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

By George, it's a Kennedy glossy hits newsstands

IT WILL go by the name of George, but perhaps they should have called it John-John. It is a new and widely anticipated political magazine that is about to hit the newsstands in America. The title refers to George Washington. John-John is the childish alias, still used by the tabloids, for its creator, John F Kennedy Jr.

What if immortality is terminal?

IDLEWILD by Mark Lawson, Picador pounds 9.99

LETTER:Deliberate errors

From Mr Hugo Barnacle

Black Jack in an alternative world

From Mr Mark Lawson

Whatever happened to JFK?

Hugo Barnacle analyses Mark Lawson's fictional recasting of American history

Dear Aldous Huxley: The author of a Brave New World was born 100 years ago today. But forget the mescalin-induced mysticism, this man was a true visionary

Happy centenary. You led an eventful life. Eton and Balliol. Virtually blind at 17. Part of the Garsington Manor Set can't find anywherewith Virginia Woolf, D H Lawrence, T S Eliot, Lytton Strachey and Robert Graves. You produced some of the most influential literature of the 20th century. And your experiments with drugs in California and subsequent reporting of them in The Doors of Perception influenced generations of young hipsters.

Happy Anniversary: 'Gorgeous Gussie' shocks Wimbledon

SOME of the more curious happenings of this week in history.

Jackie's estate

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis left the bulk of her estate to her two children, John F Kennedy Jr and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, Reuter reports from New York.

Obituary: George Ball

George Wildman Ball, lawyer and government official: born Des Moines, Iowa 21 December 1909; Under-Secretary of State for Economic Affairs 1961; Under-Secretary of State 1961- 66; Permanent Representative to UN 1968; married 1932 Ruth Murdoch (died 1993; two sons); died New York 27 May 1994.

Now they're dead, read the revised life

THE GHOST of John F Kennedy has visited British politics since the death of John Smith. In one case, it was Paul Johnson, maintaining his maverick track record, informing readers of the Daily Mail that Tony Blair reminded him of the young JFK. But, more often, the comparison invoked has been the death of a politician as a national trauma.

Stolen Getty diaries offered for auction: Sons of 'wealthiest man in the world' late to discover theft

THE diaries of the late J Paul Getty, once reputedly the richest man in the world, turned up for auction in a small town in the United States before his descendants knew that they had been stolen.

What if Oswald had been a lousy shot?

DALLAS - the 30th anniversary of the attempted assassination of John F Kennedy, America's 35th president, has again focused attention on one of the nation's most controversial historical figures. The former president, who divides his time in quiet retirement between the Kennedy family compounds at Hyannis Port and West Palm Beach, attended a thanksgiving Mass yesterday, 30 years to the minute after the failed slaying in Dallas by the late Lee Harvey Oswald. The service was held at St Matthew's cathedral in Washington, the venue that, according to recently declassified government documents, was discreetly prepared for a presidential funeral in November 1963, when Mr Kennedy hovered between life and death after emergency brain surgery.

An acre in Surrey is forever America in memory of president shot 30 ears ago today

THE DEATH of John F Kennedy 30 years ago will be recalled today on a hillside by the river Thames at Runnymede, Surrey, a stone's throw from where Magna Carta was signed.

FILM / The things they say about . . . Oliver Stone

'What Stone has in Salvador (1986) is a right-wing macho fantasy joined to a left-leaning polemic. He writes and directs as if someone had put a gun to the back of his neck and yelled 'Go]' ' Pauline Kael, 5001 Nights at the Movies.

JFK papers 'a footnote to history': A foray into assassination documents reveals no new smoking guns - but conspiracy theories stand

CASE UNSOLVED. Still. Two hours buried in drifts of previously classified documents on the assassination of JFK at the National Archives, and this newspaper has no new insights to offer. Would more time help? Probably not.
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