Three chatty Brits launch a blog of their own

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

It be­gan with two noisy neigh­bours and re­sulted in a friend­ship that be­gat a bub­bling blog now cel­e­brat­ing its first birth­day.

When Emily Smart moved into Grey Lynn’s Lin­coln St she thought her blind neigh­bour Trevor Plumbly was cre­at­ing one heck of a hub­bub.

‘‘I just re­mem­ber think­ing they like drink­ing and they are bloody noisy. Once I dis­cov­ered that they like a drink we be­came really good bud­dies,’’ she says.

It wasn’t long be­fore the pair of Bri­tish ex­pats re­cruited a third friend, An­gela Caldin, a tee­to­taller who is also from Eng­land.

Dur­ing many trips to the pub the cross-gen­er­a­tional cir­cle of friends dis­cov­ered a shared love of lan­guage and sub­mit­ting opin­ion pieces to lo­cal mag­a­zines.

Af­ter a cou­ple of knock­backs the trio of writ­ers de­cided to cre­ate their own blog where they could ex­press their in­di­vid­ual world views with­out cen­sor­ship. And so Ver­bal Ber­bal was born. ‘‘Then you don’t have to worry about whether your writ­ing is go­ing to be pub­lished or not,’’ Ms Caldin says.

The blog is a fo­rum for the trio to talk about any sub­ject un­der the sun, rang­ing from pol­i­tics to re­cy­cling to death.

But em­brac­ing un­fa­mil­iar tech­nol­ogy didn’t come with­out a hitch, Ms Caldin says.

‘‘When you first start to do it you think it’s too com­pli­cated but once you’ve done quite easy.’’

Be­cause Mr Plumbly is blind and uses a spe­cial com­puter the post­ing du­ties are shared by the two


it turns out to be women. ‘‘I just sit down like a mon­key typ­ing Shake­speare and then hand it to Emily,’’ he says.

Over the past year the blog­gers have amassed more than 140 posts and cap­tured close to 9000 clicks from around the globe.

‘‘My mum is prob­a­bly the one that com­ments the most,’’ Ms Smart says.

‘‘But we’ve had 8800 odd views, so it can’t be all my mum.’’


Talka­holics: From left: An­gela Caldin, Trevor Plumbly and Emily Smart on the cor­ner of Lin­coln St where the Ver­bal Ber­bal blog was born.

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