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James Bond and Chemicals

The new James Bond film “Quantum of Solace”, currently receiving lukewarm reviews before its opening this week, may well reveal the darker side of our hero, but Blog readers will not be surprised to hear that in the original books by Ian Fleming, Bond showed more than a passing interest in chemicals.   In “Casino […]

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Chemistry teacher turns drug dealer

A chemistry teacher with only months to live decides to use his talents to become a drug dealer, in this new black comedy TV series on FX. I watched the first episode of “Breaking Bad” last night, and it is funny, shocking and uncomfortable. I wonder if ICB’s campaign to attract more young people into studying chemistry could use it.

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From chemicals to movies

Len Blavatnik of Access Industries, owner of LyondellBasell, and a major player in Russian TNK-BP amongst other things, is going into the movie business, according to articles in the Sunday Times and on Hollywood blogs. Stadium Entertainment, of which Blavatnik is a leading backer, is close to acquiring the overseas sales and distribution division of Mel Gibson’s production company Icon. Through Icon, he would take control of the Majestic film and TV library, which includes the rights to Driving Miss Daisy and Dances With Wolves, according to the Sunday Times.

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Your YouTube viewing habits made public

A word of warning for Blog readers who have delighted in chemical industry spectacular videos like “INEOS Dormagen Fire”, “Global News Meeting Houston”, “EPCA Berlin 2007″, “APLA 2007 Buenos Aires” and many more. A US court has ruled that Google must divulge the viewing habits of every user who has ever watched any video on YouTube, according to a BBC article spotted by fellow blogger Jim Muttram in his Inflection Point blog.

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Movie Trailer: Burn Up

Another oil movie is on its way. This time it’s a two-part thriller called “Burn Up” to be shown by the BBC in July, set in the worlds of oil, politics and global warrning. Neve Campbell plays an environmentalist who works for a British oil giant’s renewable-energy division, unaware that she is just being used to make it seem sincere about its desire to be green.

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ICIS news editor in Wall Street Journal

ICIS news editor Americas, John Waggoner was quoted in the Wall Street Journal’s MarketBeat blog on Friday. In an article entitled “One Word: Plastics”, harking back to the famous advice in “The Graduate” but perhaps not so wise today, John explained the impact of rising energy prices.

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Movie Trailer: Chemical Wedding

Not surprisingly, this new film release hasn’t got much to say about chemicals, since it is an occult thriller inspired by the life of the mystic, Aleister Crowley. Written by Bruce Dickinson, front man of the legendary Iron Maiden, and Julian Doyle (Time Bandits, Life of Brian), and released in the UK on 30 May, it has received uniformly poor reviews and a rather mean 2-star rating (out of 5) from The Times, whose reviewer says:

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More Top Chemical Movie Scenes

The battle for the top chemical scenes in the movies rages on. After I thought we’d settled once and for all the Top Ten Chemical Movie Scenes” back in the early days of the Blog, the movie buffs at ICB (John Baker and Andy Brice) have thrown these six names into the ring.

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Win a barrel load of goodies

In a pullout section on “Petroleum” in the London Times today (but not sadly online), you can win one of ten sets of the books “Battle for Barrels” and “Empires of Oil”, by Duncan Clarke. Also one of ten copies of “A Crude Awakening”, the highly controversial documentary about the planet’s dwindling oil resources. Email your name and address to: competitions@lyonsdown.co.uk. Winners chosen 14 April.

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Blog Daughter on TV

The Blog’s daughter was on TV on the Discovery Channel’s “The Big Experiment” this evening. The programme is being shown again on Saturday 22 March and Sunday 23 March. She’s the one sticking electrodes to the children’s heads.

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