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.
For more than 90 years, all vehicles on British roads have been required to display a tax disc.
The date when the state pension age goes up from 65 to 68 is to be brought forward, Chancellor George Osborne will announce later.
Chancellor will stress more austerity and painful spending cuts lie ahead, but start making intellectual case for tax cuts to sustain ‘responsible recovery’
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