Blog pokes fun at life in shaky town

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 15:04 18/01/2012

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A Christchurch university student's blog is gaining a cult-like following thanks to her satirical look at life in the shaky city.

Rebuilding Shakeytown has been called ''comedy gold'' by Twitter users, who have been busy sharing its link.

Blog author Kris Vavasour said she used comedy, with links to actual news stories, to encourage people to read her blog as she found regular news too dry.

''Sometimes you have to step back and look around the corner and make it fun,'' she said.

In her latest post, Vavasour tells a story about Mr Moustache, Smiley Bob, Dodger the lion from Orion, the "generously-proportioned controller from Grand Central Station" and a celery crisis.

The self-styled ''middle-aged fanatical nutter'' started the blog from the confines of her "earthquake-stressed imagination'' when she was forced to move out of her Somerfield home after the September 4 earthquake.

The popularity of her blog surprised her as it was initially meant to be an update for family and friends about what was happening in her life.

The part-time New Zealand Broadcasting School lecturer, who teaches media ecology, has a background in radio production and creative writing.

She completed her honors degree in mass communications at Canterbury University last year.

She said she was about to start her masters looking at the role and place of music since the Canterbury earthquakes.

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