Love Lane Lives

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

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Last day of Black History Month 2009

One of my regrets at the end of Black History month is that two powerful films about modern day sugar slavery, Bill Haney’s “The Price of Sugar” and Amy Serrano’s “Sugar Babies” have not been allowed to shock a wider audience. The stark political fact however is that they have come up against formidable vested interests that seek to “cease and desist”  documentaries deserving of the oxygen of world publicity. Read on!

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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Saturday, October 31st 2009

The AMTRAK view of Mr Cube on the eve of his 60th birthday party

I’ll be on a train to Salt Lake City to watch Everton play the MLS All Stars when Mr Cube reaches 60 so here are a few more thoughts on the significance of tomorrow’s anniversary.

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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Monday, July 27th 2009

Beat the Beet, Keep the Cane

Re-published here is the draft of an essay that was published in ETHICAL CONSUMER magazine Issue 116, March/April 2009. I chose the title because that’s the mantra that the girls and boys from the whitestuff sang out loud in their vainglorious efforts to keep LOVE LANE open.

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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Friday, June 26th 2009

Bitter Sweet Pensioner Stories

This is an essay I wrote back in 2004 which was published in the North West Labour History Journal in September 2006.  It illustrates just how anachronistic the once all too familiar comment “a crackin’ firm to work for” had become. Liverpool refinery workers had worked in the Lane when the “family spirit” meant something!

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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Wednesday, June 10th 2009

Welcome to Chicago and a song by the lead singer of AMSTERDAM

Ian Prowse is one of my third year students who happens to be an excellent lead singer/songwriter with the band Amsterdam and you can find his best song on THE PROJECT section of our website. (Go back to HOME PAGE and hit THE PROJECT then scroll down to bottom of page.)  I asked him to describe this composition so that I could tell the delegates at the Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA)  conference in Chicago on May 28th 2009 that THE TRAIN has arrived at “the City of Big Shoulders” too.

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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Thursday, May 28th 2009

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