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Fancy A New Job?


Have you ever been employed in a job you really hated?

I can remember days when as weekends were coming to an end I was just dreading going back to work on Monday.

Well one way to deal with that situation is, of course, to simply change your job – and maybe your whole career.

And that’s exactly what 28-year old former funeral director, JASMINE SEALS of Basingstoke has done.

Yes, she’s just become a full time professional mermaid.

And believe it or not, that is a real job.

Jasmine said her previous job got her so down and would frequently ‘end up crying’ because she’d have to deal with families stricken with grief after the loss of a loved one.

So just how do you become a mermaid?

Well first off you have to undergo strenuous training for hours at a time. Jasmine is now able to hold her breath for an impressive 2 minutes 35 seconds underwater.

Wearing a costume that includes a full tail made from ‘dragon skin platinum silicone’, she now works at festivals, birthday parties, and basically whatever event can afford to pay her up to £100 ($120) per hour – and supply a suitable tank.

Apparently mermaid festivals are quickly gathering popularity in the UK after taking hold in the USA in recent years.

In fact, Jasmine recently competed in the Miss Mermaid UK pageant.

She said: “It has just been so much fun and it’s a really creative thing to do.”

In the second hour I was joined once more by Margaret Mills who took as her subject this week, LOUGHTON HALL

Listen again here to what Margaret had to say on this establishment: –

I’ll see you again next week,

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