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Love Lane Lives - the boys & girls from the whitestuff

Love Lane Lives

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

The Love Lane Lives Weblog

The Informant is a corny film that’s really about SUGAR!

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Mark Eichenwald’s THE INFORMANT concludes that “in the wake of Harvest King it has become apparent that price fixing was a workaday endeavour around the globe, involving scores of corporations and executives.” I intend to argue that Corporate greed in Decatur was much more than the “visible hand” of the price rigger.

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Posted by Ron Noon in Sugar and Globalisation on Wednesday, November 18th 2009

Bob Bannister


A comment letter arrived on the site a few days back and it relates to “a great old scouser” who is sadly no longer with us but whose life and times is the marrow of Love Lane Lives.

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Posted by Ron Noon in On The Lane on Thursday, November 12th 2009

Decatur, Decatur, it’s Matt’s kinda town

In less than a fortnight a blockbuster movie starring Matt Damon will be on general release. The star of the Bourne trilogy plays the role of Mark Whitacre, a corporate “whistleblower” for a company which was not only headquartered in a town affectionately known as “The Pride of the Prairie”, but which down to the early noughties was the biggest institutional shareholder in Tate & Lyle. Much of THE INFORMANT was filmed in Decatur, a town of 84,000, 175 miles south of Chicago, where not only Archer Daniels Midland was based but so too was Tate & Lyle’s lucrative subsidiary AE Staley Mfg Co. 

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Posted by Ron Noon in Sugar and Globalisation on Tuesday, November 10th 2009

Hillside blog on September’s Specialist Sugar week


It’s just over two years since our film Love Lane Lives was shown at the Tate Liverpool and the two best things that have happened since our sugar project gathered that momentum and publicity has been our association and involvement with two wonderful schools and their respective teachers and pupils. Trinity Catholic Primary school close to the original refinery site, and Hillside High School a little further away in Bootle, have demonstrated the remarkably creative work and insights into the world of sugar that primary and secondary school children can build into their education and community experiences. Here’s the sugar blog from Hillside.

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Posted by Ron Noon in Sucrose blogs from Hillside High School on Tuesday, November 03rd 2009

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

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