Tag Archives | London

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I am now a commuter

“You’llhate the commute,” my ICIS suburban colleagues warned me when I told them I wasmoving to work in central London.My new office is on the corner of Trafalgar Square (site of today’s Olympic Victory Parade),and it takes a fair bit longer to travel there each day. Andit’s on public transport, so I will be catching […]

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Top fish and chips in London

Our visitors to London often clamour to be taken for the classic British fish and chips meal. To be clear, it is usually our American or Australian visitors. Our Chinese colleagues tend not to want to repeat the experience.   Until now, the Blog had always recommended the Sea Shell in Marylebone, but since a […]

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ICIS Training in London, December 2011

London is back in favour as an ICIS Training venue, with delegates at this week’s seminars noting how cheap they were finding the trip, not to mention the pre-Xmas shopping, especially those of them exchanging Swiss francs. The five days of training seminars at the new location at County Hall are still in progress, but […]

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Heathrow T5 IRIS scanner shut until further notice

The reason it is so quick passing through the iris recognition immigration system (IRIS) lane on returning to London’s Heathrow Terminal 5 is that not many people are able to use the lane. Why not? For the last four months – at least – the airport authorities have kept the office shut, where travellers could […]

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Heathrow pod Personal Rapid Transit System

Driving home from the airport around the Heathrow perimeter road, I caught sight of these little pods ferrying people around the Terminal 5 long-stay carparks.   As a London resident, I don’t have much call to frequent the long-stay carparks, which is a pity because these four-seater pods look like an ideal alternative to the […]

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Riots in London

Wednesday morning and I’m leaving London for scheduled meetings in Singapore, not to get away from the riots. The drive to the airport through the western suburbs is clear and quiet, with people walking their dogs and the roses in full bloom in the summer sunshine. Still there is an air of menace everywhere, with […]

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Shell move to Canary Wharf sparks excitement

Shell’s imminent move from Waterloo to Canary Wharf is causing excitement in the London property market, with a shortlist of five developers competing for the prime riverside site around Shell Centre.   Around half of Shell’s Waterloo-based workforce is due to make the move, and in preparation, their old phone numbers have been switched off, […]

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PHOTOS: ICIS training in London

From four days of ICIS training in London, some good photos of the speakers and delegates have reached the Blog. Here are a few, and the full 20 will be posted on Monday on the ICIS training website.  

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ICIS Training – London in springtime

ICIS Training seminars are in London this week. When I arrive on the second of four days, I am greeted with the news that it is a good group and the food is fantastic.   It’s a bright spring day (see photo of crocuses on the green today), and some delegates tell me they are […]

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Gong Xie Fa Cai at the Phoenix Palace

Devouring ten dishes including lobster, crispy seaweed and seabass, the Blog welcomed in the Year of the Rabbit with 50 other friends of China at a business dinner in Baker Street on Monday night. Everyone was supposed to have some connection with China, or at least a liking for big Chinese banquets, and the dress […]

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