Three chatty Brits launch a blog of their own
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.