• Letter: Eastwood just made my day

    I was pleased to see Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg were considering making a film of James Bradley's book Flags Of Our Fathers by James Bradley (The Argus, July 13). James's father was one of three survivors of the six men who raised the second

  • August 3: McGhee says no to Kerekes

    Albion manager Mark McGhee today revealed he will "go with what we've got" up front at Reading on Saturday after abandoning his interest in Serbian trialist Zsombor Kerekes. New signing Maheta Molango is now likely to be partnered by Gary Hart or David

  • Letter: Support new Iraq

    Despite the fact that the Prime Minister has been cleared of any "wrongdoing", the publication of the Butler Report has triggered an even more intense level of "Blair-bashing" from both columnists and correspondents of The Argus. Jean Calder states (The

  • Letter: Adam was proud of our heritage

    Whenever I am passing through Brighton, I like to drop in to The Argus office in Dyke Road to have a chat with Adam Trimingham. We have a talk about what goes on in the world that day. I was 13 in the May of 1960, I hit the streets running, well it was

  • Letter: The Sage of Sussex has been a winner for years

    Like many readers, I shall miss Adam Trimingham's work greatly. I have grown up reading his articles but have not always agreed with his views. Reg Jenkins states "he must be a model of self-discipline" to avoid any accusations of party politics (Letters

  • Letter: Argument has come off the rails

    In response to Alex Chatterton (Letters, July 14), Brighton and Hove City Council is not connected with the monorail proposals. The Brighton Bullet is a private venture and, as such, would need to be privately funded. The council is working towards submitting

  • Letter: We missed the boat with this world famous event

    The weekend before last, a unique event took place in Brighton - not that many people were aware of it. The P1 powerboat championships had a Grand Prix event on our seafront. Not only was it a first for Brighton but also for England. During the preceding

  • Cricket: Davis KO'd by freak injury

    A freak fielding injury has robbed Sussex of one of their key players for today's crucial Championship match against Kent at Canterbury. Off-spinner Mark Davis, who returned his best match figures for the county when Sussex beat Kent at Hove last week

  • McGhee says no to Kerekes

    Albion manager Mark McGhee today revealed he will "go with what we've got" up front at Reading on Saturday after abandoning his interest in Serbian trialist Zsombor Kerekes. New signing Maheta Molango is now likely to be partnered by Gary Hart or David

  • Black Widow spider found in shed

    Ron Ockwell expected to come across a spider or two while rummaging around the shed in his back garden. But he did not expect to find what he believes to be a member of the infamous Black Widow family. Mr Ockwell spotted the arachnid in his tool box in

  • Fire pay deal talks collapse

    Talks to finalise a deal to end the long-running firefighters' pay dispute appeared to have broken up without agreement and raised the prospect of fresh strikes. Leaders of the Fire Brigades' Union held discussions with local authority employers yesterday

  • Bank posts record profits

    Banking giant HSBC set a new European record for half-year earnings after profits rose 53 per cent to £5.14 billion in the first six months of 2004. The improvement, which was ahead of market expectations, reflects a full contribution from Household,

  • Price-cutting hits airline income

    No-frills airline Ryanair today provided further evidence of the cut-throat conditions in the low fares market by reporting a 6% fall in income per passenger despite record profits. The Dublin-based carrier blamed price-cutting to counter the challenge

  • Consortium bids to save West Pier

    Ambitious plans to restore the derelict West Pier have been put forward by a new consortium. The scheme is being suggested at a meeting with Brighton and Hove City Council today. Last week, English Heritage pulled the plug on a proposal to restore the

  • Water bills threat to small firms

    Small business leaders in Sussex have urged an industry watchdog to stop water companies imposing excessive increases in bills. Southern Water wants to increase its bills by 45 per cent, more than any other company in the UK while South East Water is

  • Why drinking urine can be good for you

    Drinking or applying your own urine to the skin may seem like a disgusting and smelly prospect but during the last 20 years there has been a revival of the ancient medical treatment. Our waste fluid has been used to treat or even cure conditions from

  • Chemists battle heart disease

    Phamacists have long had a tradition of providing help and advice to people looking for relief from minor illnesses and injuries. But in the past few years, their role has expanded rapidly. Instead of simply doling out pills, pharmacists now offer a range

  • Weight watching with Judy Citron

    Are you on automatic pilot? It's my guess that by ten o'clock in the morning, you've already made 100 choices. Do I surprise you? Here are just some examples: To go back to sleep after the alarm rings or to get up. To exercise or not. To put the cap on

  • The way to a grumble-free stomach

    Dear Martina, I think I'm suffering from hyperacidity. I was a cola drinker but stopped when I felt pain in my upper stomach. It has been two months now since I have had any. I also like eating fat from fried pork chops but suffer when I eat it. What

  • Green-fingered way to health

    Whether it is tending a window box, digging in the back garden or helping to manage woodland, many people get a great deal of pleasure out of gardening. But there is more to it than the satisfaction of watching things grow and develop. Gardening is increasingly

  • Open your heart to kundalini yoga

    If you live in Brighton and Hove, you will probably have noticed a hitherto little-known style of yoga class appearing on fitness club and health centre timetables around the city. Julie Cuddihy moved to Brighton in February last year and brought with

  • Health-giving properties of grapes

    Grapes have been treasured since the Bronze Age and especially once the ancient Egyptians and Romans realised they could produce excellent wines from fermented grape juice. It has been said that wine can only be as good as the grape from which it is made

  • Killer had kidnapped before

    Sarah Payne was not the first schoolgirl whom paedophile Roy Whiting abducted and sexually assaulted. However, the nine-year-old he bundled into the back of his car in 1995 was lucky enough to escape with her life. Roy William Whiting, born on January

  • Weight watching with Judy Citron

    People who want to lose weight come up with lots of excuses. Two completely contradictory ones come to mind. There are those who say they can't lose weight because they've got no time and others whose excuse is they've got too much time. I'd like to explore

  • Healing properties of ginger spice

    Confucius, born in China in 551BC, was one of the most respected philosophers in Chinese history, shaping political and moral thinking for centuries to come. In the time of Confucius, success in life was measured in terms of an individual's inner development

  • Turning kids on to good food

    The number of children classed as obese is continuing to rise. This has been partly blamed on sedentary lifestyles but poor diet is an important factor, with many young people living on fast food and ready meals and not eating enough fruit and vegetables

  • Learning how to run for your life

    This year's London Marathon may have been run but the running bug has been caught by many people keen to get fit. Two courses offering running training with a difference will be taking place at the end of the month. People know how to run. They say it

  • Role play is a good learning tool

    Have you heard about the four-year-old who came home from playgroup, saying, "We had television time this afternoon?" The appalled mother rang up the manager and asked why she was paying good money to have her child parked in front of the television.

  • Weight watching: Take out fast food

    Sometimes we get stuck in a rut with our diet. And, here, I mean diet as in your food intake - the true meaning of the word. If you're a regular reader of this column, you'll know I tend not to focus on the nitty-gritty of what you eat but, rather, on

  • Aromatic herb promotes wellbeing

    A lady called Janet has asked me about "natural" antibacterials now the sneezing season is in full swing. One of my favourites is oregano, the herb more commonly known as an aromatic flavouring for Mediterranean dishes. Through the ages it has been found

  • Beat fat the holistic way

    Obesity or weight gain is becoming an increasingly common health problem. This is as a result of modern lavish living with high consumption of fatty foods and alcohol. Many of us are born with a genetic tendency to weight gain. Ayurvedic medicine attributes

  • Weight Watching with Judy Citron

    When new clients join my telephone weight-loss classes, we often discuss the most common anxieties about dieting. Many people worry about feeling weak, others fear deprivation and some are unhappy about the loss of comfort food. Yet there is one fear

  • The right diet for sparkling teeth

    Some old discoveries are as relevant today as they ever were. Dr Weston Price was a dentist in Cleveland, Ohio in the Thirties, who observed a large number of his patients were suffering from chronic degenerative ill health. He also noticed an increasing

  • Bread for us, not fungal organisms

    Dear Martina, I am 29 years-old and suffer from recurring bouts of thrush infections and tiredness. I buy over-the-counter creams but have found they only work as long as I keep using them. A friend told me I should stop eating sugar and bread. I am reluctant

  • Is your body crying out for water?

    Reports that children are drinking more than 30 times as many soft drinks than in the Fifties come as no surprise to health care professionals. They witness the fall-out in terms of obesity, lowered immunity, diabetes, fragile bones and mental health

  • Apples: Just wash and go for health

    There are plenty of different ways to eat your apple. Some like it hot, some like it cold, some like it peeled and sliced. Personally, I eat the whole fruit, core and all, until I'm left with nothing but a little brown stalk. This has less to do with

  • Case prompted changes in the law

    A wave of anti-paedophile vigilante action swept Britain in the weeks following Sarah's murder. Crowds of angry protesters gathered outside the homes of convicted paedophiles - and, in one case, an unfortunate paediatrician. Police condemned the action

  • Make a marathon effort to get fit

    In the many articles I have written over the past two-and-half-years, I have neglected to point out the benefits of running. For this reason, I hope to inspire you to put on your running shoes and take up a pursuit which, for many people, has become a

  • Test yourself with our brain food quiz

    Last week's column was about improving memory and concentration. This week, readers can check out whether they still require a little extra brain food. Just by taking part in the following quiz: 1 What is Nigella Sativa? a) a new Bollywood dance craze

  • The real risks of skin cancer

    As the weather gets hotter, the lure of the beach is strong but before getting ready to bask in the sun, health experts are warning people to stop, think and take care. The Government and Cancer Research UK have launched a nationwide SunSmart campaign

  • The ocean's rich bounty

    Only Neptune himself could have come up with the names dulse, whistle wrack, carragheen, dabberlocks, murlin, thongweed and seatangle. Seaweed has always been used as a valued food source and medicine and there are hundreds of different species in varying

  • Weight watching with Judy Citron

    Those of you who have access to the internet will know it is full of excellent and often free information and ideas. There is an upside and a downside to this: There is so much material, it's hard to know what's genuine and what isn't. If you don't quite

  • Tasty challenge for office caterers>

    Is it possible to have a healthy office lunch? I visited Maria and her colleagues at their games and media company in Hove to find out more. They told me most of the choices offered in the average sandwich man's tray are consistently wheat-based and somewhat

  • Weight-watching with Judy Citron

    When you think about it, it's really strange so many people desperately want to lose weight yet those same people find it so hard to do. Most people with a modicum of motivation manage to move forward on a whole range of projects quite successfully. People

  • Workout: Get your home gym kitted out

    As this is my last column, I would like to give you a few points to think about regarding the big issue: Should you train at home or in a gym? Of course, being a personal trainer, I would point you in the direction of home training but to help you make

  • Miracle Magnet

    The arrival of summer conjures up images of long evenings and sunshine. But for thousands of allergy sufferers, it can be an annual nightmare. Siobhan Ryan looks at what can be done to relieve the problem. Wasps and bees, nettle rash, prickly heat and

  • The heart of the matter

    "I retired after 27 years of service as a senior cardiologist because I wanted to do something about the nutrition of children in America,". said Dr Harvey Zarren, talking to our group of doctors and therapists. The noble work of this eminent cardiologist

  • McGhee says no to Kerekes

    Albion manager Mark McGhee today revealed he will "go with what we've got" up front at Reading on Saturday after abandoning his interest in Serbian trialist Zsombor Kerekes. New signing Maheta Molango is now likely to be partnered by Gary Hart or David

  • Rottingdean Coastal

    Two of Brighton's most intractable problems are big issues in the new ward of Rottingdean Coastal. It stretches from Saltdean to the fringes of East Brighton, taking in Rottingdean and Ovingdean. There has been great controversy over the possible use

  • Play your role on life's stage

    Relaxing after my first American experience of a most exciting baseball match I found myself reading the book Just A Moment. Relaxing after my first American experience of a most exciting baseball match at the famous Fenway Park; Boston I found myself

  • Regency

    Labour will be looking to retain its hold on this ward, which is right at the centre of the city. Regency has been reduced from three seats to two in a reorganisation of Brighton and Hove's wards. Roy Pennington, who chairs the planning committee, will

  • Black Widow spider found in shed

    Ron Ockwell expected to come across a spider or two while rummaging around the shed in his back garden. But he did not expect to find what he believes to be a member of the infamous Black Widow family. Mr Ockwell spotted the arachnid in his tool box in

  • Mid Sussex District Council - Con hold

    The Liberal Democrats had the last laugh after a marathon count when Ian Dixon was finally declared the winner of East Grinstead Herontye - after the drawing of lots. After an astonishing six recounts he tied with Conservative Edward Belsey on 626 votes

  • A Tooth for an eye

    Five years ago a pioneering eye operation which used a patient's tooth to help restore their sight took place at the Sussex Eye Hospital. Since then, the Brighton medical team responsible has carried out the same technique on 15 more patients in the UK

  • Natural ways to ease skin trouble

    Nearly 2.5 million people in the UK have psoriasis and one-in-eight suffers from eczema. A rise in the number of cases has led to a search for a natural way to treat these painful conditions. Siobhan Ryan speaks to those who think they may have found

  • How to enjoy safe sunshine

    Basking in the glorious sun on the beach in Florida with clear skies and temperatures soaring to 91 degrees is what we all desire as a fantastic holiday experience. Hundreds of holiday-makers from Britain will soon be heading off for sunny destinations

  • Pru to hold on to Egg

    Online bank Egg is to remain under the control of the Prudential after the insurer today called a halt to its seven-month search for a buyer. Prudential received interest from a number of parties for its 79% Egg stake but has now decided it could gain

  • Thousands work overtime for free

    Almost three-quarters of people claim they work more than their contracted hours, according to a survey by internet bank Intelligent Finance. Seventy-three per cent said they worked longer hours than they were supposed to, with half claiming they regularly

  • Fire pay deal talks collapse

    Talks to finalise a deal to end the long-running firefighters' pay dispute appeared to have broken up without agreement and raised the prospect of fresh strikes. Leaders of the Fire Brigades' Union held discussions with local authority employers yesterday

  • Bank posts record profits

    Banking giant HSBC set a new European record for half-year earnings after profits rose 53 per cent to £5.14 billion in the first six months of 2004. The improvement, which was ahead of market expectations, reflects a full contribution from Household,

  • Price-cutting hits airline income

    No-frills airline Ryanair today provided further evidence of the cut-throat conditions in the low fares market by reporting a 6% fall in income per passenger despite record profits. The Dublin-based carrier blamed price-cutting to counter the challenge

  • Top tips for travelling

    With summer in full swing, and elections out of the way, people are off on holiday ! Some will be travelling by car, some by rail, and some flying! Having a break and a great holiday is vital for sanity these days. But travelling in itself can be a bit

  • Patcham

    Patcham is one of those suburban seats which has always seemed safe for the Conservatives in Brighton and Hove. With boundary alterations, it has been greatly extended but should still be a safe bet for the party. The husband-and-wife team of Geoffrey

  • Lewes District Council - Lib Dem hold

    It was a night of ups and downs for the two main parties in the Lewes district but the overall political landscape remained unchanged. With ward boundary changes slashing the number of seats available and almost half the sitting candidates stepping down

  • Taking the strain out of your life

    Hundreds of people throughout Sussex are suffering from long-term niggling injuries that are not life threatening but severely curtail their quality of life. Siobhan Ryan speaks to one such person about the operation that helped to change his life. For

  • Attacking the fat, freeing the mind

    Obesity is costing the NHS at least £2.6 billion a year. Being overweight leads to increased health problems and social isolation. Siobhan Ryan looks at how a change in lifestyle and attitude can help someone lose weight and keep the pounds off. One-in-five

  • Why bears don't get coronaries

    Dr Mathias Rath reveals his pioneering work on the vital function of nutrients and antioxidants. Dr Mathias Rath, in his book Why Animals Do Not Get Heart Attacks..People Do. Reveals his pioneering work on the vital function of nutrients and antioxidants

  • Food for thought

    Foods as obscure as garlic or mushrooms could be stopping you losing weight or fighting off skin or sinus problems. Linsey Wynton tries out a new food intolerance test and wonders whether it is worthwhile. Have you ever wondered if the foods and drinks

  • Learning the art of living

    Do you feel stuck in life? Do you feel unable to untangle yourself from the clutches of work or mental, physical and emotional tensions? Do you suffer from illness which requires more than just prescription of pills? The Art Of Living Foundation is a

  • Not on your knife

    Many people spend hours looking in the mirror worrying about frown or laughter lines appearing on their face. The usual reaction is to use face creams in a bid to get rid of them but there is a simpler and more effective solution available. Siobhan Ryan


    'What I hate most about being single again after 3 years is shopping. Instead of the dulex shopping trolley model, I am back to carrying the sad, single basket. Panic sets in. Everyone will know that I am single. I hide and scurry through the aisles keeping

  • Brittle matters

    People assume that the brittle bone disease osteoporosis only affects elderly people. But signs can show as early as in one's 20s. Siobhan Ryan looks at how tests for the condition are carried out and how people can stop it from developing further. Osteoporosis


    'What I hate most about being single again after 3 years is shopping. Instead of the dulex shopping trolley model, I am back to carrying the sad, single basket. Panic sets in. Everyone will know that I am single. I hide and scurry through the aisles keeping

  • Consortium bids to save West Pier

    Ambitious plans to restore the derelict West Pier have been put forward by a new consortium. The scheme is being suggested at a meeting with Brighton and Hove City Council today. Last week, English Heritage pulled the plug on a proposal to restore the

  • Brighton & Hove: No overall control

    Labour lost control of Brighton and Hove City Council in a night of high drama at the Brighton Centre. When all the votes were counted they were a tantalising four seats away from a majority on the new 54-seat council. The state of the parties is now

  • Reducing the risk factors

    Irregular, heavy, painful or multiple periods are not uncommon in women in England. In India, many young and old women in semi-rural and urban areas prefer to treat any problems of uterine bleeding naturally with Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga. Teenagers

  • Seagulls fans anger at Tory's 'lout' jibe

    A Parliamentary hopeful has offended Albion fans by suggesting Falmer was the best site for a new stadium because it would keep "louts" away from Brighton city centre. The furore over Mike Weatherley's comments came as it emerged police did not make a

  • Keep illness at bay the simple way

    The science of stress management and harnessing the life force of our natural health is called Pranayama. This literally means "to master or control the life force Prana". Ayurvedic medicine and yoga is the science of different forms of breathing exercises

  • Let Zippers show the way

    People recovering from major heart surgery are usually advised to watch their diet and not to overdo things but the benefits of support from others can be limited. Siobhan Ryan speaks to a man who has had surgery and now spends his time helping others

  • Arun District Council: Con hold

    Tories in Arun retained their grip on power as the leaders of the three main opposition parties were toppled in a night of high drama. The Conservatives tightened their grip and stood firm but there was chaos all around. Lib Dem leader John Richards,

  • Adur District Council: Con hold

    The Conservatives are celebrating in Adur after snatching four seats from their rivals. Three of the gains were made at the expense of Labour and one of the council's five Independent seats also fell to the Tories. The biggest blow of the night was the

  • Success out of suffering

    Thousands of people in Sussex are affected by ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Siobhan Ryan speaks to an organisation that is dedicated to providing support for sufferers and raising awareness of the condition. About 900 adults and children in the county

  • How to model your self-belief

    Many of you may have watched and heard actress Tracey Shaw; who spoke on TV about her agonising experience with anorexia or eating disorder - and more importantly how she got over it. We also saw how young girls of school age are affected by the body

  • Convict tried to offload blame

    Child sex fiend Russell Bishop tried to blame Roy Whiting for crimes he committed. The Brighton roofer contacted the Sarah Payne inquiry team from prison saying: "I told you I'm innocent." The 35-year-old paedophile was cleared of murdering nine-year-olds

  • Victory in the bulge battle

    A new Department of Health report says that 24 per cent of women in the country will be obese by 2005. Siobhan Ryan speaks to a woman who is about to hold regular counselling and support sessions to help people lose weight. It's the start of another New

  • LCPs are necessary for brain power

    Children have never had it this good. Anything a child could ever want has been extensively researched and catered for. So why are many children not "performing" as well as adults expect them to? Learning disorders such as ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia

  • How to reduce cholesterol fat

    Cholesterol is a type of fat in he body. It deposits itself with other tissue on to he inner lining of our blood vessels and clogs them up, causing heart disease, angina, high blood pressure and stroke. Diet, stress and lack of exercise are the main causes

  • Emotional wellbeing and health

    A woman aged 52 came to see me for a holistic opinion after having suffered from stomach pains for more than a year. She had some heart burn, but her main pain was in the lower stomach. After medical investigations, she had been told she had diverticulitis

  • Dealing with the fall-out

    The break up of a relationship is a traumatic time for the couple involved but the strains and stresses can also have an impact on the health and well-being of any children involved. Siobhan Ryan speaks to a team of workers who help young people get through

  • Ten rules for contentment

    Physical health depends primarily on air, water and diet. Add to this a cheerful heart and a happy mind, and a discipline in life and you have a bouncing radiant health. Professor G T Gursahani has laid out very simple rules of a happy healthy life in

  • Sarah trial: Accused in court

    The man accused of killing eight-year-old Sarah Payne appeared in the dock at Lewes Crown Court today. Mechanic Roy Whiting, 41, formerly of St Augustine Road, Littlehampton, is charged with kidnapping Sarah from a country lane in July last year. Whiting

  • Sarah trial starts again

    A new jury in the Sarah Payne murder case was today sworn in, hours after the trial was halted and the first jury discharged. The hearing was stopped at 11.10am, a day and a half into the prosecution opening of the case against the defendant Roy Whiting

  • Relatives relive Sarah's last moments

    Sarah Payne's family today relived the last moments of their daughter's life, for the second time. Prosecution barrister Timothy Langdale QC outlined details of the kidnap and murder of the eight-year-old schoolgirl to a new jury. Sarah's father, Michael

  • The complexity of depression

    Many of you may have watched the documentary on the television where Fredie Starr, the comedian, and other people talked about their depression. It was commented that 18 million prescriptions for antidepressants are written every year and that the rate

  • Hair led to killer, jury told

    A single blonde hair from Sarah Payne's head proves Roy Whiting was her killer, a court heard. The hair was found on a red sweatshirt seized from Whiting's Fiat Ducato van when he was arrested the day after eight-year-old Sarah disappeared on July 1 last

  • Face of the accused

    This is the man accused of kidnapping eight-year-old Sarah Payne from a Sussex field and murdering her. Mr Justice Curtis made a ruling at Lewes Crown Court allowing the media to show the image of Roy Whiting, 42, formerly of St Augustine Road, Littlehampton

  • Poll shock for ruling parties

    The ruling parties on three Sussex councils have tumbled from power in a night of mixed fortunes and big-name casualties at the polls. Labour lost control of Brighton and Hove, the Tories lost their grip on Horsham and the Lib Dems no longer have a majority

  • Agony that won't go away

    From the day their daughter went missing Sarah's family have rarely been out of the media spotlight. They have had two specially-trained officers assigned to support them and their family. When the blaze of publicity following Whiting's conviction dies

  • Something to keep that system in tune

    Every other person will probably suffer from piles (haemorrhoids) at some point in their lives. Piles are dilated veins just inside the back passage. They are harmless in themselves mostly you don't get any symptoms, but sometimes they can cause irritation

  • Accused 'refused to give answers'

    The man accused of murdering Sarah Payne repeatedly refused to answer detectives' questions after her disappearance and death, a court heard. Roy Whiting, 42, answered "no comment" to almost every question during a series of taped interviews held at Bognor

  • Clothes provide crucial link, jury hears

    Items of clothing alleged to link defendant Roy Whiting to eight-year-old Sarah Payne were identified in court today. Shane Gething told Lewes Crown Court that a red sweatshirt, checked padded shirt and a clown-patterned curtain were in a white van sold

  • Timeline: Roy Whiting on trial

    A day-by-day round-up of the case at Lewes Crown Court. NOVEMBER 13 2001: Sara and Michael Payne pose briefly together for massed ranks of photographers on the court steps, both wearing For Sarah campaign badges, before stepping inside. The day is taken

  • Expert confident of clues

    An independent forensic report reinforced crucial links between schoolgirl Sarah Payne and her alleged killer, a court heard today. Scientist Roger Robson, a forensic specialist since 1978, was asked by the police to compare fibres found in Roy Whiting's

  • Sarah jury will not visit abduction scene

    The jury in the trial of Roy Whiting will not visit the scene where Sarah Payne was abducted. Mr Justice Richard Curtis refused an application by the jury to visit the spot in Kingston Gorse, near Littlehampton, where Sarah was abducted on July 1 last

  • Sarah's last steps watched on video

    Sarah Payne's mother and father watched in silence as videos retracing their daughter's last known movements were played in court yesterday. In the days after eight-year-old Sarah went missing, detectives took her two older brothers back to the cornfield

  • Thief put trial at risk

    Roy Whiting's trial was put in jeopardy before it began when a drug addict stole his defence papers and sold them for £5,000. Cocaine user Christopher Branscombe, 20, of Milton Road, Haywards Heath, pinched the documents while working on a computer programme

  • Alexander can help solve your back problems

    Last Saturday, a very special young patient introduced me to the Alexander technique. I watched her expert Alexander teacher give her training and treatment, which has helped her almost cure her chronic back pain from a curvature in the spine. This gentle

  • Child's play is really about learning

    "It's child's play" is a frequently-used expression, relegating an activity to a level children would refer to as "easy peasy". But is that valid? For children, what we call play, can be a very demanding and significant activity, requiring the mastery

  • Getting your child ready for school

    School. You can't get away from it. It's not just the advertising. It's the school run, the traffic jams and the streams of five-year-olds in oversized clothes approaching the school gates with trepidation. If you have a three-yearold, all this probably

  • Vegans shouldn't be seen as wacky

    Vegan mum Sarah Spence has re-written the words to a well-known nursery rhyme for the benefit of her son Maximillian. "I don't sing three little piggies go to market," says Sarah. "I sing three little piggies go to Brighton." At five months, Max is too

  • Overcoming the pain of miscarriage

    Sandra Cooper, a former midwife, has great sympathy for Cherie Blair, who suffered a much-publicised miscarriage two weeks ago. "People tend to think you'll get over it in a couple of weeks," says Ms Cooper. "They can't relate to the fact it's a baby

  • Look at toys through a child's eyes

    What makes a child happy? As any parent will tell you, the plastic toys that are hyped on television do have their place. After all, who hasn't given in to the temptation of buying a toy as a quick fix in times of stress? But, in some cases, they can

  • Alternative attitudes

    A new organisation has been set up to research complementary therapies. The Foundation for Integrated Medicine will look into the integration of other medical systems such as Ayurvedic,Chinese and Western herbal medicine and complementary therapies like

  • Pivotal evidence questioned

    "Hopeless and incompetent" detective work has thrown a huge question mark over the case against Sarah Payne's alleged killer, a court heard. Roy Whiting's barrister, Sally O'Neill, made the accusation in the final minutes of her defence closing speech

  • Sarah jury retires

    The jury in the Sarah Payne murder trial retired today to consider its verdict. Mr Justice Richard Curtis took a little over four hours to sum up the case against Roy Whiting at Lewes Crown Court. The jurors were told to consider their verdicts until

  • This little piggy had nut cutlets

    Vegan mum Sarah Spence has re-written the words to well-known nursery rhyme for the benefit of her son, Maximillian. "I don't sing three little piggies go market," says Sarah, of Crawley. "I sing three little piggies go to Brighton." At five months, Max

  • Becoming a better person with play

    The theory of the super baby first emerged way back in the Sixties. Poor baby might be more appropriate. Babies barely able to sit up were pestered with flash cards on the basis that, if they saw the same word often enough, they would recognise it and

  • Is this a fair test for our children?

    When the first youngsters sat their AS-Level papers last summer, the Government trumpeted that the exams would broaden the post-16 curriculum. Instead of narrowing their options at 16, most would now go on to take four or five subjects at AS-Level, rather

  • Getting the lowdown on childminders

    A childminder is someone registered with OFSTED to care for children under the age of eight in their own home for more than two hours per day. The law does not require them to register if they care only for children aged eight or over. Childminders may

  • Case put police under pressure

    The policeman said to Sarah Payne's parents: "I'm sorry to have to tell we have found a body. We believe it is Sarah." At that moment Sarah's brothers and sisters Lee, 13, Luke, 11, and five-year-old Charlotte came running in from the lounge in floods

  • MMR: What is best for our children?

    Sooner or later, Jane O'Byrne is going to have to make her mind up about the MMR triple vaccine. Like many parents of young children, Jane, from East Sussex, has strong doubts about the three-inone measles, mumps and rubella jab. After reading stories

  • Unborn babies' battle for survival

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  • Exercising minds as well as muscles

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  • Follow the recipe for calm children.

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  • Agonising wait as jury talks continue

    Sarah Payne's parents today faced a further tense wait as the jury in their daughter's murder trial continued its deliberations. The jury was sent to a hotel for a second night yesterday after failing to reach a verdict following more than five hours

  • Double trouble with child Number

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  • Learning to read between the lines

    Reading a story is an opportunity for parent and child to snuggle up together and share an imaginary world. Ask any parent currently taking their child through the trials and tribulations of Rosie in Rosie's Walk, perhaps, or Harry Potter in The Philosopher's

  • Teaching children to embrace change

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  • Time to share cares with the boss

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  • Education helps children blossom

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  • Heavy metal is corrupting the young

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  • Getting a taste for our own medicine

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  • Fats that make you smart, stupid

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  • Foresight is about forward thinking

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  • Apples changed my teacher's life

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  • Holistic cures for smokers

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  • Right to buy essential supplements

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  • This modification is not required

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  • Do you know how to take a stand?

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  • Weight watching with Judy Citron

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  • In search of a fully balanced diet

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  • Is it now time ladies, please?

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  • Making sure you get enough calcium

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  • Botox jabs help control my pain

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  • Sight and sore eyes

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  • Let's all go fruity and have a banana

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  • Homeopathy with Elizabeth Whitney

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  • Take a stand in the vitamin debate

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  • Unable to cope with toxic overload

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  • The perfect balance

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  • Pesticides linked to breast cancer

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  • Weight Watching with Judy Citron

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  • Life and times of a serial defiler

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  • Rays of hope for sun lovers

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  • No need to die for colourful hair

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  • Homeopathic healing on your holiday

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  • Helping food on its long journey

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  • What to do in the summer holidays

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  • How to be fit for everything

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  • Eating your way to a healthy mind

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  • Check out your blood pressure

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  • Stick to drinking pure, still water

    "Dear Martina: I am a dad and coach football at my son's school. The boys are active and get very thirsty. Should they avoid sugary drinks? " - Peter Arnold, Patcham Dear Peter: This is a common dilemma faced by parents and teachers. Ideally, children

  • Men suffer from osteoporosis, too

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  • Chill-out pill acts as a stress-buster

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  • Weight Watching with Judy Citron

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  • A monster who would kill again

    Retired detective Peter Kennett prays Roy Whiting remains behind bars and never sees the light of day again. The ex-superintendent, who co-led the Sarah Payne inquiry, said: "Whiting is a disgusting, psychopathic monster, an evil, evil man who should

  • Taking care in the summer sun

    Almost 90 per cent of respondents to a survey had never heard of the common skin disease solar keratosis, despite the fact it can affect up to a third of older people. About 1,800 cases of keratosis are diagnosed in the South East every month and a fifth

  • Ensuring we all have enough water

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  • Vitamins protect against Alzheimer's

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  • Weight watching with Judy Citron

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  • Workout: Tone deltoids for shapely shoulders

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  • An Ofsted childcare inspector calls

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  • Sneeze into an early summer

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  • Weight-watching: Change the tone of your 'self-talk'

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  • Lewes Council

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  • Adur Council

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  • Living each day in severe pain

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  • Weight watching: Remind yourself of your successes

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  • Working out: Kick-start reluctant teens

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  • Turning over a new leaf with neem

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  • How Sarah's killer was caught

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  • Try loving care for tender skin

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  • Sweeteners that leave a sour taste

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  • Weight watching with Judy Citron

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  • Coping with life after a stroke

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  • Are you paying a high price for salt?

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  • Foresight's better than hindsight

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  • Marvellous medleys of crushed fruit

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  • Should you scrub up fruit and veg?

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  • Is our daily bread making us ill?

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  • Weight loss as a creative challenge

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  • Extracting the truth about mercury

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  • Grapefruit seeds wage germ warfare

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  • Weight watching with Judy Citron

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  • Suggesting ways to lead a healthier life

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  • Identifying the role of diet in autism

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  • Weight Watching with Judy Citron

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  • Drawing on ancient tribal wisdom

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  • Quality people need quality foods

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  • ME finally recognised as a disease

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  • Never let it happen again

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  • The humble spud is full of goodness

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  • Drunkeness cure has roots in China

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  • Healing hands that can touch the soul

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  • Are you ready to change?

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  • Nothing magical about a good diet

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  • How to let your children play to learn

    A happy childhood is the best present parents can give a child, but that depends on more than any one or even two individuals. As social animals, we thrive on the whole "busyness" of being, learning and sharing with others. This is even more true of three

  • Starting the countdown to Christmas

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  • News from a friendly bug on patrol

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  • Weight watching, with Judy Citron

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  • Take children to a world of good food

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  • Getting the lowdown on selenium

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  • Garlic: As good as ten mothers

    Garlic, one of the best-known cure-alls, is, according to an old Indian proverb, "as good as ten mothers". But we tend to avoid it in large doses because of the unpleasant odour we emit after eating it. "A nickel will get you on the subway but garlic

  • Juicy fruit for healing and health

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  • Spoonfuls of sugar lead to medicine

    A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down. But does the sugar we eat also contribute to our requirement for medication? The sugar industry would have us believe sugar does not contribute to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, hypoglycaemia or nutrient

  • A design for a healthy teenager

    Designer labels do nothing for me, unfortunately. I have yet to discover how wearing a particular brand name can make me a better person. In fact, considering the prices of designer gear, I hope to pass this little foible on to my offspring before they

  • On the alert for aluminium intake

    Seeing is not necessarily believing in Camelford in Cornwall. Twenty tons of aluminium sulphate were accidentally tipped into the wrong tank in 1988, contaminating the water supply. When people complained of green hair, joint pain, sickness and memory

  • Having his crisps and eating them

    Sir Steven Redgrave is our greatest Olympic hero and I am amazed to see him sharing his glory with Walkers crisps in their latest promotional blitz. After years of living on a shoestring, athletes deserve to cash in. But as the most bankable of them all

  • Summer salads and junk food fixes

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  • Balancing the mind and body

    Elaine Gibbons has been working as an acupuncturist for nearly ten years. During that time she has seen her clientele grow until now she is dealing with about 30 patients a week. The use of acupuncture has increased in popularity so much that some GPs

  • The deadly bacteria

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  • A pain in the back

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  • Get the flu jab while shopping

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  • Calcium intake for healthy bones

    Clients often ask whether their intake of calcium is adequate. Their concern is justified since calcium losses are associated with osteoporosis in one-in-three women and one-in-12 men. Other symptoms include muscle cramps, insomnia, tremors or spasms,

  • Going with the flow of shiatsu

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  • Yoga can help children relax

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  • Put your best foot forward

    The most important piece of advice offered by Kirt Strasburg is to wear the right shoes. Badly-fitting shoes are the cause of the vast majority of problems he deals with at his Worthing-based clinic. He said: "One of the main concerns is the shoes some

  • Be a healthier couch potato

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  • A guide to effective training

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  • Rother District Council: Con hold

    Conservatives kept their grip in the heart of Rother District Council, winning 13 of the 18 seats in Bexhill. It was as-you-were for the sedate seaside town, which has seen slight ward changes since the last district council election in 1999, as Conservative

  • The right time for a little light exercise

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  • Make sure of a healthy holiday

    Thousands of people in Sussex are heading for the summer sunshine. Here we consider advice from experts on making your holiday safe. Whether you are planning to soak up the sun in Spain, go for a trek in the Himalayas or spend a week closer to home in

  • Stretch to stay supple

    As you are training this week, think about how often, when and why you perform stretches. Flexibility training should not just be a minor part of your training, it should be well planned and thought through. As you may know or realise, you will become

  • Play safe with a proper warm-up

    After two weeks of watching Wimbledon and a month of World Cup football, it is no surprise people are being inspired to get fit. Long summer days and the prospect of holidays on the horizon are also making people think about losing weight before relaxing

  • No morals without sufficient fibre

    In 1972, anthropologist Colin Turnbull wrote an interesting book about an African tribe called the Ik. Originally nomadic hunters, the Ik were forcibly evacuated from their native hunting grounds in Uganda and driven en masse to barren, mountainous areas

  • Get your teeth into early care

    For many people, the idea of a trip to the dentist stirs up disturbing images of drills and fillings. But preventative steps can make the visit less of a traumatic experience. THE message being sent out by dental nurses and dentists in Sussex is: Start

  • Early warning on osteoporosis

    About one in three women and one in 12 men over the age of 50 will develop osteoporosis. The condition can cause crippling problems but, for many people, the first time they find out something wrong is after they break bone. The National Osteoporosis

  • Helping people stay fit for life

    Now June has arrived, a lot of people's thoughts will be turning to getting fit and healthy for the long summer days. For those who want to cover up as little as possible and sun themselves on the beach, it is time to get in a little exercise and watch

  • New test checks hearing earlier

    A new test is being piloted in Sussex which can check a child's hearing at just ten days old. Little Oscar Kirkman-Horne is only a month old but his parents already know his hearing is fine. Ordinarily, they would have had to wait until he was eight months

  • Preparing for The Change

    There is really only one thing you can be sure of in life and that is death, so the saying goes. However, for women, there's something else - the menopause. Whoever you are or whatever you do, you will at some stage in your life (usually between the ages

  • Put your best foot forward

    Our feet carry us the equivalent of five times round the Earth in an average lifetime. In return, we hide them away in shoes and forget about them - until problems develop. Feet problems affect more than a third of the population and when your feet hurt