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West Herts Drivetime With Danny Smith

Some of our regular features, including the Radio Verulam Film Guide with Simon Carver, Penelope Pritchett Agony Aunt & Chris' Film Club with Chris Aikman
West Herts Drivetime With Danny Smith

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The official podcast for the ultimate drivetime show in West Herts. Presented by the gorgeous Danny Smith, including Chris' Film Club with Chris Aikman and the weekly Radio Verulam Film Guide with Simon Carver.

Link: westhertsdrivetime.radioverulam.com/

Episodes

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 8th February 2019

Feb 9, 2019

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Films on TV! Get your films on TV! Simon picks his choice of films for your week of entertainment.

8th February 2019 – Films on TV 


Friday
Blue Velvet (1986)
11.20pm – 1.45am
Film4

Saturday
Wyatt Earp (1994)
3.10pm –6.55pm
5Spike

Sunday
The Man who would be King (1975)
1.10pm – 3.35pm
BBC2

Monday
Good Kill (2014)
1.45am – 3.50am
Film4

Tuesday
Gallipoli (1981)
7.45pm – 10.00pm
Film4+1

Wednesday
Deepwater Horizon (2016)
9.00pm – 11.10pm
Film4

Thursday
Dirty Dancing (1987)
9.00pm – 11.10pm
5STAR

Local food news with Becky Alexander @thelocalfoodie

Feb 5, 2019

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This week Becky talked about Chinese New Year, Chinese cuisine, coffee shops within other shops, and newly opened eateries in the area.

For more from Becky see https://thelocalfoodie.wordpress.com/about/

Becky Alexander photo

Childrens mental Health Week

Feb 4, 2019

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Stacey Turner joined us tonight speaking about childrens mental health week in St Albans.

Events this week will include  seeing  the cathedral and museum lit up in orange, a mascot teddy bear who has yet to be named, he will be appearing at the museum and cathedral and Westminster Lodge 
Stacey is also going to be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in a fundraising event.


To support It’s OK To Say, go the web site: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stacey-turner-2019




The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 1st February 2019

Feb 1, 2019

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Simon kicks off February with a range of TV movies for you to enjoy on a cold night in.

1st February 2019 – Films on TV


Friday
Kick-Ass (2009)
9.00pm – 11.25pm
5STAR


Saturday
Skyfall (2012)
9.00pm –11.50pm
ITV2



Sunday
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
1.50pm – 3.55pm
BBC2


Monday
Jason Bourne (2016)
9.00pm – 11.25pm
4seven



Tuesday
Anthropoid (2016)
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Film4


Wednesday
Fury (2014)
9.00pm – 11.40pm
5 Spike


Thursday
Twelve Years a Slave (2013)
9.00pm – 11.40pm
More4

Tom and Isaac from @CompanyofTen tell us about their upcoming performances in Beautiful Thing, opening 8th Feb at the Abbey Theatre @AbbeyTheatreStA @stalbanstheatre

Feb 1, 2019

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Tom and Isaac gave us an overview of the characters of Ste and Jamie and how they came to be in the play. They are really excited to bring the play to life. Eloise, also in the cast,

"Beautiful Thing is a gentle and hugely optimistic play. Teenagers Ste and Jamie are next door neighbours on the Thamesmead Estate in south London: Jamie is being bullied at school, and Ste is being bullied at home. When it all gets too much Ste seeks refuge at Jamie’s and their awkward but joyous relationship develops."

The play opens on Friday 8th until Saturday 16th February.

More information and tickets on sale now, visit: https://www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/whats-on/beautiful-thing/

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 25th January 2019

Jan 29, 2019

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Simon's choice of free-to-air TV movies for your entertainment!




Friday
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
9.00pm – 11.00pm
Talking Pictures TV


Saturday
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
11.45am –2.30pm
BBC2


Sunday
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
4.35pm – 6.30pm
Channel 4

Monday
Don’t Breathe (2016)
9.00pm – 10.45pm
Film4


Tuesday
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
10.00pm – 12.35pm
ITV4


Wednesday
Brotherhood (2016)
10.45pm – 12.55am
Film4

Thursday
Casino Royale (2006)
9.00pm – 11.45pm
ITV2

Interior Design

Jan 28, 2019

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Gwendoline Alderton was tonight's guest on the show covering the following items.

Colour of the Year
Coral!
Will give a lift and colour to your home probably in the summer.

Still popular is Mustard Yellow when used as a feature wall or as a sofa material. and which also  blends well with other major colours like Grey.

Personalising your home 
Tiles of different styles can have an impact on your home but may not suit if your looking to move house when neutral colours are more important.
http://ga-interiors.co.uk/







Local Theatre

Jan 21, 2019

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This evening David Widdowson joined us to tell us about the local theater scene.

 
Maltings Art Theatre
Poison
17th - 26th January - 20.00 & 19th & 26th - 15.00

 co-production with Duality Theatre Company

After not speaking for ten years, an estranged couple is forced to understand what happened to their marriage and their lives. Can they now help each other to make sense of the past so that they can both move on?http://www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk/event/poison/
Breakaway Theatre – Outside Edge
7th - 9th Feb 20.00 & 9th Feb - 14.30
Abbey Theatre
Silly Cow

Ben Elton’s play, originally starring Dawn French, is laugh-out-loud at every turn. Doris Wallace has everything a tough tabloid columnist could want: a toy boy with a handy supply of drugs, a pretty PA who might share her libidinous preferences, and the prospect of her own TV show. But for some reason everything starts to go horribly wrong…

The Stage called this ‘a cracker of a play’ while the Daily Mirror called it ‘crude, clever and killingly funny.’ Ben Elton is also behind comedy gems such as Blackadder, The Young Ones and, more recently, Upstart Crow.

Ticket information

Dates and times
Friday 18–Saturday 19 January 2019, 8pm
Sunday 20 January, 2.30pm
Tuesday 22–Saturday 26 January, 8pm

Tickets £12
Concessions £11https://www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/whats-on/silly-cow/

Beautiful Thing
Friday 8–Saturday 9 February, 8:00pm
Sunday 10 February, 2.30pm
Tuesday 12–Saturday 16 February, 8:00pm

Beautiful Thing is a gentle and hugely optimistic play. Teenagers Ste and Jamie are next door neighbours on the Thamesmead Estate in south London: Jamie is being bullied at school, and Ste is being bullied at home. When it all gets too much Ste seeks refuge at Jamie’s and their awkward but joyous relationship develops.

Underscored by a Mama Cass soundtrack, this play perfectly captures the wonder of first love. The Guardian called it ‘Deliciously upbeat… Seldom has there been a play which so exquisitely and joyously depicts what it’s like to be sixteen. Truly a most unusual and beautiful thing.’

This play contains mature language.

Ticket information

Tickets £12
Concessions £11

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 18th January 2019

Jan 18, 2019

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Simon thumbed through the TV guide to find his best choice for you of movies on free-to-air TV for this week, see what he has in store and have a listen to the podcast for more on box office movies, and new releases in the cinema!


Friday
Sexy Beast (2000)
10.55pm – 12.40am
Film4


Saturday
Rob Roy (1995)
9.00pm – 11.50pm
Sony Movie Channel


Sunday
Dr No (1962)
2.15pm – 4.30pm
ITV

Monday
Prince of Tides (1991)
9.00pm – 11.45pm
Paramount Movie Channel


Tuesday
In Bruges (2008)
11.15pm – 1.25am
Film4
 

Wednesday
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
10.45pm – 12.45am
Film4

Thursday
Unbroken (2014)
9.00pm – 11.45pm
More4

Drivetime sessions with @gracegeorge_gg

Jan 17, 2019

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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: 'I wish I didn't miss you' and 'Next To Me' she also covered 'Shallow', from the soundtrack of the movie 'A star is born'.

You can find Grace's social media links below.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gracegeorge_gg
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6CUHm69MUEYjlitmbt21ZA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialgracegeorge

You can watch Grace's performance again on our facebook page here
You can also listen again here

The drive time sessions featuring @thepapersnakes

Jan 16, 2019

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Today we were joined by the incredible Papersnakes! As per usual we asked them to perform 2 original songs and a cover. Their original songs were 'Bare Back Monkey' and 'On My Own' and they graced us with a cover of 'You Do Something To Me' (Paul Weller cover).

You can find Paper snakes on:
(Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/thepapersnakes

(Spotify) https://open.spotify.com/artist/4LazGuOAEFN0SfH83mDJa4

(Souncloud) https://soundcloud.com/thepapersnakes

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

http://www.radioverulam.com/listenagain/
And the video of the session can be found at www.facebook.com/westhertsdrive

Jane from @CompanyofTen talks about presenting Ben Elton's 'Silly Cow' at the @AbbeyTheatreStA 18-26 January 2019

Jan 16, 2019

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We were joined this evening by Jane Fookes from The Company of Ten.  Jane told us about the next production from the local drama group, Ben Elton's satirical comedy of 1980s journalism which is being performed at The Abbey Theatre St Albans from this Friday 18 January until Saturday 26 January.

For more details about the production, or if you would like to get involved with The Company of Ten, visit their website at www.abbeytheatre.org.uk

Consumer Advice

Jan 14, 2019

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Tonight the turn of Elizabeth Crampton to update us on the latest consumer issues.

Energy Companies 

It’s unlikely that your supplier will go out of business. If it does, Ofgem's safety net will make sure you’ll always have an energy supply, and will feel as little change as possible.

This guide will answer some of your questions.https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/consumers/household-gas-and-electricity-guide/extra-help-energy-services/ofgem-safety-net-if-your-energy-supplier-goes-out-business
On Line Tax Return
You can use the online service to:
fill in and send your tax return to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
go back to a tax return you’ve already started
check your details, view returns and print your tax calculation

You’ll need to register for Self Assessment again if you’ve sent a tax return in the past but you did not have to send one last year.https://www.gov.uk/log-in-file-self-assessment-tax-return
Parcel Deliveries
What happens if my parcel never arrives? First of all complain to the retailer - it should be able to refund you the full amount. If that doesn't work, and you've paid for even a proportion of the cost by credit card, then you could try to claim under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act as long as the item is worth at least £100 and under £30,000. For more information,https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/Global/CitizensAdvice/Post%20and%20Telecoms/Parcel%20Delivery%20Report%20(June%202017)%20-%20FINAL.pdf

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 11th January 2019

Jan 11, 2019

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Simon is reinvigorated after the winter break and now brings you with much gusto his pick of free-to-air TV movies!!! Best wishes for 2019 from the Drivetime team.

11th January 2019 – Films on TV


Friday
Green Zone (2010)
11.40pm – 1.55am
ITV4


Saturday
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
9.45pm – 12.00am
BBC2


Sunday
Finding Nemo (2003)
3.40pm – 5.45pm
ITV

Monday
No Way Out (1986)
9.00pm – 11.10pm
True Movies


Tuesday
Belle (2013)
7.55pm – 10.00pm
Film4+1
 

Wednesday
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
7.35pm – 10.00pm
Film4+1

Thursday
Dodgeball: a True Underdog Story (2004)
9.00pm – 10.55pm
Film4

Health Matters - NHS Long Tern Plan; Colds & Flu; Public Meeting JAN 29

Jan 8, 2019

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As it’s New Year let’s start with a quote -  May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions. (Oscar Wilde)
Four Issues in the first DriveTime of 2019
NHS Long Term Plan (overview)NHS Long Term Plan (locally)Colds and FluHospital reconfiguration


1. NHS Long Term Plan (overview)– The NHS has just published its new 10-year plan – it’s the way it intends to use the extra money that the Government committed in the summer (3.4% a year over the next 5 years compared with 2.2% over the last 5!). It’s 137 pages long but it can be boiled down to seven key aspects:-
Fixing A&E Wait Times – same day visits up from 20% to 33%Earlier Detection of Cancer – at the moment early detection is around 50%; the goal is to get that up to at least 75%Care in the Community – early discharge, pooling budgets, and primary care budgets to be increased for the first time in years!Digital Revolution – digital technology and wearables offer massive benefitsPersonalised Medicine – smarter medicines can be tailored to individual circumstancesWellbeing – to stop people needing the health service!Mental Health – significantly improved access.

It’s a hugely ambitious plan; but they’ve done the easy bit, now they have to implement it! The theory is done, now it’s down to practice!
To see the Plan for yourself, go to https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/nhs-long-term-plan.pdf  

2. NHS Long Term Plan (Locally)It’s been analysis paralysis in our area for the last five years! First there was “Your Care Your Future”; then that was rolled into the Sustainability & Transformation Plan (with E&N Herts and West Essex); now they’ve re-invented the wheel for the third time. But the core problems are still there:-
Poor Estate – the facilities that we have in West HertsWorkforce limitations – for example the lack of GPs and NursesLack of Capital Funding – to sort out the hospital situation locallyPoor Use of IT – the digital revolution is all very well but they’re still using faxes!Fragmentation – issues like Nascot Lawn and competitive tendering have made collaboration difficult.

As ever – the devil’s in the detail!
3. Colds, Flu and ComplicationsThis is the time of year for colds, flu and the complications that come from them. The problem we have is that we typically don’t know how serious they are! So here are some very useful web sitesFor Colds - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/common-cold/ there’s really useful content to tell the  difference between colds and flu!For Flu - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/For Complications - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chest-infection/the most common issue is whether it’s caused by a virus (e.g. Bronchitis) or bacteria (e.g. Pneumonia).

4. Public Meeting on HospitalsThere’s an open meeting at the Stanborough Centre in St Albans Road, Watford, to discuss the latest position on the plan for Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hospitals; it will take place on 29 January from 7pm to 9pm. The event, organised by West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust and Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group will share details of how the options for hospital development are shaping up and will explain the process for evaluating and shortlisting options.

If you’d like to go just email communications.hvccg@nhs.net, and let them know if you have any particular accessibility needs.   The Stanborough Centre address is St Albans Road, Watford, WD25 9JL

Mental Health

Jan 7, 2019

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Stacey Turner joined us tonight to talk about mental health issues covering:

Mental Health Monday
Beating the winter blues
Not making new resolutions

more details can be found at www.itsokaytosay.org.uk

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 21st December 2018

Dec 21, 2018

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Simon Carver joined us in the studio for our final Film Guide for 2018.  Here is his choice of films on free-to-air TV for the forthcoming week:

Friday
Educating Rita
10.45pm – 1.00am
Paramount Network


Saturday
Mamma Mia!
6.50pm – 9.00pm
ITVBe


Sunday
Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)
10.00pm – 11.55pm
BBC2


Christmas Eve
Furious 7
9.00pm – 11.45pm
ITV2


Christmas Day
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
3.10pm – 6.05pm
Channel 5


Boxing Day
The Lego Movie
4.55pm – 7.00pm
ITV2


Thursday
Skyfall
8.00pm – 10.40pm
ITV


Friday
Eddie the Eagle
8.00pm – 10.00pm
Channel 4

Hot Topics: 18th December 2018

Dec 21, 2018

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This week Danny and Ian covered the following items, Loss of mobile phone data, Xmas and recycling, and The Xmas Grinch at a school in Nebraska.

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 14th December 2018

Dec 16, 2018

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Simon picks his choice of free-to-air movies in the run up to Christmas, with a smattering of Xmas movies but with some other genres in there for those already worn out by Xmas hype.

Week of 14th December 2018 – Films on TV


Friday
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

9.00pm – 11.05pm
ITVBe

Saturday
Battle of Britain (1969)
4.00pm – 6.40pm
ITV4


Sunday
Elf (2003)
6.00pm – 8.00pm
ITV



Monday
The Grinch (2000)
6.55pm – 9.00pm
ITV2


Tuesday
The Madness of George (1995)
7.50pm – 10.00pm
Film4+1
 

Wednesday
A Single Man (2009)
9.00pm – 11.15pm
Sony Movie Channel



Thursday
Jaws (1975)
9.00pm – 11.40pm
ITV4

Hot Topics 11th December 2018

Dec 11, 2018

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This week the ever popular[?] Hot Topics covered advertising standards complaints, Xmas Songs, Techie forecast for 2019 and Secret Santa gifts.

Health Matters. Hospital Fines, Stay Well, NHS 111, Patient Transport, 1,000 Miles!

Dec 11, 2018

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Four Issues in tonight’s DriveTime
Hospital FinesStay Well This WinterNHS 111Patient Transport1,000 miles for the NHS
1. Hospital Waiting List FinesWest Herts Hospital Trust (“WHHT”) has been fined £888,000 by our local Clinical Commissioning Group because patients are waiting too long for planned and elective surgery – these fines are in respect of APR and MAY this year; further fines are likely to be levied at around £500K a month for the rest of the year.
https://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/west-herts-hospitals-nhs-trust-waiting-times-fines-1-5778875
How ridiculous is this? True, waiting times need to be improved and steps need to be taken to address the issue; but this is really the result of years of under-funding and that can hardly be fixed by imposing fines. In effect our Commissioning Group is saying “we’re fining you for not investing the money we haven’t given you over the last three years!”. But there is good news for WHHT – they’re getting an extra £11m to fix A&E!https://www.westhertshospitals.nhs.uk/newsandmedia/mediareleases/2018/December/11million_pound_windfall_for_emergency_care_transformation.asp     2. Stay Well This WinterSome strong tips to help you stay well this winter
If you start to feel unwell, even if it is just a cough or cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious – get help from your pharmacist.If you have a long-term health condition like COPD (lung diseases), bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, heart or kidney disease, or have suffered a stroke, get advice from your pharmacist or GP on how to keep well during the colder months.Remember to pick up your prescription before the Christmas holidays start. Many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holiday period.NHS 111 will help you get the right medical attention urgently or visit www.nhs.ukwhich can direct you to a local service that is open during the holiday period.Older neighbours, relatives, friends and other elderly members of the community are more vulnerable in the winter months and may need a bit of extra help this winter, so make sure you keep in touch.It is important to keep warm in winter, both inside and out as it can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.
For full details on staying well this winter, go tohttps://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/10-winter-illnesses/

3. NHS 111The third instalment (of three!) on NHS 111. We’ve covered the general service, we had Health Advisor Beverley Squirrel (we would probably refer to her as a call handler) in the studio last month and this month we’re covering the support behind those call handlers.
Because this is the critical point about 111 – there’s a full service team available 24 hours a day – it’s not just the call handler and a computer as we heard last month from Beverley. There’s a 24hr GP, as well as a Pharmacist, a Dental Nurse, other Nurses and a Paramedic who assist with complex cases.
Talking to the Hatfield Rotary Club a couple of weeks ago there was universal agreement that the 111 service is exceptional! So our special thanks to the team and best wishes for Christmas.https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/10-winter-illnesses/
4. Patient TransportOne of the real problem areas locally is that of Patient Transport - for full information go tohttps://hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk/your-services/local-services/transport-services
5. NHS at 70 – By walking to the studio this evening I completed my 1,000 miles for the NHS. So now reality sets in – my wife is picking me up after the show!https://www.england.nhs.uk/nhs70/

And finally - a very happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year!

Consumer Advice

Dec 10, 2018

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Tonight we were joined by Elizabeth Crampton for our regular update on current consumer issues.

Homeless people
This issue has been notable on St Peters Street recently so what is the local councils position on this?

If you're already homeless, or likely to become homeless within the next 8 weeks you can apply for help getting somewhere to live from your local council. This is known as making a homeless application.

The council will look into your situation to decide what help they might be able to give you. There isn't a set time to get a decision, but there shouldn't be an unreasonably long delay.

Before making an application you can check via the web site link below, If you're not sure, it's still worth applying because the council has to review all applications.
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/housing/homelessness/applying-for-homeless-help/applying-for-homeless-help/

Wedding Insurance Policies

The kind of policy you buy, or even if you buy it at all, turns on how much you're spending on the big day and what kind of wedding you've planned.

Not every wedding is the size of an Elton John bash, so if you could easily rearrange it on your own, then wedding insurance isn't a must

However, if the financial and emotional stress of rearranging would be too much, insurance will be worth a look.

Venue cancellation and supplier failure are the two main reasons people buy wedding insurance; policies start from £19 for weddings of £3,000 and go up to £300 for £100,000 weddings.https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/resources-and-tools/search-navigation-tools/Search/?q=weddings&c=TOP-PUBLIC

More details on these items and much more  can be found at the web site https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/




The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 7th December 2018

Dec 7, 2018

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7th December 2018 – Films on TV

Simon picks his choice of movies on free-to-air TV:

Friday
Super 8 (2011)
7.45pm – 10.00pm
Film4+1


Saturday
Arthur Christmas (2011)
4.40pm – 6.35pm
Channel 4


Casino (1995)
10.00pm – 1.50am
Dave

Sunday
The Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
9.00pm – 11.35pm
Channel 5


Tuesday
Suffragette (2015)
7.50pm – 10.00pm
Film4+1


Wednesday
Love Actually (2003)
9.00pm – 11.45pm
ITV2


Thursday
Déjà Vu (2006)
9.00pm – 11.30pm
Sony Movie Channel

The Drivetime Sessions with the amazing @scarlettefever_

Dec 5, 2018

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Today we were joined by the incredible Scarlette Fever! We asked her to perform 1 original song and 2 covers. Her original song was 'Let The Music Save Me' and she graced us with a cover of 'Santa Baby' and 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'. She has a new EP coming out called "December Prayer " on Friday 14th December. Scarlette Fever is also playing at Dylans @ 7pm on the 16th December.


You can find Scarlette Fever on:

(Her website) https://www.scarlettefever.co.uk/

(Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/ScarletteFeverOfficial/
If you missed this week's Drivetime Session you can listen again!
http://www.radioverulam.com/listenagain/
And the video of the session can be found at www.facebook.com/westhertsdrive

Food correspondent Becky Alexander @thelocalfoodie joins us to talk all things local and yummy

Dec 4, 2018

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Becky had visited the Christmas Market at the Vintry Gardens and was impressed with the busy atmosphere and array of gifts on sale.  There are plenty of foodie delights on offer; mulled wine, mulled cider and giant marshmallows in particular!  The Market is open until Saturday 22 December.

New cafe and restaurant openings in St Albans include a new coffee shop 'Nkora' in the Market Square and a Mexican restaurant 'Benito's Hat' taking up some of the site which was previously Jamie's.

There is also a new branch of  Turkish restaurant Tabure opening soon in Harpenden.

Becky will be joining us on the first Tuesday of every month to share and discuss local food news.

Hot Topics 4th December 2018

Dec 4, 2018

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This week Danny and Ian covered - Gift Cards, An Ode To Kevin The Carrot, Must have Xmas toys 2018 and Superstitions.

The Radio Verulam Film Guide 30th November 2018

Nov 30, 2018

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Here are Simon's choice of films on free-to-air TV for the forthcoming week:
Friday
Changeling
11.05pm – 1.50am
ITV3


Saturday
Hail Caesar!
11.35pm – 1.25am
Channel 4


Sunday
The Incredibles
5.25pm – 7.35pm
Channel 4


Monday
The Rainmaker
10.05pm – 11.45pm
Paramount Network


Tuesday
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
12.00am – 2.10am
Talking Pictures


Wednesday
The Blind Side
10.00pm – 12.40am
5STAR


Thursday
The Usual Suspects
10.00pm – 12.15am
ITV4

Julie O'Shea from @stacourtyard talks about their latest art exhibition

Nov 30, 2018

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On today's show Julie O'Shea from The Courtyard Cafe joined us on the radio to talk about their latest exhibition "Different Views" featuring her work and the work of local artist Bridget Tompkins.

The exhibition comprises a variety of paintings on display in the main cafe and the rear dining room. The art is available for sale and the exhibition runs until the 22nd of December. The cafe is open Tuesday to Saturday 8;30am - 4:30pm. Also on display is their "Muriel", a collaborative effort buy Julie and Bridget.

Find out more about The Courtyard Cafe on their website: http://www.courtyardcafestalbans.co.uk/
and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/courtyardcstalbans/

Hot Topics 27th November 2018

Nov 29, 2018

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This week Danny & Ian waffled about Sustainable shopping, edible insects, the Millennium Bug and the value of memorabilia

Drivetime sessions with @Dodobones

Nov 29, 2018

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Today we were joined by the amazing DodoBones! As per usual we asked them to perform 2 original songs and a cover. Their original songs were 'Waiting' and 'Jump Aboard' and they graced us with a cover of 'Pumped Up Kicks' (Foster the People cover). They have a new album coming out called "Four" on Thursday 6th December, which also the date of their album launch night at The Barn at The Horn, St Albans, doors open at 7pm and tickets are £5.00

You can find Dodobones on:

(Their website) http://www.dodobones.co.uk/

(Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) @Dodobones

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

http://www.radioverulam.com/listenagain/

And the video of the session can be found at www.facebook.com/westhertsdrive

Christmas Trends with @GA_interiors

Nov 27, 2018

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Gwendoline Alderton came in to talk about this years Christmas trends.

Gwendoline advised that generally all things 'wonderfully white' are on trend, but to avoid this looking sterile you can add glitter and different textures.

Blush pink is also popular and can be blended with either white or grey tones. Some lovely soft pink sofas are in the shops at the moment, and for materials velvet is very popular. For Christmas you can add pink to your gold decorations to be current and stylish.

You can also combine pink and red to give a warm, Moroccan, spicy feel.

For Christmas the two particular types of decoration on trend are tin and metal Mexican themes. Or if you want glamour go for plastic decorations like flamingos and peacocks in mixed materials.

A green Christmas tree is the way to go this year.



  www.GA-interiors.co.uk
Gwendoline will be back in January with upcoming style trends for 2019.



Science feature 26-11-2018 with @smrolfe - #InSight #MarsLanding today, £50 note scientist and night sky including total lunar eclipse! #BloodMoon

Nov 26, 2018

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Radio Verulam Science Feature 26-11-2018
Invading MarsA new mission called InSight will land on Mars tonight at 8 pm (GMT), with coverage starting at the end of the West Herts Drivetime show at 7 pm on NASA TV, for links see below. The mission is a lander, a stationary laboratory rather than a rover, as being stationary is actually key to the science goals.
InSight is short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport and it’s science goals are: “The first is to examine the interior — what it is made of, and what processes occur. The lander will provide information on the size and composition of the Martian core, crust and mantle. It also will show "how warm the interior is and how much heat is still flowing through," NASA said. The second goal is to learn if Mars is tectonically active (including where seismic activity is located), and how frequently meteorites slam into its surface.”
“Nasa expects Mars to have a metal core, a dense mantle, and a lighter crust, but they are not sure precisely where the boundaries of these layers will be found.”

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech



For links to watching landing commentary see: https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/timeline/landing/watch-online/
Other sources:https://www.space.com/42488-insight-mars-lander-mission-full-coverage.htmlhttps://www.space.com/40067-mars-insight-lander.htmlhttps://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nasa-insight-mars-mission-marsquakes-interior-planet-a8337301.htmlhttps://www.space.com/29668-nasa-first-cubesats-mars-insight-lander.htmlhttps://www.jpl.nasa.gov/cubesat/missions/marco.php



£50 note to have a scientist
Nominations are still open until 14th December but a list has been released today of the nominations so far.
To be considered, the individual must be real, deceased and have contributed to the field of science in the UK.
Scientists who have inspired Sam:
Caroline Hershel (1750 – 1848) Born in Hanover, Germany in 1750, Caroline was only permitted a rudimentary education, prepared for a life in service. However, after her father’s death she moved to Bath, England to be with her brother William. Both of them initially pursued careers in music, but astronomy became a night-time hobby, and after a series of unsuccessful musical performances they took up astronomy full time. Working closely to support her brother, including developing better astronomical instruments, she became a successful astronomer in her own right. She discovered eight new comets, and contributed around 500 deep sky objects to what became the New General Catalogue, a classification system that is still used today. Caroline was the first woman in England be appointed to an official government position, and first woman to receive a salary for her scientific work (a sum of £50 per year!). She was also the first woman to be awarded Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Hertha Ayrton (1854 – 1923) had a rebellious personality, which was noticed by her teachers and classmates. Her cousins introduced her to science and maths. She studied at Cambridge, where she was successful in gaining a patent for a sphygmomanometer (s-fig-mo-man-ometer), a blood pressure meter. She led the choral society, founded the all-women Girton College fire brigade and co-founded a mathematical club. During her life, she registered 26 patents. She also worked in embroidery and teaching. Hertha won the Hughes Medal by the Royal Society for her work on electric arcs. She also conducted research about the formation of ripples in sand and water. Furthermore, she helped found the International Federation of University Women and the National Union of Scientific Workers.
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (1900 – 1979) was an English-American astronomer and proved in her 1925 doctoral thesis that Hydrogen is the principal component of stars, using data collected by Annie Jump Cannon. This work was considered at the time to be the most brilliant thesis ever written in astronomy. However, despite the evidence she had found, her work was reviewed by Henry Russell and he dissuaded her from her original conclusion as it went against the ideas of the time. He is often credited with the discovery when he came to the same conclusion after getting repeat results by a different method which he published four years later. Cecilia was an inspired seamstress, an inventive knitter, and a voracious reader as well as the first woman to be promoted to professor at Harvard University and, later, the first female Chair of the Department of Astronomy.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46343965To nominate, visit: https://app.keysurvey.co.uk/f/1348443/10fc/

Night Sky This Month(s), December and January
“The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. The shower runs annually from December 7-17. It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and morning of the 14th. The first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight leaving dark skies for what should be an excellent early morning show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky.”Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2018.html
Venus will be in the morning sky and Mars will be in the evening sky.
Total Eclipse of the Moon “Blood Moon” 21st January 2019Starts at 02:36, ends 07:48, with greatest eclipse at 05:12 (approx. half an hour either side in Total Eclipse).Source: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/uk/london
https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/night/

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 23th November 2018

Nov 23, 2018

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23rd November 2018 – Films on free-to-air TV


Simon's top picks of movies to see this week on your (small) silver screen.

Friday
Air Force One (1997)
10.00pm – 12.25am
Channel 5


Saturday
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
5.05pm – 7.00pm
Film4


Sunday
The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
2.45pm – 4.35pm
Film4




Monday
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
7.35pm – 9.50pm
Film4+1


Tuesday
The Martian (2015)
9.00pm – 11.50pm
Film4


Wednesday
Star Trek into Darkness (2013)
9.00pm – 11.35pm
Film4



Thursday
The Black Swan (1942)
5.00pm – 6.45pm
Film4

Next week's shows with @smrolfe @ga_interiors @dodobones @fberrynews and @simoncarver475

Nov 22, 2018

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We have plenty of treats coming up for you next week on West Herts Drivetime.

On Monday 26/11 it's our science feature with Space Doctor Sam Rolfe.

Then on Tuesday we will have our interior design spot with our correspondent from the world of decor, Gwendoline Alderton.

On Wednesday we excite your ears with the Drivetime sessions; this week with the fantastic Dodobones.

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Front-page Franki from the Herts Advertiser is our regular Thursday guest, with the hottest local news stories.  And finally on Friday we end the week with Simon Carver and the Radio Verulam film guide.

Hot Topics 20th November 2018

Nov 21, 2018

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Danny & Ian covered the following subjects, Xmas 100 years ago, peanuts in dynamite, and Kangaroos can't moonwalk!

The Drivetime Sessions with @AmeliaLappert (and mum!)

Nov 21, 2018

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Today we were joined by the amazing Amelia Lappert! As per usual we asked her to perform 2
original songs and a cover. Her original songs were 'Crossroads' and 'Everybody Fears' and she graced us with a cover of 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love' (Darkness cover).

You can find Amelia on: (Her website) https://www.amelialappert.com/(Facebook) https://en-gb.facebook.com/AmeliaLappert/

If you missed this week's Drivetime Session you can listen again!
http://www.radioverulam.com/listenagain/

And the video of the session can be found at www.facebook.com/westhertsdrive

Local Theatre Update

Nov 19, 2018

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David Widdowson joined us tonight for an update on local theatre.

Herts Jazz Club – Gilad Hekselman Trio  at Maltings Art Theatre  
27th November - 19.30
Gilad Hekselman – Guitar, Aaron Parks – Keyboards, Kendrick Scott – Drums

In November 2018 one of the world‘s great jazz guitarists Gilad Hekselman embarks on a European tour celebrating the release of his 6th record as a leader. The new project, ZuperOctave, is a bass-less trio featuring two of the world‘s most in demand jazz musicians, Aaron Parks on synths, Rhodes and piano and Kendrick Scott on drums and pads. It’s a retro-futuristic sound – imagining the sound of the future of jazz as it was perceived in the past. We’re privileged to have this excellent band on a short UK visit.

Tickets: £16/£15/£12

Abbey Theatre

Humdingers Comedy returns with another brilliant line up of some of the best acts around. Join us for a night of top quality stand up comedy.

On Thursday 22nd November, the superb Carey Marx will headline. A regular at London’s Comedy Store and no stranger to TV appearances, Carey brings a relaxed yet confident performance style that you’ll love.

He’ll not be alone. We are also lucky to have the brilliantly reviewed, and extremely funny Jenny Collier to open the show, and support from rising stars, Ross Smith & Sara Barron.


Tickets are £10 online, or £12 on the door (previous nights suggest we are unlikely to have tickets on the door, so secure your seats early!)

Tickets are available from www.humdingerscomedy.com



Ten of Herts
Friday, 23 November 2018, 8:00pm
Saturday, 23 November 2018, 8:00pm
£12


In a first-time collaboration, the Company of Ten partners the Kings of Herts male voice harmony chorus, setting out to complement songs from their barbershop repertoire with a parade of musical and theatrical offerings.

Harpenden-based Kings, who draw members from all over the county, have been singing for fun and charity since 1983. They ‘relish the challenge of stepping on stage at the wonderful Abbey Theatre’. Gentlemen, you are very welcome!




A Christmas Carol

Saturday 15–Saturday 29 December 2018
2.30pm, 5.30pm & 7.30pm

Tickets £12
Concessions £11; 13 and unders £6


Make your Christmas complete with a trip to Victorian London, home of old Ebenezer Scrooge. On a snowy Christmas Eve, three ghosts take Scrooge on a fantastic journey. By glimpsing his past, present and future, he learns to love Christmas and finally make friends with the kind people around him.A Christmas Carol15 December 2018–29 December 2018
 Comedy22 November 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 16th November 2018

Nov 16, 2018

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

TV Films 16th November 2018

Friday
Notting Hill (1999)
9.00pm – 11.45pm
ITVBe


Saturday
The Bodyguard (1992)
9.00pm – 11.40pm
5STAR


Sunday
Cocoon (1985)
2.35pm – 4.50pm
Film4




Monday
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
10.45pm – 12.50am
BBC1


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


Wednesday
Tootsie (1982)
7.40pm – 10.00pm
Film4+1


Thursday
Parkland (2013)
9.00pm – 10.50pm
Film4

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

Nov 15, 2018

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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

The Drivetime Sessions with the effervescent @Abbie_Gathard

Nov 14, 2018

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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 (https://www.facebook.com/abbie.gathard15/)

You can find Abbie's music on:
Deezer (https://www.deezer.com/en/artist/14591777)
Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZfvXBwKAWhlxVgxbTn8GG)
YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-_CV1-88ZH-7GD3ahHmwXg)

If you missed this week's Drivetime Session you can listen again!
http://www.radioverulam.com/listenagain/

And the video of the session can be found at www.facebook.com/westhertsdrive

Hot Topics: 13th November 2018

Nov 13, 2018

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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

Nov 13, 2018

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Health Correspondent Alan Bellinger with Beverley from NHS 111 & Danny

Five Issues in tonight’s DriveTime NHS 111Hospital ReconfigurationStay Well This WinterOpen the BagNHS at 70
  1. NHS 111Discussion with Beverley Squirrel from NHS 111; we’ll be asking herWhat 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?  
https://hucweb.co.uk/services/nhs-111/  2. Hospital ReconfigurationThe 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? AndHave 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 WinterMuch more on this next month but I thought DriveTimers would find this site usefulhttps://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/10-winter-illnesses/ It is a great site telling you what to do if you get any of these ten common winter illnessesColdsSore ThroatAsthmaWinter VomitingPainful JointsCold SoresHeart AttacksCold Hands & FeetDry SkinFlu
4. Open the BagNext 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
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HWEopenthebagpts
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!!!https://www.england.nhs.uk/nhs70/

Consumer Advice

Nov 12, 2018

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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  https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 9th November 2018

Nov 9, 2018

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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.

Friday
Pulp Fiction (1994)
10.00pm – 1.10am
5STAR


Saturday
Bridge of Spies (2015)
9.00pm – 11.45pm
Film4


Sunday
They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
9.30pm – 11.05pm
BBC2



Monday
Heal the Living (2016)
11.25pm – 1.30am
Film4


Tuesday
Goodfellas (1990)
10.05pm – 1.00am
ITV4


Wednesday
45 Years (2015)
9.00pm – 10.55pm
Film4




Thursday
Warrior (2011)
9.00pm – 11.45pm
Film4

Harry's Sleeve Notes: X by @edsheeran

Nov 8, 2018

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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:
-One
-Sing
-Thinking Out Loud
-I See Fire

The Drive time Sessions featuring The Paper Snakes

Nov 7, 2018

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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: facebook.com/thepapersnakes

Sophocles' 'Electra' by @CompanyofTen

Nov 7, 2018

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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

Stacey from @ItsOKToSayUK with an update on the campaign.

Nov 7, 2018

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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.

Hot Topics 6th November 2018

Nov 7, 2018

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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.

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

Nov 1, 2018

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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

The #DrivetimeSessions with @HorsesCaution

Oct 31, 2018

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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:
Lemonrock- https://www.lemonrock.com/cautionhorses
Facebook- https://en-gb.facebook.com/cautionhorsesuk/
Twitter- https://twitter.com/horsescaution

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

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

Oct 30, 2018

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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


Hot Topics 30th October 2018

Oct 30, 2018

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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 

The Passion of Alban & Livia

Oct 29, 2018

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

Oct 27, 2018

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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
Starman
Ziggy Stardust
Rock n Roll Suicide

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 26th October 2018

Oct 26, 2018

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



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


Saturday
Scream (1996)
10.20pm – 12.30am
Dave


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



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


Monday
Eye in the Sky (2015)
9.00pm – 11.05pm
Film4


Wednesday
Saw (2004)
9.00pm – 11.10pm
ITV4

The #DrivetimeSessions with @BethHedgesMusic

Oct 24, 2018

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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:
LemonRock- https://www.lemonrock.com/bethhedges
Facebook- https://en-gb.facebook.com/bethhedgesmusic/
YouTube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfN_XW8ey3RlkCZVUiJdwhg
Twitter- https://twitter.com/BethHedgesMusic

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

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

Oct 23, 2018

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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: https://www.space.com/42097-soyuz-rocket-launch-failure-expedition-57-crew.html
https://www.space.com/42182-russian-soyuz-launch-abort-investigation-report-soon.html
https://www.space.com/42166-what-rocket-launch-failure-feels-like.html



Hot Topics 23rd October 2018

Oct 23, 2018

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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.  

Party time with @BoucheOreille on Radio Verulam

Oct 19, 2018

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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 https://www.radioverulam.com/party/ 

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 19th October 2018

Oct 19, 2018

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


Friday
RoboCop (1987)
9.00pm – 11.10pm
ITV4


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


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


Monday
The Love Punch (2013)
9.00pm – 10.55pm
Paramount


Tuesday
Se7en (1995)
10.30pm – 1.50am
ITV4


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


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

Harry's Sleeve Notes: Melodrama by @lorde

Oct 18, 2018

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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
-Liability
-Writer in the Dark
-The Louvre

The #DrivetimeSessions with @jessvrevell

Oct 17, 2018

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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:
Twitter- https://twitter.com/jessvrevell?lang=en
Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/jessvrevell/?hl=en
YouTube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjoT92skLAyUQ-M8q5s-nsA
Spotify- https://open.spotify.com/track/4ZRQmO2RgqER9BLkcnQFOZ
Apple Music- https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/jess-revell/1400120604

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

Danny meets the cast of Aladdin @RadlettCentre

Oct 16, 2018

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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:
http://www.radlettcentre.co.uk/

Hot Topics 16th October 2018

Oct 16, 2018

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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

Oct 16, 2018

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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


Local Theatre Update

Oct 15, 2018

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


MACBETH

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. http://www.ovotheatre.org.ukhttp://www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk/

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 platformhttp://www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk/event/herts-jazz-club-clark-tracey-quintet/
Abbey TheatreDangerous 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.
https://www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/whats-on/dangerous-corner/

Castaways: Mandala Theatre CompanyTrestle Arts Theatre Thu 18th Oct at 1:30pm
Three teenagers – born on the same day, in the same town but with very different backgrounds.https://www.ents24.com/st-albans-events/trestle-arts-base/castaways/5376665

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 12th October 2018

Oct 12, 2018

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

Friday
Gosford Park (2001)
9.00pm – 11.45pm
Paramount


Saturday
The Winslow Boy (1999)
1.50pm – 3.30pm
BBC2


Sunday
Antz (1998)
1.30pm – 3.10pm
Channel 4


Selma (2014)
11.15pm – 1.15am
BBC2


Monday
Tower Block (2012)
10.00pm – 11.55pm
5STAR


Tuesday
The Ghost Writer (2010)
10.30pm – 1.10am
ITV4



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

The #DrivetimeSessions with Lizzy Hardingham!

Oct 11, 2018

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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:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yellowlizzy
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3NGEBrKPRipD8NwInqQ1gj
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZmJaHUUak0wF8wttgOVgLA
Bandcamp: https://lizzyhardingham.bandcamp.com/

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

The #DrivetimeSessions with Barnyard Junkies!

Oct 11, 2018

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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. 
To keep up to date with Barnyard Junkies follow them on their social media below:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebarnyardjunkies/Lemon Rock: https://www.lemonrock.com/barnyardjunkiesYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB0Oy0gLcwKsyMlwM59szB5TkxvSYC8H1
If you missed this week's #DrivetimeSessions you can our Listen Again feature here

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

Oct 11, 2018

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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

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

Oct 9, 2018

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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 www.itsokaytosay.org.uk 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.

Hot Topics 9th October 2018

Oct 9, 2018

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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.

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

Oct 9, 2018

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Five Issues in tonight’s DriveTime

New Hospital for St AlbansFlu JabsWhen to use 111Swap your SlippersNHS 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 toUpgrade Watford as an acute hospital;Use St Albans for planned and elective careRe-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 1954Other adults with an underlying health condition particularly long term heart or respiratory disease, diabetes, or weakened immune systemsChildren (6 months to 2 years)Pregnant womenCarersPatients living in a care homePatients with a learning disability
In addition, you are eligible for a flu vaccination by nasal spray if you are in one of the following categoriesAll children aged 2, 3, or 4Children in Reception or Years 1 - 5Children aged 4-18 years with an underlying health conditionFurther information – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

3. The 111 number in HertfordshireIf 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 thatThe fully trained Call Handlers (generally referred to as Health Advisers; andThe 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.
https://hucweb.co.uk/services/nhs-111/

4. Swap Your SlippersSwap 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
www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/slipperswap
5. NHS at 70 – You 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!https://www.england.nhs.uk/nhs70/
And finally - how many calls will the Hertfordshire 111 service take in OCTOBER?

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 5th October 2018

Oct 8, 2018

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

FridaySuperbad (2007)9.00pm – 11.20pmSony Movie Channel

SaturdayLeap of Faith (1992)2.50pm – 5.00pmParamount Network 
SundayThe Man in the White Suit (1951)2.45pm – 4.05pmBBC2

MondayWhat about Bob? (1991)6.55pm – 9.00pmSony Movie Channel             
TuesdayMrs Doubtfire (1993)7.35pm – 10.00pmFilm4+1      
WednesdayTed (2012)9.00pm – 11.10pmITV2

ThursdayThe Maze Runner (2014)10.55pm – 1.40amFilm4

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

Oct 4, 2018

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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?
-Tapestry
-Beautiful

The #DrivetimeSessions with @itsparisamusic

Oct 3, 2018

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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:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/itsparisamusic
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parishahmirmusic
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itsparisamusic/

If you want to listen to her set again click here

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

Oct 2, 2018

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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.  
Details: 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)Book tickets hereRMTC twitterRMTC Website

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 28th September 2018

Sep 29, 2018

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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:

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

Saturday
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
11.10pm – 1.05am
Film4


Sunday
The LEGO Movie (2014)
4.00pm – 6.00pm
ITV2
 
Monday
True Grit (2010)
9.00pm – 11.10pm
Film4


Tuesday
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
9.00pm – 11.35pm
ITV2


Wednesday
Sudden Death (1995)
11.40pm – 1.55am
ITV4



Thursday
Joy (2015)
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Film4

Harry's Sleeve Notes: Rainbow by Kesha

Sep 27, 2018

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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

Local Theatre Update

Sep 24, 2018

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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).
http://www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk/event/herts-jazz-club-derek-nashs-picante/

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.
http://www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk/event/folk-solasta-steve-warner-ellie-mccann/
MACBETH

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.http://www.ovotheatre.org.uk/https://www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/whats-on/dangerous-corner/

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 14th September 2018

Sep 14, 2018

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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!

Friday
Final Destination (2000)
11.00pm – 1.00am
5STAR


Saturday
The Blindside (2009)
10.00pm – 12.40am
5STAR
 

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

Monday
Taxi Driver (1976)
10.50pm – 1.05am
Movies4Men


Tuesday
Everest (2015)
9.00pm – 11.20pm
Film4


Wednesday
Rocky (1976)
9.00pm – 11.35pm
ITV4



Thursday
28 Days Later (2002)
9.00pm – 11.15pm
Horror

Harry's Sleeve Notes: Parallel Lines by @BlondieOfficial

Sep 13, 2018

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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

#DrivetimeSessions with A Cat Called Dave!

Sep 12, 2018

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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:
https://www.lemonrock.com/acatcalleddave

Generally keep up top to date with the band here:
https://en-gb.facebook.com/ACatCalledDaveBand/

If you missed their set on this afternoon's show, you can listen to it again!
http://www.radioverulam.com/listenagain/

Health Matters SEP 18 Flu Jabs plus 6 Other Issues

Sep 11, 2018

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Seven Issues in tonight’s DriveTime Flu JabsNational Data Opt OutYour Heart AgeNHS Symptom CheckerDrink Free DaysFree PrescriptionsNHS at 70
1. Flu JabsIt’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 conditionFurther information – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
2. National Data Opt-OutWe’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 formhttps://medconfidential.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018-05-25-National-Data-Opt-out-trifold.pdf

3. Your Heart AgeHow 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!https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/check-your-heart-age-tool/ 
4. NHS Symptom CheckerHow 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. https://111.nhs.uk/ It’s currently in beta trial – give it a go!
5. Drink-free DaysThere’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 resourceshttps://www.drinkaware.co.uk/drink-free-days/ 
6. Free PrescriptionsDo you know whether you’re entitled to free prescriptions? There’s a simple checker herehttps://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/penalty-charges-dont-get-caught-out/check-you-tick
7. NHS at 70 – The 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!

Consumer Advice

Sep 10, 2018

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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 destinationhttps://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/holiday-cancellations-and-compensation/if-your-flights-delayed-or-cancelled/

 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 https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

The #DrivetimeSessions with @Li_LiLiadain

Sep 8, 2018

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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: https://www.facebook.com/Li-Li-Liadain-328535777304793/
Her Twitter page here: https://twitter.com/Li_LiLiadain
To keep up with LiLi's work, visit her website here: http://www.li-liliadainmusic.com/

And if you missed her performance, or wanted to listen again you can visit http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/ and navigate to Wednesday's show

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 7th September 2018

Sep 7, 2018

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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.

Friday
Gone Girl (2014)
11.05pm – 1.25am
BBC2


Saturday
Spotlight (2015)
9.00pm – 11.00pm
BBC2

Sunday
The Dambusters (1954)
4.40pm – 7.10pm
Film4

Monday
The Imitation Game (2014)
6.45pm – 9.00pm
Film4


Tuesday
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
9.00pm – 11.05pm
ITV2


Wednesday
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
9.00pm – 11.10pm
ITV2



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

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

Sep 6, 2018

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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

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

Sep 4, 2018

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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

The Living Room

Sep 3, 2018

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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.
https://www.livingroomherts.org/Event/st-albans-open-day
https://twitter.com/RecoveryFilms

Charlotte's Film Club: Deadpool 2

Aug 6, 2018

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Another recent release on the Film Club today, as Charlotte rounds off a focus on the years 2016 to 2018 with Deadpool 2!

Following the events of the previous film, wisecracking mercenary Deadpool finds himself in the way of Cable, a genetically enhanced soldier from the future, when he decides to protect an angsty teenage mutant named Russell. However Deadpool can't do this alone, and must team up with a vast range of new mutants such as Domino and Shatterstar to even the playingfields.

Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin return, joined by Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz and Julian Dennison. 

This is also the very last edition of Charlotte's Film Club! We hope you've enjoyed every episode as much as we've enjoyed making them, thank you for listening!

Charlotte's Film Club: Tomb Raider

Aug 6, 2018

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Charlotte looks at a release from this year today on the Film Club, "Tomb Raider".

Alicia Vikander stars as Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years ago. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to the last place he was ever seen, a mythical island off the coast of Japan. The stakes couldn't be higher as Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown.

Walton Goggins, Dominic West and Hannah John-Kamen also star.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Get Out

Aug 6, 2018

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Today the Film club looks at "Get Out", the award-winning experimental horror from writer/director Jordan Peele, released in 2017.
Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) decide they are at a point in which he can meet her parents. On the trip, Chris finds the open nature of the family unnerving, and as he investigates more discovers an even worse truth.

Get Out won an oscar for best original screenplay, and was nominated for more.

Charlotte's Film Club: Deadpool

Aug 6, 2018

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This week the Film Club continues moving to even more recent releases, as Charlotte focuses on the years 2016-2018. Up first is 'Deadpool' from 2016!

Ryan Reynolds stars as Wade Wilson, a mercenary who finds love with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), but has his world turned upside down when he discovers he has advanced cancer. With no other options, Wilson joins an experimental program that reveals his hidden mutant power: extreme regeneration, but leaves him horribly deformed. Putting on a red mask and naming himself Deadpool, he tracks down the people who experimented on him in a quest for revenge.

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

Jul 27, 2018

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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.


Saturday

Mannequin (1987)
1.45-3.30pm
5Star



Warm Bodies (2012)
9-11pm
E4



Sunday
Face off (1997)
9-11.45pm
Channel 5

OR


28 Days Later (2002)
9-11.10pm
Horror Channel



Monday
Reservoir Dogs (1991)
10-12.05am
ITV4




Tuesday
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015)
9-11.35pm
Film4




Thursday
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
9-11.25pm
ITV4




Friday
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
9pm
Paramount

The #DrivetimeSessions with @ScarletteFever_

Jul 25, 2018

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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 



Charlotte's Film Club: Jurassic World

Jul 25, 2018

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The last instalment of Charlotte's "2012-2015" themed Film Club is all about sci-fi thriller "Jurassic World".

This 2015 entry to the famous 'Jurassic Park' series sees a park full of dinosaurs successfully opened as an extremely popular luxury resort. However, when a genetically engineered dino known as the Indominus Rex gets loose, a chain reaction is triggered that sees the entire park thrown into chaos. Only the park's operations manager and an ex-military animal expert can track down the engineered dinosaur, and ensure the safety of all the guests.

Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt star.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Whiplash

Jul 24, 2018

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Another Oscar winner from between 2012 and 2015 on the Film Club today, as Charlotte tells us everything we need to know about "Whiplash" from 2014.

An ambitious young jazz drummer does everything he can to reach the top of his class in his elite music school. When a well renowned music director known for his brutal teaching method selects the young man to be part of his ensemble, the two will go down a path of obsession that drives the student to even question his own ability and sanity.

Miles Teller stars as Andrew Neiman, with JK Simmons starring as the ruthless Terence Fletcher, a role which won him an Oscar for best supporting actor.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Dallas Buyers Club

Jul 24, 2018

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Charlotte and Danny are still looking at the best Films of the years 2012 to 2015, and today look at the award winning "Dallas Buyers Club", starring Matthew McConaughey.

McConaughey stars as Ron Woodroof, an electrician in the 80s stunned to learn that he has AIDS. Despite being told it is advanced, and he only has 30 days left to live, he takes it upon himself to get hold of any possible treatments or therapies that can work no matter how legal. Seeing how difficult it is for the people of America to get these treatments, he takes it upon himself to sell it to them.

Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner also star, and the film won 3 oscars in 2014.

Charlotte's Film Club: The Impossible

Jul 24, 2018

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It's a Monday, and thus the start of another new week of Charlotte's Film Club! Continuing the theme of the previous few weeks, Danny and Charlotte have been looking at the best releases between certain years, now on to 2012-2015!

Released in 2012, "The Impossible" tells the real-life story of the events of the Indian-Ocean Tsunami of 2004. A family find their Christmas Holiday in Thailand turned into a horrific nightmare by the previously mentioned Tsunami, which destroyed buildings and completely reshaped the landscape into a wasteland. Faced by the constant looming threat of the approaching sea, the family must do all they can to survive, and only courage and kindness can get them through.
Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star.

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 20th July 2018 with @SusW

Jul 21, 2018

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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!

Saturday
Kingsman: the Secret Service
9:00 - 11:35 pm
Channel 4

Sunday
21 Jump Street
9:00 - 11:10 pm
Channel 5

Monday
Singin' In The Rain
4:55 - 7:05 pm
Paramount Network

Tuesday
The Football Factory
11:05 pm to 1:00 am
Channel 5

Wednesday
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
9:00 - 11:10 pm
Sky 1

Thursday
Gladiator
9:00 pm to midnight
Film 4

Health Matters - Heat; Horseflieslies; Appointments; Donate A Kidney

Jul 18, 2018

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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 HeatHasn’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 

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/
2. HorsefliesOne 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!https://patient.info/health/insect-bites-and-stings-leaflet
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 AccessWe 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 EventIt’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!  https://www.england.nhs.uk/nhs70/
So, this is a great time to support your NHS!


Local Theatre Update

Jul 17, 2018

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David Widdowson from the OVO Theatre Company joined us for an update on local theatre .


MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

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 Woolfhttp://www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk/event/orlando/

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 13th July 2018

Jul 14, 2018

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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:

Friday
Tomorrow, when the war began (2010)
7.00pm – 9.00pm
Film4


Saturday
Mississippi Grind (2015)
10.15pm – 11.55pm
BBC2


Sunday
Hell or High Water (2016)
10.15pm – 12.15am
Channel 4


Monday
RoboCop (2014)
9.00pm – 11.20pm
ITV4


Tuesday
Move over, Darling (1963)
10.00pm – 11.45pm
BBC4


Wednesday
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (1992)
9.00pm – 10.40pm
Horror



Thursday
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"

Jul 14, 2018

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"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:
http://www.howardlinskey.co.uk/the-chosen-ones/
https://twitter.com/howardlinskey




#DrivetimeSessions with @Gracegeorge_gg

Jul 12, 2018

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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.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gracegeorge_gg
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6CUHm69MUEYjlitmbt21ZA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialgracegeorge

You can watch Grace's performance again on our facebook page here
You can also listen again here

Charlotte's Film Club: The Adjustment Bureau

Jul 10, 2018

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The last Film of our week based on the years 2008-2011 is "The Adjustment Bureau" from 2011.

This sci-fi thriller stars Matt Damon as a politician who meets a ballerina (Emily Blunt) he is instantly smitten with, yet finds himself always unable to meet with her. David learns that he is facing a group of men that work for fate itself, and must choose between the path destined for him, or the one in which he can be with the woman of his dreams.

Charlotte's Film Club: The Social Network

Jul 10, 2018

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Charlotte continues her theme of films from the years 2008 to 2011 today, as she looks at David Fincher's "The Social Network".

The 2011 film tells the real life story of Harvard undergrad and computer genius Mark Zuckerberg as he creates the revolutionary platform of Facebook. Becoming one of the youngest billionaires ever, Zuckerberg finds his success leads to both personal and legal complications to face.

Jesse Eisenberg stars as Zuckerberg, and Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield also feature in the Oscar award winning film.

 

Jul 10, 2018

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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

COMPANY OF TEN
TICKETS £12
CONCESSIONS £11

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.http://www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/whats-on/faith-and-daring/

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 6th July 2018 with @SusW

Jul 8, 2018

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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.

Friday
Indecent Proposal (1993)
9.00pm – 11.30pm
Paramount


St Elmos Fire (1985)
11.30pm- 1.40am
Paramount



Saturday
Marley & Me (2008)
10.30am – 12.50pm
5*


The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
8pm- 10.25pm
Channel 4



Sunday
We’re The Millers (2013)
9pm- 11.15pm
Channel 5



Monday
Thor (2011)
8.00pm – 10.15pm
E4



Wednesday
Desperado (1995)
9.00pm – 11.10pm
5Spike



Thursday
Shawshank Redemption (1994)
9.00pm – 11.55pm
ITV4


The Drivetime Sessions with @BethHedgesMusic sponsored by @FightingCocksSA!

Jul 5, 2018

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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: https://www.facebook.com/bethhedgesmusic
Her Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/bethhedges
Her YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfN_XW8ey3RlkCZVUiJdwhgHer Twitter: https://twitter.com/BethHedgesMusicIf you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again, follow this link, and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30. 

Quorum Singers

Jul 3, 2018

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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 collectionhttp://www.quorumsingers.org.uk/ConcertsEvents

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 29th June 2018

Jun 30, 2018

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Simon and  Danny chit-chatted about movies - the top ten in the box office, new releases and of course, Simon's picks for films on free-to-air TV. Catch up on the Film Guide through your favourite podcasting app, search "West Herts".


Friday
The Full Monty (1997)
11.25pm – 12.50am
BBC1


Saturday
The Alamo (1960)
3.40pm – 6.55pm
ITV4


Sunday
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
9.00m – 11.10pm
5STAR



Monday
True Lies (1994)
9.00pm – 11.45pm
Film4


Tuesday
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
11.15pm – 2.05am
ITV4


Wednesday
Triangle (2009)
9.00pm – 11.00pm
Horror
 


This Sporting Life (1963)
9.00pm – 11.30pm
True Movies

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 22nd June 2018 with Simon and @SusW

Jun 24, 2018

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This week Simon and Susie (Danny's co-star in The Breakaway Theatre's production of "Taming Of The Shrew?" 28th to 30th June and 5th to 7th July www.breakawaytheatre.com) joined Danny for the usual Friday night discussion about film - Box Office Top 10, New Releases and Simon's pick of movies on free-to-air TV.



Friday
Wind Chill (2007)
9.00pm – 10.50pm
Horror


Saturday
Creed (2015)
9.30pm – 12.05am
ITV


Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
10.45pm – 12.30am
Film4



Sunday
How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
3.10pm – 5.00pm
Film4


Monday
Sicario (2015)
9.00pm – 11.20pm
Film4


Wednesday
Die Hard (1988)
9.00pm – 11.40pm
Film4



Thursday
Lone Survivor
9.00pm – 11.40pm
5STAR

The Drivetime Sessions with @Abbie_Gathard sponsored by @FightingCocksSA

Jun 21, 2018

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Today we were joined by the illustrous Abbie Gathard! As per usual we asked her to perform 2
original songs and a cover. Her original songs were 'Mr. Why' and 'Start Again' and she graced us with a cover of Radiohead's 'Creep'

You can find Abbie on:
Twitter (@Abbie_Gathard)
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/abbie.gathard15/)

You can find Abbie's music on:
Deezer (https://www.deezer.com/en/artist/14591777
Spotify
iTunes

If you missed this week's Drivetime Session you can listen again! Wow, isn't the Internet just great
http://www.radioverulam.com/listenagain/

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 15th June 2018

Jun 19, 2018

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Welcome to Simon's picks for the week of free-to-air TV movies.

Friday
Men in Black (1997)
7.05pm – 9.00pm
Film 4


Saturday
Romancing the Stone (1984)
6.50pm – 9.00pm
Film4


Sunday
Field of Dreams (1989)
4.45pm – 6.50pm
Film4


The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
6.50pm
Film4


Monday
Mama Mia (2008)
8.00pm – 10.10pm
ITV3


Tuesday
Marshland (2014)
12.55am – 3.05am
Film4


Wednesday
Momentum (2015)
9.00pm – 10.50pm
Film4


Thursday
The Bodyguard (1992)
9.00pm – 11.40pm
5STAR

Local Theater News

Jun 19, 2018

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Tonight on Drivetime Liz Widdowson joined us for an update on whats happening in our local theaters.
Maltings Art Theatre

Herts Jazz Club – Pete Long’s Sextet
19th June - 19.30

Pete Long – Clarinet, George Hogg – Trumpet, Callum Au – Trombone, Rob Barron – Piano, Joe Pettitt – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Space and Space Travel form the theme of this week’s selection by the Peter Long Sextet. Expect some of Ellington’s musings on the subject such as Blues In Orbit and Ballet of the Flying Saucers, some conveniently entitled standards – Star Eyes, Stardust, Pete’s jazz reworking of the entire Planets Suite by Gustav Holst and, of course, Star Trek to finish it all off. Great fun, fancy dress optional!

www.plong.co.uk

Tickets: £16/£15/£12
http://www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk/whats-on/
Breakaway Theatre Company are proud to be returning to The Inn On The Park for their annual outdoor Summer Shakespeare production, on 28th-30th June and 5th-7th July 2018.​
https://www.breakawaytheatre.com/current-production

  

Health Matters - Opt Out, Care Records, Extended Access, New Hospital

Jun 15, 2018

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Six Issues in tonight’s DriveTime
      National Data Opt Out      My Care Record      GP Extended Access      Carers’ Week      A New Hospital?      NHS at 70
1. National Data Opt-OutImagine going to your doctor’s surgery; a receptionist will enter information into the PC in front of them, a nurse or a doctor will key in information when you see them; it is all patient data! But further – it’s your data! And yours to control. But where does it all go once it’s keyed in?
For years, only the surgery could see it; and therefore it was safe. But now it’s all uploaded to a central system managed by NHS Digital, and it can be used further. So how can it be used:      For your direct care – for example at A&E or when you’re away from home.      For response to critical emergencies – fir example a flu epidemic.      For planning purposes – for example to answer questions like “how many people are diabetic in Hertfordshire?      For research purposes – either within the NHS or by the pharmaceutical companies.For the NHS web site that explains it all, go to https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/ 

But there are many more databases than just the one at your surgery; imagine going into Hospital, or A&E; they’ll have lots of data too; that’s called Hospital Episode Statistics and the NHS has been selling that (in anonymised form) for some time! Are you happy for your personal data to be used in this way? Well up to now, you didn’t have a choice; but GDPR and May 25th changed all that! In the main, most of us would say that, if our data helps others then that’s all fine. But is it safe?
For many years people have argued that if data is to be shared it should meet three criteria; it must be:      Open      Consensual      Safe
And if you’d like to see how all of the data that the NHS holds on you matches up to those three criteria there’s a full list here https://medconfidential.org/for-patients/loopholes/ 
From May 25 – “GDPR Day” – the NHS has given you a choice; it’s called the National Data Opt Out. For full details go to https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/. You can opt out of your data being shared for anything apart from your direct care. And for what to do if you do decide to opt out, go to https://medconfidential.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/medconfidential-leaflet-2018.pdf
For some time now people have been able to express an opt out to the NHS; so far their wishes have been ignored. People who have already opted out should receive a letter about the National Opt Out; I’m still waiting for mine! Have you received one yet?
There is a huge issue around anonymisation; there are two approaches to this, pseudonymisation – identifiable data is scrambled by a random formula; and anonymisation– identifiable data is removed. There is a view that under only fully anonymised data is acceptable; although that view is taken in Ireland and in many EU countries, it is still undecided in the UK.
2. My Care RecordYour records are being shared for your direct care; the process is known as “My Care Record”. If you’re taken to Watford A&E and a healthcare professional needs to access your record they will be able to do it provided you give your consent. They will only be able to see the record; they won’t be able to add to it or change it in any way.
3. GP Extended AccessWe talked about Extended Access last month; that’s another example of where your records are being shared with others for your direct care.  So, if you’d prefer a doctors’ appointment in the evenings or at weekends, you should be able to book one through your Surgery. These appointments may be another surgery acting as a "hub"; here are the hours at which this service is currently available; the plan is to introduce early mornings soon.
Day Times Weekdays 18.30 – 20.00 Saturdays 09.00 – 13.00 & 15.00 – 19.00 Sundays 09.00 – 13.00
Our choice of evening and weekend appointments should be on an equal footing to normal hours appointments. For further information check your Practice web site; for example, for Lodge Surgery Patients go to (it’s embedded on a page on privacy so you’ll need to page down!).https://www.lodgesurgery.co.uk/practice-information/privacy-notice/
4. Carers’ WeekThis week is carers’ week; time to celebrate the great job they do for people in our area. In a recent survey, 38% of carers locally stated that they had lost touch with friends and family as a consequence of their caring duties. There are a number of events for carers organised in Hertfordshire during Carers’ Week; just go to http://www.carersinherts.org.uk/how-we-can-help/carers-week-2018for a full list.
5. A New Hospital?Should we have a new centrally locate hospital? There’s a new group with an inaugural meeting next week – June 20. For details, go to http://www.hertsvalleyshospital.co.uk/
6. NHS at 70 – To celebrate the NHS, turns 70 on July 5th make a pledge – go here for details go to http://www.enhertsccg.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/Engagement/nhs70/NHS70.pdf
As for my NHS 1,000 mile challenge, I’m 2 miles ahead!https://www.england.nhs.uk/nhs70/
So, this is a great time to support your NHS!

The Drivetime Sessions with @minniebirch sponsored by @FightingCocksSA

Jun 14, 2018

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Our guest on this week's edition of the Drivetime sessions was singer-songwriter; Minnie Birch. As always we asked the Minnie to perform two original songs and one cover. The two original songs which she performed were "Cash Out",an old football song and "Wise Words" and her cover was of Scissor Sisters' "I Don't Feel Like Dancing"

You can fin her Twitter her: @minniebirch
You can buy her music here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/minnie-birch/342181366
her Facebook here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/minniebirch/

if you missed Minnie's performances, listen again here!
http://www.radioverulam.com/listenagain/

Consumer Advice

Jun 12, 2018

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Tonight Elizabeth Crampton joined us from St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau for our regular update on consumer issues.

Pay Day LoansPayday loans are short-term loans for small amounts of money. They are available from high street shops and internet sites. Payday loans can be easy to get but interest rates are very high. There may be other ways for you to sort out your short-term money problem so think about the alternatives before you borrow from a payday lender.When you apply for a loan, before lending you any money, a lender should check whether you’ll be able to pay it back. This means that, for example, the lender should check you’ve got enough money coming in each month to be be able pay the loan back.If you have debts or are struggling to manage on your money, you may like to get help with budgeting or dealing with debts which is available from a number of sources including the CAB

Travel insurance can give you extra protection if your holiday doesn't go as planned. So you should make sure you have cover if you're planning a trip away.

It's particularly important to take out travel insurance if you are travelling independently because you may find yourself stranded with no way to get home and no-one to help sort out your holiday problem.

Top tips
travel insurance is essential, particularly if you are travelling independently
choose a policy that covers your needs
compare policies on the cover they offer as well as the cost
check if you have other insurance that will cover you away from homecheck the policy if you are receiving any form of medical treatment to see what exclusions may apply.

more information can be found at the following web sites https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/https://www.unbiased.co.uk/

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 8th June 2018

Jun 9, 2018

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Welcome to Simon's picks for the week of free-to-air TV movies. Some great picks and Simon has a near full house on choices. I say near full house, because, as a horror (and good movie) fan I would not recommend the 2006 "The Hills Have Eyes". -Sam



Friday
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
9.00pm – 11.35pm
Film 4


Saturday
Moneyball (2011)
9.00pm – 11.45pm
Dave



An American Werewolf in London (1981)
11.20pm – 1.15am
Film4


Sunday
Starred Up (2013)
11,40pm – 1.50am
Film4
 

Monday
Trainspotting (1995)
11.00pm – 1.00am
Film4



Tuesday
The Departed (2006)
10.00pm – 1.00am
ITV4


Wednesday
Source Code (2011)
10.00pm – 11.55pm
Film4


Thursday
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
9.00pm – 11.05pm
Horror

The Drivetime Sessions with @JamesCarolBooks sponsored @FightingCocksSA

Jun 7, 2018

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Our guest on this week's edition of the Drivetime sessions were author and accomplished guitarist; James Carol. As always we asked the James to perform two original songs and one cover. The two original songs which he performed were "Face the Sun", and "I Wonder" and their cover was of U2's "Running to Stand Still". 

You can find his twitter here: @JamesCarolBooks
his website here: http://www.james-carol.com/

You can also listen to his performances even if you missed them:
 visit  http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/, and then navigate to 5:30 on Wednesday.

Charlotte's Film Club: The Final Destination

Jun 6, 2018

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Charlotte set the theme for the Film Club this week to 2008-2011 yesterday, and so today her feature is 'The Final Destination' from 2009.
This new entry in the gory horror series which sees teens punished for cheating death focuses on a group of friends who leave a race track early, just before an explosive car incident. At first they consider themselves lucky, until one by one they all meet grisly ends.

Charlotte's Film Club: Wanted

Jun 6, 2018

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We're back! Charlotte's Film Club this week is all about the years 2008 through to 2011, and her first pick is 'Wanted'.

This 2008 action Film sees James McAvoy recruited into a secret society of assassins named 'the Fraternity', who train him to become the perfect assassin and leave his boring desk-job behind.

Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, and Terence Stamp also star!

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 25th May 2018

May 26, 2018

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25th May 2018

Simon talks films with Danny and has picked some movies on free-for-air TV for your entertainment!

Friday
The King’s Speech (2010)
9.00pm – 11.30pm
True Movies


Saturday
Paranorman (2012)
2.45pm – 4.35pm
Film4


Sunday
Far from the madding crowd (1967)
3.30pm – 6.45pm
True Entertainment


Monday
Sing Street (2015)
9.00pm – 11.10pm
Film4


Tuesday
Born Free (1966)
9.00pm – 11.05pm
True Movies


Wednesday
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
9.00pm – 11.05pm
Film4


Thursday
Fair Wind to Java (1953)
1.05pm – 2.55pm
Film4

By Way Of Murder at @PHTCWatford with Leonie and Mark

May 26, 2018

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Leonie and Mark came to talk to Danny about the show that is coming to the Pump House Theatre in Watford 11th to 16th June.

Watch this "who-dun-it" comedy thiller in which "Lady Sarah's stately home of Baxford Hall is the setting for this tale of murder, kidnap and deceit. Film producer Jack Summers and his actress wife Janie, have taken refuge at the Hall to escape death threats that Jack has been receiving."

Leonie talked about how they had to teach a younger member of the company how to use a rotary dial phone...! as this show is set in the 1970s. And Mark discussed his process on writing and bringing this play to the stage after many years in the works.

More details at: http://www.pumphouse.info/theatre-events/

Charlotte's Film Club: Zodiac

May 25, 2018

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This week the Film Club concludes with 'Zodiac', the 2007 crime thriller.

Directed by David Fincher, the films tells the story of the real-life story of the hunt for the Zodiac, a killer who left America haunted with his cryptic and mysterious threats.

It features the fantastic cast of Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal and Anthony Edwards.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Apocalypto

May 24, 2018

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Today's Film pick from Charlotte is 'Apocalypto' from 2006.

Mel Gibson directs this film set during the ages of the Mayan kingdom. Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood), a peaceful hunter in a remote tribe, is captured along with his entire village in a raid. He is scheduled for a ritual sacrifice until he makes a daring escape, and tries to make it back to his pregnant wife and son.

Charlotte's Film Club: Jarhead

May 23, 2018

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Charlotte's next film this week is 2005 biography with Jake Gyllenhaal 'Jarhead'.

Set in the late 1980s, Anthony Swofford enlists as a Marine, training in boot camp under a sadistic drill instructor. During this time Swofford undertakes a sniper course, shortly before the advent of the Gulf war. When the United States becomes involved, Swofford is shipped out, facing uncertainty each day -- about the war and home -- the soldier tries to maintain composure.

 

Interior Design Feature with Gwendoline Alderton @ga_interiors

May 23, 2018

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This week we chatted to interior design correspondent Gwendoline Alderton about the latest trends in interior design.  Trends are important in interior design because they dictate what products you fill find on the high street, and will make you feel more energetic and inspired inside your home.

 One trending colour at the moment is 'inky blue', and it's gained popularity as a mysterious paint colour. However, inky blue can sometimes feel a bit intense and gloomy, so Gwendoline suggests an inky blue feature wall and 3 walls of other colours, or lighter coloured furnishings to lighten the atmosphere of the room.   Alternatively, you could also use an acidic colour like fuschia or zesty green which will pop out amongst the dark blue.  This will also help to give the room energy and life.

The 'industrial' look has also been gaining popularity recently.  This look incorporates harsh and worn elements, for a 'used' look.   One phrase associated with this look is 'shabby-chic'.  This look is usually used in kitchens, or with wall lights in offices.  Interesting lights are also a good way to spice up your interiors.  Glass lights which diffract the light and throw light into the room are very popular, and are a way of making the room you are decorating feel more exciting.  Spider lights are also a trendy look

Gwendoline's website
Gwendoline's Instagram: @gorgeousgwendoline

Charlotte's Film Club: The Notebook

May 21, 2018

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It's a new week for the Film Club, and Charlotte is following last weeks 2000-2003 films by spending this week celebrating 2004-2007!

Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams both star in this romance-drama in which a mill-worker and a rich girl fall in love, but her parents don't approve. When he goes away to fight in the second World War, she ends up with another man, but they soon discover their romance is far from over.

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 18th May 2018

May 19, 2018

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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 18th May 2018

Simon was excited for a birthday party later tonight, so he talked about films with the same amount of enthusiasm as normal.


Friday
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
10.00pm – 12.20am
ITV4


Saturday
The Damned United (2009)
10.35pm – 12.05am
BBC2


Sunday
The Heat (2013)
9.00pm – 11.20pm
Film4


Monday
Spy (2015)
9.00pm – 11.20pm
Film4


Tuesday
Pulp Fiction (1994)
9.00pm – 12.00am
Film4


Wednesday
Payback (1998)
10.00pm – 12.10am
ITV4
 


Thursday
The Martian (2015)
9.00pm – 11.45m
4Seven


Charlotte's Film Club: Bruce Almighty

May 18, 2018

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Charlotte finishes a week of the best of 2000-2003 with 'Bruce Almighty'.

This 2003 comedy stars Jim Carrey as the titular Bruce Nolan, a Newsroom personality who blames God when he loses out on his dream anchorman position. Soon after, God (Morgan Freeman) actually contacts Bruce and offers him all of his powers if he thinks he can do a better job. Bruce accepts and goes on a spree, using his new-found abilities for selfish, personal use until he realizes that the prayers of the world are going unanswered.

Jennifer Anniston and Steve Carrell also star.

Charlotte's Film Club: 28 Days Later

May 18, 2018

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Today's Film Club looks at British post-apocalyptic thriller '28 Days Later' from 2002.

A courier wakes up from a coma a month after an infectious virus strikes, and finds the city of London devoid of life aside from the zombie-like victims of the ‘Rage Virus’. He soon unites with another group of survivors and joins them on a perilous journey to what he hopes will be safety.

Directed by Danny Boyle, it stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson and Christopher Eccleston

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Charlotte's Film Club: Donnie Darko

May 18, 2018

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Charlotte's Film Club continues with the focus of early 2000s cinema with the 2001 cult classic 'Donnie Darko'.

After surviving a freak accident, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to explore what it means to be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny.

Jenny Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Drew Barrymore also star.

The Drivetime Sessions w/ @Hidden_Jules_ sponsored by @FightingCocksSA

May 17, 2018

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In the studio today we were graced with the presence of Jules and John from Hidden Jules! As per usual, we asked them to perform two original songs along with one cover. Their original songs were 'When I Feel Like Giving Up' and 'Give & Take', they then performed 'Come Together' originally by The Beatles

What made this Drivetime Session particularly special was that it is their last! We wish them well as they make the move down to Devon :)




You can find their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/hiddenjulesduo/
You can listen to their performance again here: http://www.radioverulam.com/listenagain/

Drivetime Sessions with @ThePapersnakes sponsored by @FightingCocksSA

May 17, 2018

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Our guests on this week's edition of the Drivetime sessions were local band and regular guests; The Papersnakes. As always we asked the Papersnakes to perform two original songs and one cover. The two original songs which they performed were "Beast In the East", and "Going Around In My Head" and their cover was of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song".


You can find there twitter here: @ThePapersnakes
and their SoundCloud here: https://soundcloud.com/thepapersnakes


We broadcast this performance on Facebook Live, and you can watch it back at www.facebook.com/westhertsdrive

If you'd like to listen back, you can visit  http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/, and then navigate to 5:30 on Wednesday.

Health Matters; Extended Access; Breast Screening; Mental Health Week; NHS Changes

May 16, 2018

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Five Issues in tonight’s DriveTime          GP Extended Access         Breast Screening Problems         Mental Health Week         NHS changes next year         NHS at 70
  1. GP Extended AccessLet’s clarify – GP “Extended Hours” refers to early and late opening as well as some Saturdays; this has been generally available for some time. But now there’s also Extended Access as well. This program is being run by our local GPs who have formed a “Federation” to provide the service
If you’re registered at a local practice, you could be offered pre-bookable appointments outside the Surgery’s normal hours – either in the evenings or at weekends – at any practice that is acting as a HUB for local patients from other surgeries. NB the plan is to introduce early mornings soon. The current timings are shown below:
Day Times Weekdays 18.30 – 20.00 Saturdays 09.00 – 13.00 & 15.00 – 19.00 Sundays 09.00 – 13.00

They are 15 minute appointments and your GP will be able to access your full medical record. They are intended for most appointments apart from repeat prescriptions or fit (formerly known as sick) notes.
You can book into these appointments through reception at your practice; there is supposed to be a mobile number (I couldn’t find it!) and soon 111 or an Out-Of-Hours organisation will be able to make bookings. Our choice of evening and weekend appointments should be on an equal footing to normal hours appointments. For further information check your Practice web site; for example, for Maltings Patients go to https://www.maltingssurgery.co.uk/appointments/extended-access/
To see the general standards for this service go to https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/redesign/improving-access/
2. Breast Screening ProblemsWere you one of the roughly 800 people locally who missed an appointment? Due to a technical issue women between 68 and 71 may not have received their final invitation. If you’re not sure, check here – and remember, if you’re over 71 and still want a check you can get one. Seehttp://breastcancernow.org/news-and-blogs/blogs/your-nhs-letter-about-the-breast-screening-problem-explained
3. Mental Health WeekDid you know this week is Mental Health Week? One of the issues they’re focusing on for this week is stress at work.  The three typical causes of stress at work are:-        Having problems with your workload;        A poor work-life balance; and        A lack of support.
There are lots of suggestions herehttps://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/workplace-mental-health/work-and-stress/#.Wvll80xFxjo
And, to find out just how stressed you are take this simple test – I did it, and I scored 6 out of 40; but you’ll have to go to the web site to see what that means!https://www.bemindfulonline.com/test-your-stress/
4. NHS Changes Next YearThe plan is for some big changes in the way in which the NHS operates locally; at the moment we come under the West Herts area but from APR next year we’ll be working closer with two other areas – the remainder of Hertfordshire and West Essex.  But the biggest change will be in the way in which they work – more openly and collaboratively with a much tighter integration of health and social care. That’s the plan, anyway; as ever the devil is in the detail and one of the biggest problems is that there is no legal basis for this way of working. The way in which the NHS operates is defined by the Health & Social Care Act 2012, and the changes in the new integrated care partnership aren’t covered by Law. With BREXIT going on there’s no time for legislation so it could be very problematical. For all the details go to the St Albans & Harpenden Patient Group meeting at the Civic Centre on THU May 24. For details go to http://www.sapg.org.uk/home-page
5. NHS at 70 – To celebrate the NHS, turns 70 on July 5th the NHS is organising tea parties; there’s one planned for Harpenden on the day. Full details next monthhttps://www.nhs70.nhs.uk/
As for my NHS 1,000 mile challenge. I should be on 370 miles today, but I’m still a bit short!https://www.england.nhs.uk/nhs70/
So, this is a great time to support your NHS!

Charlotte's Film Club: What Women Want

May 15, 2018

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Another Film Club kicks off today, and Charlotte wants to look at releases between 2000 and 2003. Up first is 'What Women Want' from 2000.

Mel Gibson stars as an advertising executive who acquires the ability to hear anything women are thinking. Seeing an opportunity, he attempts to use this power to bring about the fall of his female boss, but the more he finds out about her, the more he finds himself falling in love!

Nancy Meyers directs, and Helen Hunt also stars.

 

Consumer Advice

May 15, 2018

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Tonight on Drivetime our monthly update on consumer issues from Elizabeth Crampton from the Citizens Advice Bureau.


Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between people aged over 16. It doesn't matter what your gender or sexuality is.

It includes the following types of abuse:
psychological
physical
sexual
financial
emotional abuse.

Anyone can experience domestic violence - it doesn't matter whether you're a man or woman.https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/family/gender-violence/domestic-violence-and-abuse/ 
Tenancy FeesChanges to tenant fees and deposits have featured prominently in the news for the last year.

Now, landlords and agents are preparing for the introduction of the tenant fees ban. So what does the ban include, and what do landlords need to know?The government has pledged to introduce new rules making it illegal to charge tenants for things like references or inventories. The Tenant Fees Bill will also introduce limits on how much deposit landlords can take, as well as a series of new fines for breaking the rules.There are plenty of ways to slash the cost of your home insurance, from comparing quotes to installing security measures. Remember to shop around at renewal too, as loyalty rarely pays. Here are our top tips:
Money saving tips on Household Insurance

Combine buildings and contents cover: Consider taking out both with the same insurance company, as you can often negotiate a cheaper price. It’s worth comparing the price of getting your buildings and contents cover separately too, so you can make sure you’re getting the best deal.

Cut out the frills: Check what extras you’re paying for, and whether you need them. You could reduce the cost by going for a basic policy and cutting out, for example, accidental damage cover. This can save as much as 20% on the cost of your insurance.

Pay annually: While spreading your payments over monthly instalments may seem more manageable, it’s almost always more expensive because you’ll be charged an additional admin fee.

Increase your excess: One of the most common ways to slash your cost is to increase the voluntary excess. This is the amount you must pay in the event of a claim, and it can range from about £50 to hundreds of pounds. The higher the excess, the lower your premium. 
more information on all these items can be found at the web site https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Charlotte's Film Club: Fast & Furious

May 10, 2018

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Our final Car Film this week is the fourth entry of the 'Fast & Furious' franchise.

Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto and Paul Walker's Brian O'Connor cross paths once again in this new entry to the franchise, which sees the two put aside their rivalries temporarily to investigate the death of Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), one of Torreto's old gang members.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Mad Max

May 10, 2018

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More 'Car Films' this week, with today being all about the apocalyptic classic 'Mad Max'.

In a future in which oil has become a limited resource, the world has degenerated from war and a huge rise in crime. Mel Gibson stars as Max, an officer of the Main Force Patrol, a group trying desperately to keep the peace. When his wife and child are hunted down by a gang of raiders, Max is driven on a vendetta that will see him cross the line however.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Drive

May 10, 2018

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Charlotte's next Car related pick for the Film Club is 'Drive', the crime thriller from 2011.

Ryan Gosling is the mysterious Driver, a skilled Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals. Despite hosting a cold exterior, Driver finds himself warming to his neighbour (Carey Mulligan) and her son while not at work. However, when her husband gets free from prison and enlists Driver's help for a heist, the two will will be thrown into real danger.

Bryan Cranston, Oscar Issacs, and Ron Perlman also star.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Speed

May 8, 2018

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It's time for a speedy, pulse-pounding Film Club this week, as Charlotte looks at Films featuring cars. Starting off the week is 'Speed' from 1994.

Keanu Reeves stars as a cop who must save a bus full of passengers when a bomb is planted on the vehicle that will cause it to explode if it drops below 50 miles per hour. With the help of a spunky passenger played by Sandra Bullock, will a way be found to stop the bus safely?

Along with Reeves and Bullock, Dennis Hopper and Jeff Daniels star.

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 4th May 2018

May 5, 2018

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On the 8th Birthday of the West Herts Drivetime show, Simon presented his choice of free-to-air movies with his usual enthusiastic gusto!

Friday
The 6th Day (2000)
9.00pm – 11.20pm
Horror


Saturday
Casablanca (1942)
3.00pm – 5.00pm
ITV3


Sunday
Megamind (2010)
2.30pm – 4.25pm
Channel 4


Monday
Notting Hill (1999)
10.20pm – 12.30am
ITV


Tuesday
Killing them softly (2012)
11.25pm – 1.15am
Film4


Wednesday
28 Weeks Later (2007)
9.00pm – 11.00pm
Horror


Thursday
Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)
11.15pm – 1.20am
Film4

On Golden Pond on at @AbbeyTheatreStA 11th to 19th May 2018

May 5, 2018

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On Golden Pond is on at the Abbey Theatre next week.

Mel, Tim and Kevin from the Company of Ten came into the studio to talk about the show, set in Maine, USA.

"Norman, an irascible eighty-year-old, and his wife Ethel have spent summers at their lake house for nearly fifty years. But when Ethel offers to look after the teenage son of their daughter’s fiancé, the elderly couple find their idyll both challenged and enriched."

Shows are on: 
FRI 11 - SAT 12 MAY 2018 8PM
SUN 13 MAY 2.30PM
TUE 15 - SAT 19 MAY 2018 8PM
Book tickets and find more information at: On Golden Pond at the Abbey TheatreOr the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AbbeyTheatreStAlbans/Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbbeyTheatreStA

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 27th April 2018

Apr 28, 2018

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Simon's picks for the week from 27th April 2018

Friday
Project Almanac (2014)
9.00pm – 11.10pm
Film4


Saturday
Overboard
10.05pm – 12.15am (1987)
ITV


Sunday
Chappie
9.00pm – 11.25pm (2015)
5STAR


Monday
Taxi Driver
1.30am – 3.50am (1976)
Film4


Tuesday
The Fugitive
9.00pm – 11.40pm (1993)
ITV4


Wednesday
Drowning by Numbers (1988)
1.30am – 3.55am
Film4


Thursday
Man In The Saddle
2.45pm – 4.30pm (1951)
Film4

Interview with @sustweek18 @rv_environment @greenishmumsta about Sustainable Week and the Know How Festival

Apr 28, 2018

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We are in the final days of the very successful Sustainable St Albans Week running 21st to 29th April, but there is still time to get involved.

Catherine and Amanda were here to talk about how the week has gone, with around 140 groups involved to bring the programme to the public.

There are 16 events to still run over the course of the weekend if you would like to get involved.
Including a repair and upcycling fair, walks and cycle rides, and the Know How Festival.

The Know How Festival is on Sunday with lots of activities on how to keep living sustainably even after this week has finished.

It is free, you can drop in any time throughout the day from 10 am to 4 pm - learn practicals skills on things like grow-your-own, reducing plastic and food waste, displays of electric cars, and information stalls and displays. Free activities for children and local food, cakes and music! And results of the Living St Albans photo competition.

For more information please visit: https://sustainablestalbans.org/

Charlotte's Film Club: Deepwater Horizon

Apr 27, 2018

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And the final environmental film pick by Charlotte this week is drama "Deepwater Horizon".

Another film based upon real events, the film follows the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, igniting a massive fireball that kills several crew members. Chief electronics technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his colleagues find themselves fighting for survival as the heat and the flames become stifling and overwhelming.

Charlotte's Film Club: 127 Hours

Apr 26, 2018

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More Environmental themed Films this week, as today Charlotte focuses upon "127 Hours".

The 2010 Danny Boyle film is based on the real-life experience of Aaron Ralston, the canyoneer who was trapped for days in a crevice, and left with no choice but to sever his own arm.

Stars James Franco, Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn.

 

Rv. Tim Bull talks with Amanda and Danny about Inter-Faith St. Albans

Apr 26, 2018

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Rv. Canon Dr. Tim Bull joined Amanda and Danny in the studio today to talk about his group, Inter-Faith St. Albans.
With relevance to the Sustainable St. Albans Week 2018, Tim mentioned tonight's meeting; a multi-faith discussion about the importance of the environment and environmental issues to religion

to contact Tim, e-mail him at his e-mail address: interfaithtim@gmail.com
and his twitter here: @Ministry_Tim

Charlotte's Film Club: Everest

Apr 25, 2018

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Charlotte's Film Club continues to look at environmental themes this week, with today being all about the Great Mountain "Everest".

Released in 2015, this film is based upon the real-life stories of two climbing expeditions on the final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. A violent storm strikes the mountain, challenging the teams with some of the most impossible conditions imaginable.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, Sam Worthington, and Keira Knightley star.


Charlotte's Film Club: Dante's Peak

Apr 24, 2018

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It's a Monday, which means its time for Charlotte to set a new theme for the week! Today we begin looking at 'Environmental Films', starting with 1997 thriller "Dante's Peak".

Pierece Brosnan stars as Volcanologist Harry Dalton, who works with Mayor Rachel Wando (played by Linda Hamilton), to finally convince the unbelieving populace of a small town that the a huge event is coming one, and an evacuation is needed.When the two release the Mayor's children are still waiting on the mountainside of the active volcano, they have to race against the clock to save them.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Rogue

Apr 23, 2018

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Charlotte closes off this week of her most recently watched films with 'Rogue', a thriller from 2007.

A rugged travel-journalist joins a cruise along a crocodile-infested river, and if dealing with fellow travellers wasn't already enough, soon he must match wits against an enormous 25-foot crocodile far smarter than the average.

Sam Worthington, Radha Mitchell and Michael Vartan star.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Captain America: Civil War

Apr 23, 2018

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Today on the Film Club, Charlotte looks at 'Captain America: Civil War', the third instalment of the Captain America series released in 2016, in preparation for the upcoming release of the latest Avengers Film.

Captain America and Iron Man are forced to opposing sides as The Avengers fracture over whether they should be controlled by the government, or act under their own free will after the events of the previous films.

The expansive cast features Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Martin Freeman and many many more, with Joe and Anthony Russo returning to direct.

     

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 20th April 2018

Apr 21, 2018

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Here are Simon's recommended films on free-to-air TV for the forthcoming week:

Friday

Buena Vista Social Club
9.00pm – 10.40pm
BBC4

Saturday

Testament of Youth
10.05pm – 12.05am
BBC2

Sunday

Trainwreck
9.00pm – 11.30pm
5STAR

Monday

Angel and the Badman
12.40pm – 2.45pm
Film4

Tuesday

Enemy Mine
7.55pm – 10.00pm
Film4+1

Wednesday

Dark Places
9.00pm – 11.15pm
Film4

Thursday

Never Been Kissed
6.55pm – 9.00pm
Film4

The Drivetime Sessions with LiLi! Sponsored by @FightingCocksSA

Apr 19, 2018

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On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the singer-songwriter LiLi! She treated us this week and played THREE original songs followed by a cover. Her original songs were 'Wake-Up Call', 'The Voice' and 'Love in my Heart for You'. She then covered 'Human' originally sung by The Killers

You can find LiLi's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Li-Li-Liadain-328535777304793/
Her Twitter page here: https://twitter.com/Li_LiLiadain
To keep up with LiLi's work, visit her website here: http://www.li-liliadainmusic.com/

And if you missed her performance, or wanted to listen again you can visit http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/ and navigate to today's Drivetime show.

Charlotte's Film Club: A Quiet Place

Apr 18, 2018

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Charlotte continues to focus on some of the more recent Films she's seen this week, today looking at recent horror release 'A Quiet Place'.

The arrival of a monstrous race of creatures that hunt based on sound leaves humanity scattered and alone in the near future. In order to survive, a family lives in total silence on a farm, where the slightest noise can attract the predators.

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt star.

Health Matters. Wellbeing, Referrals, Diabetes, NHS 70

Apr 18, 2018

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Four Issues in tonight’s DriveTime
·         Staying Well – not just Health!·         Referrals and Delays·         Diabetes Prevention Week·         NHS at 70

1. Wellbeing – not just Health – We spend too much time on Health Matters discussing what to do when things go wrong; we need to talk more about prevention! The weather’s improving – let’s get out there! This is Hertfordshire’s “Year of Physical Activity” – check out the web site https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/health-in-herts/hertfordshire-lifestyle-and-legacy-partnership/hertfordshire-year-of-physical-activity-2018.aspx
We tend to think of wellbeing simply in terms of diet and exercise – and commit to do something about them at some point in the future! Let’s try and change that way of thinking! The One You programme has lots of helpful tips. https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou#pcrjrTcDkeWr0HTh.97
In fact there are six areas that we should consider as part of staying well
Sleep – good quality sleep is more important than the length of time we sleep.Stress – too much mental or emotional pressure turns to stress; and whilst a degree of stress improves our productivity, too much is dangerous.Smoking – we know the dangers; and help is available if you want to quit!Alcohol – the advice now is to stay under 14 units a week – that’s 9 glasses of wine or 7 pints of lager!Diet – eat sensibly and try to avoid too much fat, sugar, and salt; small changes and we can still enjoy our meals each day.Exercise – I know the weather’s been awful, but it’s improving; for some ideas go to https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/east-england/st-albans2. Referrals and DelaysThe Royal College of General Practitioners has a campaign on at the moment that I’d urge you to consider supporting; details herehttp://www.rcgp.org.uk/policy/rcgp-policy-areas/referral-management.aspx?dm_i=4LXX,7BPL,264IMX,SJKI,1
So what’s behind it? If you go to your surgery and your GP wants to refer you to a Consultant then they create a referral. And you have a choice of where you’ll go for that consultation. In the past, the GP’s professional conclusion was trusted but nowadays referrals are reviewed by a Referral Management Centre. That creates both delay and confusion; referrals are often denied without patient consultation or any dialogue with the referring GP. This adversely affects the GP patient relationship and can lead to delays in treatment and patients being unable to access the care they need. The net effect can be that the condition gets worse – so the cost effectiveness of this approach is highly questionable.

Will you support this campaign?
3. Diabetes Prevention WeekDid you know this week is Diabetes Prevention Week? Over 10,000 people in our area are likely to be diagnosed as having Type 2 Diabetes in the next twelve months. Find out if you’re at risk by going herehttps://www.diabetes.org.uk/preventing-type-2-diabetes/diabetes-prevention-week
4. NHS at 70 – To celebrate the NHS, turns 70on July 5th the NHS is organising tea parties; there’s one planned for Harpenden on the day. Full details next monthhttps://www.nhs70.nhs.uk/As for the NHS 1,000 mile challenge. I should be on 293 miles today, but I’m a bit short!https://www.england.nhs.uk/nhs70/
So, this is a great time to support your NHS!


Charlotte's Film Club: Spotlight

Apr 17, 2018

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This week on the Film Club, Charlotte is talking about the her four most recent watches. Up first is 'Spotlight', the 2015 Drama/Thriller.

Nominated for 6 awards and the Best Picture winner of the 2016 Oscars, it tells the story of the ‘Spotlight’ team, a group of investigative reporters at the Boston Globe who uncover horrific stories of child abuse within the Catholic Church, and the Church’s attempts at covering it up.

Directed by Tom McCarthy, it stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci.

 

Local Theatre Update

Apr 17, 2018

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David Widdowson from the OVO Theatre was our guest tonight providing a round up of Whats on in local theatres.


Herts Jazz Club – Stan Tracey Legacy Quartet
17th April - 19.30 Maltings Art Theatre 

Led by Stan’s son Clark on drums, the Legacy Octet was formed shortly after Stan’s death in 2013 and has since performed at sold out venues and festivals, recreating a selection of the octet’s music dating back to its formation in 1973. From the many suites Stan wrote for this group, Clark has selected some of his personal favourites which feature some of the best musicians anywhere and nearly all ex-alumni of the original band.

http://www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk/event/herts-jazz-club-stan-tracey-legacy-quartet/


Mostly Comedy – Arthur Smith + Barry From Watford
3rd May - 20.00


A grab-bag of stand-up, sketches and music from the finest acts on the scene, hosted by the comic duo, DOGGETT & EPHGRAVE (‘A keen eye for the absurd. Polished, natural comedians’ – Camden Fringe Voyeur).

3rd May’s bill includes stand-up from the Olivier-nominated comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round British institution ARTHUR SMITH(BBC’s ‘Grumpy Old Men’, ‘QI’ and ‘Have I Got News For You’) and character comedy from BBC Radio 2’s ‘Steve Wright in the Afternoon’regular and star of C4’s ‘Cheap Cheap Cheap’, BARRY FROM WATFORDhttp://www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk/event/comedy-doggett-ephgrave/

Abbey Theatre
The ArgumentFRI 20 - SAT 21 APR 2018 8PM
SUN 22 APR 2.30PM
TUE 24 - SAT 28 APR 2018 8PM

COMPANY OF TEN
TICKETS £12.00
CONCESSIONS £11.00

Darkly funny, The Argument shows how a small disagreement over an unimportant subject can lead to big arguments. A young couple have different opinions on a film and, as the discussion becomes more heated, life-changing differences come to the fore. Before long, family and friends are also engulfed.

Inspired by the work of Anton Chekhov, The Argument has been described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘Fascinating… there is real ingenuity here… William Boyd is undoubtedly blessed with both wit and moments of deeper feeling.’http://www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/whats-on/the-argument/

Alban ArenaGilbert O’Sullivan
Thursday 19 April
Front Doors Open: 6.30pm
Auditorium: 7pm
Show Starts: 7.30pm

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 13th April 2018

Apr 14, 2018

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Simon's Top Picks for the free-to-air TV over the next week:

Friday
Invictus (2009)
10.45pm – 1.15am
ITV


Saturday
Europa Report (2013)
7.15pm – 9.00pm
Film4


Sunday
Tremors (1989)
9.00pm – 11.00pm
ITV4


Monday
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)
9.00pm – 11.35pm
Film4


Tuesday
Shutter Island (2009)
10.40pm – 1.20am
Film4


Wednesday
Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)
3.10pm – 5.00pm
Film4



Thursday
Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960)
1.10pm – 2.50pm
Film4

Interview with Emma Paisley from @MindInMidHerts_ @HPFT_NHS working on the campaign @SpotSignSuicide

Apr 14, 2018

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Campaign Spot the Signs and Save a Life

If you are feeling suicidal you can contact your GP
and you can call or text the Samaritans on 116 123.

In an emergency call 999.

The campaign Spot the Signs and Save a Life states that: "We are a suicide prevention campaign, helping to remove the stigma of talking openly about suicide. We provide training courses and signpost to mental health services available in Hertfordshire."

For more details and points of contact see: 

http://www.hpft.nhs.uk/information-and-resources/spot-the-signs/
and 
https://mindinmidherts.org.uk/spot-the-signs/ 

Twitter:
@SpotSignSuicide
@MindInMidHerts_ 
@HertsMind
@MindCharity

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/mindinmidherts/

For more details about the training open to business contact through the website.


Charlotte's Film Club: Secret Window

Apr 13, 2018

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To conclude a week of plot twists, today the Film Club looks at psychological thriller 'Secret Window'.

Johnny Depp stars as writer Mort Rainey, who moves to a remote cabin during the process of a difficult divorce with his wife. Attempting to recover his mental health, Rainey has the misfortune of being found by John Shooter (John Turturro), a farmer who claims Rainey plagiarized his work. At first, Rainey ignores the accusations, but Shooter has no intention of quietly disappearing.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Fight Club

Apr 12, 2018

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Today's Film with a twist is 'Fight Club' from 1999.

Edward Norton suffers from insomnia and depression, and meets a strange soap salesman named Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and soon finds himself living in his squalid house after his perfect apartment is destroyed. The two bored men form an underground club with strict rules and fight other men who are fed up with their mundane lives. Their perfect partnership frays when Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), a fellow support group crasher, attracts Tyler's attention.

David Fincher directs, and Jared Leto and Meatloaf also star.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: The Sixth Sense

Apr 12, 2018

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Another classic today as the Film Club keeps looking at twists, with classic 'The Sixth Sense'.

Young Cole Sear is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. Cole is frightened by visitations from those with unresolved problems who appear from the shadows. He is too afraid to tell anyone about his anguish, except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe. As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the truth about Cole's supernatural abilities, the consequences for client and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something unexplainable.

Haley Joel Osment and Bruce Willis star in this thriller by M. Night Shyamalan.

Charlotte's Film Club: Psycho

Apr 12, 2018

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This week on the Film Club, Charlotte is focused on great Plot Twists! This week, we start with the Alfred Hitchcock classic 'Psycho'.

Secretary Marion Crane is on the run after stealing $40,000 from her employer so she can get away from her boyfriend, Sam Loomis. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates, a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother.

Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles and John Gavin star.

The Drivetime Sessions w/ The Skeltons! sponsored by @FightingCocksSA

Apr 12, 2018

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Joining Danny in the studio for this weeks 'Drivetime Sessions' was family band The Skeltons! They graced us with 2 original songs and 1 cover. Their original songs were 'Blue House' and 'Seven Years', they then covered 'Hush Hush' by the Pistol Annies!

You can find their Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/The-Skeltons-905311409587115/
You can also find their upcoming gigs here: https://www.lemonrock.com/theskeltons

To listen or re-listen to The Skeltons' set click here and navigate to Wednesday to 17:30 

Consumer Advice

Apr 10, 2018

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Tonight we welcomed back Elizabeth Crampton from the St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau who covered the following subjects.

Event Cancellations  

If you bought your ticket from an official seller you can get a refund if the organiser cancels, moves or reschedules the event. The organiser will tell you how to get a refund.

You’re unlikely to get a refund if you bought your ticket from a reselling (or secondary ticketing) website, a private seller or a fan-to-fan website.

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/event-tickets/event-tickets/getting-a-refund-on-an-event-ticket/

Identity Theft
Methods of identity theft evolve rapidly as new mediums (such as social media) develop quickly, so it is almost impossible to completely prevent identity theft, however it is possible to reduce the likelihood of being a target by taking certain precautions. Take care to protect your data by being aware of your privacy settings on social media. Be aware of suspicious emails which may be phishing for data. Completely destroy all documents containing your personal data, rather than just discarding them with the rest of your rubbish.

On Line Ticket Scams
Ticket fraud is when you buy tickets from a website, but the tickets do not arrive or turn out to be fake.

How do scam ticket websites work?
The website offers you the chance to buy tickets to a popular event. The event is often actually sold-out, or the tickets haven’t officially gone on sale yet.
You pay for the tickets but they are never delivered.
In some cases you might be told that a customer representative will meet you at the venue on the day. Nobody turns up.
You may even receive tickets, but when you arrive at the event, the organisers tell you the tickets are fake.
When you try to call the company you bought the tickets from, your calls are not answered or do not connect.

Remember that it’s easy for scammers to set up a fake website that looks genuine. Some even use a name or website url that is similar to a legitimate website. If you’re unsure or it sounds too good to be true, leave the website immediately.

more information on all these items and more can be found at the web site https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 6th April 2018

Apr 7, 2018

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Today Danny and Simon talked for the nearly the longest time anyone has ever talked about films... 35 minutes! At some point Simon mentioned that there were some free-to-air films available for the listeners to catch:

Friday
Four Weddings and Funeral (1994)
9.00pm – 11.20pm
Film4


Saturday
Homefront (2013)
11.35pm – 1.40am
5STAR


Sunday
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)
11,00pm – 1.25am
Channel 4


Monday
The Silent Child (2017)
12.15am – 12.35am
BBC2


Tuesday
I give it a year (2013)
11.15pm – 1.10am
Film4


Wednesday
Transporter 2 (2005)
9.00pm – 10.40pm
Film4



Thursday
A Bigger Splash (2015)
9.00pm – 11.30pm
Film4

The Drivetime Sessions with The Barnyard Junkies sponsored by @FightingcocksSA

Apr 7, 2018

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The Barnyard Junkies visited us in the studio today to play some of their songs.




They played their songs "Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right" and "Breaking Away" and the required cover, this time they played: "Ruby, Baby", originally by The Drifters!


For details and upcoming gigs see their website: www.facebook.com/thebarnyardjunkies 

Interview: Rochelle from The Living Room @livingroomherts

Apr 7, 2018

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Rochelle spoke to Danny about The Living Room, which is a local St Albans Centre that treats addictions five days a week, including obsessive compulsive such as shopping, eating disorders as well as a gambling and alcohol - to get access to services, you can self-refer.

"Our treatment centres in Stevenage and St Albans provides free intensive structured, abstinence-based, day treatment for adults with substance addictions: alcohol and illicit and non-illicit drugs and behavioural addictions such as: eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, self-harm, gambling, shopping/spending, relationships, love and sex); free crèche childcare (Stevenage based); and free therapy and support for family and friends."

Last month the charity received an award for their efforts. The Maxie Richards Award judges concluded that The Living Room "demonstrated that [they] helped people dependent on drugs and alcohol to fully recover from their addiction". 

For more details and contact information, visit: www.livingroomherts.org or call 01727 854479

Charlotte's Film Club: Concussion

Apr 6, 2018

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The final sports film of this week's Film Club is the documentary/drama "Concussion" from 2015.

Will Smith stars as pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who while conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player Mike Webster (David Morse),  discovers neurological deterioration similar to Alzheimer's disease. Omalu names the disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy and publishes his findings in a medical journal. As other athletes face the same diagnosis, the crusading doctor embarks on a mission to raise public awareness about the dangers of football-related head trauma.

Charlotte's Film Club: Creed

Apr 5, 2018

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The Film Club continues to look at great sporting flicks this week, with today's pick being "Creed" from 2015.

Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Johnson, who never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed. However, boxing runs in Adonis' blood, and he finds himself driven to find the iconic Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis, and agrees to mentor him, even when faced by his own troubles. From the combined efforts of the two, Adonis' is able to secure a shot at the title, but does he have the drive to make it?

Ryan Coogler directs this continuation of the famous 'Rocky' series.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Bend it Like Beckham

Apr 4, 2018

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After the Bank holiday weekend the Film Club is back! This week we're looking at sporty films, starting with "Bend it Like Beckham".

Jess Bhamra, the daughter of a strict Indian couple in London, is not permitted to play organized football even though shes 18. On a day of playing a casual match, her impressive skills are seen by Jules Paxton, who then convinces Jess to play for her semi-pro team. Jess uses elaborate excuses to hide her matches from her family while also dealing with the romantic feelings she feels for her coach, Joe.

Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers star.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: The Ritual

Mar 31, 2018

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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.

Charlotte's Film Club: The Little Mermaid

Mar 31, 2018

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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.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Avatar

Mar 31, 2018

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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.

Charlotte's Film Club: The Mummy

Mar 31, 2018

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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.

 

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Thursday 29th March 2018

Mar 30, 2018

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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

Interior Design Feature with Gwendoline Alderton @ga_interiors

Mar 28, 2018

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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

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

Mar 27, 2018

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Radio Verulam Science Feature 26-03-2018
Space junk clean upEvery 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:https://futurism.com/the-seriousness-of-the-kessler-syndrome/https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140915221421-141693523-the-kessler-syndrome-10-interesting-and-disturbing-factshttp://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Operations/Space_Debris/FAQ_Frequently_asked_questionshttps://www.wired.com/story/the-space-junk-problem-is-about-to-get-a-whole-lot-gnarlier/https://www.space.com/23039-space-junk-explained-orbital-debris-infographic.html
http://metro.co.uk/2018/03/15/airbus-building-space-harpoon-capture-rogue-satellites-orbiting-earth-7390203/www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43418047
http://blogs.esa.int/rocketscience/2018/01/12/tiangong-1-reentry-updates/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiangong-1
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_satellite_collisionhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Envisat

Scientist of the Month #SotM
Kathy MatthewsDirector 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.” 
Sources: https://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/52109/title/Kathy-Matthews--Drosophila-Geneticist--Dies/http://flybase.org/commentaries/2018_03/KMatthews.htmlhttps://theconversation.com/animals-in-research-drosophila-the-fruit-fly-13571What 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: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/view.cfm?country=United_Kingdom&region=England&city=Saint_Albans#.WrJo8n8uCpo
  Date VisibleFor MaxHeight Appears Disappears Mon Mar 26, 9:11 PM 3 min 36° 10° above SW 36° above S

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 23rd March 2018

Mar 24, 2018

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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

Charlotte's Film Club: Rat Race

Mar 23, 2018

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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.

 

The Drivetime Sessions with @BethHedgesMusic sponsored by @FightingcocksSA

Mar 22, 2018

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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

Mar 22, 2018

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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. 

Charlotte's Film Club: Game Night

Mar 21, 2018

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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

Mar 21, 2018

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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

Charlotte's Film Club: Jumanji

Mar 20, 2018

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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

Mar 20, 2018

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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
http://www.ovotheatre.org.uk/

These Bridges
26th -28th March - 20.00London 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/£5http://www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk/event/these-bridges/

Folk – Na-Mara + Sue Farthing & Megan Wisdom
6th April - 20.00Na-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 stationshttp://www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk/event/folk-na-mara-sue-farthing-megan-wisdom/

Charlotte's Film Club: Lake Placid

Mar 17, 2018

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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.

Charlotte's Film Club: War Horse

Mar 15, 2018

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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

Mar 15, 2018

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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. 

Charlotte's Film Club: Snakes on a Plane

Mar 14, 2018

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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

Mar 14, 2018

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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 UpdateDo 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 https://medconfidential.org/how-to-opt-out/
 2. The One Show – NHS Patients AwardsThe 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
https://thepatientsassociation.rit.org.uk/blog/the-one-show-thank-you-nhspatient-awards-2018-nhs-70th-birthday
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 https://goo.gl/forms/RufExQ8OtIGbYnpq2 to have your say.
4. NHS at 70 – For details check out this great little video on Facebookhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-0kZ0HuZtk
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 athttps://www.england.nhs.uk/nhs70/
So, this is a great time to support your NHS!

The Drivetime Sessions with @tomcraven sponsored by @FightingcocksSA

Mar 14, 2018

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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.

Charlotte's Film Club: Jaws

Mar 14, 2018

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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.

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 9th March 2018

Mar 10, 2018

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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

Charlotte's Film Club: The Post

Mar 9, 2018

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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.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Darkest Hour

Mar 8, 2018

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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!

Local Literary Feature with @ccaikman

Mar 7, 2018

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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

Charlotte's Film Club: Black Panther

Mar 7, 2018

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Continuing this week's Film Club theme of features Charlotte has seen most recently, today our focus is on the latest Marvel Cinematic release "Black Panther".

After the events of "Captain America: Civil War", Prince T'Challa returns to take his rightful place as king of Wakanda, a hidden away Utopia of technology. However, following attacks from the dual-threat of Erik Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue, his capability as King and right to be the 'Black Panther' comes into question, and T'Challa must prove himself worthy of his people.

The Star-Studded cast includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Forrest Whitaker, Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman. 

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Veronica

Mar 7, 2018

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It's a Monday, which can only mean it's time to start another week of Charlotte's Film Club! This week, Charlotte is looking at a selection of Films that she has personally just seen.

The first Film pick of this week is "Veronica", a Spanish Horror released in 2017. Based upon real-life reports, the Film tells the story of a teenage girl whose family is terrorized after a failed Ouija board test is conducted during a solar eclipse.

The Film itself has even been named "the scariest horror film ever" by some critics.

 

Local author James Carol

Mar 6, 2018

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Tonight local author James Carol joined us on Drivetime, talking about his latest book 
One of the (many) weird things about being a writer is how you can be working on one book one minute and talking about another that you wrote a year ago the next. Kiss Me Kill Me came out a couple of weeks ago, so it’s safe to say that that one is very much on my radar. However, while all that hoo-ha has been going on, I’ve been quietly working away on the next standalone. And I’m happy to report that it is now finished.

Actually, when I say finished, it’s not actually finished finished. What I mean is that I’ve come to the end of the first draft. Because the truth of the matter is that it will never be finished. Even when it finally gets published there will inevitably be things that I would like to change … that’s the curse of being a writer I guess.more details can be found at the web site http://www.james-carol.com/blog/

Charlotte's Film Club: Alien

Mar 2, 2018

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Concluding a week of 'Extraterrestrial' films, Charlotte looks at another classic with Ridley Scott's 1979 'Alien'.

In deep space, the crew of the starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship, and an organism from inside an egg leaps out and attaches itself to one of the crew.

Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Helen Horton, and Bolaji Badejo all star.

Charlotte's Film Club: Arrival

Mar 1, 2018

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Charlotte continues to look at Films of an 'Extraterrestrial' nature this week, with Denis Villeneuve's 2016 sci-fi "Arrival".

Amy Adams stars as a linguistics professor who must lead an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, the crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.
Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg also star. The Film won one Oscar for sound editing, and was nominated for several more.

Charlotte's Film Club: War Of The Worlds

Feb 28, 2018

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Today's Film Club pick is "War of the Worlds" from 2005, the sci-fi disaster thriller starring Tom Cruise based on the work of H.G. Wells.

Cruise stars as a dockworker, struggling to get through to his children Rachel and Robbie emotionally following a divorce with his wife.What is expected to be a tense weekend changes as electromagnetic pulses of lightning strike the area, the beginning of an all-out alien invasion, which forces the family to free across the country in the search for refuge.

Charlotte's Film Club: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Feb 27, 2018

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The Film Club is dedicated to the topic of  'Extraterrestrial Films' this week, with Charlotte choosing to start off with the classic that is Stanley Kubrick's  "2001: A Space Odyssey".

This enigmatic adaptation of a short story by Arthur C. Clarke looks at how a strange dark artifact ties together ancient history and the far future. When Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship's computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.

The film won an Oscar in 1969 for 'Best Effects, Special Visual Effects'.

Film Guide with @ccaikman on West Herts Drivetime 23rd Feb 2018

Feb 24, 2018

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23rd February 2018 – Films on TV

Chris fills Simon's shoes (though they are a bit tight, Chris has bigger feet) and he has picked some awesome films for you to watch for FREE! on free-to-air TV for the next 7 days.

FridayAlienFilm49.00pm - 11.20pm

SaturdayBabeITV23.10pm - 5.00pm
SundayA Bridge Too FarChannel 51.50pm - 5.05pm
Monday12 Years a SlaveFilm411.10pm - 1.50am
TuesdayThe Girl with the Dragon TattooSony Channel9.00pm - 12.20am
WednesdayBig EyesFilm49.00pm - 11.10pm
ThursdayPitch PerfectFilm4
9.00pm - 11.10pm

Charlotte's Film Club: Spy

Feb 23, 2018

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It's Thursday, meaning its the last day of Charlotte's Spy-themed Film Club. Today Charlotte's final pick of the week is the aptly named "Spy" from 2015.

In this comedy Melissa McCarthy stars as an agent who has spent her entire career as a desk jockey even with full field training. Using high-tech equipment and a hidden earpiece, Susan is the guardian angel who helps Bradley Fine (Jude Law) avoid danger. However, when Bradley is assassinated by Bulgarian arms dealer Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne), Susan wrangles her way into her first undercover assignment to help capture Boyanov and avenge Bradley.

Jason Statham, Miranda Hart and Morena Baccarin also star.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: The Man from U.N.C.L.E

Feb 22, 2018

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More Spy films on the Film Club this week, as today Charlotte chooses stylish Guy Ritchie thriller "The Man from U.N.C.L.E" to be the point of discussion.

Set during the height of the Cold War, a mysterious criminal organization planning to use nuclear weapons to upset the world's balance of power leads to an unlikely alliance between the US and Russia. CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are forced to put aside their hostilities and work together to stop the world from being thrown into chaos, and  their only lead is the daughter of a missing German scientist, whom they must find soon to prevent a global catastrophe.

Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki and Hugh Grant also star.

Drivetime Sessions with @AmeliaLappert sponsored by @FightingcocksSA

Feb 21, 2018

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On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the singer-songwriter Amelia Lappert. She performed her singles 'Hazy' and 'Gone Away', and also performed a cover of 'I'm Yours', originally by Jason Mraz.   

For more information on Amelia you can visit her Soundcloud page here.

If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again then visit radioverulam.com/listenagain and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30

Charlotte's Film Club: Johnny English

Feb 21, 2018

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The espionage filled Film Club continues again today, as today Charlotte and Danny look at 2003 spy comedy Johnny English, featuring Rowan Atkinson.

When a villain intent on stealing Britain's Crown Jewels has the country's top undercover agents murdered, mediocre spy Johnny English is the only one available to prevent further mayhem. But even with help from quick-thinking sidekick Bough, the goofy agent lands himself in one precarious situation after another. Only when he meets up with Interpol crime-fighter Lorna Campbell is Johnny able to really save the day.

Along with Atkinson, John Malkovich, Ben Stiller and Natalie Imbruglia also star.

 

Liz Widdowson: Local Theatre Correspondent

Feb 21, 2018

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Today Liz Widdowson, the manager of the Maltings Arts Theatre came in to talk to us about upcoming events in the St Albans Theatre scene.  Here's the rundown of what she said:

26th February: Best Theatre Arts (an award winning young people's theatre company) presents a double bill 'Dr Hugh and the Creatives' and 'To Be Shaw'- a collection of moments from the works of George Bernard Shaw.  £8.  This production will also be playing at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City on 5th March, tickets £10.

2nd March- Folk @ the Maltings- The Daria Kulesh Quartet supported by Ben Moss and New Roots finalists Bow by Bow. 

8-10th and 15-17th March Terrence Rattigan's Deep Blue Sea- This is an OVO production of one of Rattigan's greatest works, directed by the local actress Kat-Anne Rodgers.  8pm, tickets £12, £11 and £7.50. Malting's Arts video.

23-25th February and 27th Feb-3rd March- Abbey Theatre/Company of Ten present Mary Shelley's Frankenstein- This is a production of Mary Shelley's novel, adapted by Patrick Smallford.  Tickets £12 and £11.  All performances 8pm except the 25th which is 2:30pm.

8th- 9th March- Company of Teens presents 'My Fear vs The World'- 8pm, tickets £8 and £7.

Useful links: 

Abbey Theatre 
Maltings Arts Theatre
OVO Theatre

Charlotte's Film Club: The Bourne Supremacy

Feb 21, 2018

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This week, Charlotte is setting up a very secretive Film Club by choosing the theme of 'Spies'. The first pick of the week is 2004 thriller "The Bourne Supremacy".

This second installment of the Bourne action-spy series sees Matt Damon take on the role of Amnesiac assassin "Jason Bourne"once more. While hiding in India Bourne is framed for stealing millions of dollars from the American CIA, and an attempt is made on his life which kills his girlfriend instead. Vowing revenge, Bourne sets out to prove his innocence and bring the culprits to justice, but has to evade CIA head Pamela Landry who is pursuing him relentlessly.

Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, Karl Urban and Brian Cox also star.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Me Before You

Feb 16, 2018

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Our Valentines themed Film Club is coming to an end! Charlotte's last lovey pick for this week is "Me Before You" from 2016.

This 2016 adaptation of JoJo Moyes popular romance novel sees young and quirky Louisa become a caregiver for Will Traynor, a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will's cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined.

Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin star as the two focal characters in this emotional romantic comedy.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Fifty Shades of Grey

Feb 15, 2018

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The 'Love' themed Film Club continues in accordance with Valentines day, and today Charlotte discusses book adaptation "Fifty Shades of Grey".

Released in 2015, Dakota Johnson stars as college senior Anastasia Steele, who is given the chance to interview prominent businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) for their campus paper, pushing her down a life-changing path. Christian, as enigmatic as he is rich and powerful, finds himself strangely drawn to Ana, and she to him. Ana plunges headlong into an affair and learns that Christian's true desires push the boundaries of pain and pleasure
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Charlotte's Film Club: La La Land

Feb 14, 2018

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The Film Club this week is still all about 'Love', continuing today with Charlotte's choice of La La Land, the 2016 musical.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling both star as amateurs in Hollywood who have a common desire to do what they love which draws them together. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

The Film won and was nominated for multiple Oscars, including  "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role" for Emma Stone.

Charlotte's Film Club: Atonement

Feb 13, 2018

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We're getting closer to Valentines day which can mean only one thing! That's right, a week of Film Club themes devoted to the theme of 'Love'. Charlotte's first pick for this week is "Atonement" from 2007.

Based on the book by Ian McEwan, this English drama follows the lives of young lovers Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) and Robbie Turner (James McAvoy). When the couple are torn apart by a lie constructed by Cecilia's jealous younger sister, Briony (Saoirse Ronan), all three of them must deal with the consequences. Robbie is the hardest hit, since Briony's deception results in his imprisonment, but hope increases when their paths cross during World War II.

Health Matters - A New Hospital? Urgent Care? Pharmacies; NHS at 70

Feb 13, 2018

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Four Issues in tonight’s DriveTime          A New Hospital for St Albans?      St Albans Minor Injuries upgrade to Urgent Care?      Stay Well Pharmacies’ Campaign      NHS at 70

1. A New Hospital For St Albans – A St Albans Resident has created a petition for a new hospital for our area – is there a case to be made?https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/202644It comes down to two issues – the location of the new Hospital, and the impact on the City Hospital.
The Strategic Review on hospital reconfiguration in our area concluded that a new hospital was too expensive and that there were very few suitable sites; an extensive piece of research concluded that the best site was at Kings Langley – next to Junction 20 – and whilst that’s virtually mid-way between Watford and Hemel it would be dreadful for St Albans patients!
The outcome of that “strategic review” was really a tactical fix (significant re-build at Watford and elective surgery at an upgraded St Albans Hospital). So there are two issues with this petition that really need clarification
1.1. Location – there is only really one site for a “centrally located” hospital – that triangle of land between the M1 and the M25 at Bricketwood.  But experts have ruled that out apparently. Alternatives are on the Crown Estate land between Redbourn and Hemel or the old Handley Page site between London Colney and Radlett. But both of those would be unacceptable to Watford residents!
1.2. Impact on St Albans City Hospital – a new hospital would almost certainly mean that all three other hospital sites would close (Watford, Hemel and St Albans); so if you sign this petition, is that what you want?
We need further clarification on these points!

2. Minor Injuries to Urgent Care?Have you ever wondered why both Hemel and Welwyn have Urgent Care Centres but St Albans only has a Minor Injuries Unit? Indeed – what’s the difference? The key point is that Minor Injuries is nurse-led with minimal diagnostics, whilst Urgent Careis doctor-led with extensive diagnostics.
For some time now, the organisation responsible for these units – Herts Urgent Care has wanted to standardise these centres and provide Urgent Care facilities at St Albans. But our local Commissioning Group (who hold the purse strings!) are reluctant saying there is no evidence of demand for such a unit in St Albans. Recently, patients going to our MIU average just 25 per week! So our local Patient Group has launched a Survey today. Please go to https://goo.gl/forms/RufExQ8OtIGbYnpq2to have your say.
3. Stay Well PharmacyA new campaign launched today seeks to promote Pharmacies as a first “port of call” for minor ailments. The campaign claims that last year 18m people had a GP consultation and 2m people went to A&E when they could have gone to a Pharmacist! Watch out for the advertising and see if it helps! For more details go here (the NHS site wasn’t available in time for this blog!http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43002740 
4. NHS at 70 – This is the year that the NHS, turns 70; July 5th is a significant day and an opportunity for us, as patients, to appreciate and support all of those dedicated NHS staff. There’s a great little video on Facebook that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-0kZ0HuZtk
And also an excellent web page that highlights some of the activities that we can get up to to show our support; for example – and I’ve signed up for it – the NHS 1,000 mile challenge. I’m a bit behind schedule at the moment (done 100; should be on 120) but I’ll catch up when the weather improves!https://www.england.nhs.uk/nhs70/
So, this is a great time to support your NHS!


The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 9th February 2018

Feb 10, 2018

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9th February 2018 – Films on TV

Simon Carver chooses his pick of films from free-to-air TV for your viewing pleasure across the week ending 9th Feb:


Friday
Looper (2012)
11.05pm – 12.55am
BBC2


Saturday (2015)
Lonely are the brave
4.00pm – 6.15pm
ITV4


Sunday
Spy (2015)
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Channel 4



Monday
Belle (2013)
7.40pm – 9.50pm
Film4


Tuesday
Room (2015)
9.00pm – 11.20pm
Film4



Wednesday
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
10.00pm – 12.05am
Channel 5


Thursday
The Ladykillers (1955)
3.00pm – 4.50pm
Film4

The Drivetime Sessions with @Starseedzmusic sponsored by @FightingcocksSA

Feb 10, 2018

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On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the local duo Starseedz. They performed their songs 'Dumb Idea' and 'The Star Seeds', and performed a cover of 'She's Not There', originally by The Zombies.

For more information about Starseedz you can visit their website at www.starseedz.com

If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again then visit www.radioverulam.com/listenagain and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30.

Charlotte's Film Club: Locke

Feb 10, 2018

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Rounding off a week of works featuring actors who started on television, the final Film Club of this week looks at Tom Hardy in "Locke".

In this 2013 drama, Hardy stars as a construction foreman who is stuck driving in a car to the premature birth of a child resulting from an affair, and must do his best to organize his personal and professional life via phone calls, while also imagining conversations with his father.

The film only stars Hardy, but also includes the voices of many actors such as Andrew Scott, Olivia Colman and Tom Holland.

Charlotte's Film Club: Collateral Beauty

Feb 10, 2018

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The week of actors who started their careers on tv continues again today, with none other than the iconic Fresh Prince Will Smith, and his role in 2016 drama "Collateral Beauty".

Smith stars as a New York advertising executive who suffers the loss of his daughter, and retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. When his notes bring unexpected personal responses, he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

Helen Mirren, Kiera Knightley, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton and Naomie Harris also feature alongside Smith.

Charlotte's Film Club: 50/50

Feb 10, 2018

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The week of looking at actors who origin from television continues today. Charlotte picks "Joseph Gordon Levitt" to look at on this edition of the film club, but most specifically in "50/50".

This 2011 comedy is inspired by a true story, and centers on a 27 year old who learns he has a serious cancer case, and does what he can to fight the disease, while living life to the fullest.

Along with Gordon Levitt, Seth Rogen, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anna Kendrick star.

Local Literary Feature with Chris Aikman @ccaikman

Feb 7, 2018

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On the show today we had the first Local Literary Feature of 2018. Chris and Danny discussed their reading targets for the year, as well as the latest news from the literary world, including a group of authors who are pushing for a rule change in the Man Booker Prize. The two also discussed the winners of the recent Costa Book Awards, which were as follows:

First Novel - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail HoneymanNovel - Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregorBiography - In The Days of Rain by Rebecca StottPoetry - Inside The Wave by Helen DunmoreChildren’s - The Explorer by Katherine RundellBook of the Year - Inside The Wave by Helen Dunmore
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was also Chris' pick for the Fiction book of the month. Finally, there is one local book event in February:
Meet Finn, the brave police dog
Finn and owner Dave Wardell will be at St. Francis College (Letchworth Garden City) on Sunday 25th February at 3:30pm, to introduce their new book, Fabulous Finn.
For seven years, Finn and Dave tracked murderers and rapists, burglars and missing persons, car thieves and assault suspects, before Finn was seriously injured in the line of duty. Finn is the winner of the 2017 Daily Mirror Animal Hero of the Year Award and the 2017 IFAW Animal of the Year Award. 
Tickets £6 (£3 accompanied children), deductible from the cost of the hardback book (£16.99) if purchased at the event. Tickets from David's Bookshop 01462 684631.

Charlotte's Film Club: About Time

Feb 6, 2018

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As its a Monday, today Charlotte sets a new Film Club theme; "Actors who started on TV". Today the focus is "About Time", specifically due to Margot Robbie featuring.

In the film, when Tim Lake turns 21, his father tells him a secret: The men in their family can travel through time. Although he can't change history, Tim resolves to improve his life by getting a girlfriend. He meets a girl , falls in love and finally wins her heart via time-travel and a little cunning. However, as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds that his special ability can't shield him and those he loves from the problems of ordinary life.
The star studded cast features Domnhall Gleeson, Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams, and ofcourse, Margot Robbie.

Project Sunshine Presents: Love Is... at @MaltingsTheatre

Feb 6, 2018

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David Berryman was our guest tonight to tell us about Project Sunshine.

Over the past 2 or 3 years I have been involved in a project in China. It’s to do with what the media calls “The Left Behind Kids”.  It’s a project David fell into whilst doing his day-job business there.

The last twenty years has seen mass movements of people in China from the countryside to work in cities, This has meant that there are some 62 million children left in rural, often deprived areas. Nevertheless, the children are keen, often desperate, to go to school, even though it may take hours to walk there.

David thought it might be a good idea to help the children learn English and decided take a team from UK to do a “play in a week”. So in October 2017, they did just that, when 10 went to mountain villages north of the Great Wall. At the end of an action-packed week this St Albans-based team had 200 children on stage singing songs in English.

As they plan to return this year they are starting fund-raising with a song and poetry evening on the Sunday closest to Valentines day, Sunday 11th February at The Maltings Arts Theatre at 8.00pmfor more details go to the website deebeeproductions.com

The Drivetime Sessions with @thepapersnakes sponsored by @FightingcocksSA

Feb 3, 2018

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On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the local duo Papersnakes. They performed their songs 'Simple Song' and 'Fields of Dreams', and performed a cover of Coldplay's 'Yellow'.

For more information about Papersnakes you can visit their website at www.facebook.com/thepapersnakes

If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again then visit www.radioverulam.com/listenagain and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30.

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 2nd February 2018

Feb 3, 2018

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2nd February 2018

Simon's pick of films on TV for this week!


Friday
Lucy (2014)
9.00pm – 10.45pm
Film4

Saturday
Suffragette (2015)
9.00pm – 11.10pm
Channel 4


Sunday
Jane Eyre (1943)
2.10pm – 3.45pm
BBC2



Monday
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
10.00pm – 12.25am
Channel 5


Tuesday
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
9.00pm – 11.30pm
More4



Wednesday
The Dressmaker (2015)
9.00pm – 11.20pm
Film4


Thursday
Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)
10.45pm – 12.50pm
Film4

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 26th January 2018

Feb 3, 2018

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Friday 26th January - Simon's pick of films for the week

Friday
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
9.00pm – 11.10pm
5STAR


Saturday
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
1.30pm – 4.15pm
BBC2


Sunday
How to train your dragon (2010)
4.55pm – 6.40pm
Channel 4



Monday
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
8.00pm – 11.05pm
E4

Tuesday
East is East (1999)
9.00pm – 11.00pm
More4


Wednesday
A Walk in the Woods (2015)
9.00pm – 11.05pm
Film4


Thursday
Thunderball (1965)
9.00pm – 11.40pm
ITV4

Charlotte's Film Club: The Da Vinci Code

Feb 2, 2018

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The week of Tom Hanks is coming to an end! Charlotte chooses to send off our Film Club this week with mind-blowing 2006 thriller 'The Da Vinci Code".

This adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling novel of the same name sees a murder in the Louvre of Paris and a number of cryptic clues in some of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings point to an ancient secret hidden long ago. Hanks stars as scholar Robert Langdon, who must do everything to crack the code, despite opposition from those who wish to hide the truth.

Charlotte's Film Club: Forrest Gump

Feb 1, 2018

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Today on the Film Club, Charlotte picks one of Tom Hanks' most iconic roles, in 1994's 'Forrest Gump'.

The slow-witted Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks) has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and leaves a life that is anything but dull and uneventful. Whether dominating on the gridiron as a college football star, fighting in Vietnam or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his childlike optimism. But one person Forrest cares about most may be the most difficult to save -- his childhood love, the sweet but troubled Jenny (Robin Wright).

Robert Zemeckis directed the film, which won multiple Oscars in 1995.

Drivetime Sessions with @pheeniie sponsored by @FightingcocksSA

Jan 31, 2018

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On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the singer-songwriter Phoenix O'Neill. She performed her singles 'Alien' and 'I Need You', and performed a cover of 'Valerie', from the version by The Zutons.   

For more information on Phoenix you can visit her Soundcloud page here.

If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again then visit radioverulam.com/listenagain and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30.


Howard Linskey- "The Chosen Ones" @HowardLinskey

Jan 31, 2018

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Today we chatted to local author Howard Linskey about his upcoming crime novel 'The Chosen Ones', which is being released in June and is the fourth book in the 'DS Bradshaw series.'  This series follows DS Bradshaw, a detective, and two investigative journalists who investigate the same crimes from different perspectives and collaborate to solve the crimes.  The novels are set in the '90s in North Eastern England, because Howard himself worked as a journalist in Northern England in the '90s.  Setting his novels in the '90s also means that he can use more plot devices: the lack of technology means that it is harder to trace criminals, due to the lack of CCTV and phone tracking. 

Howard also told us that writing novels with recurring characters can be a double edged sword: on the one hand the author knows the characters very well, but on the other hand it is very easy to include details contradicting things in previous books. 

Howard has published 7 books in total, and 'The Chosen Ones' will be his 8th.  In addition to crime novels, he has also written WW2 historical fiction. Howard also recently appeared on CBS' series 'Written in Blood', about crime writers who base crimes in their novels on real life cases and criminals.  On this show Howard talked about how he based the psyche of one of his villains on the notorious moors murderer Ian Brady.

"The Chosen Ones" is about a series of unlinked women who disappear with no reason.  It will be available for preorder in June!   He has just started the 5th book in this series, which is scheduled for release in 2019.  All Howard's books are also available as audiobooks. 

Howard's Twitter
Howard's Website

Charlotte's Film Club: Toy Story

Jan 31, 2018

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The Film Club is still all about the best of Tom Hanks this week, with Charlotte looking at animated classic 'Toy Story' next!

Woody the cowboy doll is a kindhearted leader of the toys belonging to a young boy named Andy, but sees his position as Andy's favorite toy jeopardized when his parents buy him a Buzz Lightyear action figure. The two clash immediately, with Buzz believing he really is a space ranger from another galaxy, but must work together to find Andy when they are lost moving to a new home.

The voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen star as the iconic Woody the cowboy and Buzz Lightyear respectively.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: The Terminal

Jan 30, 2018

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This week, the Film Club is all about everyone's favourite actor, Tom Hanks. Charlotte spends today talking about Hanks' role in 2004 Drama-comedy 'The Terminal'.

Hanks stars as Viktor Navorski, an Eastern European tourist who arrives at JFK airport in New York as war breaks out in his country, leaving him caught up in international politics. Because of the war, the Department of Homeland Security won't let him enter or exit the United States. He's trapped at JFK -- indefinitely. While living inside the airport, Viktor finds himself falling for a flight attendant played by Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, Stanley Tucci, Chi McBride and Diego Luna also feature.

 

Sustainable St Albans Week -Photo Competition

Jan 30, 2018

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Sustainable St Albans Week 2018 Launches “Living St Albans” Photography Competition for School-Aged Children & Young People.

Children and young people in St Albans, Harpenden, and the surrounding areas are being invited to take part in “Living St Albans”, a photography competition showcasing sustainable living throughout the district.

The competition is open to anyone at Infant, Junior or Secondary School and prizes include £100 for the winner of each age category. There are also prizes for the best-combined entry (e.g. a photo montage) from a school, year, class, or youth group.


“The photo competition is a great way for young people to look at what’s going on around them and think about the impact we all have on our environment”. Miranda Wilkins, 17, studying A-levels at St Albans High School. Miranda, who enjoys taking photos when she’s out and about, also went to the Paris Climate Change conference in 2015 for Sustainable St Albans Week’s ‘Postcards to Paris’ initiative.

Participants are encouraged to use one of the 10 themes of environmental sustainability as a focus for their submission:

• Health and happiness
• Equity and local economy
• Culture and community
• Land and nature
• Sustainable water
• Local and sustainable food
• Materials and products
• Travel and transport
• Zero waste
• Zero carbon

Entrants have until 5pm on 29th March to submit their photograph, along with a short description (25 words max) explaining their work. More information and an entry form can be found here http://sustweek18photocomp.co.uk/

The top three photographs in each age category will be displayed at the “Know How Festival”, the final event of Sustainable St Albans Week 2018, on Sunday 29th April 2018. The photography exhibition will also be on show at a number of sites across the district.


“The photo competition is a new initiative to help get young people thinking about the environment, and to encourage participation in the Week”. Gail Jackson, Sustainable St Albans Week 2018 Communications Team.

Sustainable St Albans Week is from 21st – 29th April 2018 and you have until 15th January to register your event. More information about how to join in this award-winning local initiative is available on the website www.sustainablestalbans.org

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Charlotte's Film Club: Lion

Jan 26, 2018

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Charlotte rounds off our week of Nicole Kidman's best features with 'Lion' the 2016 drama.

Based on a true story, five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Sunny Pawar and Rooney Mara star.

Charlotte's Film Club: The Others

Jan 26, 2018

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The Film Club this week continues to celebrate the works of Oscar Winner Nicole Kidman. Today 'The Others' is the film of choice.

This drama from 2001 sees Grace (Nicole Kidman), the devoutly religious mother of two children, move her family to the English coast during World War II. She awaits word on her missing husband while protecting her children from a rare photosensitivity disease that causes the sun to harm them. When the children claim to see ghosts, Grace initially thinks the new servants are playing tricks but chilling events and visions make her believe something supernatural has occurred.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Dogville

Jan 26, 2018

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Charlotte and Danny continue the discuss the best of Nicole Kidman's works, today looking at 'Dogville'

This 2003 crime-drama focuses on a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace (Nicole Kidman) hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so Grace works hard under the employ of various townspeople to win their favor. Tensions flare, however, and Grace's status as a helpless outsider provokes vicious contempt and abuse from the citizens of Dogville.

Charlotte's Film Club: Moulin Rouge!

Jan 26, 2018

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This week on Charlotte's Film Club, we'll be looking at the very best of Oscar winning actress Nicole Kidman.

Our first film of the week is 'Moulin Rouge!' from 2001. This romantic drama takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. A young poet (Ewan McGregor), who is plunged into the heady world of Moulin Rouge, begins a passionate affair with the club's most notorious and beautiful star (Nicole Kidman).

John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent and Richard Roxburgh also star.

 

Interior Design Feature with Gwendoline Alderton @ga_interiors

Jan 24, 2018

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Today we spoke to Gwendoline Alderton, our very own interior design correspondent about the latest design trends. 
Colour is a brilliant way to bring freshness and light to your home.  Ultraviolet is the colour of the year, and instead of being the invisible frequency of light, is a dark and mysterious purple.  It works well with other colours, such as greys, and can be blended with white and teal to create a nurturing and invigorating room.  Gwendoline advised us not to use this colour for all the walls because it can make a room feel dark and oppressive.  Instead she suggested painting just one wall ultraviolet and creating a 'feature wall', or to accent the darker colour with a contrasting colour.  You could also go for a harmonious colour scheme, by using colours which are next to each other on the colour wheel, or go for a feature piece of furniture in an interesting colour.
The 'colour of the year' is predicted by paint experts such as Pantone and Dulux, who look at the economy and the environment to work out which colours will be popular in the coming year. 
Individuality is also an important theme within interior design this year.  Creating a space in your home which expresses your personality and makes you feel comfortable is key- perhaps try to link your individuality with a common colour or texture within the room.

Gwendoline's website

Round-up of top science discoveries of 2017 with @smrolfe

Jan 23, 2018

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Radio Verulam Science Feature 22-01-2018Some of the top science discoveries and stories from 2017
Sam and Danny discussed the following stories:
Giant Pandas and Humpback whales no longer endangeredThanks to conservation efforts both species are no longer endangered and wild panda populations have grown by 17 % since 2007.
Hole in the Ozone layer is healingSince the discovery of the hole in the ozone layer, CFCs were banned in products in the late 1980s, early 1990s, since then we have been monitoring the size and shape of the hole. This is the first time that we have been able to estimate the healing of the hole to somewhere between 2050 and 2070.
Cure for the common cold?A gene-targeting drug is being developed that may be able to cure all examples of the virus could be available by 2027. It targets the genes responsible for the assembly of the virus, which can attack all varieties, unlike a vaccine. Vaccines encourage drug resistance, whereas this is like pouring sand into a clock mechanism, disabling it.
Organ transplant breakthroughHuman-pig embryos have been created, potentially paving the way for doctors to be able to grow an unlimited supply of organs.
Brain implant helps quadriplegic manHe was able to move his fingers after he broke his neck six years ago, thanks to a cybernetic implant in his brain
Malaria death rates dropDeath rates have fallen by 60 % since 2000, translating to 6.2 million lives saved over the past 17 years, thanks to efforts to control and eliminate the disease.

These are the stories we didn’t have time to get to:
A new state of matter – time-crystalsSolid, liquid, gas, plasma, Bose-Einstein condensates and now, time-crystals. Time crystals have a repeating crystal structure, not just in space, but also in time. This discovery could help revolutionise quantum computing. They are a material that can have movement, even at their lowest energy state, by periodically switching the alignment of the atoms inside the crystal.
Therapy that reverses ageing in miceScientists in the Netherlands have developed a molecule that purges the damaged cells in tissues that build up promoting age-related diseases. Elderly mice re-grew fur and could out-run untreated mice by twice the distance.
Physicist creates drip-free wine bottleAn additional small groove at the top of the bottle saves every drop! Because glass is hydrophilic (‘water-loving’), it attracts the wine as it pours out. The groove forces droplets to fall with the wine as it pours or return to the bottle.
For more details, pictures and videos, visit the sources below.Sources: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/14/10-amazing-science-breakthroughs-may-have-missed/http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/drip-free-wine-bottle-invention-physicist-daniel-perlman-brandeis-university-groove-neck-answer-a7648771.htmlhttps://www.sciencealert.com/it-s-official-time-crystals-are-a-new-crazy-state-of-matter-and-now-we-can-create-themhttps://www.rd.com/culture/new-discoveries-2017/http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/02/23/common-cold-cure-step-closer-scientists-crack-genetic-code/



Coming up next week on West Herts Drivetime (w/b 22nd Jan 2018) including @smrolfe, @pheeniie, and @FBerrynews

Jan 20, 2018

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On Monday, Space Dr Sam talks Science.


Regular feature "Interior Design" with Gwendoline Alderton, find out how to bring a cosy winter touch to your home on Tuesday.

Drivetime Sessions on Wednesday welcomes Phoenix O'Neill, who will play original songs and the regular required cover.

On Thursday, Danny will get local news stories from Franki Berry from the Herts Ad.

And Friday brings the usual Radio Verulam Film Guide with Simon Carver...

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 19th January 2018

Jan 20, 2018

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Simon was in the studio again to talk at length about the 10 top movies in the box office as well as his choice of free-to-air TV for the coming week:

Friday
Idiocracy (2006)
9.00pm – 10.40pm
Film4

Saturday
Sicario (2015)
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Channel 4


Sunday
The Sting (1973)
11.00pm – 1.30am
ITV3



Monday
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
8.00pm – 10.15pm
E4


Tuesday
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
9.00pm – 11.30pm
More4


Wednesday
The Madness of King George (1995)
7.50pm – 10.00pm
Film4+1


Thursday
Pulp Fiction (1994)
9.00pm – 12.00am
Film4

Liz from Fleetville Community Centre tells us about the history and upcoming new build

Jan 20, 2018

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Fleetville is a widely multi-cultural area in St Albans and the Community Centre brings a secular space for the residents to host community events.

Open for a total of 75 years, the building became a community centre from around the late 1970s, previously a nursery.

Upcoming events include:
Friday 26th Jan - 7:30 pm - Burns Night, book in advance.
Friday 23rd Feb - 7:30 pm - Big Quiz
Friday 16th March - 7:30 pm - Silent Disco

Other regular uses of the building that you can get involved with include: a nursery, Bridge club, learn IT skills, cooking classes, play table tennis, painting, rehearsing for plays and learn about Fleetville's full and amazing history.

The new build will be replace the current pre-fab building, which was only meant for around 10 years use. It is not fuel efficient and cracks and damp patches are appearing...!

'Friends of Fleetville Community Centre' are always looking for people to join their team, helping with organising events and to raise money for the new build. You don't have to live in Fleetville!

For more details visit: www.fleetville.org.uk
Email: info@fleetville.org.uk
Tel: 01727 836 843

Charlotte's Film Club: High Fidelity

Jan 19, 2018

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Charlotte rounds off a week of Jack Black films with 2000 Drama/Romance "High Fidelity".

John Cusack stars as the owner of a failing record store in Chicago, where he sells music on vinyl. Although they have an encyclopedic knowledge of pop music and are consumed by the music scene, it's of no help to Rob when his long-time girlfriend, Laura (Iben Hjejle), walks out on him. As he examines his failed attempts at romance and happiness, his two friends, played by Jack Black and Todd Louiso.

Charlotte's Film Club: Shallow Hal

Jan 19, 2018

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Another Jack Black comedy for today's Film Club, as Charlotte and Danny discuss "Shallow Hal" from 2001.

The story revolves around Hal (Jack Black) who, taking his dying father's advice, dates only the embodiments of female physical perfection. But that all changes after Hal has an unexpected run-in with self-help guru Tony Robbins. Intrigued by Hal's shallowness, Robbins hypnotizes him into seeing the beauty that exists even in the least physically appealing women.

Gwyneth Paltrow also stars.

The Drivetime Sessions with @HorsesCaution sponsored by @FightingcocksSA

Jan 18, 2018

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On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the local band the 'Caution Horses'.  While on air they discussed their new album 'Cautionary Tales' and played three songs.  The first was an original, entitled 'Any Other Name', the second was a cover of the 'Civil Wars' song 'From this Valley', and the third was a cover of the 'Beautiful South' song 'Little Time'.  

For more information about the 'Caution Horses' ' gigs, visit their Lemonrock page here.



If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again then visit www.radioverulam.com/listenagain and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30.

Charlotte's Film Club: King Kong

Jan 17, 2018

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On this week of exploring the works of American actor Jack Black, Charlotte focuses today's Film Club on Peter Jackson's "King Kong" from 2005.

This remake of the 1933 Classic sees Black as a director from New York taking a crew of actors and sailors to the ominous Skull Island to film a new movie. Accompanying him are playwright Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody) and actress Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), who is soon whisked away by the monstrous ape, Kong, after they reach the island. The crew encounters dinosaurs and other creatures as they race to rescue Ann, while the actress forms a bond with her simian captor.

Andy Serkis stars as the titular ape thanks to motion capture, along with Jamie Bell, Colin Hanks and Kyle Chandler.

 

Interview with Helen Lack: Local Artist

Jan 17, 2018

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Today we talked to Helen Lacks, a local artist who has an exhibition at the Trestle Arts Base from the 13th January-1st March. 

Helen started out her career as a photographer, working for Vogue and taking part in many exhibitions.  Now her medium has changed and she works in mixed media, mostly using paint as a form of expression.  She uses many different types of paint, such as oil, acrylic and spraypaint.  She list Jackson Pollock as an inspiration, with vibrant colours and drip painting. Art has always been a part of her life, and especially so in the last three years.  Now she feels a compulsion to paint 3/4 times a week.  She says she always has an idea before she starts painting.  She was always doodling as a kid, but now she mainly paints abstract pieces and semi-figurative work.


This exhibition will be her 2nd solo art exhibition within 6 months, and is self-curated.  It consists of 15 pieces, both in large format and also some framed artwork. Many of her abstract landscapes take inspiration from Monet and Van Gogh, and she has 2 large pieces based on pollution in London and New York. The Trestle Arts base has free entry, with a gallery cafe and yoga & dance workshops.  The artwork is available for sale, both as the original piece or as a print.  Besides this exhibition, she has been part of many exhibitions in Hertfordshire and London.  The Deputy Mayor of Hertsmere praised the 'richness of colours' in her previous exhibition, entitled 'Natural Elements and the Universe'. 

Coming up, Helen has been selected to participate in the 'Talented Art Fair' in London.

Helen's Website
Trestle Arts Base

Charlotte's Film Club: School of Rock

Jan 16, 2018

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Charlotte's Film Club this week is all about American actor, comedian and musician Jack Black, starting off today with "School of Rock" from 2003.

Black stars as Dewey Finn, an enthusiastic guitarist desperate for work after being ejected from his bar-band. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite private elementary school, he exposes his students to the hard rock gods he idolizes. As he gets his privileged and precocious charges in touch with their inner rock 'n' roll animals, he imagines redemption at a local Battle of the Bands.

Richard Linklater directs.

 

Local Theatre Review

Jan 16, 2018

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David Widdowson joined us tonight to provide an update of whats on in our local theatres.

Maltings Art Centre 
2nd FebruaryNorwich based folk / Americana trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood is made up of Christina Alden on vocals and guitar, Alex Patterson on violin and mandolin and Noel Dashwood on dobro and vocals. Their music takes influences from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic, with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home
http://www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk/whats-on/
Abbey TheatreFRI 19 - SAT 20 JAN 2018 8PM
SUNDAY 21 JAN 2.30PM, SATURDAY 27 JAN 2.30PM
WED 24 - SAT 27 JAN 2018 8PM

Two young people sign up for a trial to test a new antidepressant. They fall in love. But what is love? And when you view the world through a haze of drugs, how can you tell if what you’re feeling is really you?http://www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/whats-on/


Trestle Arts Theatre I Had a Black Dog’ …his name was depression
By Matthew Johnstone
Friday 2 February 2018, 7pmhttp://www.trestle.org.uk/whats-on/



The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 12th January 2018

Jan 13, 2018

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Rejuvenated by the Christmas break and New Year celebrations, Simon talked in his most animated fashion about films!! Can you believe it.

His picks for the week on free-to-air TV are:


Friday
Platoon (1986)
9.00pm – 12.35am
ITV4


Saturday
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
5.25pm – 9.00pm
ITV2

Sunday
Mr Holmes (2014)
6.20pm – 8.00pm
BBC2

Monday
Scarface (1983)
10.00pm – 1.25am
ITV4


Tuesday
Twelve Years a Slave (2013)
9.00pm – 11.40pm
More4


Wednesday
Payback (1998)
9.00pm – 11.05pm
ITV4



Thursday
The Adjustment Bureau (2010)
6.55pm – 9.00pm
ITV4

The Drivetime Sessions with @BethHedgesMusic sponsored by @FightingcocksSA

Jan 13, 2018

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On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the local singer-songwriter Beth Hedges. She performed her songs 'Straight Ahead' and 'Safe And Sound', and performed a cover of McFly's 'That's The Truth'.

For more information about Beth you can visit her website at www.youtube.com/user/bethhedgesmusic

If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again then visit www.radioverulam.com/listenagain and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30.

Charlotte's Film Club: Justice League

Jan 12, 2018

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Concluding the Film Club this week, Charlotte chooses to put "Justice League" into the Drivetime records.

This ensemble Superhero thriller sees Bruce Wayne inspired by Superman's selfless sacrifice in the events of the previous film, enlisting newfound ally Diana Prince to recruit a team to stand against a newly awakened enemy. However even with the united forces of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash, could it be be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions?

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, and Ray Fisher all feature.

 

Charlotte's Film Club: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Jan 11, 2018

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Today Charlotte's Film Club looks at the next anticipated Star Wars Sequel "The Last Jedi", released in the December of 2017.

In this sequel to 2015's "The Force Awakens", Luke Skywalker finds his peaceful and solitary existence altered by the arrival of the force-strong Rey, who desires to learn the ways of the Jedi forces. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault to exterminate Leia and the Resistance from the galaxy.

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega,and Oscar Isaac reprise their previous roles in the series, alongside newcomers Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del
Toro.

Charlotte's Film Club: The Greatest Showman

Jan 10, 2018

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Next on our week of 'recent releases', Charlotte looks at 'The Greatest Showman', starring Hugh Jackman.

Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum, in this original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Barnum comes from nothing to create a circus celebrating the extraordinary, supported by his wife and two daughters, yet never seems to be content with the fame he acquires.

 Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya also star.

Health Matters, NHS at 70, Cancellations; 111 and Sign; 3 Before GP; and Aussie Flu

Jan 10, 2018

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Five Issues in this, the first DriveTime of 2018        NHS at 70         Cancelling Elective Operations         Sign Language for the 111 Service         Is your Pharmacy safe?         Aussie Flu
 1. NHS at 70 – This is the year that the NHS, turns 70; July 5th is a significant day and an opportunity for us, as patients, to appreciate and support all of those dedicated NHS staff. There’s a great little video on Facebook thathttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-0kZ0HuZtk
And also an excellent web page that highlights some of the activities that we can get up to to show our support; for example – and I’ve signed up for it – the NHS 1,000 mile challenge.https://www.england.nhs.uk/nhs70/
So, this is a great time to support your NHS!

2. Cancelling Elective OperationsIn order to ensure that urgent cases have priority, Watford Hospital has cancelled non-urgent planned surgery until the end of January; in addition, some non-urgent outpatient appointments have also be postponed. 
If your surgery or appointment has been cancelled you should have heard by now and you should have been offered an alternative appointment; and you can assume that your treatment is going ahead if you haven’t heard from the hospital. But the situation is under review, and could change quite dramatically at any point during these winter pressures. Whilst we can recognise that the hospital needs to prioritise care for acutely unwell emergency patients, I’m sure everyone recognises the anxiety and inconvenience it creates for anyone whose treatment is re-scheduled. For more information go to http://www.westhertshospitals.nhs.uk/
3. The 111 Service and Sign LanguageGreat news for anyone who is hard of hearing – you can now communicate with the NHS 111 service using BSL (British Sign Language). Here’s how it works; you can use your computer and webcam, or the InterpreterNow app on your smartphone or tablet, to make a video call to a BSL interpreter.
The interpreter telephones an NHS 111 adviser and relays your conversation with them. The NHS 111 adviser will ask you questions to assess your symptoms, then give you the healthcare advice you need or direct you straightaway to the local service that can help you best.
Go here for all the information http://interpreternow.co.uk/nhs111
4. Three Before GPThink before you book your next GP appointment; do you really need to see a Doctor?
Actually, the Royal College of General Practitioners  (“RCGP”) wants us to think three times – hence the mantra “3 Before GP”! We need to ask ourselves three simple questions before we book our next appointment:1.       Can I self-care? There are so many situations when we know what we need to do, so let’s do it without bothering the Surgery. If we’re not certain, then2.       Could I verify it by using NHS Choices?  Of course, there are other web sites too! And finally3.       Can I seek advice/treatment from a Pharmacist?  A recent survey showed that 27% of GP appointments were avoidable; in other words, we could have sorted the matter out by other means. One of the three options above could well have been the solution! And it would have meant that the doctors would have more time to spend with patients who really need their help!
5. Aussie Flu – should we be worried?Although there seem to be many cases of flu around, the data shows it’s at pretty much the same level as last year. Aussie Flu is referred to as H3N2, and this year’s vaccine should give some protection against this type of flu. Good hygiene is imperativewash your hands often with warm water and soapuse tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneezebin used tissues as quickly as possibleFinally - stay well in 2018!

Charlotte's Film Club: Molly's Game

Jan 10, 2018

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Charlotte's Film Club is back for the New Year! This week we look at some of the most recent releases at the end of 2017/ start of 2018.

Monday's Film is 'Molly's Game', starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba. The Film tells the true story of Molly Bloom, a young Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade, her players including Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknown to her, the Russian mob.

   

Health Matters - Hospital Transport

Dec 22, 2017

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If you need non-emergency patient transport, the East of England Ambulance Service has a new telephone number for bookings and queries; it's 0345 6051208. The contact centre is open every day from 8am to 6pm. 

There's further information on the Herts Valleys CCG website www.hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk/news-events

And finally - seasons greetings and very best wishes for a happy, and healthy, 2018.