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Chemical travel – the periodic table taxi

It’s a taxi with a periodic table on it! I was driving out of Oxford in the dark last night when I saw this taxi in my rear view mirror. I couldn’t stop to get a photo, but I’ve found it on the web.   It’s joined the Blog’s collection of chemical mugs, chemical shower curtains […]

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Fabulous food at ICIS Brussels training seminar

The best thing about this week’s ICIS training seminars in Brussels in the EPCA offices, better even than all the train travel, is undoubtedly the food. It is fantastic. Catered by a local restaurant in the Montgomery suburb of Brussels, it is a sumptuous buffet. There’s lumpfish roe mock-caviar, salmon, rare beef, bottles of wine – all thrown in for less than the regular price of a hotel conference lunch. I’m glad my pricing paper on this first day is on just before lunch and I can relax and enjoy it.

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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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Surreal moments in Shanghai

Nothing can quite match the moment when a keen young reporter respectfully enters my office and hands me a printed copy of her report to critique, written throughout in Chinese characters but with a few numerals dotted throughout the three pages of text. We still manage a good session on the key points of good reporting practice, and I don’t think she finds it weird at all.

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