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  • Nightclub design likened to Lego

    A nightclub owner says he will battle on after his £2.5 million expansion was dashed by councillors who said the design looked like something made from Lego. Ali Kosari, who owns the Babylon Lounge on Hove seafront, hoped to renovate the nightspot, almost

  • Cash crisis faces mental health line

    A helpline which counsels 2,000 people a year through depression faces closure because of a cash crisis. Volunteers working for the Mental Health Line need to raise £10,000 in three months to keep the service going after losing access to several key grants

  • Mrs T rap makes a comeback

    She paved the way for the ban on all-night raves but it seems Baroness Thatcher is a closet Acid House fan after all. True blue Tories snapping up copies of a recently released CD set of her greatest speeches have been amazed to hear the former prime

  • Squeaky clean

    I recently spent some time in the Newhaven Rehabilitation Hospital after initial treatment at the Royal Sussex County Hospital for a fractured femur. What immediately struck me was the general care for the well-being of the patients by all the staff.

  • Musical Tornados

    In 1965, my brother's pop group, The Torpedos, who were all only about 12 years old, played at the very popular Florida rooms. I got them an audition with top record producer in London, Joe Meek, who wrote and produced the hit Telstar by The Tornados.

  • Table Tennis: Clarke hits top form

    Sussex were fourth in the veterans' county championship premier division at Knutsford, Cheshire, well clear of the drop zone. Their only victory was a 7-3 success over Dorset. Brighton's John Clarke was the star player with victory in both his singles

  • Home baking was a delight

    I was a child of the Eighties but even then home baking was a dying art. I still have my mum's recipe book although it is falling to pieces through over-use. She made it at school and it's stuffed with cuttings on everything from boiling potatoes and

  • Cycling: Tadros on the podium

    Hastings star Peter Tadros overcame the puncture bug which has plagued the start of his season to gain a place on the podium in two events. The In Gear rider clocked 21min.36sec to beat Reg Smith (Chevin Cycles) by 41 seconds and win the Invicta ten-mile

  • Familiar voices will be heard no more

    I was saddened to read of the death of the great wit, actor and ranconteur Peter Ustinov. I always smile when I remember his many anecdotes but my favourite is: "The point of living and of being an optimist is to be foolish enough to believe the best

  • Basketball: Euro adventure helped win Bears title

    It could have been a hindrance. Instead, Brighton Bears' ULEB Cup adventure will go down as a key factor in them winning the league. Playing abroad toughened Bears up for domestic action. Even the snow flurries in Sheffield did not seem so bad compared

  • Eubank loses flats round one

    Chris Eubank's hopes of demolishing two exclusive houses and replacing them with flats have suffered a bruising blow. The retired boxer wanted to tear down the houses in The Upper Drive, Hove, to make way for five huge blocks comprising 41 homes. The

  • No perfect head

    DA Coles is quite correct to say there is no perfect system for choosing a head of state (Letters, April 2). But there are good systems and bad systems. A bad system is one based on snobbery, class division, elitism and the principle of inherited privilege

  • Tennis: Martina back at Eastbourne

    Martina Navratilova wants to play in the singles at Eastbourne in June. Navratilova, 47, last played singles at Devonshire Park in 2002 when she reached the last 16. Now she wants another crack at the title she has won 11 times during an illustrious career

  • Cricket: Adams scoops top honour

    Chris Adams will go into the new season on a high after he was awarded one of the greatest accolades in the game. The Sussex skipper has been named as one of the five Cricketers of the Year by the Wisden almanack. Adams was presented with a specially-bound

  • Record numbers head abroad

    Thousands will head to Gatwick this Easter weekend as a record 2.1 million Britons head abroad. Those staying at home will have to contend with major rail works and a mixed bag of sunshine and showers. Although temperatures are expected to pick up from

  • April 8: Blackwell set for return

    Albion manager Mark McGhee today revealed Dean Blackwell is on course for another new contract and the play-offs. The experienced centre half took part in a non-contact training session yesterday. It was the first time he has been involved with the rest

  • April 8: McGhee points way to promotion

    It is the clearest indication yet of Mark McGhee's thought process as Albion prepare for the promotion run-in and two games in 72 hours at opposite ends of the country over Easter. The manager has analysed in detail the remaining fixtures for Queens Park

  • Eyesore's regeneration takes shape

    Smart new homes are set to breathe life into a waterside site derelict for more than 30 years. The mews houses will be the first to be built as part of the £25 million redevelopment of Shoreham's troubled Ropetackle. Once plagued by vandals, it is being

  • Fundraiser at the business helm

    Caroleanne Clarke has been appointed chief executive of the Enterprise Agency Brighton, Hove and Lewes. She replaces Jane North, who announced her retirement in February after six years in the post. Ms Clarke has a successful career in fund-raising and

  • Firms told to boost skills training

    One in five workers in Sussex has no qualifications, according to a report published today which urges businesses to invest heavily in training. A rapid surge in low and high skilled jobs is expected over the next five years, according to the annual economic

  • Threat of rail strike chaos

    The threat of a crippling strike on the railways moved a step closer yesterday when two unions decided to consider ballots for industrial action. The biggest rail union, the RMT, said talks with the infrastructure company Network Rail (NR) had broken

  • City's graffiti shame plan scrapped

    A bizarre venture to combat graffiti by spraying the words "... is a plonker" after taggers' names has emerged. Brighton and Hove City Council pursued the novel idea and even had stencils made up by a signwriter. But it has been abandoned by the city's

  • Think again Eastbourne

    So Eastbourne Borough Council wants to make Eastbourne more youth-friendly. "Why?" I ask myself. "What's the matter with it as it is?" The answer comes back, "Nothing. Remember the old saying, 'if it's not broken, don't fix it'." What do they want to

  • Wife attack man freed

    A pensioner who tried to strangle his wife in the mistaken belief they were going to be evicted has today been freed from jail. George Tugwell, who uses a wheelchair, was jailed for three years by Lewes Crown Court in November last year after pleading

  • The French connection

    A strong French connection stretches across the 70 miles of Channel waters which separate Sussex and the Normandy coast. We love their food and wine. They love our warm welcome. Britain and France have this week been celebrating 100 years since signing

  • Nightclub design likened to Lego

    A nightclub owner says he will battle on after his £2.5 million expansion was dashed by councillors who said the design looked like something made from Lego. Ali Kosari, who owns the Babylon Lounge on Hove seafront, hoped to renovate the nightspot, almost

  • Mrs T rap makes a comeback

    She paved the way for the ban on all-night raves but it seems Baroness Thatcher is a closet Acid House fan after all. True blue Tories snapping up copies of a recently released CD set of her greatest speeches have been amazed to hear the former prime

  • Cycling: Tadros on the podium

    Hastings star Peter Tadros overcame the puncture bug which has plagued the start of his season to gain a place on the podium in two events. The In Gear rider clocked 21min.36sec to beat Reg Smith (Chevin Cycles) by 41 seconds and win the Invicta ten-mile

  • Basketball: Bears proud to be best of British

    The lift doors slid shut, the jubilant crowd were left behind and suddenly the top scorer on the night Brighton Bears won the league had time to reflect. Not long. Just the few seconds it takes to get from the main arena at the Brighton Centre to the

  • Tennis: Martina back at Eastbourne

    Martina Navratilova wants to play in the singles at Eastbourne in June. Navratilova, 47, last played singles at Devonshire Park in 2002 when she reached the last 16. Now she wants another crack at the title she has won 11 times during an illustrious career

  • Welcome refugees

    Jean Calder's article (The Argus, April 3) on the reality of life as an asylum seeker is a breath of fresh air. It puts the wall-to-wall tabloid horror stories about refugees into their proper context. Britain as a country has grown stronger and richer

  • Reid plays down injury

    Paul Reid expects to shrug off a back injury and make Albion's squad for Saturday's visit to Blackpool. The recent signing from Bradford picked up a knock during the Seagulls' Reserves 1-0 defeat at Reading yesterday. The midfielder said: "I took a knee

  • Blackwell set for return

    Albion manager Mark McGhee today revealed Dean Blackwell is on course for another new contract and the play-offs. The experienced centre half took part in a non-contact training session yesterday. It was the first time he has been involved with the rest

  • April 8: Blackwell set for return

    Albion manager Mark McGhee today revealed Dean Blackwell is on course for another new contract and the play-offs. The experienced centre half took part in a non-contact training session yesterday. It was the first time he has been involved with the rest

  • Eyesore's regeneration takes shape

    Smart new homes are set to breathe life into a waterside site derelict for more than 30 years. The mews houses will be the first to be built as part of the £25 million redevelopment of Shoreham's troubled Ropetackle. Once plagued by vandals, it is being

  • Fundraiser at the business helm

    Caroleanne Clarke has been appointed chief executive of the Enterprise Agency Brighton, Hove and Lewes. She replaces Jane North, who announced her retirement in February after six years in the post. Ms Clarke has a successful career in fund-raising and

  • Firms told to boost skills training

    One in five workers in Sussex has no qualifications, according to a report published today which urges businesses to invest heavily in training. A rapid surge in low and high skilled jobs is expected over the next five years, according to the annual economic

  • Call centre merger will axe 1,500 jobs

    A cable communications firm has officially announced plans to shed 1,500 call centre jobs, including 400 in Sussex. Staff at the NTL centre in Gardner Road, Portslade, were told last month the main part of the business was to shut on May 4. Yesterday

  • Hospital land for low-cost housing

    Hundreds of low-cost homes for key workers are to be built on former hospital sites across Sussex. The scheme involves the biggest sale of State land in England to date and is aimed at easing the housing shortage, particularly in the South-East. The Department

  • Drink-drive jockey could be jailed

    A jockey who crashed his car while three times over the drink-drive limit was released from custody with just enough time to reach his next race. Christopher Murray, 24, was arrested after watching the Grand National on Saturday at a pub with friends.

  • Beach awards snub could hit tourism

    Clean beach campaigners have accused Brighton and Hove of making a big mistake by not entering a seaside contest. Bournemouth beach has today been named the best in the UK in the annual Seaside Awards, organised by environmental charity Encams. It won

  • City drive to remove old school buldings

    Children at 27 schools in Brighton and Hove are being taught in temporary classrooms. The figure is higher than in many large urban areas, including Manchester, which has 23, and Liverpool with 25. The Department for Education, which published the statistics

  • Homes evacuated in pub blaze drama

    Scores of people were evacuated from their homes last night as fire ripped through a derelict pub. Choking smoke billowed hundreds of feet into the air from the Rivoli, enveloping Worthing town centre. Police cordoned off surrounding roads and went from

  • Think again Eastbourne

    So Eastbourne Borough Council wants to make Eastbourne more youth-friendly. "Why?" I ask myself. "What's the matter with it as it is?" The answer comes back, "Nothing. Remember the old saying, 'if it's not broken, don't fix it'." What do they want to

  • Wife attack man freed

    A pensioner who tried to strangle his wife in the mistaken belief they were going to be evicted has today been freed from jail. George Tugwell, who uses a wheelchair, was jailed for three years by Lewes Crown Court in November last year after pleading

  • City tunes in to Gallic station

    An eccentric French radio station has become a cult hit in Paris, Strasbourg, Bordeaux - and Brighton. Paris-based FIP FM mysteriously emerged over the airwaves in certain parts of Brighton three years ago, bemusing and delighting listeners with its idiosyncratic

  • The French connection

    A strong French connection stretches across the 70 miles of Channel waters which separate Sussex and the Normandy coast. We love their food and wine. They love our warm welcome. Britain and France have this week been celebrating 100 years since signing

  • Arts centre goes into liquidation

    A £2.4 million theatre and arts centre has gone into voluntary liquidation. The charitable trust managing Chequer Mead Arts Centre in East Grinstead has run up debts estimated to total tens of thousands of pounds. Producer Michael Lowy, of the Company

  • Mum's fury over breastfeeding denial

    A mothetr who asked to breastfeed during a benefits claim interview was given short shrift by JobCentre staff. Teresa Owen did not think there would be a problem feeding her six-month-old son Alfie during the appointment at the centre in Newhaven High

  • Slim pickings

    Norman Cook's free concert was very good for tourism and got Brighton mentioned in the news. However, perhaps it is good for the show not to be repeated. It put a strain on local hospitals and the lifeboat service. It was a wonderful thing Fatboy Slim

  • Alzheimer thanks

    I would like to say a big thank you to our collectors who recently raised £253.80 outside Woolworths in Blatchington Road, Hove. Thanks also to David Herriott and the Dignity Charity Organ for the music and Confords Funeral Directors and Woolworths staff

  • Basketball: Bears proud to be best of British

    The lift doors slid shut, the jubilant crowd were left behind and suddenly the top scorer on the night Brighton Bears won the league had time to reflect. Not long. Just the few seconds it takes to get from the main arena at the Brighton Centre to the

  • Hospital land for low-cost housing

    Hundreds of low-cost homes for key workers are to be built on former hospital sites across Sussex. The scheme involves the biggest sale of State land in England to date and is aimed at easing the housing shortage, particularly in the South-East. The Department

  • Welcome refugees

    Jean Calder's article (The Argus, April 3) on the reality of life as an asylum seeker is a breath of fresh air. It puts the wall-to-wall tabloid horror stories about refugees into their proper context. Britain as a country has grown stronger and richer

  • Immigrants contribute to UK prosperity

    Jean Calder (The Argus, April 3) is right when she says that the "daily Press barrage of criticism about asylum seekers" is helping to create a dangerous atmosphere of prejudice in Britain. Most of the more hysterical coverage in certain national papers

  • Reid plays down injury

    Paul Reid expects to shrug off a back injury and make Albion's squad for Saturday's visit to Blackpool. The recent signing from Bradford picked up a knock during the Seagulls' Reserves 1-0 defeat at Reading yesterday. The midfielder said: "I took a knee

  • McGhee points way to promotion

    It is the clearest indication yet of Mark McGhee's thought process as Albion prepare for the promotion run-in and two games in 72 hours at opposite ends of the country over Easter. The manager has analysed in detail the remaining fixtures for Queens Park

  • Blackwell set for return

    Albion manager Mark McGhee today revealed Dean Blackwell is on course for another new contract and the play-offs. The experienced centre half took part in a non-contact training session yesterday. It was the first time he has been involved with the rest

  • Mini kits boost car firm

    Mini owners have helped a West Sussex firm make a handsome profit by souping up their cars with tuning kits, sports seats and alloy wheels. A year after its launch, John Cooper Works, in East Preston, has dispatched its 5,000th performance kit, netting

  • Call centre merger will axe 1,500 jobs

    A cable communications firm has officially announced plans to shed 1,500 call centre jobs, including 400 in Sussex. Staff at the NTL centre in Gardner Road, Portslade, were told last month the main part of the business was to shut on May 4. Yesterday

  • Beach awards snub could hit tourism

    Clean beach campaigners have accused Brighton and Hove of making a big mistake by not entering a seaside contest. Bournemouth beach has today been named the best in the UK in the annual Seaside Awards, organised by environmental charity Encams. It won

  • Eyesore's regeneration takes shape

    Smart new homes are set to breathe life into a waterside site derelict for more than 30 years. The mews houses will be the first to be built as part of the £25 million redevelopment of Shoreham's troubled Ropetackle. Once plagued by vandals, it is being

  • Hospital land for low-cost housing

    Hundreds of low-cost homes for key workers are to be built on former hospital sites across Sussex. The scheme involves the biggest sale of State land in England to date and is aimed at easing the housing shortage, particularly in the South-East. The Department

  • Drink-drive jockey could be jailed

    A jockey who crashed his car while three times over the drink-drive limit was released from custody with just enough time to reach his next race. Christopher Murray, 24, was arrested after watching the Grand National on Saturday at a pub with friends.

  • Beach awards snub could hit tourism

    Clean beach campaigners have accused Brighton and Hove of making a big mistake by not entering a seaside contest. Bournemouth beach has today been named the best in the UK in the annual Seaside Awards, organised by environmental charity Encams. It won

  • Teen rapist jailed for six years

    A schoolboy who raped two girls while high on ecstasy has been ordered to be detained for six years. The youth was 15 when he followed his victims and forced them to have sex, threatening one with a knife. Judge Anthony Scott-Gall, sitting at Hove Crown

  • City drive to remove old school buldings

    Children at 27 schools in Brighton and Hove are being taught in temporary classrooms. The figure is higher than in many large urban areas, including Manchester, which has 23, and Liverpool with 25. The Department for Education, which published the statistics

  • Homes evacuated in pub blaze drama

    Scores of people were evacuated from their homes last night as fire ripped through a derelict pub. Choking smoke billowed hundreds of feet into the air from the Rivoli, enveloping Worthing town centre. Police cordoned off surrounding roads and went from

  • City tunes in to Gallic station

    An eccentric French radio station has become a cult hit in Paris, Strasbourg, Bordeaux - and Brighton. Paris-based FIP FM mysteriously emerged over the airwaves in certain parts of Brighton three years ago, bemusing and delighting listeners with its idiosyncratic

  • Cash crisis faces mental health line

    A helpline which counsels 2,000 people a year through depression faces closure because of a cash crisis. Volunteers working for the Mental Health Line need to raise £10,000 in three months to keep the service going after losing access to several key grants

  • Arts centre goes into liquidation

    A £2.4 million theatre and arts centre has gone into voluntary liquidation. The charitable trust managing Chequer Mead Arts Centre in East Grinstead has run up debts estimated to total tens of thousands of pounds. Producer Michael Lowy, of the Company

  • Mum's fury over breastfeeding denial

    A mothetr who asked to breastfeed during a benefits claim interview was given short shrift by JobCentre staff. Teresa Owen did not think there would be a problem feeding her six-month-old son Alfie during the appointment at the centre in Newhaven High

  • Slim pickings

    Norman Cook's free concert was very good for tourism and got Brighton mentioned in the news. However, perhaps it is good for the show not to be repeated. It put a strain on local hospitals and the lifeboat service. It was a wonderful thing Fatboy Slim

  • Squeaky clean

    I recently spent some time in the Newhaven Rehabilitation Hospital after initial treatment at the Royal Sussex County Hospital for a fractured femur. What immediately struck me was the general care for the well-being of the patients by all the staff.

  • Musical Tornados

    In 1965, my brother's pop group, The Torpedos, who were all only about 12 years old, played at the very popular Florida rooms. I got them an audition with top record producer in London, Joe Meek, who wrote and produced the hit Telstar by The Tornados.

  • Table Tennis: Clarke hits top form

    Sussex were fourth in the veterans' county championship premier division at Knutsford, Cheshire, well clear of the drop zone. Their only victory was a 7-3 success over Dorset. Brighton's John Clarke was the star player with victory in both his singles

  • Home baking was a delight

    I was a child of the Eighties but even then home baking was a dying art. I still have my mum's recipe book although it is falling to pieces through over-use. She made it at school and it's stuffed with cuttings on everything from boiling potatoes and

  • Familiar voices will be heard no more

    I was saddened to read of the death of the great wit, actor and ranconteur Peter Ustinov. I always smile when I remember his many anecdotes but my favourite is: "The point of living and of being an optimist is to be foolish enough to believe the best

  • Basketball: Euro adventure helped win Bears title

    It could have been a hindrance. Instead, Brighton Bears' ULEB Cup adventure will go down as a key factor in them winning the league. Playing abroad toughened Bears up for domestic action. Even the snow flurries in Sheffield did not seem so bad compared

  • Eubank loses flats round one

    Chris Eubank's hopes of demolishing two exclusive houses and replacing them with flats have suffered a bruising blow. The retired boxer wanted to tear down the houses in The Upper Drive, Hove, to make way for five huge blocks comprising 41 homes. The

  • Alzheimer thanks

    I would like to say a big thank you to our collectors who recently raised £253.80 outside Woolworths in Blatchington Road, Hove. Thanks also to David Herriott and the Dignity Charity Organ for the music and Confords Funeral Directors and Woolworths staff

  • Hospital land for low-cost housing

    Hundreds of low-cost homes for key workers are to be built on former hospital sites across Sussex. The scheme involves the biggest sale of State land in England to date and is aimed at easing the housing shortage, particularly in the South-East. The Department

  • No perfect head

    DA Coles is quite correct to say there is no perfect system for choosing a head of state (Letters, April 2). But there are good systems and bad systems. A bad system is one based on snobbery, class division, elitism and the principle of inherited privilege

  • Cricket: Adams scoops top honour

    Chris Adams will go into the new season on a high after he was awarded one of the greatest accolades in the game. The Sussex skipper has been named as one of the five Cricketers of the Year by the Wisden almanack. Adams was presented with a specially-bound

  • Immigrants contribute to UK prosperity

    Jean Calder (The Argus, April 3) is right when she says that the "daily Press barrage of criticism about asylum seekers" is helping to create a dangerous atmosphere of prejudice in Britain. Most of the more hysterical coverage in certain national papers

  • Record numbers head abroad

    Thousands will head to Gatwick this Easter weekend as a record 2.1 million Britons head abroad. Those staying at home will have to contend with major rail works and a mixed bag of sunshine and showers. Although temperatures are expected to pick up from

  • McGhee points way to promotion

    It is the clearest indication yet of Mark McGhee's thought process as Albion prepare for the promotion run-in and two games in 72 hours at opposite ends of the country over Easter. The manager has analysed in detail the remaining fixtures for Queens Park

  • April 8: McGhee points way to promotion

    It is the clearest indication yet of Mark McGhee's thought process as Albion prepare for the promotion run-in and two games in 72 hours at opposite ends of the country over Easter. The manager has analysed in detail the remaining fixtures for Queens Park

  • April 8: Reid plays down injury

    Paul Reid expects to shrug off a back injury and make Albion's squad for Saturday's visit to Blackpool. The recent signing from Bradford picked up a knock during the Seagulls' Reserves 1-0 defeat at Reading yesterday. The midfielder said: "I took a knee

  • Mini kits boost car firm

    Mini owners have helped a West Sussex firm make a handsome profit by souping up their cars with tuning kits, sports seats and alloy wheels. A year after its launch, John Cooper Works, in East Preston, has dispatched its 5,000th performance kit, netting

  • Threat of rail strike chaos

    The threat of a crippling strike on the railways moved a step closer yesterday when two unions decided to consider ballots for industrial action. The biggest rail union, the RMT, said talks with the infrastructure company Network Rail (NR) had broken

  • Beach awards snub could hit tourism

    Clean beach campaigners have accused Brighton and Hove of making a big mistake by not entering a seaside contest. Bournemouth beach has today been named the best in the UK in the annual Seaside Awards, organised by environmental charity Encams. It won

  • Eyesore's regeneration takes shape

    Smart new homes are set to breathe life into a waterside site derelict for more than 30 years. The mews houses will be the first to be built as part of the £25 million redevelopment of Shoreham's troubled Ropetackle. Once plagued by vandals, it is being

  • Teen rapist jailed for six years

    A schoolboy who raped two girls while high on ecstasy has been ordered to be detained for six years. The youth was 15 when he followed his victims and forced them to have sex, threatening one with a knife. Judge Anthony Scott-Gall, sitting at Hove Crown

  • City's graffiti shame plan scrapped

    A bizarre venture to combat graffiti by spraying the words "... is a plonker" after taggers' names has emerged. Brighton and Hove City Council pursued the novel idea and even had stencils made up by a signwriter. But it has been abandoned by the city's