Friday, 18 December 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 18th December 2015

The show this evening was the last Film Guide before Christmas, so Simon came in dressed head to toe in a massive and somewhat impressive Santa outfit. We were quite impressed at his commitment to the bit, especially as he had a big sack of what appeared to be gifts. We assumed (rather naively) that Simon was dressed like this for some charitable reason, such as dropping presents off to boys and girls less fortunate than ourselves. Turns out that he was dressed like that for less than charitable reasons.

Simon had just been involved in a bank heist involving the Easter Bunny, Frankenstein's Monster, and, weirdly, Terry from East 17. They didn't actually escape with any money or gold, because they couldn't get past the belligerent cashier, so instead they just took all the pens, pamphlets and a chair from the lobby. He spent the rest of the show putting it all on eBay to try and get some cash from it.

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

Saturday
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
6.35pm – 9.45pm
ITV

Sunday
Toy Story 3
3.05pm – 4.45pm
BBC1

Tuesday
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
10.30pm – 11.55pm
BBC2

Wednesday
Nativity!
7.45am – 9.25am
CBBC

Christmas Eve
Scrooge
5.20pm – 7.05pmm
Channel 5

Sunday 27th
Mary Poppins
1.50pm – 4.05pm
BBC1

Monday 28th
Behind the Candelabra
9.00pm – 10.50pm
BBC2

Tuesday 29th
The Queen
4.30pm – 6.30pm
ITV

Wednesday 30th
White Christmas
1.10pm – 3.30pm
Film4

New Year’s Eve
Up
2.50pm – 4.15pm
BBC1

New Year’s Day
The Sound of Music
1.15pm – 4.15pm
BBC1











Thursday, 17 December 2015

Chris' Film Club: Sicko

The final 2007 film this week is a different one;'Sicko' a documentary by Michael Moore.

Within the film Moore looks into the US healthcare system, and compares it to those of Canada, the UK, France and Cuba.


Karen Witchalls-Plunkett w/Teens on Screen

Today Karen dropped into our studio to talk with Danny about 'Teens on Screen', a course that aims to teach 13-18 year olds the valuable skills behind television production and presenting.

For contact details you can click this link here 

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Chris' Film Club: Eastern Promises

Next for the theme of 2007 films we have 'Eastern Promises'.

David Cronenberg's film set in London stars Naomi Watts as a British Nurse who finds herself caught in the affairs of the Russian mob, especially a mysterious enforcer (Viggo Mortenson)

Also stars Vincent Cassel and Armin Mueller-Stahl.

The Drivetime Sessions With Sarah Munro

We were joined in the studio this evening by the local singer-songwriter Sarah Munro. She played two of her own songs for us: 'For Eternity' and 'Wishing Well', as well as a cover of Jonny Mercer's 'Autumn Leaves'.



To find out more about Sarah, and her upcoming releases and gigs, find her on Facebook.

She has also recently released a new music video of her track 'For Eternity', which you can watch here.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Chris' Film Club: The Simpsons Movie

Today's 2007 film is 'The Simpsons Movie', the first big screen debut of America's favourite family.

Within the film Springfield is trapped under a massive dome and it's all Homer's fault, leaving the family to save everyone. 

As well as the show's regular cast, the film includes appearances from Albert Brooks, Green Day, and Tom Hanks.

Heavenly Chocolate Truffles @heavensacupcake

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 CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES




Lucy shared with us today, her recipe for Christmas Chocolate Truffles - perfect for giving as Christmas Gifts.  Its a really easy recipe! and no cooking is required.

You can add orange flavouring or nuts if you're feeling adventurous.  The recipe makes approximately 60 truffles.  Use whichever chocolate you prefer, dark or milk - preferably not cooking chocolate - the better the quality the more sumptuous the end result.

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For more of Lucy's fabulous recipes and details for her award winning cupcakes, visit : www.heavenisacupcake.net
Follow her on Twitter: @heavensacupcake

For Lucy's Recipe click on this link: https://goo.gl/z1tMoX

Monday, 14 December 2015

Chris' Film Club: Zodiac

For this week's film club the theme is '2007'.

The first choice this week is David Fincher's 'Zodiac', the thriller that tells the real-life story of the hunt for the Zodiac killer.

It features the fantastic cast of Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal and Anthony Edwards,

Friday, 11 December 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 11th December 2015

Hi! Simon here! Chris had to step away from the computer for a moment, and he told me that I should 'under no circumstances touch the keyboard'. Well here I am! Tehehehehe. I'm such a joker! What am I like? I could say anything on here. Anything at all. Like 'poop'.

Heheheheheeee. I said poop. Chris is going to be so mad at me....

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

Friday
300
10.40pm – 12.45am
ITV

Saturday
That’ll be the Day
9.00pm – 11.00pm
True Entertainment

Roxanne
9.00pm – 11.10pm
Moviemix

Sunday
Toy Story 2
BBC1
2.45pm – 4.15pm

The Blind Side
10.00pm – 12.30am
Channel 5

Tuesday
The Possibilities are Endless
11.25pm – 1.10am
Film4

Wednesday
Love Actually
9.00pm – 11.45pm
ITV2

2001: a Space Odyssey
11.00pm – 1.15am
BBC4

Thursday
Date Night
11.15pm – 1.00am
Film4








Thursday, 10 December 2015

Chris' Film Club: The Mask Of Zorro

And of course to finish off the Film Club's week of Antonio Banderas films, today we have the iconic 'The Mask Of Zorro' from 1998.

Banderas stars in the swashbuckling action film as the ‘new Zorro’, who is trained by the older one (Anthony Hopkins), to save his daughter (Catherine Zeta-Jones), as well as Mexico itself.

Directed by Martin Campbell, it also stars Stuart Wilson and Matt Letscher.

Clare, Steve and Kelly with the St Albans Sea Cadets

Today's studio guests were all members of our local Sea Cadet Unit.
Sub-Lieutenant Steven Heard, Unit Chair Clare Jones and Civilian-Instructor Kelly Cawley visited Danny in the studio to discuss how they have been meeting at their building at Westminster Lodge for over 40 years, working with young people from ages 10 to 18 to teach them invaluable skills.

If you're interested in joining, or just in the Cadet's activities, you can check their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StAlbansSeaCadets/, visit their official website: http://www.sea-cadets.org/stalbans/  or get into direct contact with Steven via email: heard_1@hotmail.co.uk

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The Drivetime Sessions with @SaidTheMaiden


On today's show we were once again joined by the magnificent local folk trio Said The Maiden.  They have been on the Drivetime Sessions on several previous occasions, each time blowing us away with tremendous performances, and today was no exception!

The Maidens sang the songs The Soldier & The Maid, Crazy Man Michael and a haunting a cappella version of Dolly Parton's Jolene.  Their new EP, entitled "Of Maidens & Mariners" will be launched on 10th January 2016 at an event at Empire Records in Heritage Close.

The session will be available for a week after broadcast at www.radioverulam.com/listenagain by navigating to Wednesday at 5.30pm.

Chris' Film Club: Haywire

Continuing our theme of Antonio Banderas films, today we'll be looking at 2011's 'Haywire'.


Steven Soderbergh directed this film in which a private agency black-ops agent (played by Gina Carano)is betrayed while on the job, leading to a revenge mission to clear her name.

Also staring is Michael Fassbender, Ewen McGregor, Channing Tatum, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Chris' Film Club: The Skin I Live In

On the Film Club tonight, our next Antonio Banderas film is the psychological thriller 'The Skin I Live In' from 2011.

Here Banderas stars as a respected plastic surgeon who happens to be keeping a mysterious young woman trapped in his house.

The Spanish film was directed by Pedro Almoldovar, and also stars Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes and Jan Cornet.

Health Matters: Strategic Review Of Health Care & Staying Well This Winter

Today on Health Matters, Alan discusses about the final three key topics for this years feature, with the return of the section of the show on January 12th next year!

Your Care, Your Future

The first topic for this weeks Health Matters was about the Strategic Review of Health care and Social Services in West Herts, which started 12 months ago and just came to some key conclusions.

Discussed was the hospitals in the area centralising with local hubs for diagnostics urgent care, and possibly recovery. Three options were considered which included: 
  • Centralise at a new build 
  • Centralise at Watford 
  • Acute at Watford and planned care at St Albans
You can find out more information about the Strategic Review by clicking on the links below:


So – will the strategic review be strategic, or a quick fix?

"Stay Well This Winter"

With Christmas fast approaching and Winter being the worst time of the year for our health, Alan spoke about some of the many ways we can help ourselves. The main parts are covered here  which included exercising as much as you can whilst avoiding the icy streets, as well as watching out for others; becoming a good neighbour for your area!

Antibiotics  

And the final topic spoken about this week was about bacteria becoming more resistant to antibiotics with many GP's becoming under pressure to prescribe them much less. So next time your doctor says that antibiotics may not help, don't be suprised!

You can find out more about Antibiotic Awareness here.




Monday, 7 December 2015

Chris' Film Club: Desperado

This week in the film club we'll be looking at the works of actor Antonio Banderas.

To get us started, today's film is 1995's 'Desperado', A sequel to El Mariachi that features Banderas as a guitarist seeking revenge on the drug lord who killed his love and injured his hand.


Robert Rodriguez directed the film, and other members of the all-star cast were Salma Hayek, Joaquin de Almeida, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo and Quentin Tarantino.



Thrifty Tips

Penny Carr [Mrs Thrifty] was our guest tonight, here are some of her top tips.



Cash Back
You can get cash back on your purchases on line at numerous major retailers details can be found at https://www.topcashback.co.uk/Christmas_Hub/Deals_Page/

Make a money saving New Year resolution
Buy nothing new for a year
sell anything you have not used or worn for a year
By goods secondhand , this is a good time of year to do so.
The 52 week challenge?
Details at http://www.athriftymrs.com/

This week's shows, starring @BeingMrsC @MattHertsAd & @SaidTheMaiden



Coming up on this week's West Herts Drivetime with the gorgeous Danny Smith:

Monday we chat to our Thrifty correspondent Penny Carr.
Tuesday Alan Bellinger bring us more Health Matters
Wednesday the magnificent Matt Adams, Editor of the Herts Advertiser, discussing Tomorrow's News Today plus LIVE music on The Drivetime Sessions courtesy of Said The Maiden.
Thursday we will be joined by members of St Albans Sea Cadets.
Friday it's all requests from 4pm for #Over2UFriday and our very own Simon Carver brings us the Radio Verulam Film Guide.

All of our shows are available for up to seven days after broadcast at www.radioverulam.com/listenagain

So make sure you join Danny and the team weekdays from 4 to 7 PM on 92.6 FM Radio Verulam.

New Music Playlist w/c 7th December 2015 & this week's featured track by @Scouting4Girls

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Babyface - We've Got Love
Bellowhead - New York Girls
Bette Midler - (Talk To Me Of) Mendocino
Bryan Adams - You Belong To Me
Carrie Underwood - Heartbeat
Coldplay - Adventure Of A Lifetime
Duran Duran - What Are The Chances?
Elton John - Looking Up
Elvis Presley & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Burning Love
Fleur East - Sax
Florence + the Machine - Delilah
Grace - You Don't Own Me (feat. G-Eazy)
James Bay - If You Ever Want To Be In Love
James Morrison - Stay Like This
Jeff Lynne's ELO - One Step At A Time
Jess Glynne - Take Me Home
Kylie Minogue - Every Day's Like Christmas
Lemar - Higher Love
Michael Bublé - The More You Give (The More You'll Have)
New Order - Tutti Frutti
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - The Dying Of The Light
Olly Murs - Stevie Knows
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott - I Don't See Them
Robin Schulz - Sugar (feat. Francesco Yates)
Rod Stewart - Way Back Home
Scouting for Girls - Christmas In The Air (Tonight)
Seal - Every Time I'm With You
Tom Jones - Take My Love (I Want To Give It)
Will Young - Brave Man

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Christmas In The Air (Tonight) by Scouting For Girls:


Friday, 4 December 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 4th December 2015

Simon burst into the studio this evening, screaming 'SANCTUARY! SANCTUARY!' as loud as he possibly could. Danny, who struggled to muster up the energy to care but eventually did so, asked him what had happened. Simon explained using some words that could be best described as 'made-up' but the essence of his story was that he had been walking his pet salami over the fields of rural Hertfordshire when he was set upon by a couple of vicious crows. Simon and his salami were then the victims of the attempted murder (a pun for all you collective noun fans there) and they ended up flying off with his salami. The last he saw of his dearest Nathaniel (the salami's name, apparently) was the bird taking him over the treeline towards the Abbey in the distance. He then ran screaming, tears rolling down his face, all the way to the studio.

Having heard the whole story, which raised far more questions than we thought could be possible, Danny gave

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

Friday
Back to the Future
7.30pm – 9.45pm
ITV2

Saturday
Carry On Screaming
12.55pm – 2.55pm
ITV3

ET The Extra Terrestrial
3.20pm – 5.30pm
ITV

Sunday
The Jungle Book
5.25pm – 7.00pm
Channel 4

The Five Year Engagement
11.10 – 1.20am
Channel 4

Monday
Taken 2
9.00pm – 10.50pm
Film4

Mud
10.50pm – 1.25am
Film4

Tuesday
The Dark Knight
9.00pm – 12.00am
ITV2

Wednesday
Escape from Alcatraz
11.10pm – 1.25am
Film4

Thursday
Love & Other Drugs
11.25pm – 1.40am
Film4








Thursday, 3 December 2015

Max's Film Club: The Great Gatsby

To finish off our book adaptations week on the film club, today we're looking at 2013's 'The Great Gatsby'.

Tobey McGuire stars as narrator and main character of the film 'Nick Carraway', a Wall Street trader who becomes entranced by his rich, mysterious neighbor, the titular 'Jay Gatsby', played here by Leonardo DiCaprio.

The starring cast members also include Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Jason Clarke. This is the second adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic book, with Robert Redford playing the role of Gatsby in the 1974 film.


 

The Drivetime Sessions with @starseedzmusic

We were delighted to be joined by the fantastic Starseedz duo, Catrine and Jon, who produce their indie, pop and folk music using two acoustic guitars and their delicate harmonies. They performed two originals 'Falling Stars' and 'String You Along' finishing with their cover of Billy Idol's, White Wedding.

To find out more information about Starseedz, visit their social media pages, such as Facebook and Twitter. They will also be appearing for a performance at The Crescent fundraising busking day in town on Saturday 4th from 4pm -11pm in aid of HIV/Aid awareness.


You can listen back to their performance via the Listen Again feature on the Radio Verulam website. 

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Max's Film Club: Jack Reacher

To continue this week's 'books to films' theme we have 2012's 'Jack Reacher', an action filled adaption of one of Lee Child's thrillers.

Within the film, ex-military investigator Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise)is personally called in to dig out the truth about a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.

Other notable actors are Rosamund Pike (again!), Jai Courtney and Richard Jenkins.


The Drivetime Sessions with @aprilbluemusic

We were joined in the studio this evening by the local rock/R&B crossover act, April Blue. They played two of their own songs for us - 'Stay Part 2' and 'He's No Good' - as well as a cover of Jess Glynne's song, 'My Love'.



To find out more about the band and their upcoming album, find them on Facebook or check out their website at: http://www.aprilblue.co.uk/

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Local Literary Feature With Holly Hepburn

In our local literary feature today we were joined by local author Tamsyn Murray, who also writes under the name of Holly Hepburn. The first of Holly's series of e-novellas about life in a pub called the Star and Sixpence, set in a quintessential English country village is out this month. Two sisters inherit a pub from their late father, who they have been estranged from for years. Village life, and the challenges they face getting the pub off the ground, provide the backdrop for the sisters to reinvent their lives and make a fresh start.

Snowdrops at the star and sixpence is just the start of a series of e-novellas which will be coming out over the next year, before being compiled into a book for publication.

Holly talked to us about the differences between writing for digital, rather than for print, and how the industry has changed during her time as an author. To prepare for the book she also had to research what it's like to run a village pub - so had the enviable task of spending many a Sunday afternoon sampling many different pubs and the drinks on offer in them.

For more information about Holly's work you can visit her website and her Twitter (@hollyh_author).

Written by Marie Kempley


Max's Film Club: Gone Girl

Up next in this week's book adaptations themed film club is 2014's 'Gone Girl', based on Gillian Flynn's acclaimed novel.

Ben Affleck features as a husband who watches an intense media circus unfold as his wife disappears under mysterious circumstances, and needs to discover the truth as the spotlight gradaually turns towards him.

Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris also star in the critically acclaimed film, which was elected the best adaptation of 2014.


Monday, 30 November 2015

Max's Film Club: 1984

Chris is away this week, and so the film club has been left in my 'capable' hands!

For this week we'll be looking at films translated from books, and to kick it off we have the classic adaptation of George Orwell's 1984.

The story follows Winston Smith (played by a young John Hurt), an obedient slave to the all-seeing 'Big Brother' who finds himself rebelling against the nightmarish dystopia as he falls in love.

Other notable actors in the film were Richard Burton as O'Brien and Suzanna Hamilton as Julia.


 

In The Studio with @Ed2NorthPole




Today, St. Albans' answer to Ranulph Fiennes, Ed Suttie joined us to discuss his planned expedition to the North Pole next year. He's undertaking the 230km from the 4th of April next year challenge on behalf of four charities. Two are locally focused: Rennie Grove Hospice Care and Earthworks St. Albans. The other two charities his effort aims to help are Cancer Research UK and the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.

In the run up to the challenge, on the 1st of January a 'Polar Bear Plunge' will be taking place at the St Albans Sub Aqua Club, with the mayor attending.

To find out more about Ed's adventure, or to give money, visit his website or his Facebook page

New Music Playlist w/c 30th November 2015 & this week's featured track by @ElvisPresley &@rpoonline

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Adele - Hello
Babyface - We've Got Love
Bellowhead - New York Girls
Bette Midler - (Talk To Me Of) Mendocino
Bryan Adams - You Belong To Me
Carrie Underwood - Heartbeat
Coldplay - Adventure Of A Lifetime
Duran Duran - What Are The Chances?
Elton John - Looking Up
Elvis Presley & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Burning Love
Fleur East - Sax
Florence + the Machine - Delilah
James Bay - If You Ever Want To Be In Love
James Morrison - Stay Like This
James Taylor - Stretch Of The Highway
Jess Glynne - Take Me Home
Kylie Minogue & James Corden - Only You
Lemar - Higher Love
Mumford & Sons - Tompkins Square Park
New Order - Tutti Frutti
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - The Dying Of The Light
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott - I Don't See Them
Robin Schulz - Sugar (feat. Francesco Yates)
Rod Stewart - Way Back Home
Simply Red - Love Gave Me More
Stereophonics - Song For The Summer
The Corrs - Bring On The Night
Tom Jones - Take My Love (I Want To Give It)
Will Young - Brave Man

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is the latest collaboration from Elvis Presley & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with the old Elvis classic Burning Love:


This week's shows, starring @Ed2NorthPole @TamsynTweetie @matthertsad @aprilbluemusic @Starseedzmusic & @simoncarver475


Coming up on this week's West Herts Drivetime with the gorgeous Danny Smith:

Monday we chat to Ed Suttie about his Ed2NorthPole fundraising challenge.
Tuesday local author Tamsyn Murray will be the guest for our monthly literary feature with Marie Kemplay.
Wednesday the magnificent Matt Adams, Editor of the Herts Advertiser, discussing Tomorrow's News Today plus LIVE music on The Drivetime Sessions courtesy of April Blue.
Thursday we have a second Drivetime Sessions, featuring local duo Starseedz, who are one of the acts performing at Saturday's Busking Day at the Clock Tower for local HIV support group The Crescent.
Friday it's all requests from 4pm for #Over2UFriday and our very own stupendous Simon Carver brings us the Radio Verulam Film Guide.

All of our shows are available for up to seven days after broadcast at www.radioverulam.com/listenagain

So make sure you join Danny and the team weekdays from 4 to 7 PM on 92.6 FM Radio Verulam.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Chris' Film Club: The Vikings

Our last Fifties film this week is 'The Vikings', a classic Kirk Douglas flick.

In this 1958 action and adventure film a slave named Eric (played by Tony Curtis) and the Viking Prince Einar (Kirk Douglas) compete dramatically for the love of a captured princess.

Richard Fleischer directed, and other stars included Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh, and Orson Welles as narrator.


Olivia Dunbar and Caeli Coffey with the Dragon's Apprentice Challenge

Today in the studio we were joined by Loretto School Students Olivia Dunbar and Caeli Coffey to discuss their team and participation in the 'Dragon's Apprentice' challenge.

Their goal as a team is to turn £100 into £1000 for charity, while receiving support from local business entrepreneurs (Or 'Dragons' as they like to be called).

For more information on Olivia, Caeli and their team's fundraising activities visit their facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/NCT-Irish-Family-Fundraiser

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The Drivetime Sessions W/KatiePlusJuan

Joining us for this week's edition of the Drivetime Sessions we had the fantastic Katie and Juan in the studio.

The original songs they were kind enough to share with us were 'The Sun Goes Down' and the  'Blueberry Lady', and as if that wasn't enough we got a cover/mashup of 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You/It Ain't Over Til It's Over'!



For the latest details on KatiePlusJuan you can check their facebook out:  https://www.facebook.com/KatiePlusJuan

The session is available for seven days after broadcast on www.radioverulam.com/listenagain - just navigate to Wednesday from 5.30pm.

Chris' Film Club: Ben-Hur

On tonight's Film Club our Fifties classic is the epic 'Ben-Hur' from 1959.

The historical drama focuses on the betrayed Jewish prince Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston), who begins enslaved and then starts a quest for revenge.

A remake of a silent film from 1925, it also stars Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet and Hugh Griffith, and won 11 of the 12 Oscars it was nominated for.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Chris' Film Club: Rear Window

Continuing this week's Fifties themed Film Club is the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock thriller 'Rear Window'.

James Stewart features as L.B. Jefferies, a photographer who is trapped in his apartment with a broken leg, and so decides to spy on his neighbours, only to later witness a murder.

The cast also features Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey and Raymond Burr, and has been considered one of Hitchcock's finest productions to date.

Gorgeous Gwendoline and Christmas Interior Designs tips @GA_Interiors

A very sparkly Gwendoline joined us in the studio this afternoon to share with us the latest trends for your home at Christmastime.

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GOLD! is on trend.  There are lots of gold accessories...lamps, baubles, stars and glitter.  Gold works well teamed with creams and neutrals as well as black.  Introduce loads of new cushions and throws - its the time of year to be indoors and feel snuggly.

Golds and metallic shades will continue to be on trend through to next year.

White is also very fashionable this Christmas.  White trees especially.  If you have a generally white themed room, break it up a little by introducing textures such as fur, wool, glass or crystals.  Pastel colours are also beautiful to avoid the starkness of too much white.

Be careful not to bee too fussy with your decorations - keep it elegant and themed.

Traditional colours always look good and are timeless. Red and Green are quite Scandinavian too. It's lovely to add homespun decorations to a red and green theme.  You can also make the look more masculine by incorporating stags heads or other animal accessories.  Green adds balance and a natural feel, whilst red is energetic and gives a lift.

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For more tips visit Gwendoline's facebook page: www.ga-interiors.co.uk
Follow her on Twitter: @GA_Interiors
& Instagram: gorgeousgwendoline


Monday, 23 November 2015

Chris' Film Club: On the Waterfront

Today on Chris' film club we start off the week of Fifties films with the award-winning 'On The Waterfront'.

The film was released in 1954, and tells the story of how former boxer Terry Malloy (played by the amazing Marlon Brando) crosses a corrupt dock workers union, slowly getting more and more mixed up in their criminal activities.

Starring along side Brando are Rod Steiger, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb and Eva Marie Saint. The director was Elia Kazan.

Overall the film was nominated for 12 Oscars and won 3, including best picture, director, actor and supporting actress, and in 1989 it was selected to be preserved in the U.S. National Film Registry.


Kos Refugee Christmas Appeal @KosAppeal




Today local university student Olivia Beach was in the studio to discuss her involvement with the Kos Refugee Christmas appeal.

After a trip to the Greek island in the summer, which she had visited before, Olivia was struck by the suffering of the refugees who had arrived there after fleeing various conflicts in their homelands.

After returning to the UK, she decided that Christmas would be the perfect time to offer some charity to those who need it most. She has since worked with Stevenson's in St Albans and Harpenden Public Halls, to provide bags for people to take home, fill and return so they can be shipped to the refugees. There are 5 categories of bag:

  • Baby
  • Young Boy
  • Young Girl
  • Teenager
  • Adult
The charity will be represented at the Wheathampstead lights on the 29th of November, and at the Harpenden Public Halls on the 6th of December.

For more information visit the website, and to donate visit the appeal's Crowdfunding page


New Music Playlist w/c 23rd November 2015 & this week's featured track by @NoelGallagher

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Adele - Hello
a-ha - Forest Fire
Ben Haenow - Second Hand Heart (feat. Kelly Clarkson)
Brandon Flowers - Still Want You
Carrie Underwood - Heartbeat
Coldplay - Adventure Of A Lifetime
Elton John - Looking Up
Enya - Echoes In Rain
Fleur East - Sax
Hozier - Jackie and Wilson
James Bay - If You Ever Want To Be In Love
James Morrison - Stay Like This
James Taylor - Stretch Of The Highway
Jess Glynne - Take Me Home
Kylie Minogue & James Corden - Only You
Leon Bridges - Coming Home
Mumford & Sons - Tompkins Square Park
New Order - Tutti Frutti
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - The Dying Of The Light
One Direction - Perfect
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott - I Don't See Them
Pentatonix - Can't Sleep Love
Rod Stewart - Way Back Home
Shane Filan & Nadine Coyle - I Could Be
Simply Red - Love Gave Me More
Squeeze - Cradle To The Grave
Stereophonics - Song For The Summer
The Corrs - Bring On The Night
Tom Jones - Take My Love (I Want To Give It)
Will Young - Brave Man

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is The Dying Of The Light by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds:


This week's shows, starring @kosappeal @ga_interiors @matthertsad & #KatiePlusJuan


Coming up on this week’s West Herts Drivetime with the gorgeous Danny Smith...

Monday:  We chat to Olivia Beach about her Kos Refugee Christmas Appeal;
Tuesday:  The glittering Gwendoline Alderton will be offering more Interior Design insights;
Wednesday:  The meticulous Matt Adams, Editor of the Herts Advertiser, will be discussing Tomorrow’s News Today; LIVE music on The Drivetime Sessions courtesy of Katie Plus Juan;
Thursday:  Olivia Dunbar from Loreto College tells us about what her team are doing for Dragons Apprentice;
Friday:  Our very own stupendous Simon Carver brings us the Radio Verulam Film Guide. 

If you ever miss the show, it is available for seven days after broadcast at www.radioverulam.com/listenagain

So make sure you join Danny and the team weekdays from 4 to 7 PM on 92.6 FM Radio Verulam.

Friday, 20 November 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 20th November 2015

Simon was in fine fettle this evening. He seemed to be a lot more upbeat and energetic than usual, and it wasn't just down to the massive amount of meth amphetamines he was on. Turns out that he had received some rather good news earlier in the day. Simon was going to be the cover model for the December issue of Beige Wearers Monthly. Turns out this is somewhat of a big deal, and before the show he was fielding phone calls from other big players in the beige wearing community. He didn't want to drop any names (he's modest like that) but he did mention that he'd been called by a certain Nigel Mansell, who offered his congratulations. Seems like Simon is going places. Chingford, perhaps.

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


Friday
Badlands
11.35pm – 1.05am
True Entertainment

Saturday
White Christmas
4.30pm – 6.55pm
More4

The Help
9.45pm – 12.05am
BBC2

Sunday
Rio
3.30pm – 5.30pm
Channel 4

ParaNorman
5.00pm – 6.50pm
Film4

Monday
It’s Complicated
11.15pm – 1.35am
Film4

Tuesday
Philadelphia
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Film4

Imagine
10.35pm – 12.10am
BBC1

Wednesday
Kind Hearts and Coronets
8.00pm – 9.40pm
BBC4

Shine
11.35pm – 1.20am
BBC1

Thursday
Total Recall
11.05pm – 1.25am
ITV4

Thursday, 19 November 2015

HIV Awareness With Ian Murtagh From @CrescentSupport

We were joined by Ian Murtagh today, who spoke about the publicity of HIV and the overall support and care for people living with HIV/AIDS. A topic that has recently been publicised in the media/press from the recent news of Charlie Sheen, as well as the underlying stigma that still remains a challenge for those affected.

The Crescent are an organisation that offers an 'open door' approach in which all are welcome to call in during office hours for information, advice and support in regards to those affected by HIV/AIDS. A dedicated centre located in St Albans whose philosophy is that if you're living with or affected by HIV then they are very much there to help!

Ian continued, to speak about HIV home testing which is now be offered by the Crescent within an HIV home sampling kit for those who wish to test in their own home with results delivered by the Crescent once analysed. This is an addition to their instant result HIV testing service and the other services that Crescent provide.

A HIV awareness raising and busking event is taking place at the St Albans Clock Tower from 11am-4pm on Saturday 5th December for the fundraising of the Crescent support group. More details of the event can be found below on the poster. You can also visit their website or their Twitter(@CrescentSupport) and Facebook page for more details on the organisation and their support.



Annie's Film Club: Toy Story

Tonight we finish up the week of Annie's film club with Pixar's first full-length film; the classic 'Toy Story!'

Toy Story answers the question of what toys get up to when we're not watching with a fantastic fun filled journey, viewed mostly through the eyes of two rival toys – Woody, the lanky, likable cowboy and Buzz Lightyear, the fearless space ranger.

The film stars Tom Hanks as Woody the cowboy, along with Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear the Space Ranger, as well as featuring other toys voiced by Don Rickles, Jim Varney and John Ratzenburger.


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Annie's Film Club: Monsters Inc.

One of my favourites, the beautifully animated Monsters Inc, is the third Pixar produced film for this weeks Film Club theme. I adored this film when I was a little girl and I just had to include it in the Film Club, as it displayed true emotion and affection within a children's animation!

The film was released back in 2001 and follows the life of two monsters, Mike and Sulley, who accidentally let a child through to Monstropolis, which is considered toxic towards the monsters. There's a reason why they hide in children's wardrobes... because its their job to scare children and power the city using their scream. However, for Mike and Sulley, the boundary between child and monster is slowly faded and things become a little bit of challenge!

Pete Doctor and David Silverman directed the animation which features the voices of John Goodman as Sulley Sullivan, Billy Crystal as Mike Wazowski, Mary Gibbs as Boo and Steve Buscemi as Randall Boggs.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Annie's Film Club: UP

The second of the Pixar films for this weeks Film Club theme is UP, which was released back in 2009 during the Summer as a Disney Pixar collaboration. The film is known for its emotional introduction to the narrative with the gorgeously composed soundtrack, Married Life, which left many of the audience expressing a great deal of emotions!

The animated comedy follows the journey of a young Carl Fredrickson who meets a young adventure-spirited girl named Ellie. They both dream of living beside Paradise Falls with each other, but 70 years later, Ellie has died. Still up for the adventure and to complete his promise to her, Carl and his balloon lifted house begin to embark the journey, to soon be halted by a stowaway aboard. 8-year-old wilderness explorer, Russell, joins an unforgettable adventure with talking dogs, a villain and talking dodo bird named Kevin. All Russell wanted was to achieve his 'Assisting the Elderly' badge!

Directed by Pixar Voice actor and Writer Bob Peterson, who also appears in the film as Dug the talking dog who adventures with Carl, Russell and Kevin. It also stars the voices of Edward Asner as Carl, Jordan Nagai as Russell and Christopher Plummer as the evil explorer, Charles Muntz.

Delicious Angel Food Cake from @heavensacupcake



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Owner and award winning cake baker Lucy Clark joined us in the studio this afternoon to share her scrumptious Angel Cake recipe.  You can see the full recipe by following this link: https://goo.gl/f8nxls


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Angel Cake is a healthy option for cake - there's no butter or vegetable fat.  Its the 12 egg whites that give it such a fluffly texture.  If you've never bought Cream of Tartar before, you'll find it in the supermarket alongside baking powder.  Lucy told us about this novel way to separate eggs using a plastic bottle:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AirVOuTN_M


To accompany your Angel Cake, you can choose from fruit, jam, cream or creme fraiche - yum!

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For more recipes and details about Heaven is a Cup Cake go to: www.heavenisacupcake.net
or follow Lucy on twitter: @heavenacupcake