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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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Ben Roper and The Rapture Film Hub:@rapturefilm

Thu, 30/07/2015 - 6:46pm
Today's Drivetime guest was Ben Roper from local production company Rapture Film.
Ben was here to discuss the upcoming monthly film nights hosted at the Bakehouse in the town center, as well as St. Alban's impressive history with film, and the hopes to build a strong filmmaker community.

The first film night is Thursday September 3rd, and will continue to be the first Thursday of every month. Entrance is free for all.

For any further details you can check: http://rapturefilm.com/filmhub
Or, visit the official Rapture Film Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/RaptureFilmOfficial



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Local author Kate Griffin's upcoming novel

Wed, 29/07/2015 - 6:05pm
We were joined in the studio this afternoon by the local author Kate Griffin, who told us about her upcoming novel - the third in her Kitty Peck series.
Kate Griffin has worked as an assistant to an antiques dealer, a journalist for local newspapers and now works for The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders, Kate's first book, won the Stylist/Faber crime writing competition. The second book of the series is called Kitty Peck and the Child of Ill Fortune. Kate lives in St Albans.


To find out more about Kate and her upcoming novel, have a look at her twitter at @kateagriffin.
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Interior Design with @GA_Interiors

Tue, 28/07/2015 - 6:41pm


Gwendoline was in the studio once again this week to discuss interior design for your holiday home.
She stressed the importance of pastel colours and muted tones when it comes to paints, for example using a soft blue with a sea green. Gwendoline says that using these colours gives a sense of relaxation that is essential for a holiday home.
Another area Gwendoline focused on was the use of objects that bring memories in a holiday home. She pointed to how some people collect and frame luggage tags as an example of memorabilia suited for a holiday home.
Finally, Gwen discussed how furniture with textures that are perhaps out of the ordinary can create a holiday atmosphere. Wicker chairs were something she said had both a sense of quirkiness and lightness that suits a holiday home.

For more information. visit:
http://ga-interiors.co.uk/ 
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Honeypot Childrens Charity

Mon, 27/07/2015 - 5:57pm

Tonight  we were joined by Stephen Heather and Louis Oatham who are raising funds for the Honeypot Childrens charity, as part of the National Citizenship Scheme [NCS].

This coming Thursday 30th July they have organised a 5 a side football tournament which will be held at Gosling Sports Stadium , Welwyn Garden City starting at 12pm , for details contact Stephen on email stevie.hrv@gmail.com
Today they have been bag packing at Hatfield Tesco.
Tomorrow they take part in a 3 legged walk from Bishops Girls School in Hatfield starting at 10;00am.and on Wednesday they have a cake sale at the same venue.

If you would like to sponsor this worthy cause you can do so at the web site http://www.honeypot.org.uk/donations/donate-now/



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New Music Playlist w/c 27th July 2015 & this week's featured track by @theshiresuk

Mon, 27/07/2015 - 4:00pm
Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Adam Lambert - Ghost Town
a-ha - Under The Makeup
Andy Grammer - Honey I'm Good
Beck - Dreams
Beth Hart - The Mood That I'm In
Birdy - Wings
Bon Jovi - Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning
Charlie Puth - Marvin Gaye (feat. Meghan Trainor)
Conrad Sewell - Hold Me Up
Hurts - Some Kind Of Heaven
Ingrid Michaelson - Girls Chase Boys
Jess Glynne - Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
John Newman - Come and Get It
Joss Stone - The Answer
Lauren Housley - Ghost Town Blues
Lianne La Havas - What You Don't Do
Little Mix - Black Magic
Madcon - Don’t Worry
Mary Lambert - She Keeps Me Warm
Rachel Platten - Fight Song
Reuben James Richards - We’ll Always Be Together
Rita Satch - Not Ready For Love
Rod Stewart - Love Is
Sia - Fire Meet Gasoline
The Cadillac Three - White Lightning
The Maccabees - Something Like Happiness
The Shires - All Over Again
Tobias Jesso Jr. - Without You
Will Young - Thank You
Years & Years - Shine

Items in BOLD are new additions


This week's featured track is All Over Again by The Shires:


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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 24th July 2015

Fri, 24/07/2015 - 7:00pm
Simon was actually in the studio on time this evening, much to the shock of everyone around, but things quickly went down hill from there. He arrived with 'a little snack' in preparation for the show. It turned out to be a two-week old burrito - which appeared to be moving under it's own steam - but Simon insisted was fine. He wolfed it down before anyone could stop him, and got on with the show. Two-thirds of the way through the show Simon's face suddenly turned. He unclipped his seatbelt (he brings his own seatbelt whenever he is going to have to sit down, because he often topples out of chairs for no reason) and rushed off to the toilet. This meant that the incredibly dashing Chris had to step in at the last moment to finish off the show with aplomb. Simon is still in the toilet, so someone should probably check on him...

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office and new releases in the cinema,  while Chris spoke about his pick of films on free-to-air TV for the coming week. 

FridayThe Breakfast Club9pm - 11pmFilm4

SaturdaySingin’ in the Rain12.45pm – 2.30pmBBC2

The Long Kiss Goodnight10.40pm - 1.05amITV4

SundayTango and Cash10pm - 12.10amITV4

MondayFrom Dusk ‘til Dawn10.55pm – 12.45amE4

TuesdayMission Impossible/Mission Impossible 26.50pm – 9.00pm/9.00pm – 11.25pmFilm4

WednesdayShaolin Soccer1.20amFilm4

ThursdayFight Club11.10pm - 2amITV4
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Simon Cartwright:The Man Called Monkhouse

Thu, 23/07/2015 - 6:33pm

On the show today Danny talked to Simon Cartwright, the UK's leading Bob Monkhouse impressionist, about his local performance in 'The man Called Monkhouse' at the Alban Arena.
Aswell as this, they talked about Simon's previous experience as a comedian, his journey back to the stage, and the outstanding public reaction.

Below is a clip featuring one of Cartwright's hilarious performances.  




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlY28Cl52nY



Simon will be performing in 'The Man Called Monkhouse' Sunday the 2nd of August, and tickets are available at
https://www.alban-arena.co.uk/events/the-man-called-monkhouse/
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Drivetime Sessions with Li-Li

Wed, 22/07/2015 - 6:18pm
Li-Li performed today on the show as part of the Drivetime Sessions with the original songs "Lads Night Out", "Don't Go Messing With My Head" as well as a cover of "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley.

Her album "Hues of Reds and Blues" will be available from September on her website with the date yet to be announced.



If you missed the performance or just want to listen again you an do so using our listen again service.

You can find Li-Li on twitterher website and on her facebook.
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Hertbeats

Tue, 21/07/2015 - 6:26pm
Today, Glenda Elder was in the studio to discuss Hertbeats, a local charity dealing with cardiac issues.

It acts as a support network for people who have had heart attacks or ongoing heart issues. She said that they aim to show these people that life can remain enjoyable, even in the face of such serious issues.

Hertbeats mainly concerns itself with social activities to build friendships and positivity. According to Glenda, the main tools used by the charity are "tea, biscuits and banter" at their meetings, which take place on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at St Mary's Church in Marshalswick.

The charity also offers more practical support, such as annual talks from cardiologists.

For more information:

Call 01727 766 278
Email hertbeatscsg@hotmail.com
Or find them via the British Heart Foundation website
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New Music Playlist w/c 20th July 2015 & this week's featured track by @JessGlynne

Mon, 20/07/2015 - 9:04pm
Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Adam Lambert - Ghost Town
a-ha - Under The Makeup
Andy Grammer - Honey I'm Good
Beck - Dreams
Birdy - Wings
Charlie Puth - Marvin Gaye (feat. Meghan Trainor)
Hurts - Some Kind Of Heaven
Ingrid Michaelson - Girls Chase Boys
Jack Savoretti - Written In Scars
John Newman - Come and Get It
Joss Stone - The Answer
Lauren Housley - Ghost Town Blues
Lianne La Havas - What You Don't Do
Little Mix - Black Magic
Mark Ronson - I Can't Lose (feat. Keyone Starr)
Mary Lambert - She Keeps Me Warm
Maverick Sabre - Walk Into The Sun
Rachel Platten - Fight Song
Reuben James Richards - We’ll Always Be Together
Rod Stewart - Love Is
Ruby Turner - Putting You First
Sia - Fire Meet Gasoline
Stacey Solomon - Breath Away
The Cadillac Three - White Lightning
The Maccabees - Something Like Happiness
Tobias Jesso Jr. - Without You
Will Young - Thank You
Years & Years - Shine

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Don't Be So Hard On Yourself by Jess Glynne:


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Interview with Isobel Berrington

Mon, 20/07/2015 - 6:26pm
Today on the show dressage rider Isobel Berrington was in the studio to talk about her recent qualification to the GB British equestrian team. Isy is 15 and takes parts in dressage competitions both in the UK and internationally.

Isy also spoke about how she got into the sport, tips she has for aspiring riders and her future plans with dressage riding, which is to level up to the Under 18s team. She also says that she would love to represent GB in the Olympics in 2020, a dream of hers.

To find out more about Isy and to follow her future competitions visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/IsobelBerringtonEquestrian

If you missed the interview or just want to listen again, you can do so by using our listen again feature.



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Chris' Film Club: The Sum of All Fear (2002)

Thu, 16/07/2015 - 6:30pm

Based on a Tom Clancy novel, it stars Ben Affleck as CIA analyst Jack Ryan, who has to track down a missing nuclear weapon, which may be in Russian hands. Also stars Morgan Freeman, Bridget Moynahan, James Cromwell, Alan Bates and Liev Schreiber.
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Chris' Film Club: Lucy (2014)

Wed, 15/07/2015 - 6:30pm

Written and directed by Luc Besson, Lucy is about a young woman (Scarlett Johanssen) who is used as a drugs mule, but accidentally ingests the drug and gains psychokinetic powers. Also stars Freeman, Amr Waked and Choi Min-sik.
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Chris' Film Club: Glory (1989)

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 6:30pm

1989 Edward Zwick film about the first all-black unit in the American Civil War. Stars Matthew Broderick (as their white commander), Freeman, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Andre Braugher.
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Chris' Film Club: Kiss The Girls (1997)

Mon, 13/07/2015 - 6:30pm

Psychological thriller, based on the book by James Patterson. Freeman is Detective Alex Cross, who investigates the kidnapping of several young women in North Carolina. Also stars Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, Jeremy Piven and Brian Cox.
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New Music Playlist w/c 13th July 2015 & this week's featured track by @rodstewart

Mon, 13/07/2015 - 4:00pm
Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

a-ha - Under The Makeup
Andy Grammer - Honey I'm Good
Beck - Dreams
Brandon Flowers  - I Can Change
Charlie Puth - Marvin Gaye (feat. Meghan Trainor)
Gabrielle Aplin - Light Up The Dark
Hurts - Some Kind Of Heaven
Ingrid Michaelson - Girls Chase Boys
Jack Savoretti - Written In Scars
James Bay - Let It Go
John Newman - Come and Get It
Joss Stone - The Answer
Kodaline - Ready
Lauren Housley - Ghost Town Blues
Little Mix - Black Magic
Mark Ronson - I Can't Lose (feat. Keyone Starr)
Mary Lambert - She Keeps Me Warm
Maverick Sabre - Walk Into The Sun
Paul Weller - Going My Way
Ruby Turner - Putting You First
Sia - Fire Meet Gasoline
Stacey Solomon - Breath Away
Taylor Swift - Bad Blood
The Cadillac Three - White Lightning
The Maccabees - Something Like Happiness
Will Young - Thank You
Years & Years - Shine

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Love Is by Rod Stewart:


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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 10th July 2015

Fri, 10/07/2015 - 7:00pm
Throughout the whole week we've been joined on the show by Scarlett, who has been tolerating Danny's antics reasonably well, partly because she's more professional than most of the people who already work here, and partly because Danny has to sign off on her work experience report. Honor, who has given up on the cult of Lakshuma and has been searching for something else to put her focus into, has latched onto Scarlett and looks up to her like an older sister.

However, Honor has started acting like a very young little sister, getting jammy hands in Scarlett's hair, drawing in crayon over her homework, and crying when Scarlett wouldn't let her have a lolly because she hadn't had her dinner yet. Honor is now taking a time-out on the Naughty Step while she thinks about what she's done.

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.

Friday
The American President
12.15am – 2.10am
ITV3

Saturday
Ted
9.00pm – 11.05pm

Sunday
Unforgiven
9.00pm – 11.40pm
ITV4

Dirty Harry
11.40pm – 1.50pm
ITV3

Monday
Last Days in Vietnam
10.00pm – 11.35pm
BBC4

Tuesday
Raising Arizona
9.00pm – 11.00pm
Movie Mix

Wednesday
The Player
11.35pm – 2.05am
Film4

Thursday
The Fisher King
10.55pm – 1.40am
Movie Mix






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Instagram Tips with @kimleuen

Thu, 09/07/2015 - 6:07pm
We were joined in the studio by Kim Leuenbeger this afternoon, who with 73,000 followers on Instagram - was able to give our listeners some valuable photography and social media tips.



She spoke about following the rule of 'two thirds' when it comes to composition, as well as interacting with the Instagram community if you want to build up your online presence.



Kim's work can be viewed over on her Instagram - or you can follow her Twitter page for photography tips!

If you missed our interview or you'd like to listen again, you can do so by using our listen again service here.
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The Drivetime Sessions with J Starck

Wed, 08/07/2015 - 6:15pm
J Starck performed as part of our drivetime sessions this afternoon with the original songs Disguise, In Demand and a cover of Summer In The City.




More of Jay's music can be found over on his Facebook page or Lemon Rock profile.

If you missed the performance, then head on over to our listen again service, where you can find the show up to a week after broadcast- just navigate to Thursday at 5:30.

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Interview with Dani Atkins

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 5:59pm
Radio Verulam spoke to Dani Atkins this evening - author of Fractured and The Story of Us - as part of our local literary feature.

Born in London in 1958, Dani grew up in North London before moving to rural Hertfordshire in 1985, where she has lived in a small village ever since with her husband and two grown-up children.

She explained that the 'premise of both books are very similar, focusing on how lives can change dramatically and instantaneously following a sudden event - or accident.' 
Self-published initially, 'Fractured' focuses on the life of Rachel who wakes up after an accident with a perfect life, a fiance, a loving family and friends - yet a looming memory of a not so perfect life before the accident is proving hard to shake off. Gripping, romantic and heartbreaking, it asks - can two different stories lead to the same happy ending?

Dani said: 'We've all had those instances where we've questioned 'what if', the books focuses on the choices people make."

If you missed our interview, you can listen again here!

More information can be found on Dani's Twitter page - @AtkinsDani 
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