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Keith Flint

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about suicide in the dental profession and at lunchtime today, I heard that Keith Flint of The Prodigy had taken his own life.

 

Keith Flint of the Prodigy
Keith Flint of The Prodigy in 2019

 

I think it's safe to say that I wasn't a fan of The Prodigy, but I'd seen them live 3 times and it was the last show, about 6 months ago, that their magic finally clicked with me. Keith Flint was a true star. I know that no one is likely to be comparing him to Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney, but for his ...

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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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Home movies, smiles.... and trees.

I’d seriously be of the opinion that Christmas is all about family and friends and the people that mean the most to us.

Kids on a hill in a home movie
The stuff of home movies for generations

 

So for me, that means my family converging for a few days in one place. This year we found a DVD that had been made from the cine camera footage that my family had taken in the pre-video age, put it in the player and watched those scenes again. All silent images, but shouting across the decades.

It covered various holidays and special times for my family from ...

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A smile is a story in itself

...or at least the title of a chapter in the story.

Santa likes to smile, do you?
Santa always has a smile, do you?

Imagine there is one toy you needed to buy for Christmas, and the last shop you go into at 5pm on Christmas Eve has one left when you get there. What sort of smile would you smile?

The same smile as the child that opens that present? 

Or the smile you have when you watch them open it?

smiles and champagne
Which comes first, the smiles or the champagne.

 

The smiles when your friends and relatives visit at ...

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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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