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Briton begins 'best job' on paradise isle
[ 2009-07-02 16:21 ]

Awaiting departure in Brisbane…

 click for more photos of Ben Southall and his girlfriend on Hamilton Island

The Briton who won a competition for the "Best Job in the World" arrived on Australia's idyllic Hamilton Island Wednesday to begin his leisurely six-month posting in the tropical paradise.

Ben Southall, 34, started by sending a video blog from Brisbane airport departure lounge where he filmed himself alongside his girlfriend, Breanna Watkins.

"When we get there we're going to explore our house, and it's the first chance to drive the golf buggy as well, which is one of the massive perks of the job," he said.

The outgoing charity fundraiser beat off thousands of competitors for the job in a hugely successful marketing campaign that captured the world's imagination and earned international awards for its creators.

His brief as "caretaker" is to snorkel, swim and sail around the balmy Whitsunday Islands and send daily blogs and video blogs with the aim of promoting the destination for Tourism Queensland.

His movements will be recorded in exhaustive detail on two websites, www.islandreefjob.com.au and www.bestjobben.com, as well as social networking site Twitter.

Southall earlier courted controversy when he admitted he would miss Britain's long summer days and traditional roast dinners, prompting newspapers to accuse him of being a "whingeing pom".

"So when asked about the things I'd miss about the UK it appears I have to play my cards close to my chest for fear of reprisal by the tabloid newspapers both here and in Australia!"

However, he later complained he had been placed in economy class for the long journey from Britain to Australia.

"Can you believe it....I'm in economy!! Oh well can't change the habit of a lifetime," he tweeted.

Tourism Queensland chief Anthony Hayes insisted Southall would have to work hard and said the 'best job' stunt would help keep the industry afloat in the global downturn.

"Today is the beginning," he said. "All the publicity's been great but now it's about communicating with people who really will want to come to Queensland for a holiday.

A government report this month warned Australia's tourism industry was at risk of losing thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in income after its share of global tourism dropped 14 percent between 1995 and 2008.






















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perk:a perquisite(由工作所带来的附带好处,比如公司提供使用的汽车)

balmy:mild and refreshing; soft; soothing(气侯等温和的)

court:to act in such a manner as to cause, lead to, or provoke(招致失败,危险等)

whingeing pom:a person of British origin who will consistently complain about any situation that they may face.(不停抱怨的人,怨妇。Pom是澳洲人对英国人的一种谑称. 词的来源可能是由于早期澳洲土著人看到英国白人在被太阳暴晒后皮肤变成的红颜色和一种叫pomegranite的水果很像, 于是称英国人为Poms.)

play one's cards close to one's chest: 设法不让他人知道自己计划的内容









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