1.  Gilead, the current day Jalad, is a mountainous region in Jordan.  It means ”hill of witness”.

2.   One day;  Twelfth Night occurs on January 5th and Epiphany on January 6th.

3.  The Code of Hammurabi is a series of 282 laws, dating back to c.1772 BCE.  They cover such areas as trade, duties of workers, religion, slavery, code of conduct, laws, military service.  One of the      best know laws is number 196:  ” If a man put out the eye of another man, his eye shall also be put out.”

4.  The Hon. Peter Kent is Minister of the Environment.
5.  The author of the Engineer of Human Souls was a Czech expatriate Canadian, Josef Skvorecki,  He won the Governor General’s award for English Language Fiction, even though he published   mostly in the Czech language throughout his life.