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BOOK REVIEW / Bloomsbury in the age of flower power: 'Good Company: Diaries 1967-1970' - Frances Partridge: HarperCollins, 18 pounds

What a time it was. Students rioted, the Russians invaded Czechoslovakia, Robert Kennedy was assassinated and a man landed on the moon. Frances Partridge noted these events. Then she was back behind the wheel of her latest beloved Mini, hurtling round the countryside, intent on being - and finding - 'good company'.

'My lover Monroe was murdered'

NEW YORK (Reuter) - Marlon Brando alleges in his new autobiography that Marilyn Monroe, with whom he had a long affair, was murdered.

Football: Sense of relief for Roy

BRYAN ROY, slipping quietly past the scrum of jostling journalists from his own country, seemed pleased to find an English scribe seeking his views after the Netherlands' 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia. Like the Dutch display, Roy raised as many questions as he answered.

Arena: Last hurrah for home of the hogs: 9. RFK Stadium - John Lichfield casts doubt over the future of a capital landmark which is one of the World Cup venues

THE mayor of Washington DC, Sharon Pratt Kelly, will probably lose her job in November. There are many explanations, but there is one principal reason: she is the woman who 'lost' the Redskins.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Jackie O - gilded icon and the last real Kennedy: Reggie Nadelson looks back to what lay behind the Manhattan myth

'GRANNY O', they called her in the later years. People would see her, strolling in Central Park, escorted by Maurice Tempelsman. Or playing with the grandkids. Someone said there was a sense that, with those children - Caroline's three children - she could relax. They had no claim on her past.

Flat Earth: Bobby and Marilyn

A LETTER to Marilyn Monroe from one of Robert Kennedy's sisters, which appears to support the stories of a relationship between the actress and the attorney-general, was to have been auctioned in Hollywood yesterday, but the sale was blocked by a Los Angeles judge after Monroe's estate filed suit. Jean Kennedy Smith's 1961 letter, on the family's Palm Beach stationery, reads: 'Dear Marilyn . . . understand that you and Bobby are the hot item] We all think he should bring you with him when he comes back East . . .'

Guildford Four man wins murder conviction appeal: Judges find that Paul Hill's confession could have been induced by inhuman treatment from Surrey police officers

PAUL HILL, the Guildford Four member who married a Kennedy, yesterday won his appeal against conviction for the murder of Brian Shaw, a 21- year-old former soldier shot dead in Belfast in 1974.

Rebel alert for Mexico army attack

Zapatista guerrillas in the Mexican state of Chiapas said at the weekend they had gone on 'red alert', expecting an army offensive and a 'dirty war' after last week's assassination of the presidential candidate, Luis Donaldo Colosio.

Surrey police 'told lies' at trial of Paul Hill

THREE Surrey policemen had told deliberate lies at the 1975 trial of Paul Hill, one of the Guildford Four, the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal in Belfast was told yesterday.

Kennedys at Hill appeal to judge Ulster justice

IRISH AMERICA and the Northern Ireland legal system collided in Belfast yesterday as a contingent of the Kennedy clan arrived to hear new legal claims of police wrong-doing in the Guildford Four case.

Obituary: Dave Beck

David Beck, trade-union leader: born 1894; President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America 1952-57; died Seattle 26 December 1993.

Racing: Alflora unlucky in the draw

CLIVE BRITTAIN displayed his usual confidence yesterday despite Alflora being drawn 13 of 14 for Sunday's pounds 247,229 nine-furlong Hong Kong International Cup at Sha Tin.

The beginning of what might have been

IT'S odd but I can remember exactly what I was doing when they announced that it was 25 years since Kennedy's assassination. I was watching television. Hours of it. Hours of portentous theorising, computer enhancements, unknown witnesses and brimming eyes, all making a case that everyone from Fidel Castro to Ronald McDonald had had a hand in that violent dissolution. Then things went quiet for a bit with only the odd Bobby Kennedy assassination documentary to keep your spirits down. Now 30 years have passed and it's time for another bout.

Boxing: The fierce jab of reality

LEAVING a work-out at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this week, Riddick Bowe was grossly insulted by an impudent bystander, a notably mediocre Cuban-born heavyweight with ideas far above his station. 'Bowe, are you pregnant?' shouted Luis Gonzales, alluding to the champion's girth.

Yes, it's true. I'm going to be sectioned next week

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