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Best steak in England

On Saturday night I had the best steak I’ve ever had in England. It was at Harry’s Grill Bar in Exeter, Devon, and it was really up to Texan standards. For proud parents visiting their student offspring at Exeter University (oh yes that’s us), this is just the place to take them for a treat.The […]

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NPRA IPC – advance delegate registrations hit 2200

There’s just two weeks to go until the NPRA IPC conference, and the organisers have sent out the advance registration list showing 2,200 delegates had registered by 9 March 2009.   The annual International Petrochemical Conference (IPC) of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) – “the world’s largest and most prestigious conference representing the […]

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Bring Your Gun to Work

Petrochemical folk who are contemplating a March trip to Houston or San Antonio may be interested to see this Client Alert from a US law firm on the subject: Texas Legislature Considering New ‘Bring Your Gun To Work’ Bill.   Texas State Senator Glenn Hegar has proposed a new bill that would limit Texas employers’ […]

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Texan glamour at the ICIS Intro to Baseoils training seminar

I’ve just popped in to the ICIS training “Introduction to Baseoils” seminar at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, where tomorrow’s World Baseoils conference is going to be held. You can tell it’s IP Week, because there are oil company names on all the hotel suites listed on the screens in the lobby.   Baseoils […]

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ICIS Houston party December 2008

See 31 seconds of Texan holiday party spirit in this video clip from Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Houston. The musical accompaniment is provided by Lane Kelley on the mandolin and George Martin on guitar, both from ICIS Houston.

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Out with the US Coast Guard

A hardy ICIS editor went out on a US Coast Guard vessel yesterday to see what they were doing about the long line of vessels waiting to get in Houston Port – some 164 ships in line. Says Heather Doyle of ICIS Houston, “While we were out, I had a very close look at some of the devastation in Kemah, Clear Lake Shores, Nassau Bay, Lakewood Yacht Club off Nasa Road One, Seabrook and into the Houston Ship Channel. The smell of dead fish and birds was undescribable. But, we will rebuild! “

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Hurricane Ike photos from Heather in Houston

Heather in ICIS Houston has sent me a link to her 87 photos of Hurricane Ike devastation in the Houston area. Here are a few of the more spectacular ones.
“They were taken in my neighborhood – League City, Texas. I think the Valero service station is a good illustration of our gasoline situation (messed up!!)” she says by email as the phone lines are still unreliable.

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Sirius about Chemicals

From this week’s Southwest Fertilizers conference in San Antonio, Texas comes this photo of Bar Sirius. The Blog’s Texas correspondent has been spending some time there, and finds it reminiscent of the now defunct Philadelphia-based Sirius Chemicals – tag line: “Sirius Chemicals – we don’t **** around”.

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Keeping cool with Nike in Texas

I hope my colleagues attending the Southwest Fertilizer conference in San Antonio, Texas, today have packed one of these Nike PreCool Vests. Designed to cool the core temperature of an athlete’s body prior to competition, it will be just the thing to prime them for firm hand-shaking action in the Marriott Rivercenter lobby. Each triangle is made of two layers to keep it cool. The inner layer is filled with water, which is frozen, while the outer layer insulates like a thermos. Coated with aluminium, the triangles also reflect radiant heat, according to an article in the July/August edition of “American Chemistry”.

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Houston gears up for record-smashing Texas primary

Still digesting the advent of $100/bbl oil, the US Gulf chemical industry is about to be hit with another first – a primary election in Texas on 4 March that will actually matter in terms of deciding the candidates in the November 2008 presidential election. 2008 is a one-of-a-kind, with the Republican front-runner John McCain still dogged by a conservative opponent who won’t quit and Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton locked in a titanic struggle for the Democratic nomination.

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