Friday, 20 July 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 20th July 2018 with @SusW

Susie steps into Simon's shoes (why he left them in the studio is a mystery...) and talks to Danny about the top 10 at the Box Office, new releases for the week and her choice of movies on free-to-air TV!

Kingsman: the Secret Service
9:00 - 11:35 pm
Channel 4

21 Jump Street
9:00 - 11:10 pm
Channel 5

Singin' In The Rain
4:55 - 7:05 pm
Paramount Network

The Football Factory
11:05 pm to 1:00 am
Channel 5

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
9:00 - 11:10 pm
Sky 1

9:00 pm to midnight
Film 4

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Health Matters - Heat; Horseflieslies; Appointments; Donate A Kidney

Five Issues in tonight’s DriveTime

·         Staying well in the Heat
·         Horseflies
·         Patient Access
·         Donate a Kidney Event tomorrow night
·         NHS at 70

1. Staying Well In The Heat
Hasn’t this warm spell been great? Or are you getting a little tired of the heat? There are lots of things you can do to ensure that you stay well in the heat such as:-
  •          Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  •          Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  •          Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  •      Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  •          Make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  •         Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  •         Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  •         Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

For a full briefing on how to cope go to 

2. Horseflies
One of the consequences of this hot weather is an increase in insect bites – and especially from horseflies!  Most insect bites can be simply treated at home – here’s the best advice!

But there are two critical points to watch out for:
·       Anaphylactic shock – some people are allergic to stings and can develop life threatening conditions – 999 is for them!
·        Horseflies - whilst most bites are relatively painless and clear up quickly on their own, the horsefly bite takes a chunk out of you, as well as sucking blood; they are noticeably more painful and more likely to get infected. See your pharmacist if you have a bite but if it gets infected seek medical help through your Surgery or 111 as soon as possible,
And to minimise the chance of a bite, clear, or avoid, standing water as much as possible.

3. Patient Access
We talked about Patient Records last month (and I can confirm I have finally received my opt out confirmation letter!), but this month I want to encourage you register for online access at your Surgery. There are three key benefits:-
  •         Making appointments
  •         Repeat Prescriptions; and
  •         Seeing your Medical Records

Data shows that around 30% of patients in our area are registered; don’t be one of the 70%; see your surgery if you don’t already have access!

4. Donate a Kidney Event
It’s being held tomorrow night at the Verulamium Museum and it’s for anyone who would like more information on becoming a kidney donor – lives are transformed through kidney donorship and you can find out all about it at 7:00 pm at the Verulamium Museum.

5. NHS at 70 – The NHS, turned 70 on July 5th, and, I’m doing the NHS 1000 mile challenge. The good news is that I’m half-way; the bad news is that I should be on 539 miles by now; I blame this hot weather! 

So, this is a great time to support your NHS!

Monday, 16 July 2018

Local Theatre Update

David Widdowson from the OVO Theatre Company joined us for an update on local theatre .


Open air at the Roman Theatre of St Albans | 11th-21st July 2018
Open air at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall | 27th-31st August 2018

By William Shakespeare | Directed by Adam Nichols and Janet Podd

Messina, a small town in America’s Midwest. A new decade dawns as the fabulous fifties twist and jive into the swinging sixties.

At Leonato’s Bar and Grill, girl band sensation The Sonnettes are on the brink of pop superstardom. When a group of soldiers returns from the war in the far east, the world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of partying, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love.

Meanwhile, Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship. Because neither will admit their love, nothing seems likely to bring them together – until the intrigues of a fallen star with a dark heart force them to demonstrate their true feelings for each other…

With a live soundtrack featuring some of the greatest rock and roll and pop tunes ever written, Much Ado About Nothing follows in the footsteps of OVO’s award winning sellout summer smash hits As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Maltings Art Theatre

Orlando – Dyad Productions
26th & 27th July - 20.00

From the creators of The Time Machine, Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, Dalloway, The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe, Christmas Gothic, I, Elizabeth, The Diaries of Adam and Eve, Female Gothic and Austen’s Women.

Orlando: Who is she? Who is he? Who are we? Find out in the life-affirming, comedic tale of an immortal poet, whose gender cannot be pinned down, whose spirit cannot be caged, and whose irreverent, romantic adventures across British history – from the 1600s to the present day – provide a magic-realist exploration of human identity; personal, sexual and national. Drawing on a decade’s worth of critically-acclaimed theatre-making, Dyad Productions – performer Rebecca Vaughan and writer/director Elton Townend Jones – explore what it means to find our place in the world whilst remaining utterly true to who we are. Based on the satirical 1928 novel by Virginia Woolf

Friday, 13 July 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 13th July 2018

Simon chatted with Danny about films and so forth, bringing you the top 10 showing in the box office, new releases to watch out for and his choice of free-to-air movies on your small silver screens (TV) this week:

Tomorrow, when the war began (2010)
7.00pm – 9.00pm

Mississippi Grind (2015)
10.15pm – 11.55pm

Hell or High Water (2016)
10.15pm – 12.15am
Channel 4

RoboCop (2014)
9.00pm – 11.20pm

Move over, Darling (1963)
10.00pm – 11.45pm

Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (1992)
9.00pm – 10.40pm

Back to the Future (1985)
7.40pm – 10.00pm
Film 4+1

Interview with local author Howard Linskey @HowardLinskey about new release "The Chosen Ones"

"Eva Dunbar wakes in a large metal box. She has no idea who has taken her. She has no way out ."

Howard spoke to Danny about his new release, out now, "The Chosen Ones". Set in the 1990s, the fourth in the series where the cast of characters Detective Bradshaw, Tom Carney, Helen Norton, in a collision of worlds, police and journalists work together to solve a mystery.

For more information and where to by the book:

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

#DrivetimeSessions with @Gracegeorge_gg

This week we were joined by local singer-songwriter and friend of the show ;Grace George!
As always, we asked her to perform two original songs and a cover of another artist's work. This week, her original songs were: 'Next To Me' and 'Starlight' she also covered 'I Will Always Love You', originally sung by Whitney Houston as well as Dolly Parton.

You can find Grace's social media links below.


You can watch Grace's performance again on our facebook page here
You can also listen again here

Monday, 9 July 2018

Angela Stone  from the Company Of Ten joined us tonight for a review of their upcoming production Faith & Daring.

THU 19 - SAT 21 JUL 2018 8PM @ The Abbey Theatre


This July we’re commemorating the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act with an evening of plays from the Actresses Franchise League and the Women Writers Franchise League. We’ll also hear some of the anthems from the women’s suffrage movement.

Incidentally, if you have memories handed down from mothers, grandmothers or other female relatives who were involved in the struggle, we’d love to hear from you. We might even incorporate your stories in our foyer display.

Friday, 6 July 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 6th July 2018 with @SusW

This week saw the Film Guide hosting debut of acclaimed local actor Susie Wyeth, understudy to Simon Carver as he was unavailable this week. Susie brought her wealth of knowledge discussing the silver screen with Danny and recommends you get your remotes at the ready for these films on free-to-air TV.

Indecent Proposal (1993)
9.00pm – 11.30pm

St Elmos Fire (1985)
11.30pm- 1.40am

Marley & Me (2008)
10.30am – 12.50pm

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
8pm- 10.25pm
Channel 4

We’re The Millers (2013)
9pm- 11.15pm
Channel 5

Thor (2011)
8.00pm – 10.15pm

Desperado (1995)
9.00pm – 11.10pm

Shawshank Redemption (1994)
9.00pm – 11.55pm

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

The Drivetime Sessions with @BethHedgesMusic sponsored by @FightingCocksSA!

On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by local artist Beth Hedges. Whilst on air she played three songs: two of her own and a cover.  The two songs were named "Be Brave" and "I Have the Words." She also performed a cover of "You Know I'm No Good" originally by Amy Winehose

You can find her Facebook page here:
Her Soundcloud:
Her YouTube:
Her Twitter:
If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again, follow this link, and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30. 

Monday, 2 July 2018

Quorum Singers

Hellen Phillimore from the Quorum Singers joined us tonight to tell us about their forthcoming concert .

Summer Concert
Rounding off another 2 terms of singing with a celebratory concert, helping to raise funds for Dagnall Street's chosen charity: Christian Aid.
Date : Saturday 7th July 2018

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Dagnall Street Baptist Church, St Albans

Tickets: Free entry with retiring collection

Friday, 29 June 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 29th June 2018

Simon and  Danny chit-chatted about movies - the top ten in the box office, new releases and of course, Simon's picks for films on free-to-air TV. Catch up on the Film Guide through your favourite podcasting app, search "West Herts".

The Full Monty (1997)
11.25pm – 12.50am

The Alamo (1960)
3.40pm – 6.55pm

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
9.00m – 11.10pm

True Lies (1994)
9.00pm – 11.45pm

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
11.15pm – 2.05am

Triangle (2009)
9.00pm – 11.00pm

This Sporting Life (1963)
9.00pm – 11.30pm
True Movies

Friday, 22 June 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 22nd June 2018 with Simon and @SusW

This week Simon and Susie (Danny's co-star in The Breakaway Theatre's production of "Taming Of The Shrew?" 28th to 30th June and 5th to 7th July joined Danny for the usual Friday night discussion about film - Box Office Top 10, New Releases and Simon's pick of movies on free-to-air TV.

Wind Chill (2007)
9.00pm – 10.50pm

Creed (2015)
9.30pm – 12.05am

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
10.45pm – 12.30am

How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
3.10pm – 5.00pm

Sicario (2015)
9.00pm – 11.20pm

Die Hard (1988)
9.00pm – 11.40pm

Lone Survivor
9.00pm – 11.40pm

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

The Drivetime Sessions with @Abbie_Gathard sponsored by @FightingCocksSA

Today we were joined by the illustrous Abbie Gathard! As per usual we asked her to perform 2
original songs and a cover. Her original songs were 'Mr. Why' and 'Start Again' and she graced us with a cover of Radiohead's 'Creep'

You can find Abbie on:
Twitter (@Abbie_Gathard)
Facebook (

You can find Abbie's music on:
Deezer (

If you missed this week's Drivetime Session you can listen again! Wow, isn't the Internet just great

Monday, 18 June 2018

Local Theater News

Tonight on Drivetime Liz Widdowson joined us for an update on whats happening in our local theaters.
Maltings Art Theatre

Herts Jazz Club – Pete Long’s Sextet
19th June - 19.30

Pete Long – Clarinet, George Hogg – Trumpet, Callum Au – Trombone, Rob Barron – Piano, Joe Pettitt – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Space and Space Travel form the theme of this week’s selection by the Peter Long Sextet. Expect some of Ellington’s musings on the subject such as Blues In Orbit and Ballet of the Flying Saucers, some conveniently entitled standards – Star Eyes, Stardust, Pete’s jazz reworking of the entire Planets Suite by Gustav Holst and, of course, Star Trek to finish it all off. Great fun, fancy dress optional!

Tickets: £16/£15/£12

Breakaway Theatre Company are proud to be returning to The Inn On The Park for their annual outdoor Summer Shakespeare production, on 28th-30th June and 5th-7th July 2018.


Friday, 15 June 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 15th June 2018

Welcome to Simon's picks for the week of free-to-air TV movies.

Men in Black (1997)
7.05pm – 9.00pm
Film 4

Romancing the Stone (1984)
6.50pm – 9.00pm

Field of Dreams (1989)
4.45pm – 6.50pm

The Jewel of the Nile (1985)

Mama Mia (2008)
8.00pm – 10.10pm

Marshland (2014)
12.55am – 3.05am

Momentum (2015)
9.00pm – 10.50pm

The Bodyguard (1992)
9.00pm – 11.40pm

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Health Matters - Opt Out, Care Records, Extended Access, New Hospital

Six Issues in tonight’s DriveTime

  •       National Data Opt Out
  •       My Care Record
  •       GP Extended Access
  •       Carers’ Week
  •       A New Hospital?
  •       NHS at 70

1. National Data Opt-Out
Imagine going to your doctor’s surgery; a receptionist will enter information into the PC in front of them, a nurse or a doctor will key in information when you see them; it is all patient data! But further – it’s your data! And yours to control. But where does it all go once it’s keyed in?

For years, only the surgery could see it; and therefore it was safe. But now it’s all uploaded to a central system managed by NHS Digital, and it can be used further. So how can it be used:
  •       For your direct care – for example at A&E or when you’re away from home.
  •       For response to critical emergencies – fir example a flu epidemic.
  •       For planning purposes – for example to answer questions like “how many people are diabetic in Hertfordshire?
  •       For research purposes – either within the NHS or by the pharmaceutical companies.
For the NHS web site that explains it all, go to 

But there are many more databases than just the one at your surgery; imagine going into Hospital, or A&E; they’ll have lots of data too; that’s called Hospital Episode Statistics and the NHS has been selling that (in anonymised form) for some time! Are you happy for your personal data to be used in this way? Well up to now, you didn’t have a choice; but GDPR and May 25th changed all that! In the main, most of us would say that, if our data helps others then that’s all fine. But is it safe?

For many years people have argued that if data is to be shared it should meet three criteria; it must be:
  •       Open
  •       Consensual
  •       Safe

And if you’d like to see how all of the data that the NHS holds on you matches up to those three criteria there’s a full list here  

From May 25 – “GDPR Day” – the NHS has given you a choice; it’s called the National Data Opt Out. For full details go to . You can opt out of your data being shared for anything apart from your direct care. And for what to do if you do decide to opt out, go to

For some time now people have been able to express an opt out to the NHS; so far their wishes have been ignored. People who have already opted out should receive a letter about the National Opt Out; I’m still waiting for mine! Have you received one yet?

There is a huge issue around anonymisation; there are two approaches to this, pseudonymisation – identifiable data is scrambled by a random formula; and anonymisation – identifiable data is removed. There is a view that under only fully anonymised data is acceptable; although that view is taken in Ireland and in many EU countries, it is still undecided in the UK.

2. My Care Record
Your records are being shared for your direct care; the process is known as “My Care Record”. If you’re taken to Watford A&E and a healthcare professional needs to access your record they will be able to do it provided you give your consent. They will only be able to see the record; they won’t be able to add to it or change it in any way.

3. GP Extended Access
We talked about Extended Access last month; that’s another example of where your records are being shared with others for your direct care.  So, if you’d prefer a doctors’ appointment in the evenings or at weekends, you should be able to book one through your Surgery. These appointments may be another surgery acting as a "hub"; here are the hours at which this service is currently available; the plan is to introduce early mornings soon.

18.30 – 20.00
09.00 – 13.00 & 15.00 – 19.00
09.00 – 13.00

Our choice of evening and weekend appointments should be on an equal footing to normal hours appointments. For further information check your Practice web site; for example, for Lodge Surgery Patients go to (it’s embedded on a page on privacy so you’ll need to page down!).

4. Carers’ Week
This week is carers’ week; time to celebrate the great job they do for people in our area. In a recent survey, 38% of carers locally stated that they had lost touch with friends and family as a consequence of their caring duties. There are a number of events for carers organised in Hertfordshire during Carers’ Week; just go to for a full list.

5. A New Hospital?
Should we have a new centrally locate hospital? There’s a new group with an inaugural meeting next week – June 20. For details, go to

6. NHS at 70To celebrate the NHS, turns 70 on July 5th make a pledge – go here for details go to

As for my NHS 1,000 mile challenge, I’m 2 miles ahead!

So, this is a great time to support your NHS!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The Drivetime Sessions with @minniebirch sponsored by @FightingCocksSA

Our guest on this week's edition of the Drivetime sessions was singer-songwriter; Minnie Birch. As always we asked the Minnie to perform two original songs and one cover. The two original songs which she performed were "Cash Out",an old football song and "Wise Words" and her cover was of Scissor Sisters' "I Don't Feel Like Dancing"

You can fin her Twitter her: @minniebirch
You can buy her music here:
her Facebook here:

if you missed Minnie's performances, listen again here!

Monday, 11 June 2018

Consumer Advice

Tonight Elizabeth Crampton joined us from St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau for our regular update on consumer issues.

Pay Day Loans
Payday loans are short-term loans for small amounts of money. They are available from high street shops and internet sites. Payday loans can be easy to get but interest rates are very high. There may be other ways for you to sort out your short-term money problem so think about the alternatives before you borrow from a payday lender.When you apply for a loan, before lending you any money, a lender should check whether you’ll be able to pay it back. This means that, for example, the lender should check you’ve got enough money coming in each month to be be able pay the loan back.If you have debts or are struggling to manage on your money, you may like to get help with budgeting or dealing with debts which is available from a number of sources including the CAB

Travel insurance can give you extra protection if your holiday doesn't go as planned. So you should make sure you have cover if you're planning a trip away.

It's particularly important to take out travel insurance if you are travelling independently because you may find yourself stranded with no way to get home and no-one to help sort out your holiday problem.

Top tips
travel insurance is essential, particularly if you are travelling independently
choose a policy that covers your needs
compare policies on the cover they offer as well as the cost
check if you have other insurance that will cover you away from home
check the policy if you are receiving any form of medical treatment to see what exclusions may apply.

more information can be found at the following web sites 

Friday, 8 June 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 8th June 2018

Welcome to Simon's picks for the week of free-to-air TV movies. Some great picks and Simon has a near full house on choices. I say near full house, because, as a horror (and good movie) fan I would not recommend the 2006 "The Hills Have Eyes". -Sam

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
9.00pm – 11.35pm
Film 4

Moneyball (2011)
9.00pm – 11.45pm

An American Werewolf in London (1981)
11.20pm – 1.15am

Starred Up (2013)
11,40pm – 1.50am

Trainspotting (1995)
11.00pm – 1.00am

The Departed (2006)
10.00pm – 1.00am

Source Code (2011)
10.00pm – 11.55pm

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
9.00pm – 11.05pm

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: The Adjustment Bureau

The last Film of our week based on the years 2008-2011 is "The Adjustment Bureau" from 2011.

This sci-fi thriller stars Matt Damon as a politician who meets a ballerina (Emily Blunt) he is instantly smitten with, yet finds himself always unable to meet with her. David learns that he is facing a group of men that work for fate itself, and must choose between the path destined for him, or the one in which he can be with the woman of his dreams.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

The Drivetime Sessions with @JamesCarolBooks sponsored @FightingCocksSA

Our guest on this week's edition of the Drivetime sessions were author and accomplished guitarist; James Carol. As always we asked the James to perform two original songs and one cover. The two original songs which he performed were "Face the Sun", and "I Wonder" and their cover was of U2's "Running to Stand Still". 

You can find his twitter here: @JamesCarolBooks
his website here:

You can also listen to his performances even if you missed them:
 visit, and then navigate to 5:30 on Wednesday.

Charlotte's Film Club: The Social Network

Charlotte continues her theme of films from the years 2008 to 2011 today, as she looks at David Fincher's "The Social Network".

The 2011 film tells the real life story of Harvard undergrad and computer genius Mark Zuckerberg as he creates the revolutionary platform of Facebook. Becoming one of the youngest billionaires ever, Zuckerberg finds his success leads to both personal and legal complications to face.

Jesse Eisenberg stars as Zuckerberg, and Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield also feature in the Oscar award winning film.


Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: The Final Destination

Charlotte set the theme for the Film Club this week to 2008-2011 yesterday, and so today her feature is 'The Final Destination' from 2009.

This new entry in the gory horror series which sees teens punished for cheating death focuses on a group of friends who leave a race track early, just before an explosive car incident. At first they consider themselves lucky, until one by one they all meet grisly ends.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Wanted

We're back! Charlotte's Film Club this week is all about the years 2008 through to 2011, and her first pick is 'Wanted'.

This 2008 action Film sees James McAvoy recruited into a secret society of assassins named 'the Fraternity', who train him to become the perfect assassin and leave his boring desk-job behind.

Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, and Terence Stamp also star!

Friday, 25 May 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 25th May 2018

25th May 2018

Simon talks films with Danny and has picked some movies on free-for-air TV for your entertainment!

The King’s Speech (2010)
9.00pm – 11.30pm
True Movies

Paranorman (2012)
2.45pm – 4.35pm

Far from the madding crowd (1967)
3.30pm – 6.45pm
True Entertainment

Sing Street (2015)
9.00pm – 11.10pm

Born Free (1966)
9.00pm – 11.05pm
True Movies

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
9.00pm – 11.05pm

Fair Wind to Java (1953)
1.05pm – 2.55pm

By Way Of Murder at @PHTCWatford with Leonie and Mark

Leonie and Mark came to talk to Danny about the show that is coming to the Pump House Theatre in Watford 11th to 16th June.

Watch this "who-dun-it" comedy thiller in which "Lady Sarah's stately home of Baxford Hall is the setting for this tale of murder, kidnap and deceit. Film producer Jack Summers and his actress wife Janie, have taken refuge at the Hall to escape death threats that Jack has been receiving."

Leonie talked about how they had to teach a younger member of the company how to use a rotary dial phone...! as this show is set in the 1970s. And Mark discussed his process on writing and bringing this play to the stage after many years in the works.

More details at:

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Zodiac

This week the Film Club concludes with 'Zodiac', the 2007 crime thriller.

Directed by David Fincher, the films tells the story of the real-life story of the hunt for the Zodiac, a killer who left America haunted with his cryptic and mysterious threats.

It features the fantastic cast of Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal and Anthony Edwards.


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Apocalypto

Today's Film pick from Charlotte is 'Apocalypto' from 2006.

Mel Gibson directs this film set during the ages of the Mayan kingdom. Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood), a peaceful hunter in a remote tribe, is captured along with his entire village in a raid. He is scheduled for a ritual sacrifice until he makes a daring escape, and tries to make it back to his pregnant wife and son.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Jarhead

Charlotte's next film this week is 2005 biography with Jake Gyllenhaal 'Jarhead'.

Set in the late 1980s, Anthony Swofford enlists as a Marine, training in boot camp under a sadistic drill instructor. During this time Swofford undertakes a sniper course, shortly before the advent of the Gulf war. When the United States becomes involved, Swofford is shipped out, facing uncertainty each day -- about the war and home -- the soldier tries to maintain composure.


Interior Design Feature with Gwendoline Alderton @ga_interiors

This week we chatted to interior design correspondent Gwendoline Alderton about the latest trends in interior design.  Trends are important in interior design because they dictate what products you fill find on the high street, and will make you feel more energetic and inspired inside your home.

 One trending colour at the moment is 'inky blue', and it's gained popularity as a mysterious paint colour. However, inky blue can sometimes feel a bit intense and gloomy, so Gwendoline suggests an inky blue feature wall and 3 walls of other colours, or lighter coloured furnishings to lighten the atmosphere of the room.   Alternatively, you could also use an acidic colour like fuschia or zesty green which will pop out amongst the dark blue.  This will also help to give the room energy and life.

The 'industrial' look has also been gaining popularity recently.  This look incorporates harsh and worn elements, for a 'used' look.   One phrase associated with this look is 'shabby-chic'.  This look is usually used in kitchens, or with wall lights in offices.  Interesting lights are also a good way to spice up your interiors.  Glass lights which diffract the light and throw light into the room are very popular, and are a way of making the room you are decorating feel more exciting.  Spider lights are also a trendy look

Gwendoline's website
Gwendoline's Instagram: @gorgeousgwendoline

Monday, 21 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: The Notebook

It's a new week for the Film Club, and Charlotte is following last weeks 2000-2003 films by spending this week celebrating 2004-2007!

Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams both star in this romance-drama in which a mill-worker and a rich girl fall in love, but her parents don't approve. When he goes away to fight in the second World War, she ends up with another man, but they soon discover their romance is far from over.

Friday, 18 May 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 18th May 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 18th May 2018

Simon was excited for a birthday party later tonight, so he talked about films with the same amount of enthusiasm as normal.

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
10.00pm – 12.20am

The Damned United (2009)
10.35pm – 12.05am

The Heat (2013)
9.00pm – 11.20pm

Spy (2015)
9.00pm – 11.20pm

Pulp Fiction (1994)
9.00pm – 12.00am

Payback (1998)
10.00pm – 12.10am

The Martian (2015)
9.00pm – 11.45m

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Bruce Almighty

Charlotte finishes a week of the best of 2000-2003 with 'Bruce Almighty'.

This 2003 comedy stars Jim Carrey as the titular Bruce Nolan, a Newsroom personality who blames God when he loses out on his dream anchorman position. Soon after, God (Morgan Freeman) actually contacts Bruce and offers him all of his powers if he thinks he can do a better job. Bruce accepts and goes on a spree, using his new-found abilities for selfish, personal use until he realizes that the prayers of the world are going unanswered.

Jennifer Anniston and Steve Carrell also star.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: 28 Days Later

Today's Film Club looks at British post-apocalyptic thriller '28 Days Later' from 2002.

A courier wakes up from a coma a month after an infectious virus strikes, and finds the city of London devoid of life aside from the zombie-like victims of the ‘Rage Virus’. He soon unites with another group of survivors and joins them on a perilous journey to what he hopes will be safety.

Directed by Danny Boyle, it stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson and Christopher Eccleston


Drivetime Sessions with @ThePapersnakes sponsored by @FightingCocksSA

Our guests on this week's edition of the Drivetime sessions were local band and regular guests; The Papersnakes. As always we asked the Papersnakes to perform two original songs and one cover. The two original songs which they performed were "Beast In the East", and "Going Around In My Head" and their cover was of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song".

You can find there twitter here: @ThePapersnakes
and their SoundCloud here:

We broadcast this performance on Facebook Live, and you can watch it back at

If you'd like to listen back, you can visit, and then navigate to 5:30 on Wednesday.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Donnie Darko

Charlotte's Film Club continues with the focus of early 2000s cinema with the 2001 cult classic 'Donnie Darko'.

After surviving a freak accident, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to explore what it means to be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny.

Jenny Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Drew Barrymore also star.

Health Matters; Extended Access; Breast Screening; Mental Health Week; NHS Changes

Five Issues in tonight’s DriveTime 
  •          GP Extended Access
  •          Breast Screening Problems
  •          Mental Health Week
  •          NHS changes next year
  •          NHS at 70

1. GP Extended Access
Let’s clarify – GP “Extended Hours” refers to early and late opening as well as some Saturdays; this has been generally available for some time. But now there’s also Extended Access as well. This program is being run by our local GPs who have formed a “Federation” to provide the service

If you’re registered at a local practice, you could be offered pre-bookable appointments outside the Surgery’s normal hours – either in the evenings or at weekends – at any practice that is acting as a HUB for local patients from other surgeries. NB the plan is to introduce early mornings soon. The current timings are shown below:

18.30 – 20.00
09.00 – 13.00 & 15.00 – 19.00
09.00 – 13.00

They are 15 minute appointments and your GP will be able to access your full medical record. They are intended for most appointments apart from repeat prescriptions or fit (formerly known as sick) notes.

You can book into these appointments through reception at your practice; there is supposed to be a mobile number (I couldn’t find it!) and soon 111 or an Out-Of-Hours organisation will be able to make bookings. Our choice of evening and weekend appointments should be on an equal footing to normal hours appointments. For further information check your Practice web site; for example, for Maltings Patients go to

To see the general standards for this service go to

2. Breast Screening Problems
Were you one of the roughly 800 people locally who missed an appointment? Due to a technical issue women between 68 and 71 may not have received their final invitation. If you’re not sure, check here – and remember, if you’re over 71 and still want a check you can get one. See

3. Mental Health Week
Did you know this week is Mental Health Week? One of the issues they’re focusing on for this week is stress at work.  The three typical causes of stress at work are:-
  •         Having problems with your workload;
  •         A poor work-life balance; and
  •         A lack of support.

There are lots of suggestions here

And, to find out just how stressed you are take this simple test – I did it, and I scored 6 out of 40; but you’ll have to go to the web site to see what that means!

4. NHS Changes Next Year
The plan is for some big changes in the way in which the NHS operates locally; at the moment we come under the West Herts area but from APR next year we’ll be working closer with two other areas – the remainder of Hertfordshire and West Essex.  But the biggest change will be in the way in which they work – more openly and collaboratively with a much tighter integration of health and social care. That’s the plan, anyway; as ever the devil is in the detail and one of the biggest problems is that there is no legal basis for this way of working. The way in which the NHS operates is defined by the Health & Social Care Act 2012, and the changes in the new integrated care partnership aren’t covered by Law. With BREXIT going on there’s no time for legislation so it could be very problematical. For all the details go to the St Albans & Harpenden Patient Group meeting at the Civic Centre on THU May 24. For details go to

5. NHS at 70To celebrate the NHS, turns 70 on July 5th the NHS is organising tea parties; there’s one planned for Harpenden on the day. Full details next month

As for my NHS 1,000 mile challenge. I should be on 370 miles today, but I’m still a bit short!

So, this is a great time to support your NHS!