Handy with a rope? Then this is for you

Do you have “mental strength”?

Have you got an “excellent moral character”?

Are you a male citizen of Sri Lanka aged between 18 and 45?

Then you have all the qualifications to be appointed official executioner of Sri Lanka, which – thanks to the ruling of its President, Maithripala Sirisena – is all set to resume excutions after overturning a ban on judicial murder imposed in 1976.

A successful applicant will be paid a minimum of $208 a month – good money by Sri Lankan standards. William Calcraft, the longest-serving hangman in England (1829 to 1874), who topped some 450 people including 34 women, retired on a pension of £1.25/week in 1874.