Based on the graphic novel by Max Allan Collins, it follows a mob enforcer who goes on the run with his son, determined to get revenge against the mobster who murders the rest of his family.
Stars Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law and Daniel Craig, and was Newman’s final on-screen film appearance.
Based on the Daniel Clowes graphic novel, about two teenage outsiders (Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson) who bond with a lonely older man (Steve Buscemi).
An odd but affecting film, and consistently funny throughout.
Why do you need bedside tables when you're selling your house?
If you have a single bed it's appropriate to have a single bed but if you have a double bed then normally you have one bedside table either side of the bed. However if your room is too small you could use a small shelf either side. Having two bedside tables either side of the bed makes the room symmetrical and increases the overall harmony and happiness. This is especially important if you're selling your home. Having somewhere to put a lamp is important because this improves the lighting in the room. Being able to put a lamp either side of bed creates a mood of attractiveness. Also you can put accessories on the bed side table which can make the room look more attractive- such as pictures which match the color scheme.
How do you identify the purpose of a room?
If you're not using a room for its intended purpose then you should make sure that the intended purpose of the room is clear. This ensures that the buyer can envisage the room for its intended purpose. Make sure rooms such as junk rooms have a clear purpose as this maximises the value of the room.
Which colors should I use when selling my house?
In terms of colors, Gwendoline suggests that one veers away from magnolia as it is too dark and overused. You should use paler colors when you are selling you house because vibrant colors like red could look too domineering and severe. Paler colors are are in fashion at the moment, with the colors of the year being rose quartz and pale blue. Right now lots of sea-like colors are in the shops such as turquoise and blues. These colors are very easy to work with and most people love them.
For more information visit Gwendoline's website:
Based on the work by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, '300' tells the heavily stylised story of the Battle of Thermopylae, in which 300 Spartans hold off hundreds of thousands of Persian warriors.
The film stars Gerard Butler, Lena Heady, Dominic West and David Wenham.
Sam Rolfe our science correspondent joined us tonight.
Tsunamis on Mars
Mars currently relatively dry and cold surface, very difficult for liquid to exist at the surface, but approximately 3 billion years ago, it is thought Mars had a warmer, wetter climate – evidence of liquid flowing on the surface, e.g. channels and fluvial fans.
Mars is split into two approximate regions: the northern younger lowland plains and southern ancient highlands. The relatively flat lowlands thought to be due to an ocean, but a lack of a clear shoreline has created doubt about this theory. Satellite data has revealed a possible major redistribution of sediments at the edge of these two regions.
However, if the shorelines were regularly hit by tsunamis they would be disguised due to sediment build up an otherwise clear coastline. Once the water started to flow back towards the ocean, it cut new backwash channels, which have been identified by the study. Two sediment deposits have been identified, with areas of 800,000 sq km being covered by the older event and 1,000,000 sq km, due to waves of between 50 and 120 m high produced by impacts leaving craters 30 km wide. For comparison, Meteor or Barringer Crater in Arizona is just over a kilometre in diameter.
Wearable Technology Revolution – How many steps should you be doing?
We often hear that we need to hit 10,000 steps a day to be moving towards a healthy lifestyle. Where does this number come from and is it even correct?
In the 1960s, a pedometer was sold in Japan called manpo-kei, translated as 10,000 steps meter and that is where it has come from.
Given that the original 10,000 steps just happened to be how many steps the pedometer could count, it is not a very scientific number. Research says that healthy adults take about 4,000 to 18,000 steps per day and anyone who ups their steps from 1,000 to 10,000 decreases their risk of premature death by 46 %.
Scientist of the Month
She worked at the China Academy of Tradition Chinese Medicine, Beijing when awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 for discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria.
What to see in the Night Sky
26th May 00:25 am 4 min Planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Mars
11:30 pm 6 min
27th May 10:38 pm 5 min
28th May 00:14 am 6 min
09:46 pm 4 min
11:21 pm 6 min
29th May 10:28 pm 6 min
30th May 00:05 am 6 min
11:12 pm 6 min
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The Civil Aviation Authority gave the following statement:
“The CAA approved an airspace change proposal in respect of departures at Luton Airport.The Airspace Change Proposal was submitted to the CAA by Luton Airport. In order to assess whether to approve a request to change the structure of UK airspace, the CAA follows its airspace change process. Details of this can be found here: http://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-industry/Airspace/Airspace-change/Airspace-Change/.
Part 4 of this process requires the organisation proposing the change (i.e Luton Airport) to consult on the changes being considered and as part of our decision making process we assess the consultation carried out. Our full assessment covers:
- the operational need for, objectives and feasibility of the changes proposed
- our analysis of the anticipated environmental benefits and impacts if the change were made;
as well as
- an assessment of the consultation carried out by the organisation proposing the change and of the responses received to that consultation.
Full details of our decision and assessments are published here: http://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-industry/Airspace/Airspace-change/Decisions/Luton-runway-26/. Our decision letter is here: http://www.caa.co.uk/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=4294977745 and copies of our assessments will be uploaded onto our website as soon as possible.
Around 12 months after a change is implemented we will start a Post Implementation Review of the change to assess whether the anticipated impacts and benefits, set out in the original airspace change proposal and decision, have been delivered and if not to ascertain why and to determine the most appropriate course of action. Once complete we will publish the review on our website.
- Local communities affected by aircraft noise, and the aviation community, are encouraged to respond to this consultation
- The Proposal outlines options to make the decision-making process for changes to airspace more transparent and ensuring the role of the CAA in the process is clear”
Get Excited – It’s Competition Time! Here at Radio Verulam we want you to create a dream artisan product (food or drink) and be in to win 2 tickets to the Hertfordshire County Show!
Let your gastronomic imagination go wild.
For inspiration here are a list of some of the exhibitors from the Herts Show http://www.hertsshow.com/tradestands.php?cat=Fo
Get your thinking caps on and post your product via twitter to @rv_environmentmatters or @sttastes
The winner will be announced on Thursday morning 28th May on the Good Morning St Albans breakfast show on 92.6FM by fab local presenter Kerry Cobb.
We are going to be at the show and are looking forward to meeting you there!
A 2008 Australian documentary about the runner Peter Norman, who was the ‘third man’ in the famous black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Summer Olympics.
A powerful story directed by Matthew Norman, Peter’s nephew, about Norman’s subsequent exile from Australian sport as a result of his views on racial equality.
Today we spoke to British jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth, daughter of the jazz musician, arranger and composer Sir John Dankworth and the singer Dame Cleo Laine.
For the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Jacqui thought it would be most appropriate to visit the musical settings of Shakespeare’s poetry that inspired the seminal 1964 album “Shakespeare and All That Jazz” composed by her late father for her mother.
The performance tomorrow night at the Maltings Theatre will include “Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day”, “O Mistress Mine”, “Fear No More The Heat O’ The Sun”, the story of “Macbeth” and much more.
Tickets are still available at this time on the Maltings Theatre website and http://stalbansshakespeare.co.uk/
To keep updated with Jacqui's work you can visit her website http://jacquidankworth.com/
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Today's Sports Film is 'Jerry Maguire', starring Tom Cruise.
Written and directed by Cameron Crowe, its about a sports agent (Cruise) who has an epiphany about his work, and then finds himself with only one client, a loudmouth American Footballer called Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr).
The film also stars Renee Zellweger, Jonathan Lipnicki and Jay Mohr.
As always on the Sessions we requested the Duo play two of their own original works, along with covering another Artist's song.
The Hidden Jules started with 'Thorn Inside You', a song from their newest album (due early July), then played 'Her Rock', before finishing with a cover of The Beatle's 'Come Together'.
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During a recent visit to Wheatfields School, Lucy held a competition among the Year 4 Students to decide on a new cupcake flavour she would then create, with the winner being James Glasspell's combination of toffee, marshmallow and nuts.
Click here to download the recipe.
For more recipes and updates from Lucy you can visit http://www.heavenisacupcake.net/
The 2006 documentary is about the New York Cosmos, the most famous football club in US history, and their attempts to make ‘soccer’ in America huge.
The club brought huge names like Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto and Georgio Chinaglia, and lived the Galactico lifestyle.
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Catherine Ross from Transition St.Albans and Helen Burridge, the Community Engagement Officer from St.Albans District Council joined me to talk about a simple but effective plan they have devised to ensure that as much of the mountains of waste produced at this year’s St.Albans Street Festival as possible is recycled and won’t go to landfill.
If you can spare an hour on 19th June having fun and helping to make a big difference to the sustainability of the Street Festival, then sign up on the TSA website.
You can also seek help with what you can recycle at your event from the St.Albans District Council Waste Team (email firstname.lastname@example.org), and with tips for keeping rubbish (and hence hassle and cost) to a minimum from the Transition St.Albans Team.
Fun waste film Just Eat It will be shown as a pre-cursor to this year’s sustainable food themed Sustainable St.Albans Week. Whilst the film is eye opening and a call to action it’s an entertaining watch recommended for all. See it on Tuesday 7th June at 8pm at St.Paul’s Church Comple Garden Room, on Blandford Road, St.Albans. All welcome. Donation on the door.
There’s a Spring Butterfly Hunt at Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve with the HMWT on Saturday at 10.30-1. I hadn’t realised, but Aldbury Nowers over in the Chilterns is one of the finest butterfly habitats in Hertfordshire – you can even find Essex Skippers. Not Joey practicing his jump rope, but a rare butterfly. What could be more lovely than searching flowery slopes for beautiful butterflies – but you’ll have to book on their website.
Nightingales don’t just sing in Berkeley Square but in Paxton Pits. On Sunday evening you can go searching for nightingales at Paxton Pits, which is famous for its nightingales as well as lots of other birds, insects and mammals. Meet at the visitor centre at 6pm.
The cuckoo is one of the iconic sounds of spring, but not doing so well in recent years. Next Tuesday, the 24th, you can join the Mid Herts HMWT local group for an evening looking for cuckoos and also barn owls at Ellenbrook Fields nature reserve. Meet at 6.45pm in the crescent area off Oaklands Lane, Smallford opposite Harvesters Football Club and the Rugby Club.
But perhaps a wander round a lovely garden and a homemade cream tea is more up your street. If it is, then make your way over to the Manor House in Ayot St.Lawrence on Sunday between 1 and 5pm. The entrance fee is £5 for adults and all the money raised goes to local charities.
And whether you’re getting out or staying in your own garden, now’s the time to get involved in the Great British Bee Hunt.
Britain’s biggest bee survey runs from now until 30 June and is run by Friends of the Earth together with Waitrose. The Hunt is in its 3rd year and provides essential information to help halt the decline of our bees.
Our tiny bees make a huge difference to our lives. We can thank them for our food, garden plants, and crops. All you need to do is spot bees, take a photo if you can, and record the bee using the free smart phone app. You can sign up here.
The true-life story of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), who while as the General Manager of the Oakland Athletics tried to introduce a new system of recruiting players, and was met with both unprecedented hostility and success.
Written by Aaron Sorkin, it stars Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt and Robin Wright.
Kim joined us tonight following her extensive travels,amongst the tips Kim gave us were;
Take a camera that can perform a number of functions
A compact camera that will fit into your pocket
Using a smart phone can produce good images but may make you a target for theft.
Kim has a twitter account at #kimleuen
But don't be worried reader, while rabies is usually fatal, Simon's 'unique' biological make-up means that he is hardy enough to withstand it. Basically, throughout his 109 years on this planet, Simon has caught a little of pretty much every disease going, and is thus immune to them. The only thing he isn't immune to is the charms of Sandra Bullock.
Ok, that was a lie (except for the rabies fact!), but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office, new releases in the cinema, and his pick of films on TV for the coming week.
Tower Block9.00pm – 10.55pm5 STAR
SaturdayThe King’s Speech9.00pm – 11.20pmFilm4
SundayCalamity Jane4.20pm – 6.30pmITV3
21 Jump Street9.00pm – 11.05pmChannel 5
MondayTootsie6.40pm – 9.00pmFilm4
WednesdayPrisoners9.00pm – 12.00amFilm4
ThursdayWarm Bodies10.50pm – 12.45amFilm4
After the disappointing 2nd film, the M.I.B. series returns to form. Agent J (Will Smith) has to go back in time to save his partner, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and the rest of the world from a mad alien out for revenge. To do so, he must team up with a younger K, played here by Josh Brolin.
Also stars Jermaine Clement, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Emma Thompson.
Joining us in the studio this afternoon via phone was Phil Aldridge, drummer for 'The Illegal Eagles'; popular tribute to the band 'The Eagles'.
He discussed their appreciation for the classic band and it's members, but also about their current tour which includes a performance at the Alban Arena Saturday the 21st of May.
We're grateful to Phil for taking the time to talk to us and wish him and the other Illegal Eagles the best for their upcoming performances.
For more information and updates from the Illegal Eagles you can visit their official website here, or check out their Facebook
Based on Thomas Harris’ book of the same name, and following on from Michael Mann’s critically lauded but financially unsuccessful Manhunter, it’s a film about an FBI agent (Jodie Foster) who uses the help of cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to catch an equally grotesque killer, Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine).
Also stars Scott Glenn and Anthony Heald.
After the destruction of the Death Star in the first film, the Rebel Alliance are now hiding on the ice planet Hoth, but an unexpected attack by the Empire causes our heroes to divide and go on the run.
Stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Billy Dee Williams.