Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Chris' Film Club: Little Miss Sunshine

Chris' next Indie choice is 2006 comedy 'Little Miss Sunshine'.

The hugely successful indie comedy/drama follows a family who go on a roadtrip together to enter their daughter (Abigail Breslin) into a beauty pageant all the way in California.

The film stars Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano and Alan Arkin (who won an Oscar for the film).

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Chris Film Club: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Chris continues focusing on indie comedies and dramas today with 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople'.

Written and directed by Taika Waititi, it stars Julian Dennison as Ricky, a juvenile delinquent who is given one last chance with new foster parents, Hector and Bella (played by Sam Neill and Rima Te Wiata). When tragedy strikes, Ricky and Hector find themselves lost in the New-Zealand bush, and the targets of a manhunt.

Do you have what it takes to be a dragon with @DragonsApp

We were joined today by Ann-Marie Mil from Dragon’s Apprentice.

Schools will identify and show their interest in participating and by to putting themselves forward and form teams of 6. Each team is matched with a local business mentor. Teams are given £100 and challenged to "turn £100 into £1,000 or more". All profits made by the teams go directly to their allocated charity/community organisation.

They are currently looking for members of the business community to become mentors to the groups of young people. If you are interested, there is a meeting at the offices of Debenhams Ottaway in St Peter's Street on Tuesday 20th June from 6pm - 8pm.

for more information, check out their website

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Monday, 29 May 2017

Chris' Film Club: I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

Today Chris starts off a week of 'Indie Comedy/Drama' with 2017 release 'I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore'.

Written and directed by Macon Blair, it stars Melanie Lynsky as Ruth, a nursing assistant who gets burgled and decides to find her missing things. She’s aided by her neighbour Tony (Elijah Wood), a socially awkward heavy metal fan.

The film won the Grand Jury Prize at this years Sundance Film Festival.

Helen Phillimore joins us to talk about the next concert for the Quorum Singers of St Albans

This afternoon we were joined by Hellen Phillimore to talk about the Quorum Singers of St Albans and their next concert 'If Music be the Food of Love'.

Conducted by Marianna Freeman the evening will include songs from Elgar's 'Bavarian Highlands' and include special guests Katie Canell on clarinet and Mary Cotes on piano.

The concert will be held on Saturday 3rd June at 7:30pm at the Dagnall Street Baptist Church in St Albans.

Admission is free although there will be a collection for “Healthier Futures for women & girls in Ethiopia” (Christian Aid).

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Friday, 26 May 2017

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 26th May 2017

Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office, new releases in the cinema, and his pick of films on free-to-air TV for the coming week.

She’s Out Of My League
11.25pm – 1.05am

10.00pm – 11.30pm

The Spy Who Loved Me
4.15pm – 6.40pm

11.10pm – 2.25am

X-Men: Days of Future Past
9.00pm – 11.35pm

9.00pm – 11.35pm

Ruby Sparks
1.35am – 3.55am

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Next week on West Herts Drivetime (w/b 29th May 2017) @DragonsApp @ScarletteFever_ @HomeInsteadStA #Over2UFriday and Film Guide w/ @ccaikman

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This week on West Herts Drivetime!

Monday sees Danny interview Hellen Phillimore about the Quorum Singers ( who have been entertaining audiences in the St Albans area for over twenty years, raising thousands of pounds to support both local and national charities.

On Tuesday will Danny fire Ann-Marie Mill or will she pitch Dragon’s Apprentice right?
In it's 7th year, the Dragons' Apprentice Challenge offers Year 12 students the opportunity to experience setting up and running a business.

Wednesday brings the regular feature: The Drivetime Sessions. This week Scarlette Fever. She is a gifted local performer who is a frequent visitor to the show. Her raw, honest rocky performances are a treat not to be missed.

On Thursday Fiona Harrall will be talking about the Dementia Cafe (

Get involved on Friday it's Over 2 U Friday - you pick 'em, you play 'em! From 6:30 Chris will be filling in for Simon while he is away collecting his award for 'Beige's Man of the Year'.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Chris' Film Club: Braindead

Chris' last entry for the horror themed Film Club this week is 'Braindead' from 1992.

This cross between comedy and horror comes from Peter Jackson, who wrote, directed, and even cameos in the film.

When a young man’s mother gets bitten by a rabid rat-monkey, she turns into a monster who he attempts to hide in his basement. Yet each time she escapes, another relative joins her in un-death.

Chris' Film Club: Re-Animator

Chris continues a terrifying horror Film Club this week with 1985's 'Re-Animator'.

Directed by Stuart Gordon, the sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror is loosely based on an HP Lovecraft novella.
Jeffery Combs is Herbert West, a young scientist who creates a solution which can re-animate the dead, and along with his colleague Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott), begins to test out said serum on the human bodies. In conflict with the two is Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale), who wishes to steal the formula and take the glory for himself.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Drivetime Session with Hidden Jules!

On this weeks Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the acoustic duo Hidden Jules. They performed their singles 'Her Rock' and 'Chasing The Sun' and performed a cover of 'Ain't No Sunshine' originally by Bill Withers.

For more information on Hidden Jules, including details of their album "Spirits In My Wine" which is available now, you can visit their Facebook for more information about upcoming gigs.

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Chris' Film Club: Get Out

Next on this week of 'Horror' films, Chris looks at recent smash-hit 'Get Out'.

Daniel Kaluuya stars as Chris, a young black man off to spend the weekend with his white girlfriend’s parents. Despite the warm welcome he receives, things slowly reveal themselves to not be all they seem.

This wildly successful American horror was written and directed by Jordan Peele, and stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener and Lil Rey Howery.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Interior design with @GA_Interiors

Gwendoline was in the studio once again this week to discuss interior design.

She stressed the importance of tropical colours with yellow, which is a colour for happiness and orange for fun.

Another area Gwendoline focused on what's on trend such as plants. The use of plants gives a tropical look. These can be found on online. The flamingo with the use of pink that gives a fabulous colour for the summer.

The other trend is vintage, which creates personal. A detailed wallpaper a precise wallpaper, which is heavily pattern. This is made more modern with soft beige and neutral.

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Mussels may help reduce scarring, hottest chilli grown in Wales, #SotM Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, Night Sky this month w/ @smrolfe 22/05/2017

Radio Verulam West Herts Drive Time Science Feature 22/05/2017

Scar treatment using mussel ‘gloop’.
“The humble mussel could soon help us prevent scarring. A sticky substance naturally secreted by the marine animal is one element of a glue that closes skin wounds seamlessly in rats. The glue could be used to prevent unsightly scars after accidental cuts or surgical operations.
Scars form when the collagen scaffolding in skin is broken apart. Instead of re-forming in their original and neat basket-weave arrangement, the collagen fibres grow back in parallel bundles that create the characteristic lumpy appearance of scars.
One way to reduce scarring is to apply decorin, a skin protein involved in collagen organisation. But because decorin has a highly complex physical structure it is hard to synthesise.”
“To get round this problem, Hyung Joon Cha at Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea and his colleagues have created a simplified version of decorin. They combined a small section of the decorin protein with a collagen-binding molecule and a sticky substance secreted by mussels.
The resulting glue was tested on rats with deep, 8-millimetre-wide wounds. The glue was spread over each wound and covered with clear plastic film. Rats in a control group had their wounds covered in plastic without any glue.
By day 11, 99 per cent of the wound was closed in the treated rats compared with 78 per cent in the control group. By day 28, treated rats had fully recovered and had virtually no visible scarring. In comparison, control rats had thick, purple scars”.

“The results are impressive but there is still a way to go before the results can be translated to humans. “Rats have loose skin, whereas we have tight skin, and they tend to heal better and have less scarring than we do,” she says. As a result, the glue may not be as effective in people as in rats.
… the glue will now be tested in pigs, whose skin better resembles our own.”

Welsh man accidentally creates world’s hottest chilli.
The world’s hottest chilli pepper - so fiery it could kill someone who eats it -has been created in North Wales.
It measures around than 2.48m on the Scoville scale, and it could potentially cause anaphylactic shock for someone who eats it, burning the airways and closing them up.
The chilli has been named Dragon’s Breath, in honour of its Welsh beginnings. The 2.48m Scoville heat units (SHU) the chilli registers dwarfs its nearest rival, the Carolina Reaper, which measures on average 1.5m on the Scoville scale, with an individual pepper measuring up to 2.20m. Mr Smith, who has developed the chilli along with scientists from Nottingham University - says he is expecting any day a confirmation letter from the Guinness Book of Records recognising his chilli as the world’s most potent.
Mr Smith was loaned the chilli plant by Nottinghamshire chilli farmer Neal Price about three months ago, who grew it using a new plant food developed with Nottingham Trent University. It was developed to be used in medical treatment as an anaesthetic because the oils that come from it are so potent that they can numb the skin.
He said: “This was developed because a lot of people are allergic to anaesthetic, and this can be applied to the skin because it is so strong it numbs it.”
As well as being of use in treating people who are allergic to anaesthetics, it is thought the chilli’s oils could also be useful in developing countries, where access to anaesthetic is limited for financial reasons.
The Dragon’s Breath chilli is so potent that it must be kept in a specially sealed container. It will be on display at the Chelsea Flower Show between May 23 and 27.

Scientist of the Month
 A woman in a white dress stands in front of a stone university building and looks down and to one side.
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
She helped to link the spectral class of stars (O, B, A, F, G, K, M) to their temperature. She also found that the common metals in the Sun’s spectrum are relatively the same as those found on Earth. However, she found that helium and hydrogen were vastly more abundant but was talked out of this conclusion by astronomer Henry Russell, who then found the same result four years later by a different method and despite acknowledging her, he gets recognised for this and even has his name on the widely used Hertzspung-Russell diagram.
She went on to study stars with high luminosity to understand the structure of the Milky Way, making over 1.25 million observations with her assistants and 2 million observations of variable stars.
She became the first women to be promoted to Professor at Harvard and to head a department there.

Night Sky This Month
Sunset is at 9 and 9:25 pm over the next month, the latest sunsets of the year. If you want to stargaze when the skies are darkest after these times, the New Moon is 25th May and 24th June.
Early risers, before the 4:40 sunrise, will see Venus as the morning star and it is at its greatest western elongation (i.e. furthest from the Sun from our perspective) on 3rd June.
Saturn is at opposition on 15th June, meaning it is closest to Earth in its orbit and will be brighter than any other time of year and is visible all night.
The summer solstice will occur on 21st June, marking the longest day and the first day of summer.
Look for the asterism known as The Summer Triangle marked by the stars Deneb, Altair and Vega in the constellations Cygnus, Aquila and Lyra.

Chris' Film Club: Near Dark

Chris is back and heading the Film Club this week, selecting the theme of 'horror' today.

We start this week with 'Near Dark' from 1987. When Cowboy Caleb Colton (Adrian Pasdar) meets gorgeous Mae (Jenny Wright) at a bar, the two have an immediate attraction. But when Mae turns out to be a vampire and bites Caleb on the neck, things get complicated. Wracked with a craving for human blood, Caleb is forced to leave his family and ride with Mae and her gang of vampires, including the evil Severen. Along the way Caleb must decide between his new love of Mae and the love of his family.

Friday, 19 May 2017

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 19th May 2017

ahoy hoy, kris hear again, not SIMON like last time tehehehe, nope deffo kris and his stoopid smug face. kris errr i mean me likes to writes lots of mean stuff about SIMON THE WONDERFUL becaus i am a bum with no friends, so this week i am going to tel you a story about how much of a loser i am. i like to read books and stuff, and i do exercise and i like to go to bed at a reasonabl time and i dont drink to much. i am not cool and i feel bad about being not cool so i make fun of SIMON becuz he is cool and he is my hero and he has a handsom face and he has a cool leather jacket and anyone who says diferent is a dumb face..

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.

Training Day
9.00pm – 11.25pm

The Heat
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Channel 4

The Homesman
10.00pm – 11.55pm

Brassed Off
9.00pm – 11.10pm

The Bourne Legacy
9.00pm – 11.35pm

The Blind Side
8.00pm – 10.35pm

Kingdom of Heaven
9.00pm – 12.40am

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Charlotte's Film Club: The Dark Knight

To round off this week, today on the Film Club Charlotte looks at 'The Dark Knight', specifically Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Following the events of 'Batman Begins', Batman (Christian Bale) has been able to keep a tight lid on crime in Gotham City. However when a vile young criminal calling himself the Joker (Heath Ledger) suddenly throws the town into chaos, the caped Crusader begins to tread a fine line between heroism and vigilantism.

The film one two Oscars; for Heath Ledger's supporting acting, and best sound editing.


Graham Clarke and Janet Bruce join us to discuss Active Brains

This afternoon we were joined by Graham Clarke and Janet Bruce to talk about Active Brains, a council-sponsored initiative offering social fun games to those hoping to keep their brains active.

The drop in service at Marshalswick Baptist Free Church from 1:30pm to 4:30pm on Thursday afternoons offers 'tea & tech' where those struggling with technology can bring in their devices for help and advice, as well as tea, cakes and company. The drop-in is entirely free.

For more info contact 01727 857786 or go to

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Drivetime sessions with Chris Flegg @Chris_Flegg

On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by Chris Flegg. The Jazz singer/song writer performed his acoustic jazz singles titled 'The Troubadour Cafe' and the instrumental 'Market Street Rag' as well as his cover of the Dire Straits 'Sultans of Swing'.

You can visit Chris Flegg's website at where you can find out about future gigs and past albums.

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Charlotte's Film Club: Legend

Charlotte continues to look at famous English and Irish actors on the Film Club this week, with today's focus being on Tom Hardy in 'Legend'.

Hardy stars as both Reggie and Ronald Kray, the two infamous twins that left their mark on the London underworld in the 1960s. Using violence to get what they want, the siblings orchestrate robberies and murders while running nightclubs and protection rackets. With police Detective Leonard "Nipper" Read hot on their heels, the brothers continue their rapid rise to power and achieve tabloid notoriety.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Charlotte's Film Club: 12 Years a Slave

Charlotte set the theme of 'English/Irish Actors' yesterday, with her next Film Club choice being 2013's '12 Years a Slave', featuring Michael Fassbender.

Based upon the life of Solomon Northrup, in the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. 

The film won three oscars for 'Best Picture', 'Best Adapted Screenplay' and 'Best Supporting Actress' for Lupita Nyong'o. 

Lucy Clark from @heavensacupcake

Lucy shared with us today, her recipe for earl grey cake. Its a really easy recipe! 

This cake is delicously made with Earl grey or with coffee. The staple ingredients are needed such as  self raising flour and margerine .The crispness of the icing contrasts irresistibly with the softness of the sponge - these are a glorious mix of flavours and textures.

For more of Lucy's fabulous recipes and details for her award winning cupcakes, visit : www.heavenisacupcake.netFollow her on Twitter: @heavensacupcake
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Monday, 15 May 2017

Local theatre Correspondent David Widdowson's monthly round-up @OVO_theatre 15/05/2017

David spoke about shows and performances coming up at theatres around the city in the next month, including:

Coming up at the Maltings Art Theartre this month:

Tales from the Wrecker’s Yard
25th May - 27th May 20.00 & 27th May 14.30
A DeeBee Production: seven spooky little plays from Jane Fookes directed by David Berryman.

3rd June - 20.00
Parisian singer CĂ©line Dommart brings her unique blend of French chanson, Spanish tango and American jazz.

The Colours of Kenny Roach
9th June - 20.00
A warm, funny and deeply moving drama about creativity, the nature of the artist and the self-destructive impulse of addiction.

St Albans Folk Festival Concert
24th June - 20.00

More details at:

Abbey Theatre
She Stoops To Conquer
Tue 16th - Sat 20th May 2017 8 pm
Oliver Goldsmith’s 1773 play is still laugh-out-loud funny after all these years. It’s a comedy of manners with romantic entanglements, farce and a host of brilliantly comic characters.

The Alban Arena

Trestle Arts Base

Charlotte's Film Club: Split

This week on the Film Club: Charlotte is back in charge, and today sets the theme of "Actors from the UK and Ireland", with Jame McAvoy in 'Split'.

When 'Kevin' (McAvoy), a man evidenced to have 23 personalities, abducts three teenage girls, a war for survival breaks out between those within his head, and everyone around him. The girls must find a way out before the monstrous '24th' personality emerges.

Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Anya Taylor-Joy and Betty Buckley star in the main roles along with McAvoy.

Friday, 12 May 2017

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 5th May 2017

hallo, SIMON here. i cudn't be bovvered wif doing the film guide fingy this weak so i let Kris do it. I cudn't be bovvered becos i'm so tired from my life of being cool, wyle Kris has lots and lots and lots of energy because he is soooooo boring, and reeeeeeeeely dull.. like, u hav no idea how boring he is. he aint cool like me. i modle myself after my hero, MAGNUM PI. he's a badasss. hehehehehehehe, i said ass.

Ok, that was a lie, but Chris 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.

Demolition Man
11.00pm - 1.20am

12 Years a Slave
9.00pm - 11.35pm
Channel 4

Star Trek
6.35pm - 9.00pm

11.45pm - 1.35am

11.15pm - 1.40am

Lake Placid
9.00pm - 10.50pm

White House Down
9.00pm - 11.40pm

A Fish Called Wanda
9.00pm - 11.15pm