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Jamaican me crazy! Travel the world with art auctioneer, record producer & Bondi Beach Breakfast host, Boston Rodriguez | Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Episode #121.

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Boston Rodriguez (Bondi Beach Breakfast) live with Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet) on Bondi Beach Radio.

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #121 Boston Rodriguez (record producer & Bondi Beach Breakfast radio host). 

 
Ever wanted to Choose Your Own Adventure?
 
I don’t mean like in the books that you used to explore as a kid, I mean in life!
 
To turn the page and venture down a path without knowing what lies ahead, just because you think that it might get you to a place that you never even dreamed of.
 
Well, then welcome to my life… and the life of record producer & Bondi Beach Breakfast host on Bondi Beach Radio, Boston Rodriguez.
 
Life is to be enjoyed and from an early age, this fast-talking, energetic North London lad has built a life and career out of exploration.
 
Whether it be writing/presenting nationwide radio music documentaries whilst living in New Zealand, opening up the eyes and world of Kingston’s youth whilst working as an art auctioneer in Jamaica or his London  journey from star music student to record producer, the life of Boston Rodriguez is one of Choose Your Own Adventure and it is truly my pleasure to bring that adventure to you!
 
Let’s get into it!
 
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Boston Rodriguez (record producer & Bondi Beach Breakfast radio host) live with Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet) on Bondi Beach Radio.

Mardi Gras, Social Media & Go-go dancing with Craig Mack | Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Episode #120.

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Craig Mack on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!
Craig Mack on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #120 Craig Mack (Social Media Strategist, Influencer & Model). 

Sick chats with my inspiring home-boy Craig Mack, Geek, Flirt, Model at @winkmodelsaus, Social Media Manager (@TEDxSydney @pinnaclefound), blogger, Go-go dancer and brand ambassador (@getwoofd @theright_fit).
 
We discuss a range of different topics including his work with TEDx, theright.fitThe Pinnacle Foundation and changing the lives of disadvantaged LGBTIQ students, what it’s like to work in the social media industry, global game-changing social media campaigns, drag queens, Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival and parade, life and what it’s like to run your own freelance business in the digital and the joys of working with social enterprise.
 
How is an absolutely amazing and inspiring individual and it is truly a pleasure to be able to share his story!
 
❤️
Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
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‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:
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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.
Craig Mack on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!
Craig Mack on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!

Krafty Kuts + Chali 2NA (Jurassic 5) launch brand new track ‘It Ain’t My Fault” in Bondi Beach!

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DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #119 Krafty Kuts + Chali 2NA from Jurassic 5 live in Bondi. 

3pm on Friday, my friend AJ from Central Station Records drops me a line…
 
“We have Krafty Kuts & Chali 2na (Jurassic 5) launching their brand new single ‘It Ain’t My Fault’ at the Beach Road Hotel in Bondi this Wednesday 1st of March…” can we hook up an interview on Bondi Beach Radio?
 
Yes, yes and yes… 
 
So AJ sends me through a couple of pressers (press releases) and a copy of the brand new single “It Ain’t My Fault” and then come Monday morning, I find myself in the boardroom at Central Station Records in Sydney for a 2:1 chat with Kraft Kuts and Chali 2na. Awesome!
 
Our vast ranging chats cover Krafty Kuts’ earliest ever memory from his childhood of the family cat in Kingston upon Thames in the UK and Chali’s memories of his 2nd birthday in the projects of south-side Chicago, the pleasures of working with Dynamite MC and Chali 2na to bring this jam to life, our shared experiences of the inspiration of hip hop street art in Miami, Rome, Montpellier, Belgium and their 2 pieces of advice that Krafty Kuts and Chali 2na give to someone who has a dream, but is afraid to take that first step.
 
As Krafty tells it, studying your art and creating magic is all about practicing your art form to hone yourself into the best at what you do and I felt that myself even during this interview, as while I usually capture what I need in hour long shows that I’ve been recording for 2.5 years, we made this shit work in 25 minutes. 
 
I’ll be heading down to their show Beach Road Bondi as part of the global ‘Hands High’ Tour tonight (Wednesday night 1st of March) for sure!
 
Stoked to be able to launch “It Ain’t My Fault” by Krafty Kuts & Dynamite MC featuring Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 on my show on Bondi Beach Radio and you can download the interview right here, right now on iTunes.
 
These two gentleman are consummate professionals, super enigmatic and downright lovely… And maaaaaaannnn… this jam is GOLD!

Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.

119 Krafty Kuts + Chali 2NA from Jurassic 5 live in Bondi

STREAT co-founder & CEO, Bec Scott, changing the world through social enterprise.

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Bec Scott (co-founder & CEO of STREAT) drops by the Hot & Delicious podcast. Photo Credit: Alice Hutchison.

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #117 Bec Scott (STREAT co-founder & CEO). 

 
Exciting Bondi Beach Radio show for Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! this week as we catch-up with Bec Scott, co-founder & CEO of STREAT, a social enterprise set-up to stop youth homelessness.
 
With what started as an idea on the streets of Vietnam, STREAT has rapidly evolved from their very 1st food cart in Melbourne’s iconic tourist destination Federation Square in 2010 to multiple STREAT cafes/venues around Melbourne, a Friends of STREAT cookbook and designer coffee all available for purchase online with funds going back to training and providing jobs for our homeless youth.
 
It’s wonderful to be able to share the STREAT story with my Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and Bondi Beach Radio audience! 
 
To experience the outlook of a human like Bec Scott who’s not only making a selfless, positive impact on the world around her, but a self-sustaining and ever-growing one.
 
I only hope this show can inspire you to do the same! Let’s get into it!
 

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #117 Bec Scott (STREAT co-founder & CEO). 

Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.

 

Homeless in Melbourne – a little perspective and it’s everywhere.

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1-2 homeless guys sleep here every night - Spencer St carpark, Melbourne
1-2 homeless guys sleep here every night – Spencer St carpark, Melbourne

Every day my heart breaks a little.

On the weekend, en route to my Saturday morning happy place, Queen Victoria Markets, I stumble across this shaggy, curly-haired guy with snow-white 3-day growth, weather-beaten green cap and no front teeth.

Unlike the hundreds of other times I’ve walked past homeless people in Melbourne I look him in the eye and say hello. I keep walking past like I usually do, as I truly don’t believe in giving money to homeless people for “food & accommodation” because of “this affliction” or “that illness”, but in this instance I walk back to the gentleman about 10 minutes later and ask him if he is hungry. He says no as I’ve found people who beg for change in Australia invariably do, whether it be through pride or the fact that in reality earnings are funneled into a drug habit, alcohol to numb the pain or all of the above.

While not every person in this world is in a position to be able to work and I can’t begin to fathom the myriad of scenarios that has led each of our country’s homeless people to be on the street, I don’t believe throwing loose change at someone’s cap, cup or raggedy t-shirt solves any problems or should relieve us from the guilt of seeing our fellow man roughing it on the street.

An hour or two later, my shopping almost complete, I walk past shaggy green cap guy out in the open outside a disused Italian restaurant exchanging his “earnings” with a shady-looking character carrying a small, dark sports bag, not 30 metres from where he’d been begging for change earlier. When I lock eyes with shaggy green cap guy while passing by, he looks at me with anger, aggression and suspicion as if he hadn’t even remembered speaking with me.. and perhaps he didn’t.

The tree that shaggy green cap guy was sitting under..
The tree that shaggy green cap guy was sitting under..

I’ve traveled and lived across the world for many years and seen some of the most awful things, not just in 2nd and 3rd world countries, but 1st world countries also. I’ve also seen the most unabashed joy from people in far away places who have very little. I like to keep it positive and Australia is a country where I feel so few inhabitants appreciate just how lucky we are. I am frustrated daily by the lack of thought, understanding and compassion of humans towards our fellow man.

Whether it be through domestic violence, mental illness, family breakdown, a shortage of affordable housing, unemployment or drug and alcohol abuse, there are thousands upon thousands of homeless people in Australia and it’s not going away. The easiest thing for those of us with our health and a job to do is to keep on walking by.. to turn a blind eye, but if enough of us make an effort to help our fellow man in whatever capacity we deem fit, through seeking a better understanding, financial or voluntary support, then surely that small contribution can help make the world a better place for us all to live in.

All I ask of each of you reading this is that each and every day, do one thing positive for someone else (preferably a stranger), just because you can. Say hello to the peeps behind the deli at the supermarket or the checkout chick with the glum expression at the checkout.. ask them how their day’s going.. chances are they’d rather be elsewhere.. offer the homeless guy a sandwich or even hold the door open for someone who arrives at the same time as you.

It’s amazing how a simple act of kindness for a stranger can make your own day. 

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1-2 homeless guys sleep here every night - Spencer St carpark, Melbourne
1-2 homeless guys sleep here every night – Spencer St carpark, Melbourne