Monthly Archives: September 2007


The scene: Andrei, a Russian friend, and I watching a local band in one of the shoddy clubs in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Me:  This fella’s a brilliant singer. Andrei:  Yeah, but he likes to smoke crack.

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A Live Band in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

This evening my wife was on duty in the hotel in which she works, so rather than sit at home alone I did what I had been meaning to do for months: go to the Chameleon Bar, and check out … Continue reading

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Summer 2007 and its Possible Significance

Clearly it is a slow day in Yuzhno-Sakahlinsk, and I am writing what is tediously the third oil and gas blog post of the day.  At least this one is related to Russia. There will come a time in the next decade when … Continue reading

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An Industry Still In Crisis

Staying on the subject of the oil and gas industry, this article in Upstream Online elicits no sympathy from me whatsoever: A shortage of highly-specialised professionals including sub-sea engineers, geoscience experts or reservoir engineers has caused painful cost rises for … Continue reading

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Understanding the Origins of Peak Oil

An article in Upstream Online confirms something which I have several times over the past year written on blog posts or expressed verbally: that whether or not talk of “Peak Oil” is premature, such discussions are pointless unless it is … Continue reading

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Fire on the Mountain

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