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More Picturesque Petrol Pumps #2 – the Modernists

I thought this series would be about scenic locations for petrol stations, but now I see that there is a whole school of thinking which views the station itself as a thing of beauty.   Only in America – the Top 15 Modernist Gas Stations on oobject.com.

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Picturesque Petrol Pumps #1

In a new series of Most Picturesque Petrol Stations (gas stations) of the World, this one on the Istrian coast must be a strong contender. On the shores of the Adriatic, with a backdrop of pines, an old red-roofed hill-side village and the Croatian mountains, it’s going to be hard to beat.    

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MOVES – Kilkeary and Jones of Blue Ocean set up in Houston

Kevin Kilkeary and Alan Jones of Blue Ocean Brokerage have opened an office in Houston, my colleague Ryan Hickman wrote in this article on 14 July in ICIS news.   They began brokering US Gulf aromatics, gasoline components and naphtha from Houston on 19 July, they told him.

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BP out of gas joke

Most of the humour going around this week is either off-topic (the England football team, the missing cat) or unsuitable for publication in a corporate blog (plenty of online jibes about the Gulf oil slick), so thanks to Janet for a oil-and-gas related joke from a more benign time …   Click here for “Out […]

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Top Creative Billboard Adverts

Two energy-related adverts were in this listing of The 13 Most Creative and Interesting Billboard Adverts on Monday. The first is a gasoline truck being filled up with Maker’s Mark whisky. The second is for Eskom in South Africa, asking consumers to conserve the country’s short supply of electricity.    photos: Streetlevel.com

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BP’s Tony Hayward predicts crude oil prices

BP’s chief executive Tony Hayward was on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme this morning as I drove through Worcester Park. Apparently he doesn’t often give interviews, so he was given a long slot in which he talked about the need to take global warming seriously, how he was in favour of offshore wind farms, and […]

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Hurricane Ike photos from Heather in Houston

Heather in ICIS Houston has sent me a link to her 87 photos of Hurricane Ike devastation in the Houston area. Here are a few of the more spectacular ones.
“They were taken in my neighborhood – League City, Texas. I think the Valero service station is a good illustration of our gasoline situation (messed up!!)” she says by email as the phone lines are still unreliable.

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Back-to-school haircuts and shoes

I wonder if the world’s most famous hockey mom is spending any time right now getting back-to-school haircuts and new shoes for her kids. Probably not, as the Alaskan school term runs from 20 August, but here in London the capital’s hairdressers, shoe shops and school uniform departments are full to bursting, with families taking tickets to be served like at deli-counters.

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Bus travel boosts crude supply for petchems

It’s true that in the week I have spent travelling on the X26, the buses have been punctual, clean, empty and have conveyed me faultlessly to my office. It has also been dry, sunny and out of school term-time – all vital factors in determining the quality of the experience. Passengers exiting the bus even thank the driver, something which has not been seen on London buses since I was a child.

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True confessions: Julia is a 4×4 driver

However, I am a 4×4 driver. Actually, I’m now a non-4×4 driver since the cost of driving has become astronomical.
A Mercedes ML 320 is good-looking beast, drives like a dream and is safe and comfy for my three small children and me.
I can fit all the food shopping in, plus scooters, bikes, buggies, roller blades, and even the husband from time to time. But with the price of gasoline today, even the shortest of journeys has become incredibly costly.

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