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4160 Tuesdays Opal Workshop

On Wednesday I attended a workshop run by 4160 Tuesdays in collaboration with Gill Wing Jewellery in Islington. 

Gill Wing currently have a fascinating exhibition called Fire and Facets. Several designers have created stunning pieces of jewellery each with opal stone at their heart. 

"Each opal has been hand cut for this special show by Loren Gurche of Ancients 17. Loren is a paleontology student who carves natural gemstones in between excavating dinosaur skeletons. His magical opals caught the imagination of social media queen A Thousand Facets, known for championing independent designers by sharing them online to jewellery lovers all...

Broken Wings, Glenn Close and The Exorcist

As many of you know, as well as being the nose for , I work as an actor in the West End.
Today I started rehearsals for my next show "Broken Wings" by Kahlil Gibran, which will open in the West End in a few weeks. The show tells the story of a family in Beirut who slowly but surely move their lives to America in search of...

Fragrance Shopping in London - My Top 4

London has some incredible fragrance houses. Some of those are in the huge department stores such as Harrods and Selfridges; my preferred ones are much smaller and more curated.

My problem with some of the large stores is there tend to only be a few staff who share a true passion for fragrance. I recently went in to Selfridges and told a member of sales staff that I was looking for an ambergris scent; I was met with silence. I don't blame that staff member for not knowing the minutia - it just isn't the environment I want to shop...

Rook Perfumes featured on Popular Fragrance VLOG

Rook Perfumes have been featured in the latest FragChat VLOG by frag bloggers Mr. Smelly and Smurfy Gurly. You can see the video here:

Where science and art meet

My journey to this point has been quite convoluted to say the least. Having studied medicine at University College London and graduating as a doctor in 2010, I somewhat thought my life and career were all planned out. 

I worked as a doctor full time for a few years but gradually felt a void in my life. When I applied to medical school I was always advised that universities like "well rounded people." Well I had many passions, particularly music, which I had to push aside once in the world of medicine. 

In my final year of medical school I...