Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ballad of Nessie Wrap Party at the Tam

Disney directors Stevie Wermers and Kevin Deters have just finished production on “The Ballad of Nessie”. The 2D short is described by the studio as having ‘art direction evocative of the Disney shorts from the 1940s and 50s’ and being ‘the honest to goodness true tale of Loch Ness and its most famous resident.’

Stevie Wermers L. yours truly and Kevin Deters R. in the Guards Room at the Tam

Stevie saw me at the Tam O’ Shanter Restaurant on one of the Burns Nights, and wanted to know if I would come back to the Tam to entertain her crew at their wrap party to celebrate the completion of this animated short. Prescindia McIntosh, Cindi the popular lady piper, was also be there to add flare to this luncheon which served to add old time bon homme to their finishing bash. I added tales of 'The Tartan Wot Not', 'The SS Politician', and tried to pitch the idea of having Disney make a new film on the Jackdaw of Rheims, by reciting the old poem

Speculation is that Disney's 'The Ballad of Nessie' may be in the theaters alongside ‘Winnie The Pooh’ and see its debut in the European market first.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Front Crowns a Joyful Result

Adding life to a smile is something I love to do. After 34 years there is still more to learn and great joy to be had from practicing dentistry. Here is an example of four front teeth with crowns that had lack luster porcelain, and veneers on the lateral incisors that have receded margins. By using all porcelain with no metal we are able to bring a vitality to restorations that make them look real.

Here is the original appearance,with the veneers showing and a yellowy hue to the crowns.

And here are the new zirconium crowns.

From the side you can really see the vitality in the way the light refracts through the porcelain.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Missing the Cock ‘n Bull on Sunset

The times they are a changing, and as they do so also the choices of places to eat when I leave my dental office on Sunset Boulevard. There used to be a famous English pub right across the street called the Cock ‘n Bull, where the Moscow Mule was invented and the best ginger be
er in the world was used to make a
Pims #1 cup.

Their lunch time fare at the buffet was unmatched, and with the 16 story Luckman building right opposite which was ground zero for music business big wigs such as in Warner, Elektra, Atlantic, Asylum Corp. Many music industry executives were officed there, and many music deals were made at the long bar in the pub.

Well ironically, the pub was sold to Hornburg, the Jaguar agency, because John Morgan’s grand kids weren’t interested in taking it over, and when they auctioned everything off I managed to take home the mascot for the pub, the bronze Chantecler that stood over the bar. I always loved it because that French rooster is beautiful, and is my mother’s family crest.

Now Jaguar and Rover are owned and produced by India’s Tata Motors, and the Luckman building has been taken over by some extremely successful Egyptian entrepreneurs, the Mani Brothers. They also own the Sunset Medical Tower, a medical Mecca with 42 dentists in occupation. A new eatery on the opposite side of the street has changed corners and is now BOA.

And down the street Tower Records has disappeared to become a party event and style shop as the music industry is turned on its head by Apple and the internet.

A rainbow may still shine over the Strip, but the world has turned on its axis and I miss having a good pub across the street.