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Ethylene – the song

After Lara’s comment about the Gorillaz album “Plastic Beach,” there is a sudden resurgence of interest in chemical songs.   Thanks to James for reminding me of John Hiatt’s song “Ethylene,” with its chorus:   Ethylene, my EthyleneMy love for you is just obsceneMy deer you dressMy fish you cleanBut you are nowhere to be […]

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What do Mozart and polyethylene have in common?

Linda Naylor poses the question on every chemical opera goers lips: “What do Mozart and polyethylene have in common?” She writes …   On my recent visit to Covent Garden to see Cosi Fan Tutte, I was astonished to discover (and I must have seen the opera 5 times before) that the  fickle sisters Fiordiligi […]

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Nitrile rubber fire hose is red hot fashion

Reclaimed fire hose made from nitrile rubber has become the must have eco-friendly accessory, according to numerous press articles this week and quoted on the Elvis and Kresse website:   “The Fire-Hose range is made exclusively from genuine de-commissioned British fire brigade hoses which, after a distinguished career fighting fires and saving lives, were otherwise […]

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Best of Vinyl 2009 – Winner Announced

The winner of the “Best of Vinyl” competition was announced today on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, I heard as I drove through the frosty London landscape.   The Art Vinyl competition is to celebrate the art of album covers (strangely enough not the achievements of the PVC industry) – an art which still survives […]

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White Stripes’ Lego video shortlisted for Best of Decade

The White Stripes’ Lego pop video for their “Fell in Love with a Girl” single (2002) was shortlisted by the Guardian in its Best Music Videos of the Noughties on 24 December 2009. Director Michel Gondry and his team spent weeks building the White Stripes out of Lego, the well-known petrochemical toy.   The Guardian’s […]

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Chemical companies stage free jazz concert in Thailand

Polyester producer Teijin is to stage a free jazz concert in Bangkok on 6 December 2009 starring the famous saxophone player, Koh Mr Saxman, the company announced in a press release today, spotted by my fellow blogger Doris.   The concert is expected to attract two to three thousand people, and will reflect the company’s […]

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Music of the Chemical Spheres

A flautist suspended in a giant transparent plastic sphere, the size of a four-storey building, floats on London’s River Thames at low tide, as part of the Mayor’s Thames Festival last weekend. The flautist was in the exact centre (eighteen feet above the water), performing Water Cycle, a piece for flute and sound system.   (Photo: […]

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Bye for Now

    The Blog is in Edinburgh for the Festival and will be back refreshed.

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Jacko fans boost polycarbonate sales

The death of Michael Jackson has created over 7,000 tonnes of polycarbonate demand because of all the CDs and DVDs being sold, producer Bayer revealed during a conference call on Wednesday to present its quarterly results.   

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Soundtrack for a road trip

What family holiday is complete without a soundtrack? The soundtrack to the Blog Family’s Devon road trip this week was two freebie Sunday Times CDs – the Specials and Noel Gallagher – and a compilation best of the Kinks.   Deep into Wiltshire, a late entry for “Chemical Songs” came on – “Plastic Man,” track […]

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