Wednesday, 14 January 2009
With all the cold and miserable weather we're having, it's perhaps not surprising that there are over 300,000 people interested in one job on a tropical island. It involves looking after the place for six months - feeding the pets (turtles), collecting the mail, that sort of thing. They get paid £6000 a month, get the use of a three bedroom villa and have to write a blog post every week.
I have been thinking about applying, and since they will be selecting ten people to fly out to the island for an interview, I'm practising for the big day.
Q: So, what attracted you to this job?
A: I was struck by the immense challenges that it will provide, and which I intend to rise to, should I be given the chance, and which I think make it worth the hardships involved.
Q: What are your relevant qualifications?
A: I'm not one to boast, and with a blogging average of around 3 posts a week over the last 15 months, I'll let the figures talk for themselves.
Q: Hmm, yes, that's one of the reasons we turned down that People's Blogger fellow. Anyway, as you probably know, the island gets a lot of tourists visiting for the day. How do you think you'll cope?
A: I'm definitely a people person, especially when the people in question are wearing bikinis. I'll certainly do my best to be hospitable.
Q: How can you convince us that this island will be safe in your hands?
A: I'll keep my eye on it constantly. You really have nothing to worry about. I guarantee it'll still be here when you get back.
Q: How are you with turtles?
A: I can honestly say that I've never had a problem with them.
Q: You're just the exciting, dynamic and wonderful person we're looking for. When can you start?
At least, that's the theory. However, to be completely honest, I'm not really exciting or dynamic, and I'm also not much of an outdoors type. And I bet that the internet connection is lousy, and I'm not sure I want to do an extra blog post every week. So perhaps I'll be generous and leave this opportunity to someone who'll appreciate the seaweed and the whales. After all, life's not that bad here.