Thursday, 30 October 2014

Chris' Film Club: Titanic

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

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

 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Chris' Film Club: Cloverfield

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

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

Introducing 'The Parsons Knows local music'

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

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


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

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Gwendoline Alderton on Interior Design

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

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

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

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

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


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

Chris' Film Club: Twister

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

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

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

 

Chris' Film Club: Contagion

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

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

 

Monday, 27 October 2014

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

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

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

Items in BOLD are new additions

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

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


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

Tree Song:

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

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

The Sound of Space:

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

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

Scientist of the Month: Alexander Graham Bell

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

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Drivetime Sessions with @TheJulietLawson

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



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

Monday, 20 October 2014

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

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

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

Items in BOLD are new additions

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


Lisa Pearson - Lifestyle Correspondent




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

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

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

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

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

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

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 17th October 2014

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

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

Friday
Dogma
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Film4

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

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

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

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

Dracula
10.00pm – 11.20pm
BBC4

Tuesday
The Bourne Supremacy
9.00pm – 11.10pm
ITV2

Wednesday
Hugo
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Film4

Friday, 17 October 2014

CLICK Productions in the studio!

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

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




Thursday, 16 October 2014

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

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

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Chris' Film Club: Mr & Mrs Smith

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

The Drivetime Sessions with Neil Stanton (@sulcata32)

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


















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

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 10th October 2014

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

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

Friday
48 Hours
11.40pm – 1.20am
Channel 4

Saturday
Top Hat
2.55pm – 4.30pm
BBC2

Shane
2.55pm – 5.15pm
Film4

Shine
11.50pm – 1.30am
BBC2

Sunday
Dances with Wolves
12.35pm – 3.25pm
BBC2

Back to the Future
6.55pm – 9.15pm
ITV2

Changeling
10.00pm – 12.55am
ITV3

Monday
Kick Ass
9,00pm – 11.15pm
Film4

The Descent
10.55pm – 12.45am
Channel 5

Tuesday
Moon
9.00pm – 10.30pm
BBC4

Elizabeth: The Golden Age
10.40pm – 12.45am

Wednesday
Cape Fear
10.05pm – 12.45am
ITV4

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







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

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

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

For more information visit:

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

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

Chris' Film Club: Snatch

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

Monday, 13 October 2014

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


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

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

Chris' Film Club: Se7en

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


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Martin Finney on autumn gardening



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

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

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

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

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





Monday, 6 October 2014

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

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

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

Items in BOLD are new additions
This week's featured track is Something Blue by Neil Diamond:

Saturday, 4 October 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 26th September 2014

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

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

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

Friday
The Lives of Us
12.05am – 2.15am
BBC2

Saturday
Swing Time
12.50pm – 3.30pm
BBC2

Field of Dreams
2.35pm – 4.30pm
ITV

Margin Call
10.30pm – 12.10am
BBC2

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

Kung Fu Panda
8.35pm – 10.00pm
BBC3

Monday
The Terminator
10.55pm – 12.50am
Channel 5

Tuesday
The Blues brothers
11.35pm – 2.10am
ITV4

Thursday
The Social Network
11.30pm – 1.50am
Film4

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 3rd October 2014

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

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

Friday
Wall Street
12.35am – 2.45am
Channel 4

Saturday
Flying down to Rio
1.00pm – 2.25pm
BBC2

A Fistful of Dollars
9.15pm – 11.20pm
Channel 5

Sunday
The Manchurian Candidate
2.25pm – 5.00pm
ITV4

Forever Young
2.30pm – 4.40pm
5*

Monday
Adaptation
1.25am – 3.40am
Film4

Tuesday
Backdraft
11.40pm – 2.20am
ITV4

Wednesday
Downfall
9.00pm – 11.25pm
BBC4

Thursday
8 Mile
11.50pm – 2.00am
ITV4


Thursday, 2 October 2014

Chris' Film Club: Miller's Crossing

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

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

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Chris' Film Club: The Long Good Friday

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

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

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