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The history of sugar in Liverpool and the effects of the closure of the Tate & Lyle sugar refinery, Love Lane

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Bitter sweet Social Science Foundations

A serendipitous find from my uncatalogued sugar files was one dated August 31st 2001. At that time I’d been very much involved in researching an animated sugar lump named Mr Cube. He had been the iconic logo of Tate & Lyle from 1949. History Today magazine had already committed to publishing an essay I’d written for the October issue and this short piece, BITTER SWEET SOCIAL SCIENCE FOUNDATIONS, was an acknowledgement that in many ways my sugar centricity predated meeting up with Albert E Sloane and John Maclean in 1994. It was shaped by an Open University course that I tutored on from September 1991 whose opening section on THE WORLD OF FOOD was devised by a wonderfully inspirational teacher at the Open University, Professor Doreen Massey.

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Thursday, November 09th 2017

Vote for my Gail and the defence of the NHS

This is not a “typical” sugar blog. It is a dedication to my wife who is seriously ill, the woman who has supported all my efforts and enthusiasms for this public history project. She is my jewel and it is the jewel in the crown of our once proud “Welfare State” the NHS that has kept her and our family hopes alive this last traumatic month. She deserves this space

REAL TIME IS 13.10 hrs

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Thursday, May 07th 2015

Big Sugar loves this night, especially when Halloween falls on a FRIDAY!

“In the 21st century Halloween has become a 4billion dollar sugar festival.” (2005) The American NCA or National Confectioners Association see US sales of confectionary set to rise in 2014 “as the season falls on a Friday meaning consumers are likely to stock up on treats for parties” and everyone knows that Friday is party time!

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Friday, October 31st 2014

“Beat the Beet, Keep the Cane” was the Refrain from down the Lane

That little ditty was the one that emanated from Love Lane Liverpool, (then mimicked in Silvertown London, and Greenock Scotland), in the aftermath of Britain’s entry into the EEC in 1973 and much closer encounters with the European Beet Boys. Five years ago I chose that title for an essay I was asked to write for Ethical Consumer Magazine. Ironically today in the USA there is a new “sucrose solidarity” in the court rooms of California where the American Sugar Alliance (representing both sugar beet and sugar cane) have litigated against the American Corn Refiners over their dastardly efforts at rebranding High Fructose Corn Syrup HFCS as “Corn Sugar”. It’s a funny old sugar world still when this far from “natural” product is claiming that HFCS is not natural sugar!

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Tuesday, September 16th 2014

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

Five years ago today Professor Robert Lustig a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, gave an hour and a half lecture on the white stuff, and subsequently witnessed its posting on YouTube and watching incredulously as it went viral. What is the bitter truth about sugar and public health?

4,722,471 hits to date!

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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Monday, May 26th 2014

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