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Stanley Karras works as a meteorologist in Tampa, Florida. It's his job to follow hurricanes by plane and provide information about them to scientists.

How did you get the job? I was working for the National Meteorological Office in Bracknell, near London, in the autumn of 1995, and I saw a documentary with my family called Stormchasers. It was about hurricane hunters and I thought, 'Wow, that's an interesting job!' As it happened, two months later I came across an ad for a meteorologist to work in Florida with the same people who had made the documentary. I applied, was interviewed over the phone, moved to the US, and started work here in Tampa in May 1996.

What do you like most about it? I love the travel. I've been all over the world chasing hurricanes. It's exciting to end up in different cities and different countries day after day. If you're a meteorologist, you have to love flying. I also love working with top scientists. I've learned so much from them. For me, it's like a classroom in the sky.

What's an average day like? There's no such thing as an average day in my job! It all depends on the weather, and you can't control that. We often take off at a moment's notice to chase storms. I'm the one who decides whether we fly low through a storm. I don't want to take us into a hurricane that could be particularly nasty.

Have you made any sacrifices to do this job? Yes, one big one. I'm away from my family. They all live in the UK. My wife's with me, of course, but her family is also in the UK, so we're pretty cut off from all of them.

What would you like to do next? I'd like to join a space



Linda Spelman was a lawyer who found a new career in a circus. She now works as a trapeze artist, travelling with circuses throughout Canada, Europe, and East Asia.

How did you get the job? That's quite a long story. My father's a lawyer, so I thought I'd become one, too. Studying law was really, really hard work, so I took up gymnastics in the evenings to help me relax. When I finally passed my exams, I thought, T need a break. I want to travel and learn a language.' I'd heard of the Ecole Nationale du Cirque in Montreal, so I thought, 'I'll join the circus.' I went to Canada and did a trapeze course and, amazingly, I was good at it.

What do you like most about it? The excitement and the travel. I always wanted to travel and learn languages and I've done all of that. Also, I get on really well with circus people. They're all nationalities. I've learned so much about life from them.

What's an average day like? Everyone has to help in the circus, so you begin the day in a new town handing out flyers. In the afternoon, you work in the box office and rehearse. Then you do the act in the evening. At the end of a week, I'm so tired I spend a day in bed. Last month I twisted my shoulder and couldn't work for a week.

Have you made any sacrifices to do this job? No, I haven't, not really. I gave up doing something that I hated and I'm doing something that I love. I do miss my family sometimes, but that's all. And of course I earn a lot less than a lawyer.

What would you like to do next? I'm 34 now. I'd like to carry on doing this until I'm at least 50. There are Russian trapeze artists still going strong in their fifties.


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