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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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Chris' Film Club: Sunshine (2007)

3 hours 8 min ago
Directed by Danny Boyle. It is 2057 and The Sun is dying. A spacecraft is heading there to reignite it using a massive nuclear bomb. The mission does not go smoothly however. Stars Michelle Yeoh, Cliff Curtis, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Cillian Murphy, Benedict Wong and Mark Strong.
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3 hours 38 min ago


Sam Rolfe our science correspondent was our guest tonight, here is the subject matter she covered. 
Mosquitoes

Whether a mosquito finds you tasty might be coded in your genes.

Plenty of factors could drive a mosquito's desire to bite: its prey's diet.

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/mosquito-bites-might-be-foretold-genes?tgt=nr


Asthma
Scientists at Cardiff University and Kings College London have found out what causes asthma and how to switch it off.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11556249/Asthma-could-be-cured-within-five-years-after-drug-breakthrough.html

Scientist of the month
Eugenie Clark (May 4, 1922 – February 25, 2015), sometimes referred to as The Shark Lady, was an Americanichthyologist known for her research on poisonous fish of the tropical seas and on the behavior of sharks. She was a pioneer in the field of scuba-diving for research purposes.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenie_Clark


The Night Sky this month


http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2015.html
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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 24th April 2015

Sat, 25/04/2015 - 3:31pm
Mayor Matthew Broderick made good on his promise to 'purple, kumquat' (see last weeks post, although don't, because I spelt it wrong last week) and indeed arrived at the studio armed to the teeth with rotten kumquats, which turn purple when they rot. Fearing for the cleanliness of the newly furnished studio, the Drive Time team went into full defence mode. Chris and Honor built up the barricades by using all the furniture that was available in the office while Simon topped it off with the barbed wire that he keeps on his person 'just in case of emergency'. The plan was to wait Mayor Broderick out. They had more than enough food because of Danny's secret stock of Lucky Charms that he keeps in a draw under the desk. The plan was a sound one, until a few of Mayor Broderick's chums came by: his Secretary of War, Steve Guttenberg, and his Chief of Police, Fred Savage.

Savage, who became famous for his role in The Wonder Years and then as lead singer for death metal band Braindead Corgi Hell, is well known around St Albans for his often harsh policing methods and love of Shirley Temple films. However, our intrepid heroes were confident they could hold out against the terrible trio, until they saw Savage leading the police's new water cannon to the front door...

Will Danny, Simon, Honor and Chris survive?! Will they save the new studio?! Find out next week, in the latest instalment of Drive Time Dynamos!

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office top 10, his pick of films for the coming week on TV and the new releases in the cinema.

Friday
21 Jump Street
9.00pm – 11.15pm
5*

Saturday
Up in the Air
10.15pm – 12.00am
BBC2

Sunday
ParaNorman
4.50pm – 6.35pm
Channel 4

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
5.45pm – 9.00pm
Film4

Monday
Unforgiven
11.00pm – 1.30am
Channel 5

Tuesday
True Lies
10.35pm – 1.20am
Film4

Wednesday
Quadrophenia
12.20am – 2.40am
BBC1

Thursday
Shane
4.55pm – 7.15pm
Film4






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Chris' Film Club: Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Thu, 23/04/2015 - 6:30pm
Judi Dench won an Oscar for only 8 minutes of screen time. Stars Joseph Fiennes as ol’ Shakey and Gwyneth Paltrow as his love interest.
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Catching Up with @followbessie

Thu, 23/04/2015 - 6:26pm

Radio Verulam is covering the progress of a group of cyclists on a four-day journey from Plymouth to St Albans in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Neuro Foundation.  There were inspired to raise money for these worthy causes by the plight of St Albans resident Bessie Davis, who was diagnosed with a condition called Neurofibromtosis last year.

You can keep up with the team's progress via their facebook group  www.facebook.com/FollowBessieBear

If you would like to donate, their fundraising site is www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/dudu08
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Melvyn from Computer Friendly

Thu, 23/04/2015 - 5:57pm
Today we had Melvyn from Computer Friendly in the studio. Computer Friendly are one of Radio Veralum's community partners. Computer Friendly currently has 40 volunteers and are always looking for volunteers. Volunteers don't necessarily have to have a huge range of computer skills but any volunteer help is greatly appreciated.  Computer Friendly offer a range of daytime sessions for people to get in touch and join in with and activities range from playing solitaire to improve mouse skills or using Paint to gain experience using simple programs. Computer Friendly run a drop-in session every Monday from 10 am to 3:30 pm which is free, where anybody can come to book sessions. Computer Friendly is currently encouraging people to come down to their next five week course which costs £10 and will teach anybody interested how to use the internet more efficiently and receive and send emails with greater ease. If you would like to reach Computer Friendly or browse the extensive range of courses they cover you can call them on Skype using 02032391559 or you visit their website at www.computerfriendly.org.uk.
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Chris' Film Club: Jerry Maguire (1996)

Wed, 22/04/2015 - 6:30pm
A film about a sports agent who loses all his clients, bar one. Cuba Gooding Jr. won an Oscar for his portrayal of an American Footballer who sticks with his agent. Also stars Renee Zellweger.
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The Drivetime Sessions with Melodi

Wed, 22/04/2015 - 5:52pm
Live in the studio this Wednesday we were joined by the local singer-songwriter Melodi. She played two of her own songs for us: 'He Danced Better Than You' and 'I Want You', as well as a cover of the Neil Young  song, 'Old Man'.


For information about private bookings, her upcoming gigs and any new music go to her Facebook page or check out her website at www.melodimusic.co.uk
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Chris' Film Club: Leon: The Professional (1994)

Tue, 21/04/2015 - 6:30pm
Gary Oldman shines in his supporting actor role in this Luc Besson film about a reclusive hitman (Jean Reno), who befriends a little girl (Natalie Portman).
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Lucy Clark @heavensacupcake

Tue, 21/04/2015 - 6:20pm
Owner of St Albans' Premier Cupcake Company, Lucy Clark joins us in the studio today to share another of her mouthwatering recipes...

VANILLA BISCUITS


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Follow this link to the recipe: http://goog.gl/6BWcGV

Lucy's top tips for this recipe include:

  • Use the paddle attachment (rather than balloon whisk) of your mixer
  • Don't mix for too long (the biscuits will become chewy)
  • If possible, use vanilla beans rather than extract                                                      

Visit Lucy's great website:  www.heavenisacupcake.net
Follow Lucy on twitter: @heavensacupcake
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New Music Playlist w/c 20th April & this week's featured track by @hozier

Tue, 21/04/2015 - 11:24am
Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

AC/DC - Rock The Blues Away
Ali Campbell - I'm Missing You
Bellowhead - Roll Alabama
Beth Hart - Mechanical Heart
Blur - Lonesome Street
Brandon Flowers - Can't Deny My Love
Brooke Fraser - Kings & Queens
Chic ft Nile Rodgers - I'll Be There
Electro Velvet - Still In Love With You
Hozier - Someone New
Jack Savoretti - The Other Side Of Love
Jess and the Bandits - You Can't Stop Me
Josh Groban - What I Did For Love
LunchMoney Lewis - Bills
Madonna - Ghosttown
MAGIC! - No Way No
Markus Feehily - Love Is A Drug
Meghan Trainor - Dear Future Husband
Mumford & Sons - Believe
Muse - Dead Inside
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Riverman
Paul Weller - Saturns Pattern
Rae Morris - Love Again
Simple Minds - Midnight Walking
Stacey Solomon - Shy
Status Quo - Break The Rules (Live Aquostic Version)
Stevie McCrorie - Lost Stars
The Proclaimers - You Built Me Up
The Shires - State Lines

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Someone New by Hozier:


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Chris' Film Club: Primal Fear (1996)

Mon, 20/04/2015 - 6:30pm
Edward Norton steals the show as a murder suspect with multiple personalities, being defended by attorney Richard Gere.
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Lisa Pearson - Life style correspondent

Mon, 20/04/2015 - 6:02pm





Lisa Pearson was our guest tonight and spoke to us about the wise precautions to take regarding children and guarding against risks to them.

Her own recent experience involved her daughter being bitten by 2 dogs whilst on holiday.

Lisa explained what she could have done;
Be willing to ask some questions  - plan ahead - ensure your priorities are clear -

How do you deal with situations that arise?
Talk to a friend about what happened, it will help you to talk about the incident, and to consider your priorities.

Further details can be found at the web site   http://mummywhispererblog.com/
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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 17th April 2015

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 8:56pm
Chris was back in the Drive Time studio for the first time in three weeks, and it seems that something big has happened, but no-one will tell him what. No-one will look him in the eye (except for Simon, who isn't doing anything except look Chris in the eye, which is possibly more disconcerting) and Danny keeps mumbling incoherently - even more so than is usual for his show.

After managing to snap Honor out of her stupor with the promise of cat videos, she could only manage a few words, before curling back up into a ball on the floor. The words Chris heard were:

"Broderick. Friday. 24th. Purple. Qumquat."

Chris could only surmise that something bad was going to happen next week.....

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office, the new releases in the cinema, and Simon's pick of films on TV for the coming week.

Friday
127 Hours
9.00pm – 10.50pm
More4

Saturday
Jane Eyre
8.30pm – 10.20pm
BBC2

X Men: First Class
9.00pm – 11.40pm
Channel 4

Sunday
The Queen
9.00pm – 11.10pm
ITV3

Monday
No Country for Old Men
1.15am – 3.40am
Film4

Tuesday
The Sweeney
9.00pm – 11.15pm
Film4

Wednesday
Insomnia
11.10pm – 1.00am
BBC1

Thursday
Dear John
6.55pm – 9.00pm
Film4
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Jackie, Emma and Ben from The St Albans Operatic Society

Thu, 16/04/2015 - 6:33pm
Today we had Emma, Ben and Jackie from the St Albans Operatic Society who came in to talk about their upcoming performance of Lionel Bart's Oliver The Musical at the Alban Arena. The show will run from the 28th of April to Saturday the 2nd of May beginning at 7:30pm each night apart from the Wednesday and the Saturday matinees which begin at 2:00pm. Tickets range from £10 to £18.50 and there are a number of deals being offered when booking. To book tickets for any of the dates please visit http://www.alban-arena.co.uk/events/oliver/ or call the box office on 01727 844488.
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The Drivetime Sessions with Neil Stanton (@sulcata32)

Wed, 15/04/2015 - 5:58pm
Live in the studio this Wednesday we were joined by the local singer-songwriter Neil Stanton. He played two of his own songs for us: 'Give My Love to Rose' and 'Broken Jerusalem', as well as a cover of the Prince song, 'When Doves Cry'.


For information about his gig on Friday, private bookings and any new music go to his Facebook page or check out his website: neilstanton.bandcamp.com
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@andyjarosz visits Jordan

Tue, 14/04/2015 - 6:25pm

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Andy was in the studio once again today to discuss his recent trip to Jordan. He went to the country as part of the National Geographic Traveller Digital Nomad project, in order to experience and share the unique culture of Jordan.

He recommends Jordan as  a destination for any history enthusiast, because of the country's rich historical heritage. Jordan's most famous historical landmark is the ancient city of Petra, one of the 7 wonders of the world, and other attractions include crusader castles. Andy said that many travelers are put off the Middle East region due to the unrest there and so Jordan, a very stable country, is an ideal destination for someone who wants a holiday with less fellow tourists. Other attractions he mentioned included swimming in the Dead Sea, and abseiling 

Andy also spoke about Jordanian cuisine, made famous by foods such as hummus and mansaf. He thought that the versions he had in Jordan are a vast improvement over what we have available, and also talked about the traditional Bedouin food he had during his time with the tribe.

For more information, visit Andy's blog - http://www.501places.com

or follow him on twitter - https://twitter.com/andyjarosz
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Herts Roller Derby

Mon, 13/04/2015 - 5:56pm
Hound from Herts Roller Derby joined us on Drivetime tonight, Hound is the bench manager for the team.

Full Metal Roller derby kick off the South East regional British championship games at the Gordon Craig Centre on 9th May at 2pm it's the Herts Breakers v Suffolk roller derby, adding to the entertainment there will also be Tombola, music, stalls, and all sorts in between.
more details can be found at the web site;
www.britishchamps.com
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New Music Playlist w/c 13th April 2015 & this week's featured track by @brookefraser

Mon, 13/04/2015 - 1:42pm
Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

AC/DC - Rock The Blues Away
Ali Campbell - I'm Missing You
Bellowhead - Roll Alabama
Beth Hart - Mechanical Heart
Billy Idol - Save Me Now
Blur - Lonesome Street
Brooke Fraser - Kings & Queens
Chic ft Nile Rodgers - I'll Be There
Duke Special - Nail On The Head
Garth Brooks - You Wreck Me
Jack Savoretti - The Other Side Of Love
JD McPherson - It's All Over But The Shouting
Jess and the Bandits - You Can't Stop Me
Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand
Josh Groban - What I Did For Love
Kodaline - The One
LunchMoney Lewis - Bills
Madonna - Ghosttown
MAGIC! - No Way No
Marc Almond - Bad To Me
Markus Feehily - Love Is A Drug
Meghan Trainor - Dear Future Husband
Mumford & Sons - Believe
Shayne Ward - My Heart Would Take You Back
Simple Minds - Midnight Walking
Stacey Solomon - Shy
Stevie McCrorie - Lost Stars
The Charlatans - Let The Good Times Be Never Ending
The Proclaimers - You Built Me Up

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Kings & Queens by Brooke Fraser:


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St Albans Jazz Ensemble

Fri, 10/04/2015 - 6:32pm
STAJE (ST. Albans Jazz Ensemble) is a St. Albans based big band that was originally set up in 2010 from the alumni members of the S.A.M.S. (St. Albans Music School) based Stage Band. Having first been involved in Stage Band as a school student.

Their next concert is at the Abbey Theater on Thursday 16t April. 
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