Monday, 30 November 2015

Max's Film Club: 1984

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

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

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

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


 

In The Studio with @Ed2NorthPole




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

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

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

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

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

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

Items in BOLD are new additions

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


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


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

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

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

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

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Chris' Film Club: The Vikings

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The Drivetime Sessions W/KatiePlusJuan

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

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



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

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

Chris' Film Club: Ben-Hur

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

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

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

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Chris' Film Club: Rear Window

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

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

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

Gorgeous Gwendoline and Christmas Interior Designs tips @GA_Interiors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, 23 November 2015

Chris' Film Club: On the Waterfront

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

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

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

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


Kos Refugee Christmas Appeal @KosAppeal




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

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

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

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

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


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

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

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

Items in BOLD are new additions

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


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


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

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

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

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

Friday, 20 November 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 20th November 2015

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

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


Friday
Badlands
11.35pm – 1.05am
True Entertainment

Saturday
White Christmas
4.30pm – 6.55pm
More4

The Help
9.45pm – 12.05am
BBC2

Sunday
Rio
3.30pm – 5.30pm
Channel 4

ParaNorman
5.00pm – 6.50pm
Film4

Monday
It’s Complicated
11.15pm – 1.35am
Film4

Tuesday
Philadelphia
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Film4

Imagine
10.35pm – 12.10am
BBC1

Wednesday
Kind Hearts and Coronets
8.00pm – 9.40pm
BBC4

Shine
11.35pm – 1.20am
BBC1

Thursday
Total Recall
11.05pm – 1.25am
ITV4

Thursday, 19 November 2015

HIV Awareness With Ian Murtagh From @CrescentSupport

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

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

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

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



Annie's Film Club: Toy Story

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

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

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


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Annie's Film Club: Monsters Inc.

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

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

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

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Annie's Film Club: UP

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

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

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

Delicious Angel Food Cake from @heavensacupcake



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


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


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

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