Friday, 29 May 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 22nd May 2015

Young Honor Morrison was back in the studio after taking a few weeks off to recover from the trauma of being stalked by 80s teen heartthrob and St Albans Mayor, Matthew Broderick. Honor was telling Danny, Simon and Chris all about how she chose to relax and let off some steam. Turns out she went to a little spa in Siberia, away from the hustle and bustle of Hertfordshire life. There she took in a bit of Yeti hunting, went swimming in ice-cold lakes, and joined a small cult devoted to worshipping lentil beans.

Honor tried to espouse the wonders of the lentil bean, and told the story of Lakshuma, the Lentil Godess, who grew up in 12th century India. Lakshuma suffered from hayfever, and on one particularly pollenous day miraculously sneezed out a lentil with such force that it lodged itself in the ground and grew into a whole crop. Today India is the 2nd biggest producer of lentil beans, and some, such as Honor, attribute that success to Lakshuma.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about the new releases in the cinema, the UK box office top 10, and his pick of films on free-to-air TV for the coming week.

Friday
East is East
9.00pm – 10.55pm
Film4

Saturday
Rear Window
3.10pm – 5.00pm
BBC2

Quartet
9.00pm – 10.45pm
BBC2

Sunday
Robin Hood
5.25pm – 7.00pm
Channel 5

Shutter Island
9.00pm – 11.40pm
Channel 4

Tuesday
Skyfall
8.00pm – 10.50pm
ITV2

Wednesday
An Education
9.00pm – 10.35pm
BBC4

An Officer and a Gentleman
9.00pm – 11.30pm
More4






Thursday, 28 May 2015

Chris' Film Club: Charlie Wilson's War

The final film for this week is Charlie Wilson's War, which tells the story of Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson, who helped secure money for the mujahideen to fight against the Soviet Union during the invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s.

A funny and fascinating film, it stars Tom Hanks as Wilson and he's ably supported by Julia Roberts and the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Could you be a Community First Responder?

We were joined in the studio this evening by Ray Saunders, who spoke about the East of England Ambulance Service, and highlighted the need for more Community First Responders.

Community First Responders are volunteers sent by the ambulance control to life-threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrests. They live or work in areas where a group is set up and can get to an incident in just a few minutes while an ambulance resource is on its way. Their role is to help stabilise the patient and, in doing so, keep the patient alive until the arrival of the more highly skilled ambulance crew, who are trained to undertake further life saving techniques.



To find out more about the role of the CFRs, and whether you would be suited, visit the East of England Ambulance Service website: http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/get-involved/community-first-responders.htm

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Chris' Film Club: Ed Wood

Continuing the theme of biopics, I've picked Ed Wood, Tim Burton's film about the man that some regard as the worst film maker ever. Starring Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette and Bill Murray, it is the charming tale of a man with a big dream, but maybe not the talent to pull it off.

Drivetime sessions with @nfstephenson

This week on Drivetime Sessions we had Nick Stephenson a local singer/ songwriter who performed two original songs and a cover. First Nick perfromed "Banter and Smoke" then followed with "Shaking Rain". After that Nick performed a cover of Neil Young's song "Down By The River".



For more information you can visit Nick's website:

www.nickfstephenson.com

You can listen to this weeks drivetime session again if you visit: www.radioverulam.com/listenagain
and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30pm.




Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Add colour to your home with this summertime's interior trends @GA_Interiors

Our Interior Design correspondent Gwendoline Alderton of GA Interiors shared top tips and advice for this season's trends.

Colours to use..

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The colour for spring has been yellow, which is perfect for teaming with one of the summer's top colours; orange! and its a spicy orange to go with the Moroccan trend which will stay popular through to the winter and Christmastime.

 Add moroccan lamps, with copper and gold shades...

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Green is also popular right now and ties into the tropical themes that are trendy too.  Try adding plants inside your home with tropical print cushions.

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Gwendoline also suggested freshening up your bedroom with tropical print bedding.

If you love pink then you'll enjoy using the currently fashionable pastel pink, great when mixed with any neutrals whether beige, white or grey.

Accents..

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Very contemporary images and items are Flamingoes, especially fairy lights for indoor or outdoor decoration and white feather lampshades. Don't forget, updating lampshades create instant pattern and interest.

Fantastic top tips from Gwendoline also include door knobs and handles.  Its so easy and economic to update furniture by replacing the handles or knobs.  Experiment with ceramic or crystal.  Use the attention to detail to build up a theme with your rooms.

Visit Gwendoline's website: www.ga-interiors.co.uk

Chris' Film Club: Braveheart

The theme for this week is 'biographical films', and so I've plumped for the incredibly successful 1995 epic Braveheart. It stars and is directed by Mel Gibson, and it's about the legendary Scottish warrior William Wallace. Nominated for 10 Oscars, and winner of 5 - including Best Picture - it makes up for it's lack of historical accuracy with lots of blood, guts and macho posturing.

Monday, 25 May 2015

New Music Playlist w/c 25th May 2015 & this week's featured track by @mikasounds

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Andreya Triana - That's Alright With Me
Bryan Ferry - Midnight Train
Caro Emerald - Quicksand
Carolynne Poole - I Love You But Shut Up
Elbow - What Time Do You Call This?
Electro Velvet - Still In Love With You
First Aid Kit - Cedar Lane
Florence + the Machine - Ship To Wreck
Hunter Hayes - I Want Crazy
James Taylor - Montana
Jools Holland & Ruby Turner - Jumpin In The Morning
Lawson - Roads
Lenny Kravitz - Ooh Baby Baby
Longfellow - Where I Belong
Lucy Spraggan - Unsinkable
Mark Knopfler - Skydiver
Mika - Talk About You
Nathan Carter - Wagon Wheel
Nickelback - Satellite
Olly Murs - Beautiful To Me
Shaun Escoffery - Perfect Love Affair
Sheppard - Geronimo
Sia - Big Girls Cry
Simply Red - Shine On
Striking Matches - Trouble Is As Trouble Does
Take That - Higher Than Higher
Van Morrison and Clare Teal - Carrying a Torch
Walk the Moon - Shut Up And Dance
Will Young - Love Revolution
Zac Brown Band - Homegrown

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Talk About You by Mika:


Friday, 22 May 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 22nd May 2015

The feud with Mayor Matthew Broderick seems to have abated a bit, and no-one at the station has heard anything from St Albans' evil, yet democratically-elected (98% of the vote, with a turnout of 135%), leader for a whole week. As a result it was quite quiet in the studio, and Simon was even a little subdued. This was partly down to the presence of the show's Science Correspondent, Samantha Rolfe. Last week Sam hit Simon with a glass beaker to get him to do his job properly, and as such Simon has become a little timid around Sam.

Sam was back in the studio to help out on the show because Honor is taking another week off, as she has not quite recovered from Mayor Broderick's creepy attentions. While Sam's position as studio assistant is temporary, she has seemingly started to take over a little. She's decorated the walls in her favourite colours (zombie skin green and nightmare blue) and has hung up pictures of her family everywhere. We heard her on the phone to a locksmith trying to get a new lock fitted on the studio door. Basically, it appears that she might have moved in. Hopefully Honor gets back before Sam gets too comfortable.

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 free-to-air TV for the coming week.

Friday
Dodgeball: a True Underdog Story
 9.00pm – 10.55pm
5*

Saturday
Apocalypse Now
9.00pm – 12.05am
ITV4

Evil Dead
11.00pm – 12.50am
Film4

Sunday
Jurassic Park
3.10pm – 5.40pm
ITV2

Monday
Dances with Wolves
2.25pm –  5.15pm
BBC2

Tuesday
We need to talk about Kevin
9.00pm – 10.45pm
BBC4

Wednesday
Warm Bodies
9.00pm – 10.55pm
Film4

Jagged Edge
11.45pm – 1.30am
Film4

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Chris' Film Club: Mean Girls (2004)

Written by Tina Fey (who also has a small role, along with SNL alumni Amy Poehler, Tim Meadows and Ana Gasteyer). The film stars Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron who becomes a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett), the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George (Rachel McAdams). Amanda Seyfried makes her big screen debut in the movie.

Tongue In Cheek

We were joined in the studio by Claire and Belinda from Mardibooks this evening, who are involved in the local writers' group, Mardi Writers. They spoke about their upcoming event, 'Tongue In Cheek'; a spoken word open mic evening taking place at Cote Brasserie on Thursday 28th of May, at 7pm.



Tickets are £4.50 on the door, including a drink and nibbles. To book a spot, email claireyformardi@icloud.com

The event is supporting the local charity, The Cresent.

More information about Mardi Writers can be found on their website: http://www.mardibooks.com

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Chris' Film Club: Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Will Ferrell in a rare straight role as IRS Auditor Harold Crick. Harold's life, though, is being narrated by nearly forgotten author Kay Eiffel (Emma Thompson). Fiction meets reality as his whole entire life events e.g. his work, love life and death are being controlled by Kay. Harold must find the narrator only he can hear to try stop his imminent death. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman and Queen Latifah also appear in the film.

Chris Flegg performs live in the studio this afternoon

St Albans based singer songwriter, Chris Flegg, joins us in the studio.

you can watch live @dapperdan75

The first song is Troubadour Cafe.

Chris plays jazz guitar with his won jazz trio and is a singer songwriter on the acoustic and folk scene.

He has released 4 albums of original songs to date, including his latest; Gazing At The Stars All Night.

Chris will also perform 'There's a Sound' and his cover will be 'The Girl From Ipanema'.

For more information on Chris, visit his website:: www.chrisflegg.com

Chris Flegg

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

New Music Playlist w/c 18th May 2015 & this week's featured track by @shaun_escoffery

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Andreya Triana - That's Alright With Me
Bryan Ferry - Midnight Train
Caro Emerald - Quicksand
Elbow - What Time Do You Call This?
Electro Velvet - Still In Love With You
First Aid Kit - Cedar Lane
Florence + the Machine - Ship To Wreck
Hozier - Someone New
Hunter Hayes - I Want Crazy
Lawson - Roads
Lenny Kravitz - Ooh Baby Baby
Longfellow - Where I Belong
Lucy Spraggan - Unsinkable
LunchMoney Lewis - Bills
Mark Knopfler - Skydiver
Nathan Carter - Wagon Wheel
Paul Weller - Saturns Pattern
Shaun Escoffery - Perfect Love Affair
Sheppard - Geronimo
Sia - Big Girls Cry
Simply Red - Shine On
Take That - Higher Than Higher
Texas - Are You Ready
The Shires - State Lines
Thea Gilmore - Coming Back To You
Van Morrison and Clare Teal - Carrying a Torch
Walk the Moon - Shut Up And Dance
Will Young - Love Revolution
Zac Brown Band - Homegrown

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Perfect Love Affair by Shaun Escoffery:


Rainbow Cup Cakes @heavensacupcake

Lucy Clark joins us in the studio today to share her Rainbow Cup Cake recipe..

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These are fabulously easy to make and really add the 'WOW' factor to any party. Especially popular with children, you can adapt colours to suit a theme or favourites.

Using Lucy's classic vanilla cup cake recipe, which you can find on her website, split the mixture into as many bowls as you want colours.  Lucy recommends using colour paste rather than liquid.  Then divide your coloured mixtures equally between cases and bake for approximately 20 minutes at 160 (for fan ovens).

For the rainbow coloured icing, simply layer the different colours in your piping bag and start decorating!

Visit Lucy;s website: www.heavenisacupcake.net
Follow Lucy on twitter: @heavensacupcake
Follow Lucy on pinterest: Heaven is a cupcake

Chris' Film Club: Bridesmaids (2011)

Anne's (Kristen Wiig) life has turned upside down after her bakery is shutdown and she's broken up with her longterm boyfriend. Best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is getting married and, as maid of honour, Anne prepares to pull out all the stocks in the name of true friendship but a whole load of fresh challenges develop to try uphold her. Also stars Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd and Rose Byrne.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Chris' Film Club: Wayne's World (1992)

In Aurora, Illinois, rock and roll enthusiasts Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) host a budget network cable television show called Wayne's World in which they incite eccentric locals and discuss topics of interest (largely music and beautiful women). They accept a $10,000 takeover bid from major television executive Benjamin Oliver but soon realise they've made a big mistake. Also stars Rob Lowe and Tia Carrere.

Tools With A Mission [TWAM]

 
Our guest tonight here on West Herts Drivetime was Chris Penn from Dagnall Street Baptist Church who told us about TWAM.Started more than 30 years ago, TWAM has given help where it is needed most, by collecting and refurbishing tools and equipment no longer required in the UK and sending them overseas.
The types of tools and equipment required are;
  
MOTOR MECHANICS incl. jacks and ramps
CARPENTRY
BUILDERS, ELECTRICIANS AND PLUMBING
ENGINEERING
ELECTRIC POWER TOOLS:
BENCH AND BAND SAWS
KNITTING AND SEWING  MACHINES (must be complete)
LAPTOPS
FLAT SCREEN COMPUTERS
GARDEN FORKS, SPADES, HOES, RAKES,

A full list can be found at the web site http://www.twam.co.uk/

The annual collection will take place at the church on Wednesday 27th May from 12 noon until 7pm

Friday, 15 May 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 15th May 2015

After two weeks of being hold up in the studio the show was back to it's usual amateurish, sloppy ways. Honor decided that she needed a bit of break from being around Danny, Simon and Chris (as well as the unstable Mayor, Matthew Broderick, who had taken somewhat of a creepy shine to her). So in her place stepped Drive Time's Science correspondent Samantha Rolfe. A seasoned professional, Sam stepped into the studio assistant job with ease.

Firstly, when Simon had the first of his usual Friday afternoon diva tantrums (they occur at 4:06pm, 5:17pm, 5:19pm, 6:24pm and 6:30pm - 7:00pm) Sam stepped in and, with a combination self-assurance and swift, brutal violence that only a career in science can teach you, swiftly struck Simon around the cheek with a glass beaker that she carries with her in case of scientific emergency. Simon was shocked, as he was in the middle of setting a new personal record of 'longest time without being glassed'. He had made it a whole 9 days without someone hitting him and now Sam had ruined it. The shock was such that he actually presented the film guide in a relatively reasonable and knowledgeable way. Sadly, it's doubtful that the technique will work again, but Danny has promised to keep glassing him just in case.

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
Limitless
9.00pm – 11.05pm
E4

Saturday
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
9.20pm – 10.45pm
BBC2

In the Loop
11.45pm – 1.30am
BBC2

Sunday
Made in Dagenham
10.00pm – 11.45pm
BBC2

Monday
The Class of ‘92
10.40pm –  12.35am
ITV

Tuesday
War of the Worlds
9.00pm – 11.20pm
5*

Wednesday
Taken
9.00pm – 10.45pm
Film4

Thursday
Charles Bronson
10.45pm – 12.30am
Film4

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Chris' Film Club: Riddick (2013)

Vin Diesel returns as the infamous Riddick in the 3rd instalment of the film series, it goes back to basics and the result is a slick and tense action movie. Also stars Dave Bautista and Katee Sackhoff.

Nigel Wilkins Moustache


Our guest tonight was Nigel Wilkins a local man who will be shaving off his moustache after more than 40 years in aid of Macmillan Nurses.
The shaving off event will take place this Saturday at 6pm in the Speckled Hen public house in Hatfield Road as part of a charity evening.
Donations can be made via the web site   https://www.justgiving.com/NigelSpeckledHen/

Macmillan  - Information and support  - Macmillan Cancer Support

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Chris' Film Club: Moon (2009)

Directed by Duncan Jones, Moon is a British sci-fi film that stars Sam Rockwell as a man at the end of a 3-year stint on the Moon, mining helium. Turns out things aren’t quite what they seem.

Hidden Jules live in the studio today!

Local band, Hidden Jules, join us in the studio today for a live session.
You can see them now on Danny Smmith's twitter feed: @dapperdan






















The first track performed was 'Monster' which is taken from their new album due to be released on 27th June, when they'll be at the Trestle Arts Centre St Albans.

The second track is 'Twisted Town' which is written about a little village in Hertfordshire!

The third tarck is a cover of Dolly Parton's Jolene.

Go to Facebook for more information: www.facebook.com/hiddenjulesduo?fref=nf

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Chris' Film Club: Alien (1979)

1979 horror classic, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Ian Holm, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt and Yaphet Kotto as the crew of the Nostromo, who bring an alien being on board their spaceship. Bad idea!

Radlett Light Opera Society Presents Children of Eden @RadlettOperatic @RadlettCentre @ChildrenOfEden

Sarah Butler and Julian Ardouin from the Radlett Light Opera Society joined us in the studio today to talk about the Society's production; Children of Eden that opens tomorrow evening, Wednesday 13th May, at The Radlett Centre.

Children of Eden

The musical  is based on the book of Genesis and covers the stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, followed by Noah and the flood.

The composer and Lyricist, Stephen Schwartz (composer for Wicked) has created a show about second chance and learning from past mistakes.

The show is on every evening at from Wednesday 13th May at 7:45pm through to Saturday 16th May and includes a matinee performance at 2:30pm on Saturday.

To book tickets call the Radlett Centre: 01923 859291 and quote "drivetime" to get 20% off the ticket price!

For full details visit:
www.radlettcentre.co.uk
www.rlos.org.uk

Facebook: Radlett Light Opera Society

Monday, 11 May 2015

Chris' Film Club: District 9 (2009)


Directed by Neill Blomkamp and set in South Africa, where an alien craft appeared years before, and the aliens have made a home in Johannesburg, but live in slums. A film about apartheid, it stars Sharlto Copley as Wikus, a local bureaucrat who is tasked with moving the aliens to a new home, but ends up infected with alien DNA. It received 4 Oscar nominations.

Consumer Advice




Elizabeth Crampton from the Citizens Advice Bureau was our guest tonight.

New Care Act

The new care act comes into force this month, the biggest change is a cap on the amount you will need to spend on care which is £72,000 of your own money.

full details can be found at the following web sites

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/home-and-care/the-care-act/

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/how-we-provide-advice/advice/Get-advice/


Pensions

Changes to occupational and private pensions

Rules around private and occupational pensions are changing. From April 2015, some people over 55 will have greater freedom in how they can access their pension pots – the money they’ve built up during their working life.

If they have a defined contribution pension, they are no longer restricted to simply buying an annuity. Instead, they can withdraw some or all of their money as a lump sum.

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/money-matters/pensions/pension-freedoms/changes-occupational-and-private-pensions/

Cold Calls
Mobile phones offer the ability to block calls, useful if you find that you’re being contacted by repeat offenders from the same company. The method varies depending on your phones platform.
http://www.which.co.uk/


New Music Playlist w/c 11th May 2015 & this week's featured track by @SimplyRedHQ

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Brandon Flowers - Can't Deny My Love
Bryan Ferry - Midnight Train
Caro Emerald - Quicksand
Carolynne Poole - I Love You But Shut Up
Electro Velvet - Still In Love With You
First Aid Kit - Cedar Lane
Florence + the Machine - Ship To Wreck
George Ezra - Did You Hear The Rain?
Hozier - Someone New
Hunter Hayes - I Want Crazy
Lawson - Roads
Lenny Kravitz - Ooh Baby Baby
Longfellow - Where I Belong
Lucy Spraggan - Unsinkable
LunchMoney Lewis - Bills
Nathan Carter - Wagon Wheel
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Riverman
OMI - Cheerleader
Paul Weller - Saturns Pattern
Rae Morris - Love Again
Sheppard - Geronimo
Sia - Big Girls Cry
Simply Red - Shine On
Status Quo - Break The Rules (Live Aquostic Version)
Texas - Are You Ready
The Shires - State Lines
Thea Gilmore - Coming Back To You
Van Morrison and Clare Teal - Carrying a Torch
Walk the Moon - Shut Up And Dance
Will Young - Love Revolution

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Shine On, the brand new single from Simply Red:


Friday, 8 May 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 8th May 2015

It's over, friends. The siege has finally been lifted. After 14 gruelling days and nights of being stuck in the studio with only Danny's Peruvian pan pipes to entertain them, Simon, Danny, Chris and Honor were starting to lose hope. Mayor Matthew Broderick and his cronies were camped outside, determined to get in for reasons known only to them. Police Academy star Steve Guttenberg spent the past week trying to headbutt the studio door down, but has only managed to make his face a little flatter.

Then last night, under the cover of darkness, help came in the form of one of the other regular Drive Time assistants. Sarah Hawkins, who is a Yellow Belt in Karate and has seen every Jet Li movie that he's made, had dressed up like Rambo and slowly taken out Broderick's goons, one-by-one. Soon only Broderick was left conscious, and Hawkins pulled him close and whispered something in his ear. What was said is not known, but it certainly had the desired effect, as Broderick picked himself up and did a runner without looking back. I don't think we've seen the last of that one though....

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
The Adjustment Bureau
9.00pm – 11.05pm
Film4

The Matrix
9.00pm – 11.45pm
ITV2

Saturday
Goldfinger
8.00pm – 10.20pm
ITV4

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
9.15pm – 10.55pm
BBC2

Sunday
Prometheus
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Channel 4

Monday
The Birds
11.05pm – 1.25am
Film4

Tuesday
Phone Booth
11.15pm – 1.00am
Movie Mix

Wednesday
Total Recall
9.00pm – 11.15pm
5*

Chris' Film Guide: Dredd

Rounding off the theme of great films that performed poorly at the box office, we have Dredd, a non-Stallone version of the classic British comic character. Karl Urban is the stoic dispenser of justice, who finds himself trapped in an apartment block run by a psychotic drug lord (Lena Heady) and only has a young rookie (Olivia Thirlby) to help.

Bloody, bold and very stylish, it is miles better than the Stallone one, which must be avoided at all costs.
 

Thursday, 7 May 2015

St Albans City Tour Guides


Terry Turner from St Albans City Tour Guides was our guest this evening.

The City and District of St Albans Tour Guides was founded in 1964, as an independent association. Our guides are qualified to either Blue Badge or Green Badge level within the Institute of Tourist Guiding, and all have a comprehensive knowledge of local history and guiding techniques. St Albans City Guides are all volunteers, who have an enthusiasm and commitment to promoting the city of St Albans to local residents and visitors alike.
Walks take place on most weekends throughout the year, and members of the public are welcome to meet the guide at the starting point and pay on the day. Alternatively, tickets for any walk can be purchased from the Tourist Information Office in St Albans. We offer a wide variety of themed walks within our programme, reflecting the rich and diverse history of St Albans.

Full details can be found at the web site http://www.stalbanstourguides.co.uk/

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Chris' Film Club: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

The second film of the week to be considered a classic but fail at the box office is Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder as the eponymous chocolate magnate. Based on a Roald Dahl book called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it tells the story of a young man who wins a prize to join a group of youngsters touring a world famous chocolate factory.

A delightful - yet often a little unsettling - tale, it has become a children's classic.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Chris' Film Club: Donnie Darko

The theme for the Film Club this week is that of films who have gone down as classics, but were financial or critical failures when they were released. The first such film is Donnie Darko, which made a little over $100,000 in it's first week in cinemas.

The film is about Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal), a young man who sees a mysterious and monsterous rabbit figure named Frank, who predicts the end of the world in less than a month. The film is a strange and creepy little sci-fi, with a great cast that also includes Maggie Gyllenhall, Mary McDonnell, Jena Malone, Noah Wyle, Drew Barrymore and Patrick Swayze.

New Music Playlist w/c 5th May 2015 & this week's featured track by @CaroEmerald

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Beth Hart - Mechanical Heart
Blur - Lonesome Street
Brandon Flowers - Can't Deny My Love
Brooke Fraser - Kings & Queens
Bryan Ferry - Midnight Train
Caro Emerald - Quicksand
Electro Velvet - Still In Love With You
Florence + the Machine - Ship To Wreck
George Ezra - Did You Hear The Rain?
Hozier - Someone New
Hunter Hayes - I Want Crazy
Lawson - Roads
Longfellow - Where I Belong
Lucy Spraggan - Unsinkable
LunchMoney Lewis - Bills
Muse - Dead Inside
Nathan Carter - Wagon Wheel
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Riverman
OMI - Cheerleader
Paul Weller - Saturns Pattern
Rae Morris - Love Again
Sheppard - Geronimo
Sia - Big Girls Cry
Status Quo - Break The Rules (Live Aquostic Version)
Stevie McCrorie - Lost Stars
Texas - Are You Ready
The Shires - State Lines
Thea Gilmore - Coming Back To You
Walk the Moon - Shut Up And Dance
Will Young - Love Revolution

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Quicksand by Caro Emerald:


We spoke today with author James Carol @JamesCarolBooks

Our literary correspondent Marie Kemplay spoke with James Carol today. To hear the full interview go to radioverulam.com/listenagain


Available from February 17


For more information on James, visit his website: www.james-carol.com

Next month, Marie will be interviewing Rowan Coleman.

Monday, 4 May 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 1st May 2015

Day 7 of the 'Siege of Drive Time'

Seven days into the siege of the Radio Verulam studios by the despotic St Albans Mayor Matthew Broderick, and his lackeys, Steve Guttenberg and Fred Savage. Savage, who works as Chief of Police and a part-time Michael McIntyre impersonator, brought along the local police's water cannon, which they bought off the Stasi. The team were initially very worried as it rolled down the street, it's sirens blaring. Riding atop of it was a semi-naked Savage, clad in leather and paint, Mad Max-style, banging the metal roof with a steel pipe to make a terrifying sight.

The team braced themselves for the worst but when the machine was switched on it spluttered a bit, shuddered, and then broke down. Turns out that when you purchase a machine from a former Soviet secret police force, there is a good chance that it won't work. Still, they're a persistent bunch of psychopaths, so Guttenberg has been stood outside the studio door ever since, attempting to headbutt the door down.

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 TV for the coming week.

Friday
The Bourne Ultimatum
9.00pm – 11.15pm
ITV2

Saturday
WALL-E
5.150m – 6.40pm
BBC1

Cliffhanger
10.20pm – 12.15am
ITV

Sunday
Legally Blonde
7.10pm – 9.00pm
Channel 5

Monday
The Dark Knight
9.00pm – 12.05am
ITV2

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

Wednesday
Silver Linings Playbook
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Film4

Thursday
Kinky Boots
9.30pm – 12.15am
BBC2