The best job in the world?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Shut Up Legs, 3 Mar 2018.

  1. Shut Up Legs

    Shut Up Legs Down Under Member

    I really, really envy Mike Cotty! :smile: The latest video from The Col Collective Youtube channel is great, as are their other videos.

  2. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Veteran

    East Sussex
    Many years ago when I was on an assignment in Antarctica, and doing a story on the volcanologists studying Mt Erebus - a huge stratovolcano near McMurdo Station - I was required to spend three days acclimatising on Fang Glacier, at 10,000 feet, before going on up to the summit shoulder where the field camp was. The acclimatising camp on Fang Glacier was in a stunning location. We had sturdy 'Scott tents', unlimited supplies - including crates of chocolate - fine cold sunny weather, and nothing really to do for three days but read books and build red blood cells. I set up my folding chair on a cliff edge, looking out over the sea and clouds thousands of feet below and improved my mind with some old Mickey Spillane paperbacks. I had found my perfect job.... Alas it ended three days later when a helicopter picked me up and took me the rest of the way up to the field camp and a resumption of the real-life job of reportage and looking busy...
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  3. Brandane

    Brandane Fair weather cyclist.

    Just as a matter of interest; how did you travel to Antarctica? My cousin (now retired) was First mate and later Captain of one of the Antarctic survey ships that transport scientists etc.. It might have been the Sir Ernest Shackleton from memory. He loved his job and it always struck me that it might have been a contender for "best job in the world". Although, personally I would have preferred to be surveying somewhere a touch warmer!
  4. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Veteran

    East Sussex
    I have been down to Antarctica many times, sometimes by sea, sometimes by air. On that particular occasion I was travelling with the US Antarctic Program and flew to McMurdo on a military C-141 cargo plane from Christchurch.

    I have also travelled there from Hobart on the Australian Antarctic Division’s icebreaker Aurora Australis, on a Russian research vessel out of Punta Arenas Chile, and on yachts and cruise ships out of Ushuaia Argentina.
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  5. Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

    South Wales
    Jealous. I would like to work in Antarctica for a while, despite the cold!
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  6. bpsmith

    bpsmith Veteran

    None of those jobs are as good as the morning I just had stuck behind a desk. Honestly, how can you believe otherwise. :smile:
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  7. Supersuperleeds

    Supersuperleeds Guru

    I always thought this was the best job in the world

  8. Im 60 this year and so being retired would be my ideal job now. But until that day comes I will just enjoy being a sail maker.
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  9. gom

    gom Active Member

    What could beat working with Office 2016 ? :banghead:
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  10. bpsmith

    bpsmith Veteran

    Office 2016 would be a dream compared to some of the legacy systems I get to use.
  11. Lozz360

    Lozz360 Senior Member

  12. Yes.
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