Thursday, 29 March 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Thursday 29th March 2018

As it is Good Friday tomorrow, Simon Carver joined us a day early to discuss the UK cinema box office top 10, the new cinema releases, and his choice of the best fils on free-to-air TV for the next week:

Friday
Fast and Furious 7
9.00pm – 11.30pm
ITV


Saturday
Back to the Future
6.45pm – 9.00pm
Film4


Sunday
Selma
11,00pm – 1.00am
BBC2


Monday
Paddington
4.40pm – 6.30pm
Film4


Tuesday
Grand Budapest Hotel
11.05pm – 1.10am
Film4


Wednesday
Red Heat
11.00pm – 11.10am
ITV4

Thursday
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
9.00pm – 11.10pm
Film4

Charlotte's Film Club: The Ritual

For the final episode of a week dedicated to the mythical, Charlotte looks at the sinister with the 2017 horror "The Ritual".

The film follows a group of college-pals, reuniting after the tragic death of their friend by setting out on a hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. A wrong turn leads them into the mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil exists and stalks them at every turn.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: The Little Mermaid

More mythical creatures for this week's Film Club, as Charlotte and Danny discuss Disney classic "The Little Mermaid" today.

A rebellious teenage mermaid named Ariel is fascinated with life on land, and on a secret visit to the surface falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, despite her father King Triton's rulings, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.

Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, René Auberjonois and Kenneth Mars all star.

 

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Avatar

Continuing to look at Films starring mythical creatures this week, today Charlotte looks at "Avatar", the cgi extravaganza about the far-away planet of 'Pandora'.


On the lush alien world of Pandora live the Na'vi, beings who appear primitive but are highly evolved. Because the planet's environment is poisonous, human/Na'vi hybrids, called Avatars, must link to human minds to allow for free movement on Pandora.  A formerly paralyzed marine named Jake Sully finds himself  mobile again through one such Avatar, and slowly falls in love with a Na'vi woman as he spends more time understanding their culture. However as the military plans to destroy the native landscape become apparent, Sully must choose a side.

Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Scott Lang star.

Interior Design Feature with Gwendoline Alderton @ga_interiors

Today we talked to our in-house interior design expert, Gwendoline Alderton, about the interior design trends.  This week is spring cleaning week, so take some time out of your lives and blitz a room, and get it tidy for the summertime!  Cleaning rooms in Spring to many signifies adding energy and revitalisation to our homes and lives.    If you're planning to Spring clean, it may be useful to sort out what objects you can get rid of and what to keep, in order to declutter and organise your space.  When organising your collections, it's a good idea to think about how you're going to order them.  Whether by author, colour, genre (no matter what the object is), if you have a coherent organisation system it will make your collection easier to organise and make the objects easier to find if you need them.

Gwendoline also suggests that we all sort out our 'random stuff' drawer, because it will mean that we'll know what 'random stuff' (paperclips, pens etc etc) we have and won't need to go and buy more.  She suggests small plastic boxes because these are cheap and easy to organise into.  Organising your life will also help you to destress, because often a cluttered room will make you internally anxious and worried, while an organised room will help you maintain a sense of calm.

Gwendoline's Website

Monday, 26 March 2018

Space junk clean up, #SotM Kathy Matthews and Night Sky this Month (late March/April 2018) with @smrolfe


Radio Verulam Science Feature 26-03-2018

Space junk clean up
Every time we launch a rocket into space, it is likely to leave a piece of itself, that cannot be reused, orbiting the Earth. This litter cloud has been considered a problem since the 1970s but now we are really thinking about how to clean this mess up.

File:Debris-GEO1280.jpgThere are 20,000 pieces of space junk that are bigger than 10 cm, which are being tracked by NASA, ESA and other organisations. These pieces are monitored so that if there is any chance of collision between them and any operational satellite including the International Space Station (ISS), then orbit correction commands can be sent to the operational craft for it make an avoidance manoeuvre.
There are many, many more pieces that are smaller than 10 cm, an estimate of around 500,000 pieces between 1 cm and 10 cm orbit the Earth. These are the most dangerous pieces of junk because they are difficult if not impossible to track, but if they collide with an operational satellite they could cause catastrophic damage. 


Beyond that there is an estimate of around 100 million pieces that are less than a 1 cm in size. And while these also pose a risk to spacecraft, they are less likely to cause catastrophic failure.
There are around 2000 satellites in various orbits including Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO). LEO includes Earth monitoring craft and the ISS, GEO includes television and other communication craft.

Donald Kessler, a scientist at NASA, proposed in 1978 the scenario (called the Kessler effect) where the density of objects in LEO is high enough that collisions between objects could cause a cascade where each collision generates space debris that increases the likelihood of further collisions. It has been calculated today that even if no further satellites were launched, the amount of junk up there at the moment, any collisions would create more pieces greater than 10 cm than atmospheric drag would remove.

Though the atmosphere is almost non-existent at the height of a LEO orbit, there is still enough of it to cause an atmospheric drag. All LEO satellites, including the ISS, have to use a bit of thrust every now and then to stop them from eventually falling into the Earth’s atmosphere and burning up.
This atmospheric drag process can be used to remove old satellites or pieces of rocket from orbit and this is often done to safely dispose of parts of rocket. However, what happens if you can’t control the re-entry?

There is an International Guideline set out, which says that satellites must be deorbited or sent to a graveyard orbit within 25 years after the end of the life of the craft. However, depending on the kind of mission it can be hard and difficult to ensure this. Hence, one fifth of cubesats launched between 2003 and 2014 didn’t meet this and a total of 35 % of satellites launched in 2015 also do not comply. It is a guideline and it cannot be enforced.

Even if your craft has this deorbiting built in, you still may not be able to control it. For example, ESA lost contact with the satellite Envisat in 2012, mid-operations. It is the size of a double decker bus and no-one has any control of it. In 150 years it will fall back into the atmosphere, but before then? It could crash into any number of other craft or another piece of space junk could crash into it, causing catastrophic damage and disintegrating into innumerable pieces of various sizes, which in turn could cause damage to other craft in the future.

Another example is Tiangong-1, a 10 x 4 metre Chinese space station that was visited by Chinese astronauts as a precursor for follow up manned missions on other future space stations. Its service life ended in 2016 and later it was discovered that control had been lost and it was in a decaying orbit. It is expected to re-enter the atmosphere sometime between the 30th March and 2nd April between latitudes of 43 ° N and 43 ° S at an unknown longitude.

Envisat or any one of the other millions of pieces of space junk could cause a domino effect or a Kessler Cascade, which could lead to the awful fact that the near-Earth space environment would be impenetrable by new launches as they would be immediately destroyed by all the resulting pieces of space junk in orbit. This would mean that new communications satellites and manned missions would be impossible, trapping us on the planet and reducing satellite communications greatly, if not to zero.
What can we do!? A team from Airbus, in Stevenage, UK are working on a harpoon attached to a chase spacecraft that will grab Envisat and then perform manoeuvres that will bring the space junk under control, so it can be destroyed safely. Other ideas include shooting high powered lasers at pieces of space junk, which alters their orbit enough so that they would burn up in the atmosphere sooner than they would otherwise have; or perhaps giant space nets to round up the larger pieces would work. Unfortunately, part of the difficulty is that everything in orbit is travelling at great speeds, at least 18,000 mph, so intercepting these objects requires careful planning. Reducing the number of launches and/or enforcing rules about having to deorbit old satellites would certainly help, but so far, neither of these options look likely to be put in place any time soon.

Sources:





Scientist of the Month #SotM

Kathy Matthews
Director of the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center at Indiana University and co-founder of FlyBase, a catalogue of Drosophila genetics.

Drosophila are small flies (the vinegar fly – it feeds on yeast, but often thought of as a fruit fly) that are extensively studied because they have some similarities to us, for example, the gene that regulates the patterning of the body plan and organ development is the same as the gene in humans. However, an example of how they are quite different is that they only contain four chromosomes, whereas humans have 23.

Kathy was born in Japan in 1954 and spent the later part of her childhood in Texas. She earned her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, the latter in genetics.
In 1979, she worked at Indiana University as a postdoc and studying transposable elements in Drosophila. (Transposable elements are DNA sequences that are able to move in the genome and can be responsible for mutations.)

Kathy was central to two of the most important research resources for Drosophila genetics and “[i]t is easy to say that without Kathy, the fly community would not be what it is today.” 

What makes transposable elements move in the Drosophila genome? https://www.nature.com/articles/hdy201189


Night Sky this Month
31 March – (second) Blue Moon, Full Moon          (2 March was also a Full Moon)

22/23 April Peak of the Lyrids meteor shower. Runs 16 to 25 April, up to 20 meteors per hour. Results from debris trail left by comet C1861 G1 Thatcher. Moon sets just after midnight leaving dark skies for the meteor shower.

29 April Mercury at greatest western elongation. Mercury is visible with the naked eye before sunrise.

Good opportunities to see the ISS over the next week: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/ 

Direct link to St Albans sightings:

 
Date
Visible
For
Max
Height
Appears
Disappears
Mon Mar 26, 9:11 PM
3 min
36°
10° above SW
36° above S

Charlotte's Film Club: The Mummy

This week the Film Club looks at Mythical Creatures of all shapes and sizes, starting with 2017's "The Mummy".

Tom Cruise stars as a soldier of fortune who plunders ancient sites for timeless artifacts and sells them to the highest bidder. During a job in the middle east that goes wrong, the ensuing, fallout leads to the release of  Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years. The resurrected monster will stop at nothing to get Cruise for what he has done, as she embarks on a furious rampage continuing from Egypt to the streets of London.


Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Russel Crowe also star.

 

Friday, 23 March 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 23rd March 2018

23rd March 2018 – Films on TV
Simon Carver brings you his pick of the week's free to air TV:


Friday
Crazy, Stupid Love (2011)
8.00pm – 10.20pm
ITV2


Saturday
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
10.30pm – 12.25am
BBC1


Sunday
Skyfall (2012)
8.00pm – 10.50pm
ITV2


Monday
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
9.00 – 11.25pm
Film4


Tuesday
There’s something about Mary (1998)
10.00pm – 12.25am
5STAR


Wednesday
Pulp Fiction (1994)
9.00pm – 12.05am
Film4



Thursday
Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
10.55pm – 12.45am
Film4

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Rat Race

It's a Thursday, and almost time to conclude on this week's Film Club theme, and so Charlotte concludes a week of game-themed picks with the grand game presented in "Rat Race" from 2001.

 Led by a single Las Vegas Casino tycoon, a group of rich philanthropists devise the perfect game, by pitting six ordinary people against each other in a wild dash for $2 million jammed into a locker hundreds of miles away. The film tracks each contestant as they find themselves in increasingly wild and wacky situations. The only rule is there are no rules!

An ensemble cast carries the film, and includes stars such as Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jnr, Seth Green and John Cleese.

 

Wednesday, 21 March 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 "Tangled" and "Be Brave." She also performed a cover of "Last Request" originally by Paolo Nutini.  

You can find her Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/bethhedgesmusic
Her Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/bethhedges
Her YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfN_XW8ey3RlkCZVUiJdwhgIf you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again, follow this link, and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30. 

Charlotte's Film Club: Lara Croft Tomb Raider

Next on this week's Film Club, Charlotte looks at the video-game inspired "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" from 2001.

Angelina Jolie stars in this live action adaptation as the world-known gaming character, Lara Croft, a daring explorer that tracks down ancient artifacts. When faced by the mystery of her father's death, Lara finds herself embroiled in a globe-spanning quest that will bridge the very gap of life and death itself.

Alongside Jolie, Jon Voigt, Daniel Craig, and others star. 

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Game Night

The Film Club this week is still 'Game' themed in all shapes and sizes, and so today Charlotte looks at the aptly named "Game Night".

This recent release sees competitive couple Max and Annie and their group of friends get their weekly game night shaken up when Max's brother Brooks arranges a murder mystery party, that doesn't go as planned. As the competitors set out to solve the case, they start to learn that neither the game nor Brooks are what they seem to be.

Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons and Kyle Chandler are just a few of the stars in this comedy-thriller.

Peter Laws- The Frighteners


The Rev'd Peter Laws came in to talk to us today about his new book, called "The Frighteners", which explores the human attraction to the grisly and macabre.  Peter has been drawn to horror stories from an early age, and to research this book he travelled to Rome, Transylvania and other places associated with horror and the macabre, meeting werewolf experts and wise women.
During his research he tried to work out why humans are drawn to the macabre, and came to the conclusion that it was for logical reasons, such as self-survival, and noted that many great works of world literature, such as the 'Iliad' and 'Hamlet' explore ideas around death.

Peter is also the author of "Purged" and "Unleashed": horror novels about an ex-Baptist minister called Matt Hunter.  By night he writes, but by day he is a Baptist Minister.

"The Frighteners" is out on the 29th March. 

YouTube
Twitter
Peter's Website

Monday, 19 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Jumanji

This week Charlotte takes the Film Club in the direction of 'Games in Film', ranging from board, to video, to cross-country! Charlotte's first pick is 'Jumanji', that is the original from 1995 and not the recent re-imagining.

While exploring an abandoned mansion, a pair of twins stumble upon an old jungle-themed board game. When they start playing, they free a lost explorer, who's been stuck in the game's inner world for decades, but the only way to break the curse of Jumanji is to brave the rampaging forces of rhinos, elephants, monkeys and more!

The late Robin Williams stars, alongside Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce.

 

Local Theatre




David Widdowson joined us tonight to provide an update on happenings in the local theatre.


THE TOUCHES OF SWEET HARMONY: SHAKESPEARE SONGS

23rd and 24th March 2018
Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans


These Bridges
26th -28th March - 20.00
London is engulfed by an apocalyptic flood leaving few survivors on the flooded banks of the Thames. In the midst of this devastation two teenagers decide to take on the swollen, body-ridden haunted river to see what really lies on the other side…

This is a chilling and visceral tale of loss, courage, friendship and ultimately hope, performed as part of the National Theatre Connections programme by Best Theatre Arts, winners in 2015 of this prestigious national competition.

Tickets: £8/£5


Folk – Na-Mara + Sue Farthing & Megan Wisdom
6th April - 20.00
Na-Mara brings together talented English singer songwriter and guitarist Paul McNamara and wonderful mandolin player Rob Garcia. Together, they have built an enviable reputation for fine story-telling and musicianship, performing in clubs and festivals throughout the UK, at events in France, Spain and Germany and on BBC Radio 4 as well as a plethora of internet and local radio stations

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Lake Placid

It's time for Charlotte to conclude this week's Film Club, and so our last animal themed Film is 1999's Lake Placid.

When a man is violently killed in a Maine lake, Jack Wells, the local game warden, looks into the bizarre case, along with Sheriff Hank Keough and visiting paleontologist Kelly Scott. Looking for clues via a large monstrous tooth found at the scene, Kelly and the others eventually locate the culprit; an enormous reptile that threatens to eat the whole town.

Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman and Brendan Gleeson star.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: War Horse

Today's 'Animal' focused Film is "War Horse", a war drama released in 2011.

Albert lives on a farm in the British countryside with his Horse Joey, who he spares a special bond with. At the outbreak of World War I, the two are forcibly parted when Albert's father sells the horse to the British cavalry. Against the backdrop of the Great War, Joey begins an odyssey full of sadness and joy as he travels with the British Cavalry, while Albert tours the French battlefield, searching for his friend.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, the Film stars Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, Tom Hiddlestone, Benedict Cumberbatch and many more.

 

The Drivetime Sessions with @dodobones sponsored by @FightingcocksSA

On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by local artists DodoBones. Whilst on air they played three songs: two of their own singles and a cover.  The two singles were named "Adieu" and "Tree House."  They also performed a cover of "Smooth Criminal" originally by Michael Jackson.  

You can find their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/DodoBones/
If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again, follow this link, and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30. 

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Snakes on a Plane

Animals are still the theme of this week's Film Club, and so today Charlotte chooses to talk about a cult classic from 2006 "Snakes on a Plane".

The Film title does a good job of summarising the story, as thousands of snakes are released onto a plane in order to kill a key witness to a crime, and FBI agent Nelville Flynn, played by Samuel L Jackson, has to protect everyone on board.

Health Matters - Patient Records, Patient Awards, Urgent Care, 1000 Miles

Four Issues in tonight’s DriveTime

·         Patient Records – an Update
·         The One Show – NHS Patients Awards
·         St Albans Minor Injuries upgrade to Urgent Care?
·         NHS at 70

1. Patient Records – an Update
Do you remember the last time you went to see your GP – they would have had a computer in front of them, referred to it while they were seeing you, and probably typed something in during your appointment – they were referring to and updating your patient record. Now for years that record has been completely confidential between you and your doctor. But that’s no longer the case.

Some 4 years ago, there was an NHS program called Care.Data and that meant that our records were to be uploaded to NHS England and used for both our benefit but also for research purposes. Where it’s not for our direct benefit, that is referred to as “secondary use”. At the time, the NHS reluctantly gave us an opt out and around 2% of the population exercised it. But until recently the NHS has completely ignored those opt-outs.

Now we have something called GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations); this comes into effect on May 25. There are a lot of detailed provisions here but the main one relates to opt in versus opt out. In the past, organisations could assume that you were happy for them to store anything on you unless you told them you wanted to opt out. Under GDPR, an organisation holding information on you must get your agreement by an opt in! So “implicit consent” will become “explicit consent” from May 25!

This creates a mass of confusion for the Health Service, and the Government doesn’t want to raise any issues around it until after the May Elections – so they’re going to be very tight for time! In summary, though, the opt-outs from 4 years ago will finally be respected! And everyone who opted out will be written to after the May Elections. So, if you would like to be added to that list of people who have opted out there’s still time – for all the details just go to

 2. The One Show – NHS Patients Awards
The One Show on BBC1, together with the Patients Association have just announced a new Awards Programme as part of the NHS at 70 Celebration; it’s an opportunity for us, as patients, to nominate someone in the NHS who’s done something special for us. The process is simple and the deadline is APR 5th – so there’s plenty of time, so who will you nominate?

There are five award categories
·         Children and Young People Award – you could nominate a healthcare professional who has provided exceptional care to a young person (defined as anyone below the age of 18)
·         Nursing Award – do you know a nurse who has provided exceptional care – this award is for them!
·         Healthcare Award – here you would name a healthcare professional other than a Nurse
·         Lifetime Achievement Award – this would be for someone who has dedicated much of their working life to the NHS; and finally
·         Unsung Hero Award – for people who don’t usually get noticed – porter, drivers, receptionists, volunteers etc etc! This one will be decided live on the One Show


3. Minor Injuries to Urgent Care?
Services offered at the St Albans Minor Injuries Unit are limited; an urgent care facility would have far more. I launched our local Patient Group Survey on Health Matters last month. So far we have almost 500 responses and over three quarters needed urgent care in the last 12 months.  Please go to
to have your say.

4. NHS at 70For details check out this great little video on Facebook

And an update on my NHS 1,000 mile challenge. After a few days on the Isle of Wight and lots of walking I’m just over 4 miles ahead of my current goal! Details at

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

Monday, 12 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Jaws

Things are going wild at the Film Club as Charlotte is setting our theme of the week as 'Animals'!
Up first is Steven Spielberg's 1975 Shark classic "Jaws".

This novel adaptation sees a town befaced by terror when a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping. The Police Chief of Amity Island, New England, finds himself coming to blows with the Mayor about the attack, as his demands to close the beach are rejected for tourist revenue, and must team up with an Ichthyologist and grizzled ship captain Quint to capture the killer beast.

Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw star.

Friday, 9 March 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 9th March 2018

Here is Simon's choice of films on free-to-air tv for the forthcoming week:

Friday
We’re the Millers
9.00pm – 11.15pm
5STAR

Saturday
45 Years
9.00pm – 10.50pm
Channel 4

Sunday
Gravity
7.10pm – 9.00pm
ITV2

Monday
The Guest
11.25pm – 1.25am
Film4

Tuesday
Room
10.00pm – 12.30am
ITV4

Wednesday
The Artist
11.45pm – 1.20am
BBC1

Thursday
Robocop
9.00pm – 11.15pm
Film4

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: The Post

To conclude this week's Film Club, Charlotte and Danny look at recent release Steven Spielberg's "The Post".

This Drama tells the historic tale of  The Washington Post's in-depth coverage of leaked secrets of the Vietnam War. Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and works with her editor Ben Bradlee to expose the three decades of Government cover-ups, despite risk to their careers, and even their freedom.

Meryl Steep and Tom Hanks star as Graham and Bradlee respectively, in addition to Bob Odenkirk, Bruce Greenwood and many others.

 

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Darkest Hour

Charlotte continues to discuss her most recent watches today with the recently released Winston Churchill Biopic "Darkest Hour".

Gary Oldman stars as the Prime Minister during the heat of the Second World War, when he finds his country faced by the unstoppable Nazi forces rolling across Western Europe, with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him. Faced by insurmountable odds, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

Oldman won an Oscar for his portrayal of Churchill at this years awards show!

The Drivetime Sessions with @tomcraven sponsored by @FightingcocksSA

On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the local artist Tom Craven.  Whilst on air he played three songs: two of his own singles and a cover.  The two singles were named "Dreams of Sixsmith" and "The Remedy."  He also performed a cover of "Down by the Water" by the band the "Decemberists".  

If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again, follow this link, and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30. Tom's other tracks can be found on his Soundcloud page.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Local Literary Feature with @ccaikman

Today we talked to Chris Aikman, our very own literary correspondent, about what's new on the St Albans literary scene!

BOOK NEWS:
Philip Pullman has called for authors to be given a greater share of the profits that publishers receive. He said
“To allow corporate profits to be so high at a time when author earnings are markedly falling is, apart from anything else, shockingly bad husbandry. It’s perfectly possible to make a good profit and pay a fair return to all of those on whose work, after all, everything else depends. But that’s not happening at the moment, I like every individual editor, designer, marketing and publicity person I deal with; but I don’t like what publishers, corporately, are doing to the ecology of the book world. It’s damaging, and it should change.”

According to a 2016 report the average earnings for a published author were just £12,500 and it’s falling each year, while the profits for publishers are steadily rising.

BOOKS OF THE MONTH:

Fiction:

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

5 women go out into the wilderness, only 4 come back…

Detective Aaron Falk is very interested in the case of the missing woman, because she was the whistleblower in his latest case, and she knew things.

The sequel to the hit thriller The Dry.

Non-Fiction:

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Michelle McNamara was a true crime writer who tragically died before finishing this, her debut book about her efforts to unmask the infamous ‘Golden State Killer’, a vicious man who committed 12 murders and 45 rapes in California in the 70s and 80s, and was never caught.



LOCAL LITERARY EVENTS:

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?
So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs is the hit stage show starring dinosaur aficionado Dr Ben Garrod. Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as Ben talks you through the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet. Yes dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Allosaurus and Spinosaurus would have walked or swam right where you are now!
Pitting the knowledge of unwitting parents against their all-knowing kids, Dr Ben presents an interactive, educational and highly entertaining show using film footage from the BBC's 'Planet Dinosaur’. So come and test your knowledge against Dr Ben in this hit live interactive show which is bigger and better than ever.

Radlett Centre Wednesday 21st March, 6pm - 7.15pm