Wednesday, 31 October 2018

The #DrivetimeSessions with @HorsesCaution

This week for the #DrivetimeSessions we had Caution Horses! Well, two-thirds of Caution Horses. They performed two covers and one original track for us. Their original track was 'Hit By A Train' and their covers were of Jason Mraz and Colbie Callait's 'Lucky' and 'Say Something' by A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera.

To keep up with Caution Horses, follow the links below:

If you want to listen to Caution Horses' set again you can click the link here
You can also watch the livestream of Caution Horses recorded on our Facebook here

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Hot Topics 30th October 2018

This week on the stimulating Hot Topics bit of the show Danny and Ian discussed Messages In Bottles, Halloween (including which football teams wear orange and Black), World count your buttons day and WORLD CAPS LOCK DAY 

'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' by @StAlbansMusical at the Alban Arena

Today we talked to Elise, Ben and Darcey from St Albans Musical Theatre Company about their new musical 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', which they will perform in the Alban Arena this month.

This musical is about the Potts Family, and the adventures they go on in their flying car.  Written by the Sherman Brothers, and released as a film in 1968, this musical was an instant classic.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be peformed from Tuesday 6th-10th November.  Evenings- 7:30pm Wednesday and Saturday Matinee- 2pm.
Tickets range from £22.50-£12, check the website for more details.

SAMTC Website
SAMTC twitter

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Harry's Sleeve Notes: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by @DavidBowieReal

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This week Harry and Danny looked at the iconic album 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars' by the late great David Bowie.

The tracks:
Moonage Daydream
Ziggy Stardust
Rock n Roll Suicide

Friday, 26 October 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 26th October 2018

Simon is extremely pleased to bring his suggestions of films on free-to-air TV for you this week:

Sunshine (2007)
9.00pm – 11.15pm
Sony Movie Channel

Scream (1996)
10.20pm – 12.30am

Deepwater Horizon (2016)
9.00pm – 11.00pm
Channel 4

Little Men (2016)
1.15am – 2.45am
Channel 4

Eye in the Sky (2015)
9.00pm – 11.05pm

Saw (2004)
9.00pm – 11.10pm

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

The #DrivetimeSessions with @BethHedgesMusic

Today we were joined by a #DrivetimeSessions regualr and favourite Beth Hedges! We asked her to perform three songs for us; two originals and a cover. Her original songs were 'Tangled' and 'Stop' the latter being a world exclusive. She then performed a 'mellow' version of Sister Sledge's 'Thinking of You'.

To keep up with Beth, follow the links below:

If you want to listen to Beth's set again you can click the link here
You can also watch the livestream of Beth recorded on our Facebook page here

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Hot Topics 23rd October 2018

Each week we will be including our Hot Topics feature from the daily show in our podcast
This week Danny & Ian talked about "Too Early For Xmas", Playground toys and trends over the last 60 years.  

Monday, 22 October 2018

Science feature @smrolfe 22/10/2018 Talking galaxies with #SotM @joramasawmy and Soyuz emergency landing

Today Sam was joined in the studio by Jo Ramasawmy, a scientist in her third year of her PhD studies focussing on galactic evolution. We talked about her work and she explained about the different types of galaxies and how they are affected by active super massive black holes and star formation.

Listen again here: 22-10-2018 RV Science Feature 

Sam talked about the recent emergency landing by the Soyuz spacecraft, currently the only means of getting astronauts and cosmonauts into space, mainly to get to and from the International Space Station. The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, will not fly a manned mission on the Soyuz until it conducts at least three successful robotic (unmanned) missions. Incidently, it was the first (almost) journey into space for the American Nick Hague, relying on colleague cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin for the 'feeling' of what was right in his first real lift off experience. It soon became clear something was wrong and they made a safe emergency landing later that day.

More details:

Friday, 19 October 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 19th October 2018

Simon gives you his expert opinion on what movies are hitting your little silver screen this week:

RoboCop (1987)
9.00pm – 11.10pm

It should happen to you
4.05pm – 5.50pm
Talking Pictures (1954)

While you were sleeping (1995)
4.40pm – 6.50pm
Sony Movie Channel

The Love Punch (2013)
9.00pm – 10.55pm

Se7en (1995)
10.30pm – 1.50am

The Fog (1980)
9.00pm – 10.45pm
Horror Channel

Con Air (1997)
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Sony Movie Channel

Party time with @BoucheOreille on Radio Verulam

Danny spoke to Aline and Elise about their up and coming party to celebrate their 7th year on Radio Verulam.
Bouche a Oreille, Radio Verulam’s weekly French language show is inviting you to put your dancing shoes on and come taste some Beaujolais nouveau with St Albans’ francophones and francophiles on Saturday 17th November at Fleetville Community Centre from 8pm.
Entry £10 (plus booking fee) and all profits will go to Radio Verulam.
Au revoir et a bientot!
For more information and booking go to 

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Harry's Sleeve Notes: Melodrama by @lorde

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This week Harry and Danny talked about Lorde's 2017 studio album 'Melodrama'.  This concept album explores the theme of solitude and follows the story of a house party.

The Tracks:
-Green Light
-Writer in the Dark
-The Louvre

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

The #DrivetimeSessions with @jessvrevell

Today we were joined the illustrious Jess Revell. It was her debut on the show and she did not disappoint! She performed three songs for us, two originals and a cover. Her first original song is so new in fcat that it doesn't yet have a title; she was considering, however, either 'One More Drink' or 'Glad That Your'e Happy'. This was then followed by her new single 'Cardiff Kisses' and she finished the set with 'Teenage Dream', originally by Katy Perry.

To keep up with Jess, follow her on social media:
Apple Music-

If you missed Jess' set, you haven't completely missed it! Click here to listen again
You can also the livestream we posted on Facebook here

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Danny meets the cast of Aladdin @RadlettCentre

Danny caught up with some of the stars (Aladdin: Piers Bate, Princess Jasmine: Melissa Rose, Genie: Charlotte Vaughan) from the pantomime Aladdin, on at the Radlett Centre from the 8th December - 3rd January.

For more information visit:

Hot Topics 16th October 2018

Each week we will be including our Hot Topics feature from the daily show in our podcast.

This week Sam Rolfe, Margie Skinner and Danny talk invisible cars, lorry drivers having an offal day, kayakers fighting marine life, and how to get free pizza.

Doug from The Goldhawks: Quadrophenia Live

Today we talked to Doug Freeman from 'The Goldhawks' about their new show 'Quadrophenia the album- Live' This show is a recreation of the album Quadrophenia by the Who.  This nationwide tour started in August and will run until November 2019, with over 70 tour dates to go.  It is completely faithful to the original 1973 album, the Who's fifth album overall and second rock opera, and everything you hear will be live. 

Quadrophenia Live will be performed at Harpenden Public Halls on the 24th October and at the Radlett Centre on the 25th October.

Quadrophenia Website
Twitter: @QuadAlbumLive
Facebook: @QuadropheniaLiveBand
Instagram: @quadrophenia_live

"Highly moving and unstoppable"- the Sunday Times

Monday, 15 October 2018

Local Theatre Update

David Widdowson joined us on Drivetime tonight and gave us an update on what is happening locally in the theatre .


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.

Herts Jazz Club – Clark Tracey Quintet
16th October - 19.30 Maltings Art Theatre

Clark Tracey – Drums, Alex Ridout – Trumpet, Sean Payne – Alto, Elliott Sansom – Piano, James Owston – Bass

Tonight we present Clark’s own group, formed in January this year. This is his latest incarnation of superb young talented musicians, deserving of a wider audience and a national platform

Abbey Theatre
Dangerous Corner 12th - 20th October 
The first of JB Priestley’s ‘Time Plays’, this beautifully written drama doesn’t date. A group of friends have dinner together, but a simple remark sets off a whole series of revelations about the characters and their fascinating relationships.

Castaways: Mandala Theatre Company
Trestle Arts Theatre Thu 18th Oct at 1:30pm
Three teenagers – born on the same day, in the same town but with very different backgrounds.

Friday, 12 October 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 12th October 2018

Simon dropped past the studio to unleash his wisdom and recommends the following films that are on free-to-air TV for your consumption:

Gosford Park (2001)
9.00pm – 11.45pm

The Winslow Boy (1999)
1.50pm – 3.30pm

Antz (1998)
1.30pm – 3.10pm
Channel 4

Selma (2014)
11.15pm – 1.15am

Tower Block (2012)
10.00pm – 11.55pm

The Ghost Writer (2010)
10.30pm – 1.10am

The Innocents (1961)
9.00pm – 11.00pm
Talking Pictures

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Harry's Sleeve Notes: Both Sides Now by @JoniMitchellcom

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This week Harry and Danny discussed Joni Mitchell's 2000 concept album 'Both Sides Now', which combines Mitchell's original music with some classic jazz standards.  This album charts the progress of a relationship from the start to the eventual demise.

 The Tracks:
-You're my thrill
-A Case of You
-Stormy Weather
-Both Sides Now

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

The #DrivetimeSessions with Lizzy Hardingham!

As ever, we were joined by an amazing act on today's show, Lizzy Hardingham. Lizzy was asked to perform two original songs and a cover. Her original songs were 'Blind Beggar's Daughter' and 'Jumping the Waves' while she finally performed a great rendition of Chris While and Julie Matthews' 'Blue Songs on a Red Guitar'.

To follow Lizzy's activities and upcoming gigs, click the links below:

If you missed today's #DrivetimeSessions you can listen again here

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Heath Matters OCT 2018; Hospitals, NHS111, Flu Jabs and Slippers

Five Issues in tonight’s DriveTime

  • New Hospital for St Albans
  • Flu Jabs
  • When to use 111
  • Swap your Slippers
  • NHS at 70

1. New Hospital for St Albans?
Well, not quite; but here’s an update on the hospital situation. First a re-cap; after years of deliberation the proposal that went through was to
  • Upgrade Watford as an acute hospital;
  • Use St Albans for planned and elective care
  • Re-invent Hemel as a Health & Wellbeing Hub.
The clamour was for a centrally located new hospital! The case was made in a locally produced “Strategic Outline Case”. It’s taken a year for NHS England to respond and (presumably reacting to political pressure) they’ve come back saying the plan hasn’t taken account of population increase, and suggesting it relooks at a new hospital for planned and urgent care near Junction 8 of the M1 (the Hemel junction). There’s to be public consultation and the plan is to re-submit early in 2019.

2. Flu Jabs
We’re almost half way through the season and clinics are filling fast. You can get your jab at your Surgery or a Pharmacy near you.  
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
Further information –

3. The 111 number in Hertfordshire
If it’s a life-threatening emergency, call 999; otherwise, if you need help, call 111. But how would you know if it’s life-threatening or not? What do you do if you’re not sure which it is? The answer is simple – call 111. They can assess the urgency and arrange for an ambulance if that’s what’s needed. But 999 can’t put you through to 111!

We’re really lucky in Hertfordshire; we have one of the best 111 services in the country. And there are two factors behind that
  • The fully trained Call Handlers (generally referred to as Health Advisers; and
  • The in-house team of healthcare professionals that they can refer to.
Today’s Health Advisers  have had extensive training and they’re not just reading off their Computer Screens. And to prove it, one of them (Beverley Squirrel) will be in the studio on next month’s Health Matters explaining what they do. Now I have to admit I had a real misconception about what they do until I met them recently – I thought they were diagnosing the condition. But they’re not; rather they are ‘assessing risk’, which means determining who is best placed to deal with it. And that could be a doctor, a dentist, a nurse or a Clinical Call Handler within the call centre who could be a paramedic or nurse–they’re all specialists in a dedicated team available to the 111 Call Handlers.

Finally, here’s a challenge; how many calls do you think will be made to the NHS 111 service in Hertfordshire next month? Answers on the blog please. To give you an idea, there were 25,990 last month and, as a result of those calls almost 2,000 unnecessary visits to A&E were prevented by being able to point them to the appropriate healthcare professional.

4. Swap Your Slippers
Swap your old worn out slippers for a brand new anti slip pair of slippers for free! Bad slippers have been identified as a major cause of slips, trips, and falls and there’s an event at Radlett Library on FRI NOV 30 between 10:00 and 12:00

5. NHS at 70You know the extra money that Theresa May has given to the Health Service – well I was at an event yesterday discussing the ways that the NHS would use the money – and I met Matt Hancock – the new Health & Social Services Minister; it was an experience!

And finally - how many calls will the Hertfordshire 111 service take in OCTOBER?

Hot Topics 9th October 2018

Each week we will be including our Hot Topics feature from the daily show in our podcast.

This week Ian Rogers and Danny talk holiday souvenirs, social media campaigns, pumpkin-shaped asteroids, and crazy world records.

Monday, 8 October 2018

It's OK to Say with @matthertsed and @Stacey_L_Turner

Today we were visited by Matt Adams from the Herts Advertiser and Stacey Turner, a leading anxiety specialist with 20 years experience, particularly with children and addressing such issues as Separation Anxiety. Matt and Stacey had come in to discuss a new campaign 'It's Okay to Say' which is being launched later this week on Wednesday 10 October; World Mental Health Day. The campaign has the backing of the Herts Advertiser.

Matt said said there has been a noticeable trend of mental health issues in the spotlight and the campaign aims to help children ranging from primary school age through to teenagers. It hopes to explore the key issues which affect sufferers and explore which measures could be put in place to help people and remove the stigma which can be associated with such problems.

The main message is to reassure people that is is OK to speak out about their problems, whatever they are, and to advise them about where to go to ask for help. Matt and Stacey hope this will help people feel better about themselves, and ask for help rather than struggling on through their issues.

A website will be launched later this week and will have a directory showing links to places that can help, be it NHS, private or Charity support.

Matt and Stacey will going out into the community and asking professionals to get involved, and have already received interest and offers of help from several organisations including St Albans Chamber of Commerce who are sponsoring the campaign. The Chamber has reported that from their own research they have learnt that 90% of millenials say they are more likely to stay with an employer or organisation who recognises the need to offer help with mental health issues. The Counselling Foundation has expressed interest in getting involved, as has District councillor mental health champion Anthony Rowlands.

There are plans to promote the campaign on social media and there will be series of events throughout the coming year.

Schools will be encouraged to get involved, and address mental health issues as early as possible in a bid to create 'more mentally healthy schools' which are nurturing towards children and their families.

Although the focus of the campaign will start in St Albans the aim is to extend it to other areas of Hertfordshire.

Friday, 5 October 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 5th October 2018

Simon has cast his eye over the tele schedules for you and picked out some silver screen for the small screen.

Superbad (2007)
9.00pm – 11.20pm
Sony Movie Channel

Leap of Faith (1992)
2.50pm – 5.00pm
Paramount Network

The Man in the White Suit (1951)
2.45pm – 4.05pm

What about Bob? (1991)
6.55pm – 9.00pm
Sony Movie Channel

Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
7.35pm – 10.00pm

Ted (2012)
9.00pm – 11.10pm

The Maze Runner (2014)
10.55pm – 1.40am

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Harry's Sleeve Notes: 'Tapestry' by Carole King

A woman seated and holding a tapestry with a cat in front of her

This week on Harry's Sleeve Notes, Harry and Danny discussed the legendary album 'Tapestry' by Carole King, which was ranked 36 on the Rolling Stone List of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was released in 1971 by Ode Records.

The tracks:
-You've got a friend
-Will you love me tomorrow?

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

The #DrivetimeSessions with @itsparisamusic

Today we were joined in the studio by Parisa Shahmir! She performed three wonderful songs for us; two original and a cover. Her original songs were 'Let Me Go' and 'Beautiful Lies', she then covered 'If I Ain't Got You' originally by Alicia Keys.

To keep up with Parisa, check out the links below:


If you want to listen to her set again click here

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

'The Sound of Music' by @radlettmtc at the Radlett Centre

Today we spoke to Jude and Tom from the Radlett Musical Theatre Company, who were promoting their performance of 'The Sound of Music' at the Radlett Centre.
Made popular by the 1965 film, this well known musical follows Maria, a young nun, as she takes care of the Von Trapp children in Austria in 1939.  Containing hit songs such as 'Do Re Me' and 'My Favourite Things', this musical is a family favourite.  

Dates and Times: Tuesday 9th- Saturday 13th October @ 7:30pm (& a 2:30 Saturday matinee)
Ticket Prices: £19.50, £17.50 (concessions only available Tues and Weds)