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Sherlock Holmes and the Dalian Exchange

Did anyone spot the petchem link in the brilliant new 21st-century Sherlock on BBC TV? Wasn’t it obvious?   In the second of three episodes, “The Blind Banker,” Sherlock Holmes is investigating the murder of a bank trader who has recently returned from two round-the-world trips via Dalian, home of the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE), […]

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Ping Pong Balls of Fury

Balls of Fury is one of the worst films the Blog has ever seen. Like every other sports-themed film it’s about a past champion gone to seed who makes a miraculous return to form.   It’s a slapstick comedy only it’s not funny and it’s way too long, which is a pity because table tennis […]

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Chemical Party

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–As the beers are being chilled, the buffets piled high and the name badges laid out in alphabetical order, the first guests are edging warily into the opening parties of NPRA 2010.   To get petchem folk in the party mood, the video channel of the European Commission, EUtube, has produced a […]

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Movie: “Dirty Oil”

“Dirty Oil,” a new anti-oilsands film has come out this week in the UK. It shows that most of America‘s oil comes from Canada, “the new Saudi Arabia,” from open-cast mining of tar pits. Starring Neve Campbell, it is an expose of the pollution of the environment in Alberta, where the tar sand development has […]

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Movies: “Wall Street – Money Never Sleeps”

“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” is the sequel to every chemical trader’s favourite film and due out in the US in September 2010. The trailer is showing in cinemas now, with one lingering shot dwelling on the famous brick-sized mobile phone from the original.   The original Wall Street, made in 1987 has some classic […]

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Houston location for Jeff Bridges movie Crazy Heart

Jeff Bridges’ film “Crazy Heart”, the story of the redemption of an alcoholic country singer, showcases the landscape of Texas and petchem capital Houston, and won Bridges an Oscar for Best Actor.   For fans of the NPRA road trip from Houston to San Antonio, there are plenty of picturesque shots of wide open spaces, […]

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Chemical Movies: The Informant!

Matt Damon stars in “The Informant!” – a film about a whistle-blower at an agricultural chemical firm in the early 90s, who discovers a price-fixing scam. He agrees to work as an undercover spy for the FBI, but apparently takes his new James Bond role a touch too seriously.   The Blog hasn’t seen this […]

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Movie Review: Up in the Air

Travelling to new places, especially when they are warm and sunny, is interesting, whereas travelling to the same places repeatedly is not. Especially when they are in the less attractive parts of one’s own country.   For petchem businesses with a global reach, a certain amount of business travel is inevitable. After the deepest cutback […]

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Return of the Duracell Bunny

  The Duracell Bunny is back on TV screens, and the Blog is delighted to celebrate the return of this iconic energy-related advert (put the sound on.)  According to Duracell, the “NEW Power Bunny … has the same engaging personality, but is represented in a “herd of bunnies” coming together to form metaphors of power and […]

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White Stripes’ Lego video shortlisted for Best of Decade

The White Stripes’ Lego pop video for their “Fell in Love with a Girl” single (2002) was shortlisted by the Guardian in its Best Music Videos of the Noughties on 24 December 2009. Director Michel Gondry and his team spent weeks building the White Stripes out of Lego, the well-known petrochemical toy.   The Guardian’s […]

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