xMiscellen(July 2009) The British trade fair Natural Stone Show will not take place in 2010 due to negative growth in the building industry in Great Britain. The next fair will take place from March 15th to 17th 2011 as usual in London and biannually henceforth as reported by the tradeshow promoter.

A USB-Stick is easily misplaced and therefore needs a special place e.g. a cobblestone, in which the stick can be inserted, according to Beta-Tank-designers.

Archaeological treasures of Mexico, all of which are made of stone will be better represented on the internet in future. This was part of an agreement reached between the Instituo nacional de Anthropologia e Historia and Google. Presently only 8 of 227 historical sites were represented online, among others Chichén Itzá and Theotihuacán.

Slate mouse pads are distributed by the German Company Magog in their internet shop (German). Picture frames made of slate can be purchased from MST-Naturstein (German).

IMM Carrara’s newsletter nr. 03 has been published. In it are reports of the „Marble and Design“ campaign. Download: Italian/English.

Occupational health and safety in the natural stone branch has a new, fully revised website (Spanish).

Engineered stone discovers art: manufacturer CaesarStone invited designers to a competition to create new ideas for quartz surfaces. The Spanish company Silestone commissioned two pieces made of its engineered stone Negro Tao (trade publication Piedra Natural, p. 32, pdf Spanish).

Video of the Month: donkey in the Brazilian stone block stockyard.