If you’re in London on Thursday evening head for Kings.

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A smorgasbord of Dental talent.

Kishan Sheth and the KCL Dental Society join forces to bring you one of the most anticipated dental events of the year. Chaired by Dr Lewis-Greene, supported by Prof Dunne and sponsored by Henry Schein.

www.facebook.com/kcl.dentalsociety/

5.30-8.30pm

Thursday 8th December 2016

New Hunt’s House Lecture Theatre 1, Guy’s Campus, King’s College,  London

Speakers:

  • Dr Raj Ahlowalia
  • Dr Subir Banerji
  • Dr Anoop Maini
  • Dr Alun Rees
  • Dr Nilesh Parmar
  • Mr Kishan Sheth

Attendees receive 2.5 hours CPD certificates or certificates of attendance for students.

£3 donation upon entry for Evelina Children’s Hospital.

By the end of the evening we would like to have raised £1000 for this amazing cause.

Seats allocated on first come first served basis.

What’s not to like?

I haven’t written much recently.

I haven’t written much for a while, not because I haven’t got much to say, far from it.

I started 2016 full of good intentions with the idea of writing a blog post every day for a month then two months or perhaps a year. I soon realised that writing for its own sake or because I had said that I would was both arrogant and futile. The backlash of that of course is the temptation to be so self-critical that you never write anything at all. So with the exception of the Monday Morning Quotes which are done in advance, there has been much silence from ReesAcres.

Is it because I was tired of reading the me, me, me, selfie-writing of so many Blogs, Ezines and Facebook posts? Not really, I’m used to that, it’s the world where we live. “Those who can do, those who can’t take endless pictures of themselves as their form of self actualisation”, someone muttered to me recently as we looked at yet another meaningless Facebook posting.

The results of the US election did leave me despairing, and the early machinations of the President to be have done nothing to quieten my feelings. Trump came close on the heels of the vileness of the reaction to the Brexit vote in the UK where, although I am neither a citizen nor a resident of the UK, I do pay taxes and own a home but had no right to vote in the referendum. The sheer unpleasantness of both these campaigns and the total lack of grace shown by the victors left me despairing.

As ever it can take on or three small things to spur you back into action.

  1. This piece by John Naughton in the Observer, Respect’ is a two-edged sword, helped set me rolling again, his final paragraph is worth repeating, “Yep. So if the UK government invites Trump on a State Visit and he expects ‘respect’, then he should be treated with the same disrespect that we would have shown to Idi Amin or any other tyrant. And nobody should be surprised if Princes William and Harry refused to meet a man who once boasted that he could have “nailed” (i.e. screwed) their late mother.”

2. From reestheskin, indirectly came a link to this interview with Alan Kay on Power of Simplicity https://youtu.be/NdSD07U5uBs 50 minutes well spent.

3. Finally this from The Lefsetz letter, a posting called “Now”. Bob Lefsetz writes mainly about music and contemporary America, outspoken and verbose he irritates me frequently but he also pushes me to think and have an opinion. It starts, ”

We went to school for twenty years to make our parents proud.

Now they’re stealing Medicare, what’s happening for crying out loud.

We thought the rich were bluebloods who inherited their wares.

Now we find the rich earned it and think they deserve it and create the jobs and know better than you and me, whose crime is we just don’t have enough money.

And our kids know the Beatles but believe in Beyonce, even more Jay Z, because when it comes to entertainment the African-Americans are king, but behind their backs everybody sneers, saying they’re not entitled to a thing.

And Mr. Jones knew nothing about Dylan, but now Mr. Sulzberger knows nothing about Trump, meanwhile life goes on all around us.

Save the planet? Save yourself! That’s what George Carlin said, after he told us not to bother voting, because the owners of this country weren’t gonna let us in. And despite the disadvantaged no-future blue collars electing a businessman President, they’re not gonna have a seat at the table. The Cabinet says just to trust them. But we’ve learned to sleep with one eye open.

And everything seems the same yet it’s different. We’ve got the same spouse, the same car, the same house. But institutions are no longer to be trusted, facts are irrelevant and only money matters. After TV. Would the President-to-be be without TV?

I don’t think so.

It carries on….

So I’m back and this time it’s personal.

Take it away Frank…

The Monday Morning Quote #396

“Everyone is a genius.

But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

attributed to Albert Einstein

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The Monday Morning Quote #395

“Men do not shape destiny,
Destiny produces the man for the hour”
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The Monday Morning Quote #394

You can fool all the people some of the time,

and some of the people all the time,

but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

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Oasis. BUPA. Round and round until the music stops….

(Apologies for mixed metaphors)

I remember a staple of children’s parties was a game called pass the parcel. In this a present was wrapped in many layers of paper and passed from child to child who were seated in a circle. When the music stopped whoever had the parcel removed a layer of wrapping paper. As the game wore on it became more exciting as to who would be holding the parcel when the last sheet of wrapping was removed.

The present wasn’t always what you wanted. Some parents would wrap cabbages or other vegetables.

The news that Bridgepoint is selling Oasis to BUPA has been rumoured for a couple of months. The price is apparently £835 million. They paid £185 million when they bought it in 2013. They have made serious acquisitions and expansions (including using the fact that they also owned Smiles to further expand into Ireland).

They (BUPA) already have a number of practices which I believe are all private, taking on the conglomerate that is Oasis with lots of NHS practices will be a challenge. I have heard stories of associate dentists having to buy their own materials  and other less than thrilling tales of the pursuit of the UDA target that made me feel it was a “buy, build, expand and sell exercise”. That’s what venture capitalists do.

BUPA is a name that one readily associates with private health care and i wonder if this is the first step into their creating an alternative very large private dental chain. In which case they will have to set about developing a culture of customer service, communication and patient care that many of Oasis practices are sadly lacking at the moment.

That’s a very big ticket for them to repay. As with all these takeovers about which I seem to write 3 or 4 times a year I wish them success because the workforce of dentists and DCPs deserve good management and appreciation and the patients should be able to expect and receive the very best treatment.

It is a myth that any business is too big to fail. I am concerned that this parcel may well reveal itself to have a balloon at its centre. In which case be careful how you tear the paper and sellotape, because, to use a line which I seem to write every couple of weeks at the moment, there’s nothing sadder than a burst balloon. My memory of a lot of children’s parties is them ending with the someone in tears.

This time the balloon could be very big indeed….

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The Monday Morning Quote #393

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Edmund Burke

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