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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 5th February 2016

Fri, 05/02/2016 - 7:00pm
Simon, Britain's entry to the Eurovision song contest in 1913 and whose performance famously kicked off WWI, was in the studio to promote his new cookbook. This put Danny out a little bit, not least because Simon was meant to do the film guide, but because Simon's 'new' cookbooks were just old Nigella books that Danny had got him for Christmas over the years that Simon had stuck his face on. The sight of Simon leaning over a bowl of asparagus in a nice white blouse would normally be enough to make even the hardiest person wretch, but to be honest, it's pretty much par for the course with Simon.

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 TV for the coming week.

8.00pm – 9.30pm

2.40pm – 5.00pm

7.15pm – 9.00pm

Field of Dreams
6.55pm – 9.00pm

9.00pm – 11.20pm

The Blind Side
9.00pm – 11.35pm

Zero Dark Thirty
9.00pm – 12.05am
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The Drivetime Sessions with @ScarletteFever_

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 6:41pm

Scarlette Fever returned to Drivetime Sessions this Thursday where she sang the beautiful 'Helena', an original composition written for her fiancée. She also graced us with another original composition, the classic from her 2012 album; 'Crash and Burn'. For her cover she performed a super relaxing version of 'Babylon' by David Gray.

To find out more about her and current projects check out her website or facebook page. Or you can listen to some of her songs at soundcloud.com/scarlette-fever.

The session will be available for a week after broadcast at www.radioverulam.com/listenagain by navigating to Wednesday at 5.30pm.
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Local Literary Feature with illustrator Laura Trinder

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 6:21pm
This month we were joined by local illustrator and part-time bookseller Laura Trinder. Laura is part of a Hertfordshire-based writers' and illustrators' collective 'Improper Books' who create a range of books, comics and graphic novels.

Laura's own book, Night Post, where the story is told entirely via pictures was launched at the end of last year.

Laura, and the whole Improper Books gang, try and get out to comic book events as often as they can. As people who are often working solo, she says it's nice to be able to get together and to meet the fans.

Laura really welcomes the growth in popularity of comics and graphic novels - they're not just for geeks! She says the audience for her work stretches from young children through to adults.

For more information about the work of Improper Books visit: http://www.improperbooks.com/

And Laura has her own blog as well: http://www.lauratrinder.co.uk/

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Wogan in West Herts with @BeingMrsC

Mon, 01/02/2016 - 7:43pm

Today, instead of her usual thrifty feature, Penny Carr was discussing our collective memories of Terry Wogan, who sadly passed away at the age of 77 over the weekend.

The broadcasting icon left a fond impression on many of us in West Herts, with his irrepressible good humour much in evidence when he attended the St Albans Literary Festival in 2014.
Two listeners, Kate and Vanessa, contacted the show with their memories of Wogan, with Vanessa speaking to us over the phone. Their recollections of meeting and listening to Wogan over the years stand as a testament to a uniquely talented broadcaster, with an evergreen charm.

If you wish to hear our tribute to Sir Terry Wogan, it will be available for a week after broadcast at www.radioverulam.com/listenagain by navigating to Monday from 5.30pm.  It is also available via our podcast, which you can find on iTunes by searching for Radio Verulam or by clicking here.
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Chris' Film Club:Prometheus

Thu, 28/01/2016 - 6:30pm
Our final entry in this weeks film club, 'Prometheus' is Ridley Scott’s semi-prequel to the Alien franchise.
Starring Noomi Rapace as a scientist who discovers a star map that possibly points to humanity’s origins, A bit of a disappointment, but Michael Fassbender’s android David steals the show.

 Also stars Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Guy Pearce.

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Les P'tizamis - French Baby & Toddler Group

Thu, 28/01/2016 - 6:28pm
The French Toddler group that meets every Friday from 9:45am to 11:15am needs you!

Les P'tizamis morning group offer free play with lots of games, stories, nursery rhymes and library full of wonderful French written books! Occasional special events are arranged such as Christmas parties for the little ones as well as events for the adults!

The group are currently looking for two volunteers to come and help run the morning who are able to make tea and coffee in the kitchen and provide a warm welcome at the entrance! To fill the positions, we are looking for two adults who can speak and understand French, but by no means need to be fluent but can commit during the school term. The volunteers should come without children as they are not allowed within the kitchen!

This is a great opportunity to practise the language and get involved with the French speaking local community! You can find out more information on the group via their website or their Facebook page!

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The Drivetime Sessions with @bendrakemusic

Thu, 28/01/2016 - 4:21pm
This afternoon, Ben Drake had his first appearance on the Drivetime Sessions. He graced us with two original compositions "Should've Left it Alone" and "New Horizons" as well as a great cover of "Ain't No Pleasing You"; a song made famous by Chas and Dave.

You can find out more about Ben Drake and the Ben Drake Collection at

The session will be available for a week after broadcast at www.radioverulam.com/listenagain by navigating to Wednesday at 5.30pm.

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Chris' Film Club: Big Hero 6

Wed, 27/01/2016 - 6:30pm
Tonight our 'robots' theme is continued with 'Big Hero 6' a 2014 Disney animated film.

Set in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo, a Japanese-American hybrid city, a young robotics genius suffers a tragedy and enlists the help of his brother’s old robot and his friends to fight crime.

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Interior Design With Gwendoline Alderton - Colours of 2016

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 6:41pm
Today we were joined by Gwendoline Alderton to talk all things colours, animals and enormous lightshades for the Interior Design feature!

Gwen introduced the colours of 2016, including Rose Quartz (Pale Pink), Serenity (Pale Blue) and Mellow Yellow, all of which are known for their vibrant looks. The golds and copper colours are becoming more fashionable within interior design with it now found within lots of accessories and storage units.

Enormous/Oversized lighting in rooms was also discussed with the addition of paper and fabric light-shades instead of just the standard chandelier. Stripping the shade to leave just the bare frame is also an interesting alteration in interior design similarly to the trend in animals especially birds alongside parrots and flamingos featuring within dining rooms with fun coloured walls or wallpaper.

For more design tips and tricks, you can visit Gwen's website at www.ga-interiors.co.uk.

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Chris' Film Club: Robocop

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 6:30pm
A necessary one for our 'Robots' themed film club, today we look at 1987 classic 'Robocop'.

Peter Weller stars as a cop who is killed in the line of duty, but is rebuilt into Robocop, a superhuman cyborg law enforcer.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven, it also stars Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Miguel Ferrer and Kurtwood Smith.

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Chris' Film Club: I, Robot

Mon, 25/01/2016 - 6:30pm
We're looking at robot films in this weeks film club, starting with the Will Smith action flick, 'I, Robot'.

Based on a short story collection by Isaac Asimov, in the year 2035 robots serve humans.

 A robot is wanted for murder, an act that should not happen because of their programming. Smith is the detective who is investigating.

Also stars James Cromwell, Bridget Moynahan, Shia LaBeouf and Alan Tudyk.

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Sam Rolfe - Science Correspondent

Mon, 25/01/2016 - 6:20pm

“Ninth planet”
Researchers Batygin and Brown at CalTech have built on the work of Trujillo and Sheppard
in 2014 to show that a gravitational signature suggests that an object 2 to 10 times the mass
of the Earth orbits the Sun every 20,000 years, at a closest distance of 200 AU (We are 1 AU
from the Sun, Neptune 30 AU and Pluto 39.5 AU (average, as it crosses Neptune’s orbital
path, most distant at 48 AU)).
It belongs to a group of objects called the Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs). Gravitational
disturbances in Uranus’s orbit lead to the discovery of Neptune.
This object is called 2012 VP
, informally “Phattie”. Other than spotting it directly, which will
be difficult given its distance from the Sun, it will be very faint, another technique could be
used to infer its existence – find more KBOs that have steeply inclined orbits. It is possible
that a new telescope, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), may be able to find it.
However, it is not due to be built until 2022.
Previous searches for Planet X
1846 Johann Gottfried Galle discovers Neptune, guided by predictions from perturbations of
Uranus’s orbit.
1905 Percival Lowell (pictured) starts hunting for a ‘Planet X’, which he predicted would lie
beyond Neptune, just as Neptune lies beyond Uranus. His calculations led astronomers at
Lowell’s namesake observatory to find Pluto in 1930, but the object is not massive enough to
be Planet X.
1984 On the basis of periodic extinctions in the fossil record, scientists propose that a dwarf
star, later named Nemesis, passes through the Solar System every 26 million years, flinging
comets on a path to impact Earth.
1999 Perturbations in comet orbits lead astronomers to propose that a brown dwarf (bigger
than a planet but smaller than a star) exists in the outer Solar System. It is named Tyche, the
good sister of Nemesis.
2014 A search with the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite rules out the existence
of both Nemesis and Tyche. But the discovery of an object in the distant Kuiper belt prompts
Chadwick Trujillo and Scott Sheppard to propose a large planet in the Kuiper belt
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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 22nd January 2016

Fri, 22/01/2016 - 7:03pm
Simon, who last week urinated on everyone in an effort to mark his territory (he sure did make a lot of things his), came in to the studio having just performed a gig as his rapper alter-ego, MC Funky Beige. Not many rap gigs are held on a Friday afternoon, but this was a gig at the local retirement home - Simon's main fanbase. Simon busted out some of his biggest hits, including 'Mama Said to Ask You to Desist', 'Boom Boom, Vibrate The Room Gently', and his reinterpretation of 50 Cent's classic 'In Da Cafe, Enjoying a Lovely Brew'. It went down very well, according to Simon, and he's already booked another gig, this time at the local deaf school.

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 TV for the coming week.

The Dark Knight
9.00pm – 12.00am

War Horse
7,20pm – 9.35pm

9.00pm – 11.30pm
Channel 4

The Sting
2.20pm – 5.00pm

Erin Brockovich
9.00pm – 11.40pm
Movie Mix

Absolute Power
9.00pm – 11.30pm

9.00pm – 11.55pm

The Last Temptation of Christ
12.40am – 3.55am

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Today On The Drivetime Show: St Albans Shakespeare Festival With David Widdowson

Thu, 21/01/2016 - 6:06pm
On todays Thursday Drivetime Show, we were joined by St Albans Shakespeare Festival director David Widdowson. Running from March to June, the festival celebrates Shakespeare's legacy through a variety of art forms such as theatrical performances, folk music, solo singing and dance!

Covering some of Shakespeare's best known plays such as a re-enactment of the Tempest, production of Hamlet and readings of his sonnets, the event will be hosted by OVO theatre.

Taking in all 37 Shakespeare plays (and his poems) in some form, comprising 31 performances by 14 different artists and companies in a dozen locations across the city, the festival will be marking the 400th anniversary of the death of the most famous playwright, William Shakespeare.

You can find out more information of the event via St Albans Shakespeare Festival website and tickets are available for the productions within the festival via OVO ticket source.

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The Drivetime Sessions with Hidden Jules

Thu, 21/01/2016 - 5:14pm
Wednesday Drivetime Sessions were joined once again this week by Hidden Jules; the acoustic duo. They performed two orginals "Where Have All the Men Gone?" and "Let Love Go". Jules' dulcet tones and John's accomplished guitar playing like usual brought both of their songs to life. They also graced us with their version of Guns n' Roses' "Sweet Child of Mine".

You can find out more about Hidden Jules on their Facebook www.facebook.com/hiddenjulesduo/ and find their songs on their Bandcamp page hiddenjules.bandcamp.com.

The session will be available for a week after broadcast at www.radioverulam.com/listenagain by navigating to Wednesday at 5.30pm.
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Chris' Film Club: Oblivion

Thu, 21/01/2016 - 2:14pm
'Oblivion' concludes this week's dystopian film club.

Tom Cruise plays a caretaker of sorts, looking after drones on an Earth that has been devastated by an alien invasion. He and his partner (played by Andrea Riseborough) are the only humans for miles around, or so they think….

Also stars Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko.

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Chris' Film Club: Battle Royale

Wed, 20/01/2016 - 6:30pm
More dystopian futures in this weeks film club with 'Battle Royale'.

A 2000 Japanese film, in which Japanese economy has tanked, and Japanese school children have become too unruly. As a result, a class are chosen to take part in a reality TV deathmatch until there is only one survivor.

Stars Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara and Aki Maeda.

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Bake It Easy With Lucy Clark - Lemon Passion Cupcakes @heavensacupcake

Tue, 19/01/2016 - 6:39pm
On today's show, we were joined by creator of  'Heaven is a Cupcake', Lucy Clark, who shared another scrumptious recipe that you can enjoy making!

Lucy spoke about a delicious Lemon Passion cupcake recipe, perfect for Valentine's day. You can find out how to make the cupcakes here.

You can visit Lucy's website and check out @heavensacupcake Twitter page for baking news and more recipes.
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Chris' Film Club: Rollerball

Tue, 19/01/2016 - 6:30pm
Our next dystopian future film is 1975's 'Rollerball'.

It tells of a future world run by multi-national corporations. The biggest sport of the day is Rollerball, an incredibly violent roller derby-style game. James Caan is Jonathan, the biggest star of them all, but whose corporate bosses want to ‘retire’.

Also stars John Houseman, Maud Adams and John Beck.

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Chris' Film Club: Equilibrium

Mon, 18/01/2016 - 6:30pm
This week the film club is focused on the dystopian future, and we start with 'Equilibrium'.

The 2002 film is set in a future where emotion and artistic expression have been outlawed and are suppressed through a daily drug. Christian Bale is John Preston, an enforcement officer who misses a dosage, and starts to experience feelings.

Directed by Kurt Wimmer, it stars Bale, Taye Diggs, Sean Bean, Emily Watson, Angus Macfadyen and William Fichtner.

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