Independent Plus Hair today: David Cameron with a bouffant style (left) and his current cut

Few get closer to the Prime Minister than his barber, so no wonder Cameron's has been awarded with an MBE. And hair has always been big in politics, explains Andy McSmith

Pierre Salinger

Pierre Salinger was a cigar smoker, as was his employer, President John F. Kennedy, writes Frank Gray [further to the obituary by Rupert Cornwell, 18 October]. Who better then to ensure the President's humidor was fully stocked before calling a press conference to announce the imposition of the Cuban trade embargo?

Stan Hey: Where were you when the boot went in?

There may even be people who will recall yet another world turning event that occurred on 22 November

An Act of State: the execution of Martin Luther King by William F Pepper

Did the state kill Martin Luther King?

Camera Obscura, The Almeida Rehearsal Room, London

In bed with Arthur Inman

Books: The world is not enough

Should a big history of our times aim for the global picture, or the telling details?; Twentieth Century by J M Roberts Allen Lane, pounds 25, 906pp; Challenge to Civilisation: 1952-1999 by Martin Gilbert HarperCollins, pounds 29, 1072pp; This Sceptred Isle: twentieth century by Christopher Lee BBC, pounds 19.99, 497pp

Like the Royals before them, the Blairs now carry the weight of a nation's expectation

IMAGINE YOU are Cherie Booth. Imagine that you thought you had finished having children, with three kids aged 15, 14 and 11, and then you found out, at the age of 45, that you were pregnant again. Shock, laughter, joy, fear - what a riot of emotions you might feel. And then comes the day when you wake up and have to look at yourself beaming from the front page of every newspaper in Britain. Because your baby is not just a turning point for you and your family; it is a media event. That is the reality for the Blairs and their new baby. Already, however private they might have wanted to be about it, the pregnancy is not just part of their family life, but also of the life of the country.

Obituary: Judith Exner

A DALLIANCE with Judith Campbell cost the US president John F. Kennedy his life and the taxpayer billions of dollars - which is a high price to ask, even if one is the granddaughter of an estate agent.

Theatre: On Comedy In Edinburgh - May the Force be funny

By the time you read this, the Perrier award panel will have come to a decision and I'll no longer be receiving death threats from insane comedy promoters. As I write, though, we've still got a day of debate to go, so here's another award instead. The 10 runners-up for Most Ubiquitous Comic Subject Matter are, in ascending order: Sean Connery, Brummies, Geri Halliwell, John F Kennedy Jr, feng shui, the Gay Xchange phoneline commercial, the Moon landings, Australians, Americans and the eclipse. But the winner, by a clear margin, is ... Star Wars! Tony Blair can rest easy. The most salient issue in Britain at the end of the 1990s is whether Jar Jar Binks ruins The Phantom Menace.

Film: Fast, cheap and out of control - but it sells

Degraded images and trashy, on-camera kookiness by real people are the signs of a new breed of American documentary.
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It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
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Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
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Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

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This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
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One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine