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  • Hospital woe for mums-to-be

    Expectant mothers have been warned they may not know where they will give birth until the last minute thanks to a midwife shortage. Women due to have babies at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton face being redirected to Haywards Heath, Worthing

  • Mum marches with MMR protest

    A mother who says her two youngest sons developed autism after being given the MMR vaccine is taking part in a national protest. Isabella Thomas, from Newhaven, is a member of the Justice, Awareness and Babies Support group (JABS). She is one of hundreds

  • Bullied rep's £3,000 pay out

    A sales rep who claimed his boss sacked him and abandoned him miles from his home in Hove has won more than £3,000 compensation. John Hills successfully claimed at an employment tribunal he was unfairly dismissed from his job at Ultimate, a wholesale

  • Parents oppose schools merger

    Angry parents have condemned plans to merge two Brighton schools because a popular headteacher could be removed from her post. More than 60 parents and teachers attended a meeting at Hertford Infant School in Hollingdean last night to voice their concerns

  • Rail firm sees profits fall

    Britain's biggest rail operator, National Express, unveiled sharply lower pre-tax profits as strife on the network took its toll. Poor demand, industrial action and infrastructure work were among factors blamed for the disappointing showing by its trains

  • Record book sales hope

    Bloomsbury Publishing turned the spotlight away from its Harry Potter series as it geared up for what it believes will be a record autumn. Chairman Nigel Newton said the release list for the coming months was Bloomsbury's "strongest ever" following its

  • UK sales boost French Connection

    Fashion chain French Connection hailed the robust formula which has enabled it to overcome tough trading conditions and lift profits. Chief executive and chairman Stephen Marks said trading across the group remained strong, although the poor economic

  • Comment: Ian Hart

    Dick Knight's appearance on Saturday's post-match radio phone-in provided a full and frank exchange of opinions between the Albion chairman and supporters. The previous day on the club's web site, Knight compared himself to Winston Churchill in 1945.

  • Cricket: Adams ruled out

    Chris Adams was ruled out of Sussex's final Championship match today after suffering a recurrence of the knee injury which has plagued him for much of the season. Adams has missed six games this summer after having an operation at the end of May and coach

  • Green space plan has lost the plot

    Like many people who love the unique character of Brighton and its Regency architecture, I was looking forward with enthusiasm to the imminent publication of Dr Anthony Seldon's new book, outlining the past, present and future for Brighton and Hove. But

  • September 17: Albion 1 Stoke 2

    Steve Cotterill urged Albion chairman Dick Knight to give Martin Hinshelwood time after his side heaped more misery on the unfortunate Seagulls chief. The Stoke boss and former Albion loan signing vigorously defended Hinshelwood amid fears that Knight

  • Smith fumes as Crawley are beaten

    Crawley's defensive frailties were ruthlessly exposed when they slumped to their second defeat of the season at home to Dover. The Kent side beat the Reds 2-1 last month and they completed an early double in the Dr Martens League premier division at the

  • McArthur off as Hastings are held

    Duncan McArthur saw red as Hastings United drew 1-1 at home to Chelmsford City. The midfielder, who served a four-match ban only last month, was sent off after picking up a second yellow card 17 minutes from time. McArthur collected his first booking

  • Next step

    We knew Dr Anthony Seldon to be a dynamic headmaster. Now let it be "Seldon for elected mayor of the city". -Robert Feld, The Green, Rottingdean

  • Bad example

    Dog owners Peter and Sheila Rough face a big vet's bill after one of their Jack Russell terriers was attacked. They were walking their pets at Roedean Bottom in east Brighton when Spot was attacked by a German Shepherd. Even for a tenacious Jack Russell

  • Swimming: Brighton sprint home

    Brighton dominated the Sussex 50m Sprint Relay Championships at Crawley Leisure Centre with seven victories and three records. Their girls' retained the born-1986 and born-1987 freestyle and medley relay titles, setting championship-bests in both events

  • Pea super

    An organic super pea is likely to break all records at the World Pea Throwing Championships in Lewes next month. But all competitors will be strictly checked to make sure they do not cheat by painting peas with nail varnish or injecting them with liquid

  • Elastic time

    Two items caught my eye in The Argus last week, one about the restoration of shelters and benches on Madeira Drive terrace and the other on restoring the historic seafront bandstand on the Lower Promenade, Brighton. I have kept two cuttings from last

  • Nurse's death plunge verdict

    An Australian nurse who fell to her death after DJ Fatboy Slim's Brighton beach party had taken a cocktail of drink and drugs, an inquest heard. The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death on Karen Manders, 26, after hearing she would have been

  • Don't go, Mr Sutton-Smith

    I am seven years old and am very sad my headteacher is leaving my school. Mr Richard Sutton-Smith is a very lovely headteacher. I have really enjoyed knowing him. He is kind, funny and clever and I wish he would stay. -Sophie Dowds, Linton Road, Hove

  • Hop along for bunny girl auditions

    Aspiring models from the Brighton area are being offered the chance to become a bunny girl for the night. The Variety Club is organising a Casino Royale Ball at the Brighton Hilton Metropole on October 26. The evening will be a James Bond-style extravaganza

  • Hospital rapped for fiddling figures

    A hospital trust has been criticised by a powerful Westminster committee for deliberately manipulating its waiting lists. The Public Accounts Committee said Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust was among nine trusts which had undermined public confidence. The

  • Lotto glitch hits punters

    A computer failure has caused chaos for punters wanting to buy tickets for tonight's £15m National Lottery rollover jackpot. Ticket-selling terminals in 42 shops across Brighton and Hove have been out of action since Sunday. Lotto operators Camelot admitted

  • The hub of success

    The search is on for the businesses in Brighton and Hove with the highest growth potential. The Hub 100, an initiative to identify and support the 100 companies in the city with the most promising outlook, was launched at the Brighton Dome in front of

  • Breakfast tips on selling

    A breakfast seminar is to be held for Sussex business leaders needing tips on buying and selling companies. The seminar, at the Thistle Hotel, Kings Road, Brighton, on September 27 (8 am), will be run by Lloyds TSB Corporate, chartered accountants Mazars

  • Mystery of train fall woman

    The identity of a woman who fell into the path of an oncoming train and survived has still not been discovered. Police are baffled by her disappearance after she fell in between the train tracks at Haywards Heath station yesterday morning. A witness said

  • Between You And Me, by Vanora Leigh

    If you go down to the woods today, you may not see any picnicking teddy bears. But you could find The Mother and myself treading cautiously through acres of discarded lager cans, bicycle wheels and dog excrement. Taking our cue from the hibernating wildlife

  • Passing the buck

    "A rail fare deal for poor busmen" (The Argus, September 7) won't go down well with nurses, teachers, emergency service, office, shop workers and journalists paying the highest rail fares in Europe for an unsafe, unreliable, overcrowded third-class railway

  • Good call on Mushtaq

    The signing of Mushtaq is good news and, as spin master, he can bring on a new generation of Sussex cricketers in the art of leg spin as part of the Umer spin clinic. Hopefully, also for Sussex, he will be well out of Test call-up duty and, despite his

  • We should be proud of our Pride parade

    Doug Coup wrote of his perception of the Pride in Brighton and Hove parade (Letters, September 4) comparing it to the Notting Hill Carnival and was "sad to see the pathetic efforts of the Gay Pride parade". I have been the Brighton Pride Parade director

  • D-d-delegate

    Andy Naylor's comments were spot-on about the Albion following Dick Knight's appearance on the Southern Counties Radio phone-in and the rantings of the lynch mob who would have Martin Hinshelwood removed (The Argus, September 16). The buck stops with

  • Ex-reporter's warning on Iraq

    A former television war reporter has warned against a US attack on Iraq, during a public meeting in Sussex. Martin Bell, famed for his white suit, was speaking last night at a meeting in the Dome cinema, Worthing. Mr Bell, who later ousted Neil Hamilton

  • No priority

    Regarding the cost to taxpayers of the inquiry into the new Brighton and Hove Albion stadium (The Argus, September 17), I am sorry to say I think £250,000 is disgusting. Surely the cost should be met by the club or its supporters and fans? I have no interest

  • Extra baggage

    Some residents of Wivelsfield Road, Saltdean, are very senior retired people, at least two being in their 80s and one close to 90 years of age. Wivelsfield Road is a very steep road. The residents of this road each week have to take, or drag, their black

  • Green or red?

    Congratulations. After my many years of research of aerial phenomena, The Argus (September 3) has been able to determine that whatever the police chopper was chasing was crewed by "little green men". This is a standard cop-out phrase used by many reporters

  • University climbs league table

    The University of Sussex in Brighton has been ranked fifth in the South-East in a league table of universities. It was ranked 31st in the UK, five places up on last year in the table, compiled by the Sunday Times. The Falmer-based university beat Reading

  • Bullied rep's £3,000 pay out

    A sales rep who claimed his boss sacked him and abandoned him miles from his home in Hove has won more than £3,000 compensation. John Hills successfully claimed at an employment tribunal he was unfairly dismissed from his job at Ultimate, a wholesale

  • Hinsh's spot of bother

    Beleaguered Martin Hinshelwood blamed Albion's seventh defeat in succession on three key penalty decisions by referee Grant Hegley. The manager's wretched run of luck continued as the Seagulls lost 2-1 at home to fellow strugglers Stoke in the First Division

  • Rent wrangle student may flee

    A Japanese woman may drop out of university and flee Britain after accusing her landlord of duping her out of £3,000 rent. The 22-year-old, who is in the second year of a degree at the University of Brighton, said her landlord took the cash after she

  • Knockout death case man at inquiry

    A former Army official cleared of murdering his best friend in Sussex was today giving evidence to the Bloody Sunday inquiry. Colin Wallace, who also worked for a West Sussex council, was based at Army headquarters in Northern Ireland when 13 civil rights

  • Lotto glitch hits punters

    A computer failure has caused chaos for punters wanting to buy tickets for tonight's £15m National Lottery rollover jackpot. Ticket-selling terminals in 42 shops across Brighton and Hove have been out of action since Sunday. Lotto operators Camelot admitted

  • Record book sales hope

    Bloomsbury Publishing turned the spotlight away from its Harry Potter series as it geared up for what it believes will be a record autumn. Chairman Nigel Newton said the release list for the coming months was Bloomsbury's "strongest ever" following its

  • Hinsh's spot of bother

    Albion manager Martin Hinshelwood's wretched run of luck continued as the Seagulls lost 2-1 at home to fellow strugglers Stoke. The beleaguered boss blamed a seventh defeat in succession in the First Division on three key penalty decisions by referee

  • It's another miserable night

    Albion's miserable start to the season continued against fellow strugglers Stoke. They gave away two more soft goals to gift the visitors their second win of the season. Tommy Mooney put Stoke ahead with a 17th minute penalty, awarded for hand ball against

  • Comment: Ian Hart

    Dick Knight's appearance on Saturday's post-match radio phone-in provided a full and frank exchange of opinions between the Albion chairman and supporters. The previous day on the club's web site, Knight compared himself to Winston Churchill in 1945.

  • Green space plan has lost the plot

    Like many people who love the unique character of Brighton and its Regency architecture, I was looking forward with enthusiasm to the imminent publication of Dr Anthony Seldon's new book, outlining the past, present and future for Brighton and Hove. But

  • September 17: Albion 1 Stoke 2

    Steve Cotterill urged Albion chairman Dick Knight to give Martin Hinshelwood time after his side heaped more misery on the unfortunate Seagulls chief. The Stoke boss and former Albion loan signing vigorously defended Hinshelwood amid fears that Knight

  • Popular view

    Dr Anthony Seldon's comments on Shoreham harbour coincide precisely with those contained in "The Graham Moss Vision" of improvements to Shoreham harbour, which have, subject to sympathetic development and care of the harbour's environs, been supported

  • Strategic manoeuvre

    Join the Army and see the world. It used to be an attractive recruitment slogan in the days when most people led dull lives and didn't travel much. But for today's fulfilled and well-travelled youngsters, the regimented life of the Army doesn't seem nearly

  • McArthur off as Hastings are held

    Duncan McArthur saw red as Hastings United drew 1-1 at home to Chelmsford City. The midfielder, who served a four-match ban only last month, was sent off after picking up a second yellow card 17 minutes from time. McArthur collected his first booking

  • Swimming: Brighton sprint home

    Brighton dominated the Sussex 50m Sprint Relay Championships at Crawley Leisure Centre with seven victories and three records. Their girls' retained the born-1986 and born-1987 freestyle and medley relay titles, setting championship-bests in both events

  • Fazer on stun

    As Brighton and Hove's planning system is widely recognised as hard-pressed to cope with the current crop of applications - something partly caused by time spent upon wayward schemes - one need not be unduly fazed by the far-fetched if sometimes stimulating

  • Pea super

    An organic super pea is likely to break all records at the World Pea Throwing Championships in Lewes next month. But all competitors will be strictly checked to make sure they do not cheat by painting peas with nail varnish or injecting them with liquid

  • Elastic time

    Two items caught my eye in The Argus last week, one about the restoration of shelters and benches on Madeira Drive terrace and the other on restoring the historic seafront bandstand on the Lower Promenade, Brighton. I have kept two cuttings from last

  • Message mix

    Councillors Duncan and Bodfish seem to contradict each other (Letters, September 13). On the one hand, we are told the only way to finance a leisure centre is by means of a housing development. On the other, we are told Crawley did it with its own money

  • Cricket: Hodd hopes to seal Sussex future

    Andrew Hodd hopes selection for England under-19s will help earn him a professional contract with Sussex. The 18-year-old from Bexhill has been selected to play against Australia in a three-match Test Series at the end of the year. Hodd, a wicketkeeper-batsman

  • Say anything

    I had no idea any proposal for the redevelopment of the King Alfred leisure centre was being put forward until I receive a leaflet saying what was happening. My friends and other people I have spoken had no idea either. All oppose the development because

  • Stars pay tribute to Michael Elphick

    Family and friends of TV star Michael Elphick, who died earlier this month, were gathering today for his funeral. Celebrities from the world of the small screen are expected at the private cremation to be held in Elphick's home town of Chichester. His

  • Don't go, Mr Sutton-Smith

    I am seven years old and am very sad my headteacher is leaving my school. Mr Richard Sutton-Smith is a very lovely headteacher. I have really enjoyed knowing him. He is kind, funny and clever and I wish he would stay. -Sophie Dowds, Linton Road, Hove

  • Lotto glitch hits punters

    A computer failure has caused chaos for punters wanting to buy tickets for tonight's £15m National Lottery rollover jackpot. Ticket-selling terminals in 42 shops across Brighton and Hove have been out of action since Sunday. Lotto operators Camelot admitted

  • The hub of success

    The search is on for the businesses in Brighton and Hove with the highest growth potential. The Hub 100, an initiative to identify and support the 100 companies in the city with the most promising outlook, was launched at the Brighton Dome in front of

  • Mystery of train fall woman

    The identity of a woman who fell into the path of an oncoming train and survived has still not been discovered. Police are baffled by her disappearance after she fell in between the train tracks at Haywards Heath station yesterday morning. A witness said

  • Quality award for software newcomer

    Computer software company Spear IT has received an internationally recognised quality standard ISO 9001 for excellent business practice 11 months after starting up. Launched in October 2001, the company provides web sites incorporating the most up-to-date

  • Raid on vice ring

    Police were today continuing to investigate the roots of a huge Thai prostitution ring after dawn raids at homes in Sussex. Seven Thais, thought to be the ringleaders, were arrested and 26 girls were detained in the raids. Scotland Yard's vice squad executed

  • Good call on Mushtaq

    The signing of Mushtaq is good news and, as spin master, he can bring on a new generation of Sussex cricketers in the art of leg spin as part of the Umer spin clinic. Hopefully, also for Sussex, he will be well out of Test call-up duty and, despite his

  • Ex-reporter's warning on Iraq

    A former television war reporter has warned against a US attack on Iraq, during a public meeting in Sussex. Martin Bell, famed for his white suit, was speaking last night at a meeting in the Dome cinema, Worthing. Mr Bell, who later ousted Neil Hamilton

  • No priority

    Regarding the cost to taxpayers of the inquiry into the new Brighton and Hove Albion stadium (The Argus, September 17), I am sorry to say I think £250,000 is disgusting. Surely the cost should be met by the club or its supporters and fans? I have no interest

  • Green or red?

    Congratulations. After my many years of research of aerial phenomena, The Argus (September 3) has been able to determine that whatever the police chopper was chasing was crewed by "little green men". This is a standard cop-out phrase used by many reporters

  • The Seldon plan

    I was under the impression we are soon to have a public inquiry into the ten-year Local Plan. Have due submissions been made so it is able to take account of all the notions which have been put forward as so urgent a matter as the Seldon plan? I cannot

  • Hinsh's spot of bother

    Beleaguered Martin Hinshelwood blamed Albion's seventh defeat in succession on three key penalty decisions by referee Grant Hegley. The manager's wretched run of luck continued as the Seagulls lost 2-1 at home to fellow strugglers Stoke in the First Division

  • Rent wrangle student may flee

    A Japanese woman may drop out of university and flee Britain after accusing her landlord of duping her out of £3,000 rent. The 22-year-old, who is in the second year of a degree at the University of Brighton, said her landlord took the cash after she

  • Raid on vice ring

    Police were today continuing to investigate the roots of a huge Thai prostitution ring after dawn raids at homes in Sussex. Seven Thais, thought to be the ringleaders, were arrested and 26 girls were detained in the raids. Scotland Yard's vice squad executed

  • Hinsh's spot of bother

    Albion manager Martin Hinshelwood's wretched run of luck continued as the Seagulls lost 2-1 at home to fellow strugglers Stoke. The beleaguered boss blamed a seventh defeat in succession in the First Division on three key penalty decisions by referee

  • It's another miserable night

    Albion's miserable start to the season continued against fellow strugglers Stoke. They gave away two more soft goals to gift the visitors their second win of the season. Tommy Mooney put Stoke ahead with a 17th minute penalty, awarded for hand ball against

  • Popular view

    Dr Anthony Seldon's comments on Shoreham harbour coincide precisely with those contained in "The Graham Moss Vision" of improvements to Shoreham harbour, which have, subject to sympathetic development and care of the harbour's environs, been supported

  • Strategic manoeuvre

    Join the Army and see the world. It used to be an attractive recruitment slogan in the days when most people led dull lives and didn't travel much. But for today's fulfilled and well-travelled youngsters, the regimented life of the Army doesn't seem nearly

  • Fazer on stun

    As Brighton and Hove's planning system is widely recognised as hard-pressed to cope with the current crop of applications - something partly caused by time spent upon wayward schemes - one need not be unduly fazed by the far-fetched if sometimes stimulating

  • Message mix

    Councillors Duncan and Bodfish seem to contradict each other (Letters, September 13). On the one hand, we are told the only way to finance a leisure centre is by means of a housing development. On the other, we are told Crawley did it with its own money

  • Cricket: Hodd hopes to seal Sussex future

    Andrew Hodd hopes selection for England under-19s will help earn him a professional contract with Sussex. The 18-year-old from Bexhill has been selected to play against Australia in a three-match Test Series at the end of the year. Hodd, a wicketkeeper-batsman

  • Say anything

    I had no idea any proposal for the redevelopment of the King Alfred leisure centre was being put forward until I receive a leaflet saying what was happening. My friends and other people I have spoken had no idea either. All oppose the development because

  • Side issue

    After analysing Councillor Ian Duncan's letter in The Argus (September 13), it has become obvious that renovating the King Alfred centre was always a side issue. The real intention from the beginning was to build a massive development of flats on this

  • Stars pay tribute to Michael Elphick

    Family and friends of TV star Michael Elphick, who died earlier this month, were gathering today for his funeral. Celebrities from the world of the small screen are expected at the private cremation to be held in Elphick's home town of Chichester. His

  • Quality award for software newcomer

    Computer software company Spear IT has received an internationally recognised quality standard ISO 9001 for excellent business practice 11 months after starting up. Launched in October 2001, the company provides web sites incorporating the most up-to-date

  • Data Act rip-off warning

    A Hove accountant has warned businesses to be on their guard against a misleading letter about the Data Protection Act (DPA). The letter offers to register businesses under the DPA for £117.50 when the annual fee for completing the notification procedure

  • Envoy in talks of Swiss expansion

    Britain's ambassador to Switzerland visited a Swiss-owned electronics firm in Worthing to discuss the firm's expansion plans. Basil Eastwood was invited to Lemo (UK), based in North Street, along with a representative from the South-East England Development

  • How to throw a pea

    Organic growers have developed a super-pea which they hope will be a hit at one of Sussex's more unusual competitions. Organisers of this year's World Pea Throwing Championships in Lewes say their organic peas are more aerodynamic than ever before. They

  • Fox myth

    I have no particular feelings one way or another on the hunting debate but I must take issue with Jill Brown (Letters, September 12), who states that foxes kill only to eat. This is nonsense. We had a smallholding on the South Downs for many years and

  • Hot seat

    Andy Naylor was correct in his article concerning the position of Martin Hinshelwood. It is apparent to all Albion supporters with an ounce of sense that Martin was not the club's first choice and the delay in his appointment has led to the problems we

  • Boogie Nights, Theatre Royal, Brighton, until September 21

    If Boogie Nights, The Seventies Musical, does one thing, it will leave you in a good mood. From what I saw - funky costumes, retro scenery and a strong cast - it will do more than this. Sam Kane, better known for playing Peter the camp hairdresser in

  • Dancing At Lughnasa, Wick Theatre Company, The Barn, Southwick

    To open its new season, the Wick Theatre Company chose Brian Friel's study of five impoverished spinster sisters living in a remote part of Donegal during the summer of 1936. With their parents dead, they struggle to eke out a living and each faces a

  • On the button?

    If I was to go to that telephone kiosk in Richmond Place, Brighton, and press the "hash" button, would a dealer turn up? -H Gregory, Elm Grove, Brighton

  • I'm proud for Helen

    How proud I feel for Helen Radley and her parents after reading "Talking volumes without words" (The Argus, September 16). I have hearing and sight problems. I have wanted to learn signing for a long time but I have yet to learn. -Josie Lawson, Stonehouse

  • Nightmare Square

    I live in Norfolk Square, Brighton, which has been taken over these past few months by drunks. Brighton and Hove City Council spent a fortune last year redesigning the square but it is most unusual to see an ordinary member of the public sitting in it

  • Beyond comprehension

    How I agree with Chris Horlock (Letters, September 14). How the frontage of the building replacing the Essoldo cinema in North Street, Brighton, received planning permission is beyond comprehension. -David Stopforth, Egremont Place, Brighton

  • The Seldon plan

    I was under the impression we are soon to have a public inquiry into the ten-year Local Plan. Have due submissions been made so it is able to take account of all the notions which have been put forward as so urgent a matter as the Seldon plan? I cannot

  • Hospital woe for mums-to-be

    Expectant mothers have been warned they may not know where they will give birth until the last minute thanks to a midwife shortage. Women due to have babies at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton face being redirected to Haywards Heath, Worthing

  • Woman killed in road crash

    A woman pedestrian was killed when she was involved in a collision with a motorbike on a fast stretch of road. She was pronounced dead shortly after the accident on the C7 at its junction with Southease, near Newhaven, just before 3.30pm yesterday. The

  • Ex-reporter's warning on Iraq

    A former television war reporter has warned against a US attack on Iraq, during a public meeting in Worthing. Martin Bell, famed for his white suit, was speaking last night at a meeting in the Dome cinema. Mr Bell, who later ousted Neil Hamilton to win

  • Mum marches with MMR protest

    A mother who says her two youngest sons developed autism after being given the MMR vaccine is taking part in a national protest. Isabella Thomas, from Newhaven, is a member of the Justice, Awareness and Babies Support group (JABS). She is one of hundreds

  • Raid on vice ring

    Police were today continuing to investigate the roots of a huge Thai prostitution ring after dawn raids at homes in Sussex. Seven Thais, thought to be the ringleaders, were arrested and 26 girls were detained in the raids. Scotland Yard's vice squad executed

  • Bullied rep's £3,000 pay out

    A sales rep who claimed his boss sacked him and abandoned him miles from his home in Hove has won more than £3,000 compensation. John Hills successfully claimed at an employment tribunal he was unfairly dismissed from his job at Ultimate, a wholesale

  • Parents oppose schools merger

    Angry parents have condemned plans to merge two Brighton schools because a popular headteacher could be removed from her post. More than 60 parents and teachers attended a meeting at Hertford Infant School in Hollingdean last night to voice their concerns

  • Rail firm sees profits fall

    Britain's biggest rail operator, National Express, unveiled sharply lower pre-tax profits as strife on the network took its toll. Poor demand, industrial action and infrastructure work were among factors blamed for the disappointing showing by its trains

  • UK sales boost French Connection

    Fashion chain French Connection hailed the robust formula which has enabled it to overcome tough trading conditions and lift profits. Chief executive and chairman Stephen Marks said trading across the group remained strong, although the poor economic

  • Cricket: Adams ruled out

    Chris Adams was ruled out of Sussex's final Championship match today after suffering a recurrence of the knee injury which has plagued him for much of the season. Adams has missed six games this summer after having an operation at the end of May and coach

  • Smith fumes as Crawley are beaten

    Crawley's defensive frailties were ruthlessly exposed when they slumped to their second defeat of the season at home to Dover. The Kent side beat the Reds 2-1 last month and they completed an early double in the Dr Martens League premier division at the

  • Next step

    We knew Dr Anthony Seldon to be a dynamic headmaster. Now let it be "Seldon for elected mayor of the city". -Robert Feld, The Green, Rottingdean

  • Bad example

    Dog owners Peter and Sheila Rough face a big vet's bill after one of their Jack Russell terriers was attacked. They were walking their pets at Roedean Bottom in east Brighton when Spot was attacked by a German Shepherd. Even for a tenacious Jack Russell

  • Side issue

    After analysing Councillor Ian Duncan's letter in The Argus (September 13), it has become obvious that renovating the King Alfred centre was always a side issue. The real intention from the beginning was to build a massive development of flats on this

  • Nurse's death plunge verdict

    An Australian nurse who fell to her death after DJ Fatboy Slim's Brighton beach party had taken a cocktail of drink and drugs, an inquest heard. The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death on Karen Manders, 26, after hearing she would have been

  • Hop along for bunny girl auditions

    Aspiring models from the Brighton area are being offered the chance to become a bunny girl for the night. The Variety Club is organising a Casino Royale Ball at the Brighton Hilton Metropole on October 26. The evening will be a James Bond-style extravaganza

  • Hospital rapped for fiddling figures

    A hospital trust has been criticised by a powerful Westminster committee for deliberately manipulating its waiting lists. The Public Accounts Committee said Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust was among nine trusts which had undermined public confidence. The

  • Data Act rip-off warning

    A Hove accountant has warned businesses to be on their guard against a misleading letter about the Data Protection Act (DPA). The letter offers to register businesses under the DPA for £117.50 when the annual fee for completing the notification procedure

  • Envoy in talks of Swiss expansion

    Britain's ambassador to Switzerland visited a Swiss-owned electronics firm in Worthing to discuss the firm's expansion plans. Basil Eastwood was invited to Lemo (UK), based in North Street, along with a representative from the South-East England Development

  • Breakfast tips on selling

    A breakfast seminar is to be held for Sussex business leaders needing tips on buying and selling companies. The seminar, at the Thistle Hotel, Kings Road, Brighton, on September 27 (8 am), will be run by Lloyds TSB Corporate, chartered accountants Mazars

  • Nurse's death plunge verdict

    An Australian nurse who fell to her death after DJ Fatboy Slim's Brighton beach party had taken a cocktail of drink and drugs, an inquest heard. The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death on Karen Manders, 26, after hearing she would have been

  • How to throw a pea

    Organic growers have developed a super-pea which they hope will be a hit at one of Sussex's more unusual competitions. Organisers of this year's World Pea Throwing Championships in Lewes say their organic peas are more aerodynamic than ever before. They

  • Mystery of train fall woman

    The identity of a woman who fell into the path of an oncoming train and survived has still not been discovered. Police are baffled by her disappearance after she fell in between the train tracks at Haywards Heath station yesterday morning. A witness said

  • Between You And Me, by Vanora Leigh

    If you go down to the woods today, you may not see any picnicking teddy bears. But you could find The Mother and myself treading cautiously through acres of discarded lager cans, bicycle wheels and dog excrement. Taking our cue from the hibernating wildlife

  • Passing the buck

    "A rail fare deal for poor busmen" (The Argus, September 7) won't go down well with nurses, teachers, emergency service, office, shop workers and journalists paying the highest rail fares in Europe for an unsafe, unreliable, overcrowded third-class railway

  • Fox myth

    I have no particular feelings one way or another on the hunting debate but I must take issue with Jill Brown (Letters, September 12), who states that foxes kill only to eat. This is nonsense. We had a smallholding on the South Downs for many years and

  • We should be proud of our Pride parade

    Doug Coup wrote of his perception of the Pride in Brighton and Hove parade (Letters, September 4) comparing it to the Notting Hill Carnival and was "sad to see the pathetic efforts of the Gay Pride parade". I have been the Brighton Pride Parade director

  • D-d-delegate

    Andy Naylor's comments were spot-on about the Albion following Dick Knight's appearance on the Southern Counties Radio phone-in and the rantings of the lynch mob who would have Martin Hinshelwood removed (The Argus, September 16). The buck stops with

  • Hot seat

    Andy Naylor was correct in his article concerning the position of Martin Hinshelwood. It is apparent to all Albion supporters with an ounce of sense that Martin was not the club's first choice and the delay in his appointment has led to the problems we

  • Boogie Nights, Theatre Royal, Brighton, until September 21

    If Boogie Nights, The Seventies Musical, does one thing, it will leave you in a good mood. From what I saw - funky costumes, retro scenery and a strong cast - it will do more than this. Sam Kane, better known for playing Peter the camp hairdresser in

  • Dancing At Lughnasa, Wick Theatre Company, The Barn, Southwick

    To open its new season, the Wick Theatre Company chose Brian Friel's study of five impoverished spinster sisters living in a remote part of Donegal during the summer of 1936. With their parents dead, they struggle to eke out a living and each faces a

  • Extra baggage

    Some residents of Wivelsfield Road, Saltdean, are very senior retired people, at least two being in their 80s and one close to 90 years of age. Wivelsfield Road is a very steep road. The residents of this road each week have to take, or drag, their black

  • On the button?

    If I was to go to that telephone kiosk in Richmond Place, Brighton, and press the "hash" button, would a dealer turn up? -H Gregory, Elm Grove, Brighton

  • I'm proud for Helen

    How proud I feel for Helen Radley and her parents after reading "Talking volumes without words" (The Argus, September 16). I have hearing and sight problems. I have wanted to learn signing for a long time but I have yet to learn. -Josie Lawson, Stonehouse

  • Nightmare Square

    I live in Norfolk Square, Brighton, which has been taken over these past few months by drunks. Brighton and Hove City Council spent a fortune last year redesigning the square but it is most unusual to see an ordinary member of the public sitting in it

  • Beyond comprehension

    How I agree with Chris Horlock (Letters, September 14). How the frontage of the building replacing the Essoldo cinema in North Street, Brighton, received planning permission is beyond comprehension. -David Stopforth, Egremont Place, Brighton

  • University climbs league table

    The University of Sussex in Brighton has been ranked fifth in the South-East in a league table of universities. It was ranked 31st in the UK, five places up on last year in the table, compiled by the Sunday Times. The Falmer-based university beat Reading