Operation Concrete

Brutalist Stories

BRUTALIST STORIES Buzludzha Monument Short sci-fi stories in 500 words or less deriving from the stark style of the functionalist architecture, that is characterised by the use of concrete. Brutalism is one of my favourite things in the world, I love the ...Read More

Outrun Stories

OUTRUN STORIES Short stories in 500 words or less deriving from the Outrun, tech-noir and NewWave aesthetic. For years now I've been listening to Soundcloud daily at work, learning and loving every day more and more the artists of the NewRetroWave ...Read More

The Interloper

It would seem, from the things that I have come to understand over the course of this life so far, that the age of 30 is a particular age that a man should deem as significantly important. I believe 30 ...Read More

Travel Tales #1: Ukraine 2012

Booze, bribes and blood. Part 1 - Arrival Caution, in a word, was the theme of the short break. We'd deliberated and debated for years about a trip to Moscow, the good ol' USSR, and though neither of us were willing to ...Read More

JAPAN #2

Let's get one thing straight from the outset, Japan isn't quite as weird as everyone thinks. There are of course, a series of slightly obscure, lightly twisted elements to culture here, there are fetishes, news stories, interesting and unique services, ...Read More

Jack Rawstone’s dead. Long live Jack Rawstone.

I created Jack Rawstone when I was in university as a medium to experiment with writing,. Both a pseudonym and a 'mythical' alter-ego simultaneously, he was largely in response to my obsession with Hunter S Thompson at the time, and his ...Read More

A pledge.

Two days ago it was Hunter S Thompson's birthday, this man was and still is my idol. I'm sat in a tea house, here in Japan, in a small town called Nakatsu on the island of Kyushu. The traditional decor ...Read More

JAPAN

Japan, I was there, on the ground for 15 days, and there would have been a time, in the not so distant past, where I would have attempted to delve deep and go a little Gonzo with my write up ...Read More

On writing: All experience fuels ideas

So, I've been a little disappointed in myself. I have over the last six months, become incredibly distracted, removing myself from my daily writing routines, and instead getting myself into all sorts of emotional trouble. This however, is not necessarily ...Read More

Writing about love – Part 2

Just over three years ago, whilst writing the first version of Concrete Operational, I wrote a post about love, it’s here, and I’ve put the extract below: “Arh, now, there's a subject, if not THE subject. To end, to beat, to ...Read More