Head in the Cloud

By Staff Reporter

Malone man Philip Rees is a bar worker turned online entrepreneur, aiming for success with his Digital Cloud Art website, which offer upcoming artists a chance to sell their specially commissioned work. An artist himself, Philip recently saw his site win recognition in a contest organised by Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meadon, which aims to boost local business ventures..

I was born in North Belfast’s Antrim Road

I grew up in South Belfast

I now live on the Malone Road

I was educated at St Bride’s Primary School and Our Lady and St Patrick’s College

My earliest memory is…walking about Castlewellan with my uncle and godfather

When I was a child I wanted to be…an architect

I actually became… a business man

Worst job I’ve ever had… a kitchen porter in a local restaurant

Best job I’ve ever had… working for myself

The bravest thing I’ve ever done… have the courage to start my own business in a recession

The stupidest thing I’ve ever done… change a beer keg to the wrong pump, the bar shall remain nameless

The biggest thing I’ve yet to do is export work around the world

The people who inspired me most are my family, friends and the people I have worked for

The most important thing in the world is family, friends and health

I’m very bad at following road directions

I’m very good at listening

I’m most proud of passing my driving test first time at 17 years old, and my business

My best friend would say I am a good listener

I like to relax by going out with friends

My favourite quote is ”Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”

The last book I read was Richard Branson’s biography

My favourite movie is a film I watched for GCSE English, Of Mice and Men

The actor that would play me in a movie of my life would be someone from the film Layer Cake

The song that makes me dance is… it depends where I am, but usually it’s a David Guetta tune

The song I would have played at my funeral would be Van Morrison’s, Days Like This

The best place I’ve ever been is Pompei

The place I have to visit before I die is Tokyo

The last person I talked to on the phone was my friend Michael

The last text message I received was also from Michael

If I was a politician I would make Northern Ireland and certain people in it less corrupt

If I won the lottery I would knock down the Obel tower in Belfast and build it the way it was meant to be. Or build a proper high rise from scratch

If I could describe myself in five words they would be confident, easy to talk to

If I could invite five people (living or dead) to a dinner party they would be Andy Warhol, Pat Hunt, Steve Jobs, Seth McFarlane and Arthur Guinness (art, comedy and drink in one room)

If I could change one thing about South Belfast it would be make Drumglass aka Cranmore Park a lot bigger

My favourite thing about South Belfast is everything is in one place

 

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