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Volcanic Ash – the Norse Saga Ends (for one ICIS traveller)

Our own Ed Cox of ICIS Heren staggers back into London on Monday, after leaving Norway on Friday evening, describing himself as “totally shattered”… Here is photographic evidence that one group of intrepid travellers had success amid all the volcanic chaos. The eight of us are seen arriving at Brussels Midi on Sunday night, ahead […]

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Volcanic thoughts from Paradise

ICIS staffers are still stranded across Europe and the US, with others stuck in London and desperate to get back to the US. One editor has made it back to London from Spain by coach, but John B is somewhere between Rome and Paris on his way back from Athens with a carful of teenagers, […]

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Training is on despite volcanic ash no-fly zone

When I first heard that so many people had signed up for the ICIS Training seminars in London in April that we would have to run two parallel courses, I thought this was just another sign of economic recovery. Coming on top of other incontrovertible signs like the sold-out Olefins Conference, our bumper Amsterdam training […]

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Arrivederci Norway

As the UK Transport Secretary Lord Adonis predicts that “significant disruption to most UK air services will continue for at least the next 48 hours,” due to the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland, our own Ed Cox from ICIS Heren makes plans to say goodbye to his enforced holiday retreat in Norway … Things are […]

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Volcanic ash cloud strands ICIS editors abroad

The volcanic ash cloud which has closed UK air space has left various ICIS London editors stranded across Europe and the US, kicking their heels and sadly unable to return to work. The Blog’s occasional guest contributor, Ed Cox of ICIS Heren, finds himself stranded in Norway with nothing better to do than to complain […]

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Managing expectations British Airways style

HOUSTON (Chemicals Confidential)–How to keep a business traveller happy? First leave us guessing up until the very last minute whether our BA flights to Houston for NPRA will be cancelled on account of the strike. Then just as despair is beginning to set in, confirm the outbound flight but not the return. Wait until the […]

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Lunch, what lunch?

It seems that my tale of travelling for hours to visit an editorial contract at lunchtime and being greeted with nothing more than a cup of coffee has struck a nerve with others in the petchem industry.   One friend tells me that he went on a recent visit for top level legal discussions, and […]

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Bus queuing par excellence

I’ve just spent a couple of days in the ICIS Heren office in Holborn, and was very impressed to see a supreme example of Olde English bus queuing at the bus stop outside Waterloo station on both days.   In most parts of London, queuing at bus stops is a ramshackle affair, but the dual […]

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VIDEO: APLA in Mexico City, November 2009

Stephen Burns at ICIS Houston has got round to pulling some APLA 2009 scenes of Mexico City together. I particularly enjoyed the homemade stretch VW Bug, and the street scenes took me back to a distant IFA fertilizer conference in Mexico City, the memories of which are now a blur of huevos rancheros, smog and silver and turquoise […]

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Etiquette – the no-lunch lunch

Get up before dawn, taxi to airport, flight to Amsterdam, pick up hire car, drive an hour to the middle of Holland somewhere near Zeist, to arrive at a major manufacturing company for a lunch meeting which consisted of one cheese roll.   Until today, that “lunch meeting” some time in the 1990s was my […]

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