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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!

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 chair, all human life is there, and Barrie has met many, many kinds of people over the years; the man who insisted on having a gold filling as an investment (it wasn’t) to one who was convinced – like that famous Tommy Cooper gag come to life – that …

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Ignore the Cat!

Ignore the Constipated Cat! My site is set up so that every blog here automatically appears on Twitter, and then Facebook. For some reason, my blogs come through, quite often, with a picture of the cover of the Constipated Cat book. I have no idea why, as the blogs are sometimes about another of my books. It irritates me, and might leave you wondering, “Why the cat?” However, there is a Maestro who looks after these things for me, and I’m sure it will soon stop happening. Constipated cat? Reminds me that since my eye ops I am more comfortable …

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Private Detective ‘Hammer’ reviews LICENSED TO DRILL!

Another fantastic book, by a Dentist who welcomed the chance to get his hand in my mouth, at the same time telling jokes that you couldn’t laugh at.  But eventually he uses me, to solve his problems with errant clients. Best wishes Barrie from “HAMMER” ( read the book- I’m in it!!)

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Savaged by a Surgeon!

‘Savaged by a Surgeon’. This was the caption under a photo of me after having my cataract treated last week. But I quickly followed with something like, “Only joking. Great guy with a top team.” Cataracts make your eye go a little misty. If it is not treated, it will get mistier. Eventually, one would lose one’s sight. But having the misty lens removed, and a clear plastic one inserted, makes the mist vanish. One can see clearly. It reminded me of a friend called Clive. He talked about walking slowly across the square in the centre of a local …

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Holey Teeth!

“I’m a man who sells holy books, and who fills holey teeth,” was my standard line when asked what I did for a living. I was the proprietor of a Christian bookshop, and also had a few dental surgeries. ‘In Aylsham, Norfolk, heaven and hell stand side by side’ read a newspaper article on me some years ago, alluding to my dual enterprises. I see my life as a unity. I think the word used today is holistic. I am a dentist by profession, but also a bookseller. Not to mention a husband, father, grandfather, speaker, writer and author. Oh …

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Pâté country!

I am writing this (26th April) whilst on holiday for a week with some of my family in the Ardennes. A friend of mine said, “Ah, pâté country!” We’re in Belgium, towards the south, and not far from Luxembourg. It’s relatively quiet here, with hills, forests and rivers. My son-in-law Herman is knowledgeable about wild life (and so many other things too). Yesterday he showed us where beavers had gnawed right through a tree, and today he took photographs of a young owl, and of a crossbill. It’s hard to imagine this part of the world being anything other than …

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He Is Risen!

It’s Easter Sunday, and we rejoice that Jesus is risen. I was reflecting on this a day or two ago. What does it mean for me, that Jesus is risen? What does it mean for you? Firstly, my thinking went to Acts 2:33, where Peter tells those who thought he and his companions were drunk, that Jesus had ascended to the Father, been given the Holy Spirit which he was pouring out on his followers. It makes a difference! They lost their inhibitions in praise and worship – and people thought they were drunk. And they went on to preach …

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Blood, Guts and Curry!

Today (Saturday) has been a day of blood, guts and curry! Well, overstatement, but a number of Christian dentist friends came round for a curry lunch (Well done, Wonder Woman) and a presentation by Nick Stolls on his work on the Mercy Ships on the west coast of Africa. Blood and teeth, gums, cysts and tumours. Why does Nick give up several weeks of potentially lucrative employment, and pay his air fares and other costs, to work for free on these sick, impoverished people? Think about it. Suddenly, neither Wendy nor I can drive. We could never have seen it …

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Licensed to Drill!

Licensed to drill! I had been a James Bond aficionado since first viewing Dr. No whilst at Uni. It was electrifying, as Bond punched, shot, killed, wrestled, seduced, maimed, blew up…   well, it was all action, and I loved it. 007 – licensed to kill. The name was Bond. James Bond. And then, one day whilst ordering some cartridges of anaesthetic, with which to give shots, I realised that the last three digits on my credit card were 006. That was it. Lawrence. Barrie Lawrence. 006 – licensed to drill. And so I’ve written again about dentistry, about various quirky …

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