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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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Big Sugar

There is a Big Sugar reggae rock band in Canada but what does the increasingly used “size’ist” adjective mean in front of an industry that produces the granulated stuff in your sugar bowl?  Everyone’s heard about Big Oil but what about this comment from American journalist Paul Alexander last March? : “While industries like oil and gas and health care are regularly given media scrutiny, perhaps the most under-examined business in the United States is ‘Big Sugar.’

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Saturday, May 24th 2014

Florida Sugar 10 years ago today!

There is a sugar trail from Love Lane Liverpool to the Sunshine State of Florida which I first became aware of in 2001 the year I wondered why Tate & Lyle were selling off their Domino Sugar brand to two Cuban Americans, Alfy and Pepe Fanjul, and also the year that Marie Brenner’s coruscating essay “In the Kingdom of Big Sugar” was published in Vanity Fair. Exactly ten years ago today I composed a short essay on Florida Sugar and the Fanjuls. Food for thought at least especially as we now know that they own Tate & Lyle Sugars! 

http://www.lovelanelives.com/index.php/blog/entry/tate_lyle_one_time_imperial_sugar_giant_sings_bye_bye_sugar_bye_bye

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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Wednesday, May 21st 2014

RIP Tony Benn

Like many other people from one of his favourite cities I admired and respected Tony Benn. He was much more than a great left wing Labour movement orator and helped and supported many causes in the pursuit of social justice and world peace. One of the lesser known causes he involved himself in were efforts to secure one final reunion bash for the Liverpool Love Lane pensioners in 2006. Read on!

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Monday, March 17th 2014

26th September 1953: Sugar Rationing comes to an end at 12 Midnight!

How would you have got by on 8oz of sugar a week? That’s what the measure was before de-rationing on 26/09/1953 7 months after the Stanley Matthews Cup Final! Should it be rationed again on Health Grounds?

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Thursday, September 26th 2013

A re-released Bitter Sweet “Golden Oldie” from June 2001

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!

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Monday, May 20th 2013

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