Operation Concrete

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

What do you want to be?

There's a couple of things that I'd like out of life. One would be a cottage with a peat fire by a loch in the highlands. Another would be two black Scottish Terriers called Phobos and Deimos. Another would probably ...Read More

Some thoughts on: Sasha Grey

So, I've needed to blog for a while, and I've thought of a few different things I want to get out at the moment, but one thing that I just want to think about and have a bit of a ...Read More

A short story: The Choice

So, it's been a long time since I've written a short story, but I recently wrote and as it turns out, it was exactly what I needed to get me back into the swing of things for revisions to the ...Read More

Retrospective: An interview with Jackass’ Steve-O

So, here's a thing. A bit of an insight into what I was like when I was a student, just how great a journalist I really was...Back then, as well as being a student of journalism, I was the music ...Read More

The future (of advertising)

So, in a slight change of voice, I've had a bit of brainsplosion about advertising and marketing after coming across a fairly recent Fast Company article. Personally, I think of the digital landscape today as being completely pervasive; you probably do too. Your ...Read More

2010 & 2011: Caution is our enemy

So, come March I’ll have been running this particular blog for three years. In that time I’ve used it twice as a sort of mechanism to consolidate what I’ve achieved in the year gone by, and what my goals are ...Read More

Mark Zuckerberg, the social network, outliers, success, influencers and fun.

Now, unfortunately, due to illness I was unable to make a screener of The Social Network, a new film by David Fincher, which follows the progression and success of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, but that's not to say ...Read More

Wikipedia Wednesday – John Cage’s 4’33″, Bloc’s and Gargantua & Pantagruel

A slightly delayed Wikipedia Wednesday this week, but I've been playing catch-up, because of business and illness, so I have half an excuse. A nice cross of music, with John Cage's 4'33" composition, a look at the word Bloc, and ...Read More