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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 24th April 2015

West Herts Drivetime - Sat, 25/04/2015 - 3:31pm
Mayor Matthew Broderick made good on his promise to 'purple, kumquat' (see last weeks post, although don't, because I spelt it wrong last week) and indeed arrived at the studio armed to the teeth with rotten kumquats, which turn purple when they rot. Fearing for the cleanliness of the newly furnished studio, the Drive Time team went into full defence mode. Chris and Honor built up the barricades by using all the furniture that was available in the office while Simon topped it off with the barbed wire that he keeps on his person 'just in case of emergency'. The plan was to wait Mayor Broderick out. They had more than enough food because of Danny's secret stock of Lucky Charms that he keeps in a draw under the desk. The plan was a sound one, until a few of Mayor Broderick's chums came by: his Secretary of War, Steve Guttenberg, and his Chief of Police, Fred Savage.

Savage, who became famous for his role in The Wonder Years and then as lead singer for death metal band Braindead Corgi Hell, is well known around St Albans for his often harsh policing methods and love of Shirley Temple films. However, our intrepid heroes were confident they could hold out against the terrible trio, until they saw Savage leading the police's new water cannon to the front door...

Will Danny, Simon, Honor and Chris survive?! Will they save the new studio?! Find out next week, in the latest instalment of Drive Time Dynamos!

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office top 10, his pick of films for the coming week on TV and the new releases in the cinema.

21 Jump Street
9.00pm – 11.15pm

Up in the Air
10.15pm – 12.00am

4.50pm – 6.35pm
Channel 4

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
5.45pm – 9.00pm

11.00pm – 1.30am
Channel 5

True Lies
10.35pm – 1.20am

12.20am – 2.40am

4.55pm – 7.15pm

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Reducing Your Carbon Footprint - 26th February 2015

The Parents' Show - Fri, 24/04/2015 - 2:50pm
How can we as parents can reduce our carbon footprint? We are joined by Catherine Ross from Transition Streets to let us know what her organisation is doing to lessen our impact. Amanda Yorwerth, Friends of the Earth talks about why we should try to not to eat meat on Monday! Local entrepreneur Katie Carr from is on about sustainable clothing and Heather from the Green Cafe near Oaklands talks about her veggie cooking

Click To Listen > Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
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Chris' Film Club: Shakespeare in Love (1998)

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 6:30pm
Judi Dench won an Oscar for only 8 minutes of screen time. Stars Joseph Fiennes as ol’ Shakey and Gwyneth Paltrow as his love interest.
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Catching Up with @followbessie

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 6:26pm

Radio Verulam is covering the progress of a group of cyclists on a four-day journey from Plymouth to St Albans in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Neuro Foundation.  There were inspired to raise money for these worthy causes by the plight of St Albans resident Bessie Davis, who was diagnosed with a condition called Neurofibromtosis last year.

You can keep up with the team's progress via their facebook group

If you would like to donate, their fundraising site is
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Melvyn from Computer Friendly

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 5:57pm
Today we had Melvyn from Computer Friendly in the studio. Computer Friendly are one of Radio Veralum's community partners. Computer Friendly currently has 40 volunteers and are always looking for volunteers. Volunteers don't necessarily have to have a huge range of computer skills but any volunteer help is greatly appreciated.  Computer Friendly offer a range of daytime sessions for people to get in touch and join in with and activities range from playing solitaire to improve mouse skills or using Paint to gain experience using simple programs. Computer Friendly run a drop-in session every Monday from 10 am to 3:30 pm which is free, where anybody can come to book sessions. Computer Friendly is currently encouraging people to come down to their next five week course which costs £10 and will teach anybody interested how to use the internet more efficiently and receive and send emails with greater ease. If you would like to reach Computer Friendly or browse the extensive range of courses they cover you can call them on Skype using 02032391559 or you visit their website at
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Chris' Film Club: Jerry Maguire (1996)

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 22/04/2015 - 6:30pm
A film about a sports agent who loses all his clients, bar one. Cuba Gooding Jr. won an Oscar for his portrayal of an American Footballer who sticks with his agent. Also stars Renee Zellweger.
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The Drivetime Sessions with Melodi

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 22/04/2015 - 5:52pm
Live in the studio this Wednesday we were joined by the local singer-songwriter Melodi. She played two of her own songs for us: 'He Danced Better Than You' and 'I Want You', as well as a cover of the Neil Young  song, 'Old Man'.

For information about private bookings, her upcoming gigs and any new music go to her Facebook page or check out her website at
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Call to help water voles – can you help?

Environment Matters - Wed, 22/04/2015 - 8:52am

Water vole by Vic Sharratt

Last month we discussed the plight of chalk stream rives, including out local River Ver. In this programme we looked at how you can help a river dweller that’s in particularly big trouble. Along with water pollution and the loss of healthy river bank vegetation, the pressures from mink predation means we lost more than 90% of our water voles by the end of the 1990s

Emily Thomas project co-ordinator for the National Water Vole Monitoring Project being carried out by the Peoples’ Trust for Endangered Species came on the show to tell us about their project to monitor water vole levels and thus provide information that will be the basis for practical help for these charming creatures.

You can sign up as a Water Vole Monitor at

You’ll need to spend about 45 minutes on a river bank in the next few weeks looking for signs of water voles. You’ll receive full instructions, it won’t take long and you’ll be contributing to the study that could help pull water voles back from the brink of extinction.

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Chris' Film Club: Leon: The Professional (1994)

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 21/04/2015 - 6:30pm
Gary Oldman shines in his supporting actor role in this Luc Besson film about a reclusive hitman (Jean Reno), who befriends a little girl (Natalie Portman).
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Lucy Clark @heavensacupcake

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 21/04/2015 - 6:20pm
Owner of St Albans' Premier Cupcake Company, Lucy Clark joins us in the studio today to share another of her mouthwatering recipes...


Image result for vanilla biscuits     Image result for vanilla bean

Follow this link to the recipe:

Lucy's top tips for this recipe include:

  • Use the paddle attachment (rather than balloon whisk) of your mixer
  • Don't mix for too long (the biscuits will become chewy)
  • If possible, use vanilla beans rather than extract                                                      

Visit Lucy's great website:
Follow Lucy on twitter: @heavensacupcake
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New Music Playlist w/c 20th April & this week's featured track by @hozier

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 21/04/2015 - 11:24am
Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

AC/DC - Rock The Blues Away
Ali Campbell - I'm Missing You
Bellowhead - Roll Alabama
Beth Hart - Mechanical Heart
Blur - Lonesome Street
Brandon Flowers - Can't Deny My Love
Brooke Fraser - Kings & Queens
Chic ft Nile Rodgers - I'll Be There
Electro Velvet - Still In Love With You
Hozier - Someone New
Jack Savoretti - The Other Side Of Love
Jess and the Bandits - You Can't Stop Me
Josh Groban - What I Did For Love
LunchMoney Lewis - Bills
Madonna - Ghosttown
MAGIC! - No Way No
Markus Feehily - Love Is A Drug
Meghan Trainor - Dear Future Husband
Mumford & Sons - Believe
Muse - Dead Inside
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Riverman
Paul Weller - Saturns Pattern
Rae Morris - Love Again
Simple Minds - Midnight Walking
Stacey Solomon - Shy
Status Quo - Break The Rules (Live Aquostic Version)
Stevie McCrorie - Lost Stars
The Proclaimers - You Built Me Up
The Shires - State Lines

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Someone New by Hozier:

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Chris' Film Club: Primal Fear (1996)

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 6:30pm
Edward Norton steals the show as a murder suspect with multiple personalities, being defended by attorney Richard Gere.
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Lisa Pearson - Life style correspondent

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 6:02pm

Lisa Pearson was our guest tonight and spoke to us about the wise precautions to take regarding children and guarding against risks to them.

Her own recent experience involved her daughter being bitten by 2 dogs whilst on holiday.

Lisa explained what she could have done;
Be willing to ask some questions  - plan ahead - ensure your priorities are clear -

How do you deal with situations that arise?
Talk to a friend about what happened, it will help you to talk about the incident, and to consider your priorities.

Further details can be found at the web site
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Willow NEEDS YOU to Take on a Challenge for Special Days

Verulam In the Morning - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 2:07pm

This morning, Phil spoke to Teri from Willow. The Hertfordshire based charity has launched its 2015 Challenge programme.  Willow is the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days. Each day is a life-affirming experience that can lift spirits, reunify families and be a source of strength when it’s needed most.Challenge yourself and do something amazing for 2015. Put on your running shoes, jump on your bike, take on a triathlon or get muddy and join Team Willow - you'll be helping to fulfil dreams, lift spirits and create memories that will be treasured forever. Will of Iron – the ultimate triathlon. Join hundreds of people across the country to swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and run 26.2 miles in one week. You can take part at the gym or outdoors, solo or as part of a team. Your team can be as little as two people or as many as you like, there's no limit. You and your teammates can each pick a discipline (cycling, swimming or running) or choose all three and divide the distance.  Hertfordshire 100 - a mighty 100 mile cycle ride through the Hertfordshire countryside. Whether you're a keen cyclist or reluctant rider it's a great way to get fit and raise money for Special Days. You can also choose to take on the 25 or 60 mile cycle challenge if you'd prefer. Whatever you choose, you'll be helping to make the ordinary become extraordinary.

To register or find out about other Willow events including Willow Warrior and the Willow 10K:

To date, Willow has provided more than 11,000 Special Days for young adults diagnosed with a life-threatening condition such as cancer, motor neurone disease, cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease. 

For some their Special Day is the opportunity to return some normality to their lives. For others it is the last chance to fulfil a dream. But for all, it is a life-affirming experience that can lift spirits, reunify families and be a source of strength when it’s needed most. 

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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 17th April 2015

West Herts Drivetime - Fri, 17/04/2015 - 8:56pm
Chris was back in the Drive Time studio for the first time in three weeks, and it seems that something big has happened, but no-one will tell him what. No-one will look him in the eye (except for Simon, who isn't doing anything except look Chris in the eye, which is possibly more disconcerting) and Danny keeps mumbling incoherently - even more so than is usual for his show.

After managing to snap Honor out of her stupor with the promise of cat videos, she could only manage a few words, before curling back up into a ball on the floor. The words Chris heard were:

"Broderick. Friday. 24th. Purple. Qumquat."

Chris could only surmise that something bad was going to happen next week.....

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office, the new releases in the cinema, and Simon's pick of films on TV for the coming week.

127 Hours
9.00pm – 10.50pm

Jane Eyre
8.30pm – 10.20pm

X Men: First Class
9.00pm – 11.40pm
Channel 4

The Queen
9.00pm – 11.10pm

No Country for Old Men
1.15am – 3.40am

The Sweeney
9.00pm – 11.15pm

11.10pm – 1.00am

Dear John
6.55pm – 9.00pm
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The Solid Gold Music Show - Fri, 17/04/2015 - 5:24pm

Join Dereck and Stephen this week for another programme full of cracking oldies. We start with the charts from the week that featured Go West, Paul Young and Tears For Fears, yes its April 1985 between 9 and 10. SJH has loads of nostalgia between 10-00 and 12-00 including a gripe just before midday. We value a disc just after 10-00, between 10 and 10-30 we remember singers Percy Sledge and Ronnie Carroll plus Keith McCormack from The String A Longs who all passed away recently. At 9-45 Ian Rogers will tell us how St Albans City Football Club have secured another season in The Vanarama Conference South for another season with some impressive performances.  Yesterday Today at 10-30 updates all the news regarding the stars of yesteryear,  Kids' Corner plays a kiddies favourite  just after 11-00 and can you work out the link between three songs in this week's Connections?  Just after 11-30 we play songs connected to news stories of the week in our Music In The News, between 12-00 and 12-15 we Pull A Pound, have another One Hit Wonder, at 12-15 its 45 minutes of music and news from April 1977 when Andrew Gold, Billy Ocean and Brendon were among the best selling singles of the time. Lock on to Radio Verulam 92.6 FM in West Herts or online at this Saturday between 9am and 1pm.


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Jackie, Emma and Ben from The St Albans Operatic Society

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 6:33pm
Today we had Emma, Ben and Jackie from the St Albans Operatic Society who came in to talk about their upcoming performance of Lionel Bart's Oliver The Musical at the Alban Arena. The show will run from the 28th of April to Saturday the 2nd of May beginning at 7:30pm each night apart from the Wednesday and the Saturday matinees which begin at 2:00pm. Tickets range from £10 to £18.50 and there are a number of deals being offered when booking. To book tickets for any of the dates please visit or call the box office on 01727 844488.
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Sustainable Living- How do we get there?

Environment Matters - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 9:18am

U of H sustainable buildings pic

How do we make the changes necessary to live sustainably is a question being asked all over the world, but at the University of Hertfordshire this has been the subject of a detailed 3 year study and their findings will be showcased at a conference on 21st April and then in a report.

In the first of our new, shorter, day time shows we heard about the study from  Dr.John McCormack, Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Communities at the University of Hertfordshire.

To find out more about the research, the conference and the report go to

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The Drivetime Sessions with Neil Stanton (@sulcata32)

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 5:58pm
Live in the studio this Wednesday we were joined by the local singer-songwriter Neil Stanton. He played two of his own songs for us: 'Give My Love to Rose' and 'Broken Jerusalem', as well as a cover of the Prince song, 'When Doves Cry'.

For information about his gig on Friday, private bookings and any new music go to his Facebook page or check out his website:
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@andyjarosz visits Jordan

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 14/04/2015 - 6:25pm


Andy was in the studio once again today to discuss his recent trip to Jordan. He went to the country as part of the National Geographic Traveller Digital Nomad project, in order to experience and share the unique culture of Jordan.

He recommends Jordan as  a destination for any history enthusiast, because of the country's rich historical heritage. Jordan's most famous historical landmark is the ancient city of Petra, one of the 7 wonders of the world, and other attractions include crusader castles. Andy said that many travelers are put off the Middle East region due to the unrest there and so Jordan, a very stable country, is an ideal destination for someone who wants a holiday with less fellow tourists. Other attractions he mentioned included swimming in the Dead Sea, and abseiling 

Andy also spoke about Jordanian cuisine, made famous by foods such as hummus and mansaf. He thought that the versions he had in Jordan are a vast improvement over what we have available, and also talked about the traditional Bedouin food he had during his time with the tribe.

For more information, visit Andy's blog -

or follow him on twitter -
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