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.
Dyson is hoping to win over China with a new air purifier that eliminates 99 per cent of harmful particles.
Kingfisher, the owner of DIY chains B&Q and Screwfix, is to close about 60 B&Q stores in UK and Ireland over the next two years.
Opinion polls put Conservatives and Labour neck-and-neck before May 7 vote
As well as its picturesque setting, Rutland tops the bill for a range of other factors, bringing it to the top of the annual Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey.