Archive | June, 2009

Koala bears at ICIS

Nel tells me that her daughter had to write a piece for school last week on endangered species, and went to find a nice picture of a koala bear on Google Images. She was astonished to find that the Number One picture of koala bears was from, and on further inspection was from ICIS blogs: here […]

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Sofia Honore joins Vinmar

Vinmar has appointed Ms Sofia Honore as its agent for chemicals marketing, based in Lisbon, Portugal, from 1 June 2009, the company announced on Friday.  “Sofia’s seven years of petrochemicals experience complements Vinmar’s product and market portfolio very well.  She will play a key role in the company’s aromatics and related chemicals buying and selling activity throughout Europe,” the company said […]

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Michelle Obama chooses London chemicals pub

Michelle Obama and her daughters were photographed arriving at London’s Audley pub on Monday, choosing the pub already made famous as the traditional meeting place for Europe’s chemical elite after the annual Floggers Luncheon.    The Blog was delighted to see this recognition of the nation’s pre-eminent chemicals pub, and not only enjoyed the photo spread in the UK’s Daily Mail […]

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Things A Chemist Won’t Work With – Thioacetone

It seems that there are things that even a chemist won’t work with. The Blog was intrigued to be sent this blog posting which describes one chemist’s experiences of Thioacetone, a compound which has a smell so strong that it has “people … diving out of windows and vomiting into wastebaskets.”   “It merely stinks. But […]

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New entry for periodic table

  A new element will soon be added to the periodic table, according to this article today on BBC news and forwarded to the Blog by ICB reporter, Mark Watts.

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Talking chemicals in Canada’s Rockies

Even with scenery like this sometimes you have to think petrochemicals. The CERI (Canadian Energy Research Institute) annual petrochemicals conference has been held at the Delta Lodge in Kananaskis, Alberta, for the past few years. ICIS’ Nigel Davis arrived there on Sunday ready to give a paper about new developments in the Middle East.   Nigel doesn’t […]

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25 years of Virgin Atlantic

Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin Group is doing a guest editor stint today at ICIS’ sister publication Flight, and he tells us that Virgin Atlantic’s popular 25th anniversary ad is going to make a return to UK TV screens this week. The retrospective ad will be relaunched at half time during the England v Andorra match on Wednesday […]

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Integra recruits two Brussels traders

Philippe Geominne has joined trading house Integra to trade liquids at its offices in Brussels, Belgium, the company’s executive director Gine Fyffe said on Monday.   Geominne was previously a trader at Helm Benelux.   Meanwhile, John Clement, formerly of INEOS Olefins & Polyolefins, would be trading propylene for Integra from August.   By: Nel […]

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Borat mankini arrest warning

      England football fans in Almaty for the Kazakhstan match (England 4, Kazakhstan 0) on Saturday 6 June were warned not to wear the Borat swimsuit, or “mankini”, unless they wanted to be arrested.   Pictures of fans in the green thong reminded the Blog of its friend Rien’s retirement party from SABIC, […]

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Leonard Cohen at Mercedes-Benz World

  On a huge billboard by the M3 the grizzled face of Leonard Cohen looks into the middle distance ignoring the passing traffic as he promotes his one and only show in the South of England at Mercedes-Benz World on Saturday 11 July 2009.   At 75 he’s still touring with his own special brand […]

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