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Christian, retired dentist, bookseller. Author - book to be published Nov/Dec 2012. Married to Wendy. 6 daughters. We host 'Liberty!' - a church in our home. Frettenham, Norfolk UK

Mevagissey

Mevagissey is one of our favourite holiday destinations, where we stay in the Wheel House and gaze out of our window into the inner harbour. Fishing boats sail into the safety of a sheltered port, and boxes of fish are carried to and fro. Nets are mended, and in the restaurant of the guesthouse, fishermen speak in broad Cornish and roar with laughter. There are seafood restaurants, and quaint narrow streets, with tight corners that are not easy to negotiate. One almost expects to meet smugglers and pirates loitering in the shadows. We come to visit friends, and seem to …

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The Flower Shop That Sells Coffins!

“I walked as far as the flower shop that sells coffins, and then came back,” said my grandson, while we were staying recently. Some of us were rather bemused by this enigmatic statement, but his mother knew immediately what he was referring to. “He walked as far as the funeral parlour,” she explained to us in little more than a whisper. I loved his naivety. He saw flowers. He saw coffins. We tend to shy away because we know that our turn awaits us. So what?! – I know that I have eternal life, because that’s what Jesus says in …

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Just Coincidences? – Come On!

(The Introduction to the book ‘THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CONSTIPATED CAT!’) INTRODUCTION Just Coincidences? – Come On! Malcolm was a builder, but also a pilot. In fact, he had a flying school. Some businessmen had asked him to fly them to meetings in various parts of the UK, and now he was with 5 of them in his plane on a runway at RAF Valley in North Wales, unable to take off because of dense fog. The control tower radioed him and told him to go back to the hotel as nothing and nobody would be taking off that …

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Mrs. Sparrow’s Beautiful Beak!

A Chapter from my Book ‘PATIENTS FROM HEAVEN’ Mrs. Sparrow’s Beak My eldest daughter Sarah was learning to play the violin. Her music teacher was Mrs. Sparrow. My mother always told us that we were a ‘musical’ family. Except that we lived in the county of Norfolk. Here, when I was a youngster, we all spoke with a Norfolk accent, which had some amusing aspects to it. Beautiful was pronounced ‘bootiful’, and this was taken up by a local man who himself had a Norfolk accent and had ‘made millions’ breeding and processing turkeys. Most of his advertisements had ‘BOOTIFUL’ …

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Harlot!

“Harlot! My daughter was reading one of your books, but she did not know the meaning of the word ‘harlot’, and I had to explain to her”. It was just after a family funeral, and some of us were mingling around in the cold wind prior to the reception, and making conversation. A cousin of mine had asked for a copy of one of my books for her daughter to read, and I had duly sent the one I felt most suitable – light, humorous, anecdotal and dental! And when I asked how she had got on with it? – …

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When It All Goes Wrong!

Taken from PENNIES FROM HEAVEN – HOW TO GET THEM AND WHAT TO DO WITH THEM by Barrie Lawrence. Available from amazon.co.uk (UK) and amazon.com (North America) Chapter 18 When It All Goes Wrong! I have been there – twice. I know something about life when it all goes wrong. It happens, and sometimes quite unexpectedly, which intensifies the pain. * * * * * I have mentioned my friend John. He was doing well in his business and prospering in every way. With a beautiful wife and family, and a horse or two, life was good. What could go …

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A Romance Restored!

A Romance Restored. (Taken from ‘THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CONSTIPATED CAT – and Other True Stories of Answered Prayer.) It was towards the end of the 1990s when I first got hooked up. I had been using a computer since 1983, when a Sinclair Spectrum had enabled me to play Space Invaders, and games where spiders chased me round the screen. Not a good idea for a man who suffered from arachnophobia anyway! Then came a free offer that looked too good to refuse. A free computer. No catches or trickery – a free computer was offered to dentists …

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Thank You!

Thank you for buying my books! Well, some of you have, during the past 6 months, because I received my royalty cheque in the post yesterday. And some of you will have borrowed my books from libraries, and I receive payments for that twice a year; so long as sufficient numbers are borrowed, which has been the case so far. So another Thank you. BUT – it’s a strange world! I wrote my latest book (Pennies From Heaven) in order to help people who struggle with personal finance. Three significant people have gone out of their way to tell me …

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Dead Funny! – my patient, the undertaker.

DEAD FUNNY (Taken from ‘PATIENTS FROM HEAVEN – and Other Places’. “Dead funny, that,” said Bert. “Dead funny is what I say.” And his face expressed sadness, grief, and melancholia. Funny that. I always liked to see ‘new patients’ in my appointment book, though we had hardly entered the twenty-first century when appointment books as such virtually ceased to exist. We entered the age of the dental practice computer, and almost everything went paperless, including the appointment book. 11.00 ‘Mr. Albert Walpole. New patient. Full new patient examination.’ I have always told people that I liked my work and loved …

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An Angel in Venice!

This is a chapter from the book, THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CONSTIPATED CAT! (a book on prayer and God’s provision). An Angel in Venice Suddenly – he was there. He showed us the way. And suddenly – he was gone! * * * Which is your favourite city? As a boy, Norwich, in the east of the UK was my favourite city. Well, it was my only city as I had not been anywhere else. We lived seven miles to the north of what is probably the only city in East Anglia, and if anyone had any doubt about …

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