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The view from here: Real passengers know how to behave

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John Govan Lord, television producer and writer: born Rochdale, Lancashire 7 May 1924; married 1953 Alison Megroz (one son, one daughter; marriage dissolved), 1972 Karolyn Kennedy; died Montclair, New Jersey 18 May 1994.

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Navy day

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The crown jewels go back on display

The Imperial State Crown on display at the new jewel house which opened in the Tower of London yesterday. The exhibition caters for 20,000 visitors a day

Crown jewels are returned to the public spotlight

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Druids take the spring initiative: Horn-player sends message to all corners as he performs an ancient rite beside the Tower of London

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