Archive for February, 2009

The real Robinson Crusoe

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Der Spiegel reports on Alexander Selkirk, who likely inspired the novel Robinson Crusoe.

Archeology is now offering insight into his life on Isla Robinson Crusoe, an isolated Pacific island administered by Chile. Selkirk spent four years and four months entirely alone here after being marooned in the early 18th century.

Island dream job

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Hamilton IslandQueensland, Australia is soliciting applicants to live on Hamilton Island, a resort in the Great Barrier Reef. The person selected will get about $100,000 for having “as much fun as he or she can,” and doing blog reports and photo diaries of his activities.

According to reports, 20,000 people have already submitted video applications.

The “job” is a publicity campaign to promote tourism to the resort region.

Image courtesy Quannum (Flickr)