Full blast cabaret at CIA Dinner

News reaches ICIS-Chemicals-Confidential that some chemical folk found Thursday night’s Chemical Industries Association (CIA) Dinner at the Grosvenor House in London a bit of a disappointment.

Instead of the usual late-night milling around the 100+ tables after the dinner and speeches, catching up with old pals and finishing off all the wine, I hear that the CIA saw fit to lay on a cabaret chanteuse who sang long and loud into the night. So loud in fact that no chatting could be done at all. The diners slunk away disgruntled into the night.

Not at all like last year’s fantastic CIA Dinner then, when I enjoyed the splendid hospitality of my friend Steve on an Anglo-Dutch-Scots table, and where I sat next to the dashing kilt-wearing Philip Bruce, now famous for his clarion call speech on the shambolic styrene contract system at last week’s Aromatics Conference.

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