Swords Orthodontics
17 Main St, Swords, Co Dublin, Ireland


Dentist, Dentist....Please!

Lessons from a Michael Schenker concert - nothing to do with teeth (but then again....)

Probably the most famous V guitar in rock,
the Dean Guitars variation on his Harlequin Gibson Flying V

I can't adequately explain how talented this man is. His music has sustained me through O Levels, A Levels, Dentistry and Orthodontics degrees. I saw him first in Ulster Hall in 1986 and most recently last week. It was glorious.

His career is nearly half a century long at this stage, and he's certainly one of the most melodic heavy rock guitarists ever. In another world, Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett would ...

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Doing It Yourself: Part 1

I fly a lot on Ryanair.

Fasten your safety belts. Not a Ryanair flight - but I wonder which airline it is, and do you pay extra to watch programmes and movies on your screen?
Photo by Suhyeon Choi on Unsplash

Contrary to many people who phone into radio shows, I haven’t had any major problems with Ryanair. In a way I’m supporting local business, as Ryanair HQ is only a few hundred yards away from Swords Orthodontics – that’s not the fundamental reason I fly with them, it just works out this way.

For foreign readers of this blog, very foreign it would have to be for ...

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Happy Birthday, Joni Mitchell - and many happy returns.

Both Sides, Then. And Now.

Everyone loves Joni MItchell
Everyone loves Joni Mitchell. At least, everyone in Whelan's last Wednesday.
An exceptional musical event curated by Dave McGuinness of Lir

Last week I was at a couple of Joni Mitchell tribute shows in honour of her 75th birthday. When Total Guitar magazine listed the 300 greatest guitarists (by genre) she beat Bob Dylan, and that I wouldn’t disagree with. I’d been a fan for years, but sadly I’ll never see her in concert. A few years ago I went to Sligo to see Leonard Cohen (and try and figure out why there is the fuss about ...

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All good things come to an end, but first they come from a beginning

Last week I blogged about a U2 concert

More thoughts from last week's U2 concert - apparently it all started in Larry's kitchen.
Fortunately Edge and Bono found their respective vocations at an early stage.


I have seen them in stadiums like Croke Park, Wembley, Twickenham and even the RDS.

The couple of times I saw them indoors were particularly special. But at some stage their concerts were all indoors.

During their recent Belfast show, their singer Bono talked about their first time playing in Belfast – it was in the university student bar, and they were the support act to Squeeze.


The first time I ...

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'Ello, I wish to register a complaint.

“’’Ello, miss?”

“What do you mean, miss?”

"I'm sorry, I have a cold. I wish to make a complaint."

A fine living example of the Norweigian Blue parrot.
Very much alive, no cause for complaint. Photo by Simon Shim on Unsplash

....and thus begins the most famous sketch in the history of TV comedy. To be honest, Monty Python never made me laugh much apart from the cartoons (not unrelated to the fact that I hadn't started school when they were at their peak) and even looking at it now, it seems beyond me what people found funny about it back in the 70s. But it ...

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What Drives Us Onward, and What Drives U2 Onward.

Last week, I went to see U2 in Belfast.

U2 on their Experience Tour - why does a band like that still make an effort to make great albums?

First time seeing them at my home arena, but my umpteenth U2 concert. It was decades since the 17 year-old me saw them in Croke Park, as they assumed the position of world's most significant rock band.

The Edge from U2: making music to be played in lifts in decades to come

They have had a few ups and downs since then (as has most of their audience) and as usual, I was ...

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A Career in Dentistry? Part 2

Last week, I wrote an article about a career in dentistry as a result of being asked to take part in a careers evening at Ardgillan Community College. That article was mainly a collection of reflections and thoughts from over a dozen colleagues who had spent many years in dentistry, but they were all dentists. I will write an article later about my own thoughts on a career in dentistry, but today I thought I’d explain that there are many other careers to be had in dentistry other than specifically as a dentist.

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