Happy New Year – tinged with sadness

Its a strange thing – after cracking a bottle of bubbly at midnight and offering the toast “good riddance to 2004” my expectations for 2005 are high.
This morning my Mum called from the UK to inform me that her only brother, Bill Mellor, had passed away at the age of 78 this morning at 5.20am UK time.
All agree (as much as one can) that this was a blessed relief as he has suffered from a long and wasting illness. His wife and only son were with him at the passing.
My feelings go out to my cousin David because I know how much my own father’s death affected me in 1998 – a severe loss and an event which I have never really recovered from.
New Years Day – a time of endings as well as beginnings.
Here’s to the New Year.


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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.