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ICIS Training Seminars in Brussels

(Photos: the view from my hotel room at the Ibis on the Grasmarkt in Brussels) It’s Springtime in Brussels, and the city’s cobbled streets and squares are full of people in pavement cafes enjoying the sunshine, smoking heavily and eating chips with mayonnaise followed by waffles. But the ICIS Training seminars are not here in […]

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Budget time – EPL booms as transatlantic travel dies

After all the talk of falling numbers, the European Petrochemical Luncheon (EPL) saw a record March turnout in Brussels on Thursday.   An EPL spokeswoman told me that in the end there were 95 registrations, which was even an increase on last year’s 90, and that some people had said it was because they weren’t […]

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Xperimania – Andy Brice’s chemical online chat

Andy Brice from ICIS Chemical Business (first on the left in photo) was invited to host an online chat for students from 13 secondary schools around Europe on the role of chemicals in everyday life …   On a cold, wintry morning last month, I arrived in Brussels, Belgium, at Cefic‘s headquarters to experience first […]

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Eurostar offers “5 tips for frugal trips”

Eurostar – the London/Continent train line – has sent out an emailshot this morning to all its customers offering “5 tips for frugal trips.” They are:   1 Travel mid-week on Eurostar. 2 Get around Brussels by tram, bus and tube. 3 Buy beer in Brussels at Theatre Royal de Toone. 4 Go shopping in the flea […]

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Fabulous food at ICIS Brussels training seminar

The best thing about this week’s ICIS training seminars in Brussels in the EPCA offices, better even than all the train travel, is undoubtedly the food. It is fantastic. Catered by a local restaurant in the Montgomery suburb of Brussels, it is a sumptuous buffet. There’s lumpfish roe mock-caviar, salmon, rare beef, bottles of wine – all thrown in for less than the regular price of a hotel conference lunch. I’m glad my pricing paper on this first day is on just before lunch and I can relax and enjoy it.

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Trains for Training

The ICIS Training roadshow has spent the week out and about on the trains of Belgium and the Netherlands.

After two courses in Brussels and one in Rotterdam, Nigel, Peter and I are veterans of the speedy Brussels metro, the over-heated, crowded Thalys inter-city train from Brussels to Rotterdam, the early morning commuter metro from central Rotterdam out to Pernis, and finally the empty inter-city Hi-speed train to Schipol airport.

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Bronzed limbs – the chemical way

It’s not every day that chemical commuters set off from London to Brussels on the Eurostar train and find that the St Pancras station has been taken over by 30 models, male and female, who have stripped off to highlight Sun Awareness Week. I am grateful to my fellow blogger Annette Hanford for the photo of the event, sponsored by St Tropez, the chemical way to get a tan.

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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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