Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Storybook Dads with @minniebirch




Today Minnie Birch was in the studio to discuss a charity she works with. Minnie, a local singer/songwriter who has also appeared on The Drivetime Sessions, works with Storybook Dads.

Storybook Dads is a charity that allows fathers in prison or in the armed forces to send recordings of themselves reading bedtime stories to their children.

Minnie says that the rehabilitative effect of this work is immense, with prisoners who take part six times less likely to re-offend, with the added effect of improving prisoner literacy.

For more information, visit: http://www.storybookdads.org.uk/

Monday, 29 June 2015

New Music Playlist w/c 29th June 2015 & this week's featured track by @MaverickSabre

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alesha Dixon - The Way We Are
Blur - Ong Ong
Brandon Flowers  - I Can Change
Charlie Puth - See You Again
Ed Sheeran - Photograph
Gabrielle Aplin - Light Up The Dark
Giorgio Moroder & Sia - Deja Vu
Jack Savoretti - Written In Scars
James Bay - Let It Go
James Taylor - Montana
Jessie J - Flashlight
John Newman - Come and Get It
Joss Stone - The Answer
Kacey Musgraves - High Time
Kodaline - Ready
Leona Lewis - Fire Under My Feet
Little Mix - Black Magic
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear - Silent Movies
Mark Ronson - I Can't Lose (feat. Keyone Starr)
Maverick Sabre - Walk Into The Sun
Mumford & Sons - The Wolf
NEEDTOBREATHE - Brother
Nell Bryden - Waves
Paul Weller - Going My Way
Ruby Turner - Putting You First
Shayne Ward - The Way You Were
Stacey Solomon - Breath Away
Taylor Swift - Bad Blood
The Cadillac Three - White Lightning
The Staves - Teeth White
Years & Years - Shine

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track this week is Walk Into The Sun by Maverick Sabre:


Thursday, 25 June 2015

Glenda Elder from CDA @cdaherts

Glenda who volunteers for the St. Albans community garden joined Danny in the studio today.
She talked about their current search for volunteers, asking for anyone with skills in gardening, growing vegetables, or even with time on their hands to help make the allotments a nicer place. 
Glenda and others will have a stand at July 11th's Highfield fair where you can feel free to ask them any questions about the gardens. 

If you want to get in touch with the CDA contact them via:
01707 695504
garden@cda.herts.org.uk




Chris' Film Club: Escape to Victory (1981)


A group of Allied POWs agree to take on a German team in an exhibition match, and use it to cover an escape attempt. Stars: Stallone, Michael Caine and Max Von Sydow, along with real-life footballers Pele, Bobby Moore, Ossie Ardilles and John Wark.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The Drivetime Sessions with @emmamcgrath99

15 year old Emma McGrath played live as part of the Drivetime Sessions this afternoon, with the original songs "The Judgement" and "Sit With Me", and a cover of Jamie Cullum's version of Rhianna's "Please Don't Stop The Music".


If you missed the performance, then head on over to our listen again service, where you can find the show up to a week after broadcast- just navigate to Wednesday from 5:30pm. Our Facebook page also has videos of the session.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Chris' Film Club: Demolition Man (1993)


A cop (Stallone) and a psychopathic criminal (Wesley Snipes) are cryogenically frozen in 1996, and then awoken in the much-changed future of 2032. Also stars Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne, Benjamin Bratt and Dennis Leary.

How to use colour in your home @GA_Interiors

Gwedoline Alderton owner of GA Interiors,  joins us in the studio today to give her expert advice on how to use colour in your home.

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Before you choose the colour scheme for your room, consider first the light levels in the room and then think about how you want the room to feel.

For a spacious, open and relaxed feel - opt for blues, greens or yellows.

For a warm, cosy, nurturing or fun feel - opt for reds, oranges and purples.

For vibrancy, contrast colours and for balance, use a harmonious scheme.

If you don't feel confident with mixing colours, go for a monochromatic scheme.  For instance if you choose blue as the main colour, use an off white with a hint of blue on the walls, choose a mid range blue for your sofas and then accessorise with dark blue eg a vase or cushions.

For inspiration on choosing your main wall colour you could try pulling out a colour from a piece of artwork, or some curtains.

Get yourself a colour wheel!

For more ideas and great information follow Gwendoline on Twitter :  @GA_Interiors or on Instagram : gorgeousgwedoline
Visit her website: www.ga-interiors.co.uk


Monday, 22 June 2015

Science Feature with Sam Rolfe (@smrolfe)

Science Correspondent Sam Rolfe talked to us today about the "cheery" topic about the mass extinction due upon us. You can listen again via radioverulam.com/listenagain and navigate to 5.30PM. Sam's twitter handle is: @smrolfe

Mass Extinction Has Begun:

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/earth-s-sixth-mass-extinction-has-begun-new-study-confirms

The Comet Lander Philae has woken up after going into hibernation back in November:

http://www.nature.com/news/revived-philae-poised-to-do-comet-science-1.17767

Scientist of the Month:

Robert Boyle (1627-1691)

A philosopher, physicist, chemist and inventor.

https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Robert_Boyle

Chris' Film Club: Rocky (1976)


1976 boxing movie, starring Stallone as a working-class boxer from Philadelphia, who gets a shot at the big time when he faces the champ, Apollo Creed. Stars: Stallone, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire, Burt Young and Burgess Meredith. The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, two of which were for Stallone. It won 3, including Best Picture.

New Music Playlist w/c 22nd June 2015 & this week's featured track by @JohnNewmanMusic

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alesha Dixon - The Way We Are
Blur - Ong Ong
Brandon Flowers  - I Can Change
Cathal Smyth - Do You Believe In Love?
Charlie Puth - See You Again
Conchita Wurst - You Are Unstoppable
Ed Sheeran - Photograph
Gaz Coombes - The Girl Who Fell To Earth
Giorgio Moroder & Sia - Deja Vu
Jack Savoretti - Written In Scars
James Bay - Let It Go
James Taylor - Montana
Jessie J - Flashlight
Kacey Musgraves - High Time
Kodaline - Ready
Leona Lewis - Fire Under My Feet
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear - Silent Movies
Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes
Mark Ronson - I Can't Lose (feat. Keyone Starr)
Mika - Talk About You
Mumford & Sons - The Wolf
NEEDTOBREATHE - Brother
Nell Bryden - Waves
Paul Weller - Going My Way
Shayne Ward - The Way You Were
Stereophonics - C'est La Vie
Taylor Swift - Bad Blood
The Staves - Teeth White
Years & Years - Shine

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Come & Get It by John Newman:


Friday, 19 June 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 19th June 2015

Last week Chris wasn't in the studio, and as a result the Film Guide blog was not completed. This is because Chris is the glue that holds this whole enterprise together. Without Chris there to guide/babysit them, Simon, Danny and Honor got a little distracted, and failed to get the Film Guide together in time and this resulted in 30 minutes of dead air. Simon, whose creation came about as the result of a genetic experiment involving splicing possum, chimp and border collie DNA together, saw a squirrel outside, and immediately went mad and started to chase it. It turns out Honor hadn't put Simon's lead on properly and so Danny and her had to chase Simon around the park, trying desperately to get it back on. Eventually they managed to catch him after he cocked his leg to take a wee against a tree, but by that time it was too late and the Film Guide went unproduced.

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
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
9.00pm – 11.00pm
Movie Mix

Saturday
The Andromeda Strain
3.50pm – 6.25pm
Film4

Rush
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Channel 4

Sunday
Calamity Jane
4.40pm – 6.50pm
ITV3

The Deer Hunter
9.00pm – 12.40am
ITV4

Monday
A Man for All Seasons
3.15pm – 5.15pm
BBC2

Tuesday
The Four Feathers
4.15pm – 6.35pm
Film4

Sparkle
11.50pm – 1.30am
BBC1

Wednesday
The Quiller Memorandum
4.45pm – 6.55pm
Film4

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Stephanie Belton: The Faces of St. Albans @StephanieBelton




Local photographer Stephanie Belton joined us in the studio today to talk to us about her newest project 'Faces of St Albans'. With this long-debated project she intends to photograph some of the most memorable characters in the town's history, taking a range of nominations from the public.



For more information on Stephanie's work, or to make a nomination, visit:  http://www.stephaniebelton.com/faces-of-st-albans/

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Drivetime Sessions with The Skeltons

We were joined in the studio this afternoon by local band The Skeltons. They played two covers for us: Nell Bryden's "Second Time Around" and "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz. The Band also played an original song called "Change of Heart".





For more information on the band, visit: http://www.lemonrock.com/theskeltons

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Bake it Easy with Lucy Clarke @heavansacupcake

Summer Pavlova

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Lucy joined us today with her scrumptious Summer Pavlova recipe.

For the full recipe click on this link: https://goo.gl/k61Viq

The essence of a great Pavolva is a big chewy meringue, fresh cream and fresh fruit topping. You can use any fruit you like.  Passion fruit with the summer berries is a winning combination.

Lucy's tips for a perfect meringue:

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  • make sure your eggs are room temperature
  • separate the egg whites using the shell, rather than your hands - its more hygenic! 
  • use an electric/static whisk...its hard work
  • whisk until you have stiff peaks
  • Don't be tempted to peek inside the oven.  Let it cook for about an hour and leave to cool in the oven for at least a couple of hours


Lucy's website: www.heavenisacupcake.net
Follow Lucy on Twitter: @heavensacupcake
Follow Lucy on pinterest: Heavne is a cupcake


Monday, 15 June 2015

Andy Jarosz

Andy up dated us with his latest travels.

Sicily
Andy was here to write an article about Ice Cream!

Many local fruits are used making the ice cream.

Car Hire
Some Tips
Take out a policy in the UK to cover accidental damage - it will normally prove to be a lot cheaper, Some policies sold by care hire firms abroad do not provide sufficient cover for even basic incidents, and take a photo of any scratches /dents for future reference .

Andy will shortly be leaving St Albans so after 5 years this was his last appearance on West Herts Drivetime.

best wishes for the future Andy!

New Music Playlist w/c 15th June 2015 & this week's featured track by @JamesBayMusic

Hi Drivetimers

I write this week's playlist update from a world of pain, following my first ever race yesterday.  You can find out more at www.cloudsinmycoffee.co.uk

Here is our playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alesha Dixon - The Way We Are
Andreya Triana - That's Alright With Me
Blur - Ong Ong
Brandon Flowers  - I Can Change
Cathal Smyth - Do You Believe In Love?
Charlie Puth - See You Again
Conchita Wurst - You Are Unstoppable
Ed Sheeran - Photograph
Gaz Coombes - The Girl Who Fell To Earth
Giorgio Moroder & Sia - Deja Vu
Jack Savoretti - Written In Scars
James Taylor - Montana
Jessie J - Flashlight
Kacey Musgraves - High Time
Leon Bridges - Better Man
Leona Lewis - Fire Under My Feet
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear - Silent Movies
Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes
Mika - Talk About You
Mumford & Sons - The Wolf
NEEDTOBREATHE - Brother
Nickelback - Satellite
Olly Murs - Beautiful To Me
Shaun Escoffery - Perfect Love Affair
Shayne Ward - The Way You Were
Stereophonics - C'est La Vie
Striking Matches - Trouble Is As Trouble Does
The Staves - Teeth White
Years & Years - Shine

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Let It Go by James Bay:


Thursday, 11 June 2015

Chris' Film Club: Escape Plan (2013)


Sylvester Stallone is a structural engineer whose job is to break out of prisons to test their security. He accepts a job but soon finds himself betrayed and incarcerated for good. Arnie stars as a fellow prisoner, and the cast includes Jim Caviezel, Curtis Jackson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Sam Neill and Vinnie Jones.

Andrew from @stalbansparkrun

Today's Drivetime guest was Andrew from St Albans Park Run. St Albans Park Run is open to anyone who can run 5k. The run is just have to register on their website www.parkrun.org.uk/stalbans



If you want to hear the interview again you can go to listenagain.radioverulam.com and navigate to Thursday at 5:30.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Chris' Film Club: Twins/Junior (1988/1994)


Arnie comedy double-bill! Twins, in which Arnie and Danny DeVito are twins, and Junior, in which Danny DeVito helps Arnie have a baby! Twins also stars: Kelly Preston and David Caruso. Junior also stars: Oscar-winner Emma Thompson and Oscar-nominee Frank Langella.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Chris' Film Club: The Running Man (1987)


In a dystopian future, Arnie is a police pilot, framed for a massacre thus he is imprisoned. He is then put onto a TV show, The Running Man, in which prisoners fight to the death. Also stars: Maria Conchita Alonso, Richard Dawson, Yaphet Kotto and Mick Fleetwood.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Chris' Film Club: Last Action Hero (1993)

A surprisingly amusing comedy, about Arnie, playing Hollywood Arnie, who finds himself transported through the cinema screen with the help of a young boy and a magic ticket. Also stars: Austin O’Brien, Charles Dance, F. Murray Abraham and Tom Noonan.

Consumer Advice





Tonight on West Herts Drivetime Elizabeth Crampton from the Citizens Advice Bureau was our guest, the following items were covered.

Work Place Pensions

Employers are now legally obligated to automatically enrol their eligible jobholders into a qualifying pension scheme

SCAMS AWARENESS MONTH 2015

Each year millions of people in the UK fall prey to scammers. Some estimates of the total cost of mass-marketed scams are as high as £5 billion. The truth is - with reporting levels as low as 5 per cent - this cost could be far higher.

However, talking of thousands, millions or even billions of pounds undervalues the wider social cost of scams: the blight they bring to people’s lives, the emotional trauma for families and the loss of confidence among not only their victims, but every consumer who hears about them.

Scams Awareness Month 2015 (SAM15) will take place this July with the theme "Don't be Rushed, Don't be Hushed". The campaign aims to stop people being rushed into hasty decisions by scammers

More Details can be found at the web site https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/



New Music Playlist w/c 8th June 2015 & this week's featured track by @blurofficial

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alesha Dixon - The Way We Are
Andreya Triana - That's Alright With Me
Blur - Ong Ong
Carolynne Poole - I Love You But Shut Up
Cathal Smyth - Do You Believe In Love?
Conchita Wurst - You Are Unstoppable
Ed Sheeran - Photograph
Elbow - What Time Do You Call This?
Gaz Coombes - The Girl Who Fell To Earth
Giorgio Moroder & Sia - Deja Vu
James Taylor - Montana
Jools Holland & Ruby Turner - Jumpin In The Morning
Kacey Musgraves - High Time
Leon Bridges - Better Man
Leona Lewis - Fire Under My Feet
Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes
Mark Knopfler - Skydiver
Mika - Talk About You
Mumford & Sons - The Wolf
NEEDTOBREATHE - Brother
Nell Bryden - Waves
Nickelback - Satellite
Olly Murs - Beautiful To Me
Shaun Escoffery - Perfect Love Affair
Shayne Ward - The Way You Were
Stereophonics - C'est La Vie
Striking Matches - Trouble Is As Trouble Does
Take That - Higher Than Higher
The Staves - Teeth White
Zac Brown Band - Homegrown

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Ong Ong by Blur:


Friday, 5 June 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 5th June 2015

Having come back into the studio last week after a month away, Honor was gone again. She left Danny a long, rambling voicemail message saying, among other things, that she was off to 'spread the word of Lakshuma', 'needed some time away from Simon, he smells too much like warm cabbage' and 'please record the finale of Sesame Street.'

With Honor not here to counter obvious testosterone imbalance in the studio it took roughly 8 minutes before Danny, Simon and Chris started an underground street-fighting club. Bare-chested and sweaty, the trio got really pumped up, until Chris poked Danny in the eye and they all decided that it was a very bad idea. They all got hot chocolates instead. Still bare-chested.

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

Friday
Hancock
9.00pm – 10.55pm
5*

Saturday
Millions
1.00pm – 2.55pm
Film4

My Week with Marilyn
10.00pm – 11.35pm
BBC2

Sunday
Billy Elliott
9.00pm – 10.45pm
BBC4

Monday
I Capture the Castle
10.30pm – 12.20am
BBC4

Tuesday
Safety Not Guaranteed
10.45pm – 12.25pm
Film4

Wednesday
The Reader
9.00pm – 11.20pm
More4

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Books in the Belfry @flamsteadbkfest



Today on th Drive time show we had Vikki Orvice talking about the Flamstead Book Festival. The Festival provides 'Jane Hawking in conversation', among many other things, where she talks about her memoirs with Stephen Hawkings and her influence on the Oscar wining film 'The Theory of Everything'.

For more information visit:
www.flamsteadbokfestival.com

Chris' Film Club: Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

A genuine documentary, or actually a mockumentary? Directed by Banksy, it tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant to the US who tries to document his favourite street artists, and ends up becoming one himself.  

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Chris' Film Club: Bigger. Stronger. Faster. (2008)

Directed by and starring Christopher Bell, this is a well-balanced look at the use of steroids in professional sports and the dangers (or possible lackthereof) in using them.

The Drivetime Sessions with Pipanellie

We were joined in the studio this afternoon by the local singer-songwriting duo Pipanellie, who played two of their own songs for us, 'The Bittersweet Morning' and 'The Perfect Pill', as well as a cover of KT Tunstall's 'The Black Horse and the Cherry Tree'.



To find out more about their upcoming gigs, visit their LemonRock page at www.lemonrock.com/pipanellie, or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pipanellie

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Chris' Film Club: Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

A sometimes distressing and hard-hitting documentary about a young Afghan taxi driver, Dilawar, who was arrested along with his passengers and handed over to American soldiers as suspects in an attack. 5 days later he had been tortured to death.

Internationally best-selling, award winning author @rowmancoleman

On the show today we are joined by Rowan Coleman talking to Maria Kemplay about her latest book:  'We Are All Made of Stars'



If you missed the interview you can listen again by going to www.radioverulam.com/listenagain and navigate your way to Tuesday at 5:30pm.

For more information on Rowan visit her website: www.rowancoleman.co.uk
Follow Rowan on twitter: @rowancoleman

Gemma Sealey from Waterstones, St Albans, also joined us to talk about upcoming local literary events which include:


  • Flamstead Literary Festival 4-5 June, to include guest authors Sophie Hannah, Alex Scarrow and Jane Hawking.  Laura Trinder, owner of Improper Books will also be running a workshop. For more information go to: www.flamsteadbookfestival.com

  • Literary Dinner 7pm Sunday 5th July - Thompsons at Darcy's

For more details on all the Waterstone's news and events go to their facebook page:  facebook.com/waterstones.stalbans
and follow them on twitter: twitter.com/waterstonestalb

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New Music Playlist w/c 1st June 2015 & this week's featured track by @NellBryden

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alesha Dixon - The Way We Are
Andreya Triana - That's Alright With Me
Carolynne Poole - I Love You But Shut Up
Cathal Smyth - Do You Believe In Love?
Conchita Wurst - You Are Unstoppable
Elbow - What Time Do You Call This?
First Aid Kit - Cedar Lane
Gaz Coombes - The Girl Who Fell To Earth
James Taylor - Montana
Jools Holland & Ruby Turner - Jumpin In The Morning
Kacey Musgraves - High Time
Lenny Kravitz - Ooh Baby Baby
Leon Bridges - Better Man
Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes
Mark Knopfler - Skydiver
Mika - Talk About You
NEEDTOBREATHE - Brother
Nell Bryden - Waves
Nickelback - Satellite
Olly Murs - Beautiful To Me
Shaun Escoffery - Perfect Love Affair
Simply Red - Shine On
Stereophonics - C'est La Vie
Striking Matches - Trouble Is As Trouble Does
Take That - Higher Than Higher
The Staves - Teeth White
Van Morrison and Clare Teal - Carrying a Torch
Will Young - Love Revolution
Zac Brown Band - Homegrown

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Waves by Nell Bryden:


Monday, 1 June 2015

Thrifty Correspondent Penny Carr with top money saving tips @beingmrsc

Joining us in the studio today was Penny Carr with some more of her fantastic money saving advice.

Penny gave us some quick tips on saving money on holidaying in the UK:

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  • When choosing between a self catering holiday or full board option don't assume self catering will be cheaper.  Hotels offering buffets can be better value.
  • If self catering, do your supermarket shop before you leave.
  • Look out for money-off deals in the chain restaurants such as Pizza Express, Zizzi etc.
  • Research your destination before you go. Free attractions such as national parks and beaches will keep holiday expenses to a minimum.  Local radio and press are great sources to discover free local events.
  • Vouchers! don't forget to take money off vouchers with you.  Tourist Information centres will have plenty of leaflets with money off deals included.  It is often cheaper to get the tourist information centre to book an attraction for you.  Or check attraction entry prices online - its often better value.
  • Consider buying an annual pass eg National Trust or Merlin.  If you're visiting several attraction in a year, it will definitely be cheaper.
Penny also shared great advice about vouchers:

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  • Keep a small folder to file your vouchers in.  It will ensure you're organised. 
  • Double check the voucher is in date before leaving.
  • Check your supermarket receipts for money off fuel deals.  
  • Tesco clubcard vouchers regularly give you the opportunity to boost their value online to use with one of their retail partners.
For more tips and advice go to penny's website:  www.beingmrsc.com
Follow her on twitter: @beingmrsc
You an also watch Penny on youtube: beingmrsc