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Becky Alexander joins Danny on a special occasion! She has been writing her Food & Drink column for the Herts Ad for 10 years. This amounts to about 300 columns! Becky also tells us about some local suppliers you can support including Plantopia, Bar Mezé, Spirit of Herts and Castellana Cakes. You can find out more about Becky on her Instagram Packe…
 
Do you remember the wonderful puppets and procession that attract such attention each June here in St Albans? They are all to celebrate the man called Alban who gave his life for a priest who was condemned to death just for being a Christian here in our city which was then named Verulamium. Of course we need to remember that Britain was a pagan cou…
 
Alan Bellinger returns with an update on COVID-19 in our local area and tells us about his experience of having the first installment of the vaccine. More details, including facts, figures and links on Alan’s Health Matters post. Matt and Laura give details on a few local news stories, including a poorly installed ‘traffic calming’ measure on a St …
 
This time, Elspeth explores all subjects connected with the word “Invisible”. For example, how you define the word. She also discovers invisibility as a theme in a children’s novel, a piece of adult non-fiction, and in a film. She considers views on the current COVID-19 situation and even discovers that scientists are working on actually making obj…
 
On this week’s edition we hear from our book correspondent Clare Hobba. This month’s book recommendations are based around the them of Holiday Adventures. Clare chose this theme as this is the time of year when many of us look ahead to breaks and holidays we plan to take. Her selections are: The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane The Salt Path by Raynor…
 
I wonder how many of you made New Year’s resolutions this year. And the next question is – Have you kept any of them? Elspeth looks into the origins of New Year’s resolution and discovers that they go back thousands of years. But has this “lockdown year” encouraged us to do new things? For example – more exercise, or building more relationships, or…
 
On this week’s edition of the St Albans Podcast, we hear from our legal correspondent Michael Labrum. He discusses buying and selling property during the latest lockdown and the issue of wrongful trading for company directors. Michael is from Labrums Solicitors and to find out more, check out his law firm www.labrums.co.uk Also on the show we hear …
 
In this Just Elspeth podcast, she explores exactly what we mean by beauty but finds that it is a concept that be applied to so many different aspects of life. There is beauty in a child’s smile, but also in the design of a new car. There is beauty in the countryside, but also in a kind act of compassion. There is beauty in the skill and care of hos…
 
Today, in a season when Covid 19 has brought up so much hardship for so many people, not only in illness and death but in businesses closing with the consequence of many made redundant, the word “forgiveness” is hard to live out in reality. Elspeth looks a little at its history, centres on the words of Jesus, discovers poetry and films that feature…
 
And what a different Christmas this year, as we all struggle to bring the same joy and festivity to the festival ! Elspeth chats about some local Christmas events, about past Christmases, and reads a somewhat humorous poem based on a famous early 19thcentury rhyme…”Twas the night before Christmas”, and manages to make a point at the same time. The …
 
We welcome back Alan Bellinger as our health correspondent, with his feature ‘Health Matters’. He is talking to us about the latest on COVID, follow along with the details on his blog post: Health Matters. Matt and Laura from the Herts Ad bring us a smattering of local news stories. Get the details as well as many more stories on the Herts Ad webpa…
 
In this podcast, Elspeth faces the problem that comes to most of us, at some time, and particularly so during this pandemic. Anxiety. She doesn’t think most of us worry about contracting the virus as much as worrying about the inevitable constraints that need to be in place to halt its spread. There’s the agony of not allowing contact with an agein…
 
Clare Hobba brings us a couple of winter themed books to get us through the cold, dark, maybe even snowy nights! She has picked The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall (2015) and Pine by Francine Toon (2020) which was shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Crime Debut of the Year. One more suggestion is Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney (also The Tenderness of W…
 
On this week’s edition of the St Albans Podcast, we hear from our legal correspondent Michael Labrum. He explains the concept of negligence, from a legal perspective. Michael is from Labrums solicitors and to find out more, check out his law firm www.labrums.co.uk Also on the show we hear from Matt Adams and Laura Bill from the Herts Advertiser. Th…
 
In this Just Elspeth Podcast, she wonders if saying “thank you” has gone out of fashion. Are people oblivious to the fact that just a sincere word of thanks has a real warming effect on a person? Of course, the way you say the word might give the opposite effect. She reminds us that the way we receive a present, can bring even more pleasure than th…
 
Get that sated feeling with this weeks podcast. We have regular local food & drink expert Becky Alexander talking to us all about delivery services other local food solutions. Try plant-based dishes straight to your door by Plantopia and visit Seed & Grain cafe (or get takeaway) located at the Hertfordshire Garden Centre. Find out more from Becky o…
 
You must agree that this is an unusual job for one of our St Albans residents. However, skills in puppetry, juggling, story telling and even the art of writing and acting out his own stories, has brought Neil, with his wife Hazel to regularly “go on the road” to perform. However there is an added twist to this story. Neil and Hazel are Christians, …
 
Matt and Laura from the Herts Ad bring us some local news stories. They tell us about an unfortunate incident where a young girl was injured by a discarded needle and about new charges for garden waste collection. A good news story follows about a couple who managed to pull together plans for their wedding in a few short days before the new lockdow…
 
Do you remember the red post boxes in St Albans town centre, decorated with pretty woollen bonnets for Christmas? The boxes stand proudly there to represent the amazing postal system in our country. Elspeth discovers when the postal system was first devised, shares a bit of its history, and catches some humorous ways that posties have delivered the…
 
Resident book correspondent Clare Hobba suggests books about Time Travel for her December book club. She picked The Time-Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley. She notes that many of the best books about time travel were written originally for children but have resonances beyond that. For exa…
 
Everyone enjoys remembering stories they read as children. Elspeth surveys the centuries of famous children’s… The post Just Elspeth (The Joy of Children’s Stories) appeared first on St Albans Podcast with Danny Smith.St Albans Podcast による
 
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