Friday, 28 September 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 28th September 2018

28th September 2018 – Films on TV

Simon has carefully scanned the TV pages for you and picked films of note that will grace our small screens in the coming week. His recommendations are:

Pretty Woman (1990)
9.00pm – 11.30pm
Sony Movie Channel

An American Werewolf in London (1981)
11.10pm – 1.05am

The LEGO Movie (2014)
4.00pm – 6.00pm
True Grit (2010)
9.00pm – 11.10pm

Sherlock Holmes (2009)
9.00pm – 11.35pm

Sudden Death (1995)
11.40pm – 1.55am

Joy (2015)
9.00pm – 11.25pm

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Harry's Sleeve Notes: Rainbow by Kesha

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This week on Harry's Sleeve Notes, Harry and Danny turn away from the 20th century and talk about the decidedly 21st century 'Rainbow' by Kesha.   This album, released in 2017, charts her recovery and reclamation of power. 

The tracks:
- Praying
- Learn to Let Go
- Godzilla
- Rainbow

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The #DrivetimeSessions with Barnyard Junkies!

This week we were joined in the studio by the amazing Barnyard Junkies! It will be no suprise to our regular listeners that we asked them to perform two orginal songs and a cover. Their self-penned tracks were 'Mind Games' and 'See What I Mean?', ending their set with 'A Change Is Gonna Come', originally by Sam Cooke. 

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Lemon Rock:

If you missed this week's #DrivetimeSessions you can our Listen Again feature here

Monday, 24 September 2018

Local Theatre Update

This evening our guest was Liz Widdowson from the Maltings Art Theatre who gave us an update on local happenings.

Herts Jazz Club – Derek Nash’s Picante
2nd October - 19.30 Maltings Art Theatre

Derek Nash – Saxes, Dominic Ashworth – Guitar, Neil Angilley – Piano, Andy Staples – Bass, Marc Cecil – Drums, Robin Jones – Percussion

Picante is a hugely enjoyable Latin band fronted by Derek Nash (featured saxophonist with the Jools Holland R&B Orchestra and Sax Appeal) and Dominic Ashworth (British Jazz award-winning guitarist).

Folk – Solasta, Steve Warner & Ellie McCann
5th October - 20.00

Solasta is a dynamic young trio made up of Scottish fiddler Elisabeth Flett, Welsh cellist Hannah Thomas and English guitarist Jamie Leeming. They are rapidly making a name for themselves, with performances at major festivals and featuring regularly on folk radio shows and podcasts.


25th October – 17th November 2018
Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans
By William Shakespeare | Directed by Adam Nichols

Returning home from a bloody civil war, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.

Friday, 14 September 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 14th September 2018

14th September 2018 – Films on TV

Simon has made his choices for the week of movies on free-to-air TV - picked for your enjoyment!

Final Destination (2000)
11.00pm – 1.00am

The Blindside (2009)
10.00pm – 12.40am

The Remains of the Day (1993)
3.20pm – 6.00pm

Taxi Driver (1976)
10.50pm – 1.05am

Everest (2015)
9.00pm – 11.20pm

Rocky (1976)
9.00pm – 11.35pm

28 Days Later (2002)
9.00pm – 11.15pm

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Harry's Sleeve Notes: Parallel Lines by @BlondieOfficial

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This week on Harry's Sleeve Notes Harry and Danny make a foray into the world of new wave disco-punk and talk about the 1978 album 'Parallel Lines' by Blondie.
The tracks we talked about:
- Sunday Girl
- One Way or Another
- Heart of Glass
- 11:59

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

#DrivetimeSessions with A Cat Called Dave!

Today we were joined in the studio by Sara, Dave, Suzy and Chris who make up A Cat Called Dave. Although it was a tight fit, they still played 3 fantastic songs for us; two covers and an original song written by Dave himself. They first covered 'Dreams' original by Fleetwood Mac, then their original song 'Heading West', finishing with a cover of Ed Sheeran's 'Perfect'.

To know more about A Cat Called Dave's upcoming gigs click here:

Generally keep up top to date with the band here:

If you missed their set on this afternoon's show, you can listen to it again!

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Health Matters SEP 18 Flu Jabs plus 6 Other Issues

Seven Issues in tonight’s DriveTime
  • Flu Jabs
  • National Data Opt Out
  • Your Heart Age
  • NHS Symptom Checker
  • Drink Free Days
  • Free Prescriptions
  • NHS at 70

1. Flu Jabs
It’s that time of year again! Surgeries and Pharmacies have ordered the flu vaccine, and you should be able to book appointments online (with patient access) or through the surgery.  At the Maltings, for example, flu clinics will be on the six consecutive Saturday mornings starting SEP 23 and ending on NOV 3; in addition, most surgeries will offer your flu vaccination at any appointment you have at the surgery during the flu season.
You are eligible for a flu vaccination by injection if you are in one of the following categories:
§  Adults over 65 (i.e. born on or before  MAR 31 1954
§  Other adults with an underlying health condition particularly long term heart or respiratory disease, diabetes, or weakened immune systems
§  Children (6 months to 2 years)
§  Pregnant women
§  Carers
§  Patients living in a care home
§  Patients with a learning disability
In addition, you are eligible for a flu vaccination by nasal spray if you are in one of the following categories
§  All children aged 2, 3, or 4
§  Children in Reception or Years 1 - 5
§  Children aged 4-18 years with an underlying health condition

2. National Data Opt-Out
We’ve talked about your patient data and the national opt out before – you have the right to ensure that your data is not used for any reason beyond your direct care. If you’re in a situation in which you plan to opt out on behalf of someone else (e.g. a carer or a child) do it before the end of SEP! Because after that it’ll be much more difficult. Until then, your surgery can verify that you are able to opt out on behalf of someone else; from OCT 1 you will need to complete a 7 page return and provide at least 4 forms of ID to show that you are a responsible adult. If you need to, get in quick!!!!!

Here’s the link to the opt out form

3. Your Heart Age
How healthy is your heart? Heart disease can be caused by factors we can modify (e.g. diet and smoking); but in most cases we can’t identify potential problems – until now. Take this simple heart test to check out how healthy your heart is – and what you can do about it!

4. NHS Symptom Checker
How often have you been in a situation in which something just feels odd; the problem is it’s often tough to figure out whether it’s urgent or not. You not sure if you need an urgent doctor’s appointment, and you don’t want to go through a 111 interrogation! This new Symptom Checker produced by NHS 111 should help.
It’s currently in beta trial – give it a go!

5. Drink-free Days
There’s been a lot of noise today about drink-free days; put simply – you know it makes sense. Here are three simple tricks you could try:-
  •      Do more activities that don’t involve drinking;
  •         Find other ways to unwind and relax;
  •         Go for weaker drinks!

Check out these resources

6. Free Prescriptions
Do you know whether you’re entitled to free prescriptions? There’s a simple checker here

7. NHS at 70The NHS, turned 70 on July 5th. As for my NHS 1,000 mile challenge, there’s 111 days to go and I’m 4 miles up – so I only have 300 to go!

Monday, 10 September 2018

Consumer Advice

This evening Elizabeth Crampton from St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau joined for an update on current issues.

Claiming  compensation if your flight's delayed or cancelled

If you booked a flight that departed from Europe or was with a European airline, you might have rights under EU law if your flight is delayed or cancelled.

For the EU law to apply, you'll need to have departed from the UK, European Union (EU), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.
If your flight’s delayed for 2 or more hours

Your airline have to give you:
food and drink
access to phone calls and emails
accommodation if you’re delayed overnight - and journeys between the airport and the hotel

The airline should give you vouchers to get these things at the airport. Ask someone who works for the airline if you’re not offered any help.

If they don’t give you help at the airport, keep receipts for expenses and try to claim from the airline later. Airlines only pay for ‘reasonable’ expenses - you won’t get money back for alcohol, expensive meals or luxury hotels.
If your flight’s delayed for 3 or more hours

You already have a legal right to food and drink, phone calls and accommodation - you get this when the flight is delayed for 2 hours or more.

You’re also entitled to get compensation if the delay is the airline’s responsibility - for example, if they didn’t get enough bookings or there was a technical fault.

You won’t get compensation if it was delayed because of something like bad weather or a strike.

You’re entitled to a set amount of compensation depending on:
the distance of the flight - check the flight distance on the WebFlyer website
the length of the delay - how late you are getting to your destination
whether you're flying to an EU or non-EU destination

 Student bank accounts
Student accounts are simply bank accounts made for those in higher education. They let you pay money in and out, and offer additional benefits such as an interest-free overdraft.

To be accepted you'll need a UCAS confirmation letter with an unconditional offer or, if your offer's conditional, A-Level results that meet that condition, or a letter from the university you'll be attending confirming your place. As soon as you've got these, you can open an account, allowing you extra time to make full use of its benefits before the start of term.
The benefits of part-time work for a student

Money Need we say more? The extra cash from part-time work lets you cover the cost of living more comfortably, sometimes even leaving a little aside for fun.A part-time job whilst at university can have a positive impact on your life:

Budgeting Students who earn their own money tend to spend it wisely. Part-time jobs are often tough, and hard-earned money can be painful to part with. In short, students are more likely to save their money for necessities such as text books and rent.

details on these items plus much more can be found at the web site

Saturday, 8 September 2018

The #DrivetimeSessions with @Li_LiLiadain

This week we welcomed back the illustrious Li Li back into the studio! She graced us with two original songs; 'The Voice' and 'Ride the Wave'. Then, as is tradition, she performed a cover of the 4 Non Blondes' 'What's Up'.

You can find LiLi's Facebook page here:
Her Twitter page here:
To keep up with LiLi's work, visit her website here:

And if you missed her performance, or wanted to listen again you can visit and navigate to Wednesday's show

Friday, 7 September 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 7th September 2018

7th September 2018 – Films on TV

Fresh and pumped with excitement from the summer holidays Simon is back in the studio with Danny discussing films. Namely, they talked about the Box Office Top 10, New Releases and the following list of Simon's recommendations of movies on free-to-air TV so you don't have to trawl the TV pages looking for a good flick.

Gone Girl (2014)
11.05pm – 1.25am

Spotlight (2015)
9.00pm – 11.00pm

The Dambusters (1954)
4.40pm – 7.10pm

The Imitation Game (2014)
6.45pm – 9.00pm

Shaun of the Dead (2004)
9.00pm – 11.05pm

The Fast and the Furious (2001)
9.00pm – 11.10pm

Local Hero (1983)
4.45pm – 7.10pm
Film 4

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Harry's Sleeve Notes: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by @thebeatles

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This week Harry and Danny talked about the indisputably classic album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' by The Beatles.  Released in 1967, it was their eighth studio album.

The tracks we talked about:
- Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
-Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
-She's Leaving Home
-With a Little Help from my Friends

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

The BlackBox Theatre Company present Julius Caesar at The Roman Theatre of Verulamium

Today we chatted to Amber, Freya and Emily from BlackBox Theatre about their latest production:  Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.

This production of Julius Caesar is set in Roman Britain, and seeks to demonstrate the savagery and political instability of the Ancient World.  Although it still takes place in 44BC, the setting has been moved to the corner of the Roman empire, and shows the Celts and the Romans mixing and clashing. 

This production will be performed at the Roman Theatre at Verulamium.   BlackBox Theatre said they chose Julius Caesar after choosing the performance space, because they wanted a play that would bring out the ruins of the theatre and the crumbling walls. 

BlacBbox theatre has been running for 2 years, and was set up by actors to create the performances they wanted to see themselves, and to provide opportunities for other creatives.  They performed in the first ever drama performance at the Horn, where they put on 'Rabbit' by Nina Raine, which is set in a pub. 

Julius Caesar will be performed at 6:30 on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th September at the Roman Theatre at Verulamium.  Tickets are £13 and £10 for concessions.

BlackBox Theatre's Website
buy tickets here

Monday, 3 September 2018

The Living Room

Tonight we were joined by Rochelle from the Living Room.

The Living Room Hertfordshire is an award winning addiction recovery charity, founded in 2000. Our centres in Hertfordshire are in Stevenage and St Albans, staffed by highly-trained counsellors with lived experience of addition themselves. We offer free, day-time, group counselling, peer support and workshop therapies using the 12-step programme. Fortunately, we have a free crèche in Stevenage.

Our annual Open Day on Thursday 20th September [1.00pm until 4.30pm] gives our local community, funders, partners, prospective clients and stakeholders an opportunity to learn about The Living Room's award-winning practice.

You are invited to view our St Albans treatment centre, meeting our counsellors and ask about The Living Room's treatment methods. You will also hear inspiring testimonials from some of our clients who have gained lasting recovery from addiction with help from The Living Room.