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Daleks and “iPads for Kids”

Giant daleks and iPads for kids are set to be this year’s must-have Xmas toys, according to this FT article on retailers’ predictions. These winners are jam-packed with plastics of various types, as parents and children opt for both techie and traditional toys. When money is tight, parents and grandparents plump for gifts with a […]

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Chemicals II: the Next Generation

More children are following their parents into the chemicals industry. Like “Star Trek 2: the Next Generation,” the Blog keeps coming across their fresh new faces at industry events. At NPRA, we met again Kraasen, son of Miroslav Mladenov at Kolmar. And then Bart, son of Roger Reekmans, now at GE Power and Water. So […]

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Take your partner on a business trip

The days of the spouses’ programme at conferences may be over, but chemical folk are not averse to taking a partner along on the occasional trip. Especially those whose children are past school-age.   The summer EPL meeting, usually in a warm location, is often the time to catch sight of these rare birds.   […]

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Silly Bandz elastic wristbands come to Europe

Petchem parents should be warned that the next US craze to hit their children, after stickers and vampires, is going to be Silly Bandz, colourful elastic wristbands which are selling at the rate of a million packs a week in the US.   Each pack contains 24 rubbery plastic bands, shaped like animals or fish […]

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Vivienne Westwood launches plastic kids’ shoes

Vivienne Westwood, rebellious fashion designer and long-term advocate of plastic women’s footwear, has launched a new range of Croc-style kids’ shoes.   Together with Brazilian footwear brand Melissa, she is selling the Westwood children’s shoe range at a pricey £60 a pair. They’ll be just the thing for the most recent crop of petchem babies […]

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Sony’s Join the Team football made from Arkema elastomer

Sony is using one of Arkema’s patented elastomers to make extra durable footballs that will be given to African children during the World Cup.   The football is called “Join the Team!”   “The Arkema press release says that the new football has a double barrier, with one made of Pebax Rnew, which makes it 1.6 […]

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Happy Birthday Legoland

The original Legoland in Denmark celebrated its 42nd anniversary yesterday, according to this article on wired.com, spotted by regular my fellow blogger and regular Wired reader Paul Hodges.   Despite the thrills and spills of the themepark rides at this and other Legolands around the world, it seems that it is still the panoramas of […]

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Sesame Street gets into Chemistry

Sesame Street characters are used to trick children into enjoying chemistry, in this video preview from the Magic Map Show at Expo 2010 Shanghai. Whatever it takes …  

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Top Chemical Adverts #9 – Chevron Fighting HIV/AIDS

This full page advert for Chevron was in the FT on Wednesday: “12 reasons to celebrate World AIDS Day.”   The link is to the advert and various videos, of which “Fighting HIV/AIDS” is one.    More Top Chemical Adverts: No. 7 – Sasol rugby No. 6 – BP at Heathrow No. 5 – GEFO […]

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Olefins trader celebrates triplets birth

A big hearty round of congratulations goes out to Heinz Inhester of Ruhrpetrol who tells us that yesterday he became the grandfather of triplets. “It’s been an interesting week. And it’s certainly more interesting than propylene,” he told our Nel Weddle when she called to talk to him about the olefins market.   More Chemical Babies […]

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