I’mNP-logo-vert-112-pixels 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 a Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet. It’s companion is a Nexus 5 smartphone. Other home machines include a full size Dell XPS15 laptop and a desktop clone. They are mostly for my commercial work, using Windows 7, Photoshop, InDesign, MS Office etc.

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