Your Mind
James Arthur - Get Down
Jeremy Messersmith - Ghost
John Legend - All Of Me
Katie Cole - (We Started A) Fire
Kian Egan - Home
Kylie Minogue - Into The Blue
Lissie - The Habit
Michael Bublé - To love Somebody
Mike Oldfield - Sailing
Paloma Faith - Can't Rely On You
Peter Andre - Kid
PictureHouse - Rules of Science
Rascal Flatts - Rewind
Rebecca Ferguson - All That I've Got
Robbie Williams - Shine My Shoes
Rufus Wainwright - Me and Liza
Sara Bareilles - Brave
U2 - Invisible
Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey - I Keep It To Myself
Zac Brown Band - All Alright

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is I Keep It To Myself by Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltry.