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Movie Review: Up in the Air

Travelling to new places, especially when they are warm and sunny, is interesting, whereas travelling to the same places repeatedly is not. Especially when they are in the less attractive parts of one’s own country.   For petchem businesses with a global reach, a certain amount of business travel is inevitable. After the deepest cutback […]

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Texas bums on seats

Cinemas in the Houston area are a thing of wonder, according to my ICIS colleagues there. For years I have been hearing of a cinema complex in Katy, Texas, just outside Houston, which not only has wide reclining seats, but also tables in front of the seats where waitresses bring you a meal while you’re […]

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Jessica Biel at Dow event

The Blog’s “Celebs in Chemicals” category has been a bit short of sightings recently, so hats off to Joe Chang who spotted Jessica Biel, star of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre at the launch of the Dow Live Earth Run for Water  –  at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City.     For more […]

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Celebrities in Chemicals

Bowing to popular pressure, the Blog today launched a new category: “Celebrities in Chemicals,” which has gathered together recent postings on: Park Ji Sung (May) Kim Jong Il (May) Vivienne Westwood (May) Adam Lambert (May) Mikhail Gorbachev (April) Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (March) George Clooney (March)

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A Town Called Panic – a movie comedy of plastics

“A Town Called Panic” (Panique au village), a Belgian comedy movie about plastic toys, previewed at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. The review in Hollywoodreporter.com says that it is “absolutely brilliant:”   The main characters are Cowboy, Indian, and Horse, who improbably live together in a town called Panic. They are plastic toys, twisted […]

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Acrylic 3D specs headline at Cannes Film Festival

Acrylic 3D specs were the must-have accessory as the Cannes Film Festival kicked off with Disney’s animated film Up on Wednesday night.   As filmgoers at cinema’s biggest and glitziest gathering ditched their designer shades, it’s likely that they gave not a moment’s thought to the petrochemical material in their plastic anaglyph glasses, which were there to […]

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Bank holiday at the movies

The cinema was more crowded than I’d ever seen it on Monday. Three screens were showing the new “X-Men Origins – Wolverine” and two had Nigel’s favourite “Hannah Montana”, so there were groups of teens, mums with parties of girls, couples and seniors, all milling around the multiplex lobby and queuing up for coke and […]

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“State of Play” – a journalist’s movie

Russell Crowe stars in the new movie “State of Play”, about an investigative reporter who gets involved with the personal problems of an old friend, a politician uncovering corruption. It is set in the US, where big newspapers have been closing in recent months, rather than the UK where the original TV series was set, […]

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Brad Pitt ‘split from Jennifer Aniston because of chemicals’

Brad Pitt was destined to separate from Jennifer Aniston and take up with Angelina Jolie because of chemicals, a scientist has claimed. Thanks to Mark W and Madelon for spotting this one for the Blog.

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Yellow ducks – more plastics in advertising

I’ve just remembered this ad was also on before the main film last night. Anyone who still has the ICIS yellow plastic ducks from conferences gone by, not to mention the Hilton Hotels tiny yellow ducks, will welcome this advance of the ducks into mainstream cinema. The advert is called “March of the Ducks” and […]

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