About Sandysview

Thanks for visiting. This is my blog place.

My contact details are at the end of this bit.

I write for fun, or to articulate what I think is important, in my spare time. This is my view on things that occur to me. I express my own take on things that I see or hear or learn. I might simplify something complicated for the general public because I can, it’s kind of my thing. I make observations, I’ve also done travel posts and some essays, whatever those are. It’s pretty eclectic. This blog is supposed to entertain and inform. I hope it does anyway, you tell me.

A quick background, I’m Sandy, a Kiwi who went for an adventure for the wrong reasons and ended up in the UK. It took me a while to get used to it.

A summary of my story is that I grew up in the middle of nowhere in New Zealand. Didn’t apply myself at school. I spent a bit of time in the NZ Army, I wasn’t much of a soldier though, too busy thinking apparently. After the army I blagged a little spot on a local radio station as an outside broadcaster. I moved to Auckland to try to be famous but failed as in those days you had to be a bit talented but sadly I’m not particularly talented and I have a face for radio. Well actually it’s not that simple, but it’s a very long story.

I left NZ to have an adventure, for the wrong reasons, in 1991 with just with a backpack, a one way ticket to Australia and $400 to my name. I spent some time in the outback and then headed for the UK. Worked in pubs and the like as young Kiwis do. One day I scored a great media type job which meant I got to travel the world and get paid for it!

I’ve had a pretty interesting time and if you want the full works on my life (apparently it’s quite a tale) have a look at the top of the blog heading, it’s in 4 large bite sized chunks. It was the very first thing I started writing after half a lifetime of not writing anything.

I’m back from the UK now though. I’ve had a great time away, seen and done some cool things but it’s good to be back home in New Zealand.

If you are one for random facts, then…

25 random facts about me

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  1. the weather the climate bugger all winter no small minded gits she’ll be right big rooms big sections space immigrant culture in acceptable amounts tropical holidays. which country?

  2. Just come to say hello….since I was direct from your otherblog?!….sandstravel??? Love your site;)…many great information and you travel well also;)) I wish someday I can have a random but good life just like yours:P

    cheers:) will come back from time to time:P

  3. Just read your open letter to Emirates Team New Zealand. If we Brits could actually motivate ourselves to have a team with national identity instead of just that of the individual concerned, maybe we could also remember what it is to have pride in our nation. In the meantime NZ are flying the flag for the rest of us in the commonwealth. Brilliant letter, thanks for writing it.

  4. Thanks Hugh. I did have quite a thing when I lived in the UK about the Brits beating their own country up. I wrote a piece about that too called ‘In defence of the Realm’. I’m glad you liked the letter. Cheers for your support and kind words.

    • HI Sandy, I’m the Yank sailor from San Francisco who just commented on your “Open Letter…”

      I’ve only just stumbled upon your blog and find, for someone who didn’t pay much attention in school your grammar, command of English, and spelling is excellent!

      I’m intrigued by this piece you wrote that you mention here, “In Defence of the Realm.” Any chance I could read it? You see, I’m half Brit, a dual citizen, (Mum met a Yank airman during The War) and sometimes friends and even some family will come down hard on the country that my Mum taught me to love, and I’d like some ammunition in defence. Never having lived there for more than a few months I haven’t learned enough about the culture and life in England.



      PS: Love your Blog

  5. During these races of the America’s Cup in San Francisco – MY hometown – I’ve been on the beaches, the breakwaters and the piers all these years snapping them from when they started as AC45s and now as 72s. Along the way I’ve also learned more about sailing (can’t swim to save my lief) but what I love kmost of these races in SF? I have met the loveliest, kind, sincere and friendly people all these months from different countries, different continents and different cultures. One whom I met last year and whom I communicate with by email who is from Auckland is sad thinking if Dean and the crew loses tomorrow that the team will disappear and/or any sailing team will not get the financial nor morale/country support they rightly deserve and should have. SO I say to all your kiwis: IF TNZ loses tomorrow (they better not!) pleeeease stay with the dream and support any sailing team in their dreams and struggles upon the water. Don’t let this team’s dream die. Make it your country’s dream so that Team New Zealand will live on in young hearts of sailors to keep sailing and to bring home trophies from all over the world!

  6. Sandy, you touched my heart this morning with your warm letter to Deano, Grant and the other guys at ETNZ.
    Thank you very much.

    oslo, Nôrway

  7. Sandy, your blog and letter to the lads in San Fran really inspired me. Am supposed to be working on an assignment, but saw your letter on facebook(!) a distraction! I love writing and might have to give this blog stuff a go! Love what you’ve done!
    Kate 🙂

  8. Just dropped in to have a nosey around too, drawn by the letter to Emirates. Enjoyed your ramblings and photos. I love this country and love getting out and driving the open roads and it looks like there are many like me who do that too. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. I’m always so happy to find other kiwi bloggers – I feel like there aren’t many of us (political bloggers aside), as I don’t think our culture lends itself towards the navel gazing that tends to characterise most social blogs. Not only that, but if you want readers the advice is to adopt a “theme” so that people know what you’re on about straight away and can decide whether you’re in or out. But who wants to be pigeon-holed like that? I write all over the place, from kids to book reviews to random poetry, to writing absolutely nothing at all for months (I am regularly cut down by the ‘who cares what you think?’ voice-in-my-head).

    Aaanyway, my point is, I’m glad I’ve found your blog – you’re clearly a talented writer and I cannot pigeon hole you. Yaayyy!

    Also, you had me at that cover image of the railyard – I don’t think it’s Paekakariki, but it sure looks like it. And it made me real homesick.

    • Thanks Nadine. I love your blog, I had a good sticky beak about in it. It looks great! I often get the ‘who cares what you think’ thing as well. But isn’t that what blogs are for? It’s your place to say what you like!

      The rail head? That’s Ormondville, near Dannevirke and Norsewood. This line is the one that runs from Wellington to Napier. We used to live a few yards from here when I was a teenager.

  10. So you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers, sometimes known as The Spikey’s…. That makes me a happy blogger now – I really appreciate you making that special mouse click.

    Hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.

    If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, just let me know, either through ‘comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input 🙂

    Have a great old day…


  11. Hi Sandy – just came on to comment how much I liked your “That’s What Friends Are For” post, but see you have taken it down. Once again we seem to be having uncannily similar experiences – think we are living parallel lives! Anyway, I don’t think it was a self-indulgent post at all, you hit the nail right on the head.

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