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.
As someone undergoing the torturous process of switching mortgage provider, I’ve just got over the trauma of calculating my monthly entertainment budget and guessing at what age I might retire.
Profit warnings by UK-listed firms rise to the their highest summer level for six years, according to forecaster EY.
Lucian Freud’s assistant David Dawson worked with the artist for 25 years, photographing Freud in every aspect of his life. Dawson’s images and memories are now collected in a new book
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Anatoly Moskvin, 46, from Nizhny Novgorod in Russia, was arrested in 2011 after it emerged he had dug up at least 150 corpses of girls.