95 year old Edward Hardy joined his first band after returning home from serving in Japan during World War 2 and spent 40 years playing in a jazz quartet.

After being diagnosed with dementia and having to leave his wife of 75 years to move into a care a home, Edward understandably became depressed and longed for other musicians to jam with. Staff at the care home helped Edward place an advert on Gumtree asking for other musicians to jam with, and since placing the ad has been inundated with offers! Over 80 musicians have asked to jam with the war veteran and astonishingly 3 of his former band mates with whom he hadn’t spoken in over 35 years got in touch.

via SWNS

via SWNS

Edward has already jammed with a saxophonist and a double bassists and the original four piece jazz band are now in practice sessions for a reunion show.

“It is amazing so many volunteers have come forward to help me make music and it is marvellous that I have also been reunited with my old band.” said Mr. Hardy, “I have missed playing and when I do play now it makes me feel better and young again.”

Check the video after the jump for more info:

Neda Taiyebi moved from her home country of Iran to Afghanistan in 2015 after visiting and liking the people. She had dreams of launching an art magazine however when that dream didn’t quite pan out how she’d hoped she decided to try and bring art to the people of Khair Khana using a very readily available medium…abandoned war vehicles.


Khair Khana is on the outskirts of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and it’s residents have witnessed war for over three decades. As such, the area is literally littered with army vehicles, tanks and personnel carriers from when the Soviets left Afghanistan in the late ’80s.

After a long process of getting permission from the Afghan army, Neda was finally allowed, with the help of some army men, to paint the vehicles. Neda insists her work is neither political nor anti-war, but that she wanted to brighten the lives of the residents nearby and maybe make some people think and ask themselves some difficult questions about the nature of war.

via India Times

via India Times

Since our main mantra here at Rad Times is to celebrate positivity and creativity, this ticks all of our boxes; turning a reminder of difficult times gone by into something positive and creative. Biggups Neda! For more info check the Al Jazeera video below and more photo after the drop:

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Photos via India Times

An ordinary deck of cards, with layers of artificial air between, is squeezed with the small, wrinkled fingers of a man more used to counting cash. Though it is the cards that keep him in the business of illusion.

According to Brian Miller, magician and TEDx speaker, “our world is a shared experience, fractured by individual perspectives”. Complete together, yet disconnected, like a deck of cards. Shared understanding alone can bring about a society we’re all proud of, where everyone feels valued. “But what’s really wrong with where we are now?” someone shouts. Maybe they’re right. Maybe ‘now’ shouldn’t be dismissed. Maybe, even, Now is the key. Right now

I first tried ‘mindfulness meditation’ when I felt tired of worrying about everything I wanted to achieve in my life. You sit comfortably and try to focus on an ‘anchor point’, such as breathing slowly through your nose. Meditation is a simple concept but is very hard to maintain in practice, even for a minute. It may sound wacky or pointless, but recent science has shown daily meditation actively grows the area in your brain associated with compassion and self-awareness, and causes the region associated with stress to shrink. It can even boost your immune system, as the brilliant video below points out.

The Chinese tradition of Qigong is an alternative form of ‘moving meditation’ that includes Tai Chi. It aims to balance ‘qi’ (life energy), which I think of as a metaphor for a calm mental state. A feeling of harmony with the world is uncommon in our modern society, yet we all yearn for a fulfilling life. If you meditate consistently, you will feel balanced, and better able to express yourself. If enough of us take up this art, who knows what effect it could have on our relationships and even society as a whole?

“Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

If you’ve lived in a major city in the UK for a few years you can’t help but notice the number of homeless people and rough sleepers has increased exponentially in recent times. In fact the number has more than doubled since 2010, with 3569 people estimated to have been sleeping on the streets on any given night in 2015. This is a 30% increase since 2014 and 102% increase since 2010 when the figure was estimated at 1768.

So, an independent Manchester streetwear company headed up by two brothers have decided to do their bit to help with the problem. For every beanie the guys sell they will donate another beanie to a homeless person. As the saying goes, every little helps and an extra bit of warmth will go far in helping a person sleeping on the streets especially as the temperatures drop quite dramatically as day turns to night.

Brothers Sean & Andy Geaney set up We Are What We Are whilst at University and have been selling online and in a pop-up store in Affleck’s Palace ever since. The brothers come across humble and sincere on their blog post explaining the scheme;

“Without trying to sound too much like a Hollywood film, we really felt motivated and inspired to try and help out in some way. Yeah it’s only a hat, but unlike a lot of monetary donations, we will all know exactly where the whole hat is going. And yeah it’s not going to change the world, but this is the best way we can help at present, being a small independent business that is just about breaking even (don’t tell the shareholders).”

via MEN

via MEN

The brothers told the MEN; “We were inspired by people we spoke to on the streets. The togetherness and resilience of groups like the Ark and the level of positivity of people on the streets. Whether it was poem writing, singing or rubiks cube making. So we thought we would use the little platform we have and turn our helplessness into a bit of action.”

They also added; “The dream would be producing and selling enough so that we could provide some employment for those on the streets to help them get back on their feet. We’re in talks with who to donate the bulk of the hats to at the moment as we’re sure a charity is going to be better tooled up to manage the donation effectively. We also make sure that all our products are made ethically and are fair trade.”

Biggups to We Are What We Are, BUY A HAT HERE & check their links below.

We Are What We Are Links: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

15 year old William Gadoury from Saint-Jean-de-Matha in Lanaudière, Quebec has discovered an ancient Mayan city without leaving his home town!

The teenager has been fascinated with the Mayans and their culture for years and was examining 22 Mayan constellations when he discovered that if he projected them onto a map, the constellations coordinated with the locations of 117 Mayan cities. Gadoury then took his project further by examining a 23rd Mayan constellation containing 3 stars, but when he projected this one onto a map it only coordinated with 2 Mayan cities.

Gadoury was convinced there had to be another Mayan city and after contacting the Canadian Space Agency, who were able to obtain satellite images from NASA and JAXA, he discovered there were indeed geometric shapes with a pyramid and 30 buildings exactly where he had predicted. Once this find is confirmed it could be fourth largest Mayan city in existence.

“I didn’t understand why the Maya built their cities far away from rivers, in remote areas, or in the mountains,” Gadoury explained to the Journal De Montreal. The teenager has presented his findings to two Mexican archaeologists who have promised that he’ll be able to join on their excavations of the area so he’ll be one of the first people to see his discovery in the flesh!

“It would be the culmination of three years of work and the dream of lifetime.” Too right! Biggups little man!


Gadoury Visiting The Canadian Space Agency // Facebook

In April we took our first ever trip to Milan, Italy for Like a Bomb. A 2vs2 battle comprising of invites from all over Italy – to qualify for Circle Industry 2017 in Salzburg, Austria.

Alongside the 2vs2 there’s also a kids battle and a Bombwall battle. The Bombwall battle, inspired by Crumbs (Style Elements), involves using a wall in your throwdowns.

This was our first time seeing many Italian dancers. From what we saw the level was high! A lot of great dancers that are generally unknown to the worldwide Breaking community.

Having said that there were a lot of hype battles that went down. Congrats to Ormus Klan (Yaio and Danilo) for winning the 2vs2 event, Fresh (Russia) for the kids battle and Frosties (Head2Toe) for winning the Bombwall battle.

Here’s some footage of the battles along with the recap:

The day after we explored Milan! Filming in different areas with Kacyo (De Klan). Seeing him break on concrete and uneven surfaces was incredible.

We enjoyed our time in Italy and wish to come back soon!

Junglist Alliance Guest Mix for Andy H : The Rotation Show – UK Mondo

The early days of what people now refer to as bass music was very different to what we see today.

It wasn’t about “making it” or aspiring to get big DJ fees and it really wasn’t about getting your track played on Radio 1. It was about finding other people who liked this relatively unheard of and un-supported music, enjoying it and if you were really lucky being a part of it.

Alex Deadman and Junglist Alliance are a perfect example of this original mindset. Equally excited to be playing the music they have discovered and love to thousands at a festival on the other side of the planet or to a small room of people in their home town of Sheffield.

Last week Junglist Alliance joined me as my guests on my UK Mondo radio show ahead of a run of gigs which sees them picking up the mic again and taking to the turntable (yes turntables). So its was only right that I caught up with Alex & Tim and asked him a few questions.


1)  OK for those who don’t know what is JA, and how did it come about?

The Junglist Alliance was born out of a collective of DJs, MCs, promoters and party animals. We all went to school (High Storrs) together and spent our days listening to jungle tape packs and hanging out in ‘the roughs’. We started by jamming together in our cellars, taking over house parties and then went on to arrange free parties, fully legal events and made in-roads in other cities like Leeds, Nottingham and Manchester. Events like Headcharge gave us some of our first proper bookings. We were a big crew back in the day, most of the originals have gone on to better things.

2) My favourite memory of JA is seeing you guys driving down Ecclesall Road in a double decker bus blasting out Jungle for your up coming night. (Long before the days of Facebook events.) What moments really stand out for you?

Alex : The VK bus was ridiculous, I’ve no idea why they let us do that and it’s miracle that it didn’t end in a huge disaster. Doing a 4 hour set on 1Xtra in 2006 was good and getting to work with all my jungle heroes like Nicky Blackmarket, Daddy Freddy and Kenny Ken was like a dream when I was still a teenager. It’s a thrill when you play out to a big audience like 5,000+ in Spain but for me the best moments are when you’re right in the session, surrounded by the audience and fully in the moment. I can remember a party at Stag Works that ticked all those boxes!

Tim : We’ve done a few great European gigs. Rototom Sunsplash in Spain and Italy was good and playing twice at the home of Hamburg’s Antifa movement at The Rota Flora was a real honour. The stand out one was in 2009 when we travelled to Albania and played at the first ever jungle night in the capital Tirana. It was in an amazing abandoned communist era hotel which we obviously ended exploring in the dark.

3) While I know you have an interest is many other styles of music (I think you were the first person I ever heard playing Dubstep out in Sheffield) what is it that has kept you coming back to and focusing on Jungle through the years?

Alex: Jungle was our first true love musically. When I was young I heard a little bit of everything through my dad who promotes music from all over the world. When I heard jungle it was like finally finding the shoe that fit. I really enjoyed the early days of dubstep and I love reggae and early dancehall. Jungle has the right balance of musical elements and it’s generally what I want to play to people. I’m very proud of it being a truly British and multicultural music.

Tim: I’ve always loved many different types of music and naturally become involved in lots of different scenes over the years but as far performance goes, jungle was always the one. I think once you’ve put so much of your life into a specialist area like Jungle you can’t help but keep returning.

4) With DnB having moved so far from its original Jungle roots in recent years, Jungle now has a very strong identity and is easily distinguished as its own genre and culture to even the casual observer.

Who for you is still pushing forward proper jungle in 2016 and is exciting for you?

Alex: I felt this differentiation right from the start. I didn’t start DJing until the late 90s when nu-skool DnB had already taken over and I knew I wanted to play differently. There’s loads of great contemporary producers like Aries and all the Birmingham crew. There’s also some really quality guys putting out old skool jungle like Sheffield’s own Kid Lib, Tim Reaper, Percussive P and people like DJ Stretch and Bizzy B who are releasing material from back in the day that was never available to the public. Jungle has an international identity and is still reaching out into new places, it feels like there will always be a fan base now.

Tim: Yeah we never went in for the more drum and bass end of things, I know the line can get a little blurry. The stalwart of the jungle sound and culture has got to be Congo Natty and the vocalists who he’s worked with like Top Cat, Tenor Fly, Daddy Freddy and that lot. Jackie Murda is a mate and I’m big fan of his music, he’s always been flying the jungle flag and is still putting out new music that I’m feeling.

5) For anyone who listens to your radio show on Sub FM they will know that you love your dub plates name checking JA and its members and even your dad.

What would be your ultimate dub plate special for you (or any member of your family)?

Alex: Ahhhh, dubplates. My Achilles heel. For me as an avid music collector it’s the peak of exclusivity and I love all the work that goes into sorting them out. It can be nerve-wracking and disappointing but the rewards are big. I really want to get ‘100 weight of Collie Weed’ by Carlton Livingstone and was nearby a studio in Brooklyn that would have cut last month but it wasn’t to be. Ultimate dubplate special would be something really silly like an original tune featuring Celine Dion and Elephant Man.

Tim: Ha ha Deadman loves his dubplates. To be fair it is really good to have such a collection now. For me the foundation ones are the most impressive being an old reggae enthusiast, the rarer the better. I can’t pick an ultimate one out though, we’ll just keep collecting.

6) Your known for having a million projects on the go at any one time. What else are you working on right now and is there any other projects you want to big up before we finish?

Alex : I’m interested in everything and terrible at saying no, it gets me into trouble sometimes. I currently divide most of the working week between teaching for Under The Stars and doing local PR for Tramlines Festival, I’m also helping to revive R8 Records, a dubstep inspired label that started in 2007 and I do a bit of work with Off Me Nut Records. For the future, I’m hoping to launch a real ale micro-brewery with Kenny Ken called Kenny Enjoys My Tasty Records or KEMTR-ALES for short. Watch this space!

Tim: I work lots of festivals (stage management and artist liaison) and am really looking forward to this season. I run regular Jazz and Swing events all over the north as well so worth checking our website if you’re into that kind of music. www.bigswingevents.co.uk

A bit late on this one but it’s awesome anyway so if you haven’t already seen this, get ready to be impressed.

Ari Jónsson is a product design student at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and has designed a biodegradable water bottle made by combining red algae powder with water! He adds agar powder to water to make a jelly like substance and then slowly heats it before pouring into a bottle shaped mould that’s been kept cold in the freezer. The mould is then submerged in ice cold water and rotated so that the jelly/liquid covers the inside of the mould and takes on the shape of a bottle, it is then placed in the fridge for a few minutes to set before being extracted from the mould.


The bottle keeps its shape as long as it is full of water but as soon as it’s emptied it begins to decompose, and since the bottle is made from all natural materials the water inside is perfectly safe to drink, in fact if you like the taste of it you can even eat the bottle! Pretty dope right?


“If it fails, or if the bottom is too thin or it has a hole in it, I can just reheat it and pour it into the mould again,” said Jónsson to Dezeen.


Now we just need the big water companies to implement this into their products, but it’s a step forward for sure. Biggups Ari Jónsson!

This is on a similar vibe to our last post about the work of Helene Gugenheime but with tattoos instead of gold leaf.

Auberon Wolf is a tattoo artist and self harm survivor from Vancouver who has been tattooing over the scars of trauma victims as a form of catharsis to help people reclaim their bodies after whatever they may have suffered through.

Auberon Wolf

Wolf’s clientele covers people who have suffered from all sorts of trauma from self-harm and suicide attempts to domestic abuse and breast cancer survivors. Speaking to The Huffington Post about her own self-harm, wolf said;

“Those tattoos … contain elements of nature that feel larger than me — more beautiful than the ugly of my pain. They disguise my scars from myself and the world when I don’t need reminders of my bad moments interrupting my good.”

When discussing the tattoos with clients Wolf says they normally sit down for a tea or coffee and begin brainstorming;

“It is not required for anyone to share more than they want to, though I want to leave the door open whenever possible for somebody to feel connection during the process of tattooing,”

via Facebook

As you can imagine, the clients are very happy with their artwork when it’s finished. Jenny Magenta received a flower bouquet  to cover two separate scars, one from a failed suicide attempt and one from a horrible experience using an intravenous needle to treat a migraine. Speaking to CBC Jenny said;

“I now have a beautiful piece of art here, I’m able to use this as an empowering device. I don’t get traumatized anymore.”

Jenny Magenta's Flower Bouquet

Auberon Wolf Links: Website // Facebook // Twitter