25 Things You Donโ€™t Know About Paul Teague!

1) I was born in Hamstreet, Kent but have spent all my life since the age of 5 in the North of England.

2) I have moved house 24 times, 21 of those moves after leaving home at the age of 18 … and most of them connected with chasing my career in radio.

3) I was pretty entrepreneurial as a teenager – I set up and ran my own disco business with a friend, I worked several gardening jobs at a time, had a paper round and fixed broken calculators from the local electrical store to sell on for profit.

4) I took the academic ‘conveyor belt' route in life, gaining 9 x ‘O' levels, 1 x ‘O/A' level, 3 x ‘A' levels, 1 x 2:1 degree and 1 x postgraduate diploma. The funny thing is, although all that studying gave me a teaching career for 4 years, it was the things that I did on my own – radio and web work – that resulted in the best career moves and the most pleasure in life.

5) I did my first ever radio broadcast on Scunthorpe Hospital radio aged 18 in 1983 and was ‘bitten by the bug'. It took me another 9 years of work and persistance to finally get my first job at the BBC where I worked for 20 years … as a journalist, broadcaster and website manager.

6) I have been to New York to receive an international web award. My BBC web team and I received the communities section in the international Webby Awards in 2006. You can still see what's left of the winner's page here. I didn't realise the significance at the time, but we beat Xbox.com and Tripadvisor.com in our category.

At the Webby Awards in 2006

With my web team from work at the 2006 Webby Awards

7) My dad played with Cliff Richard before he was famous. In the days when Cliff was Harry Webb, he was a singer in my dad's band, ‘The Dick Teague Skiffle Group' until Cliff moved on to other things. Most people don't believe me when I tell them this, but if you look in the first pages of virtually any Cliff Richard book, you'll see the group mentioned. I also got Cliff to record a special birthday message when my dad was 70 – and as you'd expect, Cliff was an absolute gent, and did a lovely job of it. As final proof, here's a photo ๐Ÿ™‚

Dick Teague And Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard

Meeting Sir Cliff backstage at Lincoln Castle in 2017

8) I didn't fly in a plane until the age of 27 – my parents could never afford it and neither could I until that age. These days I can't stop … I love to travel abroad, and one day hope to spend time living elsewhere in Europe or America. I flew in a hot air balloon before I flew in plane.

9) I didn't own a computer until 2002 – even though I've been working with them since my days as a teacher.

10) I once abseiled off the Humber Bridge whilst doing live commentary on the radio. We'd set it up so I really wasn't sure if I'd do it until actually got there. I did and I loved it!

11) I love eating out in restaurants with good company – it's my ideal night out.

12) I love the cinema … and now fortunately we've passed on that love to the kids.

13) I worked in a restaurant as a waiter between the ages of 13 and 18 (this was in addition to all my other jobs) and also did a summer season at Pontin's in Lancashire waiting on tables whilst on vacation. It was always work I enjoyed.

14) I have interviewed a number of politicians such as John Prescott, Anne Widdicombe, Ken Livingston, Jeffery Archer and Michael Howard – ย who told me off for being ‘negative' about his latest political announcement!

15) I love the Scottish group Runrig (my wife is Scottish) and have seen them perform many times – at Loch Lomond, in York, twice in Carlisle, at Edinburgh castle and at Stirling Castle. I have also interviewed band members several times for radio items.

16) I've also had a long standing love of the rock group Queen – the first single (remember those?) I ever bought was ‘Don't Stop Me Now' and I got to see them with Freddie as frontman at Elland Road in Leeds in the 1980s, on the ‘Hot Space' tour.

17) While we're talking about music, I was once embarrasssed at a Motorhead concert. They were once known as the ‘loudest live band' so I'd bought along a roll of cotton wool so could put some in my ears if it was too loud. When I was frisked at the entrance I had to explain it's purpose surrounded by hundreds of seasoned heavy metallers.

18) When I was a child (ie below the age of 11) I used to write books. I've got a rejection letter from Penguin in my scrap book. I've had several skirmishes with writing over the years – with short stories and plays mainly – but never with any level of accomplishment or success.

19) I would love to play a musical instrument, but I can't yet. The best I did was recorder at school. I need to take lessons one day … I love music, and I know I'd get massive pleasure from it … I just need to do it! I'd also love to know if I can be taught to sing.

Paul Teague at the BBC

20) I love live radio broadcasting and would love to do it again. My career took me away from the practical stuff when I moved into management, but I did a live, all speech talk show for 6 months of my career and although it was raw, uncut and dangerous, I'd love to do it again some day.

21) I love American TV … Battleship Galactica, Jericho, Big Love, 24, Game Of Thrones, The Sopranos, 6 Foot Under, Dexter, The American Office, Damages … the list goes on and I love 'em all. Fortunately, my wife does too!

22) I love crime fiction, and it all started in my mid teens after getting told off for messing around during a library period at school. I just grabbed the first book after my telling off, sat down and pretended to read it … well, at first that was the case. It was a book called ‘There's A Hippy On The Highway' by James Hadley Chase and it turned out to be excellent! I read virtually all of his many books, and as an adult I now read Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay as my current favourites.

23) My wife and I would like to take a driving holiday across the USA. My wife loves American wooden porches and I'd like her to sit on one at some point in her life (too many cowboy films when she was a child!). This is penciled in for when the kids are older as we're likely to be away for some time ๐Ÿ™‚

24) At the age of 18 I cycled around Lake Geneva in 1 day (see note 8 – we travelled by coach) stopping off at Castle Chillon for a swim to cool off.

25) Although I haven't done it for years now, I used to be into drama and acting in a big way. My biggest roles was as the Reverend Samuel Parris in ‘The Crucible' whilst studying Theatre Studies for a year at college, but lesser parts included playing Lady Begonia, a ghost in ‘A Christmas Carol' and one of King Herod's ‘disco courtiers'!


  • Sandy Halliday

    December 2, 2011

    Great idea Paul and good to get to know you better. I might just copy your idea! What made you think of writing it?

    My mother said she learned to swim in Lake Geneva but then never swam a stroke afterwards! Was it something in the water?

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    Paul Teague Reply:

    Hi Sandy, thanks for your comments – I pinched the idea from a friend of mine called Phill Turner, I thought it was a great way of escaping some of the anonymity of email.

    So feel free to copy ๐Ÿ™‚

    The water of Lake Geneva was a blessed relief, we were so hot by that stage – I seem to remember the water looking okay, though at that age I didn’t really think about things like that.

    All the best, Paul

  • George Haimbiri

    December 2, 2011

    Hi Paul Teague, your earlier post to me was indeed fantastic.It lifted me inches high in my hope to one succeed both online and in my career as writer. I am a published author with Author House publishing just completed with my first novel now on the market. I really do the same just for me also to open up for the first time share my hopes and dreams with you, and recount my childhood experience with all the difficulties that I met in my life untill so far.

    Thank you so much!


    Paul Teague Reply:

    Good to hear from you George and thanks for leaving a comment.

    Congratulations on getting your first novel pulished!

    All the best, Paul
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  • Mike Mancini

    December 2, 2011


    Wonderful post! It’s always great to get to know the person (who you’re getting emails from) just a little more. Makes the person “real”, if you will. Being from America, I hope you and your spouse get a chance to do the touring. My wife and I want to do the same in the UK, someday. Your post also has an underlying theme….that this Internet Marketing thing has some wonderful benefits, if you can make a go of it. It’s inspirational in that way.

    Thanks for sharing!


    Paul Teague Reply:

    Thanks for posting Mike and I’m pleased that you enjoyed reading the post.

    If you come to the UK dress up warm!

    The weather is the reason I’m so keen to go abroad most times ๐Ÿ™‚

    Delighted that you drew inspiration from the post – being an internet marketer has
    allowed me to share supporting my son as well as travel with the family much more –
    there’s certainly nothing quite like it for the freedom it can give you.

    All the best – hope you make it to the UK someday!

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  • Laila Schutt

    December 2, 2011

    Hi Paul, nice to see you. You have done lots of things thats a good way to learn and live.
    You inspire me to sum up my life. I think I will do that soon.

    Paul Teague Reply:

    Hi Laila, it’s quite an interesting exercise actually, I enjoyed writing the post.

    Best wishes, Paul
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  • Margi

    December 2, 2011

    Hi Paul,

    I too really enjoyed your vibrant Bio in 25 bites of personal info, and, like Sandy above, would like to imitate it when my website finally goes public. My career has also been in teaching, on and off to fit around our five children, and we now run a B&B by the sea in lovely Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. As every good teacher knows, stories are a great way to learning. Now that the season is quietening down I plan to get back to the website construction, though I find it a bit daunting!

    Every best wish,

    Paul Teague Reply:

    Hi Margi, great to hear from you and thanks for taking time to leave a comment.

    The best way to ‘make a website’ is to use WordPress … it’s changed so much
    these days that you can either use it as a conventional ‘blog’ or you can set
    it up like a static website.

    What are you using to make your website?

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  • Kirk

    December 2, 2011

    OMG!!!! Paul, you are a real human! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am so happy you opened up and “shared” with us about who you are. It makes you more real and helps us identify with you as well. BTW, this is a key piece to success. Establish the relationship and foster it well. Don’t need big list, need responsive list.

    Excellent, Paul. Thanks for sharing.

    Paul Teague Reply:

    Hi Kirk – yes, it’s true, I’m not completely automated I am actually human ๐Ÿ™‚

    You’re right though, a bit more of this type of email and fewer sales messages are what
    I have in mind now … I always get an amazing response when I send out this type of

    Nice to hear from you and please keep in touch.

    Best wishes, Paul Teague
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  • Winchel

    December 2, 2011

    Hi Paul.
    Wonderful post, I Always open your emails because you are one of the few Marketer who really cares about others.
    You did some fantastic things and still do.
    Thanks for the post.


    Paul Teague Reply:

    Hi Winchel, great to hear from you and thanks very much for your kind feedback.

    I’ll admit that I don’t do enough of this kind of email and I always love the way
    I get to hear back from my subscribers when I do send one out.

    Keep in touch and thanks for commenting.

    Best wishes, Paul
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  • Jean

    December 2, 2011

    Hi Paul

    What a great article and of course today internet marking is all about building a relationship with your list. This is the perfect example.

    Personally it brought back some memories as I lived and worked for many years in Lincolnshire.

    My holiday rental site has been up for 6 years and I am now expanding my internet marketing. As a ‘silver surfer’ it is taking longer than I had hoped – just wish there had been so much information 20 years ago ๐Ÿ™‚

    To your continued success

    Paul Teague Reply:

    Hi Jean, a fellow ‘yellow belly’ I see, I lived in Lincolnshire between ages 5-18 and
    my mum and sister still live there, so I’m back quite often.

    Good for you expanding what you’re doing online, if you have a rental site do make sure
    you take a look at what Facebook can so as well as it’s very good for location based

    Good to hear from you and thanks for commenting on my blog post.

    Regards, Paul
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  • Tim Pond

    December 2, 2011

    Hi Paul,
    what a fabulous post!
    And what a wonderful life you’ve had.
    I nowadays open up emails from a handful of IM’ers – too much sharketer spamming ๐Ÿ™
    and you’re one of them.
    Best of luck!

    Paul Teague Reply:

    Hi Tim, thanks for stopping by amd making time to leave a comment – thanks too
    for your kind comments.

    I see from Facebook that you’re active in Giveaways, do hunt around my blog
    you’ll find several useful posts from the days when I was very active in those events.

    Thanks for opening my emails and I’ll try to continue to make it worth your while.

    All the best, Paul
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  • Hi Paul
    Thanks for sharing with us part of your journey in your life.
    Unlike you god gave me a speech problem for a reason
    I am sure of and not a radio speaking voice like your or a singing voice like Elvis.
    But my passion for music as always been within me these days I am into country music. Thanks to people like you I helping country singers by creating fan pages for them. I have not had the same education as you I went to a special school because I had learning problems but it was there I met my first love who is now my wife.

    Paul Teague Reply:

    Hi Ken, thanks for stopping by – and what an amazing niche you’re working in.

    I’ve always been very partial to country music myself – I’ve always liked the story-telling element in the songs.

    It sounds like you’ve turned your passion and interest into an outlet for your work, and that’s a great technique to use.

    Lovely to hear from you and all the best in your online work, Paul

  • Jean Shaw

    December 3, 2011

    Hi Paul,

    Nice post. I love learning about the people behind the faces, and it seems there’s a lot to you and your family.

    You hit the nail of the head in your e-mail when you said often you don’t even recognise the name of the person whose e-mails you receive.

    I am on far too many lists and often wonder why. There must have been a good reason for handing over my e-mail address at the time, but more often than not it escapes me.

    Hope you eventually realise your dream of travelling across USA to celebrate your silver wedding and 50th birthday, but judging from the picture, you have a few years to go.

    Take care.

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    Paul Teague Reply:

    Hi Jean, thanks for leaving a comment – and you know how to flatter a man ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m 46 so I have 4 years to go until my 50th birthday … not that far away now!

    I think the only way to deal with being on so many email lists – which goes with our territory really – is to be ruthless in unsubscribing from time-to-time.

    My rule of thumb is that if a marketer has sent nothing of interest to me, I unsubscribe.

    With a handful of marketers I always read their email.

    I think the trick is to boil it down to that excellent handful really.

    Thanks very much for getting in touch, it’s great to hear from you!

    Best wishes, Paul

    ken FanpagesCountrySingers Reply:

    Hi Jean
    I am too 46 making think 4 more years.
    Yes I agree I can’t recal all these lists I am on way too many and Paul right we need to
    narrow it down by seeing who offers good value and who does not then stick with that
    small number. This I will now work on as there are so many emails list I am on which I
    to take control of. At last a marker explaining this Thanks Paul

  • Paul Teague

    December 5, 2011

    Hi Barry, good to hear from you and fascinating to read your comments about your son with Aspergerโ€™s Syndrome.

    My son too has an amazing facility for video games – he likes to work right through them and find all the ‘glitches’ or design faults.

    As you say, his facility in this area is amazing.

    Keep in touch, and thanks for commenting on this blog post.

    Regards, Paul

  • Hi Paul! We have a few things in common. Did you know that I also love movies (12) and going out to eat (11)? Queen is my favorite all time music group (16)!

    Paul Teague Reply:

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog – did you ever get to see Queen play live?


  • Janny

    December 8, 2011

    Hi Paul
    That’s a very interesting career path and personal profile. I always knew it would be and waited for the the day of revelation from you. I feel you’d suit radio work.

    I just wonder if liking a Scottish band was a prerequisite for ‘getting the girl’, being your wife.

    Why don’t you write a bit about Spain and take us there?

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    Paul Teague Reply:

    Hi Janny, thanks for leaving a comment – the Scottish band was a consequence of
    having a Scottish wife, I first saw them on the TV at a Hogmonay party whilst visiting
    her relatives – because I have dark hair, I was called upon to be a ‘first footer’!

    We leave for my Christmas/New Year jaunt to Spain next week, I’m sure there’ll be at
    least one post from me while I’m out there ๐Ÿ™‚

    All the best, Paul

  • Dawn Kay

    December 12, 2011

    Hi Paul

    Sounds like you’ve had a busy and fab life and I can’t believe you’ve moved 24 times as moving is soooooo stressful (lol)

    Have to agree with the other comments as it’s lovely to see the man behind the blog and the emails and not a lot of people do this.

    Sounds like you was born to be an internet marketer from a young age ha ha

    Take care

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    Paul Teague Reply:

    Hi Dawn, great to see you on my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    Funny thing is about moving 24 times, we’re real experts at it now, we know exactly what to do and when to do it!

    I think from the positive feedback I’m getting I’ll have to do much more of this type of thing.

    All the best!


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