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Graduate finds work as human scarecrow

By T.K. Randall
October 7, 2012 · Comment icon 18 comments

Image Credit: CC 3.0 Necco128
Jamie Fox has been supplementing his income by sitting in a field and acting as a human scarecrow.
The bizarre occupation came about after all conventional methods for preventing birds from spoiling crops of oilseed rape in a Norfolk field proved ineffective. The 22-year-old is tasked with wearing a bright orange coat and sitting in the field come rain or shine while sounding a cowbell and playing the accordion. He earns approximately £250 a week for his efforts.

"I get to sit and read for a lot of the time but whenever I see the partridges, I have to get up and scare them off," he says. "I ring a cowbell and I've even played the accordion, but the ukulele doesn't seem to have any effect on them."
It sounds like the ideal job - the chance to sit down, read a book and perhaps idly strum a ukulele. But Bangor University graduate Jamie Fox has to do it in all weathers, as a human scarecrow in a field in Norfolk.


Source: BBC News | Comments (18)




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Comment icon #9 Posted by OverSword 12 years ago
I'm jealous. That would be a fun way to spend the day. Chasing birds! LOL!
Comment icon #10 Posted by King Fluffs 12 years ago
Wow... it sounds like fun.
Comment icon #11 Posted by MrSerendipity 12 years ago
He should try playing the bagpipes! Now that would just about scare every living thing within earshot!
Comment icon #12 Posted by little_dreamer 12 years ago
Halloween will be here soon. A scarecrow coming to life suddenly really scares the neighborhood kids.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Abramelin 12 years ago
t sounds like the ideal job - the chance to sit down, read a book and perhaps idly strum a ukulele. But Bangor University graduate Jamie Fox has to do it in all weathers, as a human scarecrow in a field in Norfolk. Mr Fox, 22, has been employed to scare partridges from a field of oilseed rape at Aylsham because conventional birdscarers have not worked. As well as wearing a bright orange coat, Mr Fox uses an accordion and a cowbell to frighten the birds. http://www.bbc.co.uk...orfolk-19846642 ""Partridges love rape - it's like fillet steak to them" Did I just read that right??
Comment icon #14 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
Halloween will be here soon. A scarecrow coming to life suddenly really scares the neighborhood kids. Not in my neighbourhood. There'd be straw and teeth strewn across the street. Poor scarecrow.
Comment icon #15 Posted by TheSpoonyOne 12 years ago
...and his music/film careers were going so well...
Comment icon #16 Posted by Abramelin 12 years ago
Here belongs a story from my blog: http://kromakhy.blogspot.nl/2004/04/21-scarecrow.html
Comment icon #17 Posted by Xanthurion2 12 years ago
at least he can get a job
Comment icon #18 Posted by wolfknight 12 years ago
Well at lease he has a job


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