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San Antonio Grand Hyatt rises like a phoenix

In idle moments between meetings, NPRA delegates fill the time with industry gossip. The Blog hears that chemicals folk staying at the brand new Hyatt Grand hotel, which has risen from an empty building site by the Conference Center (sic) in the space of the last year, were finding that their rooms in the half-built, half-occupied hotel were next door to constant drilling and the lifts (elevators) weren’t working. According to the concierge of the Marriott Riverwalk, the hotel is already housing 140 NPRA delegates. What fun for them. Still Nel, Bharat and Dan go to check it out and report back that the lobby and bar are “very swish and glamorous”.

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San Antonio welcomes NPRA

Walking up to the Rivercenter just before 9.00 am on this cool grey San Antonio Saturday morning, I come across closed streets, a police cordon and a seemingly endless torrent of marchers in pink. Two pink ladies in Starbucks tell me it is the “Race for Cure” breast cancer awareness march, and there are forty thousand of them on the streets this morning… Meanwhile, up on the mezzanine floor of the Marriott Riverwalk, the hi-tech ICIS suite is taking shape. I

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NPRA Special: San Antonio Restaurant Reviews

It’s a crashing disappointment to find that most online restaurant reviews for San Antonio are from aggrieved diners who want only to share their revenge with the wider public. For chemicals folk heading down the I10 next week for the NPRA conference, here are some not-so-nasty reviews of places to dine and be seen around the Riverwalk. Little Rhein Steak House… Pesca…Fig Tree…

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Loud networking at Base Oils ’08 in London

It’s Day One of the ICIS Base Oils conference in London, and this is one mega-conference. It’s grown from 100 to 400 delegates, out-growing its various homes along the way and now filling the grand ballroom at the Hilton on Park Lane. What I specially like about this crowd is that they make no secret of the fact that they want to spend these two days doing some heavy networking.

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Death by Powerpoint

Struggling with your next Powerpoint presentation? Our fellow bloggers at XpertHR have found this great video, although the shrieking laughter is a bit much if you are watching it in the morning. Watch this, and those chemical conferences will never be the same.

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Video Review: Stephen’s take on EPCA 07 in Berlin

Remember EPCA Berlin in September? Here’s a little something to jog your memory. Stephen Burns in our Houston office has sent me this link to his personal video view of the city at conference time. The music really makes it.

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The Mussels in Brussels – Training and EPL

The Eurostar glides into Brussels Gare du Midi and the team arrives for the last ICIS Training Seminar of the year, to be held at the offices of the EPCA on the Avenue de Tervueren. The rain is falling steadily on the Plaisirs d’Hiver Xmas Market around the Bourse and along the Fishmarket, as Nigel […]

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New York, New York – Tips for Baseoils and NECA

It’s winter in New York City and the snow will be falling, the lights sparkling in the trees, and the ICIS Pan-American Baseoils Conference will return for its regular winter gig in New York City. This year it moves from the New Jersey shoreline overlooking the city back into Manhattan at the New York Marriott […]

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Aromatics Conference – Pedro’s Pale Blue Dot Video

For delegates who enjoyed Pedro Spohr’s vision of the position of petrochemicals in the wider world of crude oil, and particularly the film he showed of Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot”, click here for another chance to view it. The picture shows the Earth from 4 billion miles away – it was taken by Voyager […]

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Aromatics ’07 – the Aftermath

As we sip our coffees and beers in the curiously musty cafe at Antwerp airport, the Aromatics Conference team reflects that this was a great success. The speakers were exceptionally good and we had a late surge of delegates turning up, pushing our total number to around 100 on the day. For myself, I am […]

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