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Making mistakes since 1970

A photo of me, taken by James Holloway

Currently: explaining things with words and video at the Government Digital Service.
Very occasional contributions to The Morning News.

Previously: journalist, copywriter, columnist and editor, for the Press Association, the BBC, The Guardian, Time's Techland, Cult of Mac, The Daily Telegraph, The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Mac Devcenter, Photocine News, Redwood Publishing, BERG,,, Fjord and Nokia, and many others.

I've contributed to a handful of books. I turned some old bits of this website into a book called Luvly.

A few people have said some nice things about my work.

I live in south-west England with my wife and son and two cats. When I'm not working, I like taking photos and reading. Other interests include geology, science, walking, Byzantine history, British geomorphology, real ale, listening to the radio, shelving, and biscuits.

This website is hand made.

I'm on Twitter @gilest, or you can email me at

(Thanks to James Holloway for the photo.)