Friday, 27 July 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 27th July 2018 with @SusW

The West Herts Drivetime Film Guide folks chat films: the usual please bar-keep except with Susie stepping up to the plate while Simon is away. Susie has perused the film listing on free-to-air TV and picked her must watch movies for your convenience. They also covered the Top 10 at the Box Office and new releases.


Mannequin (1987)

Warm Bodies (2012)

Face off (1997)
Channel 5


28 Days Later (2002)
Horror Channel

Reservoir Dogs (1991)

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015)

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

The #DrivetimeSessions with @ScarletteFever_

Today we were joined again by the wonderful Scarlette Fever! We asked her to perform 2
original songs and a cover. Her original songs were 'Crash and Burn' and 'Sealed with a Kiss' and she also played a fabulous cover of Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud'.    Scarlette is also playing at the Meraki Festival on Saturday 11th August.  To find out more, visit their website here

If you missed this week's Drivetime Session you can listen again!  Just head to this page.
If you would like to find out more about Scarlette and her music, visit these links below:
Scarlette's website  
Scarlette's Twitter 
Scarlette's Facebook 

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