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Amsterdam ICIS training seminars – February 2009

The ICIS training seminars are in Amsterdam this week, and since everyone in the petchem industry is expecting this year to be a tough one for attendance on external courses and at conferences, it is very gratifying that both the Beginners’ and Advanced courses are sold out. Attendance figures from all the major industry conferences […]

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Oil and chemical execs in plane-crash team-building

Oil and chemical company executives are amongst those who are taking part in team-building exercises run by British Airways where they experience a simulated plane crash in a hangar at Heathrow. In a smoke-filled Boeing 737 they fight their way to freedom. The courses are so popular that BA has taken more than 350 bookings […]

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Calculators are for wimps

We’re driving through the west of England on wide open roads in brilliant sunshine, taking my son back to university for the start of the term. The new small car, with the back seats folded flat, is like a Tardis for the amount of student luggage it can fit in. A TV, Playstation, laptop, printer, speakers, clothes, bedding, but not much pertinent to the study of physics. Just a few large books and one ream of copier paper are tucked down the side of the boxes.

“Have you even got some pens, some ring-binders, a calculator?” I hassle him as we drive across Salisbury Plain and the sun shines down on Stonehenge, while we scan the horizon for somewhere to stop for an All Day Big Fry-Up Veggie Breakfast.

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Trains for Training

The ICIS Training roadshow has spent the week out and about on the trains of Belgium and the Netherlands.

After two courses in Brussels and one in Rotterdam, Nigel, Peter and I are veterans of the speedy Brussels metro, the over-heated, crowded Thalys inter-city train from Brussels to Rotterdam, the early morning commuter metro from central Rotterdam out to Pernis, and finally the empty inter-city Hi-speed train to Schipol airport.

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Blog Beer Watch: Do Try This At Home

One Blog reader has sent me this video of what to do with your leftover bottles – it’s ideal for those of you with children, or adults, still at home for the school holidays.The Blog Beer Watch campaign has been picking up supporters over the festive season. Sightings of plastic bottles in new applications have […]

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The Mussels in Brussels – Training and EPL

The Eurostar glides into Brussels Gare du Midi and the team arrives for the last ICIS Training Seminar of the year, to be held at the offices of the EPCA on the Avenue de Tervueren. The rain is falling steadily on the Plaisirs d’Hiver Xmas Market around the Bourse and along the Fishmarket, as Nigel […]

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Blood on the Trading Floor

The high price of crude, unplanned plant outages, force majeures, difficult customers – these all add to the stress of the trader’s life. No wonder then that violence can break out on the trading floor.

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Beer in plastics – is this the future?

Draught beer poured forth from a Carlsberg keg lined with a vacuum-packed plastic bag at a barbecue last weekend. I watched as the empty “DraughtMaster” keg was refilled with another plastic pouch after the thirsty guests had finished the first five litres. Is this a major advance in polymer technology? “Plastic beer bottles are the […]

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