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Snowglobes are not allowed on flights

“Snowglobes are not allowed on any flights,” according to a sign at security at departures in Houston IAH airport.   That’s all. Nothing about liquids, guns or explosives – just snowglobes.   It suggests that snowglobe incidents have been giving airline officials some trouble recently.   The Blog resisted taking a photo of the sign, […]

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My Top 10 Posts of 2010

These were my most read posts of 2010. What does it say about the Blog’s readers? They like movies, toys, travel, fashion, who’s who corporate moves and advance news about who’s attending conferences. No big surprises there.   1 Houston location for Jeff Bridges movie Crazy Heart – ICIS Chemicals Confidential Why didn’t Houston look […]

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MOVES: David Byrne to Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Houston

David Byrne has taken up the position of Monomer Trading and Logistics Leader for the chemical division of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company from Monday 18 October 2010, the company announced on Friday.   Byrne, who was formerly styrene business manager for Shell Chemicals in Europe, then manager of operations excellence in Houston, will […]

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PHOTOS: ICIS Training goes to Houston

The ICIS Training caravan has been in Houston, Texas this week, and my colleague Peter Taffe has sent back these photos.   He tells me: “Two of the pics are Judith Taylor delivering a pricing paper. The other two are from the break out session where teams have to develop projects in different parts of […]

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Burns returns to Houston in triumph

  The Aussie managing editor of ICIS Houston, Stephen Burns, was welcomed back to the heart of his team today after a brief trip over the border to renew his visa.

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Houston Restaurant Reviews

After the Blog’s restaurant review of San Antonio went out to general acclaim, it seemed appropriate to provide petchem travellers to Houston with the same level of service.   Ouisie’s Table (pronounced Weezies) Great southern food with delightful service. It’s buzzy at lunchtime, but quieter in the evening. The deep fried oysters and the assortment of […]

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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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Siermann moves to Dow polyethylene

Thys Siermann, formerly Commercial Manager Olefins at Dow Europe in Horgen, moved to a similar role on polyethylene on 1 July 2010, I hear from Nel today.   His colleague in the US, Jose Obregon is moving from Houston to Horgen, together with his family, to take over the olefins role.   Jose Obregon was […]

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Ping Pong Balls of Fury

Balls of Fury is one of the worst films the Blog has ever seen. Like every other sports-themed film it’s about a past champion gone to seed who makes a miraculous return to form.   It’s a slapstick comedy only it’s not funny and it’s way too long, which is a pity because table tennis […]

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The dread of public speaking – Top 10 Tips

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–Public speaking is often rated as one of life’s most stressful events, right up there with divorce, bereavement and moving house.   It’s easy to say that training and practice make it less of an ordeal, but it’s often the case that the boldest of people are reduced to terrified wrecks by […]

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