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Acclaimed local author @TheAngelaClarke joins us to promote her latest crime thriller

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 6:30pm


On today's show we were joined by best-selling author, born and bred in St. Albans, Angela Clarke, to talk about the second instalment in her Social Media Murder Series, Watch Me. Other topics covered included the world of social media and who would win in a fight between Godzilla and King Kong.

To find out more about Angela and her novels check out her website www.angelaclarke.co.uk.

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Chris' Film Club: El Mariachi

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 6:30pm
Concluding this week of Modern Westerns is the first of Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Mexico’ trilogy, 'El Mariachi'.

A mariachi arrives in a Mexican town, and bears an unfortunate resemblance to a criminal who another gang wants dead.

Made for only $7,000, a large chunk of which was earned through Rodriguez undergoing medical testing. They also saved money by hiring locals to play parts.

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Careers Provision In Schools - 8th December 2016

The Parents' Show - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 4:51pm
Have you got a child who simply does not know what to do next? Maybe they are unsure how to decide between different career routes? Has the advice been there for them? In this show, we talk to national careers expert, Deirdre Hughes OBE, Susan Smith, who manages career provision at a local secondary school and Liz Sorton, a young person's counsellor.

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Drivetime Sessions with Neil Stanton @sulcata32

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 6:32pm


On this weeks Drivetime Sessions we were joined by local artist Neil Stanton. Neil performed two remarkable original compositions titled 'My Love' and 'I Don't Know Why' as well as an exquisite cover of 'Umbrella' by Rihanna.

For more information on Neil Stanton you can visit his Facebook page here, or by visiting his Bandcamp page here.

If you wish to watch Neil Stantons performance you can see the video on our Facebook page by clicking here, and if you would like to listen back you can visit www.radioverulam.com/listenagain for the next 7 days and navigate to Wednesday from 5:30 pm.

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Chris' Film Club: Bone Tomahawk

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 6:30pm
Today Chris chooses Modern Western 'Bone Tomahawk', starring Kurt Russell.

Written and directed by S. Craig Zahler, it’s a horror-western about a posse of men (Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins) who hunt a tribe of savage warriors that have kidnapped 3 people.

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Talking To Our Children About World Affairs - 10th November 2016

The Parents' Show - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 12:45pm
The American election has just occurred and many parents are thinking about how to explain recent events to their children. We talk to the editor of First News (Britain's best newspaper for kids), Nicky Cox, three parents (one in the USA) telling us how their children have responded to recent political events, a representative from child-line and one from the NSPCC.

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Help with keeping warm & Becky’s war on coffee cups

Environment Matters - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 9:13pm

herts-healthy-homesThere’s nothing like a cold spell and some snow to make us appreciate a well insulated home. However, plenty of people around St.Albans live in cold, badly insulated homes. Help is at hand for the elderly and those with health issues from a new scheme, Herts Healthy Homes, delivered by Groundwork Herts. I spoke to Daniel du Gard of Groundwork Herts. Hear what he had to say here.  You can contact Herts Help on 03001234044 or take a look at the website for more details https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/east/pages/herts-healthy-homes-herts-beds-cambs

If you’d like to check out which parts of your home are leaking out heat and need more insulation then you could borrow one of Transition St.Albans thermal imaging cameras. You’ll need to attend a training session first and the next one is this coming Monday 23rd at 8pm. Go to their website for more details. https://transitionstalbans.org/thermal-imaging-camera/

Becky Alexander, the Local Foodie, explained how you can help her war on disposable coffee cups by enquiring about recyclable cups, or, better still, by using your own reuseable cup.

I’ve found some reviews to help you choose the best one for you….

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jul/04/five-of-the-best-reusable-coffee-cupshttp://www.standard.co.uk/shopping/esbest/food-drink/best-ecofriendly-coffee-cups-reusable-biodegradable-plastic-with-lids-a3349691.htmlhttp://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/food-drink/best-reusable-coffee-cup-mug-glass-with-lid-travel-a7510606.htmlhttp://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/food-drink/best-reusable-coffee-cup-mug-glass-with-lid-travel-a7510606.html

And the collapsible cup Becky talked about can be found here  https://www.memorybits.co.uk/collapsible-pocket-cup-by-stojo-red

You might also like to know that Becky has got together with local dietician Michelle Lake to publish a book called Packed which has lots of great ideas for lunches. I’ve had a sneak preview and I can tell you it looked great. Not only will these recipes help you cut down on packaging and eat more planet friendly food, but they all look delicious, healthy and easy.

It’s being launched on Thursday 9th Feb 7.30-9 at Waterstones here in St.Albans and you’re welcome to go along and see for yourself.

Particularly recommended if any of your New Year’s resolutions involved eating better.

Great News! Herts Health Walks has now come to London Colney. The first walk will be tomorrow and you can choose between a half hour or hour long walk. Everyone welcome.

http://www.hertslink.org/cms/content/15488274/16532575/hhwlcsaacdjan17.pdf

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Bake It Easy with Lucy Clark - Low Sugar Banana Cake @heavensacupcake

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 6:43pm

Today Lucy was informing us how to create a delicious low sugar banana cake! Click here to see how she does it.To find out more about Lucy's baking, visit her website:  www.heavenisacupcake.net 
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Chris' Film Club: In a Valley of Violence

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 6:30pm
Next on the Modern Western week of the Film Club, Chris looks at 'In a Valley of Violence'.

Written and directed by Ti West, it stars Ethan Hawke as an AWOL soldier heading to Mexico with his dog, before a stop off in a small town has unintended - and deadly - consequences.

Stars Hawke, John Travolta, James Ransone, Taissa Farmiga and Karen Gillan.

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Chris' Film: Slow West

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 5:15pm
Chris starts the first week of the 2017 Film Club with a selection of 'Modern Westerns', with his first pick being 2015's 'Slow West'.

Michael Fassbender stars as the mysterious bodyguard of a naive Scottish teenager (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is travelling through the Western wilderness in search of his lost love.

Ben Mendelesohn, Caren Pistorius and Rory McCann.

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Grammar Schools - Good Or Bad? - 3rd November 2016

The Parents' Show - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 1:35pm
Grammar schools are like Marmite! There has been a great deal of discussion about on the back of the government’s announcement to increase the number of grammar schools in England. How do parents feel about this development? Do we fully understand what this might mean for our children? We are going to speak to an excellent selection of guests to help us understand it. Peter Lilley MP for Harpenden and Hitchin will speak about grammar schools and why the government has taken this decision. Ray Mc Govern, Head Teacher at St George’s school in Harpenden will be sharing his experience and thoughts about grammar schools and finally we will have a panel of parents from the local area to thrash the issue out

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West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 5:59pm


In the first of a new feature, each month David Widdowson chairman of the OVO theatre company  joined us to provide an update on whats happening at the theatre.

SPLENDOUR

16th-18th and 23rd-25th March 2017
Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans
By Abi Morgan | Directed by Janet Podd

In the opulent drawing room of the Presidential Palace, a Western photojournalist awaits the return of the dictator.

She is here to take his portrait. The dictator’s wife, her best friend and an interpreter wait with her. Prada shoes, vodka glasses and light fingers tap out the time.

He is late, very late… All four women harbour secrets and suspicions. All four are in danger. This is the day that revolution comes to the streets.

Abi Morgan’s devastating play allows us a glimpse into the minds of four women as their world turns.for more information go to the web site http://www.ovotheatre.org.uk/https://www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/https://www.alban-arena.co.uk/
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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 13th January 2017

West Herts Drivetime - Fri, 13/01/2017 - 7:00pm
For this first Film Guide of 2017 Simon had to do it via ISBN, due to his being incarcerated in Indonesia. Simon calls the whole situation 'an unfortunate snafu'. The Indonesian government, on the other hand, calls it 'an incredibly serious international incident'. The British government are working for his release (reluctantly).

Ok, that was a lie, as 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.

Friday
Limitless
10.55pm – 1.00am
Film4

Saturday
On the Waterfront
10.40pm – 12.25am
BBC2

Sunday
Bad Neighbours
9.00pm – 10.50pm
Channel 4

Monday
Airplane!
7.15pm – 9.00pm
Film4

Tuesday
The Wolf of Wall Street
9.00pm – 12.30am
Film4

Wednesday
The Fugitive
9.00pm – 11.10pm
Film4

Thursday
Welcome to the Punch
11.25pm – 1.25am
Film4
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New Year's Resolutions with Melanie Bundock @MelanieBundock

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 12/01/2017 - 6:33pm


On today's show we were joined by life coach Melanie Bundock. She talked about New Year's resolutions, the importance of setting goals and the use of vision boards, amongst other things.

To find out more about Melanie and what she has to offer, check out her website www.melaniebundock.com.

If you would like to hear this again, go to www.radioverulam.com/listenagain and navigate to Thursday from 5:30pm.
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le podcast de l'assiette anglaise du 9 janvier 2017 est disponible

Bouche à Oreille (Word of Mouth) - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 9:43pm
Si vous avez raté l'émission du 9 janvier 2017, une émission de format assiette anglaise avec Martin et des expressions sur l'hiver, Pierre et une tournée des sorties livre dans le monde francophone et pour finir Mélanie qui nous présente les sorties ciné et DVD du moment ainsi que les expos en métropole...Tout un programme pour reprendre l'année en force !

http://www.radioverulam.com/podcasts/boucheaoreille/boucheaoreille20170109.mp3
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Drivetime Sessions with @Chris_Flegg

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 6:43pm

This week saw the return of Chris Flegg on the Drivetime Sessions. He started with two brilliant original compositions titled 'Singing My Life Away' and 'Keep Me Near & Hold Me Tight', and ended with a beautiful cover of 'Here, There & Everywhere' by The Beatles.

For more information on Chris Flegg you can visit his website by clicking here.

If you wish to watch Chris Fleggs performance you can see the video on our Facebook page by clicking here, and if you would like to listen back you can visit www.radioverulam.com/listenagain for the next 7 days and navigate to Wednesday from 5:30 pm.
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Unique arboretum & the return of Push

Environment Matters - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 6:07pm

 

 

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Photo: Woodland Trust

New arboretums (tree collections) aren’t so easy to come by but unique collections of British trees all with historical importance are as rare as flamingos in Verulamium Park. Listen to the podcast below to hear Heartwood Volunteer Brian Legg explain where the idea for the arboretum came from, the background to some particularly interesting specimens and where you can find it.

There’s always lots to do at Heartwood, and if you would like to help shape this fantastic wood, working with people like Brian, then why not apply to be one of their volunteers.

Photo: GoPushGo

Back in 2009, inspirational Indian Oxfam worker Pushpanath Krishnamurthy walked from Oxford to Copenhagen taking with him the stories of some of the poorest people in the world who are also most affected by climate change. On the way he stayed with St.Albans Oxfam Group members Hilary and Philip Tyrrell. Push has been walking again and he was back in St.Albans to share his news and look for partnership to help people in India help themselves and the environment.

Listen to the podcast to hear how farmers of small farms in India are being hit by climate change and how low prices forces them to farm less sustainably, plus how Push is helping promote the setting up of the first fair trade towns in southern Asia.

Push will be staying in the UK until the beginning of February and has already arranged to visit Sir John Lawes School. If you would like to support Push’s work, to hear more from this inspirational man or to look into a partnership for your school or church, then take a look at Push’s website http://www.gopushgo.co.uk or email him at pushpanath@btinternet.com

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Next week at 7pm on Wednesday on Radio Verulam 92.6fm, hear about the Local Foodie’s Coffee Cup Campaign.


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Mental Health In Adolescents - 15th December 2016

The Parents' Show - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 2:21pm
Hardly a day goes past without us reading about mental health of children and teens in the news today. There is a reason for that. Research shows that there has been an explosion of mental health issues in children and teens. Two excellent local representatives help us explore this issue in depth. 
On this edition of the Parents’ Show we speak to a young lady and local student Sanyha Aktar who is an outspoken Vlogger and Blogger passionate about improving mental health provision in schools and young mental health in general. Jo Maher from VISTA St Albans talks about the issue and what services are available locally and nationally. Jo shares her thoughts on the current situation.

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le podcast de l'assiette anglaise du lundi 09 janvier 2017 est disponible

Bouche à Oreille (Word of Mouth) - Tue, 10/01/2017 - 9:00pm
Si vous avez raté l'émission du 9 janvier 2017, une émission de format assiette anglaise avec Martin et des expressions sur l'hiver, Pierre et une tournée des sorties livre dans le monde francophone et pour finir Mélanie qui nous présente les sorties ciné et DVD du moment ainsi que les expos en métropole...Tout un programme pour reprendre l'année en force !

http://www.radioverulam.com/podcasts/boucheaoreille/boucheaoreille20170109.mp3
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Health Matters A&E Situation; NHS 111 Chatbot; Blocking GP Referrals; Local Pharmacies

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 10/01/2017 - 3:14pm


Four Issues from Alan Bellinger in Tonight’s DriveTime 
1. A&E – there have been numerous accounts across the country that the situation in A&E is difficult and our local A&E (Watford) is no different. Missing the 4-hour wait target; long trolley waits; queuing ambulances. But when 30-40% of the people shouldn’t be there it really means that we are the problem! Here are some simple ground rules:-
  • Only go to A&E if it’s life-threatening or serious, otherwise
  • Go through 111– they can help you prioritise
  • The other alternatives are Rapid Response, Urgent Care/ Minor Injuries, GP, Pharmacy.

The goal is 4 hours in 95% of cases! That hasn’t been met since JUL 2015.We can all help to make a difference. The problem is not a capacity issue as some would have us believe. There is an increase in clinical capacity; at Maltings 25% more capacity in just 2 years.http://hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk/news-events/693-hertfordshire-hospitals-under-great-pressure
2. The NHS 111 ChatbotImagine being triaged by your mobile! The app is essentially a chatbot driven by clinically-based algorithms that will triage patients without human intervention based on reported symptoms, a process that NHS England claims will take as little as two minutes. It’s being trialed in north London (including Barnet). In trials against clinicians it gave “different and more cautious advice than the clinicians”!http://www.healthbusinessuk.net/news/06012017/nhs-trials-chatbot-service-reduce-pressure

3. Blocking GP ReferralsIt’s a scandal that GP Referrals are being sent to external agencies to be checked before they are actioned. Controversial “Referral Management Centres are  blocking GP referrals for procedures in order to save money – so the GP’s judgement isn’t trusted.http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/gp-referrals-block-private-companies-bmj-investigation-nhs-doctors-referral-management-centres-ccgs-a7509836.html 
4. Local PharmaciesHave your say on which pharmacies should be protected from the cuts that are being made – go to https://goo.gl/forms/CSTASS3GlD0Klzz23 and come along to our Patient Group Open Meeting on JAN 25
http://www.sapg.org.uk/home-page
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