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Les concerts a venir

Bouche à Oreille (Word of Mouth) - Sat, 06/02/2016 - 5:41pm
Christine and the Queens
le concert du 15 mars a Koko est complet mais une nouvelle date a ete anoncee. Vous pouvez deja achete vos billets. C'est le mardi 3 mai a la Roundhouse a Camdem.
3 mai a Roundhouse a partir de 19h, billet a partir de £20

Apres leur grande tournee francaise, retrouvez Alain Souchon et Laurent Voulzy sur la scene de l'Eventim Apollo. Vous pouvez acheter vos billets sur le site ci-dessous. 
26 mai a l'Eventim Apollo a partir de 20h, billet a partir de £30

retrouvez le groupe de rap de Marseille pour un concert evenement a Londres.
samedi 16 avril a l'O2 academy a partir de 18h30
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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 5th February 2016

West Herts Drivetime - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 7:00pm
Simon, Britain's entry to the Eurovision song contest in 1913 and whose performance famously kicked off WWI, was in the studio to promote his new cookbook. This put Danny out a little bit, not least because Simon was meant to do the film guide, but because Simon's 'new' cookbooks were just old Nigella books that Danny had got him for Christmas over the years that Simon had stuck his face on. The sight of Simon leaning over a bowl of asparagus in a nice white blouse would normally be enough to make even the hardiest person wretch, but to be honest, it's pretty much par for the course with Simon.

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 TV for the coming week.

8.00pm – 9.30pm

2.40pm – 5.00pm

7.15pm – 9.00pm

Field of Dreams
6.55pm – 9.00pm

9.00pm – 11.20pm

The Blind Side
9.00pm – 11.35pm

Zero Dark Thirty
9.00pm – 12.05am
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Growth Mindset And PTA Social App - 22nd October 2015

The Parents' Show - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 2:47pm
This show combine two separate topics. First we spoke to Dr Frances Warren on the concept of Growth Mindset. She tell us how important the way we praise is and how mistakes are not a bad thing. In the second part of the show we speak to Tes McPherson the founder of PTA social – a wonderful fundraising app for schools to use. The app is free and can even be a source of revenue in itself

Click To Listen >> Growth Mindset And PTA Social App
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Vocational Education - Is It Right For Your Child? - 15th October 2015

The Parents' Show - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 2:39pm
In this show, we talk about the option of a university technical education for our young people aged between 14 and 17 and discuss recent research that indicates how parents today feel that the educational system is not supporting the needs of many young people and getting them ready for the 21st century workplace. Guests include: Peter Wylie, Director of Education from Baker Dearing Trust and Paul Quinn, associate principal from Watford UTC

Click Here To Listen >> Vocational Education - Is It Right For Your Child?
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The Drivetime Sessions with @ScarletteFever_

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 6:41pm

Scarlette Fever returned to Drivetime Sessions this Thursday where she sang the beautiful 'Helena', an original composition written for her fiancée. She also graced us with another original composition, the classic from her 2012 album; 'Crash and Burn'. For her cover she performed a super relaxing version of 'Babylon' by David Gray.

To find out more about her and current projects check out her website or facebook page. Or you can listen to some of her songs at

The session will be available for a week after broadcast at by navigating to Wednesday at 5.30pm.
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Vocational Education - Is It Right For Your Child? - 15th October 2015

The Parents' Show - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 2:37pm
In this show, we talk about the option of a university technical education for our young people aged between 14 and 17 and discuss recent research that indicates how parents today feel that the educational system is not supporting the needs of many young people and getting them ready for the 21st century workplace. 
Guests include: Peter Wylie, Director of Education from Baker Dearing Trust and Paul Quinn, associate principal from Watford UTC.

Click To Listen >> Vocational Education - Is It Right For Your Child?
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Local Literary Feature with illustrator Laura Trinder

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 6:21pm
This month we were joined by local illustrator and part-time bookseller Laura Trinder. Laura is part of a Hertfordshire-based writers' and illustrators' collective 'Improper Books' who create a range of books, comics and graphic novels.

Laura's own book, Night Post, where the story is told entirely via pictures was launched at the end of last year.

Laura, and the whole Improper Books gang, try and get out to comic book events as often as they can. As people who are often working solo, she says it's nice to be able to get together and to meet the fans.

Laura really welcomes the growth in popularity of comics and graphic novels - they're not just for geeks! She says the audience for her work stretches from young children through to adults.

For more information about the work of Improper Books visit:

And Laura has her own blog as well:

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100 Chair Challenge & latest on Butterfly World

Environment Matters - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 9:52am


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Not a party game or an extreme sport – the 100 Chair Challenge is a project by local JPA Furniture to rehome 100 unwanted chairs as part of Sustainable St.Albans Week. I spoke to Fiona Edwards from St.Albans company JPA Furniture to find out more.

Fiona said that the 100 Chair Challenge had been received with enormous enthusiasm and had collected 91 chairs. New homes had been found in all sorts of places, including one to a member of St.Albans Abbey congregation who had shown their gratitude with a donation to the Abbey. If you have a chair looking for a home, Fiona said that she’d do her best if you contact her at

Fiona’s passion for ensuring that JPA-Furniture are a sustainable part of the local community was evident in everything she said. In fact, we sat chatting for another hour after recording the show, such was her passion.

She’s keen to take part in new projects: the Herts 500 Chair Challenge, a creative chair up-cycling challenge and lots more.

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Before Christmas you may recall that I spoke to Sally Cornish, one of the staff of Butterfly World, which owners Breheny Civil Engineering had just announced would not be re-opening in the Spring. Their problem was their inability to secure funds for the planned bio dome which would make Butterfly World into an all year attraction.

The outcry from former Butterfly World staff and from the butterfly loving public has been overwhelming and over 50,000 people have signed the on line petition.

A Save Butterfly World group has been started, and I spoke to their chair,  John Horsfield. He explained that a group of enthusiastic individuals had got together to look at the possibilities for Butterfly World. They plan to set up a Butterfly World charity which would open doors to funding that was not available to a private company. They plan to work with Breheny not against them and John stressed that they are not a protest group. He thought that multi-million pound bio-domes would not be part of their plans, but some all year building might well be. You can check out their website and John asked that you show your support on social media and don’t forget about Butterfly World whilst his team works hard to secure its future. We’ll keep you updated on Environment Matters.

  1. Exciting times for Transition St.Albans. At an  Extraordinary General Meeting on Wed 10th Feb 7.30pm Fleetville Community Centre AL1 4QL they will seek approval to change their name to Sustainable St.Albans and to register the group as a charity. All members welcome to come and join in the discussion
  2. Green Drinks are back for people wanting a chat with like minded people over a pint. Everyone is welcome to join the Green Drinkers on February 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Waterend Barn  St Albans. Although different people attend each time, typically there are cyclists, food growers, energy campaigners and people who are just interested in sustainable issues generally.

Next week there’ll be no show on Tuesday as we’ll be bringing you a taste of the mad fun at the St.Albans Pancake Race, but on Thursday we’ll hear what campaigners will be doing with green love hearts on St.Albans market.

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Wogan in West Herts with @BeingMrsC

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 01/02/2016 - 7:43pm

Today, instead of her usual thrifty feature, Penny Carr was discussing our collective memories of Terry Wogan, who sadly passed away at the age of 77 over the weekend.

The broadcasting icon left a fond impression on many of us in West Herts, with his irrepressible good humour much in evidence when he attended the St Albans Literary Festival in 2014.
Two listeners, Kate and Vanessa, contacted the show with their memories of Wogan, with Vanessa speaking to us over the phone. Their recollections of meeting and listening to Wogan over the years stand as a testament to a uniquely talented broadcaster, with an evergreen charm.

If you wish to hear our tribute to Sir Terry Wogan, it will be available for a week after broadcast at by navigating to Monday from 5.30pm.  It is also available via our podcast, which you can find on iTunes by searching for Radio Verulam or by clicking here.
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Chris' Film Club:Prometheus

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 6:30pm
Our final entry in this weeks film club, 'Prometheus' is Ridley Scott’s semi-prequel to the Alien franchise.
Starring Noomi Rapace as a scientist who discovers a star map that possibly points to humanity’s origins, A bit of a disappointment, but Michael Fassbender’s android David steals the show.

 Also stars Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Guy Pearce.

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Les P'tizamis - French Baby & Toddler Group

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 6:28pm
The French Toddler group that meets every Friday from 9:45am to 11:15am needs you!

Les P'tizamis morning group offer free play with lots of games, stories, nursery rhymes and library full of wonderful French written books! Occasional special events are arranged such as Christmas parties for the little ones as well as events for the adults!

The group are currently looking for two volunteers to come and help run the morning who are able to make tea and coffee in the kitchen and provide a warm welcome at the entrance! To fill the positions, we are looking for two adults who can speak and understand French, but by no means need to be fluent but can commit during the school term. The volunteers should come without children as they are not allowed within the kitchen!

This is a great opportunity to practise the language and get involved with the French speaking local community! You can find out more information on the group via their website or their Facebook page!

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The Drivetime Sessions with @bendrakemusic

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 4:21pm
This afternoon, Ben Drake had his first appearance on the Drivetime Sessions. He graced us with two original compositions "Should've Left it Alone" and "New Horizons" as well as a great cover of "Ain't No Pleasing You"; a song made famous by Chas and Dave.

You can find out more about Ben Drake and the Ben Drake Collection at

The session will be available for a week after broadcast at by navigating to Wednesday at 5.30pm.

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Chris' Film Club: Big Hero 6

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 27/01/2016 - 6:30pm
Tonight our 'robots' theme is continued with 'Big Hero 6' a 2014 Disney animated film.

Set in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo, a Japanese-American hybrid city, a young robotics genius suffers a tragedy and enlists the help of his brother’s old robot and his friends to fight crime.

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Interior Design With Gwendoline Alderton - Colours of 2016

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 26/01/2016 - 6:41pm
Today we were joined by Gwendoline Alderton to talk all things colours, animals and enormous lightshades for the Interior Design feature!

Gwen introduced the colours of 2016, including Rose Quartz (Pale Pink), Serenity (Pale Blue) and Mellow Yellow, all of which are known for their vibrant looks. The golds and copper colours are becoming more fashionable within interior design with it now found within lots of accessories and storage units.

Enormous/Oversized lighting in rooms was also discussed with the addition of paper and fabric light-shades instead of just the standard chandelier. Stripping the shade to leave just the bare frame is also an interesting alteration in interior design similarly to the trend in animals especially birds alongside parrots and flamingos featuring within dining rooms with fun coloured walls or wallpaper.

For more design tips and tricks, you can visit Gwen's website at

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Chris' Film Club: Robocop

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 26/01/2016 - 6:30pm
A necessary one for our 'Robots' themed film club, today we look at 1987 classic 'Robocop'.

Peter Weller stars as a cop who is killed in the line of duty, but is rebuilt into Robocop, a superhuman cyborg law enforcer.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven, it also stars Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Miguel Ferrer and Kurtwood Smith.

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Chance to join EU water saving pilot

Environment Matters - Tue, 26/01/2016 - 12:45pm

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Lydia Dant from Waterwise, the leading authority on water efficiency, explained that it is offering you the chance to join a first of its kind,12 month project using smart water devices and app technology. This project is funded by the European Commission and is looking to understand how smart technology in the home can make a difference to your water use. You would receive the whole DAIAD system for FREE and to be kept after the project has finished. The DAIAD system includes; water sensors, an app for your mobile phone or tablet and a dedicated website. All of these work together to monitor your water use and give your insights on your consumption. You can even challenge your friends and family to try and save water too through DAIAD. If you are interested in finding out more about participating, visit If you have any questions, please contact Lydia at Waterwise, or call 078 8591 3231.

Decluttering: I’ve noticed that a lot of us are having a new year de-clutter. Whether it was having our houses crammed with people over Xmas, or just the space that Xmas gifts are taking up, we’ve decided to look at all the stuff sitting round our houses with a critical eye and kick out anything that’s not earning its space.

So I’ve gathered together some ideas for places where your rejected items might find a good home:

  • for furniture, try Emmaus. A great charity helping homeless people back onto their feet whilst giving new life to so many unwanted items
  • clothing – one of the many charity shops or clothes banks
  • St.Albans Reuse – used to be called Freecycle. A very easy to use webgroup where you send an email detailing what you have to offer (or are looking for) and roughly where you live. A great way to find a home for more unusual items, particularly electrical which the charity shops can’t take.
  • Council Household Waste and Recycling centre –  Great for recycling broken items – like electrical things, all those Xmas batteries and metal items, but there’s also the charity shop there for things that you think could make them a little money. If like me you’re still getting used to the opeOpen: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Summer 10am – 6pm, Winter 8am – 4pm Closed: Tuesday and Wednesday

Next week: update from the efforts to save Butterfly World and the 100 Chair Challenge. Sounds intriguing doesn’t it?

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Chris' Film Club: I, Robot

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 25/01/2016 - 6:30pm
We're looking at robot films in this weeks film club, starting with the Will Smith action flick, 'I, Robot'.

Based on a short story collection by Isaac Asimov, in the year 2035 robots serve humans.

 A robot is wanted for murder, an act that should not happen because of their programming. Smith is the detective who is investigating.

Also stars James Cromwell, Bridget Moynahan, Shia LaBeouf and Alan Tudyk.

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Sam Rolfe - Science Correspondent

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 25/01/2016 - 6:20pm

“Ninth planet”
Researchers Batygin and Brown at CalTech have built on the work of Trujillo and Sheppard
in 2014 to show that a gravitational signature suggests that an object 2 to 10 times the mass
of the Earth orbits the Sun every 20,000 years, at a closest distance of 200 AU (We are 1 AU
from the Sun, Neptune 30 AU and Pluto 39.5 AU (average, as it crosses Neptune’s orbital
path, most distant at 48 AU)).
It belongs to a group of objects called the Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs). Gravitational
disturbances in Uranus’s orbit lead to the discovery of Neptune.
This object is called 2012 VP
, informally “Phattie”. Other than spotting it directly, which will
be difficult given its distance from the Sun, it will be very faint, another technique could be
used to infer its existence – find more KBOs that have steeply inclined orbits. It is possible
that a new telescope, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), may be able to find it.
However, it is not due to be built until 2022.
Previous searches for Planet X
1846 Johann Gottfried Galle discovers Neptune, guided by predictions from perturbations of
Uranus’s orbit.
1905 Percival Lowell (pictured) starts hunting for a ‘Planet X’, which he predicted would lie
beyond Neptune, just as Neptune lies beyond Uranus. His calculations led astronomers at
Lowell’s namesake observatory to find Pluto in 1930, but the object is not massive enough to
be Planet X.
1984 On the basis of periodic extinctions in the fossil record, scientists propose that a dwarf
star, later named Nemesis, passes through the Solar System every 26 million years, flinging
comets on a path to impact Earth.
1999 Perturbations in comet orbits lead astronomers to propose that a brown dwarf (bigger
than a planet but smaller than a star) exists in the outer Solar System. It is named Tyche, the
good sister of Nemesis.
2014 A search with the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite rules out the existence
of both Nemesis and Tyche. But the discovery of an object in the distant Kuiper belt prompts
Chadwick Trujillo and Scott Sheppard to propose a large planet in the Kuiper belt
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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 22nd January 2016

West Herts Drivetime - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 7:03pm
Simon, who last week urinated on everyone in an effort to mark his territory (he sure did make a lot of things his), came in to the studio having just performed a gig as his rapper alter-ego, MC Funky Beige. Not many rap gigs are held on a Friday afternoon, but this was a gig at the local retirement home - Simon's main fanbase. Simon busted out some of his biggest hits, including 'Mama Said to Ask You to Desist', 'Boom Boom, Vibrate The Room Gently', and his reinterpretation of 50 Cent's classic 'In Da Cafe, Enjoying a Lovely Brew'. It went down very well, according to Simon, and he's already booked another gig, this time at the local deaf school.

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 TV for the coming week.

The Dark Knight
9.00pm – 12.00am

War Horse
7,20pm – 9.35pm

9.00pm – 11.30pm
Channel 4

The Sting
2.20pm – 5.00pm

Erin Brockovich
9.00pm – 11.40pm
Movie Mix

Absolute Power
9.00pm – 11.30pm

9.00pm – 11.55pm

The Last Temptation of Christ
12.40am – 3.55am

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Today On The Drivetime Show: St Albans Shakespeare Festival With David Widdowson

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 21/01/2016 - 6:06pm
On todays Thursday Drivetime Show, we were joined by St Albans Shakespeare Festival director David Widdowson. Running from March to June, the festival celebrates Shakespeare's legacy through a variety of art forms such as theatrical performances, folk music, solo singing and dance!

Covering some of Shakespeare's best known plays such as a re-enactment of the Tempest, production of Hamlet and readings of his sonnets, the event will be hosted by OVO theatre.

Taking in all 37 Shakespeare plays (and his poems) in some form, comprising 31 performances by 14 different artists and companies in a dozen locations across the city, the festival will be marking the 400th anniversary of the death of the most famous playwright, William Shakespeare.

You can find out more information of the event via St Albans Shakespeare Festival website and tickets are available for the productions within the festival via OVO ticket source.

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