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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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The 1999 story of a lump of sugar

It was 20 years ago today on a bitterly cold Thursday afternoon that the former Tate & Lyle workers from Love Lane had their last Christmas bash. This 1999 story of a lump of sugar delivers “a whole lesson…in history’s most famous psalm singing little bugger” Mr Cube! 

Scrooge Mr Cube in 1999

Cartoon drawn by Philip Bell

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Monday, December 02nd 2019

20yrs today SGT. SUGAR & MR CUBE decided not to pay. The Pensioners Biennial Xmas party was junked!

On the 27th October 1999 a letter signed by JH Walker, the Managing Director of Sugar Giant Tate & Lyle’s European Division “cordially invited” it’s Liverpool pensioners, “to attend this year’s reunion…on Thursday 2nd December at the Britannia Adelphi Hotel”. Regrettably Walker advised them that it would be the last one! Why and what was its impact on the surviving boys and girls from Love Lane who had all gone through the trauma of the Lane’s “matricide” in April 1981?

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Sunday, October 27th 2019

HISTORY TODAY published my first essay on a SUGAR LUMP in October 2001.

Could be read by some as a Space Odyssey (2001) but this is much more than that! I’m trying to pick up my blog writing by doing this very short piece on the BIRTHDAY OF HISTORY’S most famous of all cartoon characters. Where is he now?

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Sunday, July 28th 2019

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

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