Friday, 25 April 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 25th April 2014

This week saw the Drivetime classic 'Triple Threat' of Danny, Simon and Chris in the studios. The three amigos were back and somewhat bleary-eyed after having gone out and celebrated Danny's 40th birthday. Simon flew a few of his Las Vegas 'friends' over to help the party get started and...... well, they can't really remember what happened, but Danny is well chuffed with his new Miley-Cyrus-riding-a-dolphin-over-a-rainbow-with-sparkles-and-fireworks tattoo. Well chuffed.

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

Friday
The Graduate
12.40am – 2.40am
ITV3

Saturday
Cocoon
1.00pm – 3.20pm
Film4

The Railway Children
3.10pm – 5.10pm
ITV3

Toy Story 3
8.15pm – 9.55pm
BBC 3

Sunday
Chariots of Fire
4.50pm – 7.15pm
Film4

The Artist
9.00pm – 10.35pm
BBC2

Tuesday
Reservoir Dogs
10.00pm – 12.05am
5USA

Wednesday
Payback
9.00pm – 11.05pm
ITV4

Thursday
Senna
10.30pm – 12.40am
ITV4

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Chris' Film Club: Fantastic Mr. Fox

To finish off this week's theme of George Clooney films I have picked one of his pieces of voice acting, in the form of an animated adaptation of a Roald Dahl book, The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Clooney voices the titular character and is ably supported with the vocal talents of Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon and Jason Schwartzman, among others. It's quirky and funny, and done entirely in stop motion, which I personally love as an art form.

Danny's Birthday Show!

It's the one and only Danny Smith's birthday today, so the devilishly handsome and charming Chris Aikman produced a special birthday show for Danny (there was cake and everything, you should have been there).

The delightful Hannah from Miss 600 phoned into the show and we had a special birthday message from Drivetime favourite Katie Cole. 

Also, there was cake. 

Seriously, should have been there.

If you would like to live the moment over and over again (like Danny will, I'm sure) you can use our 'Listen Again' feature at www.radioverulam.com.


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Chris' Film Club: Three Kings

Continuing our theme this week of George Clooney films I have picked Three Kings, a film set in the Gulf War about four soldiers (Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube and Spike Jonze) who plot to steal treasure from Saddam Hussein. Directed by David O. Russell, it is quirky and darkly comic in places, but also exciting and visceral in others. Well worth a watch.

The Drivetime Sessions with Elephants & Castles

This afternoon we were joined in the studio by Chris and Robin from the local trio, Elephants & Castles. They played two of their own songs for us: 'Concrete Love' and 'Fashanu', as well as a cover of the Electronic hit 'Getting Away With it'















To find out more about the band and any of their upcoming gigs, head on over to their Facebook page or Twitter. Their Soundcloud page can also be found at https://soundcloud.com/elephantsandcastles. If you missed the session, go to the Radio Verulam website's Listen Again service.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Chris' Film Club: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

The theme for the Film Club this week is George Clooney films, so we start with the modern classic O Brother, Where Art Thou? A Coen Brothers film full of wit, pathos and a cracking soundtrack, it sees Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson escape from a chain gang in the 1930s and hunt down an elusive treasure. Based loosely on Homer's Odyssey, it features all manner of weird and wonderful characters.

Also starring John Goodman, Holly Hunter and Charles Durning, the trailer can be seen below.

New Music Playlist w/c 22nd April 2014 & this week's featured track by @Palomafaith

Hi Drivetimers

As yesterday was a bank holiday, here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alicia Keys - It's On Again (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Annie Drury - Some Day
Bernhoft - Come Around
Caro Emerald - Coming Back As A Man
Chrissie Hynde - Dark Sunglasses
Chromeo - Jealous (I Ain't With It)
Coldplay - Magic
Damon Albarn - Heavy Seas Of Love
DJ Cassidy (feat. Robin Thicke & Jessie J) - Calling All Hearts
Embrace - Follow You Home
Foy Vance with Bonnie Raitt - You And I
John Smith - There Is A Stone
Josh Record - For Your Love
Kian Egan - I'll Be
Kylie Minogue - I Was Gonna Cancel
Lily Allen - Our Time
Lisa Stansfield - So Be It
Luke Sital-Singh - Greatest Lovers
Michael Bolton featuring Leona Lewis - Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Mike Oldfield - Moonshine
Molly - Children Of The Universe
Neil Finn - Dizzy Heights
Paloma Faith - Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Paul Carrack - I'm Losing You
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott - D.I.Y
Prince & Zooey Deschanel - FALLINLOVE2NITE
Ray LaMontagne - Supernova
Seth Lakeman - Last Rider
Ward Thomas - The Good and the Right

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Only Love Can Hurt Like This by Paloma Faith:

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Tatyana's Film Club: Pacific Heights

As Chris is on holiday, filling his Film Club curator shoes is the elegant and sublime Tatyana Colombo.  All this week she has chosen films starring Michael Keaton.

Today's film is Pacific Heights, starring Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine and Michael Keaton.  This is a tense, almost Hitchcockian thriller about a couple who work hard to renovate their dream house and become landlords to pay for it. Unfortunately one of their tenants has plans of his own.  Here is the trailer:

St Albans Operatic Society Presents Annie @StAlbansOpSoc

Julie, Julia and Evie popped in to see Danny this evening to tell us all about St Albans Operatic Society's brand new production of Annie.

Evie, who plays Annie and has the very famous dog 'Sandy' as a partner is crime, says that the phrase ' never work with children or animals' isn't true. She says working with children and animals is more fun, however without them you do get more done!


The show begins on the 28th April at Alban Arena and runs until 3rd of May.  All performances start at 7.30pm, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm.

Prices:
  • Standard Adult: £17.50 
  • *Concessionary Adult/Child: £15.50 
  • **Restricted View: £10.00 
  • Monday Preview night £10 All Tickets (No concession apply) 

Go to http://www.saos.org.uk/stalbans/musical/annie/ to book your tickets now!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Tatyana's Film Club: Batman

As Chris is on holiday, filling his Film Club curator shoes is the elegant and sublime Tatyana Colombo.  All this week she has chosen films starring Michael Keaton.

Today's film is Michael Keaton's second collaboration with Director Tim Burton, the 1989 smash hit Batman.  With an all-star cast including Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Jerry Hall and Jack Palance - this cinematic version of the story of the Caped Crusader is visually stunning and positively oozing with Tim Burton's unique style.  Here is the trailer:

The Drivetime Sessions with Grae J Wall & Los Chicos Muertos

This afternoon we were joined in the studio by the country group, 'Grae J Wall & Los Chicos Muertos'. They played two of their own songs: 'Sitting in a bar in East Berlin' and 'White Lightning', as well as a cover of Nikki Sudden's 'Chelsea Embankment'.



For more information on the band and any of their upcoming gigs, head on over to their website or facebook page. If you missed the session, go to the listen again service on the Radio Verulam website

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tatyana's Film Club: Beetle Juice

As Chris is on holiday, filling his Film Club curator shoes is the elegant and sublime Tatyana Colombo.  All this week she has chosen films starring Michael Keaton.

Today's film is Beetlejuice, starring Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and Michael Keaton.  The film is about a couple of recently deceased ghosts who contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.  Here is the trailer:


Lucy teaches us how to make Rock Cakes!

Tonight in the studio we were joined by Lucy from Heaven is a Cupcake telling us how to bake the perfect Rock Cakes that are easy and enjoyable.

Lucy first learnt how to make the rock cakes as a child and was taught by her Mum Margaret. The recipe can be adapted to suit your personal preference, Lucy enjoys adding nuts although says that chocolate or fruit also work well.

The cakes can  be stored for a couple of days and can be eaten hot or cold.



For the help sheet and recipe click here

For more of Lucy visit:

Website: www.heavenisacupcake.net

Monday, 14 April 2014

Tatyana's Film Club: Night Shift

As Chris is on holiday, filling his Film Club curator shoes is the elegant and sublime Tatyana Colombo.  All this week she has chosen films starring Michael Keaton.

Today's film is Night Shift, starring Henry (The Fonz) Winkler, Keaton and Shelley Long (Diane from Cheers).  The film is about a morgue attendant gets shunted back to the night shift where he is shackled with an obnoxious partner who dreams of the "one great idea" for success.  Here is the trailer:


Citizens Advice Bureau




Elizabeth Crampton from the CAB was tonight's guest on Drivetime.

Credit regulation is changing. The OFT will continue to regulate consumer credit until 31 March 2014. After this date, responsibility for consumer credit regulation will transfer to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).



If you apply to the OFT for a Consumer Credit Licence on or after 21 February, please be aware that, due to the limited time remaining before the transfer of responsibility to the FCA, it is very likely that we will not be able to process your application to completion. It will pass to the FCA to take forward.

Bailiff visits

A bailiff may visit your home if you don’t pay your debts - eg a Council Tax bill, parking fine, court fine, county court or family court judgment.

This will happen if you ignore letters saying that bailiffs will be used.Bailiffs must normally give you at least 7 days’ notice of their first visit.

You can stop bailiffs from visiting by paying the money you owe. Talk to the person or business you owe money to as soon as possible to get advice on how to pay your debt.

Bailiffs are also known as ‘enforcement agents’.

Home Insurance

How Much Coverage Do You Need?
Enough to cover:

Your Property and Belongings: The better your coverage, the less you will have to pay out of your own pocket if disaster strikes.

Self Protection: You need enough liability coverage to protect yourself from lawsuits resulting from your negligence or events that could occur on your property.

Lender Requirements: Your housing lender will require you to cover the house for at least the amount of the mortgage or the replacement cost of the dwelling.

Policy Requirements: Insurers may impose some coverage requirements for replacement cost protection. Preferred plans usually require policy limits at 100% of replacement cost. Standard plans usually require policy limits of at least 80% of replacement cost.

Further details can be found at the web site http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/

New Music Playlist w/c 14th April 2014 & this week's featured track by Paul Carrack

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Annie Drury - Some Day
Bernhoft - Come Around
Boyzone - Who We Are
Caro Emerald - Coming Back As A Man
Chrissie Hynde - Dark Sunglasses
Chromeo - Jealous (I Ain't With It)
Coldplay - Magic
Damon Albarn - Heavy Seas Of Love
DJ Cassidy (feat. Robin Thicke & Jessie J) - Calling All Hearts
Embrace - Follow You Home
Gary Barlow - Since I Saw You Last
Gregory Porter - Hey Laura
John Smith - There Is A Stone
Josh Record - For Your Love
Lily Allen - Our Time
Lisa Stansfield - So Be It
Luke Sital-Singh - Greatest Lovers
Matt Cardle - Hit My Heart
Michael Bolton featuring Leona Lewis - Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Mike Oldfield - Moonshine
Neil Finn - Dizzy Heights
Paul Carrack - I'm Losing You
Prince & Zooey Deschanel - FALLINLOVE2NITE
Seth Lakeman - Last Rider
The Pierces - Believe In Me
The Robert Cray Band - You Move Me
Ward Thomas - The Good and the Right

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is I'm Losing You by Paul Carrack:


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Chris' Film Club: 2001: A Space Odyssey

To round off the theme of space films this week I have picked the spaciest (totally a word) film of them all. 2001 is directed by Stanley Kubrick and is full of imaginative and creative visual effects, that continues to impress even today. Essentially presented as 4 little stories, Kubrick crafted one of the most enduring and influential films of the 20th century. Made almost entirely in the UK, it explores human evolution (from primates to space travellers), artificial intelligence (the iconic HAL) and alien life in a groundbreaking piece of work.

The Michael Green Foundation

Joanne Green from the Michael Green Foundation which raises awareness about type 2 diabetes visited us in the studio today, to tell Danny more about the UK's 3rd biggest killer.

Joanne lost her husband Michael suddenly at age 53 to type 2 diabetes. Since his death she has fought to educate people about how they can prevent and even reverse the effects of type two diabetes through changes in their lifestyle and diet.


She explained that although it is more commonly developed by men and women in their 40's and 50's, her husband was diagnosed at 25 and it is important if you recognise the following symptoms to talk to your GP:

Excessive Thirst
Frequently needing the toilet
Fatigue,
Cuts not healing
Dizziness

They are raising funds for The Michael Clements Diabetes Centre and have raised £10,000 for The Michael Green Dietetic Educational Kitchen, which educates people about nutrition. They are 3/4's of the way to securing their next target which will provide a dietician for the centre.

Michael and Joanne's daughter will be running the British 10k in her Fathers memory along with 12 others.  They are also hosting a charity super at The Village in September which will involve a quiz, raffle and charity auction and they are appealing for any donations.

Joanne explained how much Michael's former company SOS have helped the charity grow, giving donations, expertise and teaching them how much Corporate Social Responsibility can benefit a charity.

The Michael Green Foundation always welcome any donations, whether that be financial, or of expertise and time.  They want to change the face of fundraising and make a difference.

Visit the website: http://www.michaelgreenfoundation.org/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/The_MGF

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheMichaelGreenFoundation





Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Chris' Film Club: Event Horizon

Continuing our theme of space-based films for this week I have picked Event Horizon, a bloody, action-packed and claustrophobic horror film set on a space ship (The Event Horizon) that has reappeared after going missing 7 years previously. A small crew of scavengers is sent to retrieve it and they discover that all is not what it seems (as is often the case when things mysteriously disappear and then reappear years later, just ask John Darwin). Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and starring Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neill, the trailer can be seen below.

The Drivetime Sessions- featuring Greg Dylan

Greg Dylan joined us in the studio for the Drivetime sessions this week. Playing 'True', a song with the title, 'The High Song', a work in progress and a cover of  Neil Young's 'Hey Hey, My My'.

If you want to find out more about Greg Dylan head on over to his Facebook page and website. If you missed the session you can use our Listen Again service on the Radio Verulam website for up to a week after broadcast.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Chris' Film Club: Dark Star

Dark Star is a strange little film. It was directed by John Carpenter (he of The Thing and Assault on Precinct 13 fame) and was written by and stars Dan O'Bannon, who wrote Aliens. It starts out like a standard sci-fi film about a planet destroying crew aboard a space ship but it soon reveals itself to be a weirdly surreal and interesting black comedy. Coming in at a rather brief 83 minutes, it doesn't outstay it's welcome and was a pleasant surprise for me when I first saw it.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Chris' Film Club: Gravity

The theme for this week's film club is 'space', so all week I will be putting films in the film club archives that are predominantly set in space. The biggest (and most critically acclaimed) space-based movie of the past year is Gravity, which won 7 Oscars. Directed by Alfonso Caurón (who won Best Director), it is a thrilling and suspenseful film that follows two astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) who, after a tragic accident, find themselves floating in orbit around the Earth, desperate to make their way back safely.

It is a marvellous example of the technology we have available to use in filmmaking today and the film makes great use of 3D, a medium which is often poorly used and comes off as a gimmick. Caurón and co. should be proud.

Herts & Middlesex Wild life Trust





Sarah Buckingham from the trust was tonight's guest on Drivetime


Funding boost for Tewin Orchard

Tewin Orchard
A grant from the John Spedan Lewis Foundation is helping to protect a traditional orchard and its wildlife in Tewin Village.
The funds have contributed to buying new fruit trees, which will ensure the future survival of the orchard. In addition, new labelling will help visitors to identify trees more easily, including little known but excellent local varieties such as the Hitchin Pippin and the Hertfordshire Black Cherry.
All you need to know about frogspawn
Know your species
Frogspawn is always laid in clumps, whilst toadspawn comes in long chains like strings of pearls draped over pond weed and submerged plants.
Don’t move spawn or tadpoles into a different pond, as this can spread non-native plant species and amphibian diseases.
Ponds that already contain spawn may not be able to support the increased population, and ponds that don’t have any spawn are unlikely to be suitable for frogs – if they were suitable, the spawn would already be there.
for more details visit the trust web site http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk

New Music Playlist w/c 7th April 2014 & this week's featured track by @caroemerald

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Annie Drury - Some Day
Boyzone - Who We Are
Caro Emerald - Coming Back As A Man
Chrissie Hynde - Dark Sunglasses
Colbie Caillat - Hold On
Coldplay - Magic
Damon Albarn - Heavy Seas Of Love

DJ Cassidy (feat. Robin Thicke & Jessie J) - Calling All Hearts
Embrace - Follow You Home
Gary Barlow - Since I Saw You Last
Gregory Porter - Hey Laura
Imelda May - It's Good To Be Alive
John Smith - There Is A Stone
Jonny Lang - Blew Up (The House)
Josh Record - For Your Love
Kaiser Chiefs - Coming Home
Lily Allen - Our Time
Luke Sital-Singh - Greatest Lovers
Matt Cardle - Hit My Heart
Neil Finn - Dizzy Heights
Paolo Nutini - Scream (Funk My Life Up)
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 Coming Back As A Man by Caro Emerald:


Friday, 4 April 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 4th April 2014

Tonight Simon came into the studio with his new miniture French Poodle/Rottweiler mix (named Mr. Snuggly-Wuggly Pooplebum) and showed his plan to win the title of Best Tiny European Dog Mix at this year's Crimes Against Taste Dog Show. Sadly his plan didn't involve actually training his dog to do anything remotely interesting other than not needlessly defecating on the carpet (Simon does that enough as it is). It involved a more sinister plan to kidnap all the other contestants, pack them up in bubble wrap and send them first class to the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan for what would turn out to be a rather nice sight-seeing holiday, meaning that they would forget about the competition and focus on learning about a once powerful and proud civilisation.

Ok, that was a lie (it's a Terrier/St. Bernard's mix), 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 (he actually picked a full weeks worth!)

Friday
Michael Clayton
11.05pm – 1.00am
BBC2

Saturday
Where Eagles Dare
4.50pm – 8.00pm
ITV4

The Guard
11.10pm – 1.05am
BBC2

Sunday
Hairspray
3.25pm – 5.40pm
Channel 4

Monday
Raid on Entebbe
11.25pm – 2.15am
Movie Mix

Tuesday
The Rock
9.00pm – 11.50pm
5*

Wednesday
Ghost
9.00pm – 11.35pm
More4

Thursday
Casino
10.30pm – 1.55am
ITV4

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Chris' Film Club: Kick-Ass

To round off the film club's theme of comic book/graphic novel-based films we have Kick-Ass, based on the comic by Mark Millar. It sees a relatively normal young man (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) turn vigilante and team up with two actual crime fighters, Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) and Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz), to take down a crime boss (Mark Strong).

It's fast and furious, with outrageous comic book violence and the filthiest spoken 11-year old in film history. A fun ride indeed.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Chris' Film Club: Sin City

Today I have chosen the film Sin City for inclusion into the film guide. Based on Frank Miller's crime-noir graphic novel series it tells several interweaving stories and features a glorious cast, with the likes of Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba and Micky Rourke all featuring.

Less an adaptation and more a translation of the graphic novel, it recreats scenes almost shot-for-shot and includes a lot of the dialogue from the graphic novel. A sequel is coming out later this year and both trailers can be found below.

The Drivetime Sessions featuring @thetuesdayclub1

The Tuesday Club joined us live in the studio today, playing a brand new unrecorded track 'This City's Alive', their new single 'New Glamour' and a cover of Roxy Music's 'Virginia Plain'.

Three of the band's seven members talked Danny through how they write their lyrics, where they like to gig (locally, of course!), their look and how to get a copy of The Tuesday Club's new, exclusive, CD! To find out more about the band head on over to their Twitter and Facebook pages, or buy their new single and find out more about upcoming gigs from their website. If you missed the session you can use our Listen Again service for up to 7 days.


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Chris' Film Club: The Crow

Following this week's theme of films based on graphic novels/comic books I have chosen The Crow, starring the late Brandon Lee. Lee actually passed away during production and so the film has garnered somewhat of a cult following.

It follows Eric Draven, a musician who is murdered along with his girlfriend. Draven is then resurrected, with the sole aim of seeking revenge on those that committed the heinous crime. Full of dark, gothic design and moody atmosphere, it is a must for comic aficionados.

The film stars Lee, Ernie Hudson, Rochelle Davis and Michael Wincott.

Martin Finney Answers your Questions!


Tonight on the drive time show we were joined by our resident gardener Martin Finney answering some of your questions.

He advised that it was best to move plants between October and March and prioritise your favourites. It is also a good idea to go to your local gardening centre to check the prices of plants to see if they are worthwhile to move, such as the expensive plants Acers.

Martin also discussed the busy gardening month of April, advising us to try and fit everything we can in whilst the weather is nice and the sun is shining. He also advised we all should plant, weed and cut the lawn although warning us that we shouldn't set our hopes too high, especially as the weather is forever changing!



For more information visit:

http://www.aylettnurseries.co.uk/