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Strawberries and Ice Sculpture in San Antonio

  The clever thing about arriving in Houston on Wednesday is that we were over the jet lag before the festivities began. By Saturday afternoon in San Antonio, the sun was blazing and at the Kolmar party in the courtyard of the Plaza San Antonio hotel, everyone was in sunglasses under the spreading cotton trees. […]

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Stop Oil Speculation

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–Picking up the March issue of Continental Airlines in-flight magazine on the flight from Houston on Friday, I read a column entitled “Stop Oil Speculation” written by the Air Transport Association.   The association is complaining that despite low oil demand and huge over-supply, prices are continuing to rise due to “the […]

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Houston location for Jeff Bridges movie Crazy Heart

Jeff Bridges’ film “Crazy Heart”, the story of the redemption of an alcoholic country singer, showcases the landscape of Texas and petchem capital Houston, and won Bridges an Oscar for Best Actor.   For fans of the NPRA road trip from Houston to San Antonio, there are plenty of picturesque shots of wide open spaces, […]

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Charlie Gibson announced as NPRA Luncheon speaker

NPRA has announced on its website that the speaker at the International Petrochemical Luncheon will be Charles “Charlie” Gibson, Former ABC World News anchor and co-anchor of Good Morning America.   NPRA’s International Petrochemical Conference is less than five weeks away, on 28-30 March 2010 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in San Antonio, Texas. The […]

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Texas bums on seats

Cinemas in the Houston area are a thing of wonder, according to my ICIS colleagues there. For years I have been hearing of a cinema complex in Katy, Texas, just outside Houston, which not only has wide reclining seats, but also tables in front of the seats where waitresses bring you a meal while you’re […]

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Southwest Chemical Spring Golf Day in Houston

Stephen Burns in ICIS Houston has made this video of last week’s Southwest Chemical spring charity golf day. I think I recognise a few of those backs. He writes …   The Southwest Chemical Association held its spring charity golf day on Monday 4 May, under glorious blue skies at the Kingwood Country Club north of […]

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Vast island of plastic floats in mid-Pacific

A revolting mass of six million tonnes of discarded plastic is spinning slowly on its own axis in a patch of the northeastern Pacific, roughly twice the size of Texas, according to the leader and a two-page article in Saturday’s Times.   Now Project Kasei, a mission to map and explore its extent will depart […]

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Texas tornadoes play havoc with ICIS cyclists

  A team from ICIS Houston tackled an epic journey on two wheels across central Texas last week, but there was more than a bit of drama along the way.Stephen Burns, Angela Garzon, Ron Marshall, Heather Doyle, Landon Feller and Steven McGinn, plus Fred Seelig of sister magazine ICB riding for Team BP, all began […]

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The road to San Antonio

While the Blog took the simple flight-only route from Europe to NPRA, others took the more scenic Texas road trip, driving from Houston to San Antonio and taking in a few culinary and shopping diversions on the way.   The ICIS news guys from Europe piled into a rental car and drove the back roads […]

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Bulldog in the Texas bluebonnets

A lot of delegates on the NPRA list already have their out-of-office messages on, saying they’re out of reach on the way to San Antonio via the delights of Houston. The weather forecast covers everything from “isolated thunderstorms” on Friday, to “sunny” and “partly cloudy” on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, then back to “isolated thunderstorms” for Tuesday. […]

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