Thursday, May 7, 2009

Best Job in the World

Just when you thought life couldn’t get better for the majority of the British boxing aficionados who fell short of their expectations from Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton. In case you haven't heard, their Hitman got HIT MANy times and was knocked flat out cold by Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

Well here comes one British guy who just landed a job that’s almost too impossible to be real.

Ben Southall, a bungee jumping, ostrich-riding charity worker from Petersfield, Hampshire was named the winner of what has been dubbed the "Best Job in the World" — a 150,000 Australian dollar ($111,000) contract to serve as the caretaker of a tropical Australian island.

Mr. Southall beat out almost 35,000 other applicants from around the globe for the dream assignment to swim, explore and relax on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef for six months while writing a blog to promote the area.

He will live in a three-bedroom villa on Hamilton Island – complete with private plunge pool, endless ocean views and a golf buggy to go exploring, and, between fishing, hiking, sailing and snorkeling, will be responsible for a weekly blog, video and photo diaries to promote the island worldwide. A bloggers envy indeed… sigh.

The job is part of a AU$1.7 million tourism campaign to publicize the charms of northeastern Queensland, and officials say it has already generated more than AU$100 million worth of publicity for the region.

A vacation paradise for half a year with pay! Wouldn't you wish you were friends with Southall? His job starts July 1.

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