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The conference spouse’s programme – is this the end?

Spouses’ programmes at conferences have always been a bit of a mystery to the Blog. In these times of reduced travel budgets and lower attendance at conferences, it is hard to believe that companies are still prepared to pay for delegates to take their partners along too.   And yet from the number of wives […]

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Raffles Hotel For Sale

Raffles Hotel in Singapore is up for sale, the Blog reads in this morning’s Times. The article claims that the Saudi prince owning Fairmont Raffles Hotels International is in need of funds after his fortune declined from $21bn to $13bn over the last year and Fortune magazine downgraded him to only 22nd in its ranking of […]

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EPCA – record attendance, big names and Mercedes World

The March 2009 EPCA Newsletter has just dropped into the Blog inbox, trumpeting the success of its last annual conference and giving advance notice of the thrills in store at its 2009 conference.   The first line states proudly: “With more than 2,158 registered delegates, EPCA reached an absolute record number of registered persons (at […]

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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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Most read on ICIS Chemicals Confidential

The most read January postings on ICIS Chemicals Confidential according to Hitbox.   1 Barack Obama’s Lego Inauguration 2 Hummer UK sales drop to one 3 NPRA 2009 attendance expected down 4 Europe’s gas_pipelines 5 Death of CDs spells doom for polycarbonate 6 Fuchem – new chemicals b2b company 7 Dark matter down a potash mine […]

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Monte Carlo – it’s the cars: Clarkson

It’s worrying but I find I am drawn inexorably to the works of motoring correspondent Jeremy Clarkson. His pieces on Top Gear on the Fiesta doing a beach landing with the Royal Marines which was shown on UK television in December, and the programme about driving motorbikes the length of Vietnam, which was shown on […]

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Roomigami

I came across the new concept of “Roomigami” today when I was on the Frankfurter Messe website, looking up possible dates for next year’s ICIS Training seminars. It’s the art of shoe-horning conferences and people into the space available. But how shall we use this new word in a sentence, hmmm ? I know. “We will need all […]

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EPCA Berlin 2009 – clash with German national holiday

EPCA 2009 in Berlin will clash with Germany’s “Day of German Unity” national holiday, and hotel rooms are already commanding a premium one year ahead of the event.   The annual conference of the European Petrochemical Association will be held on 3-7 October 2009, coinciding with the celebration of German reunification, which is on 3 October […]

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The right image for the recession

The soundbite of former Lehman’s boss Fuld being grilled by a US congressional committee about his beachfront home and multi-million dollar art collection made for great radio this morning.    On BBC Radio 4′s Today programme on my drive in, you got the full contempt in the voice of Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight and Governmental Reform Comittee, as he […]

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Conference Etiquette #2 – The Social Kiss

I am indebted to this Times article for the final word on the minefield of business kissing. If it’s three kisses for the Dutch, what do you say to a German who comes in for a third and quite inappropriate lunge?   Reading the paper from cover to cover while we sat for two hours on […]

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