Friday, 16 November 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 16th November 2018

Simon delivered his 'free-to-air' TV films for you this week with his usual enthusiasm - enjoy! :)

TV Films 16th November 2018

Notting Hill (1999)
9.00pm – 11.45pm

The Bodyguard (1992)
9.00pm – 11.40pm

Cocoon (1985)
2.35pm – 4.50pm

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
10.45pm – 12.50am

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
9.00pm – 12.10am
Sony Movie Channel

Tootsie (1982)
7.40pm – 10.00pm

Parkland (2013)
9.00pm – 10.50pm

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Harry's Sleeve Notes: 'Back in Black' by @acdc

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This week Harry and Danny talked about tracks from the classic rock album 'Back in Black' by the Australian rock band AC/DC. 

The tracks:
-Hell's Bells
-Back in Black
-You Shook Me All Night Long
-Rock 'n' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

The Drivetime Sessions with the effervescent @Abbie_Gathard

Today we were joined by the effervescent Abbie Gathard! As per usual we asked her to perform 2
original songs and a cover. Her original songs were 'Taking Chances' and 'Can't Wait' and she graced us with a cover of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow'.

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

You can find Abbie's music on:
Deezer (
Spotify (
YouTube (

If you missed this week's Drivetime Session you can listen again!

And the video of the session can be found at

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Hot Topics: 13th November 2018

This week on Hot Topics Danny and Ian discussed fascinating facts about 5th November and Bonfire night, Commonly-used phrases and their origins, and Pencils and their sad demise!

Health Matters - NHS111, Hospitals, Stay Well

Health Correspondent Alan Bellinger with Beverley from NHS 111 & Danny

Five Issues in tonight’s DriveTime 
  • NHS 111
  • Hospital Reconfiguration
  • Stay Well This Winter
  • Open the Bag
  • NHS at 70

1. NHS 111
Discussion with Beverley Squirrel from NHS 111; we’ll be asking her
  • What made you want to become a Call Handler?
  • What training did you have before you "went live"?
  • You're clearly very good at this - do you enjoy it?  

2. Hospital Reconfiguration
The public meeting was held on OCT 23 – it was well attended – especially by people from Hemel Hempstead! The two core issues that are being examined are
  • A new build site for planned care? And
  • Have they correctly factored in the expected population growth?

 Only one comment – can you believe how long we’ve been talking about this?  

3. Stay Well This Winter
Much more on this next month but I thought DriveTimers would find this site useful
It is a great site telling you what to do if you get any of these ten common winter illnesses
  • Colds
  • Sore Throat
  • Asthma
  • Winter Vomiting
  • Painful Joints
  • Cold Sores
  • Heart Attacks
  • Cold Hands & Feet
  • Dry Skin
  • Flu

4. Open the Bag
Next time you go into a Pharmacy for your prescription you'll probably be asked to "Open the Bag"! That's because any problems can easily be rectified in the Pharmacy; any mistakes spotted after you've left the Pharmacy probably means medicines are wasted. 

Show your support by responding to this short survey

5. NHS at 70 – I need just over 2.4 miles a day to complete my NHS 1,000 miles – that’s just 119 to go!!!

Monday, 12 November 2018

Consumer Advice

Tonight the turn of Elizabeth Crampton to provide an update on current issues from the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Why your insurer might refuse your claim

Your insurer may refuse to pay your claim because:
the policy was not in force when what you're claiming for happened
the policy is invalid because you didn't tell the truth when you applied for insurance or failed to disclose something which could affect your claim (for policies taken out, renewed or changed before 6 April 2013)
the policy is invalid because you deliberately or carelessly withheld information or misled your insurers (for policies taken out, renewed or changed after 6 April 2013)
the item is not covered by your policy
there is an exclusion clause in the policy which means that you can't claim for what's happened
you've missed some of the installments of your premium
you didn't tell your insurer about a change in your circumstances
you haven't followed the claims process correctly
you haven't kept to a condition of your policy
you have exaggerated the claim and are trying to claim for more than you should.

Your insurer must give you a reason for refusing to pay your claim. Check the details of your policy carefully to make sure that their decision is reasonable.

Banking – security and fraud

Contact your bank or building society straight away if you're worried someone might have access to your account. For example, if your:
card or security details have been lost or stolen
statement shows payments you don't recognise
card has reached its limit or account has gone into overdraft - and you weren't expecting it

Check your bank statement or the bank's website for the phone number to call for reporting security issues - or go to their branch in person.

If you haven't had money taken from your account, your bank or building society will still take action to protect your account, for example by cancelling your card or changing your security details.
More details on these items can be found at the web site

Friday, 9 November 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 9th November 2018

Simon has scanned the tele guides and picked an irresistible "stay in with a bucket of popcorn" week of free-to-air TV movies for your enjoyment.

Pulp Fiction (1994)
10.00pm – 1.10am

Bridge of Spies (2015)
9.00pm – 11.45pm

They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
9.30pm – 11.05pm

Heal the Living (2016)
11.25pm – 1.30am

Goodfellas (1990)
10.05pm – 1.00am

45 Years (2015)
9.00pm – 10.55pm

Warrior (2011)
9.00pm – 11.45pm

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Harry's Sleeve Notes: X by @edsheeran

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This week Harry and Danny chatted about Ed Sheeran's album 'X', which was released in 2014 and received worldwide acclaim. 

The tracks:
-Thinking Out Loud
-I See Fire

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

The Drive time Sessions featuring The Paper Snakes

This week for the #DrivetimeSessions we had The Paper Snakes. They performed one cover and two original tracks for us. Their original tracks were: Red Jeans and Waiting and their cover was of Bill Withers Ain't No Sunshine. 

To find out more: 

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Sophocles' 'Electra' by @CompanyofTen

Today we talked to Jo and Deborah to the Company of Ten about their new play, Sophocles' 'Electra', first performed 410BCE.  It tells the story of Electra, who is awaiting her brother's return from exile, after her mother has killed her father, who in turn killed her sister.    Ending in the brutal murders of her mother and her mother's lover and exploring themes about retributive justice and moral right, this is one of Sophocles' finest and most timeless works.

Dates and times:

Friday 9–Saturday 10 November 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday 11 November, 2.30pm
Tuesday 13–Saturday 17 November, 8:00pm

Tickets: £12
Concessions: £11

Company of Ten website
Company of Ten twitter
Book tickets here

Hot Topics 6th November 2018

This week on Hot Topics of the show Danny and Ian discussed A Pizza-eating challenge, The World Conker Championships (won by a woman, Karen Holloway), a school which banned the use of bags, and Christmas on a Budget.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Stacey from @ItsOKToSayUK with an update on the campaign.

Stacey Turner came in to update us on the ‘It’s Okay to Say’ campaign and discuss Mental Health issues generally.

Stacey last came in 4 weeks ago to launch the campaign which, as well as shining a light on children’s’ mental health, reaches out to everyone to reassure them that there is support available.  She reinforced the message that the more we can talk about mental health issues, the more we can remove any stigma from it.

The Herts Advertiser is supporting the campaign and Stacey told us that since last Thursday’s issue was published there has been an incredible response, with people contacting both the paper and Stacey herself.

Having worked with both children and adults who have found it difficult to express themselves Stacey has needed to think outside the box.  She explained how she works with a local Thai Boxing champion, Ciarain Shanahan, to help kids who are struggling to talk about their mental health issues.  Any combat sport, she says, is non-verbal therapy and reaches out to children in a way that is not intimidating.  Stacey explained how it can help people untangle their thoughts, and make them more resilient.

Stacey will be back in the studio on Monday 3 December to give us a further update.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Harry's Sleeve Notes: The Hamilton Soundtrack by @Lin_Manuel

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This week Harry and Danny talked about the soundtrack from the smash hit musical 'Hamilton', written by Lin Manuel Miranda, who also starred as Alexander Hamilton, the title character.

The tracks:
1. You'll be Back
2. The Room where it Happens
3. Burn
4. The World Was Wide Enough