Created 22nd March 2018
Tea break chat with: Paul
Our Developer Paul is an Oxygen veteran, having been on the digital team for several years – and even continuing to work with us when he spent several months in Greece last year.
Now that he’s returned to the UK (and to Oxygen) we thought we would find out more about his skateboarding hobby, why he chose to spend time in Greece and what he enjoys about development.
Hi Paul, so you’ve recently returned to the UK from Greece. What is it about the country that made you want to spend so much time there?
I had been going to Greece for a long time, and fell in love with the country and the people. It’s the only place I could imagine living outside of the UK, so I decided to give it a go. My house is on the island of Skopelos, an incredibly relaxing and chilled place with lovely beaches and nice places to walk. Even now that I’ve returned to the UK, I’ll still go out and spend a few weeks there each year.
It sounds like you prefer the quiet life, but everyone knows that’s not true! Your hobbies outside the office are somewhat adrenaline-fuelled…
I like to have a go at everything – swimming, running, badminton, even indoor wall climbing! But my favourite hobby by far has been skateboarding. I was never a ‘skateboard’ kid. In fact, I only picked up my first skateboard at the age of 35. There was a group of us all of roughly the same age in Tiverton, and we formed a group called the ‘MOTHS’ (Mostly over the hill skaters). We went all over the UK to other skate parks, charity skates and events.
I have also recently tried my hand at trampolining, but after breaking my toe the first time and my thumb the second time I think I might give that a miss from now on!
Yes, maybe give the extreme sports a rest for a while, Paul. So what made you choose development as a career?
Since the Internet broke onto the scene I’ve always been fascinated with the web. I spent years teaching myself how to build and code websites, and built my first real website while still learning.
I’ve made 100s of website since, but the web never stops evolving and there are always new challenges to overcome when building websites.
Oxygen was my first web design job, and it’s all changed since then. New technologies, new approaches, new ways of working.
How times change! If you had to swap places with one person in the office, who would it be?
It would have to be either Sophie or Steve. I’ve always fancied the copywriting aspect to their roles, and looking to get the right angle for a press release or story. I’m actually in the middle of writing a book, so watch this space. I might be a copywriter yet!