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Nordental in Bergen

October 18th, 2011

What a lovely old town this is…

You can argue the rights and wrongs of holding the national dental expo outside Oslo, but every few years, it IS held here – and in Stavanger and, I believe, occasionally all the way further North in Trondheim. This is such an incredibly long country, with population spread everywhere, the dentist in those areas deserve the attention…

Last night, we exited from the Indian restaurant and were blasted with the sights and sounds of a great firework display – Not quite sure of the occasion, but it went on for some minutes. Lucky us..(and thanks to Streve Jobs & Co. for this technology)..

Saw a very strange statue in town, and not sure the DTI censors will allow it…

And you thought the Norwegians were prudish.

And I, as a visitor from Israeli, was a little concerned about the left-wing attitude towards the Middle East.

Then along comes Dr. Kjetil Børre Ødegaard who, apart from ordering some of my dental instruments, and upon hearing that I am from Israel, ripped open his shirt and revealed a souvenir from his family’s recent trip to Israel…


(Wow…I hope this doesn’t offend anyone……)

The exhibition, you ask? It’s being held at the Grieghallen, which sounds quite grand (you must ALL know Grieg’s music, his wonderful Piano Concerto in A Minor). But most of the expo is held a floor down – in the car park! Well, that’s what it was at least, and that’s where most of us are. But a good size, decent spaces between stands, plenty of snacks, coffee, ice cream and dental samples available. So my wife will be happy.

Smile – Promote Your Dentist

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Belgium

October 11th, 2011

Did you know?

I’ve been visiting the Belgian dental schools….stayed overnight in Antwerp. I had forgotten what a beautiful city centre it has. In some ways, the main square has more character than the famous Grand Place in Brussels.

And there, in full magnificence, this terrific statue..

The cab driver explained in detail to me…confirmed unfortunately by Wikipedia..

Antigoon was this horrible giant who charged a fee for crossing the local river.

When they didn’t pay. He’d cut off their hands…

The people’s hero was a guy called Brabo, who attacked the giant, beat him up and cut HIS hand off, flinging it into the river, much to the joy of the locals, some of whom were still able to applaud.

Ant = hand…

Werp = throw….

Antwerp

Oh, and to continue the dental theme…

How about this sign on the toilet at Professor Marc Herman’s private surgery in Brussels… (Sorry, I had to include the handle and keyhole, otherwise I would not be able to prove this was a door).

And did you know that Belgium is among the still many countries without dental hygienists. (In Europe, you can add France, Turkey and Greece to that list…). What ARE they waiting for?

Smile – Promote Your Dentist

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Open House in Holland

October 5th, 2011

It’s a little ‘unbalanced’ of me to mention Henry Schein so often in my blogs, but they ARE rather large and important – and they DO buy my company’s products.

In the Netherlands, Schein holds 2 ‘Open Houses’ per year. In April, it’s the ‘big one’, got to be one of the most successful such shows in the World. In September, last week, they have what they call the ‘Kennisdagen’ – Info Days, where the emphasis is also on lectures, product information, education.

Sorry, no pictures of the expo, but I do have some nice scenes from Amsterdam in the sunshine…

Bikes everywhere, of course. 1 hand, no hands. Mobile in 1 ear, iPod in the other. Brakes? Perhaps. Passengers everywhere, including this dog. I even saw 2-wheelers with a box on the front, carrying four(4) kids, each and everyone of them looking quite content – and unstrapped.

Heineken is one of Holland’s leading brands. By day, this is a very popular tourist attraction. Very…

This dentist (‘Tandarts’) has molar lighting on his balcony – and just look at the gorgeous ceramic figures in this private window…

Back to those bikes…parked everywhere of course, some of them seemingly for the rest of their lives. The houseboats along this particular canal were so attractive; flowers both on and off board. A great place to sit – a dangerous place to park. (They say they have to fish out at least 1 car per week from the Amsterdam canals).

Canals, flowers, bridges and bikes – and more flowers..just look at this wall…

Amsterdam – I’ve seen it packed with everyone on the streets and the water lanes. But when you find a peaceful corner to sit in, it’s special.

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