Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

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Lost and found A team from St Andrews University has published its attempts to map the remains of Doggerland, an area of land and later an island in the North Sea which disappeared around 5,500 bc as a result of rising sea levels after the last ice age. Some other possible lost lands:

- Atlantis. According to Plato, it was a naval power close to the pillars of Hercules at the western end of the Mediterranean that sank in a day and a night in c. 9,600 bc after a failed attempt to conquer Athens.

- Mu. Invented by a Victorian writer, Augustus Le Plongeon, who claimed to have gleaned its existence from Mayan writings. Survivors of its rapid disappearance apparently went on to found ancient Egypt.

- Lemuria. Proposed by Victorian naturalist Philip Sclater in 1864 to explain why remains of lemurs had been found in India and Madagascar but not along any current route of possible land migration.

Other writers later embellished it into a land of seven-foot tall hermaphrodites.

Crime and no punishment Barclays Bank was fined £290 million for attempting to fix the Libor interest rate. The Financial Services Authority (FSA) does not have a great record in stamping out financial crimes and misdemeanours:

September 2010 Goldman Sachs fined £17. …

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