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Another year of Chinese

Term is starting for Mandarin eveningclasses and I had better dust off last year’s work and see if any of it isstill lodged in my long-term memory. Of the class of eight, only two of usdecided to sit, and happily pass, the GCSE exam at the end of last term. My twospeeches on “My holiday […]

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I am now a commuter

“You’llhate the commute,” my ICIS suburban colleagues warned me when I told them I wasmoving to work in central London.My new office is on the corner of Trafalgar Square (site of today’s Olympic Victory Parade),and it takes a fair bit longer to travel there each day. Andit’s on public transport, so I will be catching […]

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You can always rely on an air hostess

Itturns out that one of my colleagues is a trained flight attendant. She knowshow to deliver a baby, deal with drunks and passengers with flight-phobia, aswell as smile all day and put her hair up neatly. Iwas on the same flight with her only once, when we flew into Berlin together for EPCA, and her […]

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MOVES: Changes at Styron Europe

Mike Cromack has been appointed Global BusinessDirector for Aromatic Feedstocks, and Rafael Cayuela has moved to becomeEuropean Commercial Manager for Aromatics at Styron Europe, focusing on both styrene monomer and benzene. The moves are the result of Chatchai’s departure to take up asenior commercial leadership role in the SCG-Dow Group, a joint venture companybetween The […]

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Chemical adverts #20: Dow’s roof garden

Roof gardens created by expandable polystyrene (Styrofoam) roofinsulation are advertised by Dow in today’s glossy AFPM special publication. Itis part of the continuing trend for petchem companies to promote the greencredentials of petrochemicals. The AFPM magazine, produced by ICIS, is being given away todelegates in the petchem conference delegate pack.  

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Chemical advert #19: Mitsui’s “Evolved to succeed”

This full page advert for Mitsui was in today’s Financial Times. The section “Feed the World” at the foot of the page is all about Mitsui’s fertilizer marketing and trading, with a handy aide memoire on which fertilizer nourishes which part of the growing plant.

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Polimeri’s new name: Eni Versalis

PolimeriEuropa has changed its name to Eni Versalis, the Blog heard on a company visittoday. Thenew name was made public by Eni’s chief executive officer Paolo Scaroni on 15March 2012 in a speech outlining the company’s strategy for 2012-2015. “Toreflect the new strategy we have renamed the business Eni Versalis. It will be expertlyled by […]

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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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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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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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