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A thought about a very famous Murray - Murray Gell-Mann and the Gell-Mann Effect

A colleague of mine gave me a text last week to tell me that Murray Gell-Mann had died.

He's not exactly a house hold name, but within his field (extreme theoretical physics) he was a legend. I had heard of him in passing as he appears on the periphery of the legend of Richard Feynmann, a physicist who became a bit of a cult figure around the same time as Gell-Mann and of course, the name stood out to me.

There's a list of things in physics that he's famous for, and I don't understand most of them but his name is also connected to something that's not specific to physics - ...

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We won three awards at the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards 2019!

It has been a great week here at Swords Orthodontics. We won three awards at the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards 2019 in London! This took place on the Friday 22nd of March. The categories that we won in are: Interdisciplinary Team Orthodontic Surgical, Orthodontics child/teenager fixed and Best Aesthetic Practice Ireland. This is a massive win for us as we have entered twice before and have only won highly recommended and have never won the overall category that we’ve entered. We are delighted to win these awards as we were up against many British practices where the standard is always high.

I was very excited as this was the first time I ...

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The Smiles of 2018

I am an android sort of guy.

I do own an iPod. It's apparently an iPod Classic, but when I got it, it was just called an iPod.

I love my iPod. But it isn't as good as the Creative Zen MP3 player it replaced.

But that's it for me and Apple for the time being.

 

I am an android sort of guy. I presume some of you are too

So imagine my surprise and concern when Google sends me a video called Smiles of 2018 and wants to know if I want to save it.

Smiles of 2018  is a compilation of the in-focus pictures I took on my phone that involve people smiling. I'm a dentist, ...

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Operation Mindcrime: Dublin Calling!

About thirty years ago, as dental student, my friend Terry introduced me to Operation:Mindcrime by Queensrÿche. It was the great heavy rock concept album of the 80s, and as well as the record (CD as well as vinyl back then!) there was a full length film to go along with it (on VHS of course) and the guys (not dental students) in my house watched it on a constant loop in between Neighbours and sleeping.

Kieran Robertson on guitar with Geoff Tate for Operation:Mindcrime

It’s a bit tenuous but the initial dental connection (there almost always is one) here is that one of the ...

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Dentistry, Suicide and the Stephen Hawking of Shred

This week Swords Orthodontics interrupted its usual activities on Friday, with a full day of training for all the team, except Brenda (who’d been on a similar day’s course last year) who stayed back at base to look after patient enquiries and get all the work done that can’t happen when the practice is in its normal busy mode.

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Stephen Murray and the team from Swords Orthodontics with dental business trainer Chris Barrow at a Your Smile Specialist event at the Carlton Hotel near Dublin Airport

 

When I parked the car, I saw a message in on my phone and checked it before ...

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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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