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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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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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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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