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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.


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

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.

10.55pm – 1.00am

On the Waterfront
10.40pm – 12.25am

Bad Neighbours
9.00pm – 10.50pm
Channel 4

7.15pm – 9.00pm

The Wolf of Wall Street
9.00pm – 12.30am

The Fugitive
9.00pm – 11.10pm

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

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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Drivetime Sessions with @Chris_Flegg

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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Health Matters A&E Situation; NHS 111 Chatbot; Blocking GP Referrals; Local Pharmacies

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
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Consumer Advice

Mon, 09/01/2017 - 5:59pm

Our correspondent from the Citizens Advice Bureau Elizabeth Crampton joined to night covering the following items.

Xmas Presents

Whether it's a Christmas jumper that doesn't fit or a gadget you'll never use, chances are at some point you've received a present you don't want. But there's no need to let an unwanted gift go to waste – this guide explains how to return it, sell it, regift it or just give it away.

Legally you've no right to return items bought in stores, unless they're faulty

Many shops do have their own return policies, which means that you may be able to return it and get a refund, exchange or credit note. But if that's the case this is a voluntary goodwill gesture offered at the shop's discretion – it's not a legal right.

Credit RatingsEveryone should take time to manage and boost their credit score. It's no longer just about whether you can get mortgages, credit cards and loans, it can also affect mobile phone contracts, monthly car insurance, bank accounts and more.

Full details can be found at www.citizensadvicebureau.org.uk
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