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Christian, retired dentist, bookseller. Author - book to be published Nov/Dec 2012. Married to Wendy. 6 daughters. We host 'Liberty!' - a church in our home. Frettenham, Norfolk UK

Just Coincidences? – Come On!

(The Introduction to the book ‘THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CONSTIPATED CAT!’) INTRODUCTION Just Coincidences? – Come On! Malcolm was a builder, but also a pilot. In fact, he had a flying school. Some businessmen had asked him to fly them to meetings in various parts of the UK, and now he was with 5 of them in his plane on a runway at RAF Valley in North Wales, unable to take off because of dense fog. The control tower radioed him and told him to go back to the hotel as nothing and nobody would be taking off that …

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Mrs. Sparrow’s Beautiful Beak!

A Chapter from my Book ‘PATIENTS FROM HEAVEN’ Mrs. Sparrow’s Beak My eldest daughter Sarah was learning to play the violin. Her music teacher was Mrs. Sparrow. My mother always told us that we were a ‘musical’ family. Except that we lived in the county of Norfolk. Here, when I was a youngster, we all spoke with a Norfolk accent, which had some amusing aspects to it. Beautiful was pronounced ‘bootiful’, and this was taken up by a local man who himself had a Norfolk accent and had ‘made millions’ breeding and processing turkeys. Most of his advertisements had ‘BOOTIFUL’ …

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Harlot!

“Harlot! My daughter was reading one of your books, but she did not know the meaning of the word ‘harlot’, and I had to explain to her”. It was just after a family funeral, and some of us were mingling around in the cold wind prior to the reception, and making conversation. A cousin of mine had asked for a copy of one of my books for her daughter to read, and I had duly sent the one I felt most suitable – light, humorous, anecdotal and dental! And when I asked how she had got on with it? – …

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When It All Goes Wrong!

Taken from PENNIES FROM HEAVEN – HOW TO GET THEM AND WHAT TO DO WITH THEM by Barrie Lawrence. Available from amazon.co.uk (UK) and amazon.com (North America) Chapter 18 When It All Goes Wrong! I have been there – twice. I know something about life when it all goes wrong. It happens, and sometimes quite unexpectedly, which intensifies the pain. * * * * * I have mentioned my friend John. He was doing well in his business and prospering in every way. With a beautiful wife and family, and a horse or two, life was good. What could go …

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A Romance Restored!

A Romance Restored. (Taken from ‘THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CONSTIPATED CAT – and Other True Stories of Answered Prayer.) It was towards the end of the 1990s when I first got hooked up. I had been using a computer since 1983, when a Sinclair Spectrum had enabled me to play Space Invaders, and games where spiders chased me round the screen. Not a good idea for a man who suffered from arachnophobia anyway! Then came a free offer that looked too good to refuse. A free computer. No catches or trickery – a free computer was offered to dentists …

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Thank You!

Thank you for buying my books! Well, some of you have, during the past 6 months, because I received my royalty cheque in the post yesterday. And some of you will have borrowed my books from libraries, and I receive payments for that twice a year; so long as sufficient numbers are borrowed, which has been the case so far. So another Thank you. BUT – it’s a strange world! I wrote my latest book (Pennies From Heaven) in order to help people who struggle with personal finance. Three significant people have gone out of their way to tell me …

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Dead Funny! – my patient, the undertaker.

DEAD FUNNY (Taken from ‘PATIENTS FROM HEAVEN – and Other Places’. “Dead funny, that,” said Bert. “Dead funny is what I say.” And his face expressed sadness, grief, and melancholia. Funny that. I always liked to see ‘new patients’ in my appointment book, though we had hardly entered the twenty-first century when appointment books as such virtually ceased to exist. We entered the age of the dental practice computer, and almost everything went paperless, including the appointment book. 11.00 ‘Mr. Albert Walpole. New patient. Full new patient examination.’ I have always told people that I liked my work and loved …

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An Angel in Venice!

This is a chapter from the book, THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CONSTIPATED CAT! (a book on prayer and God’s provision). An Angel in Venice Suddenly – he was there. He showed us the way. And suddenly – he was gone! * * * Which is your favourite city? As a boy, Norwich, in the east of the UK was my favourite city. Well, it was my only city as I had not been anywhere else. We lived seven miles to the north of what is probably the only city in East Anglia, and if anyone had any doubt about …

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Aldeburgh

Wendy and I are just back from a few days on the Suffolk coast. Aldeburgh was a Victorian holiday resort, and has not changed much since. There is no Bingo, and no amusement arcades. However, there is an elegant seafront facing the shingle beach, where fishing boats add to the atmosphere of time standing still. They smoke fish, and I enjoyed peering in the wooden huts where their wares are on display, and emerging with a bag of king prawns to enjoy back in our hotel room. The Aldeburgh Fish and Chip shop in the high street is recommended in …

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An Anaesthetic called ‘Sherry’.

This rather unusual story is taken from the Introduction to PATIENTS FROM HEAVEN. I think you will enjoy it! A Most Unusual Sedation! Clara’s heart was pounding. She started to break out into a cold sweat as she stood outside the big blue door – again. She had come this far before, perhaps four or five times during the previous so many months, and now she stood there again. “Go on. Ring the bell, or just go in like it says,” said her companion, placing one hand on her arm and offering a weak smile. But Clara felt paralysed – …

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