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Millions of bloggers out there…

November 24th, 2010

For you it’s no big deal. But for me, this is a mighty plunge. I’ve tried to avoid and resist all these new-fangled e-things. Facebook-shmacebook – Twitter-shmitter. And now here I am, a dental blogger.

CV: I’m 46 years in dentals sales, specialising in marketing US products overseas. I’m 49 years old – a mystery to many. I am English, yet I live in Israel. Why? I fell in love with an Israeli lady (don’t we all).

In 1984, we moved from UK to Israel.

My territory is primarily Europe, so when I report on exhibitions etc., it is a limited subject.
But as president of the DBU (‘Dental Buddies of the Universe’ for you lesser-informed), I have good contact to the wider dental world. And in earlier days, I did ‘handle’ other areas. With your permission, I shall occasionally digress and land somewhere else…

I hope to keep you interested.

Writing this just after attending Swedental in Gothenburg.

This is fate, for it was here in Gothenburg that the DBU was officially launched, during the FDI meeting in 1993. Those interested in knowing more about the DBU or perhaps seeing what today’s salespersons looked like 17 years ago, can check out the website – www.dentalbuddies.com. Do not contact me directly. I would not be able to handle the massive influx…

I’m starting this blog with IDAN, the Israeli expo which ended Thursday, Nov 18. Conveniently for us exhibitors, Israeli meetings are midweek, so some of crazy ones were persuaded to rush off to attend Swedental.

The weather in Tel Aviv was wonderful – 30C – as opposed to the 0C that greeted me in Sweden.

It was a good expo; well-attended. IDAN is held every 2 years, but they have a lot of smaller expos and conferences in Israel, all usually well-attended. It’s a sign that the Israeli market remains vibrant. Some big stands, several with substantial seating areas and professional coffee service – a new trend.

As in other Middle East and eastern European markets, over-the-counter sales are permitted. That always attracts the crowds.

The expo grounds share the local railway station with Tel Aviv University. At 1.30 pm, my wife, Aviva, met me with my suitcase. I re-packed outside the station, and within 20 minutes, was at the airport for my flight via Frankfurt to Gothenburg. I arrived at my Swedish hotel at midnight.

The only news from the trip – I had to tell the Frankfurt security guard that his ‘service’ was perhaps the ‘nicest’ I’ve ever experienced. I have hip and knee implants, which set off the alarms. So I ALWAYS have to be ‘patted down’. This guy had a real sense of humour…

Which reminds me….You all know the Sydney Opera House? Well, take a step forward and bow. For it hosted the FDI grand opening in September 1973 before any opera was officially performed there. President of the Congress was leading dentist, local politician and father of 4 wonderful girls, Dr. Derek Freeman. I was his special guest, driven to the reception in his ’38 Mercedes. Derek and his lovely wife, Phyllis are still alive and well and living in Potts Point in Sydney. Look them up when you’re next there.

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