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Penelope Pritchett, perfect housewife & agony aunt - 2nd December 2016 @PerfectPritchet

3 hours 21 min ago

Originally broadcast on 2nd December 2016.

Penelope will be back in 2017!  If you have a problem that you would like Penelope to address, email danny@radioverulam.com or tweet @PerfectPritchet
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Chris' Film Club: Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

Thu, 01/12/2016 - 6:30pm
Chris' last Steven Seagal choice this week is 'Under Siege 2: Dark Territory'.

Under Siege but on a train! Casey Ryback is back, and when a holiday train ride through the Rocky Mountains with his niece is rudely interrupted by a team of hijackers, he has to jump into action once more.

Also stars Morris Chestnut, Eric Bogosian, and Katherine Heigl.

 
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Chris' Film Club: Above the Law

Wed, 30/11/2016 - 6:30pm
Today's Film Club choice is "Above the Law" (also known as 'Nico').
Seagal’s first film debut, full of kicking butt and taking names, a Chicago cop finds himself within an international conspiracy after a routine drug investigation.
Also stars Pam Grier and Sharon Stone.
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Chris' Film Club: Executive Decision

Tue, 29/11/2016 - 6:30pm
Our next Steven Seagal movie is 'Executive Decision'.
When a plane is taken over by terrorists who want to use it as a makeshift-bomb, Kurt Russell must go on a mission to knock them out.

Stars Seagal, Halle Berry, Oliver Platt and John Leguizamo.
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Bake It Easy with Lucy Clark @heavensacupcake

Tue, 29/11/2016 - 5:59pm
Today the show took a festive turn as Lucy showed us how to bake gingerbread.  These are great for kids to decorate and you can make them into any shape you like!
Ingredients
-Plain flour
-spices- such as ginger and cinnamon (but you can be as creative as you like!)
-butter
-brown sugar
-eggs
-golden syrup


1. Sift the flour and spices together and blend the mixture in a food processor.  If you don't have a food processor you can blend them using a wooden spoon but this method is easier. Blend the mixture until it looks like breadcrumbs.
2. Add sugar in and stir it with a wooden spoon.  Then take the eggs and the golden syrup, and add them to the mixture.  Pulse it together until all the lumps are gone.  The mixture should now be dough-like.
3. Knead the dough, and roll it out briefly.  Wrap dough in clingfilm and leave it in the fridge for 15 minutes.  Do this so the dough holds its shape when you roll it out.
4.  Roll out dough and use your cutter to cut the shapes out.  When you cut out each individual shape, cut around the shape and roll out the excess again to get as many biscuits from your dough as possible.
5.  In order to ensure the shapes are firm, you could put the biscuits in the fridge for 10 minutes.  This will make sure the shapes hold during baking.
5.  Put the gingerbread in the oven for 12-15 minutes (depending on your oven temperature), until the biscuits are baked through.
6.  When cooled, decorate the biscuits with icing sugar and sprinkles.

To find out more about Lucy's baking, visit her website:  www.heavenisacupcake.net

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Radio Verulam Science Feature 28/11/2016 with Sam Rolfe

Mon, 28/11/2016 - 6:52pm

Radio Verulam Science Feature 28/11/2016 with Sam Rolfe
@smrolfe
This month I was talking about an scientific phenomena called the Maunder Minimum, due to the complete non-recognition of the phenomena by a radio quiz team... The Maunder Minimum is a period in history where there were relatively few sunspots and it is thought to be a factor in the Little Ice Age that occurred around the same time. The language of the quiz master determining the question to be "tricky" due to the fact that it was a science question lead me to the realisation that scientific facts and knowledge, though no more tricky or specialist than knowing about past football fixtures, music, literature etc. is chastised as a knowledge subject - see below for my full explanation.Also, what to see in the night sky this month.
Maunder MinimumThe Maunder Minimum is the reported reduced number of sunspots between 1645 and 1715. A lot of the data for these observations came from research conducted by a wife and husband team called Annie and Walter Maunder, hence the name. Walter Maunder published two papers about it at the time but despite passing her Cambridge examinations with honours, being the top mathematician in her class and ranked at a 2:1 level, restrictions at the time meant she was not awarded the degree she had completed and hence was not recognised for her contributions to the solar cycles publicly. The phenomenon was not widely recognised within the community until 1976 when a paper was published by John Eddy. The Maunder Minimum coincides with relatively cold temperatures known as the Little Ice Age, suggesting a possible contribution to Earth’s climate due to the solar cycle, though there are other factors involved and this potential link to climate is still not well understood.


The Sun goes through a recognised cycle of maxima and minima where it is more or less active, where one cycle is 11 years minimum to minimum. When the Sun is active, there are more sunspots, which appear dark, but they are still very hot, but are relatively cool compared to the surrounding atmosphere of the Sun, hence their dark appearance. If plotted on a diagram, the areas in which the sunspots appear form a butterfly wing effect across the surface with the centre of the wings along the equator.


They occur due to concentrations of magnetic field flux which inhibits convection, and the intense magnetic activity causes secondary phenomena such as solar flares (a release of electromagnetic radiation across the spectrum from gamma rays to radio waves at the speed of light, arrival at Earth: 8 mins) and coronal mass ejections (a release of a plasma of electrons and protons from the Sun, take one to three days to reach the Earth).During a period of 28 years, though only part of the Maunder Minimum, fewer than 50 sunspots were observed, whereas a similar period in recent times would yield 40,000 – 50,000.
Science as the Outsider I was recently listening to a radio quiz show, in which the answer to the question was the Maunder Minimum, which when about to announce the question the host preceded it with “I think this is a stinker” and when discussing the possible answer with the contestants said “a complex but quite well known phenomena of climate variance, the words ‘quite well known’ might be disputed”. Furthermore he gave the team a point for their plight at having to answer such a “terrifically hard” question and there is “no shame” in not being able to answer it. He would never have used the same phasing if the team were stuck on a question about football, music or Shakespeare.
Such throw away comments about science and knowledge of science is continually damaging to the subject. It does nothing to lessen the unfortunate and deep rooted feeling in our society that science is out of reach and difficult to understand. No other subject is chastised in such a way, the knowledge of music, literature, sport, pop culture and current affairs etc. is accepted as normal and not difficult or tricky. Knowledge of science should be as normal as any subject, people take the time to learn about all sorts of different things, scientific subjects are no different. I often attend pub quizzes in which there is rarely a whole round based on science, and maybe if I am lucky I get one science question in the general knowledge round but the questions are so very basic that most people on the table will know the answer, so I cannot meaningfully contribute at all. And yet an entire round on sport asking questions on 1970’s football league results, the penalty takers in the 1994 world cup draw between whoever and whoever and something about cricket, though ridiculously obscure as far as I am concerned is acceptable and common. Furthermore, I have been to quizzes before where answers to science questions given by the quiz master are fundamentally incorrect, further propagating problems with the understanding of science within our society. Science is more accessible than ever with the advent of factual websites and videos available online providing explanations to scientific concepts and news, the use of accurate scientific concepts in movies and the mountains of popular science books that are available and yet those who are interested and learn about science are still marginalised and treated as eccentric if their knowledge base is in this area and not other well learned subjects like sports, literature and pop culture.

Night Sky This MonthMercury can be seen low in the west sky around the 11thDecember when it is at its greatest elongation, you will need full view of the horizon. The Geminid meteor shower peaks on the 13th and 14th Decemeber, it can have a rate of 120 meteors per hour, though some of the fainter meteors may not be visible due to the full Moon. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight.The Full Moon is on 14th Dec.Winter Solstice is on the 21st Dec, bringing the beginning of longer days.Visible planets this month: Venus, Mars, Uranus and Neptune in the evening and Jupiter in the morning.
www.jupitergirl.co.uk
Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maunder_Minimumhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunspothttp://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-current.htmlhttp://www.nakedeyeplanets.com/visibility.htm#2016 
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Chris' Film Club: Under Siege

Mon, 28/11/2016 - 6:30pm
On the Film Club this week Chris looks at the films of action star 'Steven Seagal', beginning with 'Under Siege'.

Former Navy SEAL Casey Ryback (Seagal) is now working as a chef when the ship he’s on is taken over by a band of mercanaries. Bad news for them.

Also stars Gary Busey, Tommy Lee Jones (who would win an Oscar the following year), and Erika Eleniak.

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Penelope Pritchett, perfect housewife & agony aunt - 25th November 2016 @PerfectPritchet

Sat, 26/11/2016 - 4:21pm

Originally broadcast on 25th November 2016.

If you have a problem that you would like Penelope to address, email danny@radioverulam.com or tweet @PerfectPritchet
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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 25th November 2016

Fri, 25/11/2016 - 7:00pm
howdy it is chris here and i am a poopy stupid face and i like to pick my nose and i smell like butt and i write bad. SIMON how ever is very hansom and clever and does not smell like butt he smells like cigars and adventure and all things manly and attracktive. he also writes much better than i do and is better looking because i look like i walked into a door with my nose first he he he he heh. SIMON RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

Friday
Silver Linings Playbook
12.35am – 2.40am
Channel 4

Saturday
Shifty
12.20am – 1.45am
BBC1

Sunday
Enchanted
1.15pm – 2.50pm
BBC1

Calamity Jane
3.45pm – 5.50pm
ITV3

Monday
Harvey
2.25pm – 4.35pm
Film4

Tuesday
Vertigo
11.20pm – 1.35am
Film4

Wednesday
Starter for Ten
10.00pm – 11.30pm
BBC4

Thursday
Young Frankenstein
6.45pm – 9.00pm
Movie Mix
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Chris' Film Club: Trumbo

Thu, 24/11/2016 - 6:30pm
Chris' final 'Best of 2016' film is 'Trumbo'.

The film tells the story of Dalton Trumbo, a Hollywood screenwriter who was part of the Hollywood Ten, who were all blacklisted by the House of Un-American Activities Committee for their supposedly communist views. Trumbo couldn’t produce work under his own name, but continued to work, writing such classics as Roman Holiday and Spartacus.

Stars Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis CK and John Goodman.

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Chris' Film Club: Deadpool

Wed, 23/11/2016 - 6:30pm
Next this week, Chris looks at surprise 2016 hit 'Deadpool'.

The R-rated superhero movie stars Ryan Reynolds as a wise-cracking, foul-mouthed mercenary who gains superpowers.

Also featuring are Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller and Gina Carano.

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Chris' Film Club: Arrival

Tue, 22/11/2016 - 6:30pm
Next on Chris' best of 2016 Film Club is 'Arrival'

Based on a short story by Ted Chiang, it sees aliens arrive on Earth, and a leading linguistics expert is picked to try and communicate with them. Why are they here? What do they want?

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, it stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.

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Interior design feature with Gwendoline Alderton @ga_interiors

Tue, 22/11/2016 - 6:00pm
Today we talked to Gwendoline Alderton, our interior design correspondent, about Christmas and what that means for interior design.  She talked about colours associated with Christmas, such as red and green.  However this year white has become more popular, with white Christmas trees being sold. However you can use white in many different ways, including white upholstery or white light fittings.  You could also try off-white or cream colours.
In order to add interest to any white things you might use, you could add pastel colours such as blue or pink.  You could also add darker and lighter colours to accent the pastel colours.

Usually there's an animal that is especially popular on the high street around Christmas time- and this year owls are on trend.  You can find owls in many places- including on woolly hats!  Within the world of interior design, however, you can find them on baubles and other tree decorations.

Christmas decorations are usually about attention to detail- you want something which will add a bit of glamour or sparkle.  Add glass or crystal are very quick ways to adding glamour to your home, and you can do this through getting crystal baubles or perhaps through drinking glasses.  Feathers, fur and wool are also really good textures for adding detail.

Gwendoline's website : www.ga-interiors.co.uk
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Chris' Film Club: Doctor Strange

Tue, 22/11/2016 - 11:58am
This week Chris is setting the Film Club theme as 'Best of 2016', and starts with the most recent Marvel Studios production 'Doctor Strange'.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as an arrogant, yet extremely talented surgeon, who after a car accident ruins his career seeks help from a mysterious religious sect.

Directed by Scott Derrickson, it also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, and Mads Mikkelsen.

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Breakaway Theatre Company

Mon, 21/11/2016 - 5:40pm
Our guests tonight on Drivetime were Hannah, Shelley and Abbi from the breakaway Theatre Company who told us about the upcoming production The Good, The Bad And The Absolutely Awful, this is a murder mystery with audience participation. The evening includes a 3 course meal in the ticket price.
More details can be found at the web site http://www.breakawaytheatre.com/current-production
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Penelope Pritchett, perfect housewife & agony aunt - 18th November 2016 @PerfectPritchet

Sat, 19/11/2016 - 7:00pm

Originally broadcast on 18th November 2016.

If you have a problem that you would like Penelope to address, email danny@radioverulam.com or tweet @PerfectPritchet
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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 18th November 2016

Fri, 18/11/2016 - 7:00pm
The man that will one day go down in history as 'Simon the Merciless' was in fine fettle this evening. The idea that a sensible film guide was going to be recorded was thrown out of the window as soon as Simon arrived at the studio dressed as an astronaut, and declared it was his new dream to one day look down on the Earth from space. Simon goes through new dreams quite regularly, and they all have varying degrees of achievability. Last week his dream was to eat a yogurt that was not out of date, but the week before he was aiming to take Brentford FC to the World Cup final.

So while Danny manfully tried to talk all about films, Simon just wanted to talk about what he'd learned about being an astronaut. He learned that it's a naturally occurring silicate mineral, and was used extensively in the 19th and 20th centuries during building, until it was discovered to cause cancer. This disturbed Danny somewhat, as it didn't seem to describe Tim Peake. It soon became clear that Simon had been researching asbestos.

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.

Friday
Wanted
11.00pm – 1.10am
Film4

Saturday
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
8.00pm – 10.00pm
E4

Sunday
Forever Young
4.00pm – 6.05pm
ITV3

Monday
The Babadook
9.00pm – 10.50pm
Film4

Tuesday
Thor
9.00pm – 11.15pm
Film4

Wednesday
Captain America: the First Avenger
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Film4

Thursday
The Book of Eli
9.00pm – 11.25pm
ITV4
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Chris' Film Club: Black Hawk Down

Thu, 17/11/2016 - 6:30pm
Chris concludes the Film Club this week with 'Black Hawk Down'.

Filled with British actors playing Americans, the Film directed by Ridley Soctt tells the story of the disastrous US military operation in Mogadishu in 1993.

Josh Harnett, Eric Bana, and plenty of Brits star (Ewan McGregor, Jason Isaacs, Orlando Bloom, Tom Hardy, Ewan Bremner, Ioan Gruffudd, Hugh Dancy, to name but a few).

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Penny Carr: Being thrifty with @BeingMrsC @Hertsbelleswi

Thu, 17/11/2016 - 6:06pm
Today we spoke to Penny Carr who  discussed about Hertsmere Womens Refuge. Penny is our local thrifty correspondent. She brings in monthly articles about saving money.

Penny was talking about gifts for St Albans and Hertsmere Womens Refuge. In total they have collected over 50 presents and they want to make a huge different to those women and children. They are still collecting gifts, so to get involved you can drop them a message on FB and they can give you an address to drop gifts.  

Please just wrap your gift and attach a label saying who it is best suited for. They have a criteria in which alcohol, candles or anything that could imitate a weapon should not be included.
If you want to get involved then their facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/HertsBellesW.I/.


http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/ and navigate to Thursday from 5.30pm.
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Drivetime sessions with The Papersnakes @ThePapersnakes

Wed, 16/11/2016 - 6:48pm
Our guests on this week's edition of the Drivetime sessions were the Papersnakes, a local band. We asked the Papersnakes to perform two original songs and one cover. The two original songs which they chose to perform were called "Glimmer of Hope", and "Be Someone" and their cover song was called "Could You Be Loved", originally by Bob Marley.



For the first time ever in West Herts Drivetime history we managed to Facebook Live this recording and you can watch it back at www.facebook.com/westhertsdrive.

If you'd like to listen back to this, you can find it on http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/, and then navigate to 5:30 on Wednesday.

The Papersnakes' Links:
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thepapersnakes

Twitter: @ThePapersnakes
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