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On January 12, I wrote about Tourism Queensland advertising for a ‘caretaker’ for the Hamilton Island (The Sun Shines Through the Crunch! Go Down Under…….), a tropical island in the Great Barrier Reef. That was when the world was once again waking up to the pangs of depression after a few weeks of denial – celebrating Christmas and New Year holidays.

Hamilton Island Sunset

Hamilton Island Sunset

A great deal of speculation followed…..the advertisement was slated to be a farce, some said it was a hoax. An Australian publication went to great lengths in proving how ridiculous the news was. And all was forgotten.

Three months gone and I am in India, lazying around in Bangalore, indulging in gorgeous food and looking around at the ridiculously hypocritical ‘circus’ of Indian politics preparing for the General Elections. Guess what I find out? It seems someone from this city took my words seriously (as a country cousin) and applied for the job πŸ™‚ (Is my blog popular!)

Jokes apart, it seems Tourism Queensland’s advertisement was bona fide and the Australian Government has confirmed that millions of entries had poured in for the “Best Job in the World”, out of whom 35,000 were shortlisted. Then the Top 50 were chosen based on psychometric and aptitude tests that the contestants took online.

The final shortlist has now been announced and the 16 include a Canadian journalist, Japanese receptionist, German actress among others for the job. And did I tell you that the guy who seemed to have read my blog πŸ™‚ is a Radio Jockey from Bangalore – and he is one of the 15. RJ Anjaan, a 28-year-old radio host, who is multi-skilled including choreographed dancing, will fly on May 3 to Hamilton Island along with 15 other candidates for final selection on $150,000 six month contract to look after the tropical island, ABC reported. Anjaan used to host the night show from 9pm to midnight from Monday to Saturday on Radio One Bangalore.

Anjaan - a Radio Host from Bangalore

Anjaan - a Radio Host from Bangalore

My money is on him – for one reason – he will hit the ground running – wont waste time on a tan – its natural all the way for him!

Do you disagree……

Tourism Queensland – its your time to listen to me!

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Just as the world gets painted with gloom and doom and watches with caution, somewhere there is a ray of hope.

Tourism officials in Australia are describing it as “the best job in the world”.

They want someone to work on a tropical island off the Queensland coast.

No formal qualifications are needed but candidates must be willing to swim, snorkel, dive and sail.

In return, the successful applicant will receive a salary of A$150,000/$103,000 /Β£70,000 for six months and get to live rent-free in a three-bedroom villa, complete with pool.

Anthony Hayes, Chief Executive, Tourism Queensland, said: “It doesn’t sound too bad does it? We are looking for someone to tell the stories of the Great Barrier Reef and we have come up with what we think is the dream job.”

The post is being advertised as “caretaker” on Hamilton Island in Australia’s Whitsunday Islands.

The new recruit will work for just 12 hours a month. Duties include feeding some of the hundreds of species of fish and collecting the island’s mail.

They will also need to prepare a blog, a photo diary and video updates to attract tourists to the area.

“There are hundreds of islands scattered along the Great Barrier Reef,” Mr Hayes told the BBC. “We are looking for someone who can go and explore all the different islands then report back to the world on what they see.

“We need a special person. They are going to be pretty busy having a good time.”

Hamilton Island, where the temperature is warm all year round, is the largest inhabited island in the region. It boasts blue skies, crystal water and pure sands.

Thousands of applications

About two million tourists visit the various islands each year, but most stay on the mainland and visit only on day trips.

The job is being advertised around the world. Candidates have until 22 February to submit an online video application.

Mr Hayes says he is expecting thousands of applications: “I’m having to beat my staff off with a stick at the moment because most of them want to apply too.”

Woooo hoooooo hoooooo – Not bad for the times……who said all hope is lost?

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