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.
It’s been a busy week for the Virgin empire. On Tuesday, the long-time Virgin Money backer Wilbur Ross led a £240m share sale, reducing his stake to 23 per cent. On Thursday, the private equity group CVC left the gym chain Virgin Active as the South African retail tycoon Christo Wiese bought in, valuing the business at £870m.
Britain's nuclear safety regulator says it expects lessons to be learned from problems with a French reactor that is very similar to one planned in the UK.
A man-made cave deep inside Europe’s second-largest glacier is about to open to visitors
Staff whose role was made redundant will be offered a job in one of its stores or the opportunity to take a voluntary redundancy, while some will be redeployed in other parts of the business.