Five Things of Period
- It's been the longest and coldest winter in years for the UK.
- British Ministers use special red briefcases to keep confidential government documents since the 1860s.
- Florence Nightingale was the first woman to be given the Order of Merit, but Rudyard Kipling turned it down twice.
- Fear of the so-called Gorbals Vampire in Scotland in 1954 led to the introduction of strict new censorship laws in the UK.
- Ex-service men make good movie extras.