• Pedersen lines up Russian deal

    Nicki Pedersen is hoping to finalise a deal to ride up to six meetings in the lucrative Russian League next season. But he has turned down an invitation to venture to Siberia in the remaining weeks of the season. Mega Lada Togliatti were so pleased

  • Blithe Spirit, The Barn, Southwick, until Sept 16

    The local revival of the work of Noel Coward continues with The Wick Theatre Company's production of Blithe Spirit. The play, claimed by Coward to have been written in just a few days, has become an enduring classic. The story centres on Charles,

  • Gwyneth Herbert, Komedia, Brighton

    As we set off for this gig, the heavens opened. If I hadn't been committed to reviewing it, I might have stayed home, warm and dry. Gwyneth Herbert's fans, however, are made of sterner stuff and a full house gave her an enthusiastic reception

  • Terry Reid, Komedia, Brighton, Monday, Sept 18

    "There are only three things happening in England: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Terry Reid," said Aretha Franklin circa 1968. It was a remarkable accolade for a remarkable singer - British soulman Terry Reid, also known as Superlungs on account

  • Bic Runga, Concorde 2, Brighton, Monday, Sept 18

    You have probably heard her name being whispered excitedly among music lovers of late. Bic Runga. It is a name which sticks, purely because it so unusual. But who is the mysterious Bic Runga? And where does she come from? New Zealander Bic (pronounced

  • The Datsuns, Concorde 2, Brighton, Fri, Sept 15

    As four kids from Cambridge, New Zealand (population 12,000), The Datsuns didn't feel like their prospects warranted a name like The Cadillacs or The Rolls Royces when they first formed so the humble Datsuns it was. In retrospect they should have

  • The Rifles, Concorde 2, Brighton, Tues, Sept 19

    Despite their relatively short tenure within rock 'n' roll, The Rifles exude the self-contained, adrenalised air of a band inspired by those street level perceptions which characterise one of British pop's most vital bloodlines from The Kinks to

  • My Device, Resident Records, Brighton, Monday, Sept 18

    Rising stars My Device will be making a special in-store appearance at Resident Records on Monday to promote their new album, Nervous System. The Brighton-based band are still reeling after winning the NME/Sony Walkman Breaking Bands competition earlier

  • Cara Dillon, Komedia, Thurs, Sept 21

    Cara Dillon's crystalline vocals, reminiscent of Eva Cassidy, have been winning her acclaim ever since she won the All Ireland Singing Trophy in her early teens. A shower of accolades followed her eponymous debut album (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards,

  • Step Up with Bonobo, Audio, Brighton, Saturday, Sept 16

    Downtempo monkeyman Bonobo has picked up the pace with his third album Days To Come. The Brighton DJ and producer, aka Simon Green, was discovered by our own Tru Thoughts but is now signed to Ninja Tune, strengthening the already strong relationship

  • Bollywood brass, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Sept 15

    Bollywood Brass has been a favourite at Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion for many summers outside on the bandstand. On Friday, the funky drummers and hot horn section play in the auditorium with a new show that features massive hits from Bollywood films

  • Tommy, Gardner Arts Centre, Falmer, Sept 19-23

    About a bullied kid who triumphs, The Who's Tommy is the ultimate rousing rock musical. Deaf, dumb and blind, Tommy witnesses the murder of his mother's lovers by his father and goes through childhood in a state of catatonia, enduring a life of

  • Habeas Corpus, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Sept 18-23

    We all know Brighton can be saucy - something playwright Alan Bennett picked up on back in the Seventies. This play, one of his earliest, takes a look at "Brighton's plush, silk-stocking district of Hove" from the eyes of the Wicksteed family.

  • The Full Monty, Capitol Theatre, Horsham, Sept 19-23

    Six downtrodden blokes whip their pants off to raise some capital. We all know the main plot of The Full Monty but there are deeper themes such as depression, unemployment and divorce, all laced together with wicked Northern wit. And yes, this

  • The Witches of Eastwick, The Hawth, Crawley, Sept 19-23

    Just ten amateur theatre companies have been given permission to perform this show, recently a West End hit, and Act Too Productions are one of them. In the tiny New England town of Eastwick, three modern-day witches innocently plot and conjure

  • Ghost Train, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, Sept 19-23

    Six people get stranded on a remote train station in Cornwall. Rather than get a cab and despite the fact they've been warned about a ghostly locomotive in the area, they decide to stay the night in the spooky waiting room. Soon they regret

  • Friday Night Live, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Fri, Sept 15

    Worthing-ites feel the same way about their town as they do their school or siblings - they can criticise it but if anyone else does, that's fighting talk. But founders of this new Worthingaimed comedy sketch show come in peace - they're here to

  • £100 bin bag fines approved

    Refuse sacks could be torn open by inspectors looking to find which households are breaching rubbish regulations, a meeting heard. Brighton and Hove city councillors last night voted in favour of a controversial scheme to issue £100 charges

  • 'Babes in the wood' prosecution blow

    There is not enough evidence to prosecute anyone for the "Babes in the Wood" murder of two schoolgirls in a park 20 years ago, police said today. Karen Hadaway, ten, and Nicola Fellows, nine, were strangled in Wild Park, Brighton, in 1986. Russell Bishop

  • Man sought in death probe

    Police trying to establish the last movements of a woman found dead at Brighton Marina are keen to trace a man who spoke to her in a shop the previous evening. The body of 36-year-old Lisa Elliot, also known as "Tiger", was found at about 8.50am on Monday

  • New E. coli scare for nursery

    A two-year-old child has become the second suspected case of E. coli at a nursery. The Hilltop Nursery in Brighton was closed last Friday after a three-year-old caught the infection and an 18-month-old child was also treated for a suspected case. Now

  • Any development must fit into the townscape

    As I commended Valerie Paynter's plea for due consideration to be given to infrastructure in development plans and am also actively campaigning against the King Alfred scheme, John Foley concludes I must be trying to stop any development whatsoever

  • Guess who’s back

    I see travellers are back in Wild Park. As it has cost Brighton and Hove City Council £10,000 in eviction fees so far this year to remove them, could the council not bring in a local law whereby fines of £1,000 could be given for trespass on public

  • Stop Japan from restarting whaling

    Two items caught my attention in your paper last Monday, "Unravel sea life secrets" and "All aboard for a big day out" (The Argus, September 11). The former offered a one-day course to identify dolphins and whales in the English Channel by the

  • It isn’t a fad

    Concerning the "skate park moaners" (The Argus, September 13), it is perhaps ironic that persons objecting to a seafront skate park are possibly wearing skate shoes. Since the inception of skateboard culture in the mid-Seventies, its contribution

  • Ship building

    Building on the success of its recent Shoreham Harbour boating station project, Hove and Adur Sea Cadet Unit (TS King Alfred) is now seeking new adult members to supplement the management committee as the unit prepares to embark upon a project

  • A tireless, determined lady

    The Lanes Business Network would like to congratulate Sue Addis of Donatello on being named an Outstanding Brightonian at last Thursday's awards ceremony (The Argus, September 8). While we are delighted Sue has achieved recognition for her charity

  • Left to rot at the front for too long

    The Birdcage Bandstand was designed by Philip Lockwood and built in 1884 as part of a project which included landscaped enclosures and covered shelters to improve facilities on the seafront. Today, it is one of several blots which spoil it. Despite

  • They're too fragile for shunting

    I was concerned to read yet another care home is to close (The Argus, September 7). The Older People's Council (OPC) is very concerned about the residents who will have to move, and their families. Moving home brings major upheaval at any age

  • Not so scary

    Gary Kemp gives a list of ill effects allegedly caused by mobile phone masts (Letters, August 31). However, the World Health Organisation's fact sheet on mobile communications, published in May, concluded: "Considering the very low exposure levels

  • Hardly victorious

    "Remember our valiant Vulcan, victor of Port Stanley", the headline to Colin Whiting's note (Letters, September 11), epitomises the power of RAF propaganda. In fact, the six Vulcan raids during the Falklands war were an expensive flop. The damage

  • Purr, not miaow

    I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along to Cats Protection's Open Day at the National Cat Centre (NCC) in Chelwood Gate on Sunday, September 10. The day was a massive success. About 1,500 visitors came to enjoy the

  • Insurance giant to axe 100 jobs

    A major employer is to axe a tenth of its Sussex staff as part of what union officials have called a "brutal" national cull. Norwich Union has announced plans to shed 100 positions at its Worthing office and 4,000 jobs across the UK by the end of 2007

  • Boy, 3, in 40ft plunge

    A young mother has told of the moment her three-year-old son fell from the window of their second floor flat. Billy Pickard plunged 40ft on to a concrete floor outside his home in The Drive, Hove, while his mother, Lucy Aston, thought he was asleep.

  • Henderson urged to stay

    Albion stalwart Kerry Mayo has urged unsettled goalkeeper Wayne Henderson to change his mind and stay with the club. Mayo's plea coincides with the Seagulls turning down Henderson's transfer request, dashing his hopes of a loan move until the transfer

  • Into next door and beyond for Infinity

    A popular organic food store could expand to take over next door. Infinity Foods in North Road, Brighton, has developed a loyal following for its fresh bread, health and fair trade goods and locally grown fruit and vegetables. It was set up in

  • Speedway: Cook sets minimum target for home leg

    Jon Cook today told his Eastbourne Eagles cup hopefuls: "Ten is the magic number." The Eagles promoter wants a double figure advantage from the first leg of the Knockout Cup semifinal at home to Coventry tomorrow. Coventry are one of the form

  • Football: Hollins facing a new setback

    Crawley boss John Hollins is today bracing himself for the departure of one of his first team regulars. Hollins refused to name the player but confirmed that he has featured in every game so far this season. Hollins is waiting to see if the player

  • Butlins guests protest over ‘bed tax’ plan

    Angry Butlins guests are to stage a John Lennon and Yoko Ono-style lie-in to protest against a proposed new bed tax. Guests at Butlins in Bognor will stay in bed for an extra hour to show their opposition to the tax, which could add up to £150

  • Rowdies' cars face crusher

    Boy racers' cars are to be crushed to stop them terrorising neighbourhoods with dangerous driving and blaring stereos. But police admit some tearaways are revelling in the latest police crackdown - treating their cars being towed away as a badge of

  • Anti-terror rules may be eased

    Strict anti-terror restrictions on airline hand luggage could be eased within days. Passengers using Gatwick are likely to be allowed to take bigger bags on board and possibly small quantities of liquid. The Government is meeting members of the

  • Parking zone plans blocked

    Controversial parking plans for central Brighton and Hove have been left in disarray. Proposals to create two new parking zones to replace eight in the city centre were rejected by councillors at a Brighton and Hove City Council environment committee

  • Anger as death driver is jailed

    A chef who killed a mother of four when he jumped a red light in his BMW sports car has been jailed for a year. But Daniel Ayton will be released after serving half his sentence for causing the death of Edna Linton. The sentence was condemned

  • Protesters to defy police

    An anti-war protest group will go ahead with a mass rally this weekend after ignoring warnings from the police. Smash EDO campaigners and supporters will march through the centre of Brighton tomorrow and demonstrate outside Brighton Town Hall. A heavy

  • Protesters cook up hot reception for Lib Dems

    Delegates attending Sunday evening's Liberal Democrat conference gala dinner will be offered an alternative menu by Falmer For All campaigners. Designed to look like the real thing, the spoof menus will carry the campaign's message in support

  • Police hopeful of finding club sex attacker

    A crimewatch television appeal to catch a man suspected of seriously sexually assaulting a teenage girl has thrown up a number of leads for police. The 18-year-old victim was dancing alone in The Event nightclub, Brighton, when she was approached

  • Exposed: 'Dire' GP surgereis

    Four out of ten GP surgeries in Brighton and Hove are "substandard", health bosses have admitted. Brighton and Hove City Primary Care Trust (PCT) said 23 out of the 55 surgeries in the city were not fit for purpose in the 21st Century, while 14

  • Liberal ousted after 30 years

    County councillor who had his Liberal Democrat membership revoked says he still does not know why. Stephen Shing, East Sussex County Council ward member for Polegate, Willingdon and East Dean, said he was not told why his 30-year career as a

  • Briony aims to be a star

    A young performer who reached the last 20 in a BBC talent show has set her sights on a career in musical theatre. Briony Price, 17, was among 6,000 young hopefuls who auditioned for How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? The flagship BBC1 show

  • Hospital downgrading ‘is a done deal already'

    Residents and three MPs have labelled health bosses a "disgrace" and called the consultation process that could lead to the closure of a A&E department a "sham". Campaigners fear the fate of the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Haywards Heath has

  • Car victim's fatal drinks

    A pedestrian who died crossing the road at an accident blackspot had spent the afternoon drinking with friends, an inquest heard. Wendy Seabrook, 50, from Marina Court, Beach Green, Shoreham, was killed as she crossed the A259 Brighton Road

  • Albion to tackle homophobic chants

    Brighton and Hove Albion has launched a campaign to tackle homophobic abuse from football fans. The club is calling on the FA to take tough measures to stamp out homophobia with its Time for Action campaign. Albion fans are regular targets for

  • Battle lines are drawn up down in Titnore Woods

    In a clearing among the old oak trees, a group of young men and women heat cans of beans over a small fire. Sitting on a ragged collection of old armchairs, plastic garden seats and wooden benches, they strum chords on guitars or roll cigarettes