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I am now a commuter

“You’llhate the commute,” my ICIS suburban colleagues warned me when I told them I wasmoving to work in central London.My new office is on the corner of Trafalgar Square (site of today’s Olympic Victory Parade),and it takes a fair bit longer to travel there each day. Andit’s on public transport, so I will be catching […]

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Lego Xmas tree in London’s St Pancras station

While I was at ICIS training in London this week, my fellow blogger Paul Hodges of “Chemicals in the Economy” was passing through St Pancras Station when he espied the famous environmentally friendly (reusable ABS) Lego Xmas tree and immediately whipped out his camera to snap this photo for my Blog.

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Travel to China from London by train in 2 days

Can you imagine taking a two-day train ride from Shanghai to London? Or Singapore to London? What a fantastic trip that would be, and irresistible to all those European petchem travellers to the Asian business hubs. I just can’t wait.   My eye was caught by an inspirational map of the proposed high speed rail […]

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London 2012 Olympics feature plastics galore

The London 2012 Olympics will create a plastics bonanza, featuring miles of plastics piping, kerbing and stadium seating, according to a press release on 6 July from the British Plastics Federation (BPF). More appealingly, Hornby PLC, the models and collectibles group, has also secured a licence to provide official London 2012 merchandise across its Corgi, […]

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Volcanic Ash – the Norse Saga Ends (for one ICIS traveller)

Our own Ed Cox of ICIS Heren staggers back into London on Monday, after leaving Norway on Friday evening, describing himself as “totally shattered”… Here is photographic evidence that one group of intrepid travellers had success amid all the volcanic chaos. The eight of us are seen arriving at Brussels Midi on Sunday night, ahead […]

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Arrivederci Norway

As the UK Transport Secretary Lord Adonis predicts that “significant disruption to most UK air services will continue for at least the next 48 hours,” due to the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland, our own Ed Cox from ICIS Heren makes plans to say goodbye to his enforced holiday retreat in Norway … Things are […]

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Etiquette – the no-lunch lunch

Get up before dawn, taxi to airport, flight to Amsterdam, pick up hire car, drive an hour to the middle of Holland somewhere near Zeist, to arrive at a major manufacturing company for a lunch meeting which consisted of one cheese roll.   Until today, that “lunch meeting” some time in the 1990s was my […]

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Animals on the Underground

Chemical business travellers in London can use these “Animals on the Underground” to while away the time on the train.   Metro newspaper ran a competition to find out how many animals their readers thought had been spotted on the map, and it turned out to be 23. The Animals website is now so popular it receives over […]

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Watchmen, Lego, Prisoners and Pricing

Reading the papers in a leisurely fashion on the train to visit the ICIS Heren offices in Holborn, central London, I see that there are chemicals galore in the news today.   The first reviews for the long-awaited film of “Watchmen” are out, and being a dark and grisly tale of super-heroes battling the forces […]

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