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Thats not a Glasgow smile, thats just a non NHS Dentist.

No, it's definitely an NHS dentist mate, given some of the crap I've seen /endured from dentists of that ilk... :huh:

 

Not sure about the Glasgow bit either, all that razor gang bollocks has been massively overhyped since the 1930s with the publication of No Mean City. Glesca wasn't/isn't any worse than lots of other places in the UK (Peaky Blinders anyone?), it's just that the Oatmeal Ethnics like to tell everyone it is worse than everywhere else as a form of reverse snobbery. :rolleyes:

 

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I dunno, I had a good experience with them. When I was a child I had to have 5 teeth out so the orthodontist could straighten them with what seemed about 7 miles of copper wire

 

Which explains your posting style on TN.... :D ;) hehehehe

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Glesca wasn't/isn't any worse than lots of other places in the UK

Anecdotally or statistically?

 

Anecdotally and from idly dipping into official studies/social history/sociology/criminology stuff. Glasgow also looks worse because of its geographic and contextual isolation; if you put it alongside other places with large concentrations of industrial manual workers or more recently the "undeserving poor" its uniqueness largely disappears. The razor gang thing is a salient example. Weegie folklore would have you believe that was a specifically Glasgow phenomenon between the wars whereas it cropped up all over the place and not just in very large cities. Sheffield had to form a special police task force to quell their local example IIRC, and even relatively small places like Loughborough suffered routine violent disorder and indeed still do to an extent. About the only thing arguably unique to Glasgow in this regard (and elsewhere in Scotland to a more or lesser extent) is the religious sectarianism. :)

 

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I dunno, I had a good experience with them. When I was a child I had to have 5 teeth out so the orthodontist could straighten them with what seemed about 7 miles of copper wire. A pretty horrible experience in your early teens, the only thing that made it bearable was the incredibly nice people at Cheltenham hospital.

 

Then Tony Blair screwed up all the funding and its never worked properly since. Hey ho.

 

I entirely agree about Birmingham gangs actually. Mind you even the Newcastle gangs were reputed to be the only people to tell the Krays to piss off back home.

Ah, I was talking about general dental practitioners rather than the hospital based variety, which I've found to be rather different animals. Ref the second bit, as I said to Anixtu, not just big places like Brum or Newcsull, it was a countrywide phenomenon but has been largely swept under the carpet as it only affected the areas where rough people live. Personally I think the return of all those lads from service in the First World War has a lot to do with it too.

 

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Ah you should have seen with my buck teeth Tomas. I looked just like Austin Powers, about 13 years before it became fashionable. :D

 

I was told it took about £3000 worth of operations and surgery to fix. No way my parents could have afforded that, so I tend to get the NHS a big get out of jail free card as a result.

Yeah Baby! And mate, it's never, ever been fashionable to look like that outside the West Country, Just saying like. ;) :)

 

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Please,it is a Chelsea smile. ;)

Somebody's been watching The Football Factory I think... ;) :)

 

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Glesca wasn't/isn't any worse than lots of other places in the UK

Anecdotally or statistically?

Anecdotally and from idly dipping into official studies/social history/sociology/criminology stuff. Glasgow also looks worse because of its geographic and contextual isolation; if you put it alongside other places with large concentrations of industrial manual workers or more recently the "undeserving poor" its uniqueness largely disappears.

 

I wouldn't try to argue any unique problems for Glasgow, but when you start to (idly and inexpertly) look at the extent and depth of Glasgow's problems you come across stuff like the "Glasgow effect" and meeja stories placing it as the murder capital of the UK, knife crime capital of Europe, etc.

 

Having lived in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Liverpool I'm OK for anecdotes but wondered if you had any good leads on the statistics.

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Please,it is a Chelsea smile. ;)

Somebody's been watching The Football Factory I think... ;) :)

 

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Nah, too much Danny Dyer. ^_^ Me and Stu are Kray-men so i know it from tales of their exploits.

 

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Stuart, along with Dick Turpin, you seemingly forgot Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Henry Morgan, etc. :P

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Oh those pompous gits. :D

 

Oi! Is`eard that!

Krays.jpg

 

 

There were just as dangerous and probably far more capable 'business men' in London than that.

 

Like Ron and Ron, well`ard boys? ^_^

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Okay cant have a UK thread with out talking about the royals. Can someone explain to this dumb American why the Queens husband is not the King?

No. :P

 

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When I was in my 20's I used to go to this dental clinic that had a female dentist. She was a plain Jane in appearance but definitely not ugly. She's just a typical Singapore girl that is well-educated but had no clue about how to get the right hairstyle, glasses, clothes etc.

 

Anyway, throughout the entire time she worked on my teeth, her tits would be pushed against my head. I have been to several other female dentists before and since, and all are very conscious about where not to put their tits when working on male patients.

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The simple answer is he is Greek. If he were King, we would all be bankrupt. :)

Exported german noble. We had so many of those, we exported them. ;)

 

Ask yourself this question, we have a Royal Navy, a Royal Airforce, but not a Royal Army. Supposedly its because the Army killed a Monarch, but they entrust the same army with the crown Jewels, but not the Navy because they don't trust it, because it didnt swear allegiance to the monarch but to the board of Admiralty (or at least did).

 

Try and understand it. I cant. :D

 

As anything british: Because Tradition! that is why. :P

 

 

AIUI that it is named the British Army has to do with Cromwell as well as the feudalism-ish regiment raising, when the Duke of Somethingssex raised a regiment and fought for the king with it. Because the duke paid for it, the soldiers were loyal to the guy paying if in doubt.

 

The Beef eaters are part of the Army? But then King also raised his own Regiments to keep the nobility in check.

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When I was in my 20's I used to go to this dental clinic that had a female dentist. She was a plain Jane in appearance but definitely not ugly. She's just a typical Singapore girl that is well-educated but had no clue about how to get the right hairstyle, glasses, clothes etc.

 

Anyway, throughout the entire time she worked on my teeth, her tits would be pushed against my head. I have been to several other female dentists before and since, and all are very conscious about where not to put their tits when working on male patients.

Aaw man, she wanted you to ask her for a rendezvous! :)

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When I was in my 20's I used to go to this dental clinic that had a female dentist. She was a plain Jane in appearance but definitely not ugly. She's just a typical Singapore girl that is well-educated but had no clue about how to get the right hairstyle, glasses, clothes etc.

 

Anyway, throughout the entire time she worked on my teeth, her tits would be pushed against my head. I have been to several other female dentists before and since, and all are very conscious about where not to put their tits when working on male patients.

 

Your answer should have been the same as when they have any other dental tool in your mouth: "Errmvveerrmmmflubbbubbbubbubbberrmmmerrmmmerverm".

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UK sperm bank has just nine registered donors, boss reveals

Chief executive announces drive to recruit new donors with ‘superman’ message based on successful campaign in Denmark
Jessica Elgot
Monday 31 August 2015 17.59 BST
A year after it was established, Britain’s national sperm bank has admitted it has only nine registered donors – prompting its boss to urge men to prove their manhood by donating sperm.
Laura Witjens, the chief executive, says the sperm bank will launch a drive to recruit new donors later in September, inspired by the success of Denmark’s booming sperm banks which market themselves by appealing to male vanity.
“If I advertised saying ‘Men, prove your worth, show me how good you are’, then I would get hundreds of donors,” she said. “That’s the way the Danish do it. They proudly say, this is the Viking invasion, exports from Denmark are beer, lego and sperm. It’s a source of pride.”
The UK’s national sperm bank, funded with a one off award of £77,000, was set up a year ago as a partnership between the National Gamete Donation Trust and Birmingham Women’s hospital, to counter a serious shortage in sperm donors in the UK.
[...]
In the 2013 research, the HFEA found imported sperm has steadily increased year-on-year to meet the rise in demand and formed almost a third of new registrations, mostly from the USA, followed by Denmark.
Witjens said the “superman” theme to be used by her promotional campaign had a serious message – donors must ideally have exceptionally strong sperm in order for it to have the best chance of surviving the freezing and thawing process. That is one of the reason the clinic has so few on its books after almost a year.
“If 100 guys enquire, 10 will come through for screenings and maybe one becomes a donor. It takes hundreds of guys,” she said. Getting an approved donor on the books requires a man to come to the clinic twice a week for up to four months, refraining from sex or masturbation for two days before each visit and then be tested again after six months.
Scarcity in demand does not stop families being demanding, Witjens added. “We get asked for six-foot tall donors, when the average height is 5ft 7in in Britain, so you are effectively ruling out 90% of the donors. And they all want doctors or barristers, but the reality is the majority of those professionals have not got time. So you actually get young guys with flexible jobs.”
Donors receive just £35 per session but Witjens said better advertising was key, not giving donors more money: “We might get more donors if we paid £50 or £100 per donation. But money corrupts. If you feel you can make £200 a week for four months, you might hide things about your health.”
Witjens said the details of the donor marketing campaign had not yet been finalised and that probably it would not be quite as brash as she would like. She said she would ideally like to use pictures of real men on her advertising material, but the proposed picture on the sperm bank’s leaflets is a cartoon superhero.
Nevertheless, the chief executive said she was resisting being quite as forthright as the Danish and some other European sperm banks because of her concern for children who are donor-conceived, who might find it upsetting if a campaign was linked to male pride rather than altruism. “Does that make it more complicated? Hell yes.”
After the initial campaign, a November advert is planned, asking men to consider giving an “alternative Christmas gift”.
More advertising will follow after the bank starts shipping its first batches of sperm to clinics nationwide from January 2016. Witjens said the income from that sperm would provide a chance to further increase advertising, Witjens said. “We want to print hundreds of thousands of leaflets. We can certainly envisage a billboard in the future, though the posters need to be in places where people can donate to a clinic, otherwise they can’t act.” Because of the clinic’s base in Birmingham, advertising will initially focus on the Midlands.
Witjens said she was keen to “kick the foreign banks out of business” because the UK system was far kinder to the donor-conceived, as it limited the number of families one donor can create. “We can stop people having to go to Denmark where donors might have 150-200 offspring. Then it’s always a very real fear for the donor-conceived, running into a half-brother or sister.”
Although there are only nine donors on the books on the UK bank’s first anniversary, Witjens said that should be put in perspective. “If we had nine donors, we could technically create 90 families, who otherwise would be forced to go elsewhere. I want to get to a stage where there is an abundance of donors, so no woman ever feels she has to go on Gumtree to get sperm. We can get there, we can have enough in three to five years. We just need the push.”

 

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/aug/31/britains-national-sperm-bank-wants-men-to-prove-their-manhood

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