The whiz of Oz

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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.

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