Thursday, 28 January 2016

Chris' Film Club:Prometheus

Our final entry in this weeks film club, 'Prometheus' is Ridley Scott’s semi-prequel to the Alien franchise.
Starring Noomi Rapace as a scientist who discovers a star map that possibly points to humanity’s origins, A bit of a disappointment, but Michael Fassbender’s android David steals the show.

 Also stars Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Guy Pearce.

Les P'tizamis - French Baby & Toddler Group

The French Toddler group that meets every Friday from 9:45am to 11:15am needs you!

Les P'tizamis morning group offer free play with lots of games, stories, nursery rhymes and library full of wonderful French written books! Occasional special events are arranged such as Christmas parties for the little ones as well as events for the adults!

The group are currently looking for two volunteers to come and help run the morning who are able to make tea and coffee in the kitchen and provide a warm welcome at the entrance! To fill the positions, we are looking for two adults who can speak and understand French, but by no means need to be fluent but can commit during the school term. The volunteers should come without children as they are not allowed within the kitchen!

This is a great opportunity to practise the language and get involved with the French speaking local community! You can find out more information on the group via their website or their Facebook page!

The Drivetime Sessions with @bendrakemusic

This afternoon, Ben Drake had his first appearance on the Drivetime Sessions. He graced us with two original compositions "Should've Left it Alone" and "New Horizons" as well as a great cover of "Ain't No Pleasing You"; a song made famous by Chas and Dave.

You can find out more about Ben Drake and the Ben Drake Collection at

The session will be available for a week after broadcast at by navigating to Wednesday at 5.30pm.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Chris' Film Club: Big Hero 6

Tonight our 'robots' theme is continued with 'Big Hero 6' a 2014 Disney animated film.

Set in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo, a Japanese-American hybrid city, a young robotics genius suffers a tragedy and enlists the help of his brother’s old robot and his friends to fight crime.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Interior Design With Gwendoline Alderton - Colours of 2016

Today we were joined by Gwendoline Alderton to talk all things colours, animals and enormous lightshades for the Interior Design feature!

Gwen introduced the colours of 2016, including Rose Quartz (Pale Pink), Serenity (Pale Blue) and Mellow Yellow, all of which are known for their vibrant looks. The golds and copper colours are becoming more fashionable within interior design with it now found within lots of accessories and storage units.

Enormous/Oversized lighting in rooms was also discussed with the addition of paper and fabric light-shades instead of just the standard chandelier. Stripping the shade to leave just the bare frame is also an interesting alteration in interior design similarly to the trend in animals especially birds alongside parrots and flamingos featuring within dining rooms with fun coloured walls or wallpaper.

For more design tips and tricks, you can visit Gwen's website at

Chris' Film Club: Robocop

A necessary one for our 'Robots' themed film club, today we look at 1987 classic 'Robocop'.

Peter Weller stars as a cop who is killed in the line of duty, but is rebuilt into Robocop, a superhuman cyborg law enforcer.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven, it also stars Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Miguel Ferrer and Kurtwood Smith.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Chris' Film Club: I, Robot

We're looking at robot films in this weeks film club, starting with the Will Smith action flick, 'I, Robot'.

Based on a short story collection by Isaac Asimov, in the year 2035 robots serve humans.

 A robot is wanted for murder, an act that should not happen because of their programming. Smith is the detective who is investigating.

Also stars James Cromwell, Bridget Moynahan, Shia LaBeouf and Alan Tudyk.

Sam Rolfe - Science Correspondent

“Ninth planet”
Researchers Batygin and Brown at CalTech have built on the work of Trujillo and Sheppard
in 2014 to show that a gravitational signature suggests that an object 2 to 10 times the mass
of the Earth orbits the Sun every 20,000 years, at a closest distance of 200 AU (We are 1 AU
from the Sun, Neptune 30 AU and Pluto 39.5 AU (average, as it crosses Neptune’s orbital
path, most distant at 48 AU)).
It belongs to a group of objects called the Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs). Gravitational
disturbances in Uranus’s orbit lead to the discovery of Neptune.
This object is called 2012 VP
, informally “Phattie”. Other than spotting it directly, which will
be difficult given its distance from the Sun, it will be very faint, another technique could be
used to infer its existence – find more KBOs that have steeply inclined orbits. It is possible
that a new telescope, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), may be able to find it.
However, it is not due to be built until 2022.
Previous searches for Planet X
1846 Johann Gottfried Galle discovers Neptune, guided by predictions from perturbations of
Uranus’s orbit.
1905 Percival Lowell (pictured) starts hunting for a ‘Planet X’, which he predicted would lie
beyond Neptune, just as Neptune lies beyond Uranus. His calculations led astronomers at
Lowell’s namesake observatory to find Pluto in 1930, but the object is not massive enough to
be Planet X.
1984 On the basis of periodic extinctions in the fossil record, scientists propose that a dwarf
star, later named Nemesis, passes through the Solar System every 26 million years, flinging
comets on a path to impact Earth.
1999 Perturbations in comet orbits lead astronomers to propose that a brown dwarf (bigger
than a planet but smaller than a star) exists in the outer Solar System. It is named Tyche, the
good sister of Nemesis.
2014 A search with the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite rules out the existence
of both Nemesis and Tyche. But the discovery of an object in the distant Kuiper belt prompts
Chadwick Trujillo and Scott Sheppard to propose a large planet in the Kuiper belt

Friday, 22 January 2016

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 22nd January 2016

Simon, who last week urinated on everyone in an effort to mark his territory (he sure did make a lot of things his), came in to the studio having just performed a gig as his rapper alter-ego, MC Funky Beige. Not many rap gigs are held on a Friday afternoon, but this was a gig at the local retirement home - Simon's main fanbase. Simon busted out some of his biggest hits, including 'Mama Said to Ask You to Desist', 'Boom Boom, Vibrate The Room Gently', and his reinterpretation of 50 Cent's classic 'In Da Cafe, Enjoying a Lovely Brew'. It went down very well, according to Simon, and he's already booked another gig, this time at the local deaf school.

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.

The Dark Knight
9.00pm – 12.00am

War Horse
7,20pm – 9.35pm

9.00pm – 11.30pm
Channel 4

The Sting
2.20pm – 5.00pm

Erin Brockovich
9.00pm – 11.40pm
Movie Mix

Absolute Power
9.00pm – 11.30pm

9.00pm – 11.55pm

The Last Temptation of Christ
12.40am – 3.55am

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Chris' Film Club: Oblivion

'Oblivion' concludes this week's dystopian film club.

Tom Cruise plays a caretaker of sorts, looking after drones on an Earth that has been devastated by an alien invasion. He and his partner (played by Andrea Riseborough) are the only humans for miles around, or so they think….

Also stars Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko.

Today On The Drivetime Show: St Albans Shakespeare Festival With David Widdowson

On todays Thursday Drivetime Show, we were joined by St Albans Shakespeare Festival director David Widdowson. Running from March to June, the festival celebrates Shakespeare's legacy through a variety of art forms such as theatrical performances, folk music, solo singing and dance!

Covering some of Shakespeare's best known plays such as a re-enactment of the Tempest, production of Hamlet and readings of his sonnets, the event will be hosted by OVO theatre.

Taking in all 37 Shakespeare plays (and his poems) in some form, comprising 31 performances by 14 different artists and companies in a dozen locations across the city, the festival will be marking the 400th anniversary of the death of the most famous playwright, William Shakespeare.

You can find out more information of the event via St Albans Shakespeare Festival website and tickets are available for the productions within the festival via OVO ticket source.

The Drivetime Sessions with Hidden Jules

Wednesday Drivetime Sessions were joined once again this week by Hidden Jules; the acoustic duo. They performed two orginals "Where Have All the Men Gone?" and "Let Love Go". Jules' dulcet tones and John's accomplished guitar playing like usual brought both of their songs to life. They also graced us with their version of Guns n' Roses' "Sweet Child of Mine".

You can find out more about Hidden Jules on their Facebook and find their songs on their Bandcamp page

The session will be available for a week after broadcast at by navigating to Wednesday at 5.30pm.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Chris' Film Club: Battle Royale

More dystopian futures in this weeks film club with 'Battle Royale'.

A 2000 Japanese film, in which Japanese economy has tanked, and Japanese school children have become too unruly. As a result, a class are chosen to take part in a reality TV deathmatch until there is only one survivor.

Stars Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara and Aki Maeda.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Chris' Film Club: Rollerball

Our next dystopian future film is 1975's 'Rollerball'.

It tells of a future world run by multi-national corporations. The biggest sport of the day is Rollerball, an incredibly violent roller derby-style game. James Caan is Jonathan, the biggest star of them all, but whose corporate bosses want to ‘retire’.

Also stars John Houseman, Maud Adams and John Beck.

Bake It Easy With Lucy Clark - Lemon Passion Cupcakes @heavensacupcake

On today's show, we were joined by creator of  'Heaven is a Cupcake', Lucy Clark, who shared another scrumptious recipe that you can enjoy making!

Lucy spoke about a delicious Lemon Passion cupcake recipe, perfect for Valentine's day. You can find out how to make the cupcakes here.

You can visit Lucy's website and check out @heavensacupcake Twitter page for baking news and more recipes.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Chris' Film Club: Equilibrium

This week the film club is focused on the dystopian future, and we start with 'Equilibrium'.

The 2002 film is set in a future where emotion and artistic expression have been outlawed and are suppressed through a daily drug. Christian Bale is John Preston, an enforcement officer who misses a dosage, and starts to experience feelings.

Directed by Kurt Wimmer, it stars Bale, Taye Diggs, Sean Bean, Emily Watson, Angus Macfadyen and William Fichtner.

Friday, 15 January 2016

The Radio Verulam Film Guide:15th January 2016

Tonight Simon arrived at the studio to find a face that he did not recognise. Tamara is the new studio assistant on a Friday, but she's never had the misfortune of meeting Simon. Simon is very wary when it comes to meeting new people, and often acts much like a dog. Indeed, he slowly approached her and gave her a sniff, before deciding that he could tolerate having her around. But just to make sure that everyone knew whose territory the studio still is, he ran around weeing on everything. A lot of Danny's clothes now belong to Simon.

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.

Pale Rider
9.00pm – 11.25pm

Carry on up the Khyber
3.05pm – 5.00pm

9.30pm – 11.05pm
BBC Three

2.55pm – 5.00pm

You Only Live Twice
3.20pm – 5.35pm

Resident Evil
11.20pm – 1.20am

Betty Blue
11.45pm – 3.30am

10.55pm – 1.05am

The Client
11.20pm - 1.50am

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Catch Up With Ed Suttie @Ed2NorthPole

Ed Suttie returned to the studio for a catch up about his expedition to the North Pole since his talk with Danny before Christmas!

Ed2NorthPole postcards that will be available via Ed's website.
Embarking this adventure on the 4th April this Spring, Ed will be trekking in the effort to raise money for two local charities Rennie Grove Hospice Care and Earthworks St Albans. He'll also be raising money for wider charities such as Cancer Research UK and the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Ed explained how as the date of departure draws closer, his level of fitness is being greatly tested with 45 mins of cardio exercises to prepare him for the 230km ski trekking journey.

You can find out more about Ed's Expedition on his website or Facebook page. You can also donate towards the fundraising of the event here.

Chris' Film Club: South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut

Marking the end of our tv to film themed week is 'South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut'.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s hugely successful (and controversial) animated series makes it to the big screen.

Within the film, The USA goes to war with Canada over a controversial film starring Terrance and Phillip, which the parents of South Park think is corrupting their children, and only The boys (Kyle, Cartman, Kenny and Stan) can try to stop the madness.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The Drivetime Sessions with The Skeltons

This afternoon The Skeltons returned to the Drivetime Sessions with their classic acoustic style. Andy, Laurie and Hollie performed two covers; Nell Bryden's "What Does it Take" and Aretha Franklin's "Won't Be Long". They also performed an incredible original composition called 'This Road'

If you want to see them live in all their glory they will be performing Thursday 14th January at The White Horse in Old Welwyn and Saturday 23rd April at The Half Moon in Hitchen for Ryhthm of the World Fundraiser. For a full list of The Skelton's live performances visit . You can also visit their Facebook by following this link.

The session will be available for a week after broadcast at by navigating to Wednesday at 5.30pm.

Chris' Film Club: Monty Python and The Holy Grail

In today's film club, we look at 'Monty Python and The Holy Grail', one of three films produced by the comedy sketch group.

In this film, we see their take on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table's hunt for the Holy Grail.

Stars John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Jones.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Health Matters - 12th Jan with Alan Bellinger

1. Your Care, Your Future – Hubs

Currently services are too often fragmented, and the concept is to bring services together in a hub. Hubs will mean that:
* Health and social care teams will be based together  
* Network of services closer to where we live.
* GP and primary care services will be available, alongside wellbeing advice and social and community care.  
* Include other services such as children’s centres and voluntary sector organisations.  
* Health and wellbeing hubs could offer urgent care too,

Two key documents – summary booklet

and full Strategic Outline Case. 

2. Shingles

Are you eligible for the vaccine? Have you received a letter from your surgery? If, on SEP 1st last year, you were
* 70 or 71
* 78 or 79
Then you are eligible for a free jab at your surgery

Full details here

3. New Alcohol Guidelines

First time we’ve been told that alcohol is a health risk. Tough new limits – 14 units a week and 3 or more days alcohol free. Not “Nanny-State”; read the advice and make up your mind!

What is a unit? Amount the liver can break down (metabolise) in one hour
* Single shot of spirits (25ml): 1 unit
* Small glass of wine (125ml): 1.5 units
* Pint of 4% strength beer:      2.3 units
* Pint of strong cider (8%):       4.5 units 
Read the facts and make up your mind

4. St Albans Rapid Response Team

The Rapid Response Service was set up in St. Albans and Harpenden last autumn. It provides short term crisis management and stabilisation for people with physical, mental, therapy or social care needs who need urgent support but not medical care or diagnosis.

Over 18’s can be referred by GP’s or other health and social care professionals. It is available 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. 7 days a week. 

Hear the facts at the SAPG Meeting on January 27th. Details here

Chris' Film Club: 21 Jump Street

Next in our TV to film themed week is 2012's '21 Jump Street'.

 A Big screen reinvention of the 80s TV series, it Stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as two cops, who go undercover in a high school to investigate a new drug.

An enjoyable comedy that received a sequel dubbed '22 Jump Street' in 2014.

Other stars are Ice Cube, Holly Robinson Peete and Dave Franco.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Chris' Film Club: The Addams Family

And for this week the focus of the film club is TV shows that are transferred to the big screen. First, the gothic comedy; 'The Addams Family'.

The 1991 film is based on Charles Addams’ comic strip, and the TV show that followed that.
Within, Gomez Addams (Julia) suspects his long-lost brother Fester (Lloyd) is an imposter.

Stars Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci and Dan Hedaya.

Consumer Advice with Elizabeth Crampton from the Citizens Advice Bureau

Today Elizabeth was in the studio once again to discuss ways in which consumers can stay informed regarding their rights.

The festive season may be over but online shopping, and the associated problems of deliveries remain. With approximately 17 million packages going missing over Christmas, Elizabeth informed us of the right we have to cancel an order if it hasn't arrived after 30 days, and our entitlement to a refund if a package fails to arrive after paying for a specific delivery date.

She also said that it is worth remembering that retailers, not delivery companies, are responsible for occurrences such as breakages during delivery. Also, she stated that someone who has to take an additional day off work while waiting for a delivery is entitled to compensation.

Elizabeth then moved onto the topic of insurance. she advised us to bear in mind that companies often offer the best deals to new customers, and that your existing insurance provider may be willing to match this new offer.

Friday, 8 January 2016

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 8th January 2016

Simon didn't turn up to the studio this evening to do the Film Guide and wouldn't answer his phone. Danny started to get a little worried until about 2 minutes before we were meant to go on air the station phone rang. Simon was on the other end of the line, but he was quite far away. Not even on the planet actually. He was on the ISS with Major Tim Peake, having got a little drunk, stumbled onto a rocket heading to space, and accidentally stowed away. He was doing the Film Guide from the Space Station, as Major Tim and the other astronauts worked and grumbled around him. We think we might have picked up the sounds of several of them planning to throw Simon out of the airlock, but we aren't too sure. Hopefully he makes it back in one piece.

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.

9.00pm – 11.35pm
Channel 4

Jurassic Park
5.45pm – 8.10pm

Star Trek Generations
6.40pmpm – 9.00pm
Channel 5

10.00pm – 12.45am

A Simple Plan
11.40pm – 1.45am

Playing for Time
9.00pm – 12.00am
True Entertainment

The Devil’s Advocate
9.00pm – 11.55pm

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Chris' Film Club: The Nice Guys

Finishing off the week of 2016 films, we look at Shane Black's (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) latest film written and directed by him; 'The Nice Guys'.

It's a crime comedy thriller set in 1970s LA. Russell Crowe is an enforcer, who hires a PI (Ryan Gosling), to help him track down a missing teenager and solve the mysterious death of a porn star. What they discover is a conspiracy far bigger than they could imagine.

Also stars Kim Basinger, Matt Bomer and Angourie Rice. Released on the 20th of May.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Chris' Film Club: The Revenant

Next in the films of 2016 we look at the upcoming film adaptation of the book 'The Revenant', releasing January 15th.

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, and starring Leonardo Di Caprio, the fim focuses on 19th century fur trapper Hugh Glass,who on an expedition in the American wilderness is mauled by a bear and left for dead. He then seeks vengeance on those that left him to die, and took something very dear from him.
Also stars Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Local Literary Feature with Jonathan Stroud @JonathanAStroud

Today we were joined by Jonathan Stroud author of the Lockwood & Co series of Young Adult fantasy books. The most recent book in the series - The Hollow Boy - came out in September last year. The books are set in a London where there has been outbreak of hauntings and paranormal activity for the past 50 years - and only children can see and deal with the ghosts! Lockwood runs a ghost detective agency, and with help from Lucy (our narrator) and George, and they have many adventures dealing with all types of ghosts, ghouls and poltergeists.

Jonathan talked about how when he is writing he imagines he is writing for his 12 year old self, and how much satisfaction he gets from creating and exploring the fantasy universes he creates.

He also heads-up the Freedom to Think campaign - a campaign which encourages parents to allow their children to have time to think, be creative and learn through unstructured playtime. More on the campaign here:

For more info about Jonathan's work visit:

Chris' Film Club: Hail, Caesar!

The latest film from award-winning Directors Joel and Ethan Coen, it follows a Hollywood ‘fixer’ in the 1950s who must solve the disappearance of a cast member during filming. Comes out February the 26th.

As expected from a Coen Brothers film the cast is broad, starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton.


Monday, 4 January 2016

Chris' Film Club: Captain America: Civil War

Happy 2016 everyone! To celebrate the New Year this weeks Film Club will be looking to what's coming up over the next 12 months.

First we have the latest installment in Marvel's 'Captain America' franchise, coming out April 29th which sees Captain America and Iron Man on opposing sides as The Avengers fracture over whether they should be controlled by the government, or act under their own free will.

The expansive cast features Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Martin Freeman and many many more, with Joe and Anthony Russo returning to direct.


Money Saving Tips with @BeingMrsC

Penny Carr was our guest tonight with more money saving tips.

Plan your weekly menu to save wasting food and manage your time
write your shopping list according to your weekly menu, check the store cupboard before going shopping to avoid duplication.

Check special offers at the supermarket too which allows you to plan ahead.

Unwanted Xmas presents
Don't give them away, regift them or sell them on Ebay, Facebook or Gumtree.

Keep Fit & Diet
You can find videos on YouTube for keep fit programmes from reputable sites rather than spend money on gym subscriptions or look for local running groups such as park runs.

More details can be found at the website