Friday, 30 September 2016

New to the Drivetime Podcast - the one & only @PerfectPritchet

Hi Drivetimers

Joining our podcast from this week is our brand new agony aunt Penelope Pritchett (aka comedian Vicky Arlidge).  Her sage pearls of wisdom can be heard on Fridays during the third hour of the live show.

We will also make the episodes available after broadcast via our podcast.  You can subscribe to it by clicking here WestHertsDrivetimeWithDannySmith

Today's episode was originally broadcast on 30th September 2016.

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 30th September 2016

Simon turned up to the show a little worse for wear this week (what's new, amiright?!) because he's been living at the St Albans Beer Festival since it's opening on Wednesday. Simon was wearing his best beige beer-drinking jumper and smelled heavily of stout ale and hotdogs. So quite an improvement on his usual odour. He also made a lot more sense and remembered more film facts than usual. So to make the Film Guide work better in the future, we've arranged with CAMRA to have a beer festival every week.

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.

Die Hard
9.00pm – 11.40pm

Die Hard 2
9.00pm – 11.45pm

Lone Survivor
9.00pm – 11.25pm

Random Hearts
9.00pm – 11.45pm
Movie Mix

9.00pm – 11.00pm
Movie Mix

9.00pm – 11.15pm

Transporter 2
9.00pm – 10.40pm

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Chris' Film Club: I Walked with a Zombie

Chris concludes our week of black and white films with 'I Walked with a Zombie'

The 1943 film produced by Val Lewton for RKO pictures stars Frances Dee as a nurse who is hired to look after the wife of a plantation owner on a Caribbean island. She then discovers things are a bit more messed up than she would like….

The film was a huge money spinner back in the day, and Lewton had a well earned reputation for being able to make cheap material popular.

Interview with Author MJ Arlidge @mjarlidge

On today's Drivetime session, Danny was joined by MJ Arlidge. 

The author writes crime novels. MJ Arlidge discussed about his most recent thriller novel Hide and Seek. Arlidge in 1998 also wrote for Easternders. Hide and Seek is the sixth book. It's about a detective who has spent her whole life running. She's spent her whole life hiding.Until, she was framed for murder and she became one of its most high profile prisoners. Now there is nowhere for her to run. Nowhere to hide.

And if you missed the interview of Matt Arlidge, you can catch up on our website 
visiting and navigate to Thursday from 5.30pm.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Drivetime Sessions w/ Phoenix O'Neill @pheeniie

Our guest on this week's 'Drivetime Sessions' was Phoenix O'Neill, a local singer and songwriter, with backing music played by her Step Dad Jonathan (part of regular Drivetime Sessions guests, 'Starseedz').

As always on the Sessions, we asked Phoenix to perform two of her own original songs, and a cover of another artist's work. Her two works were 'I Need You' and 'Alien', and her cover was of  'Dancing On My Own', specifically by Britain's Got Talent contestant 'Callum Scott'.

To hear more of Phoenix's work you can visit her Soundcloud, and for updates you can visit her Facebook Page.

And if you missed Phoenix, or wanted to hear her performance again you can visit and navigate to this evenings show at 530.

Chris' Film Club: Gold Diggers of 1933

Next on this week's Black and White themed Film Club is 'Gold Diggers of 1933'

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, it tells the story of 4 out-of-work actresses (Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Aline MacMahon and Ginger Rogers) who are trying to put on a show, and are helped by the mysterious and talented Brad (Dick Powell)

Features the famous musical number ‘We’re in the Money’

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Chris' Film Club: Double Indemnity

Today on the Film Club Chris looks at the black and white film 'Double Indemnity'

Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray and Edward G. Robinson star in this Billy Wilder classic, about an insurance salesman who plots with a woman to murder her husband and collect on the insurance.

The film was nominated for 7 Oscars, and despite not winning any has still been remembered as a classic.

Interior design with Gwendoline Alderton- It's Curtains for Christmas! @ga_interiors

Today Gwendoline talked to us about prepping our interior design in time for Christmas.
For instance, if you'd like to put curtains up in time for Christmas, they usually take 4-8 weeks to make.  Therefore you should start thinking about ordering any new curtains now. Also, you should think about whether you want blackout curtains, or other sorts of curtains, such as voile or net curtains.  You choice will depend on what sort of room you are looking to modernise.

If you'd like to order a sofa in time for Christmas, it is worth remembering that it takes 6-8 weeks for sofas to be handmade, and 4-6 weeks for sofas to be delivered, if you're hoping to get it from abroad.  Be aware of the space you need to fill, and the  style you want when considering new furniture.  Make sure you have fabric samples because the lighting in the showrooms are very different from lighting in your home.

If you're thinking about redecorating the walls, think about whether you need anything reflective on the walls. You might want to think about having reflective items if you're decorating a dark room.  There are many reflective paints on the market at the moment.

Gwendoline's website :

Monday, 26 September 2016

Mapping the Galaxy, The Planet Next Door, Glass solar panels - Science with Sam @SMRolfe

Mapping the Galaxy
GAIA is a mission that has been mapping the galaxy since July 2014. It rotates around with two cameras on opposites sides taking images of all points of light.
It has mapped over a billion stars, where about 400 million of those are thought to be new discoveries. This is only the beginning as there is so much data that scientists will be exploring the data for years to come.
Other than mapping the stars, it will chart the positions of approximately a quarter of a million asteroids and comets in the solar system, a million galaxies and potentially 10,000 undiscovered planets orbiting stars.
One of the overall aims is to create a 3D map of the galaxy, which will help further understand our place in it and further the understanding of the evolution of stars and the galaxy and the distribution of dark matter.


The Planet Next Door
Proxima Centauri is the nearest star (other than the Sun!) to the Earth. It is approximately 4.2 light years away. With current technology we could reach there in about 80,000 to 90,000 years… which doesn’t sound too promising. However, if even fraction of the speed of light travel could be achieved, we could reach there in a few hundred years or less.
Why do we want to go there? A recent discovery found a potentially habitable planet orbiting our nearest stellar neighbour. Good news right? We need to find out a lot more about the planet than we already know, but here is what we know: It orbits its star in 11.2 days and is at least 1.3 times the mass of the Earth. Due to the type of star that it orbits, smaller and cooler than our Sun, a red dwarf, this means it orbits in the “habitable zone”, where, depending on the type of planet, liquid water can theoretically exist at the surface, like it does on Earth.
Great, so we could inhabit it!
Let’s think about what we don’t know. We don’t know if it is a rocky planet, we don’t know its radius and we don’t know its exact mass, it could be much greater than 1.3 Earth masses and therefore more like Neptune than Earth.  If it is  rocky planet, being that close to its star poses the following problem: it is likely to be tidally locked, like the Moon is with the Earth – one half of the planet will constantly face the star causing extreme heating and never ending daylight on one side and freezing temperatures and perpetual night on the other.  A haven for life may exist around the terminator, the line between day and night, where temperature could allow for liquid water to exist.


Glass solar panels
Imagine if all the glass around us could generate electricity, we would be well on the way to helping solve the energy crisis.
Several companies and research teams are working on using see-through solar panels to create electricity, so they could replace current windows, phones could use their screens to keep their charge topped up and skyscrapers could be powerhouses.
These panels work by allowing visible light through while trapping the energy from infrared and UV radiation directing the energy towards the edges of the panels where a photovoltaic material transforms it to electricity (similar to the technology used in classic solar panels).
This is a fairly new technology, with talk of it having occurred for a few years now, with ideas ranging from films that would stick onto existing glass windows to panes that would replace current windows. But with promise of it being commercially available within the next 2 to 5 years.

Chris' Film Club: Mr Smith Goes to Washington

It's a new week on the Film Club, meaning it's time for a new theme. This week Chris has chosen 'Black and White' Films, starting with 'Mr Smith Goes to Washington'.

The 1939 political film directed by Frank Capra, is about an idealistic US Senator (James Stewart) who gets sucked into the murky Washington political scene. Will his idealism win out?

Also stars Jean Arthur, Claude Raines and Edward Arnold.

Coming Up This Week...

Here's a quick look at what's going to be happening this week on West Herts Drivetime.

Monday: We start this week with a feature with our Science Correspondent Sam Rolfe.

Tuesday: This Tuesday we have our Interior Design feature with Gwendoline Alderton.

Wednesday: Joining us in the studio this week for the Drivetime Sessions is local musician Phoenix O’Neill.

Thursday: We have a double feature. First we have Local News with Sophie Crockett, followed by an Interview with crime novelist M.J. Arlidge.

Friday: We have a brand new Agony Aunt feature with Penelope Pritchett (The Perfect Housewife!) 

If anyone has a problem they would like Penelope to address, please send it to

Friday, 23 September 2016

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 23rd September 2016

The 23rd of September is a special anniversary in the Carver household. On this day, in 1989, Simon realised that the woman who he saw a lot around the house, who gave him food, cleaned his beige jumpers, and kept bailing him out of jail, was actually his wife, Mrs. Carver. So this is the anniversary of Simon realising he had an anniversary to celebrate. Until then he had just been mildly confused about who this woman was and why she would annually set fire to one of his jumpers while screaming 'WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MY LIFE?!' Luckily, things have got a lot better since then. He even occasionally remembers her name.

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 39 Steps
10.35pm – 12.00am

The Bicycle Thieves
12.15am – 2.05am

The Man Who Would Be King
7.40pm – 9.40pm

12.55am – 4.00am

Miss Congeniality
9.00pm – 11.15pm

10.00pm – 12.20am

Primal Fear
9.00pm – 11.45pm
Movie Mix

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Chris' Film Club: The Road

The final 'Dystopian Future' film Chris chose this week is 'The Road', an adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy book of the same name.

America is a grim, gray shadow of itself after a catastrophe. A man (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) wander through this post-apocalyptic world, trying to keep the dream of civilization alive. They journey toward the sea, surviving as best they can on what they can scavenge, and try to avoid roving gangs of savage humans who will turn them into slaves, or worse.


Ian, Judi & Barbara from Batchwood Bowls Club

On today's Drivetime Session we saw Ian, Judi & Barbara from Batchwood Bowls Club.

The club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. A unique club welcoming new members with all abilities. On Monday evenings there are social evenings in which new members are welcomed to join. It is the club's focus on ensuring that players of all abilities and ages are welcomed. Players of all abilities, including those completely new to the sport.

For more details please visit their website:

And if you missed the interview you can listen to it by visiting and navigate to Thursday from 5.30pm.

Thanks to the Herts Advertiser for the photo

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The Drivetime Sessions with Abbie Gathard

The Drivetime Sessions was joined today for the first time by Abbie Gathard. She performed two beautiful original compositions titled 'Never Forgotten' and 'Drifting Away' as well as an excellent cover of Extremes 'More Than Words'.

For more information about Abbie Gathard you can visit her Facebook page here or her Youtube channel here.

You can listen to this weeks Drivetime Session again by visiting and navigating to 5:30 on Wednesday.

Chris' Film Club: Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Next on the Film Club is the second Hunger Games installment 'Catching Fire'

After arriving safely home from their unprecedented victory in the previous Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark discover that they must do a quick turnaround and begin a Victors Tour. As she and Peeta travel throughout the districts, Katniss senses a rebellion is stirring. However, President Snow proves that he is still very much in control when word comes of a cruel change in the rules for the upcoming 75th Hunger Games.

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson Star.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Chris' Film Club: Elysium

Moving along the theme of 'Dystopias' for this week's Film Club, today Chris chooses to look at 'District 9' Director Neil Blomkamp's 'Elysium'.

It’s 2154 and the Earth is overpopulated and polluted, with many living in poverty and with no healthcare. The rich are living on Elysium, a luxurious space habitat in the Earth’s orbit. Matt Damon plays a thief on parole, who desperately needs the to get to Elysium to save his life.

Also stars Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga and William Fichtner 

Bake it Easy with Lucy Clark @heavensacupcake- Scones

Today on Bake it Easy, Lucy (@heavensacupcake) talked to us about how to make scones.

350g Self Raising Flour
1⁄4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Powder
85g Butter
45g Caster Sugar
175ml Semi Skimmed Milk
1tsp Vanilla Extract
1 egg, beaten (for glaze)

• Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan oven/425F/Gas 7. Lightly grease a baking sheet.

• Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt with a wooden spoon. Rub the butter in finely until you get a kind of bread crumb mixture.

•Stir in the sugar and then add the milk to get a soft dough.

• Turn on to a floured work surface and knead very lightly. Roll out to aprrox 2cm/3⁄4in thick. Use a 5cm/2in cutter to cut out rounds and place onto prepared baking sheet. Lightly knead together the rest of the dough and cut out more scones to use it all up.

• Brush the tops of the scones with the beaten egg. Bake for 12-15 minutes until well risen and golden.

• Cool on a wire rack and serve with jam & clotted cream.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Chris' Film Club: Escape From New York

This week Chris has chosen the Film Club theme of  'Dystopian Futures', starting off with 'Escape From New York'.

The 1981 John Carpenter film is set in a dystopian 1997, where New York has become a prison island. When Air Force One is hijacked and crashes into the island, the president (Donald Pleasence) is taken hostage by a group of inmates. and Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), a former Special Forces soldier turned criminal, is recruited to retrieve the president in exchange for his own freedom.

Friday, 16 September 2016

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 16th September 2016

After last week, when Simon regressed back to his youth in the Stone Age, he has now found his way back to more modern times. More modern, but not quite present day. Simon came in a powdered wig and long stockings, and nothing else. It turns out that Simon was starring in an amateur dramatics production of The Madness of King George III, and had just come from rehearsal. If that wasn't horrific enough, he started doing lunges, because he 'has got a big badders game later and needs to be limber, what what'.  

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.

Mad Max
10.40pm – 12.25am

Toy Story 3
5.30pm – 7.10pm

Before I Go to Sleep
9.00pm – 11.40pm

The Football Factory
9.00pm – 11.20pm

Tower Block
10.00pm – 11.55pm

10.05pm – 12.45am

Thursday, 15 September 2016

James, Katy and Jackie from Thoroughly Modern Millie by @HLOS60

On today's Drivetime Session we saw Harpenden Light Operatic Society, The production of the thoroughly modern Millie.

Danny was joined with James Russel, Katy Jane Meehan & Jackie Pulford in our studio at Radio Verulam. Katy will be playing Millie, joined by James who will be playing Jimmy and Jackie as Muzzy Van Hossmere. This production will be held at Harpenden halls from the 4th of October until the 8th of October. There will also be a 1925 event on the 6th of October at the Harpenden Halls and this is a fancy dressed evening where pictures will be taken and there will be other surprises.

Winners of six Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film, Thoroughly Modern Millie takes you back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when "moderns" including a flapper named Millie Dillmount were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce, and rewriting the rules of love.

Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself.

Tickets can be bought from the Harpenden Light Operatic Society website or from the ticket office

And if you missed the interview you can listen to it by visiting and navigate to Thursday from 5.30pm.

Chris' Film Club: Finding Dory

The final Film Chris chose this week is the latest Disney/ Pixar release 'Finding Dory'.

The sequel to 'Finding Nemo' follows Dory, a blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them.

It Features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Ed O'Neill, Albert Brooks, Ty Burrell and many more.


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The Drivetime Sessions with MacLaren Wall

On today's Drivetime Session we saw the return of MacLaren Wall, a duo consisting of Melanie Wall and Mac MacLaren. They performed two spectacular original compositions titled 'Miracle Child' and 'For a Day' as well as an energetic cover of KT Tunstall's  'Black Horse and the Cherry Tree'.

For more information about MacLaren Wall you can visit there Facebook page or there Lemon Rock page.

You can listen to this weeks Drivetime Session again by visiting and navigating to 5:30 on Wednesday.

Chris' Film Club: Ex Machina

The next Film in the 'Things Chris Saw Recently' theme is 2015's 'Ex Machina'.

In the film a programmer at a huge Internet company wins a contest to spend a week at the private estate of Nathan Bateman, his firm's brilliant CEO. When he arrives, Caleb learns that he has been chosen to be the human component in a test to determine the capabilities and consciousness of Ava, a beautiful robot. However it soon becomes evident that Ava is far more self-aware and deceptive than either man imagined.

Domhnhall Gleeson, Oscar Issac and Alicia Vikander star.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Chris' Film Club: Star Trek Beyond

Continuing the week's theme of 'Film's Chris Has Seen Recently', Tuesday's Film Club looked at 2016's 'Star Trek Beyond'.

When a surprise attack in outer space forces the Enterprise to crash-land on a mysterious world, Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the crew must battle a deadly alien race led by Krall (Idris Elba), a lizard-like dictator, while trying to find a way off the hostile planet. 

Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Anton Yelchin also reprise their roles from the previous films.

Hospital referrals, hubs, care in the community & the future - September's Health Matters

Four Issues in Tonight’s DriveTime

1. Referrals to our Hospitals

No referrals for non urgent patients to West Herts Hospital Trust (Watford, SACH, HH). Relates esp to
·         Cardiology (Heart)
·         Urology (kidneys, bladder, prostate etc)
·         Ear, Nose & Throat
·         Pain Management
·         General Surgery

Trying to minimise waiting times. NB Watford & SACH in special measures – review last week.

What do DriveTime Listeners think about this; How will it affect you?

2. Future for our Hospitals

There were 4 options – loosely based on either a centralised model or a de-centralised model. New Build is coming out as the favourite, and it could possibly be near the M25 in Kings Langley.

Probably no decisions until early 2017; SAPG Meeting on SEP 28 at SADC Office Katie Fisher – Chief Exec (WHHT)  My Vision for Watford & St Albans Hospitals

3. Hubs

Larger Hubs at main centres (Watford, St Albans, Hemel) and smaller hubs at other centres (Harpenden, Berkhamsted, etc). Concept is to bring care closer to the community. Access to Diagnostics.

4. Care in the Community

Although St Albans Hub is delayed (as it depends on the hospital re-configuration), there is plenty of scope for greater care in the community; these services have already been devolved:-
  • ·         ENT Service - Elms medical practice in Harpenden
  • ·         Gynaecology - Colney medical centre, The Elms in Harpenden
  • ·         MSK (muscles and bones) - St Albans Hospital
  • ·         Pain clinic- St Albans Hospital
  • ·         Diabetes - Principal Health Centre, St Albans
  • ·         Ophthalmology - Parkbury House
  • ·         Cardiology- Hertfordshire Clinic
  • ·         Vasectomy - Hertfordshire clinic
  • ·         Respiratory service- In patient's own homes
  • ·         Rapid response - In patients's own home
  •           Ultrasound service - Hertfordshiure Clinic, The Elms, Colney Medical Centre.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Chris' Film Club: Inside Out

The new theme for the Film Club is 'Things Chris Has Seen Recently'. Ok, so it isn't the most imaginative, but it's a theme. The first film this week is Disney Pixar's Inside Out, about the personified emotions working within a young girl's mind, namely Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger, and Fear.

It's a funny and movie - as well as beautifully voiced by the likes of Amy Poehler, Richard Kind, Phyllis Smith and Bill Hader - piece of animation, and worthy of all the critical praise it received when it came out. The trailer can be seen below.

Consumer Advice

Our guest tonight was Elizabeth Crampton from the Citizens Advice Bureau, the following topics were covered.


To deal with a debt problem, you will need to:
sort out how much money you owe
work out which are the most urgent debts for you to pay off
work out if you've got any money to pay your debts off and, if so, how much
deal with the most urgent debts as a matter of priority
look at your options for dealing with the less urgent debts and work out how to pay them off
contact your creditors and make arrangements to pay back what you owe
work out your options if you don't have enough money to pay off all your debts.

If you owe money and don't pay it back, the people you owe money to may eventually take you to court. This is called making a claim.

The people you owe money to are called creditors. If one of your creditors takes you to court, it's really important not to ignore the situation and to know what action you can take in response.

If you take action quickly, you can avoid the situation getting worse. If you don't take action, you could end up with a bigger debt, or even losing your home or your possessions. You could end up having to pay back money which you don't really have to.

On Line Shopping

When you bought the goods or services you may have been given a contract or terms and conditions. These should contain information about your rights, such as cancellation or delivery rights. They may also tell you what to do if you have a complaint.

If you bought services, the EC Services Directive says you should receive certain information about who you bought from and the terms and conditions of the service.

If you bought by internet, TV, phone or mail order, you should have received certain written information about your rights.
more details on all these items and much more can be found at the web site

Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 9th September 2016

Firstly, I must apologise for this post going up late, but I can assure you it is for a very good reason. On Friday, we suffered a small power failure in the studio. So far, so 'meh'. Yes, it is annoying when you're trying to broadcast a live, top-quality radio show and the power goes, but worse things have happened and most people would deal with it like adults. Most people, however, aren't Simon. As soon as the lights went out and the music stopped playing, Simon loudly announced that it was the apocalypse and that it was every man for themselves. Within two minutes he had regressed to his youth and was now wearing animal pelt instead of clothes and was trying to make fire using flint and sticks.

As this was going on Danny tried to get the power going, but found that Simon had taken all of the power leads to use as belts and washing lines because he now considered them useless. It's taken me two days to find a computer that Simon hasn't stolen the power cable from or defaced with his 'cave art' (mostly finger-painted self-portraits made out of instant coffee granules).

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 Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
11.45pm – 2.45am

11.50am – 1.55pm

Toy Story 2
5.30pm – 7.00pm

The Producers
11.00am – 1.00pm

The Railway Man
9.00pm – 11.20pm

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
9.00pm – 11.10pm

10.00pm – 12.15am

Rabbit Hole
11.45pm – 1.10am

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Janet Tansley & Helen Byrne w/ St Albans Soroptimists Book Sale @SIStAlbans

Our studio guests today were Janet and Helen from the St. Albans Soroptimists, here to discuss their upcoming book stall on the market this Saturday (the 10th of September), in aid of St Albans and Hertsmere Women's refuge.

For updates on the local Soroptimists you can check their Official website or their Facebook page.
Many of their activities welcome all (Including Men!) such as their speaker meeting on November 21st, part of the Sustainable St Albans week.

If you're interested in joining you can make contact via email:

Max's Film Club: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Our final Kevin Smith film this week is 'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back', the fifth installment in the View Askew series.

When Jay and Silent Bob learn that a movie is being made featuring their comic book counterparts, and that there won't be any royalties coming their way, they set out to sabotage the flick at all costs, travelling across the country to Hollywood to do so.

Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Shannon Elizabeth and Will Ferell star

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Max's Film Club: Dogma

'Dogma', the fourth entry in Kevin Smith's View Askew connected universe is the focus of today's Film Club.

Two fallen angels who were ejected from paradise find themselves banned in Wisconsin. They are now headed for New Jersey where they find a loophole that can get them back into heaven. The only catch is that it will destroy humanity. A group is banded together to stop them.

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Alan Rickman, Linda Fiorentino, Chris Rock, Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith star

Drivetime Sessions with Hidden Jules @Hidden_Jules_

Long time friends to the Drivetime 'Hidden Jules' were happy to join us on the Sessions at the very last minute this week, and they were a pleasure as always!

On this weeks edition of the Drivetime Sessions Julie and Jon performed two of their own songs, 'Fall From Grace' and 'Her Rock'. In addition they also performed a cover of 'Jambalaya', originally performed by Hank Williams and made popular by the Carpenters.

To get updates on their upcoming performances you can visit their Facebook Page

And if you missed their performance you can visit and navigate to tonight's show at 5:30.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Max's Film Club: Chasing Amy

Continuing this weeks Film Club focus on Kevin Smith's works, today we look at 'Chasing Amy', another part of the View Askew collection.

Holden and Banky are best friends and comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's gay. As Holden gets closer to Alyssa and learns of her past the relationships between the three grow increasingly strained.

Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee and Dwight Ewell star.

Winning the Benevolent Cup and Reaching First Base: Allen Nicklin

Today West Herts Drivetime talked to Allen Nicklin, an author, to discuss his new novel:'Nick Allen and the Lost Boy.' Allen's self-published debut novel was 'Winning the Benevolent Cup and Reaching First Base" This book is about teenage life in St Albans, written partially from the author's own personal experiences of growing up here.  These books are set in St Albans in the early 60s, and follows the protagonist, a 13 year old boy named Nick Allen, and his friends Keith and Don.
The books are comprised of six short stories and in these, the boys meet many colourful characters.
Allen said that he was persuaded to write these books by a friend who asked him what he was going to do in his long school holidays, as a teacher.  Allen was inspired to write about this period because he himself grew up in St Albans during the 60s.  One of the parts of the book that is completely autobiographical is Nick's first dance.
Allen self-published his book on Amazon, with the help of the artist who designed the covers.  Allen wrote this on a computer and got his friends to proof-read it.   His first book came out in February 2013, and the second book in December 2015.  Raindrops on Roses are selling these books, and they are also available on Amazon as a hard copy and on e-book.  The first book is available for 99p and the second book for £3.36.  These books have completely 5 star reviews on Amazon and are available below:

Winning the Benevolent Cup and Reaching First Base: 
Nick Allen and the Lost Boy: 

Monday, 5 September 2016

Max's Film Club: Clerks

The Film Club is back, and this week Max has chosen the theme of 'Kevin Smith's Films'. Specifically, those that are part of Smith's fictional 'View Askewniverse', which was kicked off by today's pick 'Clerks' in 1994.

Clerks focuses on a shift at a New Jersey convenience store covered by Dante on what should be his day off. His friend Randal helps him pass the time, neglecting his video-store customers next door to hang out. The uneventful day is disrupted by news that one of Dante's ex-girlfriends has died, a hockey game, and Dante's musing over whether to stay with current girlfriend Veronica or reunite with ex Caitlin.

Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti and Lisa Spoonhauer star.

Back to school, packed lunches & Christmas! Top thrifty tips with @BeingMrsC

Penny Carr was our guest tonight.

Back To School
You can save money in term time by signing children up to any number of after school activities , shop around for the best ones e.g swimming lessons .
Whilst it is still light in the evenings use the time to go foraging for things like Blackberries.

School Lunches
All children up to year 7 are entitled to free school meals [not nursery or private schools].
In packed lunches try a bottle of water or make up squash at home, pre sliced frozen rolls are also a good cheap alternative, for fillings use Sunday lunch meat leftovers or cheese , you grate it up and freeze portions. Try looking for end of day bargains such as Yoghurts, remember chocolate is not allowed [but Kit Kats are!]

only 110 days away! start to save now to avoid a large outlay in one go. If you intend to travel over the festive period train tickets are available now and will be cheaper if pre booked.
And Chocolate Oranges are currently half price in some supermarkets

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