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2011-07-07 21:32:00

With No. 1 Rankings Among Cities and Islands in the Region LOS ANGELES, July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Readers voted Australian destinations top in two regional categories in the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2011 readers' survey announced July 7. In the Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific region, coastal lifestyle-capital Sydney was named Top City, and Queensland's Great Barrier Reef won the award for Top Island. Sydney also ranked eighth on the World's Best...

2009-05-06 13:57:25

Australian tourism authorities said a British man has been chosen for the best job in the world, a caretaker position on a Great Barrier Reef island. Tourism Queensland said Ben Southall, 34, of Hampshire, England, was chosen from a pool of 34,000 applicants from around the world for the six-month, $106,000 position as caretaker of Hamilton Island, The Times of London reported Wednesday. Southall's duties will include updating a weekly blog as well as video and photo diaries with details of...

2009-05-04 07:50:42

A contest to find a winner for the Best Job In the World, caretaking a tropical island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, is nearing a winner, officials say. Among the finalists for the job of living on Hamilton Island are a television personality from New Zealand and a charity fundraiser from England, CNN reported Monday. Tourism Queensland officials say the six-month caretaker job pays $100,000 and among the job duties are feeding fish, cleaning the pool and filing weekly blog and video...

2009-02-12 18:15:53

A Florida man compiling a video application for a job in Australia said he was served with a notice to appear in court after he jumped from a bridge. Christopher Grima, 25, received a notice to appear for breach of peace/disorderly conduct after he jumped from the South Causeway Bridge in Fort Pierce, Fla., Tuesday -- a stunt intended to give his video application an extreme edge -- TCPalm.com reported Thursday. I was trying to be very subtle, jump off the bridge, leave really quick, but the...

2009-02-07 15:49:10

An opening to be the caretaker of Hamilton Island on Australia's Great Barrier Reef has attracted interest from a fake Osama bin Laden. In a 30-second spoof video on YouTube, the pretend al-Qaida leader explained why he is the best man for the job, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. In the subtitled video, bin Laden tells of his love of the outdoors and sandy areas, being good at delegating and having experience organizing large-scale events. The newspaper said more than 10,000 people...

2009-01-12 17:03:32

Australian officials are seeking applicants to fill a dream job that includes swimming, sailing and living rent-free in a villa with a pool. Anthony Hayes, chief executive of Tourism Queensland, said the agency is searching for someone willing to spend six months on the tropical Hamilton Island while blogging and posting pictures and videos to draw tourists to the area, the BBC reported Monday. Hayes said the caretaker, who would be paid $103,000 for six months, would also be charged with...

2008-07-15 18:00:23

By Mary Murtagh IF I get hit by a bus tomorrow I shall die happy. A trip to the Great Barrier Reef does that to you. You feel privileged, glad to have lived and filled with awe for mother nature. Visiting the world's largest coral reef system is like stepping into the pages of National Geographic. I kept expecting to bump in to David Attenborough filming his latest documentary. The superlatives are all deserved. The reef is 1,600 miles long and is in the, aptly-named, Coral Sea off...


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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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