• No short cuts for Albion new boy

    As new beginnings go it was pretty unfortunate. Within 48 hours of being paraded as one of Albion's January acquisitions, Jonny Dixon was in the treatment room and out of first team contention. Now Dixon is back and ready to try and force his way into

  • Basketball clubs must impress league

    Two Sussex clubs have been given the chance to tell the British League why they should play in the top flight. Brighton Cougars and Worthing Thunder will go before a BBL panel on March 5 to present their bids for places in next season's competition.

  • Councillor in gay-hate comments row cleared

    A former Tory councillor who branded all gay people paedophiles has had his conviction for the public order offence quashed. Peter Willows was forced to resign as a Brighton and Hove councillor following a storm of protest over the remarks he made at

  • Gang threaten to torture pensioner during raid

    Armed robbers threatened to pull out the fingernails of a pensioner with pliers to force him to unlock his safe. The masked attackers coshed retired Army major Tom Williams over the head and promised to torture him unless he gave up hundreds of thousands

  • Lewes door still open for Kennett

    Paul Kennett has been told the door will be left open for him to return to Lewes. Club captain Kennett has been forced to pack up football with immediate effect due to work commitments. It was a tough decision for the Rooks' longest-serving player and

  • Troubled striker leaves Horsham

    Horsham striker Chamal Fenelon has revealed that an "unstable" relationship wih his girlfriend and an arrest for robbery led to him quitting Ryman premier Horsham. Hornets have ended Fenelon's loan deal at the request of the Havant and Waterlooville

  • Albion's big trip is all-ticket

    Albion have announced ticket details for their biggest away match of the season. The Seagulls were involved in a 3-3 thriller on their last visit to Elland Road in the Championship in September 2005. They return to Leeds on Saturday March 29 and fans

  • Parents pay tribute to their "talented son"

    The parents of a web designer who killed himself after becoming mentally ill have told how they felt let down by the treatment their son received. Daniel Rosen, 28, hanged himself from a tree in woods at Stanmer Park in Brighton. An inquest heard that

  • Albion LIVE - take the test

    Albion are chasing a second successive home win and we will be watching them every step of the way. Oldham Athletic visit Withdean for another League One encounter as the Seagulls aim to close the gap on the top six. Recent home results have been pretty

  • Tegan and Sara, Concorde 2, Brighton, Feb 23

    It was a White Stripes' cover of their song Walking With A Ghost which first brought identical twin sisters Tegan And Sara to the wider public's attention. The Calgary-born pair have now spent 13 years in the music business and have five albums to their

  • Vampire Weekend, Audio, Brighton, Feb 24

    Don't let the name fool you. Vampire Weekend are not some Ramones or Cramps-inspired band, climbing out of the grime of CBGBs to bring their drug-addled lifestyles to admiring Brits. Dressed in Ralph Lauren shirts, deck shoes and chinos - and hailing

  • Hot Chip, Dome Corn Exhange, Brighton, Feb 28

    Even Hot Chip claim to be amazed at how popular they have become. In little over four years the five-piece have gone from relative unknowns to a band whose tunes cabbies can hum. And they still look like teachers at a school disco. Formed in 2000, they

  • Frankie Says Laugh, New Venture Theatre, Brighton, Feb 21

    The first of three nights under the banner of Comedy@Bedford Place had the theme of improvised comedy, a difficult and dangerous art form. In the wrong hands it can prove to be disastrous. Therefore, it is pleasing to report this bold attempt was a success

  • Iain M Banks, Old Market, Hove, Feb 25

    After five attempts at getting published, novelist Iain Banks finally reached a wider audience with The Wasp Factory - largely because he discovered the concept of the second draft. "Previously I had this idea that publishers getting my manuscript would

  • Elle S’Appelle, Barfly, Brighton, Feb 21

    Though they lacked the cocksure delivery of woeful headliners GoFaster (a band so derivative and contrived, they blundered time and time again into outright mimicry), Elle S'Appelle are nonetheless a hugely refreshing young outfit. A boy/girl/boy trio

  • Mark Ronson, Dome Concert Hall, Brighton, Feb 21

    "This is just like superstar karaoke," said Mark Ronson as he invited two of Brighton's very own Pipettes on stage. Although the polka dot dress-wearing duo are not exactly household names, Ronson appeared as genuinely thrilled to see them as Charlatans

  • Nouvelle Vague, Concorde 2, Brighton, Feb 23

    Listening to The Dead Kennedys' Too Drunk To F***, Jello Biafra's thrashy, riff-heavy satire on moronic partygoers, it's hard to imagine how anyone could see the potential for a breathy, bossa nova-style cover. But French collective Nouvelle Vague did

  • The Ladies I Love, The Old Market, Hove, Feb 21

    Those who attended this show witnessed a masterclass in female impersonation. In a climate where many young men assume that merely donning a wig and spangly frock makes them fast-tracked to drag performer status, it is refreshing to see a true professional

  • Campaigners continue fight against "Poohaven"

    Campaigners fighting a second application for a giant sewage works have described the revisions to the plans as "cosmetic". Residents in Peacehaven celebrated last summer when the Government threw out plans for the £200 million development at Lower Hoddern

  • Dog ban is waste of time, says charity

    Earlier this week we revealed how dog owners could be forced to carry their pets into the sea after plans to ban the animals from all of Brighton and Hove's beaches for five months of the year from May to September. The story prompted a backlash from

  • Rocks favourites hangs up his boots

    Bognor will try to achieve back-to-back wins for the first time in 16 months tomorrow without one of their most loyal servants. Jodey Rowland has decided to bring an end to his 11 years at Nyewood Lane after failing to hold down a regular place in the

  • Remembering the good deeds of Father Alan

    I was employed by the St Patrick's Trust for almost six years as education manager and tutor. I can honestly say it was both a privilege and a pleasure to work in the presence of such a truly dedicated and humble man as Father Alan Sharpe. I wonder

  • Not everyone opposes communal bins

    With reference to Jane Weaver's comments regarding communal bins (Letters, February 18), as a resident of Brunswick Square for more than 20 years, I would like to point out that there is a general misconception that everyone living in Brunswick

  • Robbing Peter to pay Paul

    When Gordon Brown announced free bus passes for the elderly, he did not say he was footing the bill. The expense falls on local councils which have had to increase council tax. Why not scrap the whole idea and lower the tax for people, so it evens

  • MS reassurance

    I found Oliver Coles' description of his wife's progressive multiple sclerosis (Letters, February 15) so different to my own experience that I felt I had to reassure people who are embarking on the journey of this illness that not everyone will

  • Bus passengers can 'shop a yob'

    Bus passengers can "shop a yob" as they travel thanks to a new text message service. The scheme, called Operation Blakey after the famous character from the TV comedy On The Buses, is designed to make passengers feel safer as they travel around Brighton


    SOPHIE KING Happy 18th Birthday To a special Granddaughter and Niece. Lots of Love, Hugs and Kisses Nanny, Gary, Sylvia and Ruby XXXX


    LEWY AND HENNO HARVEY Happy 1st birthday Lots & Lots of luv to our precious grandsons nan and grandad soutar


    PAVEY. - Desmond. Died peacefully 16th February, 2008. Leaves behind wife Ivy and son Martin. Funeral service at St. Johns Church, Burgess Hill, at 1.00 p.m. Monday, 3rd March, 2008, (burial). Kind donations to St. Peter's & St. James's hospice


    MARKWICK - Nora. Passed away peacefully at Victoria N/H on 19th February, 2008, aged 86 years. Dearly loved mum of Desni and Lynn, mother-in-law to Ben & Andy, nan to Dominic, Kieron, Danos, Leon & Lewis and great nan to Immy. She will be sadly

  • Desmond (Chunky) Ralfe

    DESMOND (CHUNKY) RALFE Our brother. This has been the worst time in memory, to sit down and write about a lost, loved brother. Friday 8th February, saw you leave. I can not get my head straight, knowing that you are not down your shop. I can not banter


    MARRIAGE. -Pearl Doreen. Passed away peacefully, on 17th February 2008. Will be sadly missed. Funeral service on Thursday 28th February, at Woodvale Crematorium, North Chapel, at 10.30 a.m. No flowers please, but donations to the British Heart Foundation


    BRIANT . -AUDREY. Passed away peacefully on 13th February, 2008 after a long and bravely bourne illness. She will be sadly missed by John, Janet, Mark, Cheryl, her six Grandchildren plus one and family and friends, the R.A.F.A. and the Royal Marines Association


    GLENDA MARION FORD née Hutt Thinking of you on your birthday. Your loving partner Steve, Mum Phyllis Gary, Sharon, Julie and Families xxx


    DURELL. - Ivy. A year has passed. There is a corner in our hearts you visit everyday. A special place that's yours alone, and there you will always stay. We miss you so much. Until we meet again. Love Mary, Nancy, Corina and Demi. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


    WEST BERT 22nd February 1995 A little tribute true and tender just to show we still remember. God Bless. Jean, Mick, Roy, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, now joined by loving wife Rose.


    HURRELL. - Brenda. Mum, Nan, Missing you. Jackie and grandchildren xxx


    PORTER Freda A dear Mum and Nan. Sixteen years ago you passed away, Loved and remembered every day. God bless, Penny, Owen and families.


    LOUIS. - Tommy. Anne, Kane and Claudia would like to thank all their friends and relatives for the kind messages of sympathy and donations received following their sad loss of Tommy. Special thanks to all the staff at the Martlets.


    MEIRES. - Tania. Alan would like to thank everyone who attended Tania's Funeral.

  • Teams through to cup final without playing a game

    Sussex's big two are on course for another final showdown after the county's newest competition was scuppered before it had even kicked off. The elite-level Sussex Challenge Cup, introduced this season, was designed to keep Worthing Raiders and Haywards


    SARAH KNIGHT At long last your legal. Love Mum, Dad, Suzi and Puds


    SOPHIE KING Happy 18th Birthday! Enjoy your special day All our love, Mum, John, Sarah & Wayne XXXXXXX


    SAM BOSWOOD HARPY BENTHNA! Sweet 16 at last! With lots of love, from Father Bear, Gim, Alpaca and all the family, xxxx


    SHARON SULLIVAN (Geering) Have a wonderful Birthday. Enjoy your party. All our love Mum, Judith, Gemma, Rachel, Scott and Sam. XXX

  • Des Ralfe (Chunky)

    "CHUNKY" (Des Ralfe). It's with great sadness to announce the sudden death of Chunky, aged 57, on 8th February. Loving Husband of Sandra, special Dad to Kelly, Ady, Natalie & Phil. Fantastic Grandad to James, Georgie, Freddie and Charlie


    PENSON. - (nee BACON) Elizabeth Anne (Betty). On 18th February, 2008 at the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath. Dearly loved wife of John, loving mum of Georgina and Colin, much loved gran of Garrick and Reeve, loving sister of George. Former lollipop


    HURRELL . - Brenda. Silent memories a little prayer, in my thoughts you are always there. see you later, love John


    EDWARDS. - Stuart. Many years have passed but our love and memories will never fade. God bless Darling, Love always and forever Mum, Dad, Steve, Joanne and families xxx

  • Smart back for Borough

    Matt Smart is poised to return to give Eastbourne Borough's title hopes a massive boost. Midfielder Smart has missed the last six games with a groin injury but is likely to be on the bench for the visit of Cambridge City tomorrow. Defender Ben Austin

  • Heather Mills makes sexiest poll

    Heather Mills is about to be crowned one of the world's sexiest women. The estranged wife of Sir Paul McCartney, who lives in Hove, has seen her popularity surge since her divorce battle with the ex-Beatle hit the High Court. Mills, 40, has never made

  • Animal-lovers’ image shot down

    What's this country coming to? I read that geese have been stabbed to death, swans kicked and shot, of terrible cruelty by a dog breeder and many more acts of vile cruelty to animals. We were always thought to be an animal-loving nation. No more

  • Secrecy concern

    I recently wrote to Brian Oxley, the leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, expressing my disquiet about the secrecy surrounding the correspondence from the planning officers to Martin Randall regarding the King Alfred redevelopment. His reply

  • Needs of the elderly should be included

    The Sackville Trading Estate is not exactly a hive of activity. The financial press last year indicated that some Focus DIY shops might close (the usual takeover and mergers story) and it occurred to me then that the one in Hove might soon close

  • Survivor’s story

    I am a ten-year-old girl who has an inspiring story to tell. I was a premature baby, born three months early, and I weighed only 2lb. I was in and out of hospital many times during the first two years of my life. Most people did not think I would

  • Tall tree felled

    As I write, the tallest tree in our locality is being felled. Colebrook Road in Withdean is in the heart of this wooded area of Brighton. However, the old trees around here are being felled more and more frequently and Withdean is starting to lose

  • Pond-life vandals

    One day into the half-term holidays and six fence rails have been ripped from the perimeter fence of the pond at Bevendean Down and thrown into the pond, instantly transforming an attractive feature into an eyesore. No doubt the parents of the

  • Man wanted for questioning after two armed robberies

    A tattooed man is wanted for questioning in connection with two armed robberies in Sussex. Detectives want to speak to Liverpudlian Ian Dixon, also known as Mark, Dicko and Scouse Ian, after two cash delivery vans were held up in Brighton. Police released

  • Climate fudge

    I'm no Lib Dem but once again Lewes MP Norman Baker hits the nail on the head in the debate on climate change with his remarks about the cost of public transport (The Argus, February 21). Taking the car is so often more convenient than the bus

  • It’s time for some guts, Mr Brown

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown has suggested radical action is needed to combat climate change but campaigners have known that for a long time. The Argus's award-winning environmental reporter SARAH LEWIS examines the threat to the Sussex coastline and

  • David Strassman, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Feb 23

    The award-winning ventriloquist responsible for a posse of anarchic, appealing and occasionally annoying characters returns for more wicked fun. David Strassman will be appearing alongside his long-standing globe-trotting companions, foul-mouthed,

  • Equus, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Feb25-Mar 1

    Oscar Award-winning Peter Shaffer's theatrical masterpiece has been wowing audiences throughout Sussex following its West End run, and now it's the turn of Eastbourne's Devonshire Park. Alfie Allen, the younger brother of Lily, steps into the shoes of

  • Driven, The Hawth Theatre, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Feb 26

    Motionhouse Dance Theatre has made its name presenting ferociously dynamic performance combined with theatricality, imagery and strong emotional impact. In its latest show, Driven, artistic director Kevin Finnan promises a roller-coaster ride of powerful

  • Uncle Vanya, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Feb 26-Mar 1

    When a teenage Peter Hall first saw Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya performed at London's Old Vic theatre at the end of the Second World War, he was left baffled and shocked. "Larry Olivier was the doctor," he recalls. "Ralph Richardson was Vanya and Margaret

  • Sussex coach says Harris can be a star

    Sussex's new signing Ryan Harris will relish English conditions, according to coach Mark Robinson. The 28-year-old, who has signed a two-year deal with the county champions, played Lancashire League cricket for Lowerhouse CC last year. Bowling for his

  • The Von Bondies, Barfly, Brighton, Feb 28

    Surviving punch-ups with Jack White, a potentially career-making appearance on the NME Awards Tour and a major line-up change, The Von Bondies are back. Guitarist and vocalist Jason Stollsteimer may not be joined by guitarist Marcie Bolen any more,

  • Full moon parties hit Brighton

    Thailand's legendary full moon parties have long drawn visitors from all over the world. The monthly beach spectacular has become a by-word for debauchery and excess among pleasure-seeking travellers. And this week, thanks to the internet, an

  • Turncoat, Prince Albert, Brighton, Feb 26

    One of Brighton's best-kept musical secrets is launching their new single and marking the end of a national tour at The Albert. Turncoat's Wasted On You/There Must Be Something is released on Monday by Parlophone's imprint Regal, which also has Lily

  • David Gray, Dome Concert Hall, Brighton, Feb 25

    David Gray broke through with his six million-selling self-financed album White Ladder in 2000. But this Greatest Hits tour is set to show there is much more to David than just the Ivor Novello-scooping mega-hit Babylon and its parent album, which is

  • Nouvell Vague, Concorde 2, Brighton, tomorrow

    Libaux's combination of New Wave tunes in a bossa nova setting returns after headlining last year's Great Escape Festival. Last year saw Nouvelle Vague release Band A Parte, their second collection of post-punk songs recorded in a lounge style, including

  • Basquiat Strings, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, Feb 23

    So the story goes, one national newspaper got Basquiat Strings' record sales badly wrong when they did a report on the nominees for the 2007 Mercury Music Prize. "The paper phoned up our record company on the day of our nomination to ask our rep how

  • Rooks are up against it

    Lewes manager Steven King knows his side could be up against it as they prepare for one of their toughest trips of the season. The Rooks conceded top spot in Blue Square south to Eastbourne Borough in midweek. They are currently two points behind the

  • Monade, Komedia Studio Bar, Brighton, Feb 28

    Brighton's love affair with French culture is partly why Stereolab chanteuse Laetitia Sadier is visiting with her new band Monade. The show at Komedia is one of only three the French four-piece is playing in the UK - the others being in Glasgow and

  • Sarabeth Tucek, Freebutt, Brighton, Feb 25

    If for nothing else, Sarabeth Tucek has already carved herself a tiny place in rock history with her fleeting appearance in Ondi Timoner's cult documentary Dig! Sarabeth is the unlucky singer-songwriter to be introduced at New York's Knitting Factory

  • Iain M Banks, Old Market, Hove, February 25

    The Scottish author will be reading from Matter, the sixth instalment in his science-fiction series about an alien civilization known as The Culture. The son of a naval officer and a professional ice skater, Iain enjoyed instant success with

  • Brighton Poetry Society, Sanctuary Cella, Hove, February 25

    Established in 1999, this non-competitive open mic session incorporates poetry alongside songs, comedy sketches and extracts from novels. It aims to provide an unpretentious, unintimidating atmosphere and encourages the participation of people who

  • Building Tou, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, February 24

    These twice-monthly tours provide an insight into the Grade I-listed modernist icon, which was in a state of near ruin until a £9m refurbishment project restored it to its original grandeur in 2005. The building has welcomed more than half a million

  • Appeal launched to trace missing woman

    Police have stepped up their search for a missing mother of two by talking to commuters at a train station. Elaine Taggart has not been seen since she disappeared from her home in Ferring, near Worthing, last month. The 48-year-old, who worked as a

  • Horsham go for the double against leaders

    Horsham boss John Maggs believes his patched-up side can complete an unlikely double at leaders Chelmsford City tomorrow. The Hornets, who overcame City 2-1 at Queen Street, are in the middle of an injury crisis. Nigel Brake (knee), Lee Carney (ankle

  • Cut Copy, Digital, Brighton, February 19

    Cut Copy are back with a follow-up to their cult hit album Bright Like Neon Love. In 2004, their energetic fusion of chugging indie and filtered electro was relatively fresh. These days it's the genre du jour so they'll need to bring something

  • Freakpower, Concorde 2, Brighton, February 20

    Back in 1995, with a little help from a Levi advert featuring a transvestite in a New York taxi cab, Freakpower romped into the top five with the storming feel-good funk classic Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out. Then the Acid Jazz scene bombed and the

  • Andy C, Concorde 2, Brighton, February 23

    Andy is playing out to mark the release of Nightlife 4, the latest instalment of his mix series of "tomorrow's anthems". Drum 'n' Bass Arena has crowned him best DJ for a record-breaking six consecutive years, he was the highest ranking d'n'b figure

  • Super Dynamite Boogaloo, Komedia, Brighton, February 23

    The Dynamite Booglaoo crew are celebrating their birthday for the second time - "a bit like the Queen", as they put it. After 16 years as a Brighton institution of pop anthems, cabaret and party games, they should be indulged. Boogaloo Stu, Dynamite

  • Delays after burst water main in Lancing

    Motorists face serious delays around Lancing after a burst water main forced police to close a road. An eight inch pipe burst at the junction between Western Road and Brighton Road on the A259 at about 4am. Police have closed Western Road northbound

  • Da Doo Ron Ron: Andy Smith, Komedia, Brighton, February 22

    The Portishead DJ is best known for his excellent The Document mixes, exquisitely funky sets during which you're as likely to hear Black Sabbath as Black Grass. You can download the now deleted first volume, which sold more than 100,000 copies,

  • Bestival Reunion Tour, Tru, Brighton, February 28

    "We want to carry on the fun during the winter rather than just having two big parties in the summer. It's a good excuse to carry on the party, really," says Bestival founder Rob Da Bank of his Reunion Tour. The Brighton date has arguably the strongest

  • Leach extends loan at Hastings

    Hastings have extended striker Danny Leach's loan from Eastbourne Borough and manager Tony Dolby has not ruled out further additions at the Pilot Field. Leach's loan was due to end after Harlow Town's visit tomorrow but the former Albion trainee has

  • Ringmer set for an emotional day

    Steve Johnson admits it will be one of the toughest days of his long career when his Ringmer side run out tomorrow. A week after the death of popular midfielder Herve King, the Blues return to action at The Caburn against Eastbourne United. It will

  • Bobbies taken off beat to catch rogue drivers

    Scores of police officers are being taken off the beat to catch speeding motorists. Neighbourhood officers around the county are being trained by colleagues from Sussex Police's Road Policing Unit (RPU) to cover traffic officers' work because of a lack

  • New festival boss reveals plans for Brighton

    The new head of the Brighton Festival wants the event to become a "badge of honour" for the city to rival its counterparts in Edinburgh and Manchester. Andrew Comben, who has been appointed chief executive of Brighton Dome and Festival Limited (BDFL)

  • Sussex win race to sign Aussie paceman

    Sussex have beaten off competition from three counties to land Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris for their Championship defence. Harris, who is the fourth highest wicket-taker in Australian domestic cricket this season, has joined on a two-year contract

  • Cannabis drove Brighton man to kill himself

    A web designer killed himself after being driven mad by cannabis. Daniel Rosen hanged himself from a tree after becoming mentally ill after years of smoking the Class C drug. Yesterday the 28-year-old's family said they were convinced smoking cannabis

  • Albion skipper urges fans to get behind team

    Albion captain Nick Forster has urged the Withdean faithful to stick with the team and act as a twelfth man. The Seagulls are hoping for a better crowd tomorrow for the third of five home games in a row against Oldham. The last three gates have dropped

  • Fourth player leaves Rebels

    Danny Davis has become the fourth player to leave Worthing this week. The former Albion midfielder was released by the Rebels last night and follows the departures of Sadough (Burgess Hill), Dean Lovegrove (Horsham) and Leo Day (East Preston). Andy Alexander

  • Teams through to cup final without playing a game

    Sussex's big two are on course for another final showdown after the county's newest competition was scuppered before it had even kicked off. The elite-level Sussex Challenge Cup, introduced this season, was designed to keep Worthing Raiders and Haywards

  • Kuipers expecting a "tasty" battle

    Michel Kuipers is expecting a "tasty" rematch with Oldham following the battle of Boundary Park. Albion's imposing Dutch goalkeeper is ready for anything the visitors throw at him after the Seagulls' unlikely draw in Lancashire six weeks ago. They played