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Daniel Radcliffe sings the Elements of the Periodic Table

HarryPotter star Daniel Radcliffe performs his party trick, which is singing”The Elements” by musical humorist Tom Lehrer, in this video clipspotted today by Helena.

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Actress Daryl Hannah arrested in oil pipeline protest

Daryl Hannah was arrested outside the White House as she took part in a protest on Tuesday against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the US Gulf, according to this article today on spotted by Mark V. The Blog likes the way the article refers to Hannah as “actress Daryl Hannah” […]

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Brad Pitt filming at Grangemouth petchem plant

Brad Pitt is filming at the Grangemouth petrochemical plant in Scotland, the Blog reads with disbelief in today’s Scotsman.   After bringing Glasgow to a halt last week, the film crew for the zombie film “World War Z” moved on 22 August to the industrial landscape of Grangemouth on the east coast of Scotland, on […]

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On feats of memory and Brad Pitt

Performing a one-hour monologue always strikes me as an impressive feat. Whether it is a comedy stand-up routine, a play, a political speech or a lecture, the Blog is always impressed with the feat of memory. Especially when it is a well-known text like a theatre classic, where the audience knows it well, so it […]

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Jon Huntsman family Christmas card

Jon Huntsman’s announcement last week that he would be seeking the Republican nomination brought an avalanche of visitors from all over the US to this Blog.   The Blog’s scanned photo of an old Huntsman Christmas card, showing the whole extended Huntsman family, has been a surprise hit on Google as surfers search for “Jon […]

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Marc Rich – The Movie

Crime and punishment do not go together in the case of former fugitive billionaire oil trader Marc Rich. Pardoned by President Bill Clinton for crimes of tax evasion and illegal oil trading with Iran, he is now living out an old age of luxury and philanthropy in Switzerland.   He was once a resident of […]

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American Idol fans at BASF back Suddeth

Lauren Alaina Suddeth, daughter of a BASF worker in Chattanooga, is a finalist and judges’ front runner to win American Idol and is being supported by the local BASF workforce, according to this article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, which Nel spotted and suggested for a new blog series called “Tenuous Links to Chemicals.” […]

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Naomi Campbell and Shell – vanished advert

Celebrities and chemicals – it’s hard to keep them apart. The Blog is indebted to a friend at Shell who recalled a memorable advert in which supermodel Naomi Campbell douses herself in Shell’s Helix lubricant oil. There are a few references online to this advert, in a Dutch newspaper and a Dutch treatise on communications, but all […]

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Plasticopedia “barking mad” – Times

“” is a website so addictive that Times columnist Robert Crampton has gone public about his intention to give it up, I read in his column in Saturday’s Times Magazine supplement. He describes it as “barking mad,” and it is quite distracting once you get into looking at the pictures.   Not “Everything You Ever […]

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Cable and Fiennes at CIA Dinner

The Chemical Industries Association (CIA) Dinner was a grand affair as always, with 980 guests in London‘s Grosvenor House Hotel for a black tie dinner on Thursday 18 November.   There were two splendid speakers, Dr Vince Cable, UK Secretary of State for Business, and Sir Ranulph Fiennes the explorer – but good as they […]

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