Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Drivetime Session With @HorsesCaution



This Wednesday evening on the Drivetime Show, we were privileged enough to be joined by The Caution Horses made up of the wonderful Jonny, Lauren and Ray.

The group performed two beautiful original songs, 'Seven Kisses' and 'Time Machine', whilst finishing off their time on the show with Danny Smith with their own addition of Nirvana 'Smells Like Teen Spirits'.

You can keep up with The Caution Horses by following their Twitter, @HorsesCaution.

If you missed the performance or just fancy joining in on their songs again, you can do so using our listen again service by navigating to Wednesday from 5.30pm!

Chris' Film Club: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Continuing our theme of '2015 Films', we have Avengers: Age of Ultron, a superhero epic written and directed by Joss Whedon. The film features Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hulk, Hawkeye and many, many more as they battle against the evil Ultron (James Spader), a sentient and ever-evolving robot with a god delusion and hatred of humanity.

It's not without it's flaws, but it's very enjoyable nonetheless.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Chris' Film Club: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is possibly a first for Chris' Film Club, because it hasn't actually come out yet. Based on Jesse Andrew's book, it's a quirky little coming-of-age tale about a boy who befriends a girl dying of leukaemia. It has some very strong performances from it's young cast, and may even bring a tear to the eye. Once it comes out, that is.


Chris' Film Club: Mad Max: Fury Road

The theme for this weeks Film Club is '2015 Films', so we're kicking it off with George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road.

Tom Hardy is Max (who is somewhat mad) and he teams up with Charlize Theron's Imperator Furiosa, a road warrior in her own right, to save several young women from the grasp of the evil warlord Immortan Joe. Expect exciting chases and lots of explosions. Oh so many explosions.


Salsa Gala Dinner & Dance @womenofherts

We were joined in the studio today by Sandra from Women of Herts and Tom from Elsa's Kitchen, to talk about the first ever Afro-Latin Dinner and Dance to be held as part of the St Albans Food and Drink Festival.

The Safari Adventure Gala Dinner & Dance will be held on Saturday 3rd October 2015 at St Albans Town Hall from 6:30pm.  You can enjoy a sumptuous 6 course dinner of Afro-Latin inspired cuisine with bursts of exotic live entertainment world music and much more!

For tickets and information visit: www.womenofherts.co.uk
or call the St Albans Town Hall, Tourist Information Office :  01727 864511

Monday, 28 September 2015

New Music Playlist w/c 28th September 2015 & this week's featured track by @TheRyanAdams

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alesha Dixon - Tallest Girl
Andreya Triana - Playing With Fire
Bear's Den - Elysium
Bryan Adams - Brand New Day
David Gilmour - Today
Don Henley - Take A Picture Of This
Florence + the Machine - Queen Of Peace
Foxes - Better Love
Hurts - Lights
Jack Savoretti - Back Where I Belong
James Bay - Scars
Jamie Lawson - Wasn't Expecting That
John Newman - Tiring Games (feat. Charlie Wilson)
Jon Cleary - Pump It Up
Joss Stone - Molly Town
Little Big Town - Girl Crush
Meghan Trainor - Like I'm Gonna Lose You (feat. John Legend)
Nell Bryden - Wolves
Rae Morris - Don't Go
Ryan Adams - Bad Blood
Sam Smith - Writing's On The Wall
Scouting for Girls - Life's Too Short
Shane Filan - Me And The Moon
Squeeze - Happy Days
The Score - Oh My Love
Tina Arena - Overload
Tom Jones - Honey, Honey
Van Morrison & Bobby Womack - Some Peace of Mind
Will Young - Joy
Zac Brown Band - Loving You Easy

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Ryan Adams' version of Taylor Swift's Bad Blood:

This week's shows, starring @kimleuen @HorsesCaution @matthertsad @AppealSams & @simoncarver475


Coming up on this week's West Herts Drivetime with the gorgeous Danny Smith we have Instagram sensation Kim Leuenberger with our brand new photography feature; Sandra from Women Of Hearts, telling us about their Salsa Gala Dinner & Dance featuring Afro-Latin Cuisine; "Tomorrow's News Today" with Herts Advertiser editor Matt Adams; live music on the Drivetime Sessions courtesy of local band the Caution Horses; members of the St Albans' Mums' Child Refugee Appeal, and the Radio Verulam Film Guide with Simon Carver.

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

Don't forget, if you miss any of our shows, or you simply wish to re-live the magic (!) you can do so for up to seven days after broadcast via www.radioverulam.com/listenagain

Friday, 25 September 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 25th September 2015

Princess Sparklepants, as Simon occasionally likes to be called, was in the studio today to talk all about film. That is what Danny thought was going to happen, but just like last week, and the week before, and the week before that, and the week before that etc. it didn't quite go to plan.

Major Butternuts, another pseudonym of Simon's, wanted to demonstrate his new skill: fire-eating. He had been practicing all week and had even made his own lighter fluid from scratch. Before Danny could list the reasons why this was not a good idea for anyone involved, Simon lit up his torch and ate some fire.

Danny now has no eyebrows to go with his lack of hair on top.

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
Prometheus
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Film4

Olympus Has Fallen
9.00pm – 11.25pm
5*

Saturday
Dear John
1.00pm – 3.20pm
Film4

Parenthood
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Movie Mix

Sunday
2012
1.55pm – 4.50pm
Channel 5

Monday
Robin Hood
9.00pm – 11.45pm
Film4

Tuesday
Serenity
10.00pm – 12.25am
Film4

Wednesday
Sliding Doors
11.33pm – 1.10am
BBC1

Thursday, 24 September 2015

A walk for World Mental Health day with Tracy Marshall @sharnt

Tracey Marshall from Hertfordshire MIND was our guest in the studio today, discussing the walk for wellbeing on Saturday the 10th of October in celebration of world mental health day, as well as helping Danny to achieve mental wellbeing with discussion of 'the five steps' to make the mind more comfortable.


World Mental Health day is coming up Saturday the 10th of October, and the Wellbeing Walk is between 1:30 and 3:30pm at Highfield Park (behind Charters Health Club) AL4 0DB.


To download a flyer for the walk click here
And if you are interested in donating to the walk for wellbeing click here

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Chris' Film Club: Spiderman 2 (2004)


A Sam Raimi film starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco and Alfred Molina. Spiderman goes up against Doctor Octopus in this Marvel film adaption.

Drivetime Sessions with @DodoBones



Today Dodo Bones were in the studio. They performed two original songs: "Distracted" (which is also the title of their latest album) and "Treehouse". They also covered Sisqó's 1999 smash "Thong Song".





You can find out more about the band and their upcoming gigs on their Facebook page

If you missed the performance or just want to listen again you can do so using our listen again service by navigating to Wednesday from 5.30pm

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Chris' Film Club: Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)


Directed by Guillermo Del Toro, and starring Ron Perlman as Hellboy, a superhero from another dimension. Based on the comic book by Mike Mignola, it also stars Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Luke Goss, Anna Walton and Jeffrey Tambor.

Latest trends for Autumn/Winter 2015 with @GA_Interiors

The gorgeous Gwendoline Alderton joined us in the studio today to share this season's latest trends!

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Trendy colours this season are oranges, terracotta and continues to be this year's favourite - 'masala' which is the scrumptious blend of red and brown - very warm and cosy as we head towards Christmas.  Unless you have large rooms with high ceilings, Gwendoline recommends to use it sparingly.

Another very on trend colour is French Grey, a warm, browny soft grey.  You can team it with white or china blue.

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For furniture, french grey is especially beautiful.  Staying with furniture Gwendoline talked about painting sections of your furniture with a colour to match wall colours - looks so cool.

If you're looking to buy a new table, opt for a square or rectangular one, in a utilitarian, basic style.  Take a look at interior magazines and websites before you head to the shops.

Finally, the big trend in lighting and accessories is copper.


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Happy decorating!

To contact Gwendoline you can visit her website: www.ga-interiors.co.uk
For more inspiration follow Gwendoline on instagram: gorgeousgwendoline
& twitter: @GA_Interiors

Monday, 21 September 2015

Chris' Film Club: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)


The 3rd Indy film, which introduced Sean Connery as Jones Senior, which added a nice new dimension to the series. It's Dr. Jones (Harrison Ford) vs. the Nazis again, as they both seek to reach the Holy Grail before the other. Also stars Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody, Jonathan Rhys-Davies and Julian Glover.

Local author Matthew Arlidge





Tonight's guest here on West Herts Drivetime was local author M J Arlidge who spoke about his new book Liar Liar.

 This is is the fourth gripping novel in the DI Helen Grace series by Sunday Times bestselling author M J Arlidge, author of Eeny Meeny, the book  showcases all the hallmarks of Arlidge's taut and rapid-fire writing including his protagonist DI Helen Grace and the Southampton based team. Faced with yet another ruthless serial killer, one with a penchant for pyromania, DI Helen Grace is an unwilling participant in a race against this new sadistic combatant.

New Music Playlist w/c 21st September 2015 & this week's featured track by Tom Jones

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

a-ha - The Wake
Andreya Triana - Playing With Fire
Brandon Flowers - Lonely Town
Bryan Adams - Brand New Day
Cliff Richard - Golden
David Gilmour - Today
Don Henley - Take A Picture Of This
Florence + the Machine - Queen Of Peace
Gabrielle Aplin - Sweet Nothing
Hurts - Lights
Jack Savoretti - Back Where I Belong
James Bay - Scars
Jamie Lawson - Wasn't Expecting That
Joss Stone - Molly Town
Kate Rusby - We Will Sing
Keith Richards - Trouble
Meghan Trainor - Like I'm Gonna Lose You (feat. John Legend)
Nell Bryden - Wolves
New Order - Restless
Rae Morris - Don't Go
Richard Hawley - Heart Of Oak
Shane Filan - Me And The Moon
Squeeze - Happy Days
The Score - Oh My Love
Tina Arena - Overload
Tom Jones - Honey, Honey
Tony Momrelle - Pick Me Up
Will Young - Joy
Zac Brown Band - Loving You Easy

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Honey, Honey by Tom Jones:

This week's show, featuring @mjarlidge @ga-interiors @matthertsad @dodobones @mindinmidherts & @simoncarver475


Coming up on this week's West Herts Drivetime with the gorgeous Danny Smith we have acclaimed local author MJ Arlidge discussing his latest thriller "Liar Liar", our monthly interior design feature with the glamorous Gwendoline Alderton, "Tomorrow's News Today" with Herts Advertiser editor Matt Adams, live music on the Drivetime Sessions courtesy of local band Dodo Bones, Tracy Marshall from MIND promoting their "Walk for Well-being" and the Radio Verulam Film Guide with Simon Carver.

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

Friday, 18 September 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 18th September 2015

Simon was in the studio today to do the regular Friday Film Guide, but actually came to promote his new weight-loss regime, Beige to be Slim. Danny kept trying to steer the talk back to the subject of new films in the cinema and Simon's pick of films on free-to-air TV, but Simon wasn't having any of it. It turns out that the basis of the diet is to dress as boringly as possible, so no-one thinks that you're at all interesting and subsequently doesn't invite you out to the pub/cinema/restaurant/any place that's fun. This way you don't consume anything fatty and thus lose weight. Simon, it seems, has been employing it for years.

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


Friday
The King’s Speech
7.10pm – 10.00pm
Film4+1

Winter’s Bone
12.10am – 1.40am
BBC2

Saturday
The Vikings
4.00pm – 6.25pm
5USA

Invictus
10.45pm – 1.20am
ITV

Sunday
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
5.45pm – 9.00pm
Film4

Monday
300
9.00pm – 11.20pm
ITV2

Tuesday
The Krays
10.00pm – 12.25am
ITV4

Wednesday
The American
9.00pm – 11.05pm
Film4

Thursday
Waterworld
12.10am – 2.30am
ITV4

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Tea 'N Tech, with Graham Clarke and Peter Kelleher

Joining us in the studio today were The Reverend Graham Clarke and Peter Kelleher, here to discuss their new weekly 'Tea 'N Tech' event.

They want to create a sociable atmosphere with the event that welcomes those both entirely new to technology, or maybe just looking for a bit of assistance.


The service is being run by the Marshalswick Baptist Free Church, as well as sponsored by the St. Albans district council, and supported by social enterprise Smarterthinking.

To download a flyer click here

More details can be found by contacting 01727 857786, or visiting http://www.mbfc.org.uk/

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Rhubarb and Custard Cupcakes with @heavensacupcake




Today Lucy Clark was in the studio once again to discuss all things cupcake related. In honour of National Cupcake Week and the return of the Great British Bake-Off, She decided to take a look at Rhubarb and Custard.




You can read the recipe here

Monday, 14 September 2015

Consumer Advice


Our monthly correspondent Elizabeth Crampton from the Citizens Advice Bureau joined us tonight on Drivetime where the following items were covered.


Self Employment
Self-employment is now a mainstream part of the UK labour market: around 15 per cent of people work in this way. For most people, working for themselves provides welcome flexibility, independence and the reward of growing their own business. However, for some people who are self-employed, the reality is very different.

As many as 460,000 people in the UK could be bogusly self-employed. These are people whose work has all the hallmarks of employment but who have been classed as self-employed by their employer.

This means the employer avoids their National Insurance and any pension contribution, whilst also claiming they do not have to provide basic employment rights. In some cases the employer doesn’t even tell people they’ve been classed as self-employed, and, because the self-employed are usually responsible for their own tax arrangements, this can result in surprise tax demands, often years later


Domestic Abuse
It should be a national scandal. Just last year, 1 in 15 women, and 1 in every 33 men experienced domestic abuse in their relationship. A quarter of women and a ninth of men have had an abusive partner.

Despite the serious physical, emotional and financial harm victims can experience, it still predominantly a hidden crime – little talked about, and little reported.

New research from Citizens Advice found only 14 per cent of victims had ever told the police, and only 2 per cent told a specialist domestic abuse worker. We know from our service, that many victims won’t disclose abuse unless they areproactively asked. As victims struggle to speak up and seek help, the gap between them and services there to support and protect them stretches large.

Full details on these items and much more can be found at the web site https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

New Music Playlist w/c 14th September 2015 & this week's featured track by David Gilmour

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

a-ha - The Wake
Brandon Flowers - Lonely Town
Cliff Richard - Golden
David Gilmour - Today
Don Henley - Take A Picture Of This
Duran Duran - Pressure Off (feat. Janelle Monáe & Nile Rodgers)
Florence + the Machine - Queen Of Peace
Gabrielle Aplin - Sweet Nothing
Hurts - Lights
Jack Savoretti - Back Where I Belong
Joss Stone - Molly Town
Kate Rusby - We Will Sing
Keith Richards - Trouble
Leona Lewis - I Am
Longfellow - Choose
Meghan Trainor - Like I'm Gonna Lose You (feat. John Legend)
Mumford & Sons - Ditmas
Nell Bryden - Wolves
Nerina Pallot - Rousseau
New Order - Restless
One Direction - Drag Me Down
Richard Hawley - Heart Of Oak
Shane Filan - Me And The Moon
Squeeze - Happy Days
Stereophonics - I Wanna Get Lost With You
The Cat Empire - Qué Será Ahora
Tina Arena - Overload
Tony Momrelle - Pick Me Up
Will Young - Joy
Zac Brown Band - Loving You Easy

Items in BOLD are new additions


This week's featured track is Today by David Gilmour:


Friday, 11 September 2015

Coming Up On Next Week's Drivetime Show - @Heavensacupcake @MattHertsAd @starseedzmusic & @simoncarver475



Coming up on West Herts Drivetime with the gorgeous Danny Smith this week we have consumer advice correspondent Elizabeth Crampton from the Citizens Advice Bureau, “Bake It Easy” with the scrumptious Lucy Clark from Heaven Is A Cupcake, local music from Starseedz LIVE on The Drivetime Sessions, and The Rev’d Graham Clarke from Marshalswick Baptist Free Church talking “Tea N Tech”. Plus the Radio Verulam Film Guide with Simon Carver, and Tomorrrow’s News Today with Herts Advertiser Editor Matt Adams.

Join Danny and the team weekdays from 4pm for the best music, news, travel, sport, fun and frolics anywhere on your dial! That’s West Herts Drivetime with Danny Smith, on 92.6FM Radio Verulam.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

"Book Yourself a Good Read" With Jane Slatter and the St Albans Soroptimists @SIStAlbans



Jane Slatter of the St Albans Soroptimists joined us in the studio today to talk about this weekend's charity bookstall in support of St. Albans & Hertsmere Women's Refuge.

The Soroptimist charity bookstall will be up this Saturday, the 5th of September from 9:30 am to 4pm, and they will be happy to sell books and discuss the aims of their cause with anyone.  It will be part of the St Peter's Street Market, near the Town Hall.

For more information on events, or to contact the St. Albans & District Soroptimists, you can visit their website www.sigbi.org/st-albans



Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Chris' Film Club: Election

Continuing our theme of school-based films we have the criminally under seen Election, an Alexander Payne film starring Reese Witherspoon as Tracy Flick, a driven and determined high school student running for student council president. Standing in her way is Matthew Broderick, as her teacher determined to stop her. The film also stars Jessica Campbell and Chris Klein.

Drivetime Sessions with @BenSimmons_

Ben Simmons performed on the drivetime sessions today with the original songs "No Oceans" and "Where We Once Were" as well as a cover of "Last Request " by Paolo Nutini .

His debut single is now available on soundcloud soundcloud.com/bensimmonsmusic


You can also find Ben on Twitter and Instagram.

If you missed the performance or just want to listen again you can do so using our listen again service by navigating to Wednesday from 5.30pm.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

New Music Playlist w/c 31st August 2015 & this week's featured track by Don Henley

Hi Drivetimers

Hope you had a lovely August.  We're still trying to get the sand out of our things but are all set for a week of fresh Drivetime goodness!

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

a-ha - The Wake
Cliff Richard - Golden

David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock
Duran Duran - Pressure Off (feat. Janelle Monáe & Nile Rodgers)
George Ezra - Barcelona
Hozier - From Eden
Kacey Musgraves - This Town
Kate Rusby - We Will Sing
Keith Richards - Trouble
Kerri Watt - Long Way Home
Leona Lewis - I Am
Longfellow - Choose
Mika - All She Wants
Mumford & Sons - Ditmas
Nerina Pallot - Rousseau
New Order - Restless
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Lock All The Doors
One Direction - Drag Me Down
Rachel Platten - Fight Song
Richard Hawley - Heart Of Oak
Sheppard - Let Me Down Easy
Simply Red - Ghost Of Love
Stereophonics - I Wanna Get Lost With You
The Cat Empire - Qué Será Ahora
Thea Gilmore - Live Out Loud
Tina Arena - Overload
Tony Momrelle - Pick Me Up
U2 - Song For Someone
Ward Thomas - Guest List

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is the brand new single by Eagles frontman (& drummer) Don Henley called Take A Picture of This:


Chris' Film Club: Grease

Because this is the week that kids and teachers up and down the country go back to school, I've chosen 'school' films as the theme for the film club this week. So we start with Grease, the John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John classic musical, which tells the story of young love, fast cars and lots and lots of dancing, all set in a 1950s American high school. Stockhard Channing and Jeff Conaway also star.


Dave Weaver On @getwriting2015





Today Dave Weaver, of the Verulam Writers' Circle, was in the studio to discuss Get Writing Day 2015.

The event, which is in its eighth year, offers writers a chance to develop their existing skills, take part in workshops, or pitch manuscripts to figures in the publishing industry.

Another exciting opportunity the event offers is the chance to enter the Get Writing Cup. Entrants can submit a short story of any genre, for the chance to win a cash prize and get noticed by publishers.

There are still tickets available for the event, which takes place on the 26th of September at West Herts College in Watford.

For more information visit:

getwritingday.verulamwriterscircle.org.uk

Or get in touch via Facebook and Twitter