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Australia offers ‘best job in world’ on paradise island 澳洲極樂小島釋出「超夢幻職缺」

Hannah the Mermaid dives beside dugongs (unseen) in the new Mermaid Lagoon exhibit at Sydney Aquarium, Sydney, on Dec. 19, 2008.


An Australian state is offering what it calls “the best job in the world” — earning a top salary for lazing around a beautiful tropical island for six months.

The job pays A$150,000 (NT$3.38 million) and includes free airfares from the winner’s home country to Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland’s state government said last Tuesday.

In return, the “island caretaker” will be expected to stroll the white sands, snorkel the reef, take care of “a few minor tasks” — and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates.

The successful applicant, who will stay rent-free in a three-bedroom beach home complete with plunge pool and golf buggy, must be a good swimmer, excellent communicator and be able to speak and write English.

“They’ll also have to talk to media from time to time about what they’re doing so they can’t be too shy and they’ll have to love the sea, the sun, the outdoors,” said acting state Premier Paul Lucas.

“The fact that they will be paid to explore the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, swim, snorkel and generally live the Queensland lifestyle makes this undoubtedly the best job in the world.”

“Traditional tourism advertising just doesn’t cut it sometimes and we are thinking outside the box by launching this campaign.”

Queensland Tourism Minister Desley Boyle said, “I think the biggest risk will be that the successful candidate won’t want to go home at the end of the six months.” (AFP)





Harrison: Have you found a new job yet?

Ralph: No, but I’ve applied for a job at the local chocolate factory.

Harrison: Doing what?

Ralph: I’m hoping to be a chocolate taster, so I can just sit around and eat chocolate all day.

Harrison: That sounds perfect. Have you been invited for an interview yet?

Ralph: No. In fact the silence is deafening.

Harrison: Oh, I see. I hope you get it.








the silence is deafening 杳無音訊

When the lack of response is very significant, we can say the silence is deafening. For example: “I’ve asked my councilor why the library was closed, but so far the silence is deafening.”

當明顯沒有人回應你時,我們可以說「the silence is deafening」。例如:「我寫信詢問我們這區的議員為何關閉了圖書館,但目前都還沒有聽到任何回音」。






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