Fortress of solitude

I could never quite understand why Superman chose the frozen wastes to build a place where he could think straight. OK – he didn’t feel the cold but you would have a thought a nice little hut on stilts over the Indian Ocean or something?
Anyway – I have found a couple of places here at The Grand where I can think:
1. the patio. Obviously during the summer months people eat al fresco but presently they are huddled indoors as the temperature steadily drops towards -10. However, there are heaters and, provided you situate yourself right under them, its quite pleasant.
I’ve been taking breakfast there, listening to the background chill-out music and sharing my toast with a black squirrel (christened Nelson) and a small gang of city-sparrows.
Last night I took dinner there alone after a busy day of coaching and teleseminars.
2. The pool – is in the basement. Its very big and well decorated to look like a 17th Century English estate. Nobody else has been there except me – and the last two evenings I have plodded steadfastly up and down the pool for 30 minutes and then relaxed in the jacuzzi and sauna – not a soul about.
Great time to reflect on the day just gone and look forward to the day ahead.
I was also in bed for 9.30pm last night – all tucked up and lights out – so I feel great today.
Time to think, to relax, to plan, to rest.
Probably why the coaching yesterday was superb.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.