Close-Up: The hot seat - Paul Rees, Q

Name: Paul Rees

Job: Editor, Q

- You've got five hours left before the world explodes. What do you do?

I'll take the fifth on that, since an honest answer would, inevitably, lead either to a painful wound, divorce or, most likely, both.

- What's your best joke?

Relating the whole thing would take up all the space here, but the punchline is ... And the centipede said: "Let me get my shoes on!"

- What's your biggest fear?

If you have children, you'll know.

- When did you last cry and why?

The birth of Tom and then, again, of Charlie. And, embarrassingly, the moment West Brom pulled off their great escape from relegation out of the Premier League on the final day of the season.

- Who is your hero?

Sir David Attenborough.

- Name one thing about yourself that few people know.

I can read minds.

- What's the worst thing about your job?

There are minor irritations but, really, I have absolutely nothing to complain about.

- What do you see when you look in the mirror?

The expanding space that a fringe once occupied.

- Which historical figure do you most identify with, and why?

Charlie Rees, killed during Operation Market Garden in 1944, aged 19, and my mirror image.

- If you had a trained monkey, what would you make it do?

Handle my introductory speech at the annual Q Awards. A simple task, since the only part that changes each time is the year referenced.

- If your office was burning down, what object would you save and why?

The pool table, without a second thought.

- Are you happy?

Blissfully, thank you.

- What's your most evocative childhood memory?

Summer holidays when time seemed to stop and the sun always shone. And going to The Hawthorns with my dad for the first time.

- What's your most irritating habit?

That's a question you should more properly address to my wife - she has a shopping list of them.

- What belief do you hold most strongly?

Forgive, but don't forget.

- What do you wear in bed?

The weight of knowing that, at some point soon, I will be woken by a child.


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