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Fado and dancing lift the mood at Lisbon EPL

The highlight of the Lisbon European Petrochemical Luncheon (EPL) was the spectacular party thrown by Peninsula and Lakeview at a runined monastery on Friday evening. With lots of wives and partners over for the weekend, there were more than 100 guests dining under the stars, quaffing wines from the Douro, listining to fado singers and dancing till 4.00 am. Aside from the party and some rather good lunches down by the harbour, not to mention a very good venue in the Tiara Park Atlantic Hotel – a significant improvement on the usual Brussels location – EPL-goers agreed that the mood of the event had been rather sombre and dominated by fears of further crude hikes.

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Singapore celebrations at APIC

Our Singapore party-goers, Mahua and John, report back from this week’s APIC conference that the most popular parties were undoubtedly the Braemar Quincannon 10th Anniversary celebration and the ICIS Spanish-themed tapas and sangria party in the glistening courtyard of the former cloistered convent school Chijmes.

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Floggers Luncheon hits London

It’s Floggers today, the annual lunch for everyone who flogs chemicals in the UK. All the main distributors take tables at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane and invite their suppliers, customers and friends for a day long celebration of the selling of chemicals.

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Brazil comes to London – Petrobras kicks off IP Week

Petrobras kicked off IP week on Sunday at the Mandarin Oriental in London. After a few Caiparinhas, guests were following the 10-piece Samba band and dancers around the hotel.

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Fog can’t dampen ICIS Methanol/MTBE Lunch

Thick fog at Heathrow caused chaos for the stars of the chemical trading world as they flocked to London for the annual ICIS Methanol and MTBE Lunch.

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Full blast cabaret at CIA Dinner

News reaches ICIS-Chemicals-Confidential that some chemical folk found Thursday night’s Chemical Industries Association (CIA) Dinner at the Grosvenor House in London a bit of a disappointment. Instead of the usual late-night milling around the 100+ tables after the dinner and speeches, catching up with old pals and finishing off all the wine, I hear that […]

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The Blog meets the Terracotta Army

ICIS Chemicals Confidential was invited by Reuters to a spectacular private viewing last night of “The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army” exhibition at the British Museum in London. It was held in the Reading Room, a beautiful room at the heart of the museum under the dome. Introducing a panel of academics and China experts […]

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