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.
Outlook Should the accountancy profession be running scared of its regulator? Only if the bosses of the big-four audit firms take flight at the prospect of being slapped by a piece of wet lettuce.
Clothing retailer Primark is to open its first US stores, beginning with a 70,000 sq-ft shop in Boston.
Primark is taking the cheap chic that has won fans in Europe to the US, as it becomes latest British store group to forge into America
Stephen Sutton, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2010 when he was 15. He warned fans yesterday his condition was 'dire'.