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He Coughed Out a Cancer!

Wendy and I are just back from 2 conferences. One was the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship, and whereas some fellowships go on a retreat, we go on an ‘advance’. David Hathaway was our main speaker. I remember following his story in the newspapers and on the radio back in 1972, when he was imprisoned in communist Czechoslovakia for smuggling a few tons of Bibles into the country. He had done it a lot, but this time he was caught. With a 10 year sentence in a cesspit of a prison, believers everywhere were praying for him. Not surprising then, that …

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Their Teeth Can Crush Bones

Their teeth can crush bones! Well, actually, I read that their jaws crush bone, but I guess the teeth must be strong to do that. Grizzly bears. The teeth of the dog, and the teeth of the crocodile, and the teeth of the… I remember that first term at dental school so well. Oh, and the anteater is the only mammal that has NO teeth. We wanted to get on with drilling teeth, crowning teeth, and so on, but for some weeks, we heard only about animal teeth. And no-one told us about the grizzly bear crushing bone. We have …

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Our God is an Awesome God!

I am a member of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship in my home town of Norwich. Some people think the ‘Full’ refers to the fact that we are always eating together! I thought our dinner this week (September 5th) was amazing. Our speaker was Mark S. His Jewish grandparents had reacted to the holocaust by giving up their faith. His father was one of 5 brothers – 2 were gangsters, 2 were socialists, and one became an Orthodox Jew and taxi driver. Mark was a communist leader and atheist, and went to a library to read about the resurrection of …

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Fat Boy!

Fat Boy – I know I shouldn’t really call him that, but I’m not much good at either remembering or pronouncing North Korean names. So, Fat Boy. It really can be alarming when a man who is obviously out of his mind, leads a nation in a tyrannical manner. It is even more alarming when they detonate a hydrogen bomb so powerful that people in a neighbouring country run into the streets as their homes shake with the earth tremor. And their major enemy threatens a response in terms of fire and fury. This too could cause concern. Floods have …

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Sarah Nunns reviews LICENSED TO DRILL!

Once again Barrie doesn’t disappoint, with more humorous anecdotes from the dental chair. I love the James bondesque book title themes to each chapter. I can picture Barrie saying the name’s Bond, Barrie….err…James Bond, and shows us how he is very much licensed to drill. Available from www.amazon.co.uk (UK), www.amazon.com (North America), and all good book shops.

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Rocky Bottoms!

It is only recently that we have heard about Rocky Bottoms. Some friends in the north of the county said that Rocky Bottoms was well spoken of by friends of theirs. And more recently our neighbours mentioned it. Everybody seems to be going to Rocky Bottoms. And now we have been too. It used to be a brick kiln, and later became an agricultural store. Then it fell into disrepair and became delapidated, until it was restored and refurbished and opened as a seafood restaurant. They go out to sea from alongside the building, near East Runton in Norfolk, and …

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Food, Glorious Food!

Food, Glorious Food! “All you do is eat, Barrie,” said a friend recently, alluding to photographs of food I had placed on Facebook. But it’s not true. Well, partially. But I do do other things. I enjoy photography, and am regularly putting together photobooks of our various holidays, and an annual yearbook. I love views of rivers and mountains and animals, and especially of family. But most people enjoy food, and photographs of food give me a feel-good feeling – and can remind me of the occasion. Photographs of food also add colour. Most dishes have colours in them, and …

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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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