Archive | June, 2009

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Enron – London theatre to stage new play

A new play entitled “Enron” will be coming to the London stage in September, and the Blog can’t wait to see it.    Starring Tim Pigott-Smith as Ken Lay and Samuel West as Jeffrey Skilling, the play at the Royal Court theatre in Sloane Square will be “using music, dance and video to chart the […]

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Wood Mackenzie staff in the money

Wood Mackenzie, the energy consultancy and long-term supporter of the ICIS Aromatics Conference, was sold yesterday for £533 million, in a deal whereby 100 of the company’s staff share a total payout of about £100 million.   The Blog was delighted to hear only this week that Wood Mac’s Matthew Chadwick, managing consultant of its […]

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Billionaire stuck with chemicals after Setanta failure

Poor Len Blavatnik, bored with chemicals after LyondellBasell’s bankruptcy, won’t be buying Setanta after all, now they can’t broadcast Premier League football.    

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Chemical jokes – 28 of them

Never let it be said that chemicals folk don’t have a sense of humour. An industry friend has sent the Blog a few samples from this website devoted to hilarious side-splitting chemistry jokes. After some years in the aromatics business, the Blog’s favourite must be this benzene joke. Q: What is the chemical name of […]

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“I’m on the plane” – calling and texting in the air

The massed switching on of mobile phones as the plane lands may soon be a thing of the past. Travellers on Vodafone and Orange mobiles will be able to use them on aircraft within weeks, according to this article today. O2 and T-Mobile are already using OnAir, which provides mobile services to more than 20 airlines. Calls cost […]

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Museum of Broken Relationships

A museum dedicated to broken hearts has been founded in Croatia.   “The Museum of Broken Relationships is an art concept which proceeds from the assumption that objects possess integrated fields – ‘holograms’ of memories and emotions – and intends with its layout to create a space of ‘secure memory’ or ‘protected remembrance’ in order […]

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Gold bars with your German chemicals

The next time I pass through Frankfurt airport on the way to the German chemical heartland, I will be sure to stop off at the new Gold To Go vending machine which was unveiled yesterday.   A German company has launched a new type of automat which dispenses a 1g wafer of gold for €31 […]

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Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band

The FT’s review of Yoko Ono’s London concert this week gave it a four star rating, out of five, despite commenting on “her notorious singing style, a ululating, near-wordless wail, amid a maelstrom of guitar feedback and drone-rock.”   The Plastic Ono Band, inexplicably missed from the Blog’s previous listings of music with chemicals connections, […]

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High School girl discovers polystyrene eating bacterium

Top awards in last month’s Intel International Science Fair go to Tseng I-Ching from Taiwan who discovered a ‘red bacterium’ derived from mealworm beetles that metabolizes polystyrene, according to an article in Taiwan News which was picked up in this blog posting.   (photo:

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Expat lifestyle – homesick in Riyadh

One of our expat friends working for a couple of months in Saudi Arabia phones on his Skype phone from his flat in Riyadh to say that he is homesick and finding that there is absolutely nothing to do there. He says that where he is living there are a few restaurants, which all serve […]

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