Honor tried to espouse the wonders of the lentil bean, and told the story of Lakshuma, the Lentil Godess, who grew up in 12th century India. Lakshuma suffered from hayfever, and on one particularly pollenous day miraculously sneezed out a lentil with such force that it lodged itself in the ground and grew into a whole crop. Today India is the 2nd biggest producer of lentil beans, and some, such as Honor, attribute that success to Lakshuma.
Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about the new releases in the cinema, the UK box office top 10, and his pick of films on free-to-air TV for the coming week.
East is East
9.00pm – 10.55pm
3.10pm – 5.00pm
9.00pm – 10.45pm
5.25pm – 7.00pm
9.00pm – 11.40pm
8.00pm – 10.50pm
9.00pm – 10.35pm
An Officer and a Gentleman
9.00pm – 11.30pm
A funny and fascinating film, it stars Tom Hanks as Wilson and he's ably supported by Julia Roberts and the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Community First Responders are volunteers sent by the ambulance control to life-threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrests. They live or work in areas where a group is set up and can get to an incident in just a few minutes while an ambulance resource is on its way. Their role is to help stabilise the patient and, in doing so, keep the patient alive until the arrival of the more highly skilled ambulance crew, who are trained to undertake further life saving techniques.
To find out more about the role of the CFRs, and whether you would be suited, visit the East of England Ambulance Service website: http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/get-involved/community-first-responders.htm
For more information you can visit Nick's website:
You can listen to this weeks drivetime session again if you visit: www.radioverulam.com/listenagain
and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30pm.
Colours to use..
The colour for spring has been yellow, which is perfect for teaming with one of the summer's top colours; orange! and its a spicy orange to go with the Moroccan trend which will stay popular through to the winter and Christmastime.
Add moroccan lamps, with copper and gold shades...
Green is also popular right now and ties into the tropical themes that are trendy too. Try adding plants inside your home with tropical print cushions.
Gwendoline also suggested freshening up your bedroom with tropical print bedding.
If you love pink then you'll enjoy using the currently fashionable pastel pink, great when mixed with any neutrals whether beige, white or grey.
Very contemporary images and items are Flamingoes, especially fairy lights for indoor or outdoor decoration and white feather lampshades. Don't forget, updating lampshades create instant pattern and interest.
Fantastic top tips from Gwendoline also include door knobs and handles. Its so easy and economic to update furniture by replacing the handles or knobs. Experiment with ceramic or crystal. Use the attention to detail to build up a theme with your rooms.
Visit Gwendoline's website: www.ga-interiors.co.uk
2015 is International Year of Soils and to remind us all of this Rothamsted Research in Harpenden held an open day entitled Soil is Life. On this week’s show we brought you a flavour of the day with interviews from
- Gail Canning, a scientist working on a soil borne fungal disease which attacks oil seed rape and a variety of other common crops grown around the world
- Professor Steve McGrath, Head of the Sustainable Soils and Grassland Systems about the crucial importance of soils in our fight against climate change, water shortages, and our effort to feed an ever growing population.
- PhD students who explain their projects and why they have chosen to devote their talents to soil
You can find out more about events for the International Year of Soil at Rothamsted Research and hear an interview we did with Professor Keith Goulding on a previous edition of Environment Matters, discussing soils and climate change.A smiling Gail Canning explaining how Rothamsted Research is doing unique work warning farmers when a fungal disease affecting oil seed rape is most likely to strike, reducing fungicide use and cost.
Sam was back in the studio to help out on the show because Honor is taking another week off, as she has not quite recovered from Mayor Broderick's creepy attentions. While Sam's position as studio assistant is temporary, she has seemingly started to take over a little. She's decorated the walls in her favourite colours (zombie skin green and nightmare blue) and has hung up pictures of her family everywhere. We heard her on the phone to a locksmith trying to get a new lock fitted on the studio door. Basically, it appears that she might have moved in. Hopefully Honor gets back before Sam gets too comfortable.
Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office, new releases in the cinema, and his pick of films on free-to-air TV for the coming week.
Dodgeball: a True Underdog Story
9.00pm – 10.55pm
9.00pm – 12.05am
11.00pm – 12.50am
3.10pm – 5.40pm
Dances with Wolves
2.25pm – 5.15pm
We need to talk about Kevin
9.00pm – 10.45pm
9.00pm – 10.55pm
11.45pm – 1.30am
Tickets are £4.50 on the door, including a drink and nibbles. To book a spot, email email@example.com
The event is supporting the local charity, The Cresent.
More information about Mardi Writers can be found on their website: http://www.mardibooks.com
you can watch live @dapperdan75
The first song is Troubadour Cafe.
Chris plays jazz guitar with his won jazz trio and is a singer songwriter on the acoustic and folk scene.
He has released 4 albums of original songs to date, including his latest; Gazing At The Stars All Night.
Chris will also perform 'There's a Sound' and his cover will be 'The Girl From Ipanema'.
For more information on Chris, visit his website:: www.chrisflegg.com
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Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:
Andreya Triana - That's Alright With Me
Bryan Ferry - Midnight Train
Caro Emerald - Quicksand
Elbow - What Time Do You Call This?
Electro Velvet - Still In Love With You
First Aid Kit - Cedar Lane
Florence + the Machine - Ship To Wreck
Hozier - Someone New
Hunter Hayes - I Want Crazy
Lawson - Roads
Lenny Kravitz - Ooh Baby Baby
Longfellow - Where I Belong
Lucy Spraggan - Unsinkable
LunchMoney Lewis - Bills
Mark Knopfler - Skydiver
Nathan Carter - Wagon Wheel
Paul Weller - Saturns Pattern
Shaun Escoffery - Perfect Love Affair
Sheppard - Geronimo
Sia - Big Girls Cry
Simply Red - Shine On
Take That - Higher Than Higher
Texas - Are You Ready
The Shires - State Lines
Thea Gilmore - Coming Back To You
Van Morrison and Clare Teal - Carrying a Torch
Walk the Moon - Shut Up And Dance
Will Young - Love Revolution
Zac Brown Band - Homegrown
Items in BOLD are new additions
This week's featured track is Perfect Love Affair by Shaun Escoffery:
These are fabulously easy to make and really add the 'WOW' factor to any party. Especially popular with children, you can adapt colours to suit a theme or favourites.
Using Lucy's classic vanilla cup cake recipe, which you can find on her website, split the mixture into as many bowls as you want colours. Lucy recommends using colour paste rather than liquid. Then divide your coloured mixtures equally between cases and bake for approximately 20 minutes at 160 (for fan ovens).
For the rainbow coloured icing, simply layer the different colours in your piping bag and start decorating!
Visit Lucy;s website: www.heavenisacupcake.net
Follow Lucy on twitter: @heavensacupcake
Follow Lucy on pinterest: Heaven is a cupcake
This week we heard the latest on the long running saga of the plans to build an incinerator at New Barnfield in Hatfield. Val from Welwyn and Hatfield Friends of the Earth updated us. She summarized the state of play so far as follows…
Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) entered into a contract with Veolia Environmental Services (VES) in July 2011 for the provision of residual waste treatment services. Veolia proposed to build and operate an energy from waste incinerator at the Council owned New Barnfield site in Hatfield. Following a public inquiry and the subsequent inspector’s report, the planning application for the facility was refused by the Secretary of State on 7 July 2014. As a result of a successful High Court challenge by VES the application was referred back to the Secretary of State for re-determination.
All interested parties have recently submitted further representations to the Planning Inspectorate and have been advised that a decision will be issued on or before 16 July 2015.
In the meantime interim waste contracts are in place at existing incinerators, initially until 2018 with the opportunity to extend until 2021. The interim contracts are said to be achieving savings on previous years’ costs and increasing diversion from landfill. The percentage of household waste reused, recycled, or composted in Hertfordshire continued to improve in 2013/14 to 49.2%, an increase on the 2012/13 total of 45.5%.
Under the terms of the contract, HCC has requested a revised Project Plan from VES which is to be submitted by 7 July 2015. Should planning permission for the proposed incinerator at New Barnfield be granted, the Council has said publicly that three options will be considered and a decision made by the end of 2015:
to proceed with the incinerator;
to proceed with the revised Project Plan;
to terminate the contract with Veolia.
You can keep up-to-date with the latest news on Hatfield Against Incineration’s website at http://blog.hatfield-anti-incineration.co.uk/#home or email any questions to Welwyn Hatfield Friends of the Earth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking ahead, Gail and Catherine from Transition St.Albans came into the studio to tell us about a brand new event in the St.Albans calender, Sustainable St.Albans Week. In the last week of November, it has been timed to be in the week preceding the Paris climate change talks.
Any group, company, individual within the St.Albans District is invited to run an event aimed in some way at making us more sustainable. Over 30 organizations have already signed up to run events as diverse as an eco-jobs fair, tree pruning training, a film showing and a bring and buy book swap. Participating groups so far include various faith groups, schools, the university and many more.
Find out more and sign up at https://sustainablestalbans.wordpress.com/
The types of tools and equipment required are;
MOTOR MECHANICS incl. jacks and rampsCARPENTRYBUILDERS, ELECTRICIANS AND PLUMBINGENGINEERING ELECTRIC POWER TOOLS:BENCH AND BAND SAWSKNITTING AND SEWING MACHINES (must be complete)LAPTOPSFLAT SCREEN COMPUTERSGARDEN FORKS, SPADES, HOES, RAKES,
A full list can be found at the web site http://www.twam.co.uk/
The annual collection will take place at the church on Wednesday 27th May from 12 noon until 7pm