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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What is sugar?

I know WHAT IS SUGAR? is answered if you hit that left hand column, but posing this “simple question” again in the blog is a reminder of just how complicated the answer can be. It is also a reminder that the end product of “refining” whether from cane or beet sources, is compositionally identical. Unless you saw the packet the sugar was being decanted from you would not know whether the white stuff came from the exotic tropical anitlles or wet fenland England! imageimage

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Wednesday, December 17th 2008

Albert (Tod) Sloane: Sweet Fighter extraordinaire!

The two most important influences on the Love Lane Lives project were the two “sweetfighters” who originally asked me to write the refinery workers story up. Albert E Sloane and John Maclean were yoked together in that struggle to keep the Lane open and their efforts live on.

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Posted by Ron Noon in On The Lane on Monday, December 15th 2008

The sugar trail from Love Lane to the Sunshine State of Florida

When Tate & Lyle announced in July 2001 that it was selling off its Domino Sugar refinery operations in Brooklyn New York to an investment group dominated by a Cuban family with extensive cane growing interests in Florida, it hardly registered as a news story outside of the extraordinary world of sugar. FOR ME IT WAS A BIG LEAD TO FOLLOW, EXTENDING THE LOVE LANE SUGAR TRAIL DOWN TO THE SUNSHINE STATE AND NEW QUESTIONS AND ISSUES. I QUICKLY REALISED THAT THE WORLD OF BIG SUGAR AND THE FANJULS IN FLORIDA WAS INEXTRICABLY LINKED TO THE DEGRADATION OF A WORLD ECO-TREASURE, A RIVER OF GRASS CALLED THE EVERGLADES. If you want more graphic confirmation of that fact, ask American novelist Carl Hiassen.

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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Saturday, December 13th 2008

Some facts about the Matricide of Love Lane

This is a detailed piece which elaborates more on the “sugar wars” between beet and cane, and the egregious European Economic Community’s Common Agricultural Policy. This conspicuously advantaged FIRST WORLD sugar beet growers, over THIRD WORLD growers of cane and what Belinda Coote called “the Hunger Crop”. Cane is the most efficient collector of solar energy and “if” there was a level playing field in the INTERNATIONAL SUGAR ECONOMY who would need The European Beet Boys?


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Posted by Ron Noon in On The Lane on Friday, December 05th 2008

The origins of Love Lane

This blog contains a graphic description of Love Lane in 1973, two years after the first rumours of closure started to go the rounds,  and a much earlier depiction of the “romantic” rural walkway that Liverpool ladies “perambulated” along.

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Posted by Ron Noon in On The Lane on Wednesday, December 03rd 2008

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