18 Thursday, 2 July 2009 London Lite Home away One weekend, twO places, yOur cHOice & Why: For unbridled summertime fun beside the seaside. How to get there: Trains from London Victoria take just under an hour and cost 26 for an off-peak return. Where to stay: Brighton is awash with B&Bs and hotels. Try the ultra- modern new Myhotel (myhotels. com), a stones throw from the Pavilion. Doubles start from 89. Where to eat: Brightons upmarket and creative veggie restaurant Terre A Terre (terreaterre.co.uk) is a treat, even for meat lovers. Mains start at 13.95. What to do: Stroll along the pier, eat fish and chips, then party. Posh karaoke joint Lucky Voice (lucky voice.com) has opened in Black Lion Street, where you can murder power ballads to your hearts content. Rooms from 20 an hour. More details: visitbrighton.com Buzzy Brighton Why: The Meds biggest island city, Palermo, is steeped in architecture and tradition. How to get there: Flights to Palermo from Heathrow take four hours with Alitalia (alitalia.com) and cost from 219. Where to stay: The Atlantis Bay (atlantisbay.it) in Taormina, offers five-star luxury from 250 a night. Where to eat: Almost anywhere in Sicily will give you the best pizzas of your life, but for good-looking Italian food try Ristorante Monte San Giuliano (montesangiuliano.it) in Erice. Traditional Sicilian lunch specialities cost about 25pp. What to do: Idle in the sun, then visit the Valley Of The Temples in Agrigento and see the virtually intact Temple of Concord. More information: bestofsicily. com TANJA PAHLOW Stunning Sicily Diner fights for life as van ploughs into caf Sonsfuryovervindictive parolerejectionforBiggs 17,000speciesareatrisk THE son of Ronnie Biggs today vowed legal action to overturn Justice Secretary Jack Straws vindictive decision to veto the Great Train Robbers release from prison. Mr Straw rejected a Parole Board recommendation that Biggs be freed because he was unrepentant. It means that Biggs, 79, who is in hospital with pneumonia, is almost certain to die in custody. His son Michael said today: I am very upset. My father has served his time. We are going to appeal. Biggs was jailed in 1965 for his role in the 1963 robbery but escaped and was on the run in Brazil for 35 years. MORE than 800 animal and plant species have disappeared in the past 500 years with nearly 17,000 threatened with extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature said today. Of those, 290 species were critically endangered and possibly already extinct. Craig Hilton Taylor, co-editor of the study, said: The extinction crisis is as bad, or even worse, than we believed. Rejection: Ronnie Biggs TwoinjuredasMerc driverlosescontrol Smashed up: rescuers and the van at the caf yesterday A MAN was fighting for life today after a van driver apparently lost control of his vehicle and smashed into the front of a south London caf. The 30-year-old caf customer was hit by the Mercedes van after it mounted the pavement and smashed through the front of the Braziliana Caf in Westow Hill, Crystal Palace, yesterday, shortly after 3.30pm. He was taken to hospital where he remained in a critical condition today. Another man received minor injuries in the accident, which caused traffic chaos in the area. A witness said: The van is embedded in the window. Its actually in the shop. The van driver, in his thirties, was arrested and breathalysed at a south London police station. He was in custody last night. by mark blunden index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html