This is my personal site, including my official blog, operating under the general rubric of PolyWogg Productions. If you know anyone named Paul, chances are that at sometime in their life, somebody nicknamed them polliwog. In my case, it was my sisters. So, when I was looking for an online name to use, I chose: Shiva. The destroyer. A nice masculine-sounding, over-the-top, harsh persona. Not really me. Eventually, I fell back to something a little closer to my real persona, polywog. And that spelling had already been taken. So I added a G. PolyWogg was born. AKA the tadpole. Sometimes the “typing tadpole”.

And, as my web life progressed, I switched over to a WordPress-powered blog — PolyWogg’s Blog. Now known as The Writing Life of a Tadpole ( and a separate site ( for more personal elements. This site covers book / TV / movie / music reviews, human resources, the civil service, thoughts on governance, ruminations on the publishing world including writing, pricing and marketing, libraries, and international development. Of course, the views expressed are my own and nobody else’s. My view from life around the lily pad, from cat tails to tall tales. I hope you enjoy your visit and find something of interest.

So, without further ado,

Signature, happy reading