Quake-city humour to tickle your funny bone

February 28, 2014

You Know You’re From Chch When … 2, compiled by Bruce Raines (HarperCollins, RRP $17):

It’s hard to believe it has been three since the deadly aftershock that hit Canterbury, following the September 2010 quake.

Cantabrians have had an awful time since the quakes happened and even now, as the frequency and strength of the aftershocks diminish, things are still pretty rough for many living in those areas.

Life goes on, but that doesn’t mean it has returned to the way it was before Mother Nature did her thing.

However, embracing that fantastic Kiwi trait of finding the humour in everything, people living with the day-to-day dramas of a city recovering from a major natural disaster still find time to crack a few jokes and point out the lighter side of their situation.

Cantabrian Bruce Raines started the “you know you’re from Christchurch when” Facebook page in the aftermath of the February quake and from the posts there put together the first volume of this wee book, which went on to become a best-seller.

People are still adding to the Facebook page and the humour was too good not to share (you know you’re from Christchurch when an online auction for a port-a-loo is going to spark a bidding war) so here we have volume 2, another potential best-seller.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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