Léon-Robert de L’Astran, an 18th-century shipowner, was praised for his noble refusal to participate in the slave trade. Sadly, however, it seems that he existed only as an internet hoax — duping Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, for three years, along with Ségolène Royal and others.
Are the complacent high-street banking giants finally facing a serious challenge? Do small firms which need loan finance now have a decent choice of banking providers? Does the branch computer, at long last, say “yes”?
Almost 1,700 jobs are to go at the failed mobile phone retailer Phones 4U, after the firm's administrators confirmed that 362 stores will close.
Pre-orders in first 24 hours for the new phones also set fresh highs, with analysts saying that the numbers should be well received by investors
Laurie McIlwee, 52, one of the senior executives facing questions about Tesco's £250million over-state of its profits, officially resigned in April but stayed on for another six months until last week.