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The official podcast for the ultimate drivetime show in West Herts. Presented by the gorgeous Danny Smith, including Chris' Film Club with Chris Aikman and the weekly Radio Verulam Film Guide with Simon Carver.
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Max's Film Club: The Big Lebowski

Tue, 31/05/2016 - 6:30pm
A slightly belated Film Club this week, but Max has been left in charge so our theme is 'Mistaken Identity', starting off with the Coen Brothers Classic 'The Big Lebowski'.

Jeff Bridges stars as Jeff Lebowski who insists on being called "the Dude," a laid-back, easygoing burnout who happens to have the same name as a millionaire whose wife owes a lot of money to dangerous people,  resulting in the Dude having his rug soiled, and sending him spiraling into the Los Angeles underworld.

along with Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi and John Turturro feature.

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New Music Playlist w/c 30th May 2016 & this week's featured track by @AllSaintsOffic

Tue, 31/05/2016 - 3:27pm
Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

ABC - Viva Love
All Saints - This Is A War
Augustines - When Things Fall Apart
Beverley Knight - Middle Of Love
case/lang/veirs - Best Kept Secret
Coldplay - Up&Up
Eric Clapton - Can't Let You Do It
Foxes - Scar
Gilbert O’Sullivan - I Guess I'll Always Love You
Goo Goo Dolls - So Alive
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling
Ladyhawke - A Love Song
Lemar & Joss Stone - Someday We'll Be Together
Mumford & Sons - There Will Be Time (feat. Baaba Maal)
OneRepublic - Wherever I Go
Paul Simon - Wristband
Pet Shop Boys - Twenty Something
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dark Necessities
Richard Ashcroft - Hold On
Rick Astley - Angels On My Side
Sigma - Cry (feat. Take That)
The Monkees - You Bring The Summer
The Stone Roses - All For One
The Temper Trap - Fall Together
Tom Bailey - Come So Far
Tom Odell - Magnetised
Troye Sivan - Talk Me Down

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is This Is A War by All Saints:

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Chris and Trevor with 'Tools With a Mission' @dagnallstreet

Thu, 26/05/2016 - 6:51pm
Our studio guests this afternoon were Chris and Trevor from the Dagnall Street Baptist Church, here to discuss The 'Tools With A Mission' Charity, which assists people from other countries who lack the skills to earn a living and independently support themselves.

TWAM collects and refurbishes tools no longer required in the UK to help developing projects, and the Dagnall Street Baptist Church (found behind WH Smiths in the Town Centre) will be holding a collection next Wednesday (The 1st of June) between 12 and 7pm.

The tools they ask for are:

  • Motor Mechanics
  • Carpentry Tools
  • Building, Plumbing and Electrician Tools
  • Electric Power Tools
  • Bench and band Saws
  • Sewing Machines
  • Laptops
  • Flat Screen Computers
  • Craft Items
  • Gardening Tools (Spades, Hoes etc.)
  • Educational Textbooks
  • Adult Mountain Bikes
  • Manual Typewriters
  • Please do not bring glass items, gas bottles, electric hedge cutters or lawnmowers
For more information on TWAM the Charity's website is twam.co.uk, and for updates on the drive you can visit Dagnall Street Baptist Church's Facebook page
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Chris' Film Club: Wanted

Thu, 26/05/2016 - 6:30pm
And our final film based on Graphic Novels this week is 'Wanted'

Based on the Mark Millar and J.G. Jones graphic novel of the same name, it tells the story of The Fraternity, a secret society of assassins.

Stars James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, and Terence Stamp.

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Chris' Film Club: Road to Perdition

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 6:30pm
Today's Film Club looks at 'Road to Perdition'.

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.

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Chris' Film Club: Ghost World

Tue, 24/05/2016 - 6:30pm
Next on this weeks Graphic Novel themed Film Club is 'Ghost World' from 2001.

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.

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Interior Design Feature with Gwendoline Alderton

Tue, 24/05/2016 - 6:02pm
This month Gwendoline talked about people who are trying to sell their home. sHE answered many questions that she had been asked this month.

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:

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Chris' Film Club: 300

Mon, 23/05/2016 - 6:30pm
This week on the Film Club our theme is 'Graphic Novel Adaptations'.

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.

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Science Correspondent - Sam Rolfe

Mon, 23/05/2016 - 6:17pm

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.

Sources: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep25106


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 %.
Source: https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/many-daily-steps-really-need-better-health%E2%80%8B/

Scientist of the Month
Youyou Tu

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.

Source: https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2015/tu-facts.html

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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Chris' Film Club: Salute

Thu, 19/05/2016 - 6:30pm
Our last sporting film this week is 'Salute'.

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.

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Jacqui Dankworth on Shakespeare and All That Jazz- @jacquidankworth

Thu, 19/05/2016 - 6:01pm

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. 
Jacqui Dankworth @ Maltings Arts Theatre - St Albans, United Kingdom
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/
And if you missed the interview you can listen again by going to http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/ and navigating to this evening's drivetime show at 5.30
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Chris' Film Club: Jerry Maguire.

Wed, 18/05/2016 - 6:30pm

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.

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The Drivetime Sessions: Hidden Jules @Hidden_Jules_

Wed, 18/05/2016 - 6:17pm
Today we were grateful to have the 'Hidden Jules' John and Jules in the Studio for the Drivetime Sessions.

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'.

For updates from Jules and John you can visit their Facebook page.

And if you wanted to listen to their performance again, or missed out, you can visit http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/ and navigate to Wednesday's Drivetime Show from 5.30
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Bake it Easy with Lucy Clark: 'Tof-Mal-Nut' Cupcakes @heavensacupcake

Tue, 17/05/2016 - 10:22pm
Our local Baking Correspondent Lucy Clark was here in the studio today with a special cupcake recipe.
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/
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Chris' Film Club: Once In a Lifetime

Tue, 17/05/2016 - 6:30pm
Today we continue the week of sport themed films with 'Once In a Lifetime'

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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Chris' Film Club: Moneyball

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 6:30pm
'Sports Movies' are the theme for the Film Club this week, starting today with 'Moneyball'.

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.

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Photographic correspondent - Kim Leuenberger

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 6:11pm

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

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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 13th May 2016

Fri, 13/05/2016 - 7:00pm
Simon was in the studio this afternoon, but it was touch and go for a while. You see, Simon had been diagnosed with rabies earlier in the week. Not many people get rabies these days (no-one has acquired it in the UK since 1902) but Simon is special that way. The doctor was especially concerned with how Simon caught the disease. Normally it is from scratch or bite from an infected animal, but instead it was because Simon bit a fox. Right on the back. Apparently it was harassing his chickens and so Simon showed it a thing or two by stalking it through the woods in the dead of night and biting it. I'm sure it got the message.

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
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Chris' Film Club: Men in Black III

Thu, 12/05/2016 - 6:30pm
Our final sequel for the Film Club this week, today we look at 'Men In Black III'.

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.

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Phil Aldridge of the Illegal Eagles @IllegalEagles1

Thu, 12/05/2016 - 5:56pm

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 

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