Archive | February, 2011


Live webcam of capsized Rhine barge

  The capsized barge on the Rhine at St Goarshausen, which has featured in many petchem conversations in the last two weeks, is now shown on live webcam.   The Blog’s first school trip to Germany was to St Goar at just this point on the Rhine, by the famous Lorelei rock where the Lorelei […]

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Snowglobes are not allowed on flights

“Snowglobes are not allowed on any flights,” according to a sign at security at departures in Houston IAH airport.   That’s all. Nothing about liquids, guns or explosives – just snowglobes.   It suggests that snowglobe incidents have been giving airline officials some trouble recently.   The Blog resisted taking a photo of the sign, […]

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International Year of Chemistry launched at House of Commons

John Baker and Nigel Davis of ICIS London were invited to the House of Commons yesterday evening for the UK industry launch of the UNESCO/IUPAC sponsored International Year of Chemistry (IYC). John tells the Blog: “We heard a sparky address on the importance of women in science and technology from Esther McVey, MP for Wirral […]

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Movies: The Social Network

Now this film is excellent. Anyone who reads this blog or uses any social media will really enjoy it. And because you come to it knowing that it is very recent history, and that it is the brains-to-riches story of the rise of Facebook, you are immediately gripped by the plot and the characters.   […]

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TRADER MOVES: Dirk van der Burg leaves Intermarc

Dirk van der Burg has left traders Intermarc, he told Nel on Tuesday.   He could not reveal where he was going but it would be announced soon, he added.     Prior to aromatics trading at Rotterdam-based Intermarc, he had been with traders Chemium.   

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VIDEO: Chemistry – It’s All About You

  Here’s another well-made video about chemicals in everyday life. This one from EPCA is slightly more ambitious in its scope than previous educational videos we have seen, with some attractive international scenes, some unexpectedly hi-tech examples and a nice tinkling soundtrack.   See other videos on the same subject: More Top Chemical Adverts 

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Movies: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

What a dreary film and what a disappointment. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps has no plot, weak characters, and it takes forever for the storyline to start. Michael Douglas has a completely unconvincing role which is not worthy of him at all.   It is so disappointing after the original Wall Street, which had a […]

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Methodology workshops for ICIS chemical pricing

Price assessments being at the heart of our business at ICIS, I’ve been involved with some methodology workshops in Houston and London over the last couple of weeks. In my role as head of market reporting, it’s been interesting to hear from our pricing editors about the varying discount structures and contract settlement processes across […]

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