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Unashamed Glee! (John G reviews LICENSED TO DRILL!)

John G writes – As a fellow retired dentist, I read this book with unashamed glee. Barrie writes entertainingly about life out there “at the coal face”, with all its frustrations, amusing moments and days of sheer madness, whilst at the same time making it abundantly clear how much he enjoyed his patients and his life as a dentist. A really good read for dentists and patients alike. Available at amazon online and all good book shops.

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My Stupid Satnav

We were on our second full circuit of Kings Lynn before we realised that our satnav was having a game with us. Like the time it took us the wrong way up a one way street in Brighton. Satnavs do that sometimes. My car is a little on the ancient side, but it’s a nice car. Solid. Lots of real wood and hand stitched leather. But a review of this particular model said that ‘the intelligent driver has a Tomtom on the passenger seat.’ Meaning, that my satnav is rubbish, and that a stand-alone model (ideally, a Tomtom) would save …

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Stephen Scott-Fawcett reviews LICENSED TO DRILL!

I have no idea what Ian Fleming would make of this book but I, for one, loved it. This is, as the author states, possibly the last book in his trilogy of dental reminiscences. Perhaps, given Mr Lawrence’s ‘Born Again’ lifestyle, it should be titled, ‘In the name of the Father, the Son and the (Tooth) Hole-he-goes’ – (the Holey Trinity no less)? But I digress. 007 would be proud of this latest collection – always funny, always pertinent, always human and always painfully contrived within a Bondesque theme! The idea that this dentist, once newly-qualified, was ‘like a monkey …

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I Caught a Burglar!

Have you ever caught a burglar? I did once, as I wrote in a recent blog. My grandchildren were asking me about it. It was late at night when I drove to my city practice after a meeting of a convention in Norwich. I was behind with my paperwork because of the convention, and calling in at the surgery to catch up on forms and signatures, etc. disturbed a villain. He had a black polo necked pullover, black gloves, black jeans and trainers. He even had short black hair (that looked like fur) on his head. I was scared, but …

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My Lovely Grandchildren – each so different!

(Written Thursday 6th July 2017) I’m writing this at the end of a week-long visit to one of our daughters, Rachel, and her family, who live in Brittany in France. She and her husband Chris, have 3 boys. Elisha is 13, Jonathan is 11, and Benjamin is 6. They are a delight to be with, and ask questions that show what’s going through their minds at times. “Grandpa. Is it true you once caught a burglar?” I was asked this evening when saying Goodnight to them in bed. I told them how I had caught the villain late at night …

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John Midgley reviews LICENSED TO DRILL!

The inspired cover perfectly sets the scene for the entertainment to come. I have known Barrie for many years being one of the dentists mentioned in ‘Licensed to Drill’. This gives me a distinct advantage. As well as knowing many of the characters depicted I can also ‘hear’ Barrie’s voice in my head delivering the various accounts in his inimitable style, ending invariably with a wide grin and distinctive laugh. He is a very accomplished story teller in the flesh and translates that talent seamlessly to the written word. I liked the Bond theme which proved a successful skeleton upon …

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Elvis!

I’m very involved with Norwich FGB. Nothing to do with the KGB, but a fellowship of evangelistic Christian businessmen. For years we have held monthly dinners, but more recently have believed the Lord has been speaking to us about change. So on a recent Saturday we hired a ‘nightspot’ for the evening, and had a Christian ‘Elvis’ together with supporting DJ. It was an amazing evening, with scores of people who are generally unlikely to share our faith. Music, music, music, with a floor full of dancers, laughter and fun. Andy Kelso as Elvis shared how he had a high-speed …

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ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA!

  THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA! I was speaking at a meeting in Warrington when it was announced that the following month they would have Dave Scott-Morgan of ELO with them. Who? ELO? No problem – my wife explained. ELO stands for Electric Light Orchestra, and Dave Scott-Morgan had been their vocalist for a number of years. They were famous. They were a 70s group – or was it 80s. Wow! And then an idea from heaven – invite them to Norwich. And on 26th June, they were with us. Dave, wife Mandy, and keyboard player Alan ‘Piano’ Smith. What an …

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An Epic Drive!

It’s time for a blog. So why have I been silent for a week or two? Mainly because of a glitch, or was it a bug, that has afflicted my site. This is the problem. I can write about my latest book, LICENSED TO DRILL – about my desert island discs programme on the radio, or about my interview on Radio Europe in Malaga, or of Amazon selling out… and then Facebook displays a picture of THE CONSTIPATED CAT. Its the wrong book. It’s embarrassing. It’s counter-productive. So I stopped, as also, I’ve been away for 2 or 3 weeks. …

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Eastern Daily Press reviews LICENSED TO DRILL!

There has been a little bug in my site recently, sometimes throwing up the wrong pictures when it comes up on Twitter and Facebook. Maestro Kris, who supervises my site, has fixed it, so I will re-post this Eastern Daily Press review of my latest book. Thanks Kris. +++++++++++++++++++++++ The following review was published in the Eastern Daily Press on 6th May 2017. The pictures (below), however, were not – I have added them! Former Norfolk dentist Dr. Lawrence delves into 40 years of stories to come up with his third collection of anecdotes. When it comes to the dentist’s …

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