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

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.

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

Can a Tablet Replace My Computer?

Today I embarked on a new creative challenge. I purchased an iPad Pro 10.5″ in Space Grey in an attempt to limit myself from spending unfathimable hours sat at a computer desk. This decision did not come lightly, as a previous owner of an iPad mini I felt hesitant to make the plunge and click the order button. The iPad mini to me was a terrible purchase. I was an early adopter of the mini and because of that I did not have a chance to sit back and wait for reviews. I found the screen to suffer from immense aliasing and it wasn’t the fastest device to work with which contributed to a poor user experience.


So with a tainted experience in the past why would I jump into bed with one of the most expensive tablets available? The reason is that I believe everyone makes mistakes and even Apple isn’t perfect.  My good friend Daryl Baxter is responsible for this decision. Since launching this blog Daryl has been a big supporter of my site and continued to suggest and tout the iPad’s horn on various occasions. Daryl believes it has increase his workflow dramatically when it comes to writing articles and producing content for his blog.

I’ve known Daryl for several years and he is one person who gives technology, games, and anything a good run for its money when it comes to usability and dealing criticism where it’s due. So I decided to take his advice and pick up a 256gb model. I will be using this for work, photo editing, and updating my website. I aim to put it through its paces, testing out the build in keyboard, battery life, usability, and whether this can truly replace a laptop or desktop PC for the average computer user.

Jack Dumper – An Inspiration

Over the past few days, I have been revisiting old videos I produced for such companies as Vital BMX, Total BMX, and various others brands to showcase on this site. While viewing these videos I came across this video I produced of Jack Dumper.

Jack was the first person I filmed where I felt I had to put as much effort as I could into getting his story across. He was born with only one arm and has gone on to inspire so many people with his riding. Using his hoodie as a makeshift arm and support to balance and pull tricks is a testament to how resourceful and incredible he is. Not only is Jack one of the most talented people I’ve met, he is also one of the most humble and wisest people.

Please take 3 minutes of your time to watch this short video we produced back in 2015.

Meet Jack Dumper – A One-Armed BMX Rider on Vital BMX

 

Jack Dickinson and George Taylor

Jack Dickinson 180 Bar Spin

After suffering fairly bad sunburn from a full day of riding the previous day, riding didn’t work out too well today. However, I did manage to snap this shot of Jack Dickinson.

Jack Dickinson 180 Bar Spin

After succumbing to the heat, myself and George headed into town for new shoes.  I snapped this portrait of  George Taylor outside Two Seasons in Worcester. George Taylor Portrait

Dean Cueson

Dean Cueson X-up At Hereford Skatepark

Dean Cueson is one person who helped kickstart my career in media and filming. Since then we parted ways when I quit filming and unfortunately had to sell my bike due to financial reasons.

That was until recently when Dean reminded me that he was at  University in Worcester. This has allowed us to hang out more and ride together since I recently acquired a new bike.

Being such a good rider that he is, I love taking photos of his riding using my iPhone 7+

Today we visited Hereford skatepark, a park I used to visit frequently and a park that Dean has only visited a handful of times. If you do not know Dean, he likes to go fast and high.  Hopefully, this photo will articulate that fact.

Dean Cueson X-up At Hereford Skatepark