Thin Floors and Tall Ceilings

Odesza - A Moment Apart

Thin Floors and Tall Ceilings

Odesza - A Moment Apart

One of the most annoying, but also defining traits of my mind is the ability to picture scenes in such detail that is so frustrating that I want to record it. This is what happened while listening to the new Odesza album. This album releases so many emotions as it is a blend of beautiful instrumental tracks, uplifting vocals, and everything in between. Especially while listening to “Thin Floors and Tall Ceilings”.

I spent approximately 45 minutes listening to this track over and over, picturing a music video, every intricate detail was running through my head. The colours, the depth of field, the characters, the lighting, and more importantly the story.

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The Outpost Show Podcast

Outpost

My long lost friend Daryl who I haven’t seen since 2012/2013 invited me on his second ever episode of his podcast. Honestly, I sound like a school boy in this so take it with a grain of salt. We discussed our iPad Pro’s the apps we and what we’d like to see.

Please head over to his website and give it a listen.

Outpost

The Propspect of Moving to Bigger and Better Things

Birmingham Bullring

The prospect of moving? It seems it might soon be time to move from my home town of Malvern and live in a city. Recently I have been evaluating how much I earn and if it is enough to help advance where I want to go in life. I can honestly say no it’s not helping. So I have been looking for jobs in Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol.

These three cities over the same type of job that I am on now, but with huge salary increases for less work. It is a no brainer then, that I take the risk of a fresh start in a new city and apply for jobs.

The Prospect of Moving

Moving to another city is daunting, especially as I’m happy being comfortable right now. The issue is moving all of my belongings, starting a new job, and then making friends. Obviously, I have a few friends in each of these cities, but obviously, the more the better. Fortunately, I’m quite independent and if in doubt, I can always become a hermit and play video games all the time.

So what sort of jobs am I applying for? Well, I’ve applied for social media and digital marketing roles with at least a £25,000 salary. The cities mentioned above all have these roles as options.

So today I spent the day with Dean Cueson a local of Birmingham walking around town. Dean gave me a taste of some of the places I’ll be spending my time at in Birmingham. I also used this as an opportunity to purchase some more clothes.

Picture of Birmingham

Recently I’ve failed to take photographs, but I wanted to take a few. The weather wasn’t the best so I made do with what I could. Below is a selection of mediocre photos.

Spock BearBirmingham Canal
Birmingham Bullring

Birmingham Bullring

Help Those Who Help You

Help Those Who Help You

They say that you should never take anything for granted. This is entirely true, so you should always repay debts and be kind to others.

Help Those Who Help You

Since starting at Teme Industries I’ve pushed to involve the local scene to come support the shop. I have always done my best to help them out whenever I can. One person who has helped out an insane amount is Jack Lannie. Jack has sent customers across Worcester to our shop and repped hard since I began. This level of dedication was never asked for and has been a staple in the character that Jack has. I want to help out my friends and I do not want this hard work and friendship to go unnoticed.

So as of today, I’m excited to announce the Jack Lannie having spoken with my boss about it over the past few months is now the first rider to be repping the brand Teme BMX. He’ll be sporting the frame (only five were made in this colour), wheels, forks, and bars. I couldn’t let him have half a bike, so we hooked Jack up with fresh Odyssey and BSD parts to complete the ride.

Teme BMX is not interested in paying riders insane amounts of money. We want to help local riders and build a scene based on community, not money. Jack is a shredder who has a positive attitude to riding who travels about the UK with other riders and his other sponsor Unit3Sixty.

Jack Lannie on Teme BMX
Jack Lannie New Bike

 

“You’ve Got to be Selfish to be Selfless”

Gourmet Burger Kitchen - Worcester

Selfishness is a horrible thing, but as Gary Vaynerchuk once said: “You’ve got to be selfish to be selfless”. If you can’t be happy with yourself, how can you be happy around others? Since my last post, I have been in a perpetual state of selfishness. I have been working hard on Logic BMX, building up the foundations of a new empire and working hard on improving my own physical image and appearance. This has allowed me to go out of my way for other people in the past week.

A New Image

A new image? Yes, I’ve gone for a new hairstyle, entrusting the local barber at Barber Town Barnards Green. I sat in the chair and said, do what you think is best, and he delivered. So if you see me, I’ll be sporting a number one and taped hair with the traditional Chris flick.

The empire is slowly coming to fruition, I’m slowly producing the website, I have two great articles ready to launch with a huge opinion piece and an interview with an established pro rider. I’m hoping to launch it by the end of the week. Camera wise, I’m still in the process of saving money for one.

My good friend George Taylor has offered to purchase his old camera back from the purchaser and kindly allow me to use it. This is one of the nicest gestures a friend has ever done and to top it all off I’m extremely excited to see him get back into filming. We had a fun little rivalry when we were younger.

Chris Wilmshurst - New Image

Health Changes

Health Wise, my diet has now slowed down and I’m eating more and more normal meals. I have even been out to dinner multiple times with my good friends Meg, George, and Dean. It’s been nice to check out some of the restaurants that Worcester has to offer since the opening of Cathedral plaza.

I can honestly see myself taking many people out for meals; however, I took Meg out to Yo Sushi to thank her for being a top friend over the past few months and I think next time I’ll put a cap on how much she can order. My bill came to £80 (with tip). However, it was a good experience. It was not the most amazing sushi I’ve ever had, but the staff were welcoming, the atmosphere was relaxed and freebies were being handed out most of the evening as it was a new restaurant.

Yo Sushi Worcester

I and George dined it up at Gourmet Burger Kitchen on Sunday after shopping for new clothing (once again, referring back to a new image and selfishness) and I tried Avocado for the first time. It was not on its own, but it was coupled with lamb and a burger in a tasty bun. I’d highly recommend it to anyone in Worcester, make the trip for that single burger alone.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen - Worcester

Selfish to be Selfless. A Good Deed

To return to my opening paragraph, selfishness has allowed me to give back. As I have focused on myself so much recently building up my confidence and mental game, I wanted to give back to someone in a big way and fate threw an old friend I haven’t seen for three years. Becky Winter is an aspiring and very good wedding photographer.

Recently Becky purchased a new WordPress theme and was stuck with how to install it and upgrade her website. After diagnosing that her web hosting was awful I had to intervene and help out. Her web hosting offered her very little storage and bandwidth to the point where she had exceeded both. The file permissions were all completely wrong and the server was painfully slow. It was at this point that I offered to host her using my own SSD VPS (Solid State Drive Virtual Private Server). I took care of migrating her entire website and setting it up.

Selfish to be Selfless - Becky Winter Photography

The task was of a mammoth proportion, the theme she had purchased came with an awfully complicated. I spent the majority of an evening figuring out how these plugins built pages from unhelpful documentation and videos provided.

Once I had built a structure for Becky, we sat down at her iMac as Dan played Zelda. We went through and audited each page for their strengths and weaknesses, tweaking them and adding bits here and there. I then went through the gallery system used to create these pages and explained and how each part worked. I then left the website in the capable hands of Becky who is now tweaking it to her final liking.

The Great Video Debate

Passport to vlogging

I’ve been one of the most critical people of vlogging in the past, but in recent years I’ve come to love the medium as a form of learning and entertainment. To me, a successful vlog needs to be put together well, have character, interesting topics and content with good flow.

So why title this entry as “The Great Video Debate”? It all stems down to what I’ve said above, I’ve become a fan of vlogs, I follow many entrepreneurs, tech, and camera vlogs and they present a new unique view on life and everything around us. I’ve been debating whether to partake in vlogging during my upcoming travels. I’m not a huge fan of presenting myself on camera; as I’m not what you’d call an entertainer. I’d consider myself a voice of reason in the background, a coach, and someone who helps people understand their potential. I am usually the guy people come to for help and advice on things. That’s why recently when I became that person it was very hard for me.

Passport to vlogging

This will be the route to the beginning of vlogging

What content will you produce?

If I were to take on this role, what content would I produce? Well firstly, travel and adventure is something I would love to portray. Day to day activities consist of work and some form of a social or unsociable act and when I’m at home I am waiting for the next day; this clearly wouldn’t be interesting content. Another avenue that I could essentially re-visit is BMX. I ride with a lot of characters and some great people. I’d love to document these people once again like I used too, but with a more relaxed and non-filtered vibe.  I have also thought about doing little vlogs about the restaurants I visit, why? because I like to go to quirky and well-reviewed restaurants (no Nandos vlogs here).

What camera will you use?

Now the ultimate question is, how on earth am I going to shoot vlogs without owning a camera? This is the tricky part in my mind. Looking around the internet at it seems the most highly praised vlog cameras are the Sony a7s and a7r. The affordability of both of these cameras right now is a big no no. Spending over £2,000 on a camera and lens for vlogging is not going to happen. I understand I’d use it for a lot more, but it is such a large expense when I no longer earn money from filming. My obvious choice would be to utilise the camera on my iPhone 7+. I’ve filmed BMX clips with my phone and the quality has come out excellent, add that to the fact it has built in image stabilisation and 4K 30fps recording. It would be foolish to not give it a try.

 

Obsession: Sam Hamer

Obsession Sam Hamer

What made me post this old gem? I was checking analytics and SEO business and while searching the rankings this popped up.

I filmed this as a university (college + university degree) project for “online content” at the time I was already established in online media working for Vital BMX, but I wanted to branch out and try something different. I approached Sam Hamer who is a close friend of mine who I’ve known for many years about shooting a short skateboarding documentary on him. Looking back on this I was extremely proud when I finished it, but now I can point out everything that’s wrong with the oddly placed answers to the overly loud background music.

There is something so satisfying about reliving and looking back on the past. You can see how you’ve progressed and how you learnt to fix things. You can apply these skills to everything in life.

Needless to say, I think I may start producing more of these in the future if I  ever pick up a camera again. It fascinates me to shadow people and get a story on their lives and their obsessions.

If you think this would be a good idea let me know? Who would you want to see something like this shot with? Should I bring back the short “Obsession” series?

Obsession: Sam Hamer from Chris Wilmshurst on Vimeo.

Movimiento es Vida

Rainbow Bridge Tokyo

“Movimiento es Vida” – A simple Spanish saying that translates to “movement is life” this is something my friend told me and it hit home hard. We are not supposed to stay in the same place our entire lives. Movement and adventure enrich our lives and because of this, we cannot allow ourselves to become stale and complacent being in the same space for too long.

Movement is something I’ve seriously lacked in the past four years. I have failed on numerous attempts to bite the bullet and drop £80+ on renewing my passport. This prevented me from stepping out into the world and escaping England. Honestly, my own tightness and unwillingness did this. I was of the opinion that £80 could have been better spent on new camera gear, new computer equipment, on a good meal, or put fuel in my car for another month. Pretty much any excuse under the sun to avoid shelling out money. Over a month ago I said, fuck it! I’m getting it sorted and I’m going to travel, I’m going to experience these places I’ve always wanted to visit but avoided doing anything about it.

Paris, France

I’m determined to make up for all those lost years I failed to take advantage of and travel to another country. I have a list of countries and a plan to visit them over the course of the next 18 months. I once made a promise to someone that we’d go to Paris. I still intend to keep that promise with or without that person. It is somewhere that I have been on numerous occasions, visited the sights, Disney Land and Christmas shopping. It may be considered expensive and nothing special by some, but I enjoy the history and places it has to offer.

Rainbow Bridge Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan is one place I’ve always wanted to visit and after looking at flights and hotel costs along with consultation from friends who have been it is very affordable. Eight nights in Tokyo is definitely on the cards for a period between December and February. This will all rely on whether I can maintain my strict saving habit. Being such a huge fan of Asian food, culture, and even a little bit of Anime it is quite honestly one place I’ve always dreamt about visiting and if I could speak Japanese I’d probably move there.

Seoul, South Korea

Another place I have on my bucket list is South Korea. As a lover of cheesy Korean dramas, the food, and culture it is a no-brainer that I’d want to visit Seoul and marvel at all the technological wonders it offers. This will be a scary place to go on my own as ideally, I would love to experience this with a partner, but part of any movement is having the courage to go to places on your own.

Dubrovnik

I also wouldn’t be a Game of Thrones fan if I didn’t visit Kings Landing itself which is in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. A weekend will be enough for me as I’ve heard that since the release of Game of Thrones it has become quite expensive.

This will become an expensive 18 months, but my finances have become under control, I’m no longer spending excessive amounts on fuel every week. Saving has become a strong factor in my goals I am aiming to achieve and this will go a long way. Cut out the crap, sell things I no longer need, only spend when absolutely necessary and make the most of the freedoms I have. And all of these places I will document and take hundreds of photos to share. My blog will become the one stop shop for me to describe and present my experiences with you. I hope you’ll pop by when that happens.

 

Topokki – A little Taste of Korea

Amongst a flurry of Chinese restaurants in Birmingham lies a small but quirky Korean restaurant. I was first introduced to Topokki several years ago and it instantly became one of my favourite places to dine, so much so that I’d happily drive one hour to Birmingham just to sit down for a good meal.

Topokki’s decor is littered with cultural references
Atmosphere is something that can make or break a restaurant experience for me, upon entering you’re greeted by smiling staff who promptly ask how many are in your party and if you’ve booked a reservation, if you haven’t booked they’ll do their best to seat you, even if this means sitting at a table normally meant for six people. For some, this may be a problem, but for me, this isn’t a problem. I’d happily sit with strangers as social interaction is something I enjoy but do not partake in enough, so I welcome this as it would make for a richer dining experience.  As you look around the restaurant you’ll notice people of all ages, sexes, and ethnicities all happily interacting and enjoying the food presented to them. It isn’t a loud restaurant and by no means quiet, it’s somewhere where you can go have a serious chat or kick back and enjoy good food with good people. They offer a variety of traditional Korean dishes and their own special dishes which tantalise taste buds, and offer lovers of spice something new and interesting to try.

Topokki kiosk
Before we talk about the food we should really talk about the service and the restaurant itself. Unlike most dining experiences in and around the Chinese quarter of Birmingham, Topokki skips the traditional decor and combines a rustic, up-cycle feel with plain walls and artwork with cultural references. You have standard wooden table and chairs and chopsticks, forks and spoons are within arms reach. The room is lit by stylish lamps that hang from the ceiling.

Having been multiple times, I can safely say that the staff are all friendly, polite, and very knowledgeable about each and every dish they serve. I once sat beside a couple who were first timers at the restaurant and new to Korean food, the manager personally spent 10 to 15 minutes explaining various dishes. He went into detail about the ingredients, the level of spice, even down to what utensils would be best to use. The level of care and knowledge in the food and service is exactly what keeps bringing me back.

So back to the reason I was at Topokki. Over the past few weeks, I’ve picked Dean Cueson up whenever we have decided to go riding and one day he, unfortunately, left his debit card at home. So, me being the good friend that I am picked up his tab. As a token of he appreciated he offered to pay for dinner one day, so I suggested Topokki. Lucky for me it also happened to be a favourite of his too.

Now onto the food! I am a big fan of Asian cuisine and I swear on my personal view that Pho is the greatest dish ever created. I love East Asian food so much that I plan to travel to South Korea this year for the Seoul purpose (see what I did there?) of eating food. I opted for Jeyuk BokkEum – a spicy fried pork dish with vegetables, and rice. The presentation was excellent, a dome of rice was presented in front of me with my spicy pork besides it and a small dollop of mixed leafed salad. Simple, but very appealing in my eyes. The pork was tender, juicy and had no lack of flavour, the spices were the right temperature, not overwhelming, but also not mild. Portion sizes are not overly gracious, if you have a large appetite it might be worth ordering a side like I did, but for the price you are paying at £7.50for this dish is a steal and you’re getting a good amount for what you pay.

Jeyuk BokkEum
Now onto my second dish, which I shall class as a side. When placing my order I remembered eating an incredible dish of spicy and juicy chicken, but my memory wasn’t with me that day so I asked the young waitress who was serving us if she could help joggle my memory by poorly describing it to her. In the end, she pointed me in the direction of a side dish of sweet and spicy chicken breasts. I can tell you now, I would have married that girl right there if I could have. Her recommendation was incredibly tasty! The only way I can describe the chicken was Juicy, tender, sweet, spicy, and oh so good. It might be the best chicken I have eaten and it was at that point that I felt like I should have ordered more, but unfortunately for me, it would interfere with the strict diet I am currently enduring (more on that in a future post).

Topokki’s chicken is heavenly
But Chris, what about drinks? On a normal day, I’d have a bottle of Asahi with my meal, there is something about that beer I love, it goes down so well and has a slight wheat taste to it. However, on this occasion, I decided to go for refillable green tea, something only few restaurant offer. One thing to note is if you are only planning to have one cup of green tea, £1.60 might seem a little steep, but for those who enjoy the drink and have room for more than one cup, you’ll be happy with the refillable option.

So what do I think of Topokki? I think it is pretty obvious that I hold this place in such high regards. From the incredibly helpful and friendly staff, the food, the atmosphere, and the price I believe that it is a must-visit restaurant. Oh, before I sign off it is worth mentioning that they also serve sushi Tuesday to Sunday that is freshly prepared by a specialist sushi chef.

Topokki Sushi
Restaurant Info
Topokki,
1C Hurst St,
Birmingham,
B5 4TD

Telephone
0121 666 7200


Opening Hours
Monday – Friday 12:00 to 22:00
Saturday – 12:00 to 23:00
Sunday – 12:00 to 9:00

Website
http://www.topokki.info

Worcester Isn’t So Bad

Worcester isn't so bad?

One of the great things about the iPhone 7+ is the camera, I’ve found since owning it that I’ve been excited to take photos far more than I did with my 6. It makes taking photographs easy with its great picture quality, acceptable low light performance and the incredible, yet sometimes flawed “portrait mode”.

So whenever the sun is shining, friends gather, or we take the dogs for a walk I have to make sure I take as many photos as I can. Here are some photos from one trip down the River Severn with friends. I hope you enjoy them.

River Severn PathwayBicycle along River SevernLela Pug Cross BreedRiver SevernDiglisThomas / SkateboarderDiglis DocksDiglis DocksJenOvergrown