Published On: Sat, Aug 12th, 2017

What kind of hat did Mark Williams wore in Father Brown? – The Saturday Briefing


Requested by Tony Holmes, Cardiff

IT’S referred to as a cappello romano (Roman cap) or saturno (as a result of its rim is just like the rings of Saturn) – I’ve seen it known as a “soup bowl hat” however I think that’s a contemporary nickname.

I HAVE usually seen Aphra Behn (1640-1689) cited as the primary feminine playwright. Nevertheless, in a Shakespeare A-level information, I noticed Elizabeth Cary talked about because the writer of a play referred to as The Tragedy Of Mariam, The Truthful Queen Of Jewry. In a footnote it acknowledged that she had been a well-liked playwright till changing to Catholicism. Her dates got as 1585-1639, a 12 months earlier than Aphra Behn was born. Are you able to clarify this? Clementine Tetzlaff, by e mail

APHRA Behn is assumed to have been the primary lady to earn her residing from writing.

Elizabeth Cary was in all probability the primary English lady playwright and The Tragedy Of Mariam was not solely the primary play however was the primary work by a lady and revealed beneath her personal title.

Because the daughter of a lawyer, politician and MP, and the spouse of Viscount Falkland she was rich (no less than till her father disinherited her) and didn’t earn her residing as a author. She nonetheless deserves to be higher recognized.

WHEN I learn court docket instances a “sufferer surcharge” is continuously included as a part of the punishment. I used to be relatively puzzled by this when studying your report of a driver who pulled alongside somebody, with their compliance, in a wheelchair. Each driver and wheelchair passenger have been ordered to pay a sufferer surcharge. Did they pay one another? Kevin Ferguson, by e mail

THE sufferer surcharge is relatively misleadingly named because the quantities raised should not particularly for the sufferer of the offence attracting the cost however turn into a part of a fund for victims of all crimes.

All court docket sentences, even fines, non-custodial sentences and conditional discharges, are topic to a sufferer surcharge, with minimal quantities round £20 and calculated in accordance with a predetermined scale or as a share of any positive. I believe we may be positive within the case you point out that the surcharge didn’t go to both of the defendants.

I HAVE a £5 notice with a miniature portrait of Jane Austen close to the Queen’s head. I’m positive I learn that solely 4 of those are in circulation and it might be fairly useful. How do I discover out? Brian Marshall, Stockport, Cheshire

THE tiny engravings have been completed on the brand new £5 notes by artist Graham Quick and the worth of every notice has been estimated at £50,000.

The picture can solely be seen clearly by a microscope. Three such notes have been discovered however two others should still be in circulation.

Not less than 5,000 individuals have wrongly claimed to have the notice, which can be the results of it being so tough to see however the essential method to examine is to have a look at the serial quantity on the backside of the notice. If it begins AM3288555 you could possibly be in luck.

WHEN I used to be a small youngster, puny and underweight, my mom would take me to a clinic we referred to as the “Welfare” for sunray remedy. I’d sit in a big room with different kids sporting solely pants and goggles whereas a greenish mild shone over us for about half an hour. Are you able to clarify what this process was? I’m almost 80 now and nonetheless puny and underweight so it clearly didn’t work. M Edgington, Bognor Regis, West Sussex 

FROM the late 1920s till round 1950 “sunray” remedy was prescribed for youngsters for a variety of maladies. Publicity to ultraviolet (UV) mild was regarded as efficient for a wide range of ills however the apply was dropped partly as a result of elevated availability of antibiotics supplied a more practical various and due to a rising perception that UV mild was a reason behind pores and skin most cancers.

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