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Fukuoka hotel travel tip

A travel tip. The Blog would like to respond to last week’s rhetorical but prescient question: “How bad can a Hyatt in a hot springs resort be?”  Well …   We can’t say we’ll be sad to see the back of it, and it’s still hard to believe it is a real Hyatt.   Just […]

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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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Istanbul for EPL June 2012

Istanbul will be the venue for the summer EPL in June 2012.   That’s fantastic news for anyone who remembers the last EPL (European Petrochemical Luncheon) in Istanbul, which was at the Ciragan Palace Hotel on the shores of the Bosphorous.   I do hope it’s at the Ciragan Palace again – it was a […]

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Too close for comfort – shipping container hotels

Remembering my vocal complaints about the tiny bathroom at a Frankfurt hotel where we stayed for one ICIS Training course, my fellow trainer Nigel showed me this article on CitizenM hotel rooms in today’s Guardian.   He says that we’ll have to try out these compact rooms for one of our next Training courses, where the […]

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All aboard for EPCA Budapest

A broken Blackberry, rain, our flight delayed by one hour, and a sprained thumb – this is not a good start. But the morning improves markedly when I meet up at the airport with another EPCA traveller who has been drinking for ten hours on the transatlantic flight and generously re-gifts me his freebie blanket […]

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Grosvenor House up for sale

London‘s Grosvenor House, home to the UK chemical industry’s two biggest annual events, is up for sale and could be the most expensive hotel to come to market in Europe, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.   The hotel, said to be valued at up to £600 million, is part of a […]

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Petrochemical Training in Amsterdam

The trip to Amsterdam for the ICIS Training seminars is a journey of two halves. Heathrow Terminal 4 is spacious and empty after its recent refurbishment and before all the airlines move back in. The KLM flight is punctual, and the afternoon on-board snack is a cup of tea and two oatmeal biscuits – frugal, […]

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Scary hotel minibars

The mystery of the hotel minibar has long been a conversation point at industry conferences. Delegates who move the minibar contents around in the search for a midnight swig of mineral water are often found at hotel reception desks expressing their outrage when they are billed for numerous miniatures of hard liquor, due to the […]

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Sound-absorbing polyurethane hotel bathtubs

How can I resist a press release out today from Bayer entitled “Long-lasting bathtime enjoyment,” which my training buddy Peter T has just forwarded to me? “Hotel bathtubs need to be considerably more robust than their domestic equivalents. Constant use by a succession of hotel guests subjects them to particularly high stresses, including the use […]

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NPRA 2009: Photos of the Rivercenter lobby

Thanks to Chris for taking a few photos of the Marriott Rivercenter (MRC) lobby on Sunday afternoon, the first day of NPRA. The conference has shifted its focus to the new Hyatt Grand this year, so there’s a lot more space in the MRC lobby, where last year it was standing room only.

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