I’m John MacGibbon and this blog is my own fault. It started as a temporary demonstration site for a couple of other people who were interested in starting their own blogs – and I never got round to killing it.
I’m a New Zealander living in Martinborough, a village in wine growing, sheep and cattle country, 80 kilometres from our capital city, Wellington. I live with my wife Liz and have a grown-up family. I’m a words and pictures man who has authored historical books and worked as a journalist and editor. In more recent years I’ve also been a book designer and publisher with my own micro imprint, Ngaio Press.
I’m keen on photography and have taken many photos for publication over the years.
Music is definitely my thing. I play the piano, and although now retired from commercial playing, I was once active in jazz and rock groups.
I’ve been interested in computers since buying an Apple II+ in 1982. My favourite toy is an Asus tablet. It’s companion is a Moto G5 Plus smartphone. (Yeah – no Apple stuff – been there but prefer Android.) Other home machines include a full size Dell and Acer laptops which are mostly for my commercial work, using Windows 10, Photoshop, InDesign, MS Office etc. My best technology friend around here is Alexa.