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01 July 2009 @ 08:54 pm

(WORLD, TOURISM, AUSTRALIAN, SOUTHALL, CAMPAIGN, QUEENSLAND)


SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - It may sound like a paid holiday, but the winner of "best job in the world" said he intends to work hard promoting tourism to an Australian state as he set off for his first day in the office: a tropical island. Briton Ben Southall flew out on Wednesday to Hamilton Island, in the Great Barrier Reef, to start his six-month caretaker duties, for which he will be paid A$150,000 ($121,000). Southall, 34, was picked from 16 finalists in a highly publicised contest that was part of an innovative marketing campaign by Tourism Queensland which attracted almost 35,000 video ent... read more
 
 
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(MASTERCARD, PERCENT, PEOPLE, PACIFIC, AFRICA, SPENDING)


By Miral Fahmy SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - The economic downturn appears to go down better with a meal and a glass of wine, with a survey showing consumers outside Europe and the United States do not intend to cut back on dining out and having fun. The poll, conducted by MasterCard and released on Wednesday, said nearly 70 percent of people surveyed in 21 countries in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa see dining and entertainment to be their top spending priority in the next six months. Fashion and accessories, fitness and wellness, children`s extra-curricular education and electronic g... read more
 
 
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(NORTH, THEIR, PEOPLE, STATE, REFUGEES, GENERAL)


By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Koreans who recently arrived in the South live in a world of contradictions where their upbringing instills them with reverence for Kim Jong-il but their daily struggle leads them to believe he is a brutal despot. By all accounts, they say North Korea is gradually spiralling out of control, its economy dysfunctional while people are suspicious of one another because of a network of informants. They also speak of a sense of normalcy in the North. Most left for the chance of a better life in the South but they are uncertain if they can find their way in the co... read more
 
 
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(ADICHIE, NOVEL, FICTION, STORIES, ABOUT, STORY)


By Pauline Askin SYDNEY (Reuters) - Award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a professional eavesdropper: she admits a lot of what she writes is based on what she`s overheard. Adichie, whose second novel "Half of a Yellow Sun" won her the Orange Prize for fiction in 2007, says that while most of her characters are inspired by the stories her family tell, she`s also heard some incredible tales at cafes in the United States or while shopping at markets back home. She recently released a collection of short stories, "The Thing Around Your Neck," that tell even more tales -- deceptively si... read more
 
 
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(YEAGER, THEIR, CONSUMER, SPENDING, SAVING, MONEY)


By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Jeff Yeager`s book "The Ultimate Cheapskate" came out 18 months ago, he felt like a voice crying in the wilderness telling people to ditch their cell phones, hoard their pennies and pay off the mortgage. Now the Internet abounds with self-proclaimed penny-pinchers offering tips on living frugally as the recession bites into America`s shop-`til-you-drop lifestyle. The rise of thrift may be bad news for a U.S. economy where in 2006 consumer spending accounted for 70 percent of gross domestic product. "Cheap is the new cool," said Yeager, who also has ... read more
 
 
 
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(BLACK, PRESIDENT, AMERICAN, THEIR, SUCCESS, SIEGEL)


By Matthew Bigg ATLANTA (Reuters Life!) - A new book attempts to dig beneath the euphoria that swept black America when Barack Obama became president to ask the question: what, if anything, actually changed? "Family Affair: What it Means to be African American Today" is a collection of short, autobiographical essays in which 76 black professionals detail how their families played a role in their success, either as springboards, or barriers to be overcome. It`s one of a slew of books published since the November election in which authors examine the changes in U.S. society that allowed Obama, t... read more
 
 
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(MILLION, APPRAISAL, ANTIQUES, ROADSHOW, RECORD, STATEMENT)


By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - A woman who inherited some Chinese carved jade from her father has scored the first $1 million appraisal from experts on the U.S. television program "Antiques Roadshow," the producers said on Monday. In a record for the show, four pieces of Chinese carved jade and celadon from the Chien Lung Dynasty (1736-1795), including a large bowl crafted for the Emperor, were given a conservative auction estimate of up to $1.07 million. "For 13 years, we`ve been hoping to feature a million-dollar appraisal on `Antiques Roadshow;` it`s been our `Great White Whale,`" ... read more
 
 
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(ROSKILDE, FESTIVAL, CAMPSITE, CLIMATE, COMMUNITY, GREEN)


By Henriette Jacobsen ROSKILDE (Reuters Life!) - Music and partying are the main ingredients to a good rock festival, but Denmark`s Roskilde Festival also aims to encourage guests to save the planet. One of Europe`s largest rock music extravaganzas has created an environmentally friendly campsite for this year`s event which starts on Thursday and comes six months before the United Nations` climate conference in the Danish capital Copenhagen. "We have created this Climate Community because we want our visitors to take a stand on climate changes and especially the consequences of the changes in ... read more
 
 
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(KOONS, SERIES, POPEYE, SYMBOL, INFLATABLE, THROUGH)


By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Artist Jeff Koons has presented a series of Popeye paintings in London, saying the cartoon hero born of the 1929 Depression was a symbol of self confidence, before adding enigmatically: "May be art is the spinach." The 54-year-old American, one of the world`s most successful artists dubbed the "king of kitsch" for his shiny, balloon-like creations and references to pop culture, is marking the first major survey of his work to be held in a public English gallery. "Jeff Koons: Popeye Series" opens at the Serpentine Gallery in London on July 2 and ru... read more
 
 
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(WARSAW, POLES, MUSEUM, POLAND, JEWISH, TRUTH)


By Gareth Jones WARSAW (Reuters Life!) - With psalms, poems and popular Yiddish songs, Poles and Jews celebrated on Tuesday the start of construction of a new museum that will chronicle Poland`s rich and colorful Jewish heritage. The Museum of the History of Polish Jews, set for completion in 2011, is being built on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, razed by the Nazis in 1943 after an abortive Jewish uprising. "This is going to be a living museum located in a place scarred by death," Warsaw`s mayor, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, said at a ground-breaking ceremony also attended by Poland`s culture mini... read more