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.
How low will it go? That’s the question being asked about the oil price across the world by industrialists, economists and politicians following Thursday’s decision by Opec not to curb output.
Retailers including John Lewis and Currys head for record online sales as frenzied shopping swamps websites.
Its demise has long been predicted but first class is undergoing a renaissance
Up to 3million motorists a year face being caught on camera and fined £70 as Britain's busiest toll road dispenses with traditional toll-booths from this weekend.