Serendipitously I’ve come across an essay which relates directly to the “twitters” I’ve twittered over here on holiday in NYC! In 2001 I was working for and with a friend and former student, Michael J Boyle, who had set up a very successful Liverpool Black Roots course at Liverpool University, attracting many African-American students for its 3 week duration. He bought me in as the SUGARMAN!
Posted by Ron Noon in on Monday, May 20th 2013
Jim Smith one of the film stars on our site’s story of the Boys and Girls from the Whitestuff has passed away. He was 102 years of life.
That’s ar Jim with his Tate & Lyle lorry full of sacks of sugar.
Posted by Ron Noon in on Saturday, March 09th 2013
Earlier blogs document the drama of those redundancy notices but by January 22nd 2006 Tate & Lyle was itself issued with a 90 day notice! What would its responses be?
Tommy, Tony, Pat & Albert in happier days in Punch & Judy sorting out the Littlewoods Pools syndicate!
Posted by Ron Noon in on Tuesday, January 22nd 2013
The Tates without a Tate or a Lyle were so tight that Christmas only came around every two years! The biennial Xmas party was scrapped on the threshold of a new millennium and the “associational needs” of the boys and girls from the whitestuff were junked by an MNC that obviously had no sympathies or loyalties to Liverpool LOVE LANE!
Posted by Ron Noon in on Monday, December 03rd 2012
It was supremely ironic that the closing scene in the last episode of Alan Bleasdale’s magisterially bleak Boys from the Blackstuff, (‘George’s last ride’), shown on BBC, November 7th 1982, was filmed on the day when Love Lane refinery was being bulldozed to the ground. The award winning series with an ensemble cast put together by the Scouse Dickens, highlighted the sheer waste, futility and demoralisation of being without work in Thatcher’s Britain. THAT’S 30 YEARS AGO TONIGHT!
Posted by Ron Noon in on Wednesday, November 07th 2012