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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 Boys and Girls from the Whitestuff travel to Keele University

Ron Noon has been invited to give a talk on Love Lane Lives to the World Affairs Group at Keele University tonight at 7.30pm.

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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Thursday, March 12th 2009

The Local/Global dimensions to sugar blogs

This project was inspired ON THE LANE but like the granulated crystals produced in Henry Tate’s mother refinery, stretches way BEYOND THE LANE! The history of LOVE LANE and the wider world of sugar were inextricably linked but we’ve decided that a better “division of labour” in terms of how the “blogs” are produced would be to separate out ON and BEYOND THE LANE stories.

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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Tuesday, March 03rd 2009

Liverpool, the Bajan sugar Revolution and the era of the Sugar Standard

Sugar and Slaves transformed Liverpool from a sleepy insignificant fishing village, eclipsed by Chester for over four hundred years but the real “revolution” took place in Barbados! How many people know that and how many would use the word “revolutionary” to describe such a simple taken for granted everyday commodity?

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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Monday, December 29th 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

The New York Times on Big Sugar Five years ago!

Exactly five years ago today the NYT suggested that “the handful of individuals who control the sugar business in this country..start thinking about a new line of work, and be grateful for the long run they had” and I thought why not blog that fact? How many people think about the BIG in “Big Sugar” and of the Cuban American Family who purchased the Domino Sugar Refineries from Tate & Lyle in 2001?

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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Saturday, November 29th 2008

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