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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 22nd May 2015

West Herts Drivetime - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 7:00pm
The feud with Mayor Matthew Broderick seems to have abated a bit, and no-one at the station has heard anything from St Albans' evil, yet democratically-elected (98% of the vote, with a turnout of 135%), leader for a whole week. As a result it was quite quiet in the studio, and Simon was even a little subdued. This was partly down to the presence of the show's Science Correspondent, Samantha Rolfe. Last week Sam hit Simon with a glass beaker to get him to do his job properly, and as such Simon has become a little timid around Sam.

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

Apocalypse Now
9.00pm – 12.05am

Evil Dead
11.00pm – 12.50am

Jurassic Park
3.10pm – 5.40pm

Dances with Wolves
2.25pm –  5.15pm

We need to talk about Kevin
9.00pm – 10.45pm

Warm Bodies
9.00pm – 10.55pm

Jagged Edge
11.45pm – 1.30am
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Chris' Film Club: Mean Girls (2004)

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 6:30pm
Written by Tina Fey (who also has a small role, along with SNL alumni Amy Poehler, Tim Meadows and Ana Gasteyer). The film stars Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron who becomes a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett), the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George (Rachel McAdams). Amanda Seyfried makes her big screen debut in the movie.
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Tongue In Cheek

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 6:20pm
We were joined in the studio by Claire and Belinda from Mardibooks this evening, who are involved in the local writers' group, Mardi Writers. They spoke about their upcoming event, 'Tongue In Cheek'; a spoken word open mic evening taking place at Cote Brasserie on Thursday 28th of May, at 7pm.

Tickets are £4.50 on the door, including a drink and nibbles. To book a spot, email

The event is supporting the local charity, The Cresent.

More information about Mardi Writers can be found on their website:
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Chris' Film Club: Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 6:30pm
Will Ferrell in a rare straight role as IRS Auditor Harold Crick. Harold's life, though, is being narrated by nearly forgotten author Kay Eiffel (Emma Thompson). Fiction meets reality as his whole entire life events e.g. his work, love life and death are being controlled by Kay. Harold must find the narrator only he can hear to try stop his imminent death. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman and Queen Latifah also appear in the film.
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Chris Flegg performs live in the studio this afternoon

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 5:47pm
St Albans based singer songwriter, Chris Flegg, joins us in the studio.

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::

Chris Flegg
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Eating Your Way Through Exams - 14th May 2015

The Parents' Show - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 2:27pm
In this edition we hear from  the amazing Dale Pinnock, ITV’s Medicinal Chef and Katharine Tate – the Food Teacher,  about how to support our children’s nutritional health in stressful periods – especially during the dreaded exam season

Click To Listen > Eating Your Way Through Exams
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New Music Playlist w/c 18th May 2015 & this week's featured track by @shaun_escoffery

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 19/05/2015 - 8:18pm
Hi Drivetimers

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:

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Rainbow Cup Cakes @heavensacupcake

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 19/05/2015 - 6:51pm
Lucy Clark joins us in the studio today to share her Rainbow Cup Cake recipe..

Image result for rainbow cup cakes

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:
Follow Lucy on twitter: @heavensacupcake
Follow Lucy on pinterest: Heaven is a cupcake

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Chris' Film Club: Bridesmaids (2011)

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 19/05/2015 - 6:30pm
Anne's (Kristen Wiig) life has turned upside down after her bakery is shutdown and she's broken up with her longterm boyfriend. Best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is getting married and, as maid of honour, Anne prepares to pull out all the stocks in the name of true friendship but a whole load of fresh challenges develop to try uphold her. Also stars Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd and Rose Byrne.
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Incinerator latest and new event, Sustainable St.Albans Week

Environment Matters - Tue, 19/05/2015 - 8:05am

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:

Ÿ           to proceed with the incinerator;

Ÿ           to proceed with the revised Project Plan;

Ÿ           to terminate the contract with Veolia.

You can keep up-to-date with the latest news on Hatfield Against Incineration’s website at or email any questions to Welwyn Hatfield Friends of the Earth at

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

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Chris' Film Club: Wayne's World (1992)

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 18/05/2015 - 6:30pm
In Aurora, Illinois, rock and roll enthusiasts Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) host a budget network cable television show called Wayne's World in which they incite eccentric locals and discuss topics of interest (largely music and beautiful women). They accept a $10,000 takeover bid from major television executive Benjamin Oliver but soon realise they've made a big mistake. Also stars Rob Lowe and Tia Carrere.
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Tools With A Mission [TWAM]

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 18/05/2015 - 5:53pm
 Our guest tonight here on West Herts Drivetime was Chris Penn from Dagnall Street Baptist Church who told us about TWAM.Started more than 30 years ago, TWAM has given help where it is needed most, by collecting and refurbishing tools and equipment no longer required in the UK and sending them overseas.
The types of tools and equipment required are;
A full list can be found at the web site
The annual collection will take place at the church on Wednesday 27th May from 12 noon until 7pm
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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 15th May 2015

West Herts Drivetime - Fri, 15/05/2015 - 7:00pm
After two weeks of being hold up in the studio the show was back to it's usual amateurish, sloppy ways. Honor decided that she needed a bit of break from being around Danny, Simon and Chris (as well as the unstable Mayor, Matthew Broderick, who had taken somewhat of a creepy shine to her). So in her place stepped Drive Time's Science correspondent Samantha Rolfe. A seasoned professional, Sam stepped into the studio assistant job with ease.

Firstly, when Simon had the first of his usual Friday afternoon diva tantrums (they occur at 4:06pm, 5:17pm, 5:19pm, 6:24pm and 6:30pm - 7:00pm) Sam stepped in and, with a combination self-assurance and swift, brutal violence that only a career in science can teach you, swiftly struck Simon around the cheek with a glass beaker that she carries with her in case of scientific emergency. Simon was shocked, as he was in the middle of setting a new personal record of 'longest time without being glassed'. He had made it a whole 9 days without someone hitting him and now Sam had ruined it. The shock was such that he actually presented the film guide in a relatively reasonable and knowledgeable way. Sadly, it's doubtful that the technique will work again, but Danny has promised to keep glassing him just in case.

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 his pick of films on free-to-air TV for the coming week.

9.00pm – 11.05pm

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
9.20pm – 10.45pm

In the Loop
11.45pm – 1.30am

Made in Dagenham
10.00pm – 11.45pm

The Class of ‘92
10.40pm –  12.35am

War of the Worlds
9.00pm – 11.20pm

9.00pm – 10.45pm

Charles Bronson
10.45pm – 12.30am
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Chris' Film Club: Riddick (2013)

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 6:30pm
Vin Diesel returns as the infamous Riddick in the 3rd instalment of the film series, it goes back to basics and the result is a slick and tense action movie. Also stars Dave Bautista and Katee Sackhoff.
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Nigel Wilkins Moustache

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 5:46pm

Our guest tonight was Nigel Wilkins a local man who will be shaving off his moustache after more than 40 years in aid of Macmillan Nurses.
The shaving off event will take place this Saturday at 6pm in the Speckled Hen public house in Hatfield Road as part of a charity evening.
Donations can be made via the web site

Macmillan  - Information and support  - Macmillan Cancer Support
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Chris' Film Club: Moon (2009)

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 6:30pm
Directed by Duncan Jones, Moon is a British sci-fi film that stars Sam Rockwell as a man at the end of a 3-year stint on the Moon, mining helium. Turns out things aren’t quite what they seem.
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Hidden Jules live in the studio today!

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 5:52pm
Local band, Hidden Jules, join us in the studio today for a live session.
You can see them now on Danny Smmith's twitter feed: @dapperdan

The first track performed was 'Monster' which is taken from their new album due to be released on 27th June, when they'll be at the Trestle Arts Centre St Albans.

The second track is 'Twisted Town' which is written about a little village in Hertfordshire!

The third tarck is a cover of Dolly Parton's Jolene.

Go to Facebook for more information:
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Notes de l'emission du lundi 11 mai

Bouche à Oreille (Word of Mouth) - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 1:12pm
Ludovic Loubette, chef resident de Bouche a Oreille, partage avec nous la recette de son fondant au chocolat Barre de chocolat 

Pour 8 portions, il faut :
200g de chocolat 
200g de beurre 
100g de sucre 
4 oeufs 
100g de farine 

Préchauffez le four à 180 degrés ou thermostat 6 
Faire fondre au bain-marie ou au micro-ondes ( mode décongélation) le chocolat Barre de chocolat et le beurre, 
Ensuite ajouter le sucre et la farine, mélangez et 1 par 1 ajouter les oeufs et remuer entre chaque, 
Mettre dans des ramequins, au préalable beurré et fariné, mettre la préparation au trois-quarts, mettre au four pendant 12 à 16 minutes. 
Anecdote: mettre une feuille de basilic fraîche hachée au milieu .
Bon appétit !!
Sortie cine en France:Pourquoi j'ai pas mangé mon pèrepremier film de Jamel Debbouze réalise intégralement en performance capture (capture de mouvements sur les acteurs)
Les souvenirs
Comédie dramatique de Jean-Paul Rouve (les Robins des bois) avec Michel Blanc, Annie Cordy, et Chantal Lauby (ex des Nuls)

DiscountComédie sociale de Louis-Julien Petit avec Corinne Masiero, Olivier Barthélémy et Pascal Demolon

Événement culturel:

La 11eme nuit europeene des musees samedi 16 Mai 

Pour plus d'infos sur les musees a Londres

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Chris' Film Club: Alien (1979)

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 6:30pm
1979 horror classic, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Ian Holm, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt and Yaphet Kotto as the crew of the Nostromo, who bring an alien being on board their spaceship. Bad idea!
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Radlett Light Opera Society Presents Children of Eden @RadlettOperatic @RadlettCentre @ChildrenOfEden

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 6:24pm
Sarah Butler and Julian Ardouin from the Radlett Light Opera Society joined us in the studio today to talk about the Society's production; Children of Eden that opens tomorrow evening, Wednesday 13th May, at The Radlett Centre.

Children of Eden

The musical  is based on the book of Genesis and covers the stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, followed by Noah and the flood.

The composer and Lyricist, Stephen Schwartz (composer for Wicked) has created a show about second chance and learning from past mistakes.

The show is on every evening at from Wednesday 13th May at 7:45pm through to Saturday 16th May and includes a matinee performance at 2:30pm on Saturday.

To book tickets call the Radlett Centre: 01923 859291 and quote "drivetime" to get 20% off the ticket price!

For full details visit:

Facebook: Radlett Light Opera Society
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