A British man has taken up work as a human scarecrow to raise money for a trip to New Zealand next year.
Jamie Fox, 22, from England, has been hired by a local farmer to chase partridges away from a 10-acre field of oilseed rape, the Telegraph reported.
Working from 7.30am to 4pm on the minimum wage, Fox keeps busy by playing the accordian and ukulele, doing sudokus, watching deer and daydreaming from a patch of bare earth where the birds destroyed the crop before he arrived.
The music and English graduate is not remotely depressed with his job, saying it was much better than staying at home on the unemployment benefit.
"It's not a bad job. I've read some books and listened to a few podcasts," Fox told the BBC.
"A couple of my friends in busier, more generously-paid jobs, are slightly envious.
"It's nice to be out in the fresh air, although it gets very cold when the wind whips across the field and I've had to shelter in a wood when it's rained."
Fox dresses in a fluorescent-orange jacket, thermal trousers and three pairs of socks, and has to walk up and down the fields on the tramlines created by the tractor wheels to scare the birds.
He got the job after graduating from Bangor University and doing casual work for farmer William Youngs in Aylsham, Norfolk.
One morning, Youngs woke him up and said he had a job from him requiring a book and deckchair - Fox was hired as a human scarecrow.
The job is only for two to three weeks, so he may start looking for another job shortly.
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