Archive | October, 2010


PHOTOS: ICIS suite at EPCA Budapest

The ICIS suite in the Marriott hotel at EPCA Budapest, small but perfectly formed, with a spectacular view over the Danube and up the hill to the architectural wonders of Buda, was heaving with people on Monday morning. Vicky took a few photos …

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PHOTOS: ICIS Training in Amsterdam, September 2010

At last some good photos from our training seminars. Here are some shots from last week’s ICIS training courses in Amsterdam, taken by our marketing colleague Taru.       For the full photo spread, see the ICIS training website.

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Early morning meetings at EPCA

There is a power play in these ridiculously early meetings at conferences.   First, no-one WANTS to do a meeting at 07.30.  The important party to the meeting (and the re is always the important player and the less important player) is fully booked so can only offer the B-list company this last slot. The […]

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Dawn move from Gantrade to Noah’s Ark

More gossip at the Mitsubishi party at EPCA. The Blog hears that Dawn Flaherty of Gantrade in the UK is moving to Noah’s Ark in a logistics role.   We seem to recall that Dawn is an ICIS training alumnus, and hope that the top level petchem training has stood her in good stead in […]

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Trader Martin Riepl departs Summit

I hear at the Mitsubishi party at EPCA on Saturday night that aromatics trader Martin Riepl has left Linz-based traders Summit, and that he is now on gardening leave.   Another trader tells me that if Riepl is going to another trader, it has been a well kept secret, because no names have leaked out. […]

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Boy George in Budapest

Singer Boy George was checking in to the Hilton on the Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest on Friday evening, as we passed through the lobby on our pre-EPCA stroll round the city.   The celebrity was clearly ready to turn in for the evening, but patiently signed autographs for a group of waiting fans before being […]

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Terrorist link to bottled water

Seeing a Baader-Meinhof terrorist entering court clutching a PET bottle, in a photo in today’s Independent, reminded the Blog that carrying a plastic bottle around all day has one key advantage: protection from malicious poisoning.   No doubt Ms Verena Becker, formerly of the Red Army Faction (which started as the Baader-Meinhof gang), chose to […]

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Ronald McDonald photo on ICIS news

  I like chief sub-editor Lewis’s tongue-in-cheek comment on the ICIS internal editorial Yammer this morning:   “I have an issue with the picture caption used for the Americas lead story (“Ronald McDonald at the NYSE.”) There are four people in the picture but the caption gives no indication which one is Ronald McDonald. Sloppy.”

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Budapest EPCA – a culinary journey

It is third time lucky for me in Budapest. The first time, I came as a student on the train from Vienna into Iron Curtain Hungary. The second time it was as a young parent with small children, again on the train from Vienna after an EPCA there. Family photos show the children climbing on […]

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All aboard for EPCA Budapest

A broken Blackberry, rain, our flight delayed by one hour, and a sprained thumb – this is not a good start. But the morning improves markedly when I meet up at the airport with another EPCA traveller who has been drinking for ten hours on the transatlantic flight and generously re-gifts me his freebie blanket […]

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