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New Music Playlist w/c 29th June 2015 & this week's featured track by @MaverickSabre

Fri, 03/07/2015 - 3:00pm
Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alesha Dixon - The Way We Are
Blur - Ong Ong
Brandon Flowers  - I Can Change
Charlie Puth - See You Again
Ed Sheeran - Photograph
Gabrielle Aplin - Light Up The Dark
Giorgio Moroder & Sia - Deja Vu
Jack Savoretti - Written In Scars
James Bay - Let It Go
James Taylor - Montana
Jessie J - Flashlight
John Newman - Come and Get It
Joss Stone - The Answer
Kacey Musgraves - High Time
Kodaline - Ready
Leona Lewis - Fire Under My Feet
Little Mix - Black Magic
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear - Silent Movies
Mark Ronson - I Can't Lose (feat. Keyone Starr)
Maverick Sabre - Walk Into The Sun
Mumford & Sons - The Wolf
NEEDTOBREATHE - Brother
Nell Bryden - Waves
Paul Weller - Going My Way
Ruby Turner - Putting You First
Shayne Ward - The Way You Were
Stacey Solomon - Breath Away
Taylor Swift - Bad Blood
The Cadillac Three - White Lightning
The Staves - Teeth White
Years & Years - Shine

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track this week is Walk Into The Sun by Maverick Sabre:


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The Drivetime Sessions with Sarah Munro

Thu, 02/07/2015 - 6:00pm
Sarah Munro played as part of the Drivetime Sessions this afternoon, with the original songs 'Lifeboats', 'Not for You' and a cover of Randy Newman's 'Feels Like Home'.

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. 

Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SarahMunroMusicUK 
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Storybook Dads with https:@minniebirch

Tue, 30/06/2015 - 6:31pm



Today Minnie Birch was in the studio to discuss a charity she works with. Minnie, a local singer/songwriter who has also appeared on The Drivetime Sessions, works with Storybook Dads.

Storybook Dads is a charity that allows fathers in prison or in the armed forces to send recordings of themselves reading bedtime stories to their children.

Minnie says that the rehabilitative effect of this work is immense, with prisoners who take part six times less likely to re-offend, with the added effect of improving prisoner literacy.

For more information, visit: http://www.storybookdads.org.uk/
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New Music Playlist w/c 22nd June 2015 & this week's featured track by @JohnNewmanMusic

Sun, 28/06/2015 - 4:46pm
Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alesha Dixon - The Way We Are
Blur - Ong Ong
Brandon Flowers  - I Can Change
Cathal Smyth - Do You Believe In Love?
Charlie Puth - See You Again
Conchita Wurst - You Are Unstoppable
Ed Sheeran - Photograph
Gaz Coombes - The Girl Who Fell To Earth
Giorgio Moroder & Sia - Deja Vu
Jack Savoretti - Written In Scars
James Bay - Let It Go
James Taylor - Montana
Jessie J - Flashlight
Kacey Musgraves - High Time
Kodaline - Ready
Leona Lewis - Fire Under My Feet
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear - Silent Movies
Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes
Mark Ronson - I Can't Lose (feat. Keyone Starr)
Mika - Talk About You
Mumford & Sons - The Wolf
NEEDTOBREATHE - Brother
Nell Bryden - Waves
Paul Weller - Going My Way
Shayne Ward - The Way You Were
Stereophonics - C'est La Vie
Taylor Swift - Bad Blood
The Staves - Teeth White
Years & Years - Shine

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Come & Get It by John Newman:


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Glenda Elder from CDA @cdaherts

Thu, 25/06/2015 - 6:35pm
Glenda who volunteers for the St. Albans community garden joined Danny in the studio today.
She talked about their current search for volunteers, asking for anyone with skills in gardening, growing vegetables, or even with time on their hands to help make the allotments a nicer place. Glenda and others will have a stand at July 11th's Highfield fair where you can feel free to ask them any questions about the gardens. 
If you want to get in touch with the CDA contact them via:http://www.cdaherts.org.uk/projects/community-garden/01707 695504garden@cda.herts.org.uk@cdaherts



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Chris' Film Club: Escape to Victory (1981)

Thu, 25/06/2015 - 6:30pm

A group of Allied POWs agree to take on a German team in an exhibition match, and use it to cover an escape attempt. Stars: Stallone, Michael Caine and Max Von Sydow, along with real-life footballers Pele, Bobby Moore, Ossie Ardilles and John Wark.
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The Drivetime Sessions with @emmamcgrath99

Wed, 24/06/2015 - 6:33pm
15 year old Emma McGrath played live as part of the Drivetime Sessions this afternoon, with the original songs "The Judgement" and "Sit With Me", and a cover of Jamie Cullum's version of Rhianna's "Please Don't Stop The Music".


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 Wednesday from 5:30pm. Our Facebook page also has videos of the session.
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Chris' Film Club: Demolition Man (1993)

Tue, 23/06/2015 - 6:30pm

A cop (Stallone) and a psychopathic criminal (Wesley Snipes) are cryogenically frozen in 1996, and then awoken in the much-changed future of 2032. Also stars Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne, Benjamin Bratt and Dennis Leary.
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How to use colour in your home @GA_Interiors

Tue, 23/06/2015 - 6:20pm
Gwedoline Alderton owner of GA Interiors,  joins us in the studio today to give her expert advice on how to use colour in your home.

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Before you choose the colour scheme for your room, consider first the light levels in the room and then think about how you want the room to feel.

For a spacious, open and relaxed feel - opt for blues, greens or yellows.

For a warm, cosy, nurturing or fun feel - opt for reds, oranges and purples.

For vibrancy, contrast colours and for balance, use a harmonious scheme.

If you don't feel confident with mixing colours, go for a monochromatic scheme.  For instance if you choose blue as the main colour, use an off white with a hint of blue on the walls, choose a mid range blue for your sofas and then accessorise with dark blue eg a vase or cushions.

For inspiration on choosing your main wall colour you could try pulling out a colour from a piece of artwork, or some curtains.

Get yourself a colour wheel!

For more ideas and great information follow Gwendoline on Twitter :  @GA_Interiors or on Instagram : gorgeousgwedoline
Visit her website: www.ga-interiors.co.uk


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Science Feature with Sam Rolfe (@smrolfe)

Mon, 22/06/2015 - 6:40pm
Science Correspondent Sam Rolfe talked to us today about the "cheery" topic about the mass extinction due upon us. You can listen again via radioverulam.com/listenagain and navigate to 5.30PM. Sam's twitter handle is: @smrolfe

Mass Extinction Has Begun:

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/earth-s-sixth-mass-extinction-has-begun-new-study-confirms

The Comet Lander Philae has woken up after going into hibernation back in November:

http://www.nature.com/news/revived-philae-poised-to-do-comet-science-1.17767

Scientist of the Month:

Robert Boyle (1627-1691)

A philosopher, physicist, chemist and inventor.

https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Robert_Boyle
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Chris' Film Club: Rocky (1976)

Mon, 22/06/2015 - 6:30pm

1976 boxing movie, starring Stallone as a working-class boxer from Philadelphia, who gets a shot at the big time when he faces the champ, Apollo Creed. Stars: Stallone, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire, Burt Young and Burgess Meredith. The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, two of which were for Stallone. It won 3, including Best Picture.
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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 19th June 2015

Fri, 19/06/2015 - 7:00pm
Last week Chris wasn't in the studio, and as a result the Film Guide blog was not completed. This is because Chris is the glue that holds this whole enterprise together. Without Chris there to guide/babysit them, Simon, Danny and Honor got a little distracted, and failed to get the Film Guide together in time and this resulted in 30 minutes of dead air. Simon, whose creation came about as the result of a genetic experiment involving splicing possum, chimp and border collie DNA together, saw a squirrel outside, and immediately went mad and started to chase it. It turns out Honor hadn't put Simon's lead on properly and so Danny and her had to chase Simon around the park, trying desperately to get it back on. Eventually they managed to catch him after he cocked his leg to take a wee against a tree, but by that time it was too late and the Film Guide went unproduced.

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
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
9.00pm – 11.00pm
Movie Mix

Saturday
The Andromeda Strain
3.50pm – 6.25pm
Film4

Rush
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Channel 4

Sunday
Calamity Jane
4.40pm – 6.50pm
ITV3

The Deer Hunter
9.00pm – 12.40am
ITV4

Monday
A Man for All Seasons
3.15pm – 5.15pm
BBC2

Tuesday
The Four Feathers
4.15pm – 6.35pm
Film4

Sparkle
11.50pm – 1.30am
BBC1

Wednesday
The Quiller Memorandum
4.45pm – 6.55pm
Film4
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Stephanie Belton: The Faces of St. Albans @StephanieBelton

Thu, 18/06/2015 - 6:06pm



Local photographer Stephanie Belton joined us in the studio today to talk to us about her newest project 'Faces of St Albans'. With this long-debated project she intends to photograph some of the most memorable characters in the town's history, taking a range of nominations from the public.



For more information on Stephanie's work, or to make a nomination, visit:  http://www.stephaniebelton.com/faces-of-st-albans/
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The Drivetime Sessions with The Skeltons

Wed, 17/06/2015 - 6:18pm
We were joined in the studio this afternoon by local band The Skeltons. They played two covers for us: Nell Bryden's "Second Time Around" and "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz. The Band also played an original song called "Change of Heart".




For more information on the band, visit: http://www.lemonrock.com/theskeltons
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Bake it Easy with Lucy Clarke @heavansacupcake

Tue, 16/06/2015 - 6:34pm
Summer Pavlova

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Lucy joined us today with her scrumptious Summer Pavlova recipe.

For the full recipe click on this link: https://goo.gl/k61Viq

The essence of a great Pavolva is a big chewy meringue, fresh cream and fresh fruit topping. You can use any fruit you like.  Passion fruit with the summer berries is a winning combination.

Lucy's tips for a perfect meringue:

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  • make sure your eggs are room temperature
  • separate the egg whites using the shell, rather than your hands - its more hygenic! 
  • use an electric/static whisk...its hard work
  • whisk until you have stiff peaks
  • Don't be tempted to peek inside the oven.  Let it cook for about an hour and leave to cool in the oven for at least a couple of hours


Lucy's website: www.heavenisacupcake.net
Follow Lucy on Twitter: @heavensacupcake
Follow Lucy on pinterest: Heavne is a cupcake


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Andy Jarosz

Mon, 15/06/2015 - 5:59pm
Andy up dated us with his latest travels.

Sicily
Andy was here to write an article about Ice Cream!

Many local fruits are used making the ice cream.

Car Hire
Some Tips
Take out a policy in the UK to cover accidental damage - it will normally prove to be a lot cheaper, Some policies sold by care hire firms abroad do not provide sufficient cover for even basic incidents, and take a photo of any scratches /dents for future reference .

Andy will shortly be leaving St Albans so after 5 years this was his last appearance on West Herts Drivetime.

best wishes for the future Andy!
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New Music Playlist w/c 15th June 2015 & this week's featured track by @JamesBayMusic

Mon, 15/06/2015 - 1:23pm
Hi Drivetimers

I write this week's playlist update from a world of pain, following my first ever race yesterday.  You can find out more at www.cloudsinmycoffee.co.uk

Here is our playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alesha Dixon - The Way We Are
Andreya Triana - That's Alright With Me
Blur - Ong Ong
Brandon Flowers  - I Can Change
Cathal Smyth - Do You Believe In Love?
Charlie Puth - See You Again
Conchita Wurst - You Are Unstoppable
Ed Sheeran - Photograph
Gaz Coombes - The Girl Who Fell To Earth
Giorgio Moroder & Sia - Deja Vu
Jack Savoretti - Written In Scars
James Taylor - Montana
Jessie J - Flashlight
Kacey Musgraves - High Time
Leon Bridges - Better Man
Leona Lewis - Fire Under My Feet
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear - Silent Movies
Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes
Mika - Talk About You
Mumford & Sons - The Wolf
NEEDTOBREATHE - Brother
Nickelback - Satellite
Olly Murs - Beautiful To Me
Shaun Escoffery - Perfect Love Affair
Shayne Ward - The Way You Were
Stereophonics - C'est La Vie
Striking Matches - Trouble Is As Trouble Does
The Staves - Teeth White
Years & Years - Shine

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Let It Go by James Bay:


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Chris' Film Club: Escape Plan (2013)

Thu, 11/06/2015 - 6:30pm

Sylvester Stallone is a structural engineer whose job is to break out of prisons to test their security. He accepts a job but soon finds himself betrayed and incarcerated for good. Arnie stars as a fellow prisoner, and the cast includes Jim Caviezel, Curtis Jackson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Sam Neill and Vinnie Jones.
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Andrew from @stalbansparkrun

Thu, 11/06/2015 - 6:13pm
Today's Drivetime guest was Andrew from St Albans Park Run. St Albans Park Run is open to anyone who can run 5k. The run is just have to register on their website www.parkrun.org.uk/stalbans



If you want to hear the interview again you can go to listenagain.radioverulam.com and navigate to Thursday at 5:30.
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Chris' Film Club: Twins/Junior (1988/1994)

Wed, 10/06/2015 - 6:30pm

Arnie comedy double-bill! Twins, in which Arnie and Danny DeVito are twins, and Junior, in which Danny DeVito helps Arnie have a baby! Twins also stars: Kelly Preston and David Caruso. Junior also stars: Oscar-winner Emma Thompson and Oscar-nominee Frank Langella.
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