Monday, 29 December 2014

New Music Playlist w/c 29th December 2014

Hi Drivetimers

How is your Christmas going?  Over-indulged on the sprouts?  Sick of the sight of turkey?  Have no fear, in seven short days your favourite Drivetime show will be back fully refreshed for 2015.  Make a date in your diary for 4pm on Monday 5th January 2015 at your place - see you then!  In the meantime, here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Annie Lennox - Georgia On My Mind
Barbra Streisand & John Legend - What Kind Of Fool
Ben Haenow - Something I Need
Deacon Blue - Bethlehem Begins
Echosmith - Cool Kids
Engelbert Humperdinck & Ron Sexsmith - Something To Hold On To (feat. Fox Primary School Choir)
Gregory Porter & Julie London - Fly Me To The Moon
Jamie Cullum - Don't You Know
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett - It Don’t Mean A Thing
Little Big Town - Day Drinking
Longfellow - Medic
Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
Meghan Trainor - Lips Are Movin'
Nell Bryden - May You Never Be Alone
Olly Murs - Up (feat. Demi Lovato)
One Direction - Night Changes
Paloma Faith - Leave While I'm Not Looking
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Real Hope
Queen - Let Me In Your Heart Again
Rae Morris - Under The Shadows
Rumer - Reach Out
Sam Smith - Like I Can
Sia - You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile
Simple Minds - Let The Day Begin
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
The Waterboys - November Tale
U2 - Every Breaking Wave
Within Temptation - Edge Of The World

Items in BOLD are new additions

See you next year!

Monday, 22 December 2014

New Music Playlist w/c 22nd December 2014

Hi Drivetimers

We're now on our Christmas break but will be back on air on Monday 5th January 2015.  However, we are still publishing Radio Verulam's new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Annie Lennox - Georgia On My Mind
Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)
Barbra Streisand & John Legend - What Kind Of Fool
Deacon Blue - Bethlehem Begins
Echosmith - Cool Kids
Engelbert Humperdinck & Ron Sexsmith - Something To Hold On To (feat. Fox Primary School Choir)
Gregory Porter & Julie London - Fly Me To The Moon
Jamie Cullum - Don't You Know
Johnny Altman and JoanOvArc - Wild One
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett - It Don’t Mean A Thing
Little Big Town - Day Drinking
Longfellow - Medic
Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
Meghan Trainor - Lips Are Movin'
Military Voices - 1914 The Carol Of Christmas
Nell Bryden - May You Never Be Alone
Nico & Vinz - In Your Arms
Olly Murs - Up (feat. Demi Lovato)
One Direction - Night Changes
Paloma Faith - Leave While I'm Not Looking
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Real Hope
Queen - Let Me In Your Heart Again
Rumer - Reach Out
Sam Smith - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Sam Smith - Like I Can
Sia - You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
Tom Odell - Real Love
U2 - Every Breaking Wave
Wilko Johnson And Roger Daltrey - Muskrat
Within Temptation - Edge Of The World

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track will return in 2015.

Have a great Christmas!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Sam Rolfe our science correspondent joins us




Sam Rolfe joined us today to talk about methane and organic molecules on Mars. The term organic molecules describe any molecules that contain carbon atoms. Examples include methane, hydrocarbons and amino acids. 

Methane is a gas that has been detected on Mars before. Previously though methane has been detected using remote telescopic observations from the Earth or from space. This is a very exciting discovery because this is the first in situ (on site, in place) measurement from the surface of Mars. 

Methane being actively produced, what of it! 90% of the methane on Earth is produced by biological processes. so that means there is life on Mars?! Let’s not jump to conclusions here. The discovery of methane definitely does not mean that there is definitely life on Mars. However, we never know, we may meet some martians soon... 

To listen again and to find out more visit http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Chris' Film Club: Bad Santa

I've gone for a darkly comic film today for the theme of 'Christmas films'. Bad Santa tells the story of a career criminal (Billy Bob Thornton) who dresses like Santa to rob malls at Christmas. He is rude and crude, but starts to turn it around when he meets a young boy called Thurman Merman.

The film is delightfully dark and certainly not one for the kids this Christmas time.

Monday, 15 December 2014

New Music Playlist w/c 15th December 2014 & this week's featured track by @MarkRonson

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Annie Lennox - Georgia On My Mind
Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)
Barbra Streisand & John Legend - What Kind Of Fool
Culture Club - More Than Silence
Deacon Blue - Bethlehem Begins
Engelbert Humperdinck & Ron Sexsmith - Something To Hold On To (feat. Fox Primary School Choir)
Gregory Porter & Julie London - Fly Me To The Moon
Johnny Altman and JoanOvArc - Wild One
Jools Holland & Kylie Minogue - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett - It Don’t Mean A Thing
Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
Military Voices - 1914 The Carol Of Christmas
Neil Diamond - In Better Days
Nell Bryden - May You Never Be Alone
Nico & Vinz - In Your Arms
Olly Murs - Up (feat. Demi Lovato)
One Direction - Night Changes
Paloma Faith - Leave While I'm Not Looking
Paolo Nutini - One Day
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Real Hope
Queen - Let Me In Your Heart Again
Rumer - Reach Out
Sam Smith - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Sam Smith - Like I Can
Sia - You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile
Spandau Ballet - Steal
Status Quo - Pictures Of Matchstick Men
Take That - These Days
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
Tom Odell - Real Love
Train - Cadillac, Cadillac
Wilko Johnson And Roger Daltrey - Muskrat

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars:


Chris' Film Club: Home Alone

The theme for this week is 'Christmas film's (rather unsurprisingly), so I've decided to start with one of the biggest comedy films of all time. Home Alone stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin, a young boy who is left behind at his house over Christmas. He tries to make the most of it, until his house is invaded by two steely-headed burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). He then almost kills them both, basically.


Lisa Pearson - Lifestyle Correspondent

Lisa Pearson was our guest tonight talking about Pampering.

What is a Pamper?
A Pamper is time, time for yourself.

Why is it important?
Amongst other things a pamper can reduce your stress and cortisol levels.

How often?
Some people have a pamper each month, it can be every week or even every day.

Self pamper
Remember that it is about bringing a moment to your life, with some joy, and a feeling of happiness and calm.

Full details from Lisa's blog about pampering can be found at  http://mummywhispererblog.com 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Chris' Film Club: Memento

For the final film this week I have gone for Memento, Christopher Nolan's mind-bending crime drama. It stars Guy Pearce (Mike from Neighbours) as a man with short-term memory loss, suffered in an incident that ended with his wife's murder. Determined to track down the killer, but not able to retain the information, he tattoos clues all over his body and has to piece them together every 20 minutes.

The film also stars Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Chris' Film Club: The Blair Witch Project

Today I've plumped for one of the most successful indie films of all time. The Blair Witch Project had an initial budget of $25,000, and ended up raking in almost $250,000,000 worldwide. It is a 'found footage' film, about 3 students who go off into the woods to explore the legend of the Blair Witch, and are never seen again. The cast do an excellent job and the scares come more from what you don't see, than what you do. Imaginative and cheap filmmaking at it's best.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Chris' Film Club: Run Lola Run

Continuing the theme of 'Indie Films' we have Run Lola Run, a German film starring Franke Potente as a woman has 20 minutes to find 100,000 Marks or her boyfriend dies. The film is fast-paced and imaginative, as it splits into 3 segments to show 3 different ways she could find the money.

The trailer can be seen below.

Beauty And The Beast at the Abbey Theatre

Beauty and the Beast





Today we were joined in the studio by Angela Stone, who is directing the Company of 10 production of "Beauty and the Beast" at the Abbey Theatre this December.

The play, which is running from the 19th to the 30th, is described as "a breathtaking re-telling of a traditional tale" and is based on the award winning production of the same name that ran at the National Theatre in 2010.

Angela described the play as perfect for all the family to visit over the festive period, and encouraged us all to see this original take on a classic!

For more information about the play such as prices and performance times, visit the Abbey Theatre's website at:


www.abbeytheatre.org.uk

Monday, 8 December 2014

Chris' Film Club: The Kings of Summer

The theme for the Film Club this week is 'Indie Films', so we start with one that came out last year called The Kings of Summer. A quirky and charming coming-of-age comedy about three teenage boys (Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias) who run away for the summer and live in a house they have constructed in the woods.

The film is incredibly good-looking, and features some very good perfomances, especially from Arias as the 'weird friend' and also Nick Offerman, as one of the boys' father.

John Whale of the Motor Neurone Disease Association on dealing with MND



Joining us today in the Drivetime studio was John Whale of the MNDA, who talked to us about Motor Neurone Disease.

John talked about the money raised by his charity and how it's invested. He said that since the disease is incurable, the money raised goes primarily towards supporting patients in capacities such as care-giving and suffering-mediation, but that money also goes towards the long-term goal of finding a cure for the disease.

John then went on to tell us about a play called 'Thérèse Raquin' by Émile Zola (adapted by Nicholas Wright) which is scheduled to be performed at The Abbey Theatre at 7.30pm on January 15th. All proceedings will go towards the Motor Neurone Disease Association and he therefore implored us all to attend as the money will go a long way towards helping people with this horrific disease.

Play description: 

"Set in nineteenth century Paris, 'Thérèse Raquin' tells the story of a young woman who is forced to marry her sickly cousin, Camille. She endures a suffocating existence until Laurent, a friend of Camille, steps into her life and a passionate and torrid love-affair changes their lives forever."

For more information visit: http://www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/whats-on/


New Music Playlist w/c 8th December 2014 & this week's featured track by @deaconbluemusic

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)
Barbra Streisand & John Legend - What Kind Of Fool
Coldplay - Ink
Culture Club - More Than Silence
Deacon Blue - Bethlehem Begins
Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke
Gregory Porter & Julie London - Fly Me To The Moon
Idris Elba - You Give Me Love (feat. Maverick Sabre)
Johnny Altman and JoanOvArc - Wild One
Jools Holland & Kylie Minogue - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Neil Diamond - In Better Days
Nico & Vinz - In Your Arms
Olly Murs - Up (feat. Demi Lovato)
One Direction - Night Changes
Paloma Faith - Leave While I'm Not Looking
Paolo Nutini - One Day
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Real Hope
Paul McCartney - Hope
Queen - Let Me In Your Heart Again
Sam Smith - Like I Can
Sia - You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile
Spandau Ballet - Steal
Status Quo - Pictures Of Matchstick Men
Take That - These Days
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
The Robert Cray Band - Hold On
Tom Odell - Real Love
Train - Cadillac, Cadillac
Wilko Johnson And Roger Daltrey - Muskrat

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Bethlehem Begins by Deacon Blue:


Sunday, 7 December 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 5th December 2014

Tonight Simon (or Studley Spankington, as his male stripper business cards call him) was in the studio with Danny and Chris. Honor (who also works on the show on Friday and as such has tacitly agreed to be a potential figure of fun in these delightful little postings) was in the studio and had just about calmed down from when she saw Danny, Chris and Simon all bedecked in their 'taches. Those days were long gone, as it is now Dovember, where men wear a dove on their head to raise awareness for Trench Foot.

Simon came into the studio with his dove, Harold, attached to his head by a piece of string, which stretched from his ear to Harold's foot. The dove, however, was not the most worrying thing about Simon's appearance (Harold was rather placid actually, and sat quietly during recording). When shaving his massive Stalinesque lip blanket off, he accidentally cut himself. Not once, not twice, but 342 times. Simon is nothing if not a traditionalist, so he likes to use sharpened flints as blades because, as he says, 'razors are for sissies.'

As a result, his face now looked like he had fallen head first into a giant cactus. Some people can pull this look off. Simon is not one of them. Still, he manfully presented the Film Guide like he normally does - forgetting facts, names and not having done the research properly. Just like the good ol' days.

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

Friday
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
10.40pm – 12.25am
BBC3

Comfort and Joy
12.25am – 2.05am
BBC2

Saturday
Play Misty for Me
11.55pm – 1.40am
ITV

The Talent Mr Ripley
12.40am – 3.05am
Channel 4

Sunday
Passport to Pimlico
3.10pm – 4.55pm
Film4

Apollo 13
4.00pm – 6.35pm
ITV

Monday
Hot Fuzz
9.00pm – 11.45pm
ITV2

Wednesday
Rabbit Hole
11.35pm – 1.00am
BBC1

Thursday
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
9.00pm – 12.00am
5*

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Visit from Foodbank

Today we were lucky enough to be visited by Jane-Anne and Jenny from Foodbank. Foodbank is an organisation that helps people who are struggling with their finances. In the Christmas period more people than ever struggle to afford enough food for themselves. However Foodbank goes the extra mile by supplying pet food as well toiletries to people who need them as well. Foodbank is going to be open all the way through the Christmas period to make sure nobody in St Albans is hungry this Christmas. If you want to contact Foodbank you can reach them by any of the below details.


Website: www.stalbansdistrict.foodbank.org.uk
Email: staadfoodbank@yahoo.co.uk
Twitter: staadfoodbank
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Albans-and-District-Foodbank/1477988969120708

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

A Fairtrade Christmas in St. Albans






Today; we were joined in the studio by Reverend Jos Perris, curate of St. Peter's church. She was here to discuss the pop-up Christmas shop appearing in St. Albans over the festive period, as a result of collaboration between the six Christian churches in the St Albans.

The shop will sell Fairtrade and Traidcraft gift items, decorations and Christmas cards. All of the profits generated by the shop will go to local charities including Centre 33, Open Door and Bereavement Matters - St. Albans. The shop will also act as a drop off point for the FEED food bank.

The shop will be open Monday - Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, from the December 1st to December 20th. You can find it in the Cross Street Cafe at the Dagnell Street Baptist Church, on the corner of Upper Dagnall Street and Cross Street

Monday, 1 December 2014

How to be Thrifty with Penny Carr @beingmrsc

Joining us in the studio today was Penny Carr with a brand new feature, temporarily dubbed our 'Thrifty feature', which was all about the various ways you can save money.

Penny offered up the following top tips for saving cash this Christmas:

    • Plan ahead and shop early.
    • Begin shopping for next Christmas in the January sales.
    • Book travel ahead of time.
    • Talk to relatives of the recipient of your gift for ideas on what to give them.
    • Shop for gifts at the Charity Shop.
    • Recycle last years decorations. 
    • You don't need to buy a real tree each year.
    • Make your own decorations.
    • It's not necessary to spend a great amount taking the kids on expensive outings as they'll enjoy any Christmas related activity.
Danny's bonus tip: 

The 'Thrifty Sandwich'

1) Toast a slice of bread
2) Season toast with salt and pepper
3) Butter two slices of bread as normal
4) Apply buttered bread to either side of toast filling

Embrace thriftiness, being frugal is never something to be ashamed of.
For more information, visit Penny's blog at: www.beingmrsc.com

New Music Playlist w/c 1st December 2014 & this week's featured track by Johnny Altman and @JoanOvArc

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

AC/DC - Play Ball
Andy Burrows - See A Girl
Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)
Boyzone - Wherever I Lay My Hat
Chrissie Hynde - Adding The Blue
Coldplay - Ink
Culture Club - More Than Silence
Dame Shirley Bassey - This Is What You Are
Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
George Ezra - Listen To The Man
Idris Elba - You Give Me Love (feat. Maverick Sabre)
Johnny Altman and JoanOvArc - Wild One
Jools Holland & Kylie Minogue - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Neil Diamond - In Better Days
Nico & Vinz - In Your Arms
Paolo Nutini - One Day
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Real Hope
Paul McCartney - Hope
Queen - Let Me In Your Heart Again
Sam Smith - Like I Can
Spandau Ballet - Steal
Status Quo - Pictures Of Matchstick Men
Take That - These Days
The Robert Cray Band - Hold On
Tom Odell - Real Love
Train - Cadillac, Cadillac
Wilko Johnson And Roger Daltrey - Muskrat

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Wild One by Johnny Altman (Nick Cotton from Eastenders) & local band JoanOvArc: