Archive | August, 2010

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PHOTOS: New ICIS Heren office in Dusseldorf

The new ICIS Heren office in Dusseldorf is up and running, I hear from my colleague Simon on returning from his first visit.   The new German-based editorial team is going to “improve the quality and quantity of reporting on continental European gas markets and facilitate closer contact with the German energy industry,” says Simon […]

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Jenney moves to Dow polypropylene

Antonia Jenney, senior commercial manager, aromatics Europe, at Dow Europe GmbH in Horgen, Switzerland, is moving to the position of Product Director PP and HDPE, Dow Europe/IMEA at Dow Chemical Company – Chemicals & Plastics, I hear from Truong today.   Her aromatics position will be taken by Mr Eide Garcia, formerly Latin America Product […]

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Sherlock Holmes and the Dalian Exchange

Did anyone spot the petchem link in the brilliant new 21st-century Sherlock on BBC TV? Wasn’t it obvious?   In the second of three episodes, “The Blind Banker,” Sherlock Holmes is investigating the murder of a bank trader who has recently returned from two round-the-world trips via Dalian, home of the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE), […]

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Plasticity at London’s Science Museum

Inspired by the ICIS Training “Beginner’s Course in Petrochemicals,” which recommended a visit to London’s Science Museum exhibition “Plasticity,” our own Helena took her nine year-old nephew for a day of plastics, science and museum cafĂ© food.   “It’s better than an old fort,” was his acute observation.   Plasticity has exhibits from the history […]

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Plastics and sperm counts in headlines again

Scare stories about chemicals surface at the rate of about one a month, but this front page headline, “Plastic food tubs cut sperm counts,” caught the attention of my colleague Paul in this morning’s Metro.   He particularly liked the proximity of the headline to the photo of the three ageing Hollywood stars.   Skimming […]

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INEOS’s Gordon Adams on charity bike ride

Gordon Adams of INEOS is currently gearing up for a 1,000 mile cycle ride from the southernmost tip of England to the northernmost tip of Scotland to raise money for Cancer Research.   Adams, business manager butadiene and C4s at INEOS, is pictured here in the yellow top with his friend Rob, also taking part […]

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No more US green visa waiver forms

European travellers to the US no longer have to fill in the green visa waiver form – just the ESTA form online and the blue customs form on the plane. Apparently the green immigration form expired quietly in early July 2010.  It took the cabin crew some time to explain this to those of us […]

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On Afghan taxi drivers

Even taxi firms have CRM systems now, I am impressed to find when I have to call my number two local firm because my usual one can’t oblige. They have caller ID, call me by name, remember my address and when I get into the car, the driver asks if I would like to listen […]

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ZZ Top on flight to Houston

The Blog turned into one of the paparazzi on spotting ZZ Top (Zee Zee Top) returning home from their European tour on the flight to Houston today.   They looked quite cheerful as the celebrity minder girl from Heathrow marshalled them through the VIP extra-fast track, but the Blog couldn’t help but notice that the one […]

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Four Things I Hate About Flying

It’s not that I’m a grumpy traveller, but there are some things which I just hate about long-haul flights …   1 The way they switch the lights out at 3pm, everyone dons eyeshades and is instantly asleep, and I’m the only one awake all through the fake night.   2 The one film I […]

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