Snapped up after shark exit

1st October 2004 at 01:00
Photographer Tim Stewart was shaken but not stirred, I hear, when he was interviewed for a job just half an hour after a close encounter with a 12ft shark.

The 39-year-old had just minutes to recover from his encounter with the beast, in Thailand, before being grilled by phone by potential employers at Darlington College of Technology, where he had applied to become a photography lecturer.

Despite still feeling sea-sick, Tim got the job: teaching on a photo-journalism course accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Scott Armstrong, the college's head of media, was impressed by Tim's determination to get the job.

Mr Armstrong said: "It was one of the most unusual interviews I had conducted but, give him his due, he was very good indeed. He did say he was sitting there in a suit and tie, but I'm not convinced."

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