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Probably not Ireland's Favourite Christmas Songs, just mine

After revealing the results of Ireland's Favourite Christmas Song using the statistically unreliable sample of Swords Orthodontics patients and parents, I thought I'd follow up with my own Christmas favourites. It may be the least viewed blog post on the Swords Ortho website this year, but quite a few people did ask me for my choice, so I thought I'd list them. 

a Christmas selection
And these are a few of my favourite things....
a selection of my favourite Christmas records.

No Fairytales....

 

  1. Christmas Wrapping (The Waitresses)
  2. Step Into Christmas (Elton John)
  3. Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (WIzzard)
  4. I Believe in Father Christmas (Greg Lake)
  5. Gaudete ...

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Some People Smile.....

....actually loads of people smiled, at a reunion of The Blades.

Paul Cleary and The Blades 2018
The Blades, December 2018

The Blades were one of the legendary Irish bands of my childhood. They released a series of monumentally good singles in the early 80s and were widely loved by audiences around the country. They were largely synonymous with their singer Paul Cleary - who wrote an Irish charity single for famine release "Show some concern" as well as his work with the band. Musically they worked in an area that was a bit like the Jam or The Beat but more rock/ska/soul than mod/new ...

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Ireland's Favourite Christmas Song

I was curious to see what Ireland’s favourite Christmas song is, and since there was a bizarre variation on some websites I visited, I ran a fairly unscientific poll on the patients (and their parents) of Swords Orthodontics.

Swords Orthodontics wishes a happy Christmas to all out patients and their families and friends
Swords Orthodontics wishes a happy and constructive Christmas to all our patients, their parents and their friends.

No dental-themed songs like “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” or “I want a smile for Christmas”, or even pun-tastic ones like “Little Gummy Boy”.

There’s usually an orthodontic tie-in with my blogs, even ...

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Swords Orthodontics At Christmas

Well, it's only a few more sleeps to Christmas...

swords orthodontics loves Christmas
Swords Orthodontics Elves are hard at work

But an orthodontist's work is never done, and the Swords Ortho elves are as busy as ever.

I could stick up photos of Christmas trees in the practice, but the big thing about Christmas here is the extra number of patients we finish treatment for, just before Christmas. 

If it is a choice between a couple of weeks after Christmas and a couple of weeks before Christmas, most of our patients choose "before", so there's all sorts of efforts made to get those brackets off before the big day.

Stephen

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HSE Waiting List Update December 2018

From time to time I talk about Orthodontics waiting lists in the HSE. This was just put online at the very useful website kildarestreet.com, which reports questions and answers from Dáil Éireann. Recently the TD Charlie McConalogue asked about the orthodontic waiting list in Letterkenny Hospital in Donegal.

The current Minister for Health, Simon Harris, gave an answer which is very difficult to understand. I have cut and pasted directly from the website so that I don't misquote it, though to be honest, I don't know if I could make it any less easy to comprehend.

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Doing It Yourself: Part 3

For whom the road tolls....

Could be the start of a great career - Glenn Hughes worked as a toll booth operator until he was recruited for Village People
(he was the biker)
Photo by Tbel Abuseridze on Unsplash

This series of blog posts started with a reflection on Ryanair’s model of providing cheaper air travel to people who were prepared to carry their own luggage on and off their planes.

This afternoon, I drove past Ryanair HQ on a trip from Swords Orthodontics in North Dublin to Galway. On the way, I went through 3 tolls - M50, M4 and M6. The M50 motorway toll ...

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Doing It Yourself: Part 2

Please scan your item....

Unexpected item in the bagging area.
How many bags did you use? Have you scanned all your items?
Photo by Fancycrave on Unsplash

Well, last weekend I bought some groceries at a shop where they have a self-service check-out. I collect the groceries from the shelves, carry the groceries to the terminal, scan them, press the button for assistance with unidentified item in the bagging area, pack them and load them into the car and bring them home.

At the other end of the scale, I could have ordered the stuff online. If I did that, the company would have sent someone ...

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