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.
The iPhone 5C is likely to be discontinued next year, bringing an end to Apple’s brief experiment with cheap and colourful version of its phones.
A joint venture between Stagecoach and Virgin wins the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route, which has been in public hands since 2009.
Game loses remarkable batting talent aged just 25
BT has said it will launch consumer mobile phones next year. It had been widely speculated that the group would buy another provider rather than trying to build a customer base from scratch.