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This month another set of recommendations are coming from Clare. She tells us about her choices for May, all about the bees. Her choices are The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri, History of Bees by Maja Lunde and Bee Quest by Dave Goulson. This could be a year to plan to find out more about the birds or insects or plants in your area and visi…
 
After enduring about a year of COVID restrictions, Elspeth looks at all the words that are now quite normal, and part of every day speech. She discovers that words such as pandemic, quarantine, and lockdown compete for the most used words, ever in this past year, and words such as sanitiser, and and social distancing, which were hardly used before …
 
Michael Labrum is telling us about ‘rights of way’ this week. These don’t just exist in the countryside, but potentially through a part of your land so your neighbour can access their bin! Find out more about Michael on Labrums Solicitors website. Matt Adams from the Herts Ad brings us some local news stories. This includes a campaign to bring coff…
 
This week, Elspeth was about to sow some lettuce seeds and she was amazed how tiny there were. This set her thinking. How could all the power to create plants, whether lettuces, or trees, or even planets come from almost nothing? So she looked at how people explained creation, from modern scientists, to modern Biblical scholars. The post Just Elspe…
 
Now the history of Easter is a mixed bag – both of traditions, and even of religions. So many of the different celebrations of Easter date from the seasons, and even from pre-Christian days. As to the customs, from hot cross buns to bottle kicking, they are a far cry from Jesus Christ, his death and resurrection. Elspeth creates a pot pourri of dif…
 
Need local food and drink knowledge? You’ve come to the right place. Becky Alexander is here again telling us about some yummy stuff. Find out about the “Alban Bun”, the original hot cross bun!! You can get some great Malaysian street food from Lime Face Food. Becky also mentions the reopening of The Camp Fish & Chips shop. Matt Adams from the Hert…
 
Elspeth wonders what effect the shutting down of normal church worship in St. Albans for part of this last year, will have. Will there be a growth of an INVISIBLE CHURCH ? Will those who don’t believe in the Christian faith, change their minds? She also checks on the number of different ways Christianity is expressed in this city, and wonders wheth…
 
WARNING – This episode discusses the issues surrounding sexual harassment Alan Bellinger looks at more COVID-19 related information this month: Is AZ Vaccine Safe? Covid-19 Numbers; Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment; and St Albans City Hospital. Find out more in his Health Matters blog post. In a special segment this week, Laura Bill talks about her expe…
 
“Oh to book a holiday” and “When is it safe to book a holiday” are thoughts on our minds at the moment. Elspeth recalls a few holidays on her own, without David, That certainly didn’t go to plan! The post Just Elspeth (Holiday Escapades) appeared first on St Albans Podcast with Danny Smith.St Albans Podcast による
 
Clare gives us some more recommendations this month of whole worlds in minature. Her short story collection suggestions are Girl, Balancing by Helen Dunmore (2018), Nocturnes – Five stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro (2010) and The Complete Short Stories (Penguin Modern Classics) by Saki (2000). David Widdowson returns to the podcast …
 
This may be a subject you don’t want to consider, but in this pandemic, with hope on the horizon, Elspeth bravely takes on the subject of what people think happens to them after they die! This is not a modern question. Archaeologists show us many artefacts left in tombs by the Ancient Egyptians, Babylonians and other ancient civilisation. But her c…
 
Michael Labrum brings us an interesting case study this week. He tells about an intestacy ruling. This is when some dies without a Will and it must be decided who inherits their estate. You can find out more about Michael and Labrums Solicitors on their website. Matt and Laura from the Herts Ad bring us more local news. They report on the vaccine s…
 
Are you, as they say, “a creature of habit”? Elspeth admits that, compared with several of her friends, she likes to eat or exercise or play the piano at certain set times. She wishes that computer technology would get simpler, and admits that she screams inside herself when she finds that the password she‘s used a few years ago is not acceptable n…
 
This week Becky Alexander brings us news of upcoming openings for new food & drink venues once restrictions ease. These include Brewhouse Coffee in Wheathamstead and Alban’s Well on St Peter’s Street. Laura from the Herts Ad is telling us about a story on the former Butterfly World site. Another story is urging residents to be cautious regarding CO…
 
Elspeth relates how she is at the very beginning of a long journey, but with a good outcome, if she can do all the work. Yes, a publisher has offered to take her collection of poems, and Elspeth shares all the ins and outs of preparation and hard work that has to be done. She has published a book before, but remembers that period as taking such a l…
 
Alan Bellinger brings us the latest news and information about COVID-19 in St Albans. The details he discussed can be found in his Health Matters blog post. He also links to the dashboard where you can check the information for yourself too. Matt & Laura from the Herts Ad bring us some local stories including the latest on city centre pedestrianisa…
 
It’s winter, with lashings of rain and a bit of snow, which does not encourage a cheerful spirit!! Elspeth discovers a few of the creative activities that are being done, in this “new” age and the range of old TV programmes that are being “dredged up” to give us all enjoyment. She also recommends watching the programmes online that feature Christia…
 
Following up her choices of books around Black Lives Matter from August 2020, Clare Hobba realised she had recommended American authors. While reading about experiences from all around the world is important, she wanted to bring you some options by British authors. Her suggestions are: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo, 26a by Diana Evans a…
 
February is usually rainy, cold and with snow showers, and the one lighter note is Valentine’s Day. But how did it start and how many Saints named Valentine were there? When did the romantic side of it come in? Elspeth brings you some surprising facts and you may not be surprised that a lot of these stem back to the Romans. However, it’s not all on…
 
This week Michael Labrum is telling us about the stamp duty holiday and how it is coming to an end. An important listen if you are buying or selling a house. You can find out more about Michael on his website Labrum Solicitors. Matt and Laura from the Herts Advertiser bring us the local news from the St Albans area. Find out about the stories and m…
 
On this week’s edition we hear from our book correspondent Clare Hobba. This month’s book… The post Holiday Adventure Books, Free School Meals & Theatre Refunds appeared first on St Albans Podcast with Danny Smith.St Albans Podcast による
 
On this week’s edition of the St Albans Podcast, we hear from our legal correspondent… The post Buying or Selling Property During Lockdown? Plus Local News appeared first on St Albans Podcast with Danny Smith.St Albans Podcast による
 
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