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  • Chance to have a say on rubbish

    Rubbish collections will be scrutinised by the public for the first time since Brighton and Hove Council took over the service. Council deputy chief executive Alan McCarthy and officers responsible for waste management in the city will answer questions

  • Great divide over housing

    Central Brighton and Hove could become a haven reserved for the wealthy unless housing benefit is increased. A new report says changes to housing benefit are urgently needed to avoid social exclusion and reduce homelessness in the city. The Brighton and

  • Weapons missed in airport checks

    Security systems at Gatwick may not be tight enough to keep out terrorist attackers, despite a step-up in checks. Undercover investigators have been able to walk on to planes with potentially dangerous weapons concealed in their pockets and hand luggage

  • Birdmen to fly in

    Three birdmen will fly across the Atlantic to take part in a contest. The annual International Bognor Birdman competition offers £25,000 for anyone who can fly more than 100m after launching themselves off Bognor pier. Inspired by the competition, the

  • Steam engine anniversary

    A vintage steam engine is celebrating its 130th anniversary at a Mid Sussex railway. The Fenchurch is the second oldest working engine in the country and was built in September 1872 at Brighton railway works. When it first went into service, the Terrier

  • Rail strike No2

    Rail users faced further misery today as workers walked out in a second 48-hour strike. Services run by South West Trains in the South East were crippled, including trains from Brighton to Reading via Chichester. Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport

  • Arts workers' fury over dismissal

    Staff who were made redundant four days before Christmas are unhappy with the way they were treated. Four of the seven permanent employees at the Old Market arts centre in Hove are seeking legal advice from their union about the loss of their jobs. They

  • Rise of abuse in the home

    Hard Brussels sprouts, too much drinking and money troubles have sparked a sharp rise in domestic violence. Experts say trivial incidents like snoring or poorly-cooked food at stressful times like Christmas often trigger physical or mental abuse. Reports

  • Home to the rich and famous

    East Sussex is home to three of the richest people in Britain, according to the latest rich-list statistics. The county's wealthiest resident is Swedish-born inventor Hans Rausing, the second-richest person in Britain. Mr Rausing, who lives near Wadhurst

  • County League: Sidley plan late charge

    Sidley turned it on in the second half to beat Littlehampton, then vowed to do the same in the race for the title. The champions remain 13 points adrift of leaders Burgess Hill going into the second half of the league season. Sidley player/coach Peter

  • Coast toast

    The inimitable Spike Milligan reminisced in one of his hilarious military memoirs, Adolph Hitler, My Part In His Downfall: "Now, whereas wartime Hailsham offered boredom of an evening, nearby Eastbourne offered a greater variety of it." Any improvement

  • Our dead sister helped reunite us

    Two sisters who have not seen each other for 27 years have been reunited. Now Margaret Green wants to complete her family reunion by tracing the baby daughter she gave up for adoption before leaving England for a new life in Australia. Margaret and her

  • Ryman League: Lewes leave it late

    Lewes snatched victory with two injury time goals at Wembley to maintain their position at the top of division two. Against the run of play Wembley took the lead in the 51st minute when a shot out of nowhere from Kevin Mason-Thomson beat goalkeeper Ross

  • Breathing more easily

    As the temperature of the atmosphere falls, the cold air we breathe has a direct effect on our nasal passages, sinuses and lungs. The body reacts by producing more catarrh and congestion and causes spasm and contraction of the tubules the lungs, resulting

  • No heart

    I have always believed a vet would call on a sick animal at any time if needed - of course, providing you are willing to pay for this service. This is not the case. A month ago, a friend noticed her 12-stone dog was unwell and needed a vet. She made five

  • Didn't shape up

    The Argus persuaded two couples with contrasting attitudes to fitness to swap roles for a week. As we reveal today, it wasn't entirely a success. The fit people felt frustrated by not taking exercise and the couch potatoes didn't fancy all that physical

  • Speedway: Eagles swoop for Polish star

    Top Polish speedway ace Krzysztof Cegielski is joining Eastbourne Eagles. Cegielski, who shot to fame last season with rivals Poole Pirates, will spearhead the Sussex club's bid for their second Elite League title in three years. Eastbourne will announce

  • Basketball: Bears outgunned by Jets

    Brighton Bears went down fighting as Chester Jets maintained their lead at the top of the Northern Conference with a comfortable 113-94 win at the Northgate Arena last night. Chester now boast three wins over Bears this season and have won 12 successive

  • Not worth it

    As the festive season passes for another year, I wonder how many people have seriously gone into debt to pay for these two days? Without being a killjoy, I cannot help but wonder if it is worth it. The meaning of Christmas is the birth of Christ and was

  • Manager attacked by speeding driver

    A supermarket manager was attacked after asking a motorist to slow down as he sped through a car park used by store customers. The driver stopped and flung his car door open, ramming it into the legs of Paul Lumber, a duty manager at the Co-op in Peacehaven

  • Chimneys set to fall

    The final stage of the demolition of a pair of power station chimneys will begin tomorrow. Destruction of the 200ft stacks at the old Broomgrove power station, Hastings, is almost finished and a 120-ton crane with a ball and chain will complete the job

  • Fear, not cheer, from drinkers

    The festive hangovers may have faded but for some, drinking can cause year-round misery. Alcohol abuse is rife. From tanked-up football fans scuffling on the streets to the victims of drunk drivers, the effects are all too common. Life for the immediate

  • Voice of the Third Age, by Lis Solkhon

    I imagine that I am not alone in often setting out purposefully upstairs to deal with an urgent matter forgetting I was already in hot pursuit of some other idea. By the time I reach the top of the stairs, not only do I manage to forget items one and

  • Family Life, by Bini McCall

    After all the late nights and excesses of Christmas and the New Year break, daughter, Sam the dog and I are running off to the country for a long weekend to detox and recover. This is partly for health reasons and partly because one of my more serious

  • Let the people decide

    I note Tony Blair is trying to push us into adopting the euro through the back door. What right has he to do this? None. We are waiting for a referendum, as promised, then we shall see whether we want the euro or not. My guess is we donot. We don't want

  • Voting reform

    So the Conservative opposition leader on Brighton and Hove City Council says his party is the only alternative to Labour for independent-minded voters (The Argus, December 28). Surely, if he wants to champion the individual, he should be calling for a

  • Wrong number

    Do those protesting against "dangerous" mobile phone masts (The Argus, January 2) not use mobile phones? They complain permission was not requested. Similarly, people use mobile phones next to me on trains and buses, in shops and the street and do not

  • Desperately seeking Laura

    Craig Abell is looking for a woman he met in a night club to make her the love of his life. The pine-stripper saw the girl of his dreams on the dance floor of a Brighton night club on New Year's Eve. Craig was hooked as soon as Laura, a college student

  • Exercising minds as well as muscles

    Still reeling from your child's rejection of those well-researched Christmas presents? Well, you're not alone. Nationwide, there are parents calculating the cost per hour of the limited interest shown by their children in hyped-up pogo sticks, newfangled

  • Weapons missed in airport checks

    Security systems at Gatwick may not be tight enough to keep out terrorist attackers, despite a step-up in checks. Undercover investigators have been able to walk on to planes with potentially dangerous weapons concealed in their pockets and hand luggage

  • Eubank flies home

    Former boxing champion Chris Eubank is home after being stranded in the Middle East for three months. The father-of-four celebrated with wife Karron at a restaurant in Brighton at the weekend. Chris, ex-world middleweight champion, had been in the Middle

  • New police chief starts

    Sussex's new chief constable was starting work today with a pledge to make crooks' lives "as insecure as the people they prey on". Ken Jones officially takes over from former chief Paul Whitehouse, who was forced to resign over the shooting of James Ashley

  • Steam engine anniversary

    A vintage steam engine is celebrating its 130th anniversary at a Mid Sussex railway. The Fenchurch is the second oldest working engine in the country and was built in September 1872 at Brighton railway works. When it first went into service, the Terrier

  • Rise of abuse in the home

    Hard Brussels sprouts, too much drinking and money troubles have sparked a sharp rise in domestic violence. Experts say trivial incidents like snoring or poorly-cooked food at stressful times like Christmas often trigger physical or mental abuse. Reports

  • Home to the rich and famous

    East Sussex is home to three of the richest people in Britain, according to the latest rich-list statistics. The county's wealthiest resident is Swedish-born inventor Hans Rausing, the second-richest person in Britain. Mr Rausing, who lives near Wadhurst

  • Residents turn up heat on parking

    Residents whose lives are being made a misery by parking regulations are setting up a pressure group to fight for a fairer deal. Car owners in the Seven Dials and West Hill areas of Brighton, close to the station, say people are being forced to move and

  • BT considers TV business

    Telecoms giant BT is to consider making and distributing its own TV content as it looks at entering the broadcasting sector. BT is drawing up a battle plan to attack the television market and meet the threat represented by cable operators NTL and Telewest

  • Young driver killed in crash

    A driver died when his car veered off the road, smashed through a brick wall and stopping inches from a family's front door. Motorist Robert Giles, 23, was rushed to hospital following the accident in Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham. Neighbours woken by

  • Dr Martens: Saints crash

    It was back to the old routine for St Leonards as they crashed 2-0 to fellow strugglers Sittingbourne. Despite starting well the Saints fell behind early on to a Bradley Spice goal, who held off his marker to score on the break. New keeper Michael Lidbury

  • Lagoon boon

    What would you like to see regarding bringing Hove Lagoon back to the future? The Hove Lagoon Appeal would like views and suggestions on making the lagoon a recreational area for all ages. Those on the appeal are dedicated to raising substantial funds

  • The lethal legal drug

    The nightmare for many parents in Sussex is watching their children turn into drug addicts as they grow into adults. But it is far more likely their kids will become addicted to alcohol than drugs. Many people do not recognise the extent of this problem

  • Parking blot

    Residents who live near Brighton station, who have formed the People's Parking Protest, need to ask themselves a basic question. Are there simply more cars in the area than there are parking spaces at most times of the day or evening? The protesters blame

  • Ryman League: Lewes leave it late

    Lewes snatched victory with two injury time goals at Wembley to maintain their position at the top of division two. Against the run of play Wembley took the lead in the 51st minute when a shot out of nowhere from Kevin Mason-Thomson beat goalkeeper Ross

  • No heart

    I have always believed a vet would call on a sick animal at any time if needed - of course, providing you are willing to pay for this service. This is not the case. A month ago, a friend noticed her 12-stone dog was unwell and needed a vet. She made five

  • Didn't shape up

    The Argus persuaded two couples with contrasting attitudes to fitness to swap roles for a week. As we reveal today, it wasn't entirely a success. The fit people felt frustrated by not taking exercise and the couch potatoes didn't fancy all that physical

  • Hurtful recipe

    Is Gemma Thwaite (Letters, December 31) a man using a pen-name? Surely she is not a woman. Preaching "tolerance of each other's exploits" within marriage and saying of affairs "there is no harm so long as they are not set up as a breach of trust, whatever

  • Basketball: Bears outgunned by Jets

    Brighton Bears went down fighting as Chester Jets maintained their lead at the top of the Northern Conference with a comfortable 113-94 win at the Northgate Arena last night. Chester now boast three wins over Bears this season and have won 12 successive

  • Best read

    We usually write to the editor of our favourite daily newspaper at this time of year. The Argus, which we take daily and have done for many years, is always very varied and informative. We are in our 70s and look forward to the time of day when The Argus

  • Basketball: Solent stun Thunder

    Former Worthing hero Alan Cunningham launched an astonishing outburst against the match officials as Solent stunned Thunder in an NBL thriller at the Leisure Centre on Saturday. The 94-86 reverse was Thunder's second successive defeat and hardly the preparation

  • G-ripping tale

    Regarding the recent Jack The Ripper letters, it seems Roy Branden, Peter Garrett and myself all believe he may have been a nonentity but, failing all else, the Ripper industry gave him "class", as suggested by Mr Garrett. The Royal Family was tainted

  • Chimneys set to fall

    The final stage of the demolition of a pair of power station chimneys will begin tomorrow. Destruction of the 200ft stacks at the old Broomgrove power station, Hastings, is almost finished and a 120-ton crane with a ball and chain will complete the job

  • Villagers fight to keep pub

    A campaign has been launched to stop a popular Sussex village pub being lost to housing. Residents fear they could lose a bastion of village life after plans were submitted to turn the Sandrock Inn, in Ditchling, into two homes. The community has already

  • Hunt for taxi smash teens

    Police were today hunting three youths seen fleeing from a stolen car which crashed into a taxi on an Eastbourne zebra crossing. A Vauxhall Astra was stolen from the car park at the District General Hospital in Kings Drive on Saturday morning. At 2.10pm

  • Teacher denies murdering wife

    A Sussex teacher beat his wife to death with an iron bar in a fit of jealous rage, a jury was told today. Mark Parnham, 36, told police the attack had been carried out by burglars in balaclavas, Lewes Crown Court heard. Parnham, an art and design teacher

  • Council tax hike on cards

    West Sussex council tax bills are set to soar unless the Government steps in with last- minute funds. Councillors will be warned of the increase, which could be as high as 9.5 per cent, at a meeting tomorrow. The inflation-busting figure for services

  • Young driver killed in crash

    A driver died when his car veered off the road, smashed through a brick wall and stopping inches from a family's front door. Motorist Robert Giles, 23, was rushed to hospital following the accident in Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham. Neighbours woken by

  • Voice of the Third Age, by Lis Solkhon

    I imagine that I am not alone in often setting out purposefully upstairs to deal with an urgent matter forgetting I was already in hot pursuit of some other idea. By the time I reach the top of the stairs, not only do I manage to forget items one and

  • Talking sign to show patients the way

    A talking sign aimed at helping patients find their way around a hospital is to be installed. Patients and visitors at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton often have problems finding their way around its grounds and departments. However, from the

  • Voting reform

    So the Conservative opposition leader on Brighton and Hove City Council says his party is the only alternative to Labour for independent-minded voters (The Argus, December 28). Surely, if he wants to champion the individual, he should be calling for a

  • Wrong number

    Do those protesting against "dangerous" mobile phone masts (The Argus, January 2) not use mobile phones? They complain permission was not requested. Similarly, people use mobile phones next to me on trains and buses, in shops and the street and do not

  • Firms face property woes

    About one in five small and medium-sized firms are having problems finding suitable accommodation to run their business, a survey today shows. Difficulties in finding a property with the right budget and in the right location are the most common problem

  • Rate cut unlikely

    Interest rates are almost certain to remain unchanged this week as a flurry of trading updates confirm the Christmas spending boom on the high-street, City experts said. Analysts predict the Bank of England's nine-strong Monetary Policy Committee will

  • Drunkeness cure has roots in China

    There is, I am told, a sure fire way of driving mice to drink. If mice are fed on junk food and subsequently given the choice between drinking water or alcohol, the majority will choose alcohol. If, on the other hand, mice are fed healthy, unprocessed

  • Anger at Sarah documentary

    A police crime scene investigator has slammed the BBC over its coverage of the Sarah Payne murder. A BBC1 documentary ignored the vital work of Sussex Police scenes of crime officers, according to a letter in this month's force magazine Patrol. Colin

  • Exercising minds as well as muscles

    Still reeling from your child's rejection of those well-researched Christmas presents? Well, you're not alone. Nationwide, there are parents calculating the cost per hour of the limited interest shown by their children in hyped-up pogo sticks, newfangled

  • Young driver killed in crash

    A driver died when his car veered off the road, smashed through a brick wall and stopping inches from a family's front door. Motorist Robert Giles, 23, was rushed to hospital following the accident in Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham. Neighbours woken by

  • Rush hour car chaos

    A crash caused traffic chaos today as many went back to work for the first time after the New Year. The accident, involving two cars and a cyclist, happened just before 8am on the B2112, just north of the Garden Pride garden centre near Ditchling. The

  • Council tax hike on cards

    West Sussex council tax bills are set to soar unless the Government steps in with last- minute funds. Councillors will be warned of the increase, which could be as high as 9.5 per cent, at a meeting tomorrow. The inflation-busting figure for services

  • Eubank flies home

    Former boxing champion Chris Eubank is home after being stranded in the Middle East for three months. The father-of-four celebrated with wife Karron at a restaurant in Brighton at the weekend. Chris, ex-world middleweight champion, had been in the Middle

  • New police chief starts

    Sussex's new chief constable was starting work today with a pledge to make crooks' lives "as insecure as the people they prey on". Ken Jones officially takes over from former chief Paul Whitehouse, who was forced to resign over the shooting of James Ashley

  • Residents turn up heat on parking

    Residents whose lives are being made a misery by parking regulations are setting up a pressure group to fight for a fairer deal. Car owners in the Seven Dials and West Hill areas of Brighton, close to the station, say people are being forced to move and

  • BT considers TV business

    Telecoms giant BT is to consider making and distributing its own TV content as it looks at entering the broadcasting sector. BT is drawing up a battle plan to attack the television market and meet the threat represented by cable operators NTL and Telewest

  • EasyJet to order 75 aircraft

    Low-cost airline easyJet is to order 75 new planes as part of a major expansion planned for the next five years. The Luton-based firm has already started discussions with Boeing and Airbus about placing the largest-ever order from a European budget carrier

  • Athletics: Gold at last for Rees-Jones

    Stephen Rees-Jones won the Sussex Cross Country Championships in Stanmer Park and admitted: "I'm relieved." The Brighton and Hove runner has been a medallist for the last three years but had never won gold. He finished 50 metres clear of Andrew Robinson

  • Blades next if Albion win

    Brighton and Hove Albion have been drawn at home to First Division opponents again in the FA Cup. The Seagulls will entertain Sheffield United in the last 32 on January 26 if they beat Preston in their re-arranged third round tie at Withdean a week tomorrow

  • Dr Martens: Hastings go joint top

    Hastings Town went joint top of the Dr Martens Eastern Division after a hard fought win at home to ten-man Stamford. Duncan McArthur's glorious 74th minute strike proved sufficient to close the gap on leaders Grantham Town who crashed to a surprise 5-

  • Dr Martens: Saints crash

    It was back to the old routine for St Leonards as they crashed 2-0 to fellow strugglers Sittingbourne. Despite starting well the Saints fell behind early on to a Bradley Spice goal, who held off his marker to score on the break. New keeper Michael Lidbury

  • Service charges are needless effrontery

    Does any reader know who came up with the idea of adding 10 per cent to the bill for a meal in a restaurant, then having the cheek to call it a service charge? Isn't it the customers who are doing the service by their patronage? And, as an afterthought

  • County League: Bridges are made to wait

    Three Bridges had to wait until the second half to break the deadlock in a 3-0 home win over Saltdean, despite dominating the first period. Jamie Edwards scored with a 25-yard shot which somehow bounced over the goalkeeper. Boss Darren Barker said: "After

  • Lagoon boon

    What would you like to see regarding bringing Hove Lagoon back to the future? The Hove Lagoon Appeal would like views and suggestions on making the lagoon a recreational area for all ages. Those on the appeal are dedicated to raising substantial funds

  • The lethal legal drug

    The nightmare for many parents in Sussex is watching their children turn into drug addicts as they grow into adults. But it is far more likely their kids will become addicted to alcohol than drugs. Many people do not recognise the extent of this problem

  • Ryman League: Worthing woes continue

    Worthing's woes continued with a disappointing 3-0 home defeat against in-form Slough Town. Rebels have now lost their last four division one games and the size of the rebuilding task facing manager Barry Lloyd was all too evident following the latest

  • Parking blot

    Residents who live near Brighton station, who have formed the People's Parking Protest, need to ask themselves a basic question. Are there simply more cars in the area than there are parking spaces at most times of the day or evening? The protesters blame

  • Hurtful recipe

    Is Gemma Thwaite (Letters, December 31) a man using a pen-name? Surely she is not a woman. Preaching "tolerance of each other's exploits" within marriage and saying of affairs "there is no harm so long as they are not set up as a breach of trust, whatever

  • Best read

    We usually write to the editor of our favourite daily newspaper at this time of year. The Argus, which we take daily and have done for many years, is always very varied and informative. We are in our 70s and look forward to the time of day when The Argus

  • Basketball: Solent stun Thunder

    Former Worthing hero Alan Cunningham launched an astonishing outburst against the match officials as Solent stunned Thunder in an NBL thriller at the Leisure Centre on Saturday. The 94-86 reverse was Thunder's second successive defeat and hardly the preparation

  • G-ripping tale

    Regarding the recent Jack The Ripper letters, it seems Roy Branden, Peter Garrett and myself all believe he may have been a nonentity but, failing all else, the Ripper industry gave him "class", as suggested by Mr Garrett. The Royal Family was tainted

  • Brits to the core

    Here are two more well-known and much-loved Hollywood supporting actors, both British to the core. On the extreme left of the picture is Roland Young, famous as the maligned banker in the Topper series, who was Oscar-nominated for the first. On the extreme

  • Villagers fight to keep pub

    A campaign has been launched to stop a popular Sussex village pub being lost to housing. Residents fear they could lose a bastion of village life after plans were submitted to turn the Sandrock Inn, in Ditchling, into two homes. The community has already

  • Teacher denies murdering wife

    A Sussex teacher beat his wife to death with an iron bar in a fit of jealous rage, a jury was told today. Mark Parnham, 36, told police the attack had been carried out by burglars in balaclavas, Lewes Crown Court heard. Parnham, an art and design teacher

  • Machine eases sufferer's pain

    English literature student and parttime model Alice Friedl has been having pains in her joints since she was ten years old. She was subsequently diagnosed with having rheumatoid arthritis. Now 27, she uses wheelchair but has not let the condition ruin

  • Talking sign to show patients the way

    A talking sign aimed at helping patients find their way around a hospital is to be installed. Patients and visitors at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton often have problems finding their way around its grounds and departments. However, from the

  • Why all the bombs?

    With Afghani civilian casualties reaching the same total as the New York dead, why on earth is the US relentlessly pounding the country in a vain attempt to kill Osama bin Laden or other elusive leaders? And with the amount of money raised for Afghani

  • Firework plea

    Every weekend since the summer has been marked by increasingly noisy fireworks. Their use escalated to almost daily during the Christmas holidays. When they were limited to the period around November 5, animals could be kept inside in anticipation. Now

  • Firms face property woes

    About one in five small and medium-sized firms are having problems finding suitable accommodation to run their business, a survey today shows. Difficulties in finding a property with the right budget and in the right location are the most common problem

  • Rate cut unlikely

    Interest rates are almost certain to remain unchanged this week as a flurry of trading updates confirm the Christmas spending boom on the high-street, City experts said. Analysts predict the Bank of England's nine-strong Monetary Policy Committee will

  • BA in deal with Dutch rival

    British Airways said today it would announce a schedule-sharing agreement with Dutch rival KLM later this week. The deal, which comes after weeks of discussions, will allow BA and KLM to sell seats on each other's flights on some routes to the Middle

  • Drunkeness cure has roots in China

    There is, I am told, a sure fire way of driving mice to drink. If mice are fed on junk food and subsequently given the choice between drinking water or alcohol, the majority will choose alcohol. If, on the other hand, mice are fed healthy, unprocessed

  • Anger at Sarah documentary

    A police crime scene investigator has slammed the BBC over its coverage of the Sarah Payne murder. A BBC1 documentary ignored the vital work of Sussex Police scenes of crime officers, according to a letter in this month's force magazine Patrol. Colin

  • Chance to have a say on rubbish

    Rubbish collections will be scrutinised by the public for the first time since Brighton and Hove Council took over the service. Council deputy chief executive Alan McCarthy and officers responsible for waste management in the city will answer questions

  • Great divide over housing

    Central Brighton and Hove could become a haven reserved for the wealthy unless housing benefit is increased. A new report says changes to housing benefit are urgently needed to avoid social exclusion and reduce homelessness in the city. The Brighton and

  • Birdmen to fly in

    Three birdmen will fly across the Atlantic to take part in a contest. The annual International Bognor Birdman competition offers £25,000 for anyone who can fly more than 100m after launching themselves off Bognor pier. Inspired by the competition, the

  • Young driver killed in crash

    A driver died when his car veered off the road, smashed through a brick wall and stopping inches from a family's front door. Motorist Robert Giles, 23, was rushed to hospital following the accident in Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham. Neighbours woken by

  • Rush hour car chaos

    A crash caused traffic chaos today as many went back to work for the first time after the New Year. The accident, involving two cars and a cyclist, happened just before 8am on the B2112, just north of the Garden Pride garden centre near Ditchling. The

  • Council tax hike on cards

    West Sussex council tax bills are set to soar unless the Government steps in with last- minute funds. Councillors will be warned of the increase, which could be as high as 9.5 per cent, at a meeting tomorrow. The inflation-busting figure for services

  • Rail strike No2

    Rail users faced further misery today as workers walked out in a second 48-hour strike. Services run by South West Trains in the South East were crippled, including trains from Brighton to Reading via Chichester. Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport

  • Arts workers' fury over dismissal

    Staff who were made redundant four days before Christmas are unhappy with the way they were treated. Four of the seven permanent employees at the Old Market arts centre in Hove are seeking legal advice from their union about the loss of their jobs. They

  • EasyJet to order 75 aircraft

    Low-cost airline easyJet is to order 75 new planes as part of a major expansion planned for the next five years. The Luton-based firm has already started discussions with Boeing and Airbus about placing the largest-ever order from a European budget carrier

  • Athletics: Gold at last for Rees-Jones

    Stephen Rees-Jones won the Sussex Cross Country Championships in Stanmer Park and admitted: "I'm relieved." The Brighton and Hove runner has been a medallist for the last three years but had never won gold. He finished 50 metres clear of Andrew Robinson

  • Blades next if Albion win

    Brighton and Hove Albion have been drawn at home to First Division opponents again in the FA Cup. The Seagulls will entertain Sheffield United in the last 32 on January 26 if they beat Preston in their re-arranged third round tie at Withdean a week tomorrow

  • Dr Martens: Hastings go joint top

    Hastings Town went joint top of the Dr Martens Eastern Division after a hard fought win at home to ten-man Stamford. Duncan McArthur's glorious 74th minute strike proved sufficient to close the gap on leaders Grantham Town who crashed to a surprise 5-

  • County League: Sidley plan late charge

    Sidley turned it on in the second half to beat Littlehampton, then vowed to do the same in the race for the title. The champions remain 13 points adrift of leaders Burgess Hill going into the second half of the league season. Sidley player/coach Peter

  • Service charges are needless effrontery

    Does any reader know who came up with the idea of adding 10 per cent to the bill for a meal in a restaurant, then having the cheek to call it a service charge? Isn't it the customers who are doing the service by their patronage? And, as an afterthought

  • County League: Bridges are made to wait

    Three Bridges had to wait until the second half to break the deadlock in a 3-0 home win over Saltdean, despite dominating the first period. Jamie Edwards scored with a 25-yard shot which somehow bounced over the goalkeeper. Boss Darren Barker said: "After

  • Ryman League: Worthing woes continue

    Worthing's woes continued with a disappointing 3-0 home defeat against in-form Slough Town. Rebels have now lost their last four division one games and the size of the rebuilding task facing manager Barry Lloyd was all too evident following the latest

  • Coast toast

    The inimitable Spike Milligan reminisced in one of his hilarious military memoirs, Adolph Hitler, My Part In His Downfall: "Now, whereas wartime Hailsham offered boredom of an evening, nearby Eastbourne offered a greater variety of it." Any improvement

  • Our dead sister helped reunite us

    Two sisters who have not seen each other for 27 years have been reunited. Now Margaret Green wants to complete her family reunion by tracing the baby daughter she gave up for adoption before leaving England for a new life in Australia. Margaret and her

  • Breathing more easily

    As the temperature of the atmosphere falls, the cold air we breathe has a direct effect on our nasal passages, sinuses and lungs. The body reacts by producing more catarrh and congestion and causes spasm and contraction of the tubules the lungs, resulting

  • Speedway: Eagles swoop for Polish star

    Top Polish speedway ace Krzysztof Cegielski is joining Eastbourne Eagles. Cegielski, who shot to fame last season with rivals Poole Pirates, will spearhead the Sussex club's bid for their second Elite League title in three years. Eastbourne will announce

  • Not worth it

    As the festive season passes for another year, I wonder how many people have seriously gone into debt to pay for these two days? Without being a killjoy, I cannot help but wonder if it is worth it. The meaning of Christmas is the birth of Christ and was

  • Manager attacked by speeding driver

    A supermarket manager was attacked after asking a motorist to slow down as he sped through a car park used by store customers. The driver stopped and flung his car door open, ramming it into the legs of Paul Lumber, a duty manager at the Co-op in Peacehaven

  • Brits to the core

    Here are two more well-known and much-loved Hollywood supporting actors, both British to the core. On the extreme left of the picture is Roland Young, famous as the maligned banker in the Topper series, who was Oscar-nominated for the first. On the extreme

  • Parents' plea in class crush

    An MP today called for a new secondary school in Eastbourne to stem a growing crisis of classroom overcrowding. Eastbourne has the most overcrowded schools in East Sussex, with admission numbers at its six secondary schools up by 12 per cent between 1998

  • Boys' robbery terror

    Two young brothers were robbed after they drew out their disabled father's benefit money for him from an Eastbourne post office. The boys, aged 10 and 12, were approached by a man as they collected £110 from the post office in Etchingham Road. Police

  • Body found under cliff

    A lifeboat crew recovered the body of a man at the bottom of a cliff in East Sussex. The man, believed to be in his late fifties, was picked up by the crew of the Newhaven Lifeboat at 10.45am yesterday at the bottom of 200ft high cliffs at Crowlink, between

  • Fear, not cheer, from drinkers

    The festive hangovers may have faded but for some, drinking can cause year-round misery. Alcohol abuse is rife. From tanked-up football fans scuffling on the streets to the victims of drunk drivers, the effects are all too common. Life for the immediate

  • Machine eases sufferer's pain

    English literature student and parttime model Alice Friedl has been having pains in her joints since she was ten years old. She was subsequently diagnosed with having rheumatoid arthritis. Now 27, she uses wheelchair but has not let the condition ruin

  • Family Life, by Bini McCall

    After all the late nights and excesses of Christmas and the New Year break, daughter, Sam the dog and I are running off to the country for a long weekend to detox and recover. This is partly for health reasons and partly because one of my more serious

  • Let the people decide

    I note Tony Blair is trying to push us into adopting the euro through the back door. What right has he to do this? None. We are waiting for a referendum, as promised, then we shall see whether we want the euro or not. My guess is we donot. We don't want

  • Why all the bombs?

    With Afghani civilian casualties reaching the same total as the New York dead, why on earth is the US relentlessly pounding the country in a vain attempt to kill Osama bin Laden or other elusive leaders? And with the amount of money raised for Afghani

  • Desperately seeking Laura

    Craig Abell is looking for a woman he met in a night club to make her the love of his life. The pine-stripper saw the girl of his dreams on the dance floor of a Brighton night club on New Year's Eve. Craig was hooked as soon as Laura, a college student

  • Firework plea

    Every weekend since the summer has been marked by increasingly noisy fireworks. Their use escalated to almost daily during the Christmas holidays. When they were limited to the period around November 5, animals could be kept inside in anticipation. Now

  • BA in deal with Dutch rival

    British Airways said today it would announce a schedule-sharing agreement with Dutch rival KLM later this week. The deal, which comes after weeks of discussions, will allow BA and KLM to sell seats on each other's flights on some routes to the Middle