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Invisible Ink No 254: Nedra Tyre

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This is a significant work of scholarship, but one that throws up as many questions as answers it provides

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These may only be a footnote in the history of the Beatles, but there’s still enough here to entertain anyone with a liking for John Lennon’s off-the-wall humour or verbal legerdemain

Black Nationalist leader and Nation of Islam spokesman Malcolm X in Oxford with Eric Abrahams, right, the Student Union president, before addressing university students on the subject of extremism in1964. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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