Thursday, 28 July 2016

Chris' Film Club: Rush

Our final film from the IMDB top 250 is 'Rush', Number 174 in the list.

In the mid-1970s, charismatic English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) share an intense rivalry in Formula 1 racing. Meanwhile, the women (Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara) in their lives can only watch as both drivers risk death with every lap.

Herts Belles Women's Institute w/ Penny Carr and Rebecca London @hertsbelleswi

Today in the studio Danny was joined by two of the local Herts Belles Women's institute members; local blogger Penny Carr and Vice President of  Herts Belles Rebecca London (with a brief interview with their kids too!)

The two have just returned from Tea and Tents, an event hosted by the National Women's Institute to bring together the local groups, which saw over 560 women camp together in a field in Nottingham, while learning new and varied skills such as axe throwing!


Herts Belles is one of the newer local groups, formed in 2013, it hosts a huge variety of intriguing events to bring together creative women, which has ranged from beer nights to burlesque evenings.


If you want to join in with the Herts Belles, details on how to join and their upcoming events are available on their official blog here: http://hertsbellesstalbanswi.blogspot.co.uk/

And for other updates you can visit their Facebook page

For anyone who missed out on the interview you can go to http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Chris' Film Club: Amores Perros

Today's Film is 'Amores Perros' Number 193 in the IMDB top 250.

The 2000 Mexican drama directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu is told as a triptych - three separate stories connected by a car crash.

Stars Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo and Álvaro Guerrero

 

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Today on the Drivetime Show - Local Award Winning Author Angela Clarke @TheAngelaClarke

We were joined once again by the wonderful Angela Clarke to talk about all things thrilling and book related in the lead up to the release of her second crime thriller novel, 'Watch Me'.

Dated to release for the 3rd November this year, Angela explained how previous loved main characters, Freddie and Nas are making a return to 'Watch Me' to continue the crime thilling series that saw her debut novel 'Follow Me' in great positions on Amazon charts and shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Page Turner Award 2016.

She then continued by hinting that a third book will close the trilogy of crime genred novels in May next year! However for now, the audience are left with a gripping teaser of what awaits them within pages of 'Watch Me', which can be viewed here.



You can find out more information about Angela's writing on here website, Facebook and Twitter page.




Chris' Film Club: The Green Mile

Today's Film Club looks at Number 39 on the IMDB top 250 film list, 'The Green Mile'.

A 1999 Frank Darabont film, based on a Stephen King book, it tells the story of a death row guard (played by Tom Hanks), and the supernatural events he witnesses on the job.

Also stars Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Sam Rockwell, Bonnie Hunt and James Cromwell.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Science with Sam @smrolfe - Tim Peake, Ozone & Flying Ants



Tim Peake returned to Earth from the ISS after a six month mission. The space probe Juno arrived at Jupiter and successfully entered into orbit.

Flying Ant Day

Royal Society of Biology

Is there a specific, nationwide flying ant day? Hive mind?

Most ant colonies start with a flying ant - when young queens leave the nest to found their own colony.

2012 The figures show that one-fifth of sightings happened on Tuesday 24 July 2012 with another fifth being recorded two weeks later on Wednesday 8 August 2012.

In the time between the two peaks, an area of low pressure moved across the UK.

2013 had four main peaks. The 'ant season' was also longer, with the last flying ant day in 2013 two weeks after the last one in 2012.

2014 There were two flying ant days, compared to four days in 2013.

2015 No detailed info, but seems there were also a few peaks across the summer.

Overall conclusion: there is no flying ant “day” but several days, apparently dependent on weather.

Interested in biology and nature – Biology Week begins 8th October 2016. Google “Biology Week”

Sources: https://www.rsb.org.uk/get-involved/biologyweek/flying-ant-survey and links therein.



Ozone Hole – update



Have you thought about the hole in the ozone layer recently? No, me either. It is still there. Ozone helps protect us from harmful UV rays from the Sun.

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/despite-volcanic-setback-antarctic-ozone-hole-healing




Scientist of the Month

Henrietta Leavitt (1868 – 1921)



Worked at Harvard College Observatory as a computer (one who computes), examining photographic plates measuring and cataloguing the brightness of stars. Originally she was not paid because she had independent means, but later received $0.30 an hour for her work.




Night Sky this month

The Perseids meteor shower is peaking over 11-12th Aug, with up to 90 shooting stars per hour. Peak will occur after the Moon sets after midnight.

Venus and Jupiter (the brightest planets in the sky), will be approximately one-sixth the apparent size of the Moon apart in the sky on 28th Aug.



www.meteorwatch.org

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 25th July 2016

I should probably explain why this post is so late in going up. Basically, Simon kidnapped Danny and myself and left us trapped in his basement for three days. In Simon's defence, I don't think it was intentional. He invited us around to his house after the show on Friday for a Sandra Bullock movie marathon. When we arrived he led us to his home theatre, which we later discovered also acts as his personal panic room. After starting the Speed, Simon went to get everyone a refill of the popcorn, and while he was gone something tripped in the house's electrical wiring (which we also later found out Simon had wired himself). The security door locked, and Simon promptly forgot about us. We survived on stale popcorn and the DVD casing of All About Steve.

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
The Bourne Identity
9.00pm – 11.20pm
ITV2

Saturday
The Wedding Video
9.00pm – 11.15pm
Film4

Sunday
Unforgiven
10.0pm – 12.40am
ITV4

Monday
Open Range
11.05pm – 1.50am
ITV4

Tuesday
Let him have it
9.00pm – 11.00pm
True Entertainment

Wednesday
Filth
11.10pm – 1.05am
Film4

Thursday
Unknown
9.00pm – 11.15pm
Film4

Chris' Film Club: Interstellar

This week the Film Club theme is 'the IMDB Top 250', starting off with 'Interstellar'.

Number 32 in the list, the 2014 Christopher Nolan film is about the Earth dying and a group of astronauts are sent through a wormhole to find a new place for humanity to live.

Stars Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Matt Damon.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Interview with Wendy Howson from St Albans Rotary Club

St Albans-Verulamium Rotary Club President Wendy Howson was our guest on the Drivetime this afternoon.

Wendy is the Local Rotary Club's recently elected First Female President, and she discussed her long past in aid working that includes work abroad such as helping establish Radio Stations in Africa, and fundraising here in the local area to support projects in poorer countries.

On top of this, she talked about 'Harpenden Spotlight On Africa', the Rotary Club partnered charity that hopes to bring long-term development to the poorer parts of Africa.


 To donate or find out more about Harpenden Spotlight on Africa you can visit their official website here
For updates from the St Albans-Verulamium Rotary Club click here to visit their website.

And if you missed the interview you can listen to it by visiting http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/ and navigating to today's show from 5.30

Chris' Film Club: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

The Final entry to the Film Club this week is the 1999 comedy sequel to 'Austin Powers.

Mike Myers returns as the international man of mystery Austin Powers, who teams up with an American spy (Heather Graham) to stop Dr. Evil (also Myers) who has travelled back in time and stolen Austin’s mojo.

Rob Lowe from the West Wing features as Past No. 2, and it also stars Michael York, Robert Wagner, Verne Troyer and Mindy Sterling.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Chris' Film Club: Wall Street

On today's Film Club, Chris chooses 'Wall Street' from 1987.

Martin Sheen plays the father of Charlie Sheen’s character in this Oliver Stone film.
Charlie Sheen plays a young and ambitious stockbroker, Bud, who goes to work with Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), an unscrupulous money-driven man. Bud is then forced to choose between money and family.

Also stars Daryl Hannah, John C. McGinley, and Terence Stamp.

The drivetime sessions with @ThePaperSnakes





This week on the Drivetime sessions we were reunited with the paper snakes who have previously featured on the show but have even more exciting news this time around.Th first original song performed by Chris and Paul was the beautifully sombre ‘On my own’ which was followed by ‘Hold on’ which provided an upbeat contrast to their opening track. Finally they ended the session with an immensely energetic cover of the song ‘Monkey Man.’

If you’d like to hear these unmissable tracks from the paper snakes as well as Chris, Paul and Danny reminiscing about their memories of retro recording methods and the upcoming events for the band then you can check out their facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/thepapersnakes/

The session will be available for a week after broadcast at www.radioverulam.com/listenagain by navigating to Wednesday at 5.30pm.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Chris' Film Club: The Infidel

Continuing with this weeks focus on the cast of 'The West Wing', today's Film Club looks at 'The Infidel'. Richard Schiff plays Lenny in this 2010 British comedy.

Omid Djalili plays Mahmud, a British Muslim who discovers he was actually adopted at birth, and is ethnically Jewish. To reconnect with his birth father, he must find his Jewish roots.

Written by David Baddiel, it also stars Matt Lucas and Amit Shah.

Bake it Easy with Lucy Clark @heavensacupcake- Millionaire Shortbread

Today we were joined by Lucy Clark from @heavensacupcake and she shared with us her recipe for Millionaire Shortbread.

Ingredients:

For the shortbread:

225g/8oz plain flour
175g/6oz unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes
75g/2¾oz caster sugar

For the topping:

150g/5oz butter
1 x 379g can condensed milk
100g/3½oz golden syrup
350g/12oz dark chocolate, or a mixture of dark and milk, chopped into small pieces

1. First, preheat the oven to 160C and mix the flour, caster sugar and butter together in a bowl.
2. Rub the mixture together with your fingers and thumbs until bread crumbs form.
3. Then put the mixture i
n an inch deep baking tray.
4. Lightly brown the crumbs for 20 - 30 mins.
5. Put ready made caramel, condensed milk, brown sugar and butter in a saucepan. Simmer for 5 mins, and then drop the heat.
6. Pour this mixture over the crumbs.
7. Melt the chocolate in microwave. Pour this warm chocolate over the cool caramel and then let it set in the fridge until cool.





Monday, 18 July 2016

Chris' Film Club: Juno

The Film Club is back! This week Chris has chosen the theme of 'The West Wing Alumni' to look at, starting with 'Juno'.

When teen Juno (Ellen Page) becomes pregnant, she chooses a failed rock star and his wife (Jennifer Garner) to adopt her unborn child. Complications occur when Mark, the prospective father, begins viewing Juno as more than just the mother of his future child, putting both his marriage and the adoption in jeopardy.

Allison Janney plays the stepmother to the pregnant teen with Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, JK Simmons, and Jason Bateman also starring.

Friday, 1 July 2016

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 1st July 2016

So it's been a little over a week since Britain decided to leave the EU, and Simon is doing his best to be proactive about it. In fact he has set up a new country, and already applied for membership to the EU. There are a few practical problems with the country so far, such as it covering only the length of the street he lives on (which has annoyed some of his neighbours), the fact that it's only exports are love and Simon's homemade sloe gin, and that's he's already tried to invade the neighbouring street. We wish him well in his endeavour.

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
Taxi Driver
12.40am – 3.00am
Film4

Saturday
Speed
9.00pm – 11.15pm
Film4

Sunday
Pitch Perfect
9.00pm – 11.10pm
Channel 4

Monday
Lincoln
9.00pm – 11.10pm
Film4

Tuesday
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
9.00pm – 11.50pm
ITV4

Wednesday
Bobby
9.00pm – 11.20pm
MovieMix

Thursday
State and Main
1.55am – 4.00am
Film4