Wedding bells were ringing in Houston on Saturday, as our senior editor Heather celebrated her marriage in front of an audience including many of her ICIS friends.
Her wedding website tells the story of how she met her husband-to-be when she went to interview him for an article.
Reading that put me in mind of the other ICIS Houston weddings we remember. There was Dena, our US polymers editor, who married a shipbroker she had met in the course of her work.
And then there was Marybeth, my counterpart in the Houston office a few years ago, who was swept off her feet with bouquets of roses to the office, and married her long-haired blonde US aromatics trader. They are all living Happily Ever After.
Houston is a chemicals town so it’s not entirely unexpected when chemical romance blossoms amongst the downtown glass canyons. But what about those other more isolated chemical hearts yearning in their labs and offices?
My fellow ICIS-blogger Simon Robinson of “The Big Biofuels Blog” has announced his plans to set up an ICIS match-making website.
“After the success of ICIS jobs, why not ICIS Lonely Hearts,” he said last week to a gathering of rapt journalists.
“Think of all those scientists stumbling around labs looking for love. If you look at some of the chemistry blogs, they’re all about why are there no women in labs,” he added.