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Lego Movie Posters

Promotional posters for all this summer’s big blockbuster films have been created in Lego versions on Next Movie.   Click here to see posters for Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Green Lantern, X-Men First Class, The Hangover Part 2 and more.  

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Designated driver on the road to San Antonio

How can it have happened that I am the designated driver for the road trip from Houston to San Antonio for NPRA?   I’ve always managed to cadge a lift (ride) before, but this time I have been out-manoeuvred.   This is bad news for all concerned because: I don’t like driving on the other […]

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The desire to be “out on jury duty”

The green blogger Doris in our New York office will be out on jury duty this week, she wrote on her blog “ICIS Green Chemicals” yesterday.   She says she is glad to do her patriotic duty, and she has a link to a spoof blog posting on ways to spice up the jury selection […]

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Movies: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

What a dreary film and what a disappointment. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps has no plot, weak characters, and it takes forever for the storyline to start. Michael Douglas has a completely unconvincing role which is not worthy of him at all.   It is so disappointing after the original Wall Street, which had a […]

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All Our Working Lives

Our own Nigel Davis, chemical insight editor at ICIS, is credited as an advisor on BBC4′s documentary series, All Our Working Lives, which examines the economic and industrial transformation that Britain has undergone since the early Eighties.   The chemical industry episode from the original series (1984) has been updated, with Nigel’s help, with a […]

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Sherlock Holmes and the Dalian Exchange

Did anyone spot the petchem link in the brilliant new 21st-century Sherlock on BBC TV? Wasn’t it obvious?   In the second of three episodes, “The Blind Banker,” Sherlock Holmes is investigating the murder of a bank trader who has recently returned from two round-the-world trips via Dalian, home of the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE), […]

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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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BP calls Kevin Costner to clean up oil spill

Kevin Costner, star of Waterworld and other epics, has been called in by BP to help clean up the oil disaster in the US Gulf. Costner has patented a stainless steel device called the Ocean Therapy which cleans oil from tainted seawater. The actor has spent 15 years and $26m on developing the machine which […]

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Saree for international events – Deepika

MUMBAI (Chemicals Confidential)–Bollywood star Deepika Padukone has been a stunning advocate of the saree as appropriate garb at international events, thereby echoing the sentiments of the Blog’s own colleagues, I read in the Cannes coverage in the Bombay Times section of the Sunday Times of India on 16 May, which was hung on my hotel […]

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Movie: “Dirty Oil”

“Dirty Oil,” a new anti-oilsands film has come out this week in the UK. It shows that most of America‘s oil comes from Canada, “the new Saudi Arabia,” from open-cast mining of tar pits. Starring Neve Campbell, it is an expose of the pollution of the environment in Alberta, where the tar sand development has […]

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