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TODAY: King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, 71; Mr John Baker, former chairman, National Power, 61; Lady Balfour of Burleigh (Janet Morgan), editor, writer and consultant, 53; Mr Jose Carreras, operatic tenor, 51; Lord Chalfont, chairman, Marlborough Stirling Group, 79; Miss Lucie Clayton, founder of the model and secretarial agency, 70; Sir William Downward, former Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, 86; Lord Dubs, former MP, 66; Miss Enid Mary Essame, former headmistress of Queenswood School, 92; Mr Tom Graham MP, 54; Mr Peter Grant, chairman, Highlands and Islands Airports, 69; Mr John Home Robertson MP, 50; The Earl of Longford, writer and former minister, 93; Mr Terry Maher, writer and publisher, Maher Booksellers Ltd, 63; Mr David Manning, former ambassador to Israel, 49; Mr Sheridan Morley, writer, biographer and broadcaster, 57; Lord Napier and Ettrick, private secretary to Princess Margaret, 68; Lord Nathan, former chairman, Royal Society of Arts, 76; Mr Malcolm Russell, musician, 62; Mr Jeremy Sandford, writer, 64; Mr Harold Sebag-Montefiore, barrister, 74; Mr Bill Skitt, Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police, 57; Dame Mary Smieton, former senior civil servant, 96; Mr Adam Thorpe, poet, 42; Mr Don Touhig MP, 51.

TOMORROW: Mrs Janet Anderson MP, Vice Chamberlain of HM Household, 49; Lord Ashley of Stoke CH, former MP, 76; The Right Rev Patrick Barry, former Abbot of Ampleforth, 81; Mr Dave Brubeck, jazz musician, 78; Lord Clinton- Davis, Minister of State for Trade, 70; Air Marshal Sir John Curtiss, 74; Miss Wendy Ellis, ballerina, 47; Lord Emslie, former Lord Justice- General of Scotland, 79; Miss Jill Hammersley-Parker, table-tennis player, 47; Mr Stephen Hepburn MP, 39; Mr Geoffrey Hoon MP, Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, 45; Sir Maurice Kay, High Court judge, 56; Miss Tessa Kennedy, interior decorator, 60; Mr Jonathan King, broadcaster and pop producer, 54; Mrs Helen Liddell MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, 48; Sir Richard Lloyd, chairman, Argos plc, 70; Sir Nicholas Lyell QC MP, 60; The Right Rev Professor Eric Mercer, former Bishop of Exeter, 81; Sir Martin Moore-Bick, High Court judge, 52; Mr Anthony Morey, former diplomat, 62; Mr Eric Newby, writer, 79; Sir George Pinker, gynaecological surgeon, 74; Professor Lord Porter of Luddenham, Chairman of the Centre for Photomolecular Sciences, 78; Mr Keke Rosberg, motor-racing champion, 50; Mr Alastair Ross Goobey, economist, 53; Mr Richard Shepherd MP, 56; Professor Sir Bryan Thwaites, former principal, Westfield College, London University, 75; Mr Charles Vance, actor, director and producer, 69; The Right Rev Peter Walker, former Bishop of Ely, 79; Mr Cyril Washbrook, former England cricketer, 84; Mr Peter Willey, former England cricketer, 49.