20 Friday, 13 November 2009 London Lite Home away One weekend, twO places, yOur cHOice & Why: To visit Englands smallest and prettiest city. How to get there: Trains from Paddington to Castle Cary start from 18.90 return (firstgreatwestern. co.uk). Taxis to Wells, about 24. Where to stay: Glencot House (from 165 per room, glencothouse. co.uk) is a luxury boutique hotel filled with quirky antiques and roaring open log fires. Where to eat: The Old Spot (12 Sadler Street, 01749 689099). This stylish, rustic restaurant offers three-course set menus; 15 for lunch and 27.50 for dinner. What to do: Marvel at Wells Cathedral (wellscathedral.org), feed the ducks in the moat surrounding the Bishops Palace and be tempted by the delicious artisan food at the local market. More details: wellstourism.com Wells, Somerset Why: Fresh country air. How to get there: Return from Luton, 98, aerarran.com Where to stay: On a romantic private island, Waterford Castle (from 49pp, waterfordcastle. com) is great for quiet getaways. The castle is stunning and youll be wowed eating at award-winning Munster Dining Room, or get a gang together to hire out the twinkly, candle-lit private dining room. Where to eat: La Bohme, 2 Georges Street, (laboheme- restaurant.ie) is owned by French chef Eric Thze. Expect delicious food with French flair, whether la carte or the 32 set menu. What to do: Walk round the grounds of Waterford Castle, then in the evening head to the Theatre Royal (from 9, theatreroyal.ie) and catch a show by excellent local actors. More info: waterfordtourism.org REBECCA BOYCE Waterford, Eire Jokebox......... LABRADOR MISSING FOR A YEAR IS REUNITED WITH TROOPS Dog of war back from the dead Swineflu casesfall A BOMB-DETECTING dog that went missing after a battle in Afghanistan more than a year ago has been found safe and sound. Sabi, a black labrador, disappeared after the joint Australian-Afghan army patrol she was with was ambushed by militants in the Uruzgan province in September last year. Nine Australian soldiers, including her handler, were wounded but there was no sign of four-year-old Sabi, who was on her second tour of Afghanistan. After months of searching, she was officially listed as missing in action. But last week a US soldier found her wandering round an isolated patrol base in the province and she was returned to her Tarin Kowt base. Trooper Mark Donaldson, who was awarded a Victoria Cross for his part in the battle in which Sabi disappeared, said: Its a fantastic morale booster for the guys. THE number of people admitted to hospital with swine flu in London has started to drop, figures revealed today. There are 161 patients in London hospitals with the virus, compared with 172 last week. The number in intensive care has also dropped from 39 to 26. It comes as one more person with the virus died in the capital, bringing the total to 40. Nationally, the number of people suffering from the virus has also fallen, but 18 more people have died, bringing the total number in the UK to 124. by GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN On patrol: Sabi pictured before she went missing almost 14 months ago Having a ball: Sabi back at her army base in Afghanistan 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.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html56.html57.html58.html59.html60.html61.html62.html63.html