Mint imperials, that used to get

the taste buds gagging for sweety

foods - I remember them very well

and the Dentist's questioning face


when probing my damaged ivories.

It was after the war of course when

everything had been scarce. It was

us kids who bore the stranger brunt


of it. Free dental treatment then I do

recall. Trash cans full of trophies 

from a misspent youth - some faces

looked like orchestral piano keys






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Tue 4th May 2021 15:51

Thanks also to: Trevor A, Stephen Gospage, Stephen Atkinson, Tony Hill, Trevor Alexander, JD Bardo, and Holden, for the Likes.

Also to MC Newberry for his own reminiscences and Like. Yes the slow drills of the day, guaranteed to accentuate the misery of pain.👍

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 4th May 2021 15:49

I can still recall the name of my childhood dentist in Bath - Mr Turnbull - with his oxygen tank and its face-mask; and that belt-driven oh-so-slow drill, seemingly designed to prolong the misery. I think
I'm lucky to have retained those teeth i still have to do their job nearly
seven decades on when I'm able (and only too willing!) to go private
in that one area of health care.

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Tue 4th May 2021 11:53

Thank you Aviva for the like and your thoughts.

I guess from a young teeny point of view the stimulus for me would be the dentition's masked face gawping at you, but I hadn't pondered the slicker title of mint condition.

Certainly something to bear in mind.

Now that you mention it, 'Cake Holes' might also be a contender.

P 👍

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Aviva Rifka Bhandari

Tue 4th May 2021 11:10

I really like this for too many reasons to mention, so I'll just mention one.. the final simile 'faces looked like orchestral piano keys' which also extends the earlier tooth description ' damaged ivories'.

Although I understand various reasons why you chose this title too, I also think 'Mint Condition' would make a good title.

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