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  • Questionnaire

    1. 1. What was your first fragrance?

      CK Be. I badgered my mother into buying it for me after watching Paula Yates describe it on The Big Breakfast. The "notes" came up on the screen as illustrations and I was seduced. When I bought my own though, it was Gucci Envy for Men & Emporio Armani White He (same time, payday at Boots.)

    2. 2. Desert Island fragrance?

      I normally say Jicky to make it sound like I'm a Serious Perfume Person. But at a push, the reality is Comme des Garçons 2 Man. Incense!

    3. 3. Favourite book?

      This is subject to change: I'm really enjoying Wodehose at the moment, but it's probably The Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter part 3...). And otherwise I really love to read textbooks, usually hovering somewhere between Psychology, perception, the chemical senses and now and again I pick up Minna no Nihongo.

    4. 4. Favourite film?

      Mean Girls always makes me feel better.

    5. 5. Favourite food?

      Is gin a food? If not, chips & cake (but not necessarily at the same time). Nandos.

    6. 6. Favourite place in the world? (It's Bristol, isn't it?! -- Ed)

      Yes because it's the best place in the world, but there is shit all perfume there. That being said, there's no place like London.

    7. 7. Favourite music/Desert Island Disc?

      What, one CD forever? Fine, I'll cheat -- Alison Moyet's The Best Of... Otherwise I love electronic music, dance, pop, power ballads and showtunes.

    8. 8. What hobbies/interests do you have apart from fragrance?

      Singing! Musical theatre, gin (legitimately an interest), Japanese language and Great British Bake Off which I'm sure is now classed as a hobby.

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