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Chemical Operas #1 – The Flying Dutchman

There are precious few operas which have anything much to say about commercial life, let alone manufacturing industry. With their ludicrous plots and heart-breaking tragedies, it’s difficult to imagine setting any of the stories of murder or mistaken identity in the chemical industry.    Only maybe The Flying Dutchman (Der Fliegende Holländer) which the Blog enjoyed recently at Covent […]

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Glorious Glastonbury

Will Beacham, ICB European bureau chief, writes about his adventures at Glastonbury in Somerset, UK last weekend, Friday 26 to Sunday 28 June …   With the mud now removed from most of my clothes, I’m back in sunny Sutton’s ICIS office to share my experiences. Barbara only wanted the highlights of Bruce Springsteen from […]

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Musical interlude at NPE in Chicago

ICIS news has been out in force at the major National Plastics Exhibition (NPE) in Chicago, for this whole week 22-26 June. Attendance at the conference was a bit down, but the number of exhibitors was up. Al Greenwood, deputy news editor of ICIS in Houston has helpfully sent the Blog this picture from the conference. “This […]

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Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band

The FT’s review of Yoko Ono’s London concert this week gave it a four star rating, out of five, despite commenting on “her notorious singing style, a ululating, near-wordless wail, amid a maelstrom of guitar feedback and drone-rock.”   The Plastic Ono Band, inexplicably missed from the Blog’s previous listings of music with chemicals connections, […]

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Funeral Songs and Chemical Songs

  As I was driving past the Korean shops and restaurants of New Malden this morning, BBC Radio 4 was running a piece on the songs being chosen for funerals now, in a shift away from traditional religious music. After a few bursts of “My Way”, “Time to Say Goodbye” and curiously “Highway to Hell”, the presenter […]

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Taking One For The Team

How insidious sporting metaphors are as they sneak unremarked into our corporate-speak.   “Team spirit,” “pulling together,” “weaker players,” “extra coaching” and the currently popular “taking one for the team”.   Sitting in the west stand at the Stoop watching Harlequins vs Leinster in the quarter-final of the rugby European Cup on Sunday, I observed […]

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Singing plastic egg

My fellow blogger Tim has spotted this plastic singing egg, which sings out “Killing Me Softly” when your soft-boiled egg is done.

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Top 10 Songs about Chemicals

You already work in the chemical industry. You buy, sell or write about chemicals. Whether you want to or not, you probably wear them and even eat them and drink them. My colleague Doris writes in her blog about how we slap chemicals on our faces in lotions and potions. Now the ICIS Music Editors […]

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Pop stars older than chems folk

I went to the Squeeze reunion concert in London last night. The voices and music were as fresh as when they were first put on vinyl in the 1980s. And from my vantage point in the circle, they looked in pretty good shape for guys in their 50s. The audience was quite mature too, with […]

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