Thursday, 26 February 2015

Chris' Film Club: Enemy at the Gates (2001)

Jude Law plays a legendary Russian sniper during the Battle of Stalingrad in WWII. He’s so good that the Nazis send their own legend after him. Ed Harris plays Law's Nazi sniper nemesis.

Mind in Mid-Herts CEO joins us


Mind in Mid-Herts are an innovative and experienced provider of mental health services in Mid Hertfordshire and have well-being centres in St. Albans, Stevenage, Hertford and Welwyn Garden City. As both individuals and as an organisation they are committed to providing high-quality services for people of all ages.

If you would like to find out more please visit their Facebook Page here or their website here

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Chris' Film Club: Cold Mountain (2003)

Nicole Kidman and Jude Law are two lovers who are torn apart by the US Civil War. Law is a wounded Confederate soldier who deserts to find his love. Renee Zellweger also starred and won an Oscar for her supporting actress role.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Gwendoline Alderton Interior Design






Today Gwendoline  was in the studio once again, this time to discuss the most important room in the house: the kitchen. She touched on the topics of design, spacing and practicality.

First of all she advised to know your space, for example if your room is L-shaped or long and narrow, because this will greatly affect what you're able to do with your kitchen. At the moment open plan kitchens are extremely popular, but in smaller space this may not be practical. Gwendoline also advised to try and have an equal space between things in your kitchen such as the fridge and the oven, because this will make working easier.

moving on to design and style, Gwendoline said it is important to not sacrifice practicality for stylishness, because this may make your beautiful kitchen a pain in the long run. She recommended durable floor tiles that will put up with a lot of wear and tear while still looking good, and storage cabinets that as useful as they are stylish. She said colour can bring vibrancy to a kitchen, but be careful not to overdo it and make the kitchen garish; also, lighting is essential to making a kitchen attractive, and good to use.

for more interior design information and tips, visit Gwendoline's website: http://ga-interiors.co.uk

Chris' Film Club: Flags of our Fathers (2006)

Directed by Clint Eastwood, this is the Battle of Iwo Jima from the American viewpoint. It is about the men in the famous photo of soldiers lifting the US flag over the island, and the fame that followed them. Ryan Phillippe also stars.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Chris' Film Club: Apocalypse Now (1979)

Apocalypse Now is based on the book Heart Darkness by Joseph Conrad. It is all about Captain Benjamin Willard (Martin Sheen) who is sent on a mission to Assassinate renegade US Army Colonel (Marlon Brando). Robert Duvall and Laurence Fishburne also star in the Francis Ford Coppola film.


Lisa Pearson - Lifestyle Correspondent





Self Love
It is about appreciating yourself

Everybody is successful as everyone else
Take responsibility for the bits of your life not someone else s

You cannot look like a supermodel, you are who you are

Take time to nurture yourself

Further details are available at the web site  http://mummywhispererblog.com/

New Music Playlist w/c 23rd February 2015 & this week's featured track by @giorgiomoroder & @kylieminogue

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

AC/DC - Rock Or Bust
Andy Burrows - All This I’ve Heard Before / Watch Me Fall Again
Blue - King Of The World
Bryan Ferry - Driving Me Wild
David Gray - Snow In Vegas (feat. LeAnn Rimes)
Ella Henderson - Mirror Man
Erasure - Sacred
First Aid Kit - Master Pretender
George Ezra - Cassy O'
Giorgio Moroder - Right Here, Right Now (feat. Kylie Minogue)
James Bay - Hold Back The River
Jason Aldean - Miss That Girl
Kaiser Chiefs - Falling Awake
Katzenjammer - Lady Gray
Kid Rock - First Kiss
Lady Antebellum - Long Stretch of Love
Madonna - Living For Love
Mark Knopfler - Beryl
Marlon Roudette - When The Beat Drops Out
Maroon 5 - Sugar
Neil Diamond - Sunny Disposition
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Ballad Of The Mighty I
Sam Smith - Lay Me Down
Shaun Escoffery - Nobody Knows
Status Quo - Paper Plane
Take That - Let In The Sun
The Overtones - Something Good
The Shires - Friday Night
Ward Thomas - Town Called Ugley

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Right Here, Right Now by Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue:


Friday, 20 February 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 20th February 2015

Simon was totally in the studio tonight and it was live and everything and if anyone says otherwise he'll hunt them down, and......and.......probably just tell them that they're wrong. Even if there might be a tiny grain of truth in their otherwise fallacious accusations.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in (at some point) 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
2001: A Space Odyssey
11.05pm – 1.20am
BBC2

Saturday
Silver Linings Playbook
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Channel 4

Sunday
Jurassic Park
6.30pm – 9.00pm
ITV2

Monday
Shallow Hal
9.00pm – 11.15pm
Film4

Tuesday
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Film4

Wednesday
Déjà Vu
9.00pm – 11.00pm
BBC3

Thursday
Amour
9.00pm – 11.35pm
Film4





Thursday, 19 February 2015

Dennis and Abigail from Breakaway Theatre Group

Denis and Abigail two co directors came in to see us from Breakaway Theatre company about their upcoming play Woman In Mind. The play is running tonight, Saturday next Thursday the 26th and Saturday the 28th. Tickets can be bought on the door or from the Maltings Arts Theatre website which is www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk. The play will be shown at 8 pm on all of the nights tickets will be £12 and £10 for concessions. You can reach the Breakaway Theatre Company on their facebook page BREAKAWAYTHEATRE or their twitter @breakawayamdram.

Chris' Film Club: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' (2014)

Your final action film for this week is 'Guardians of the Galaxy', arguably the most popular superhero film of 2014. A group of varying personalities - a human scavenger, a bounty hunting racoon and his tree partner, a green warrior, and a hulking fighter on a mission of revenge - join forces to save the galaxy. The star-studded cast includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan and Lee Pace.

Sue Back from Highfield Park Trust

Today we had Sue Back, a trustee from the Highfield Park Trust. The Highfield Park Trust has now been running for 19 years. The Trust started after both the Hill End Hospital and the Cell Barnes Hospital were closed in the Highfield area. The Highfield Park Trust is not funded by the Local Authority, instead it funds itself with events. One of the next events is this Sunday from 10 till 3 and it is called the Community Conservation Activity Day. Which is an activity for local volunteers to come down and help conserve the park. To read about more upcoming events from the Highfield Park Trust please visit their website www.highfieldparktrust.co.uk. To get in touch with The Highfield Park Trust please email them at admin@highfieldparktrust.co.uk.


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Chris' Film Club: 'Star Trek' (2009)

Wednesday sees Chris and Danny discuss the 2009 iteration of 'Star Trek'. It's an excellent reboot of the Star Trek series, starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock.

Tiger Fun Time this Saturday at @WaterstoneStAlb with author and big cat keeper Martin Hill

Danny spoke to Martin Hill via telephone on the show this afternoon. Martin is an author and big cat keeper who will be thrilling everyone this Saturday at Waterstones for a special 'Tiger Fun Time' morning - a chance to learn more about tigers and take part in fun activities like face painting. Everyone who purchases a book gets entered into a draw with the opportunity to win a top prize of a big cat feeding for two or a family ticket to Paradise Wildlife Park. (Total of 4 prizes)



For more information about the event, visit the Waterstones Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/waterstones.stalbans

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Chris' Film Club: 'The Raid' (2011)

Tuesday's action film is 'The Raid', directed by Gareth Evans. It's a punishingly brutal and thoroughly exhilarating Indonesian action film depicting a large group of armed police entering an apartment block to capture the crime lord at the top. It stars Iko Uwais and features the martial art of pencak silat.


Perfect Pancakes with Lucy Clark @heavensacupcake


For this month's Bake It Easy, Lucy Clark shared with us her secret for making the perfect pancakes.

Her recipe can be found here:

For more about Lucy, check out her website www.heavenisacupcake.net

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 13th February 2015

Young Honor was not in the studio tonight, and as such things fell apart a little. Chris is used to Honor entertaining him with videos of cats falling off things from various heights. As she wasn't there, Chris' productivity went from 'lazy' to 'non-existent'. Chris failed to do any traffic news throughout the show and was entirely unaware that Simon was banging on the studio door, trying to get in. Simon doesn't know how to use the door at the studio, because when he was born the caves people lived in didn't have doors, and as such has never learnt to use one.

Simon not being in led to Danny having to ad lib the entire show. Danny, who normally presents the show from a script, ended up accidentally accusing the former Education Secretary Charles Clarke of also being former Westlife singer Kian Egan (because he had 'never seen them in the same room'). Both are considering legal action.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in (and Honor wasn't) to talk about the UK box office, the new releases in the cinema, and his pick of films on TV for the coming week.

Friday
Black Swan
9.00pm – 11.05pm
More 4

Saturday
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
3.00pm – 5.10pm
Film4

Sunday
Lady and the Tramp
5.30pm – 7.05pm
Channel 5

Monday
Marley and Me
6.30pm – 8.50pm
Film4

Tuesday
Legally Blonde
9.00pm – 11.00pm
5*

Wednesday
Someone to Watch Over Me
11.50pm – 1.30am
BBC1

Thursday
The Look of Love
10.55pm – 1.00am
Film



Monday, 16 February 2015

New Music Playlist w/c 16th February 2015 & this week's featured track by @shaun_escoffery

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

AC/DC - Rock Or Bust
Andy Burrows - All This I’ve Heard Before / Watch Me Fall Again
Black Star Riders - The Killer Instinct
Blue - King Of The World
David Gray - Snow In Vegas (feat. LeAnn Rimes)
Dolly Parton - Unlikely Angel
Ella Henderson - Mirror Man
Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do
First Aid Kit - Master Pretender
George Ezra - Cassy O'
James Bay - Hold Back The River
Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with Melanie C - I Wish
Katzenjammer - Lady Gray
Kid Rock - First Kiss
Lady Antebellum - Long Stretch of Love
Madonna - Living For Love
Marlon Roudette - When The Beat Drops Out
Maroon 5 - Sugar
Neil Diamond - Sunny Disposition
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Ballad Of The Mighty I
Queen - Love Kills
Shaun Escoffery - Nobody Knows
Si Cranstoun - Never Gonna Let You Go
Status Quo - Paper Plane
Take That - Let In The Sun
Texas - Start A Family
The Overtones - Something Good
The Shires - Friday Night
Ward Thomas - Town Called Ugley

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Nobody Knows by Shaun Escoffery:


Chris' Film Club: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' (2014)

This week's film club theme is Action Movies and kicking off the week is 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'. The second Captain America film ups the action and the over-the-top style. It stars Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and Robert Redford.


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Chris' Film Club: 'Spartacus' (1960)

The final film for this week is the famous classic 'Spartacus', now 55 years old. Kirk Douglas is Spartacus, the leader of a violent slave uprising against the decadent Ancient Roman regime. Also starrring Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Tony Curtis and Peter Ustinov.


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Chris' Film Club: 'Paths of Glory' (1957)

Wednesday's Kubrick classic is 'Paths of Glory', a WWI drama in which 3 French soldiers are tried for cowardice after refusing to go on a suicidal mission. Kirk Douglas defends them.


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Jane - St Albans Soroptimists @SIStAlbans

Joining us in the drive time studio today was Jane from the St Albans and District Soroptimists.

Soroptimist International is the world's leading women's voluntary organisation with close to 90,000 members.  They focus on transforming the lives of women and girls, locally, nationally and globally, through education, empowerment and enabling initiatives.  The St Albans' group meet on the 2nd Monday of each month and a warm welcome awaits new members.

Across the world, thousands of Soroptimists will be marking International Women's Day, on
8th March 2015. It will be celebrated by the St Albans Soroptimists in Verulamium Park, St Albans who will meet at 2pm in Verulamium Park on the bridge over the lake. Everyone is welcome to join in.















To find out more about the St Albans & District Soroptimists contact Jane:
T: 07834 345796
Email: sistalbans@hotmail.com
Web:  http://sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/

Chris' Film Club: 'Dr Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb' (1964)

Continuing on the theme of Kubrick films, Tuesday's movie is 'Dr Strangelove'. Peter Sellers plays multiple characters in this Cold War satire about war between the USA and the USSR.

Also starring George C Scott, Stirling Hayden and Slim Pickens.


Monday, 9 February 2015

Chris' Film Club: 'Full Metal Jacket' (1987)

Kicking off the new week of Chris' Film club is 'Full Metal Jacket'. It's a Vietnam war story, following new recruits under the instruction of the sadistic Gunnery Sargeant Hartman.

Starring Matthew Modine, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Adam Baldwin and Arliss Howard.



Elizabeth Crampton, Consumer Advice Correspondent, on Pensions



Joining us in the drive-time studio today was Elizabeth Crampton of the 'Citizen's Advice Bureau' who spoke to us about pensions, and the recent announcement that you can now redeem your pension in its entirety, whenever you like.

Some have expressed concerns that people will not utilise this new feature responsibly and effectively, and others have claimed that it's a step in the right direction as we do not live under a 'Nanny State'.

Elizabeth then went on to speak briefly about maternity leave. She told us that maternity leave can now be shared between two partners, and the disparity between maternity and paternity leave will diminish. This Scandanavian-style policy has been described as a radical new change, and will allow much more flexibility when dealing with a new child.

Citizen's Advice Bureau: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
Pensions Advice: http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/england/debt_e/debt_pensions_e.htm


New Music Playlist w/c 9th February 2015 & this week's featured track by @the_overtones

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

AC/DC - Rock Or Bust
Andy Burrows - All This I’ve Heard Before / Watch Me Fall Again
Black Star Riders - The Killer Instinct
David Gray - Snow In Vegas (feat. LeAnn Rimes)
Dolly Parton - Unlikely Angel
Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do
First Aid Kit - Master Pretender
George Ezra - Cassy O'
Gretchen Peters - When All You Got Is A Hammer
Hozier - Take Me To Church
Jack Savoretti - Home
JD McPherson - Let The Good Times Roll
Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with Melanie C - I Wish
Kid Rock - First Kiss
Lady Antebellum - Long Stretch of Love
Madonna - Living For Love
Marlon Roudette - When The Beat Drops Out
Miles Graham - I Can't Love You Again
Ne‐Yo - Coming With You
Neil Diamond - Sunny Disposition
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Ballad Of The Mighty I
Queen - Love Kills
Si Cranstoun - Never Gonna Let You Go
Status Quo - Paper Plane
Take That - Let In The Sun
Texas - Start A Family
The Overtones - Something Good
The Shires - Friday Night
Ward Thomas - Town Called Ugley

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Something Good by The Overtones:


Sunday, 8 February 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 6th February 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide returned after a week off due to Danny's mystery illness. He claimed it was a terrible case of tonsillitis, but no-one with tonsillitis needs to itch their crotch that much. Simon too felt unwell. He had gone on a bar crawl the night before, starting at The Rose and Crown in St Albans, and ending at The Bleeding Englishman in Dundee, Scotland.

Simon, like so many of his evenings, has no idea how it got to that point, but he managed to make it down south just in time for the show. He did bring a couple of his drinking buddies with him though. There was Roddy MacDougall, a Scottish weightlifting champion who proceeded to smoke a pipe in the studio throughout the Film Guide. There was Professor Suzanne Clifford, an expert in Ancient Greek mythology, as well as an expert at drinking a yard of ale in mere seconds. And finally there was Blossom, whose relationship to Simon was vague at best.

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 his pick of films on free-to-air TV for the coming week.

Friday
The Social Network
9.00pm – 11.20pm
More 4

Saturday
Where Eagles Dare
6.50pm – 10.00pm
5USA

Hanna
9.00pm – 11.10pm
Film4

Sunday
The Company Men
6.45pm – 8.50pm
Film4

Monday
Fast Five
9.00pm – 11.35pm
Film4

Tuesday
Nowhere Boy
11.45pm – 1.40am
Film4

Wednesday
Zoolander
9.00pm – 10.50pm
E4

Thursday
The End of the World
9.00pm – 10.45pm
Movie Mix

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Amazing Science with Sam Rolfe


SAM ROLFE, our science correspondent, is in the studio bringing us more fantastic 
science news..

WATERPROOF SURFACES

Waterproof textile fabric with rain drops Royalty Free Stock Photo

A team from the University of Rochester in New York have reported a method of creating
waterproof surfaces that could be used to produce easily maintained and hygienic devices and the material would not suffer from rust or icing up in the cold weather.
The material “self-cleans” as dust is drawn away with water droplets as they hit the surface.

However, as with many new techniques, it is currently expensive and time consuming to
produce these materials.

Source and Video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30915266

FLY BY PLUTO! 

W Horizon probe and Pluto Stock Image

The spacecraft New Horizons is nearing its encounter with Pluto. 

Launched in 2006, the craft will fly by Pluto in July. It will be performing correction manoeuvres to make sure the instruments on board will be pointing in the correct direction when it makes its closest approach on 14th July 2015, approximately 11:50 GMT . Pluto is one of the “classical” planets, the last to be visited by a space probe. We have been
able to remotely observe it using instruments like the Hubble Space Telescope, which has distinguished ‘light’ and ‘dark’ features.


Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30954673



SCIENTIST OF THE MONTH

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Clyde Tombaugh (Tom-boar) (4th Feb 1906 – 17th Jan 1997, 90)
Built his own telescopes, grinding the lenses and mirrors himself. He drew Jupiter and Mars,
which earned him a job at Lowell Observatory.
During WWII he taught navigation to naval personnel at Northern Arizona University.
He discovered nearly 800 asteroids, mostly as a by-product during his search for Pluto and
other celestial objects.

He also was involved in the search for Near-Earth Objects. 

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clyde_Tombaugh

Monday, 2 February 2015

Thrifty Correspondent Penny Carr on Charity Shop purchases and buying second hand @beingmrsc



Joining us in the studio today was Penny Carr, Thrifty Correspondent, who spoke to us about Caroline Jones who has decided she is going to wear a new outfit each day of 2015. The stipulation is however, that each outfit must be purchased from the Cancer Awareness Charity Shops.

Caroline's goal is to raise awareness of charity shops, to increase donations to said shops and to prove that charity wear can also be stylish.

Caroline's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Knickersmodelsown?fref=ts 
Caroline's Twitter: @knickersmyown

Penny also went on to mention other methods of buying and selling second hand items and alternatives to eBay.


  • Facebook groups - local Facebook groups can facilitate trade of second hand items on a local level.
  • Gumtree/Preloved - alternative websites designed for selling items you no longer use.
  • Freegle - 'Don't throw it away, give it away!'
For more advise from Penny, visit her site: http://beingmrsc.com/.

Other links: 


New Music Playlist w/c 2nd February 2015 & this week's featured track by @george_ezra

Hi Drivetimers

Tonsillitis got the better of me for most of last week.  However, I'm back with a vengeance for a full week of drivetime shows (hopefully!).  Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

AC/DC - Rock Or Bust
Alvin Stardust - Tongue Tied
Andy Burrows - All This I’ve Heard Before / Watch Me Fall Again
Black Star Riders - The Killer Instinct
Bob Dylan - Full Moon And Empty Arms
David Gray - Snow In Vegas (feat. LeAnn Rimes)
Dolly Parton - Unlikely Angel
Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do
Gavin DeGraw - Fire
George Ezra - Cassy O'
Gretchen Peters - When All You Got Is A Hammer
Hozier - Take Me To Church
Jack Savoretti - Home
JD McPherson - Let The Good Times Roll
Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with Melanie C - I Wish
Kid Rock - First Kiss
Kodaline - Honest
Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
Meghan Trainor - Lips Are Movin'
Miles Graham - I Can't Love You Again
Ne‐Yo - Coming With You
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Ballad Of The Mighty I
Queen - Love Kills
Si Cranstoun - Never Gonna Let You Go
Status Quo - Paper Plane
Texas - Start A Family
The Charlatans - Come Home Baby
The Shires - Friday Night

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is the latest offering from the ridiculously talented George Ezra and it's called Cassy O':