About Me

I am a New Zealander, living in Wellington. During my time as a public servant I was heavily engaged in e-government and how technology is affecting public management, and before that was involved in administering trade remedies and negotiating trade agreements. I am now working on projects and activities that suit me, drawing on my experience in both of these areas.

This blog was intended to provide a way for me to record some things, comment on things and generally try out the medium.  I originally planned to blog about my professional interests – government and technology, public management, international trade policy – but given that I am continuing to work in these areas I haven’t felt compelled to follow this plan.

So this has ended up mainly as a place to review books.  I studied literature at university, and reading is a major pastime.  Book reviews are mainly on crime fiction, which is what I read mostly. Movies are more sporadic, and I don’t review everything I see.

Other areas of personal interest include rugby, travel, genealogy and food, on which I may post from time to time.

For more details, visit my website at www.mcphail.net.nz

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5 Responses to About Me

  1. Mark Harris says:

    Hugh
    Sorry I missed your farewell this evening. The bot’s been laying me low this winter and I just wasn’t up to the drive. Now you’re a man of leisure, you should pop up to the coast sometime 😉

    Good luck

    Mark

  2. Che Tibby says:

    Hugh,

    Same goes on the farewell. Was called out to an emergency podcast.

    Glad to see you’ve been indulging in Web2.0 though! Now have you on RSS.

    Che

  3. Hugh McPhail says:

    Thanks guys, I’ll be in touch direct and now hope to be more active in commenting and interacting – practising what I’ve been preaching.

  4. Roland Nyman says:

    Hi,

    Do you mind if I refer to your review of Ben Elton’s book Blind faith in an article to the local paper, Göteborgs-posten (Gothenburg, Sweden)?

    I am an English teacher at one of the City’s school, Toleredsskolan. I teach literatur for teenagers. I also write article to the local papers.

    I saw some good points in your review I could refer to.

    I am also a long-standing and loyal fan of Ben E..!

    Roland Nyman

  5. Hugh McPhail says:

    Hi Roland

    I would be happy for you to refer to my review.

    Regards

    Hugh McPhail

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