Archive for May, 2013

King Wilhelm arrives early

May 7th, 2013

Location: Almere, The Netherlands.

Event: Henry Schein Open House.

Theme: Holland

In our picture: King Wilhelm Alexander in uniform for the last time. He is surrounded by his mother, ex-Queen and now Princess Beatrix, and his wife, Princess Maxima.

(They have both been recently on vacation in southern England).

[For those of you who are still reading, the above 3 are played by yours truly, Dr. Ileen Helstone and her lawyer sister, Jacky.]

Smile – Support your dentist.


Scandefa – Party-time!

May 7th, 2013

First, a reminder of the terrific Bella Sky hotel and conference centre in Copenhagen, venue of the Scandefa conference and exhibition.

Yes, it’s big – the largest hotel in Scandinavia, and breakfast can be a bit of a madhouse, but this is a very special place, with clever ideas in every corner.

And certainly a lovely place to host Scandefa.

But, as you will see Scandefa is just 1 big excuse for having fun – perhaps to wash away the tears of stagnation…

One evening, I was entertained by the lovely people from the Swedish Nordenta company, who had an evening out at the Hereford Steakhouse with some of their customers from across the water.

After all of us devouring first-class cuts, some of us indulged in the glamorous and naughty desserts. Dr. … unfortunately overlooked that his choice contained raisons, something that he (and I) hate. That’s HATE, by the way. These are they – and this is what he ordered…

Louise, the sales & marketing manager, says she loves the things. He couldn’t believe it. Bet her Kr. 200 that she wouldn’t eat HIS HORRIBLE RAISINS.

So she did…

At the exhibition itself, you would think that the wildlife was left outside. Don’t you believe it! It was one party after another, from stand to stand. The least you were offered were nuts, chocs and coffee. But the norm was a decent glass of wine or beer.

Then it had to be cleared away. For tomorrow’s another day.

Smile – Promote your dentist.

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IDS 2013

May 7th, 2013

If you have not already read something about the IDS in Cologne last week – or were not one of the 25,000-odd who was there, then maybe I am right in Calling this ‘Message from the Universe’. Maybe you are from ‘out there somewhere’.

You will know that this was and is traditionally the World’s largest dental exhibition. And as usual, it broke all previous records in number of visitors, number of exhibitors, countries whence they came etc. No one had a bad word; everyone is doing better. Recession? What recession? Even the stands were bigger, the total exhibition area was larger, more staff were on display, including entertainers. I did not get a picture of ‘Laurel & Hardy’ on the EMS stand, but I did catch my wife exercising with those elastic strips that you pull from leg to arm to neck.

They were handed out by the German dentists’ association, which obviously is not happy with the physical condition of their members…

We bumped into the Hoffmann company that is so well known for dental cements. They had already become famous for having a giant elephant outside the expo parking area. Now they were adding moustaches to everyone..

The Speiko company introduced a new product called ‘Bobby’. I told them I was British, and they promptly arrested me!

Then we espied something really special for us: the Keystone company was displaying – unfortunately only behind the glass, the Syrijet. (This is a needle-less injector, originally brought out both as a pre-anaethesia and also to replace needles, especially for children). I had to take a picture of my wife standing next to the display, pointing at the instrument. For, as you will see from the second image, she held that very same instrument in her hand back at the IDS in 1974 in Hamburg, just 3 weeks after we were married. Even then, the instrument, originally made by the Mizzy Company, was not new. (Next time you meet me, ask me questions about the Syrijet; ask me to relate some of the many stories around the successful attempts to sell this wonderful product).

And for those of you interested in nostalgia, the gentleman on the left is myself, back at the IDS in Stuttgart in 1965. Next to me, in the glasses, is Harold Opotow. Some of you will remember his products, such as EBA Cement, Aqua Solv etc. This was a company that eventually became part of the Teledyne group. For years, it was a serious rival of Kerr, with Elastomer impression materials and ZOE cements. The lady on the right is Roselle Sittig, part of the husband & wife team that ran Robert H. Sittig Associates, export agents for many US manufacturers. She was also a successful author and journalist, working for many years with Proofs magazine.

Smile – Promote your dentist.

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