30 December 2009
The British man chosen from more than 30,000 applicants to look after an island on Australia's Great Barrier Reef has survived being stung by a deadly jellyfish on Hamilton Island.
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Ben Southall, the man with the best job in the world, struck trouble in paradise when he felt a small bee-like sting on his arm, as he was getting off a jet ski. The 34 year-old Briton later noticed a tingling sensation in his hands and feet, before developing a severe headache, back pain and high blood pressure. The culprit was a tiny but extremely poisonous Irukandji jellyfish. It may only be the size of a peanut, but it has killed unwary swimmers in the past.
Ben is recovering and is in the final week of his contract, where he's been employed by Australian tourism officials to promote the wonders of the Queensland coast.
Phil Mercer, BBC News, Sydney
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- struck trouble in paradise
had difficulties in what seems like an ideal location
an animal (here a jellyfish) produces a small but painful injury, usually with a poison, by brushing against the someone or another animal's skin
- a tingling sensation
a feeling as if a lot of sharp points are being put quickly and lightly into your body or onto your skin
very serious, causing a lot of pain
- high blood pressure
the pressure at which the blood flows through the body is high (high or low blood pressure can make you ill)
very harmful and able to make you very ill or kill you
sea animal with a soft oval almost transparent (see-through) body
- the size of a peanut
very small (a peanut is a small oval-shaped nut that grows under the ground inside a thin brown shell)
not aware of or careful about possible risks and dangers
formal agreement to work for a company or person for a period of time