The whiz of Oz
AUSTRALIA has a new voice, at least on TomTom GPS devices. Brisbane’s James Gauci has been chosen as the typical Australian accent to be heard on the satnavs worldwide. The 23-year-old Griffith University psychology student has a history of performing, singing and comedy, skills he put to good use in his audition tape, which can be heard at www.bethevoice.com.au. ‘‘Where are you headed? Twenty20 at the Gabba — nice work! At the end of the road, hang a left cruise a coupla hundred metres past turn on to Wellington. ‘‘Oh! You know what we need are a couple of these sweet four-hour parks in Pott St. Turn right here. Beauty, we’re here. Have a beer for me, eh.’’ Gauci was the $10,000 winner in a competition run by the Dutch company to find the typical Australian voice for use with its GPS devices. Selection of the winner was done with a combination of Tomtom judging for quality and correctness of voice instructions and votes from the general public.