Friday, 18 December 2009

Twas the Night Before Training - with apologies to Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians/Clement Clarke Moore

Andrew Infante, our Global Marketing Coordinator, got creative with the famous holiday poem to customize it for you here.

Hope you enjoy and from all of us at The Oxford Princeton Programme, have a wonderful holiday season.

Twas the day of training
Twas the day of training, when all through the building
Not a person was stirring, all too busy career building.
The booklets were put in the conference room with care,
In hopes that an energy expert soon would be there.

The employees were nestled all snug in their chairs,
While visions of success were not rare.
And my manager in her suit, and I in my tie,
Had just settled our brains for the training we could not pass by.

When in the front of the room there arose such a clatter,
I sat upright to see what was the matter.
Attention to the expert flew like a flash,
We tore open their booklets in a dash.
The trainer sprang to his feet, and offered training of all sorts,
Public, on-site and web-based of course.
A bundle of exercises and a trading game,
We all knew our careers would never be the same .
"Now Oil! Now, Gas! Now, Power and Trading!
On, Futures! On, Options! On, Risk Management and Hedging!
To the top of the company!
To the top of the industry!

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a course certificate to enhance my career.
But as he left, I heard him stress
"Happy training to all, and to all great success!"

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Monday, 14 December 2009

Wild Guess - Angel (2004)

Well, the barrel price for crude oil (as seen on the right hand side here) seems to be struggling to stay in the $70s (at least during my writing of this post).

But then who really knows where things will stand tomorrow, next week, next month (yes, next year)?

We are in the midst of our annual Guess the Closing Price of Light Sweet Crude Oil Contest. Just let us know at what you think the closing price will be on December 31st 2009 by no later than Friday, December 18th.

Whoever is closest will win a voucher for a free web-based course (a US$175 value and good on any of over 25 titles; choose from oil, natural gas, power, trading, hediging, derivatives or risk maangement).

And while we are on the subject of crude oil, check out two of our bestselling courses coming in January 2010:

Overview of Physical Crude Oil Tradning and Operations (CT)
12-13 January

19-20 January

25-26 January

25-26 January

Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining - A Non-Technical Introduction (FPR)

14-15 January

21-22 January

27-28 January

27-28 January

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Things Aren't Always What They Seem - Ides of March (1966)

File this under curious ways to enter the energy sector as seen in today's The New York Times:

Zeus Energy Movement established itself as a non-profit in Texas to develop devices to harness various forms of alternative energy such as a gadget that transforms the force of ocean waves into power. Apparently, it was struggling to receive grants from the Federal Government for R&D. But once a patent application is granted, then does Zeus maintain its charity status?

To read more, click here.

Are you engaged in an energy startup looking to finance your projects? Check out our course offerings here.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

What a Year For A New Year - Dan Wilson/Semisonic (2002)

December has a funny way of flying by, even more so than most other months. The parties and get-togethers can be fast and furious and before you know it, a new year dawns.

We here at The Oxford Princeton Programme have our own version of a countdown to 2010: a Pre-Planning Sale of 15% off on all public course fees (at 2009 prices) that runs through December 31st. Our best offer all year.

If you haven't had a chance to check out our course catalogue, please do so. We have more courses across more energy capitals and as many of you know, our bestselling courses do fill up quickly.

Get a headstart today and fuel your energy career and professional potential.

Happy Holidays.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Moving On - Dream Academy (2004)

Due to an office move, you might not be able to reach our Princeton Office today and tomorrow (December 2nd and 3rd) at +1 609 520-9099. We expect to be back up and running by no later than Friday, the 4th.

If you need immediate assistance, please call our Oxford Office at, from North America, 011 44 1865 250 521 or on my mobile at +1 609 613-1636 or e-mail us at

We apoloigze for any inconvenince as we move to new facilites that will ensure better service to our clients worldwide.