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    Default 'Best job in the world' winner Ben Southall says friends are 'jealous' over win

    I can't read the article or watch the video because I'm very jealous too. I tried to get the hubby to enter the contest with me. We were in two different countries at the time and didn't have the time to make the video. Boooo

    'Best job in the world' winner Ben Southall says friends are 'jealous' over win

    By Sebastian Lander
    Last updated at 7:39 PM on 15th May 2009

    The winner of 'the best job in the world' has revealed that his friends are jealous of his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and that the selection process was like hit TV show The Apprentice.
    Ben Southall - who touched back down in the UK on Wednesday - beat 34,000 rivals from 200 countries to be crowned caretaker of Hamilton Island on Australia's Great Barrier Reef in a contest organised by Tourism Queensland.

    The 34-year-old, who takes up his post on July 1, will be paid 74,000 for just six months and duties include swimming, exploring, feeding the fish and cleaning the pool at a three-bedroom luxury villa.
    He will be accompanied by 21-year-old Canadian girlfriend Breanna Watkins.

    Blue eyed boy: Ben arrived back in the UK on Wednesday where he was met by parents Margaret and Duncan...
    Asked if his win had inspired some envy among his friends, Ben told TravelMail: 'They are jealous, they're coming out of the woodwork, they all want to come and stay but there are certain people that will come for two weeks, there are certain people who will want to come for two months and its going to be working out which ones really genuinely want to come and have a good time and which ones want to come and bottom feed.'

    And he also explained how the selection process could be compared to TV show The Apprentice.
    He said: 'It is a real job interview. It was something that when I got out there, I didn't realise quite how similar it was to sitting down in front of a panel and actually discussing why you're good for the job.
    'It was thrown out in a different way to be more reality TV, a cross between Shipwrecked, The Apprentice and Big Brother.'

    Paradise: Ben will stay for six months on Hamilton Island
    The job description requires Ben 'to explore the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, swim, snorkel, make friends with the locals and generally enjoy the tropical Queensland climate and lifestyle'.
    But, he says, it won't all be relaxation.

    Ben explained: 'I'm acting as this ambassador for Queensland so there's going to be me and my girlfriend heading off to some of the really good attractions that Queensland has got to offer and they are dotted far and wide.
    'If I'm not travelling there or experiencing it, I'm going to be sitting at home trying to be as imaginative and creative as possible with my blogging, photos and videos to really try and sell this whole area to the rest of the world.
    'So, I don't think you can really consider it as being the job of the lazy person sitting down. It's going to be a lot of work, a lot of fun work.'

    'Best job in the world' victor Ben Southall says win has left friends feeling 'jealous' | Mail Online

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    Half his luck. I love Hamilton Island - have been there several times. The Whitsunday Islands in the Great Barrier Reef usually get named as one of the best island holiday destinations in the world.

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    He is a lucky dude! Even his Mother is probably jealous!
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    He'd be luckier if he could do it every year, all year...
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    Kudos to him. It sounds like a blast.

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