Archive | March, 2012

MOVES: Todd Rogers to Integra Houston

Todd Rogers, currently with Shell Chemicals aromatics team in Houston, will be joining Integra in Houston on 1 April 2012, the company announced today. Rogers will be heading up Integra’s aromatics business in the USA. “The Integra Group’s aromatics team is comprised of Peter Johansen in Brussels, Jereme Aziz, and  Waraporn Pumpaisanchai in Singapore, BW […]

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MOVES: Guy Keymolen to Vopak Houston

GuyKeymolen of Vopak Belgium is moving to the company’s Houston office, heinformed business partners by email yesterday. Keymolen, whowas at Vopak Belgium for six years, will become Vopak Global Account Directorbased in Houston, Texas. His role ascommercial manager will be filled by Birgit Henderickx, formerly sales managerat Vopak Belgium.

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ICIS Interactive Review of World Base Oils 2012

ICIS held its biggest-ever World Base Oils & Lubricants event in London recently and ICIS editor John Baker was on the spot to record interviews with keynote speakers.   The result can be found in the latest ICIS interactive online publication.

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Presentations – how to rehearse

“Preparation, preparation, preparation” – are the three most important points in giving a successful presentation. It is the equivalent of the property world’s “location, location, location.” But where to do that preparation? That is the question.   In the office with your peers? In the AV theatre? At home to your unimpressed family? How about […]

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Camel Smoking Lounge

In Zurich airport I bumped in to my friend Philip L who was coincidentally there for a Euromap meeting. We were both rather taken with the unintentional silliness of this sign. Click here for more debate on the Camel Smoking Lounge.

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Combining business and pleasure

The US Customs and Border Protection declaration form asks the question: “The primary purpose of this trip is business: YES/NO.”   Most business travellers find that it is only once in a while that they are able to combine the two. Usually school holidays are the limiting factor, and trips to desirable places rarely coincide […]

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Presentations – the danger of borrowed slides

Most people are scared of public speaking, rating it up there with divorce, bereavement and moving house as one of life’s most stressful events. Really it is not that bad after the first few.   The best kind of presentation is one you have done before, or at least one that is not very different […]

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Corian kitchens in vogue with curvy surfaces

Stylishpolymer Corian is the latest thing for trendy kitchens, the Blog reads in anarticle “Corian seduces with its curves” in the Times property supplement,Bricks & Mortar. Increasinglypopular in bespoke kitchens, particularly in glacier white, it allows forworktops and sinks to flow in one continuous unit. The non-porous Du Pontmaterial, made of acrylic polymer and alumina […]

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Mineral make-up better than liquid foundation – claims

Mined minerals used in cosmetics are vastly superior to liquid formulations – more healthy, more natural and recommended by dermatologists – according to a puff piece for bareMinerals in the February issue of British Airways’ “Shop” magazine.   In a risibly pseudo scientific piece which should be used in journalism school for critique purposes, the […]

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Beth Tweddle seeking first Olympic medal at London 2012

Gymnast and World Championship gold medal winner, Beth Tweddle, known to Blog readers for her petrochemical connections, is seeking her first Olympic medal at this summer’s games, according to an article about how much she owes to her coach in the February issue of the British Airways in-flight magazine.   “It was my dad’s idea […]

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