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 looks very much as though 2015 will be a good year for the world economy, after all – and, if it is, that will be thanks to the fall in the oil price. It won't be good for everyone and we have already seen the pressure it puts on the Russian leadership – though, before you conclude that sometimes there is natural justice in the world, remember that the people who are hurt are not leaders such
Details are revealed of a network which attempted to defraud thousands of customers of the online travel agent Booking.com.
Tom Stoppard tied the knot in periwinkle, Prince George made royal progress in pastels and we swooned for a suave young French minister . . .
Strengthening economic conditions in Britain have helped the pound outperform the majority of major currencies in the past year, according to research from Lloyds Bank Private Banking.