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  • Shows of the week

    Unity Wroe rounds up the week's top stage shows around Sussex, updated every Friday. SHOOT 2 WIN, Gardner Arts Centre, University Of Sussex, Falmer, April 25-27 A sassy and original new play about seven outspoken women. Set in the world of netball, the

  • Out and about this weekend

    Komedia will be opening its doors and offering visitors the opportunity to look around the venue and watch some shows. As well as music, theatre and children's performances, the open day will give people the chance to find out more about Komedia's programme

  • Bus drivers are so polite

    I have just returned home after visiting the UK for four weeks, I spent most of the time in the Brighton and Hove area. I have to congratulate your bus drivers. They were polite and helpful. How they ever manage to manoeuvre the buses around such narrow

  • Get off the fence

    Well done, the Albion. Against all the odds, you have come through. Now watch all the Brighton and Hove City Council officials jump on the bandwagon for the celebrations. Come on, let's have our stadium. The players have done the city proud. Now, councillors

  • Do you wannabe a pop star?

    Wannabe pop stars are expected to queue for hours for the chance to be part of Sussex's answer to S Club or Westlife. Auditions are taking place this weekend to find youngsters to form a pop group based in Brighton and Hove. The contest is organised by

  • New-look The Argus gains another award

    The fresh new look of The Argus has landed another top industry award. The paper's redesign in June last year was named the most effective promotional campaign by a regional newspaper by judges at the Association of Circulation Executives (ACE) Press

  • Op wait ordeal of widow, 91

    A 91-year-old woman waited in agony for three days for an operation after breaking her hip in a fall. Mary Tapp waited on a trolley in casualty for 12 hours after medics said they would operate that day. But as Chancellor Gordon Brown was preparing his

  • My glue attack nightmare

    A woman has described how a gang of teenage muggers glued an empty mango chutney jar to her hand. Wendy Thornton moved towns earlier this year because she felt her home town was becoming unsafe. But less than three months after her move to Eastbourne,

  • Oomph! Punch to help rail stress

    Commuters fed up with poor rail services are venting their anger by hitting a punchbag. Passengers at Brighton station were invited to whack the bag, surrounded by pictures of Chancellor Gordon Brown, as they went to catch their trains this morning. It

  • Mystery protest at Tories' gay meeting

    Tory Party members meeting gay business representatives were met by demonstrators dressed in Maggie Thatcher and John Major masks. The seven demonstrators, who refused to say who they were or why they were protesting, gathered under banners saying Vote

  • £980m expansion for airport

    Airport operator BAA today announced a £980 million expansion plan for Gatwick Airport to cope with an expected air travel boom. It is part of a ten-year, £8.1 billion investment programme at London's three main airports. The programme assumes air traffic

  • Eagles cast spell on Witches

    Eastbourne Eagles are on track to reach the semi-finals of the Knockout Cup. The in-form Sussex squad pulverised Ipswich on their own track last night to win 51-39. It was Eastbourne's sixth win in seven matches, and their fourth in succession away from

  • Gala night for old Varndeanians

    Old boys and girls are invited to join the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of a school association. Pupils from Varndean in Brighton are invited to join the celebrations for the centenary of the Old Varndeanian Association. The milestone will be

  • April 19: Surrey v Sussex (CC)

    There was a sombre start to the season at The Oval as Surrey and Sussex held a two-minute silence for Ben Hollioake and Umer Rashid. In the past two months both counties have lost an all-round talent apparently on the verge of greater things, Surrey and

  • Worthing must get used to favourites' tag

    Worthing must get used to being favourites as they head for Sussex rugby's clash of the champions. Mike Imrie's side, fresh from clinching the London Three South East title, tackle newly-crowned Sussex One champions Chichester in the Sussex Trophy final

  • Time travel

    How long should it take to process a challenge to the issue of a parking penalty charge? The notice was issued on Friday, August 3, 2001, not long after the introduction of residents' visitor parking permits, on my brother's car two days after he arrived

  • Vital need for change

    Mary Tapp is a living example of why more money needs to be invested by the Government on improving health care. She broke her hip after a fall on Monday but waited three days for treatment after her operation was postponed twice. Mrs Tapp, who lives

  • Brighton chase hockey hat-trick

    Brighton look to complete a hat-trick of upsets when they meet Chichester in the Sussex Cup final at East Grinstead tomorrow. Despite starting as underdogs on both occasions, Brighton have beaten Chichester in the last two finals and are now chasing a

  • Student attacked by racist teenagers

    A student walking to college was punched and spat at before being robbed by a gang of teenagers in a racist attack. The 19-year-old Japanese victim was walking along Elder Place, Brighton, yesterday when three girls and one boy began to taunt her with

  • Hillians want to win title in style

    Gary Croydon wants to end his worst run as manager of Burgess Hill and celebrate the Rich City County League title in style. Hillians are still two points away from their fourth crown in six years after Ringmer beat Wick 2-0 last night. Croydon will not

  • Sea life

    What a vision to save our city seafront near Brighton's West Pier - public piazzas, tables and chairs linked to cafes and bars (The Argus, April 17). Sadly, there is still little reference to the West Pier ferry jetty restoration. With the West Pier restored

  • Burt back for Town glory bid

    Hastings Town skipper Tony Burt is prepared to play through the pain for the Dr Martens eastern division title at Wisbech tomorrow. Town are four points clear at the top and a point will seal promotion and all three the championship. Burt needed five

  • Palm top

    Sue Murray (Letters, April 11) is correct in saying the palm trees along Worthing seafront themselves cost £315 each. However, this does not include the cost of administration, planting or maintenance, nor does it include an apportionment of consultant

  • Andy loses his battle

    Former Lewes manager Andy Sinden has died following a long battle with motor neurone disease. Sinden, 38, played for several Sussex clubs before taking over as manager at the Dripping Pan, where he finished his playing days. He was also a good cricketer

  • Cast query

    I recently chatted to JoAnne Good on her early- morning radio programme about my days as an extra in the 1961 Jack Warner film Jigsaw, shot entirely in Brighton and other local areas, including Lewes and Newhaven. Jigsaw is one of many films made over

  • Grass is greener

    I am not surprised Phyllis Dresden and the residents of Grand Avenue, Hove, feel very aggrieved about yet another cost-cutting exercise which has depressed the appearance of this imposing boulevard (The Argus, April 12). This magnificent avenue in the

  • Husband jailed for killing wife

    A husband has been jailed for eight years for killing his wife in a drunken row. Frances Gould, 44, phoned police as she lay with blood streaming from a gash to her head. Her husband Richard, 37, was arrested by officers who arrived at the couple's terraced

  • Thanks to medics

    I would like to say a very big thank you to Mr Hardwidge, neurosurgeon of Hurstwood Park, after the removal of a brain tumour and all the care I have had in the past seven years. Also I would like to thank the MRI centre at the Princess Royal Hospital

  • Silver screen memories

    One cinema not mentioned (The Argus Weekend, April 13) was the Pavilion (bughutch) in North Street, Portslade. My husband and I used to go there regularly when we were courting. One evening (some time in the late Forties), the electricity failed during

  • Mystery of Mr Reeve

    I am surprised Roger French (The Argus, April 12), while naming buses, did not mention one name that should be there - the great Brighton organist Douglas Reeve. He did more for Brighton's morale during the Second World War than anyone. Apart from that

  • Saturday Seaside Special, The Joint, Brighton, April 20

    Kitsch, camp and quirky sounds are brought to you from the Dynamite Boogaloo team at this monthly night. Expect pop, disco, indie, trash and a whole host of songs you haven't heard since you ditched your record player in the late Eighties/early Nineties

  • Colour White, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, May 5-July 7

    This exhibition features the work of artists who have been drawn to using white as a colour or property in their pieces. Designed specifically for the Pavilion, the exhibition explores modernism in art and its relationship to architecture. Pieces by contemporary

  • Where's the beef?

    While welcoming the new farmers' market in Bartholomew Square, Brighton, why isn't there a meat stall yet? A farmers' market without one seems a bit odd. Are the organisers afraid of the anti-meat lobby? -M Thomson, Brighton

  • Full steam ahead for Albion's sake

    Many congratulations to the Albion on winning the Second Division championship. For the second season running, the Albion have proved to be the best team in their division. This is due to great performances and results in both seasons. Both Micky Adams

  • Nothing doing

    With calls for a new stadium for the Albion reaching fever pitch, it's time for a cold, hard look at the realities. The Falmer site is too small and the plan flies in the face of Brighton and Hove City Council's own policies to protect precious downland

  • Changing face of Albion fans

    This scene from 1912 is a far cry from the scenes of joy as Albion clinched the Division Two championship last Saturday. Ninety years ago, following a 3-0 victory against Bristol City, the response was somewhat muted. Fans - almost exclusively male -

  • Self-centred

    "England boss backs stadium bid" was a recent headline in The Argus. The article went on to imply that he backed the bid for Falmer. What does Sven-Goran Eriksson know about Falmer though? Obviously he would back a football stadium for Brighton and Hove

  • Human skull found in woods

    A walker stumbled upon a human skull believed to belong to a man who disappeared 14 years ago. Classroom assistant Karen Perez, 38, was walking with her partner and daughter in Hellingly Woods, near Hailsham, when she came across the skull. Forensic tests

  • Fine in nine

    What a splendid idea from Mr R Ticehurst of Eastbourne (Letters, April 11) to site the new Brighton and Hove Albion stadium in Newhaven. On the North Quay, it would have its own station right alongside, the A26 could be improved, there is plenty of room

  • Worth a look

    Forgive me if this sounds like a hare-brained idea but if the Falmer site is rejected, the Albion should consider building a site on the land west of Brighton Marina. If anyone has been to the fantastic stadium at Monaco, they will know what I mean. That

  • Medical bag stolen

    Thieves stole a medical bag from a former paramedic who still helps accident victims. Bjorn Birk was dismayed to find the metal case full of emergency supplies had been taken from his car outside his flat in Wilbury Avenue, Hove. Inside the bag was emergency

  • This week's gig guide

    Our pick of the performances, brought to you every Friday by Unity Wroe. MERCURY REV, Event 2, West Street, Brighton, April 22 ACCLAIMED American group who formed in Buffalo in the late Eighties. By the mid-Nineties, critics were marvelling over their

  • Plans to cut speed at accident black spot

    Plans to improve safety on a road which has been the scene of fatal accidents are expected to be given the go-ahead. A package of measures for the A24 between Worthing and Horsham will include reducing the limit from 60mph to 50mph on the approach to

  • Shows of the week

    Unity Wroe rounds up the week's top stage shows around Sussex, updated every Friday. SHOOT 2 WIN, Gardner Arts Centre, University Of Sussex, Falmer, April 25-27 A sassy and original new play about seven outspoken women. Set in the world of netball, the

  • Out and about this weekend

    Komedia will be opening its doors and offering visitors the opportunity to look around the venue and watch some shows. As well as music, theatre and children's performances, the open day will give people the chance to find out more about Komedia's programme

  • Get off the fence

    Well done, the Albion. Against all the odds, you have come through. Now watch all the Brighton and Hove City Council officials jump on the bandwagon for the celebrations. Come on, let's have our stadium. The players have done the city proud. Now, councillors

  • Do you wannabe a pop star?

    Wannabe pop stars are expected to queue for hours for the chance to be part of Sussex's answer to S Club or Westlife. Auditions are taking place this weekend to find youngsters to form a pop group based in Brighton and Hove. The contest is organised by

  • City takes a fresh look at green issues

    A city is set to become the first climate-friendly community in Britain. Climate change campaigner Daren Howarth told a landmark conference on green issues that carbon use in Brighton and Hove could be cut to a level where it could be replaced, making

  • Mercy journey in doubt

    An animal welfare worker's trip to Spain to free condemned animals has been put in jeopardy by thieves. Kate Green returned to a woodland car park after walking her dog to discover thieves had thrown rocks through almost every window of her pet rescue

  • Kid saved by karate

    A young karate star is crediting martial arts training for helping her make a quick recovery from a life-threatening medical condition. Natalie Headland, 13, of Rife Way, Ferring, near Worthing, almost died after suffering a ruptured liver last May. Now

  • Lost manor may be found

    A lost medieval manor house whose location has puzzled historians for decades may have been discovered. Archaeologists have long speculated the uneven surface of a field near Norman St Wulfran's Church, Ovingdean, Brighton, hid the remains of the village's

  • My glue attack nightmare

    A woman has described how a gang of teenage muggers glued an empty mango chutney jar to her hand. Wendy Thornton moved towns earlier this year because she felt her home town was becoming unsafe. But less than three months after her move to Eastbourne,

  • Oomph! Punch to help rail stress

    Commuters fed up with poor rail services are venting their anger by hitting a punchbag. Passengers at Brighton station were invited to whack the bag, surrounded by pictures of Chancellor Gordon Brown, as they went to catch their trains this morning. It

  • I'm named after my dream car

    Car fanatic Natalie Elliott was so fed up of her real surname she changed it - to Subaru-Impreza. And she can't even drive. Natalie, 22, paid £41.13 to solicitors to officially have her surname changed by deed poll, which now adorns everything from her

  • Witness identifies suspect in Hoogstraten murder trial

    A woman visiting a vet's surgery opposite the home of Mohammed Raja on the day of his murder saw David Croke driving a van away from the scene, a jury heard today. Valerie Willcox picked out 59-year-old Croke, of Bolney Road, Moulsecoomb, Brighton, from

  • Pick up for stolen goods

    Motorists who had alloy wheels stolen from their vehicles are being asked to contact police. A large amount of car stereo equipment and alloy wheels have been recovered by officers who want to hear from motorists who may be able to lay claim to some of

  • Gardens plan £1.5m centre

    A major boost has been planned for one of the region's biggest tourist attractions. Kew Gardens wants to build a £1.5 million visitor centre at its countryside offshoot, Wakehurst Place, near Ardingly. The new centre should be completed by Easter next

  • Eagles cast spell on Witches

    Eastbourne Eagles are on track to reach the semi-finals of the Knockout Cup. The in-form Sussex squad pulverised Ipswich on their own track last night to win 51-39. It was Eastbourne's sixth win in seven matches, and their fourth in succession away from

  • Albion send in big guns

    Seagulls boss Peter Taylor is sending out the big guns in a bid to finish the championship campaign with a bang. He has pledged to field a full strength side, with the exception of the injured Junior Lewis, in tomorrow's closing fixture at Port Vale.

  • Gala night for old Varndeanians

    Old boys and girls are invited to join the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of a school association. Pupils from Varndean in Brighton are invited to join the celebrations for the centenary of the Old Varndeanian Association. The milestone will be

  • ITV Digital row heads for court

    The Football League's battle for their £178.5million TV money took a giant stride towards the courts last night. The 72 chairmen of the league clubs refused to budge over the ITV Digital crisis. The digital broadcaster could be put up for sale today as

  • Storm clouds gather for Horton

    Albion's last match of the season could just turn out to be the last in charge of Port Vale for their former captain. The alarm bell is ringing at Vale Park because chairman Bill Bell has yet to produce a new two and a half year contract promised to Brian

  • Out of kilter

    Keith Jago (Letters, April 11) seemed to suggest the public could not be bothered to sign a book of condolence for the Queen Mother. Having noticed in a local paper such a book existed, I went along to the Civic Centre. There was no sign of it. I inquired

  • Hillians want to win title in style

    Gary Croydon wants to end his worst run as manager of Burgess Hill and celebrate the Rich City County League title in style. Hillians are still two points away from their fourth crown in six years after Ringmer beat Wick 2-0 last night. Croydon will not

  • Burt back for Town glory bid

    Hastings Town skipper Tony Burt is prepared to play through the pain for the Dr Martens eastern division title at Wisbech tomorrow. Town are four points clear at the top and a point will seal promotion and all three the championship. Burt needed five

  • Palm top

    Sue Murray (Letters, April 11) is correct in saying the palm trees along Worthing seafront themselves cost £315 each. However, this does not include the cost of administration, planting or maintenance, nor does it include an apportionment of consultant

  • Steps ahead

    Who to vote for in Brighton's Walk of Fame? Jimmy Tarbuck? I think not. If we are to immortalise anyone, it should be a man who may not be rich but is certainly famous, a man who lives and breathes Brighton, is always smiling, always has new ventures

  • Battle over late pubs

    A £40,000 fighting fund has been created to stop late-night drinking in Worthing's pubs. The Borough Council has vowed "aggressively, confidently and determinedly" to oppose plans by pub giant Bar Med to open a new bar staying open until midnight. The

  • £980m expansion for airport

    Airport operator BAA today announced a £980 million expansion plan for Gatwick Airport to cope with an expected air travel boom. It is part of a ten-year, £8.1 billion investment programme at London's three main airports. The programme assumes air traffic

  • Gardens plan £1.5m centre

    A major boost has been planned for one of the region's biggest tourist attractions. Kew Gardens wants to build a £1.5 million visitor centre at its countryside offshoot, Wakehurst Place, near Ardingly. The new centre should be completed by Easter next

  • My glue attack nightmare

    An Eastbourne woman has described how a gang of teenage muggers glued an empty mango chutney jar to her hand. Wendy Thornton moved towns earlier this year because she felt her home town was becoming unsafe. But less than three months after her move to

  • Husband jailed for killing wife

    A husband has been jailed for eight years for killing his wife in a drunken row. Frances Gould, 44, phoned police as she lay with blood streaming from a gash to her head. Her husband Richard, 37, was arrested by officers who arrived at the couple's terraced

  • Think Of It This Way, by John Parry

    It's pistols at dawn on Brighton seafront. The cause of this ultimate confrontation? The tortured remains of the once glorious West Pier, filled with the acrid stench of droppings from a myriad of starlings that doss down in its shelter every night. The

  • Thanks to medics

    I would like to say a very big thank you to Mr Hardwidge, neurosurgeon of Hurstwood Park, after the removal of a brain tumour and all the care I have had in the past seven years. Also I would like to thank the MRI centre at the Princess Royal Hospital

  • Here And Now Tour, Brighton Centre, April 26

    Puss In Boots will not be meeting Prince Charming for some Goody Two Shoes action at the Brighton Centre. No, it's not a cancelled date on a lonely-hearts page, it's the sad news that Adam Ant has pulled out of the Here And Now Tour. The promoters of

  • Five Guys Named Moe, Theatre Royal, Brighton, April 22-27

    Just the words audience participation are enough to strike the fear of God into many timid theatre-goers. But, sometimes, it's the actors who are left feeling bewildered. George Long, who stars as Four-Eyed Moe in the forthcoming musical Five Guys Named

  • Sing-A-Long-A-Abba, Theatre Royal, Brighton, April 21

    Brought to you by the producers of the hugely successful Sing-A-Long-A-Sound-Of-Music show, the phenomenon continues with another interactive screening. This time it's the turn of the Swedish supergroup in concert, complete with subtitles. You might want

  • Ocean Rooms Birthday Party, Brighton, April 22

    Another birthday, another party for the glamorous club in Morley Street. This year, Chicago's legendary Derrick Carter will be making a rare appearance with Space's Luke Solomon. In addition, Ross Allen, supported by local heroes JFB and Roo, will be

  • Nabucco, Brighton Centre, April 21

    Opera International returns to the Brighton Centre, this time presenting the National Opera of Moldavia and a production of Verdi's Nabucco. Nabucco is a monumental tale of revenge, destruction and jealousy set against the backdrop of the Hebrews being

  • Where's the beef?

    While welcoming the new farmers' market in Bartholomew Square, Brighton, why isn't there a meat stall yet? A farmers' market without one seems a bit odd. Are the organisers afraid of the anti-meat lobby? -M Thomson, Brighton

  • Full steam ahead for Albion's sake

    Many congratulations to the Albion on winning the Second Division championship. For the second season running, the Albion have proved to be the best team in their division. This is due to great performances and results in both seasons. Both Micky Adams

  • Nothing doing

    With calls for a new stadium for the Albion reaching fever pitch, it's time for a cold, hard look at the realities. The Falmer site is too small and the plan flies in the face of Brighton and Hove City Council's own policies to protect precious downland

  • Changing face of Albion fans

    This scene from 1912 is a far cry from the scenes of joy as Albion clinched the Division Two championship last Saturday. Ninety years ago, following a 3-0 victory against Bristol City, the response was somewhat muted. Fans - almost exclusively male -

  • Self-centred

    "England boss backs stadium bid" was a recent headline in The Argus. The article went on to imply that he backed the bid for Falmer. What does Sven-Goran Eriksson know about Falmer though? Obviously he would back a football stadium for Brighton and Hove

  • MP's plea to halt factory closure

    An MP has called for an urgent meeting with bosses of a factory due to close. At least 90 jobs would be lost if the factory moves out of the town. Nigel Waterson, who represents Eastbourne, expressed his concern at the closing of Acco UK, formerly Nobo

  • Walk Of Fame: Day Five

    Here are the final nominations for the celebrity names which will appear on Brighton's Hollywood-style Walk Of Fame. You can vote for who you want to be included by calling 0906 2107947, and giving the three-digit number for your choice when prompted.

  • Worth a look

    Forgive me if this sounds like a hare-brained idea but if the Falmer site is rejected, the Albion should consider building a site on the land west of Brighton Marina. If anyone has been to the fantastic stadium at Monaco, they will know what I mean. That

  • Funny, that

    What a fantastic day Saturday was - the Albion's second successive championship. My best mate and I turned up in the vain hope of getting in but no tickets were to be had anywhere. I reckon they could have sold 40,000. Then a top man from Swindon sold

  • Walk on by

    Window shopping will take on a whole new meaning during the Brighton Festival. Made In Brighton, a new art agency, and 30 retailers in North Laine are inviting artists to display their talents from May 4 to May 26 in their shop windows. The area will

  • Question of sport

    I have noticed all over Brighton and Hove a poster has appeared showing an artist's impression of the proposed new Albion stadium. I would guess until this poster was shown the vast majority of people, myself included, had no idea of the stadium's precise

  • Waste of resources

    Latest news reports of Sussex Police being bottom of league tables on crime and top for the number of complaints come as no surprise. This is because each Saturday since mid- December, 60-100 officers police the South Down and Eridge Fox Hunt (and upwards

  • City takes a fresh look at green issues

    A city is set to become the first climate-friendly community in Britain. Climate change campaigner Daren Howarth told a landmark conference on green issues that carbon use in Brighton and Hove could be cut to a level where it could be replaced, making

  • Mercy journey in doubt

    An animal welfare worker's trip to Spain to free condemned animals has been put in jeopardy by thieves. Kate Green returned to a woodland car park after walking her dog to discover thieves had thrown rocks through almost every window of her pet rescue

  • Cleaning up the city

    Community groups are joining the Just Bin It campaign this month. Friends of Sheepcote Valley is undertaking a spring clean tomorrow, while on Sunday the Withdean and Westdene woods will be cleaned. Litter picking takes place on Monday on Hove Lawns.

  • Kid saved by karate

    A young karate star is crediting martial arts training for helping her make a quick recovery from a life-threatening medical condition. Natalie Headland, 13, of Rife Way, Ferring, near Worthing, almost died after suffering a ruptured liver last May. Now

  • Lost manor may be found

    A lost medieval manor house whose location has puzzled historians for decades may have been discovered. Archaeologists have long speculated the uneven surface of a field near Norman St Wulfran's Church, Ovingdean, Brighton, hid the remains of the village's

  • Beggars arrested to clear city streets

    A dozen people have been arrested in the first week of a drive to clear beggars and street drinkers from the centre of Brighton and Hove. Police have warned 71 people about begging and arrested five persistent offenders since the new city centre policing

  • Firefighters' gentle genitals job

    Firefighters were called to free a man who had trapped his genitals inside a metal ring. Staff at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, had tried to use their ring cutters on the steel sex aid but the blades had simply snapped. Fire officers were

  • I'm named after my dream car

    Car fanatic Natalie Elliott was so fed up of her real surname she changed it - to Subaru-Impreza. And she can't even drive. Natalie, 22, paid £41.13 to solicitors to officially have her surname changed by deed poll, which now adorns everything from her

  • Witness identifies suspect in Hoogstraten murder trial

    A woman visiting a vet's surgery opposite the home of Mohammed Raja on the day of his murder saw David Croke driving a van away from the scene, a jury heard today. Valerie Willcox picked out 59-year-old Croke, of Bolney Road, Moulsecoomb, Brighton, from

  • Pick up for stolen goods

    Motorists who had alloy wheels stolen from their vehicles are being asked to contact police. A large amount of car stereo equipment and alloy wheels have been recovered by officers who want to hear from motorists who may be able to lay claim to some of

  • £980m expansion for airport

    Airport operator BAA today announced a £980 million expansion plan for Gatwick Airport to cope with an expected air travel boom. It is part of a ten-year, £8.1 billion investment programme at London's three main airports. The programme assumes air traffic

  • Dixons 'on target'

    Electrical retailer Dixons reassured investors it remained on course to hit targets for the current financial year today. The group said it was "confident" of meeting expectations in the City as it began a series of analyst briefings ahead of its results

  • Albion send in big guns

    Seagulls boss Peter Taylor is sending out the big guns in a bid to finish the championship campaign with a bang. He has pledged to field a full strength side, with the exception of the injured Junior Lewis, in tomorrow's closing fixture at Port Vale.

  • Moores: We can make our mark

    Coach Peter Moores says his Sussex team are ready to put their worst ever pre-season behind them and become a force in Championship cricket. The county make their first division debut at the Oval against Surrey today (11am) and thoughts of former colleague

  • ITV Digital row heads for court

    The Football League's battle for their £178.5million TV money took a giant stride towards the courts last night. The 72 chairmen of the league clubs refused to budge over the ITV Digital crisis. The digital broadcaster could be put up for sale today as

  • Storm clouds gather for Horton

    Albion's last match of the season could just turn out to be the last in charge of Port Vale for their former captain. The alarm bell is ringing at Vale Park because chairman Bill Bell has yet to produce a new two and a half year contract promised to Brian

  • Don't wardens have any common sense?

    On a recent evening, at about 8.30pm, I spent 35 minutes driving round my neighbourhood in ever-growing circles trying to find a parking space where I could leave my car for the night. This is not at all unusual at certain times of the day. In desperation

  • Out of kilter

    Keith Jago (Letters, April 11) seemed to suggest the public could not be bothered to sign a book of condolence for the Queen Mother. Having noticed in a local paper such a book existed, I went along to the Civic Centre. There was no sign of it. I inquired

  • Cruel attack

    Thugs found a new way of terrorising a woman with epilepsy when they failed to rob her handbag or mobile phone. The three teenage boys stuck a jar smeared with glue on to the hand of Wendy Thornton, who lives in Eastbourne. It took hospital staff three

  • Racy surname

    Natalie Elliott from Seaford wanted to alter her surname when she separated from her husband but did not like her maiden name of Luffman. Instead she has changed her name by deed poll to that of her favourite car, Subaru Impreza. It sounds suitably exotic

  • Well spoken

    As a regular reader of Feedback, I felt a huge pat on the back was required after reading Simon Bradshaw's comments of April 12. I regularly allow my five-year-old daughter to read paragraphs from The Argus, as part of her current homework is understanding

  • Dack's out for season

    Crawley midfielder Jimmy Dack is out for the rest of the season after breaking his collar bone on a coaching course on Monday. Nigel Brake (foot) and Luke Anderson (ankle) are doubtful for tomorrow's Premier Division home game against Moor Green.

  • Steps ahead

    Who to vote for in Brighton's Walk of Fame? Jimmy Tarbuck? I think not. If we are to immortalise anyone, it should be a man who may not be rich but is certainly famous, a man who lives and breathes Brighton, is always smiling, always has new ventures

  • Think Of It This Way, by John Parry

    It's pistols at dawn on Brighton seafront. The cause of this ultimate confrontation? The tortured remains of the once glorious West Pier, filled with the acrid stench of droppings from a myriad of starlings that doss down in its shelter every night. The

  • Feedback, with Simon Bradshaw

    The sad demise of Bruce the police dog sparked one of the biggest reactions to a story I have ever known in 22 years in newspapers. Paul Motte-Harrison, of Shoreham, was among the hundreds of readers who wished the dog had survived but objected to our

  • Lee Evans, Brighton Dome, April 22-23

    The six-degrees-of-separation theory posits that any given person can reach any other individual through a network of personal contacts. So far, there is no theory which links people to places but if there was, Brighton could boast one degree of separation

  • Here And Now Tour, Brighton Centre, April 26

    Puss In Boots will not be meeting Prince Charming for some Goody Two Shoes action at the Brighton Centre. No, it's not a cancelled date on a lonely-hearts page, it's the sad news that Adam Ant has pulled out of the Here And Now Tour. The promoters of

  • Five Guys Named Moe, Theatre Royal, Brighton, April 22-27

    Just the words audience participation are enough to strike the fear of God into many timid theatre-goers. But, sometimes, it's the actors who are left feeling bewildered. George Long, who stars as Four-Eyed Moe in the forthcoming musical Five Guys Named

  • Sing-A-Long-A-Abba, Theatre Royal, Brighton, April 21

    Brought to you by the producers of the hugely successful Sing-A-Long-A-Sound-Of-Music show, the phenomenon continues with another interactive screening. This time it's the turn of the Swedish supergroup in concert, complete with subtitles. You might want

  • Ocean Rooms Birthday Party, Brighton, April 22

    Another birthday, another party for the glamorous club in Morley Street. This year, Chicago's legendary Derrick Carter will be making a rare appearance with Space's Luke Solomon. In addition, Ross Allen, supported by local heroes JFB and Roo, will be

  • Cowardly acts

    Let me give you some names: Sabra, Buchenwald, Chatila, Auschwitz, Jenin, Belsen. I make no apology for interweaving them. Make up your own minds while the world presents as cowardly and dishonourable a face to Ariel Sharon as it did to Adolf Hitler.

  • Nabucco, Brighton Centre, April 21

    Opera International returns to the Brighton Centre, this time presenting the National Opera of Moldavia and a production of Verdi's Nabucco. Nabucco is a monumental tale of revenge, destruction and jealousy set against the backdrop of the Hebrews being

  • Plan For A Spell, Fabrica, Brighton, April 27-June 9

    Adam Chodzko, one of Britain's leading artists, will be exhibiting an ambitious new video installation at Fabrica. The exhibition investigates his fascination with the processes and effects of our imaginations and our systems of belief. The installation

  • How pier would look

    This is how Brighton's famous West Pier could look if developers are allowed to transform a section of the seafront. The images show how the pier could be restored with two new pavilions on either side at the shore end. The shell of the pier, as it stands

  • Dear to us all

    Nigel Baker seems to have a very big and personal axe to grind with Lord Bassam (Letters, April 10) but that does not give him an excuse to mislead and misrepresent. As I am sure Mr Baker well knows, the land that would be used for the community stadium

  • Walk Of Fame: Day Five

    Here are the final nominations for the celebrity names which will appear on Brighton's Hollywood-style Walk Of Fame. You can vote for who you want to be included by calling 0906 2107947, and giving the three-digit number for your choice when prompted.

  • Funny, that

    What a fantastic day Saturday was - the Albion's second successive championship. My best mate and I turned up in the vain hope of getting in but no tickets were to be had anywhere. I reckon they could have sold 40,000. Then a top man from Swindon sold

  • Walk on by

    Window shopping will take on a whole new meaning during the Brighton Festival. Made In Brighton, a new art agency, and 30 retailers in North Laine are inviting artists to display their talents from May 4 to May 26 in their shop windows. The area will

  • God's squads

    If Canon McKittrick (The Argus, April 11) believes the power of prayer promoted the Albion, it would seem Halifax supporters haven't spent enough time on their knees. Of course, he is not alone in his quaint belief. I am surprised Tony Blair hasn't ordained

  • Well-versed

    The boys did their bit, They couldn't do more. Now it's up to the councillors - To them I implore: Please get us to Falmer, We set you this task. The gulls should be nesting - It's all that we ask. -Douglas Deep, Denton, Newhaven

  • Question of sport

    I have noticed all over Brighton and Hove a poster has appeared showing an artist's impression of the proposed new Albion stadium. I would guess until this poster was shown the vast majority of people, myself included, had no idea of the stadium's precise

  • Waste of resources

    Latest news reports of Sussex Police being bottom of league tables on crime and top for the number of complaints come as no surprise. This is because each Saturday since mid- December, 60-100 officers police the South Down and Eridge Fox Hunt (and upwards

  • Bus drivers are so polite

    I have just returned home after visiting the UK for four weeks, I spent most of the time in the Brighton and Hove area. I have to congratulate your bus drivers. They were polite and helpful. How they ever manage to manoeuvre the buses around such narrow

  • Cleaning up the city

    Community groups are joining the Just Bin It campaign this month. Friends of Sheepcote Valley is undertaking a spring clean tomorrow, while on Sunday the Withdean and Westdene woods will be cleaned. Litter picking takes place on Monday on Hove Lawns.

  • New-look The Argus gains another award

    The fresh new look of The Argus has landed another top industry award. The paper's redesign in June last year was named the most effective promotional campaign by a regional newspaper by judges at the Association of Circulation Executives (ACE) Press

  • Sprint, jog or stroll for charity fun run

    Hundreds of people will put on their running shoes to raise charity cash. Last year the St Barnabas Fun Run raised more than £14,000 for the hospice for terminally-ill patients in Worthing. Organisers hope this year's total will be even better as they

  • Op wait ordeal of widow, 91

    A 91-year-old woman waited in agony for three days for an operation after breaking her hip in a fall. Mary Tapp waited on a trolley in casualty for 12 hours after medics said they would operate that day. But as Chancellor Gordon Brown was preparing his

  • Bandstand gets a musical makeover

    A seaside centrepiece has been given an annual makeover in time for summer. The bandstand on Eastbourne seafront has been cleaned, repaired and painted. Council tourism director Ron Cussons joined councillor Barbara Goodall in the preparations for the

  • Beggars arrested to clear city streets

    A dozen people have been arrested in the first week of a drive to clear beggars and street drinkers from the centre of Brighton and Hove. Police have warned 71 people about begging and arrested five persistent offenders since the new city centre policing

  • Firefighters' gentle genitals job

    Firefighters were called to free a man who had trapped his genitals inside a metal ring. Staff at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, had tried to use their ring cutters on the steel sex aid but the blades had simply snapped. Fire officers were

  • Boys help kick off a colourful seafront summer

    It takes a couple of football teams to display just some of the 24 Union and England flags donated to an appeal launched by The Argus to help brighten up Worthing promenade this summer. One of them was donated by Worthing Dynamos FC, which is celebrating

  • Mystery protest at Tories' gay meeting

    Tory Party members meeting gay business representatives were met by demonstrators dressed in Maggie Thatcher and John Major masks. The seven demonstrators, who refused to say who they were or why they were protesting, gathered under banners saying Vote

  • £980m expansion for airport

    Airport operator BAA today announced a £980 million expansion plan for Gatwick Airport to cope with an expected air travel boom. It is part of a ten-year, £8.1 billion investment programme at London's three main airports. The programme assumes air traffic

  • Nine held in drugs swoop on seafront

    Nine people were arrested and a large haul of suspected drugs seized following dawn swoops near Hastings Pier. Twenty officers took part in Operation Caribou in Bottle Alley, on St Leonards seafront. It followed weeks of intelligence-gathering by uniformed

  • A wall order for winning bricklayer

    An apprentice bricklayer has walked away with a top prize for his skills. Tom Haddon, 18, of Vicarage Lane, Eastbourne, won tools, trophies and certificates after being named Guild of Bricklayers' Southern Junior Champion. He had to build a wall ten bricks

  • £980m expansion for airport

    Airport operator BAA today announced a £980 million expansion plan for Gatwick Airport to cope with an expected air travel boom. It is part of a ten-year, £8.1 billion investment programme at London's three main airports. The programme assumes air traffic

  • Dixons 'on target'

    Electrical retailer Dixons reassured investors it remained on course to hit targets for the current financial year today. The group said it was "confident" of meeting expectations in the City as it began a series of analyst briefings ahead of its results

  • Moores: We can make our mark

    Coach Peter Moores says his Sussex team are ready to put their worst ever pre-season behind them and become a force in Championship cricket. The county make their first division debut at the Oval against Surrey today (11am) and thoughts of former colleague

  • April 19: Surrey v Sussex (CC)

    There was a sombre start to the season at The Oval as Surrey and Sussex held a two-minute silence for Ben Hollioake and Umer Rashid. In the past two months both counties have lost an all-round talent apparently on the verge of greater things, Surrey and

  • Don't wardens have any common sense?

    On a recent evening, at about 8.30pm, I spent 35 minutes driving round my neighbourhood in ever-growing circles trying to find a parking space where I could leave my car for the night. This is not at all unusual at certain times of the day. In desperation

  • Worthing must get used to favourites' tag

    Worthing must get used to being favourites as they head for Sussex rugby's clash of the champions. Mike Imrie's side, fresh from clinching the London Three South East title, tackle newly-crowned Sussex One champions Chichester in the Sussex Trophy final

  • Time travel

    How long should it take to process a challenge to the issue of a parking penalty charge? The notice was issued on Friday, August 3, 2001, not long after the introduction of residents' visitor parking permits, on my brother's car two days after he arrived

  • Vital need for change

    Mary Tapp is a living example of why more money needs to be invested by the Government on improving health care. She broke her hip after a fall on Monday but waited three days for treatment after her operation was postponed twice. Mrs Tapp, who lives

  • Brighton chase hockey hat-trick

    Brighton look to complete a hat-trick of upsets when they meet Chichester in the Sussex Cup final at East Grinstead tomorrow. Despite starting as underdogs on both occasions, Brighton have beaten Chichester in the last two finals and are now chasing a

  • Student attacked by racist teenagers

    A student walking to college was punched and spat at before being robbed by a gang of teenagers in a racist attack. The 19-year-old Japanese victim was walking along Elder Place, Brighton, yesterday when three girls and one boy began to taunt her with

  • Cruel attack

    Thugs found a new way of terrorising a woman with epilepsy when they failed to rob her handbag or mobile phone. The three teenage boys stuck a jar smeared with glue on to the hand of Wendy Thornton, who lives in Eastbourne. It took hospital staff three

  • Sea life

    What a vision to save our city seafront near Brighton's West Pier - public piazzas, tables and chairs linked to cafes and bars (The Argus, April 17). Sadly, there is still little reference to the West Pier ferry jetty restoration. With the West Pier restored

  • Racy surname

    Natalie Elliott from Seaford wanted to alter her surname when she separated from her husband but did not like her maiden name of Luffman. Instead she has changed her name by deed poll to that of her favourite car, Subaru Impreza. It sounds suitably exotic

  • Andy loses his battle

    Former Lewes manager Andy Sinden has died following a long battle with motor neurone disease. Sinden, 38, played for several Sussex clubs before taking over as manager at the Dripping Pan, where he finished his playing days. He was also a good cricketer

  • Well spoken

    As a regular reader of Feedback, I felt a huge pat on the back was required after reading Simon Bradshaw's comments of April 12. I regularly allow my five-year-old daughter to read paragraphs from The Argus, as part of her current homework is understanding

  • Dack's out for season

    Crawley midfielder Jimmy Dack is out for the rest of the season after breaking his collar bone on a coaching course on Monday. Nigel Brake (foot) and Luke Anderson (ankle) are doubtful for tomorrow's Premier Division home game against Moor Green.

  • Cast query

    I recently chatted to JoAnne Good on her early- morning radio programme about my days as an extra in the 1961 Jack Warner film Jigsaw, shot entirely in Brighton and other local areas, including Lewes and Newhaven. Jigsaw is one of many films made over

  • Grass is greener

    I am not surprised Phyllis Dresden and the residents of Grand Avenue, Hove, feel very aggrieved about yet another cost-cutting exercise which has depressed the appearance of this imposing boulevard (The Argus, April 12). This magnificent avenue in the

  • Feedback, with Simon Bradshaw

    The sad demise of Bruce the police dog sparked one of the biggest reactions to a story I have ever known in 22 years in newspapers. Paul Motte-Harrison, of Shoreham, was among the hundreds of readers who wished the dog had survived but objected to our

  • Silver screen memories

    One cinema not mentioned (The Argus Weekend, April 13) was the Pavilion (bughutch) in North Street, Portslade. My husband and I used to go there regularly when we were courting. One evening (some time in the late Forties), the electricity failed during

  • Lee Evans, Brighton Dome, April 22-23

    The six-degrees-of-separation theory posits that any given person can reach any other individual through a network of personal contacts. So far, there is no theory which links people to places but if there was, Brighton could boast one degree of separation

  • Mystery of Mr Reeve

    I am surprised Roger French (The Argus, April 12), while naming buses, did not mention one name that should be there - the great Brighton organist Douglas Reeve. He did more for Brighton's morale during the Second World War than anyone. Apart from that

  • Saturday Seaside Special, The Joint, Brighton, April 20

    Kitsch, camp and quirky sounds are brought to you from the Dynamite Boogaloo team at this monthly night. Expect pop, disco, indie, trash and a whole host of songs you haven't heard since you ditched your record player in the late Eighties/early Nineties

  • Cowardly acts

    Let me give you some names: Sabra, Buchenwald, Chatila, Auschwitz, Jenin, Belsen. I make no apology for interweaving them. Make up your own minds while the world presents as cowardly and dishonourable a face to Ariel Sharon as it did to Adolf Hitler.

  • Colour White, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, May 5-July 7

    This exhibition features the work of artists who have been drawn to using white as a colour or property in their pieces. Designed specifically for the Pavilion, the exhibition explores modernism in art and its relationship to architecture. Pieces by contemporary

  • Plan For A Spell, Fabrica, Brighton, April 27-June 9

    Adam Chodzko, one of Britain's leading artists, will be exhibiting an ambitious new video installation at Fabrica. The exhibition investigates his fascination with the processes and effects of our imaginations and our systems of belief. The installation

  • How pier would look

    This is how Brighton's famous West Pier could look if developers are allowed to transform a section of the seafront. The images show how the pier could be restored with two new pavilions on either side at the shore end. The shell of the pier, as it stands

  • Human skull found in woods

    A walker stumbled upon a human skull believed to belong to a man who disappeared 14 years ago. Classroom assistant Karen Perez, 38, was walking with her partner and daughter in Hellingly Woods, near Hailsham, when she came across the skull. Forensic tests

  • Dear to us all

    Nigel Baker seems to have a very big and personal axe to grind with Lord Bassam (Letters, April 10) but that does not give him an excuse to mislead and misrepresent. As I am sure Mr Baker well knows, the land that would be used for the community stadium

  • Fine in nine

    What a splendid idea from Mr R Ticehurst of Eastbourne (Letters, April 11) to site the new Brighton and Hove Albion stadium in Newhaven. On the North Quay, it would have its own station right alongside, the A26 could be improved, there is plenty of room

  • God's squads

    If Canon McKittrick (The Argus, April 11) believes the power of prayer promoted the Albion, it would seem Halifax supporters haven't spent enough time on their knees. Of course, he is not alone in his quaint belief. I am surprised Tony Blair hasn't ordained

  • Well-versed

    The boys did their bit, They couldn't do more. Now it's up to the councillors - To them I implore: Please get us to Falmer, We set you this task. The gulls should be nesting - It's all that we ask. -Douglas Deep, Denton, Newhaven

  • Medical bag stolen

    Thieves stole a medical bag from a former paramedic who still helps accident victims. Bjorn Birk was dismayed to find the metal case full of emergency supplies had been taken from his car outside his flat in Wilbury Avenue, Hove. Inside the bag was emergency

  • This week's gig guide

    Our pick of the performances, brought to you every Friday by Unity Wroe. MERCURY REV, Event 2, West Street, Brighton, April 22 ACCLAIMED American group who formed in Buffalo in the late Eighties. By the mid-Nineties, critics were marvelling over their

  • £980m expansion for airport

    Airport operator BAA today announced a £980 million expansion plan for Gatwick Airport to cope with an expected air travel boom. It is part of a ten-year, £8.1 billion investment programme at London's three main airports. The programme assumes air