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Another year of Chinese

Term is starting for Mandarin eveningclasses and I had better dust off last year’s work and see if any of it isstill lodged in my long-term memory. Of the class of eight, only two of usdecided to sit, and happily pass, the GCSE exam at the end of last term. My twospeeches on “My holiday […]

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Quote of the week: “I couldn’t train ivy up a wall”

Watching horse-racing with my mother on Saturday, I heard a great quote which I was sure our trainers at ICIS training would love.   “Two weeks ago I felt I couldn’t train ivy up a wall,” said racehorse trainer Venetia Williams, who was the trainer of the winning horse Ciceron in the 3.45 at Sandown […]

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ICIS Training in London, December 2011

London is back in favour as an ICIS Training venue, with delegates at this week’s seminars noting how cheap they were finding the trip, not to mention the pre-Xmas shopping, especially those of them exchanging Swiss francs. The five days of training seminars at the new location at County Hall are still in progress, but […]

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PHOTOS: ICIS training in Dubai and South Africa

ICIS Training has been all round the world this month. In the last two weeks, the trainers have been in South Africa and Dubai, and Roland has sent the Blog these photos today which give a bit of the flavour of the individual events. Photos: 1 and 2 Petchems Training in South Africa, 3 Baseoils Training […]

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ICIS Training in Budapest

We are back in Budapest for ICIS Training. It is barely a year since we were here for EPCA 2010, and this time the training is in the Marriott Hotel in a big airy room overlooking the Danube and across the river up the hill to Buda. It is by far the best view we […]

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MOVES: Petri Mäkelä to Fred Holmberg & Co Oy

Petri Mäkelä, formerly with Oy Finnco Trading and Nizhex Scandinavia, has joined Fred Holmberg & Co Oy, he informed the Blog on Wednesday.   Mäkelä will be based at the office in Hamina, Finland.   Mäkelä and Fred Holmberg are old companions from their days on styrene at Nizhex.   The Blog had the pleasure […]

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ICIS training – now in Mandarin

The training team knows no bounds, and now the traditional “Introduction to Petrochemicals” course is being delivered in Mandarin by our Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai and Singapore-based trainers.   The first Chinese language course took place in Shanghai at the Interconti Pudong last week. The photo shows a group of delegates with Liu Xin and Roland […]

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The Age of Endorsement – Houston presentation

I embellished my presentation to the Houston editorial team this week with a short video clip that I’d shot in the London office on Tuesday. It was a two-minute clip of my colleague Helena, who is a markets reporter in the ICIS London team, talking to me about some creative refinements she had made to […]

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Perfect Chemical Presents No 5 – the Pocket Projector

The only thing worse than travelling with someone who insists on carrying a full-scale projector around the world is having to carry the projector yourself. The Blog has had its patience tested while waiting for the ICIS training projector to cool down, or waiting for the projector to pass through security.   On one trip […]

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PHOTOS: ICIS training in London

From four days of ICIS training in London, some good photos of the speakers and delegates have reached the Blog. Here are a few, and the full 20 will be posted on Monday on the ICIS training website.  

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