Happy New Year – Ring Out The Old Ring In The New.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Poem about New Year has particular meaning for me this year. After 35 years and 6 months (less 7 days) I shall no longer have the right to describe my self as a dentist, in the UK anyway. Now I can be free to criticise the General Dental Council without fear of accusation of “bringing the profession into disrepute”. It also means that my safety net of being able to “have something to fall back upon”, as parents want for their children when they are considering doing something away from the mainstream at the age of 18, has gone too. Almost, that is – I could jump through a load of administrative hoops in the unlikely event of my wanting to work in the NHS. Slim chance.

…Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws….

Complete verse here.

There will be no talk of personal resolutions or goals here for now. The first day of the 2014 brought about immersion like many previous years, the Glandore Harbour Yacht Club held their swim in aid of funds for the RNLI and I was more than happy to support the cause.

In coaching terms there are many metaphors about the New Years Day swim but this isn’t the time or place.

Of greater relevance is the cause. In the early hours of 15th January 2012 the trawler Tit Bonhomme was heading for the port of Union Hall when it struck the small island of Adam at the entrance to Glandore Harbour. It was about a mile from the jetty and at the point of impact was about 650 metres from land. Five of the six people on board were drowned. No matter who was to blame and the report makes chastening reading had there been a rescue craft available in the harbour it is possible that lives might have been saved. The good news is that the RNLI are to trial a rescue vessel in the harbour. So if it helps save just one more life I am more than happy to brave the relatively safe, but chilly, sea inside the breakwater in Glandore.

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