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Having a blast - the history of Brighton's big nights out

Brighton prides itself on being one of the best places in the country to enjoy a great night out. And it seems there's nothing new about that.

A project called "Having A Blast" has compiled an oral history of the city's entertainment industry. Now, the remarkable recordings can be heard at some of the venues themselves.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Jacob Engelberg, Duke of York's Cinema, Chris Taylor, New Writing South, Connor Robins, who conducted some of the interviews, and Frank Flood, who contributed his memories to the project.

All next week: watch our reports from remote island of St Helena

Richard Jones reports from St Helena Credit: ITV News Meridian

It's a remote British island, now moving with the times in the 21st Century.

For 500 years the tiny speck in the South Atlantic could only be reached by sea. Now an airport is about to open, welcoming St Helena to the world. All next week Richard Jones will be sending special reports from this fascinating British territory - home for Napoleon after his exile there.


Should we bomb Isis targets in Syria?

Should we join France, America and Russia - and bomb Isis targets in Syria? That's what MPs must decide in a commons vote, expected next week.

David Cameron set out his reasons why we should - saying it's 'in the national interest'.

So what's the thinking from some of the South's MPs? Our Political correspondent Phil Hornby has been finding out.

Appearing are: JULIAN LEWIS MP New Forest East, Con RICHARD DRAX MP South Dorset, Con CAROLINE LUCAS MP Brighton Pavilion, Green FLICK DRUMMOND MP Portsmouth South, Con

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Have your say: chance to comment on development plans for former Manston Airport

The owners of the former Manston airport site have confirmed today that they will be seeking outline planning permission for their billion pound development plans within the next five months. They say the development is crucial for the social and economic future of Thanet. A round of public consultations next week will reveal options for the layout of the site. And as our reporter Sarah Saunders found out, even the name of the new development will be up for discussion.

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New location revealed for Operation Stack lorry park

A big handout from the Treasury means the misery caused by Operation Stack could be at an end.

Today, Chancellor George Osborne announced a quarter-of-a-billion pound investment to relieve the problem.

ITV Meridian has learnt that land at Junction 11 of the M20 is the preferred option for a 4,000 vehicle lorry park.

Sarah Saunders reports.

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VIDEO: A month until Christmas. The pickpockets are ready - are you?

It's a month until Christmas and thoughts will be turning to picking out the perfect presents - but shoppers beware.

Pickpockets and bag snatchers will be joining in with the Christmas rush as people flock to the shops.

Sarah Saunders has been taking a look at CCTV released by police to highlight what we need to look out for.


One in four people with HIV 'don't know they have it' - full report

One in four people with HIV don't know they have it and are running the risk of passing the disease on to other people - that's according to a new report.

On 'National HIV Testing Week' figures reveal Brighton continues to have the highest rate of infections in the country, outside London, with numbers way beyond the national average.

Andy Dickenson meets one man diagnosed with HIV who is taking his message into local schools and colleges.

Andy speaks to Carl Churchman and Sue Riley of Positive Voices, and Ben Shelley and Kimberly Kabuchi from Terrence Higgins Trust.

Marching united against terror

In a united front against terrorism people of all faiths were brought together in Berkshire today in light of the recent events in Paris.

One hundred and twenty nine people were killed when gunmen opened fire and set off bombs across the city last Friday.

The message as they marched silently through Newbury, that hatred will not divide. Mel Bloor reports.

Remembering the victims of the Shoreham air disaster

Final preparations are underway for a special memorial service in tribute to the eleven victims of the Shoreham air show tragedy three months ago.

600 people are due to attend the ceremony, being held in the chapel of Lancing College on Sunday.

A vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed onto the A27 on 22 August, after failing to come out of a loop manoeuvre.

Family and friends of those who were killed will join the emergency workers who dealt with the aftermath of the disaster.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Tim Laughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, and Cllr Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council.

Archbishop of Canterbury speaks of Paris terror attacks

Justin Welby admitted the terror attacks made him doubt the presence of God Credit: ITV Meridian

The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted the terror attacks in Paris made him "doubt" the presence of God.

Justin Welby said he was left asking why the attacks happened, and where God was in the French victims' time of need. He said he reacted with "profound sadness" at the events, particularly because he and his wife had lived in Paris.

Asked if these attacks had caused him to doubt where God is, he said: "Oh gosh, yes," and admitted it put a "chink in his armour."

A bombing campaign against Islamic State was launched after the events, but the Archbishop warned against a potentially damaging instant reaction.

"Two injustices do not make justice. If we start randomly killing those who have not done wrong, that is not going to provide solutions. So governments have to be the means of justice.

"The Bible tells us that they are put there by God with the sword for justice, but they also have to lead us into a place where peace can be established. Religion is so powerful in the way humans behave that it has always been a tool used by the wicked to twist people into doing what they want them to do.

"But just because someone believes something deeply wrong does not mean that they are right in some way because they put God in it. The perversion of faith is one of the most desperate aspects of our world today."

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