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MOVIES: Monte Carlo

If you still hanker after EPCA in Monte Carlo, this silly chick flick is worth seeing for the shots of Monte, mostly the Hotel de Paris, the coastal road and one scene on the beach by the Beach Plaza.   Otherwise “Monte Carlo” (the movie) is all implausible plot, clich├ęd characters, Texas goes to Paris, […]

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Chemical adverts #12 – Total at Monte Carlo Grand Prix

I came across this new advert for Total at Heathrow, showing a racing car against a backdrop of Monte Carlo yachts, a view which will be oh so familiar to EPCA-goers.  

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Excalibur video testimonials

We are leaving the Information Age and entering the Recommendation Age, our marketing people tell us. The ICIS stand at APIC was covered in testimonials from satisfied customers. Chinaplas delegates gave us some quite touching video recommendations which we are now displaying on the website.  I see that aromatics broker Excalibur has been thinking along […]

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Shell and Ferraris

At the Shell building at Waterloo yesterday, I saw that the lobby facing the river was adorned with murals of red Ferraris.   Going on to the Shell website now, I see that the company describes its “Circuit” advert as a contender for one of the greatest motoring adverts of all time. It is a […]

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Hi-tech Plastic Wrap-Around Video Specs

The petrochemical world is divided, as in so many things, on the subject of whether it is cool to wear sunglasses indoors – for example, at a conference.   Digressing for just a moment, it is almost always acceptable even mandatory to wear sunglasses at outdoor industry events. What self-respecting delegate would even think of […]

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Raffles Hotel For Sale

Raffles Hotel in Singapore is up for sale, the Blog reads in this morning’s Times. The article claims that the Saudi prince owning Fairmont Raffles Hotels International is in need of funds after his fortune declined from $21bn to $13bn over the last year and Fortune magazine downgraded him to only 22nd in its ranking of […]

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Most read in February on Chemicals Confidential

The most read February postings on ICIS Chemicals Confidential according to Hitbox.   1 Lego_Star_Wars_Diorama 2 NPRA 2009 attendance expected down 3 Nando Flipse joins Trammochem trading aromatics 4 Oil and chemical execs in plane-crash team-building 5 Spandex_to_the_aid_of_real-life_superheroes 6 Sharing_your_Rugdoctor 7 Monte_Carlo_-_It’s_the_cars_- Clarkson 8 Going_on_a_digital_diet_in_2009 9 Barack_Obama’s_Lego_inauguration   10 The suits are out in force […]

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Monte Carlo – it’s the cars: Clarkson

It’s worrying but I find I am drawn inexorably to the works of motoring correspondent Jeremy Clarkson. His pieces on Top Gear on the Fiesta doing a beach landing with the Royal Marines which was shown on UK television in December, and the programme about driving motorbikes the length of Vietnam, which was shown on […]

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The right image for the recession

The soundbite of former Lehman’s boss Fuld being grilled by a US congressional committee about his beachfront home and multi-million dollar art collection made for great radio this morning.    On BBC Radio 4′s Today programme on my drive in, you got the full contempt in the voice of Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight and Governmental Reform Comittee, as he […]

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EPCA youth report

t may be true that the chemical industry fails to attract a young crowd, but the EPCA youth chapter was out and about in Monte Carlo this week with the enthusiasm of those who can look daisy-fresh on three hours’ sleep.

Some old favourite venues appear to have fallen from favour. Adrian tells me that the SAS Bar has really gone downhill and is now full of Russian prostitutes. Other youthful types reported back that it was dead on Saturday night, but that the dancefloor at Zebra Square on the same night was home to a much more glam clientele including, allegedly, people coming out of the washrooms rubbing their noses.

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