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BOOKS: Lost on Planet China

Pollutionand imaginative foods are the key impressions which writer Maarten Troost takesaway from his travels in China, in “Lost on Planet China.” I know him from his “The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the EquatorialPacific“, so his exaggeration for comic effect is not unexpected, but hisobservations on the air quality in Beijing, Shanghai and […]

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Chinese New Year in London

Seafoodhot and sour soup (two bowls), aromatic duck rolls, lobster with ginger onnoodles, wasabi king prawns, fish and asparagus, beef and mango … Dish followedcalorie-laden dish, the wine flowed and the Blog welcomed in the Year of theDragon in a manner which would be a major health risk if continued for morethan one night. Itwas […]

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ICIS launches China Crude Report

ICIS has launched its new China Crude Report (CCR), which will be produced in English and Chinese by the ICIS China team in Guangzhou.  Data will also be available on the C1 terminal.  Sold through ICIS China, the daily report will enable Chinese buyers of imported crude oil and other market participants to measure the […]

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China’s energy policy – analysis from ICIS

China’s energy policy is investigated in this analysis from Kawai Wong, senior editor on the ICIS World Crude Report.   Download the crude oil analysis and access in-depth information on China’s oil and petroleum products industry and its potential impact on the rest of the world.

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Gorgeous Human Origin Intoxicant

On the seatback on the China Eastern flight to Fukuoka today is this enticing advert for: “Gorgeous Human Origin Intoxicant Fertile Jianshi.”   Whatever it is, the Blog feels sure we could all benefit from some.

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New foods #1 – Congee and mini-fruits

Hotel buffet breakfasts are a safe and unthreatening place to try new dishes without risking offence to one’s hosts. So the Blog is proud to have at last tried the traditional Chinese breakfast of congee (gruel-like rice porridge) with marmite-flavoured tofu, pickles and something red and salty.   The Blog is not averse to salty […]

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Happy Year of the Rabbit

The Blog has received its first Lunar New Year e-greetings card, welcoming the Year of the Rabbit on 3-4 February 2011.   “Gong Xi Fa Cai!  Xin Nian Kuay Ler!” says the card from my shipbroker friend Mark S.   “May the Rabbit fulfil your desires and bring your dreams closer.”   An excellent sentiment, […]

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ICIS-CBI editorial team in Shanghai

Taking on a strongly Chinese flavour for the month of January, in the run up to the Lunar New Year, the Blog is still celebrating the joining together of ICIS and CBI in China.   I had a warm and welcoming week with the editorial team in Shanghai, working on our methodologies, information gathering and […]

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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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Sherlock Holmes and the Dalian Exchange

Did anyone spot the petchem link in the brilliant new 21st-century Sherlock on BBC TV? Wasn’t it obvious?   In the second of three episodes, “The Blind Banker,” Sherlock Holmes is investigating the murder of a bank trader who has recently returned from two round-the-world trips via Dalian, home of the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE), […]

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