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Ségolène Royal and Wikipedia duped by tale of anti-slavery activist

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.

The Independent (U.K.) 

Small Talk: Small food producers need more protection

If you’re buying a Christmas pudding or a frozen turkey from one of the big supermarkets this week, feel free to tell them that you won’t be paying until the end of April. If they make a fuss, you could, at a push, compromise by promising to settle the bill in March – but only if you get a discount on the normal price.

News | This is Money 

Pound strengthens against 42 currencies this year spelling better news for tourists heading to Scandinavia

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.

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