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Summer 2017 Newsletter


If you’ve found it harder than normal to book an appointment with Mark, it’s because he’s had two trips to the USA recently, and no, he’s not hoping to be President Trump’s new dentist.

The first was to see his new granddaughter, Aurelia, in Los Angeles. She was born in early December and is his daughter Katie and husband Robert’s first child. All are doing well.

The second visit was to Chicago and The American Equilibration Society Meeting, held annually in late February. Apparently when he was there it was the warmest day in February for 97 years but as he was stuck inside listening to lectures it rather passed him by.

Whilst there he also went to the American Association of Orofacial Pain’s 2 day educational meeting, again spent in a darkened room. This covered all aspects of head, face and jaw pain, excluding toothache and Mark has a particular interest in this subject.


Huge congratulations to Lucy our hygienist on the birth of her daughter Aurelia. Born on the 23rd February and weighing 8lb 10oz, Lucy and Aurelia are both doing well & Chase is very proud to be a big brother.

We look forward to Lucy’s return next year.


You may have noticed some disruption to the building in the recent months. We were having some work done to the parapet wall and consequently discovered a problem with the roof. Being a listed building this resulted in a far more lengthy process than first anticipated.

We apologise for the disruption in the car park during this time. The builders have now completed the work, freeing up two spaces. We hope the parking, although still busy, is slightly improved.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In the middle third of the 19th Century, the clippers which carried cargoes of tea from China to Britain would compete in informal races to be first ship to dock in London with the new crop of each season. The Great Tea Race of 1866 was keenly followed in the press, with an extremely close finish. Taeping docked 28 minutes before Ariel - after a passage of more than 14,000 miles. Ariel had been ahead when the ships were taken in tow by steam tugs off Deal, but after waiting for the tide at Gravesend the deciding factor was the height of tide at which one could enter the different docks used by each ship. The third finisher, Serica, docked an hour and 15 minutes after Ariel. These three ships had left China on the same tide and arrived at London 99 days later to dock on the same tide.[1](pp151–152) The next to arrive, 28 hours later, was Fiery Cross, followed, the next day, by Taitsing.

One of our patient’s husbands has written a poem on The Tea Clipper Race of 1866.

From Foochow to London Docks
Three streamlined beauties loaded to the chocks
Agreed to race, just to see
Who would be first home with this year’s tea.

Ariel being the first ship to load,
Towed away to anchor, in the road
A poor pilot and tow with adverse tide
Meant yet another day, the anchor to ride.

Serica and Taeping loaded next,
Causing Ariel’s captain to fret and vex,
May 30th all three were at the isle of turnabout,
Full and bye was the matey’s shout.

Ring tails and watersails filling spare room,
A Jamie Green set firm to the proud Jib Boom
On they went down to Gaspar Strait,
Ariel was first to Anjers Gate

Midshipmen aloft embracing the stars,
Reefing sail to new top gallant spars.
Helmsman’s face set taught and grim,
Hands feeling each shift, correcting the trim.

Serica found it hard to make up way,
Yet still they were making 300 miles a day,
Down to Mauritius still Ariel led,
All crews tense, captains never abed.

Seeing each other rounding Cape Hope,
Steering for Acention, no time for soap.
Taeping easing ahead with stunsails set so fine,
August 4th all three racers crossed the line.

Carpenter and sail maker were working double,
Wind and currents are always trouble.
Water sails almost dipping in,
Hold her fast, there are wagers to win.

Cape Verdi saw Ariel up by day,
Serica and Taeping fought hard not giving way,
August 12th came and went,
The crews even had their blankets bent.

Pushing on for the western Isles,
All three together but with differing styles,
A fresh sou, wester is needed now,
To cut a dash with a creaming bow.

Ariel was first to spot the Bishop’s light,
And tore into the Channel to finish the fight,
But hull down and full of racing,
Came the game, full sail, Taeping.

Surging along at more than fourteen knots,
No time now for cooking pots,
Watch the rigging, check the bights,
Set all of the flying kites.

Dawn the two had the Lizard abeam,
Portland and the time to take in the Jamie Green,
Night approached St. Catherine’s light was read,
Midnight, five miles to Beachy Head.

Ariel nearing Dungeness fired off rockets,
Calling the pilot, thinking the race in their pockets,
Taeping’s M’Kinnon however was not that slow
Picking himself a faster tow.

Gravesend came with Taeping edging first,
Sweeping to London Docks with a burst,
Ariel made dockside just ten minutes later
Crowds cheering, columns of paper.

Owners and agents buzzing like flies,
Trying to decide who should get the prize,
Ten shillings a ton and one hundred pounds
And a brand new hat in which to do the rounds.

Serica had tacked the channel wide,
But still squeezed in on the same tide,
Ninety nine days all three had strained at the run,
Now it was over…..now it was done.

F W Sharpe

This isn’t his only talent. He is also keen on topiary and has created some quirky pieces in his front garden. This was our favourite.


They definitely are starting them younger these days! Pictured below is Mark’s charming granddaughter trying her hand at dentistry in an ultra-realistic, indoor replica of a city where children aged between four and fourteen can try out a range of professions - playing a surgeon, firemen or even a dentist!

Westfield shopping centre in London now hosts its very own educational theme park, KidZania.


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