Christopher Ward C60 TRIDENT PRO 600 Review

There is nothing like buying, owning and enjoying watches for inducing consumerist fervour in men. Perhaps the love of cars comes close; but, in watches we find something that enables us to tell the world who we think we are. Of course some disagree with this sentiment, and in a special way disagreement with it is also telling the world […]

Outside Context

A website dedicated to long-form articles with depth and meaning.

Specialising on several subjects, particularly: world travel, philosophy, martial arts, Zen and Daoism

Outside Context articles have been featured on some of the world’s top websites, purchased by Airlines, featured in iPhone Apps, published as questions in degree level English examinations and comments have been posted by everyone from Lonely Planet writers to US Special Forces Lieutenant Colonels.

Big in Japan

This was the very first film I ever made when I first purchased my camcorder. In 2008, I visited my father and assisted as his roady when he went out for a gig; as I had done so a multitude of times over my childhood.

It brought back many memories as I have always been a big fan of both my parents’ musical talent. I tried to attend […]

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Wudang Mountain – Climbing the Dao in China

A journey to Wudang Mountain; the small mountain range in the northwestern part of Hubei, China, just south of Shiyan. This film details the 20,000 steps up this magical mountain and the strange Daoist religious monastery atop. Through the clouds and out of oneself, you really feel a part of heaven.

I came to Daoism by bringing myself into the present. It sounds easy: just concentrate […]

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New Zealand – Country of Contrasts (Special Edition)

After watching LOTR for the first time I started a long journey of the heart. The first steps were the reading of the book itself, now and forever with the New Zealand landscape in my mind, followed by many years wondering if the real country actually looked like that. Many steps, down this long road, later I have actually stood on the Pellanor fields and […]

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For Sale: RASPBERRY PI – Pre-configured as a TOR WIFI Hotspot!

The amazing Rasberry PI is a mini home computer for Linux hobbyists. It is a credit-card sized computer that plugs […]

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Tier 1 Military Simulation – Operation PAYBACK – Download Now

This incredibly well played event showcased some of the highest quality effects ever used in milsim. Including RPG attacks, EOD detonations, explosive entry and more. All captured in the 20 minute film from Outside Context. If you have any interest in milsim then this is a must watch!

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Hamilton JazzMaster Maestro Auto Chrono Watch Review

There are many reasons to wear a watch, I said to myself as I took my turn at the JFK […]

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Endings and Beginnings – Basho and Cesca return home from their adventures

Endings are actually beginnings too. This is what I told myself as I sat in the tiny, oh so tiny, […]

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Tier 1 Military Simulation – Operation DEADLIGHT Promo

This incredible Tier 1 event included elements of a Tier 1 Sub Op and involved two live kidnaps of players obtaining their Tier 1 Team Badges. Some fantastic action, strong story and roleplay. Basho is proud to present some of the finest milsim on the planet.

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Kyoto, Nara, Himeji, green tea and finding inner peace

I have written before about travellers wanting a point to it all, to travelling. In part this is perhaps seen […]

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Tier 1 Military Simulation – Operation SANDSTORM DVD release

I know I know, its a year late… but, finally my film of Tier 1 Military Simulation’s Operation Sandstorm is complete and […]

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Tier 1 Military Simulation – Operation ORCHID DAWN promo

New release!
Just fresh off the render machine is our latest production for Tier 1; Operation Orchid Dawn.
In aid of the […]

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The Zen Gardens, Our First Days in Kyoto

The bullet train pulled smoothly and serenely into the station, totally belying the speed it had demonstrated when blistering through […]

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“CHOJUN – A NOVEL” Review: The real Mr. Miyagi

It is said that you can only truly know someone by fighting them, for in the stress of combat the […]

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Chan Buddhism, Daoism and Zen – Journey through the East

Writing an article about Zen is almost a contradiction in terms. That is unless I simply leave the rest of […]

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Mount Fuji, Tokyo and the 200 mph Bullet Train

I wallowed comfortably in the exceedingly warm waters, the balmy mountain air was cool and smelled of the rich wood […]

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Tsukiji Fish Market, Adventures in Sushi and the Edo-Tokyo Museum

4am in Tokyo, Japan trickled around and we were ready to go. We skipped breakfast and headed down to the […]

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Tokyo: Akihabara, Asakusa and Shibuya

Tokyo, like Beijing and especially like Delhi, is a city that one could spend a lifetime in and never feel […]

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Arriving in Japan

I have always looked at maps of the world and wondered if they skew perspective. America appears massive while Australia […]

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