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 and musical 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. That’s winding down, but I still do a few books.

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 I’m well 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 Dell and Acer laptops which are mostly for my commercial work, using Windows 10, Photoshop, InDesign, MS Office etc. One of my tech friends around here is Alexa.

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