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john has posted 90 annotations/comments since 14 March 2013.

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About Friday 6 February 1662/63

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All the commentary on book binding has made me somber. I have a 30-year old Dover catalogue that is signature sewn, as were Dover paperbacks then. Now all are glued ("perfect" bound). My most patronised publisher, Springer Verlag, no longer makes signature-sewn tomes but prints glued ones on demand.

About Wednesday 21 January 1662/63

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DavidG, Look at the entry (and comments) of 25 May 1662 when he starting shaving himself with a pumice stone.

About Sunday 18 January 1662/63

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The family's complete dependence on Sam has often come up in this journey. My assumption has always been that Bess was not (fully) aware of either the precarious nature of Sam's position or of their finances. I often wonder what would have been her behaviour had she known.

About Tuesday 13 January 1662/63

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Well put, Sasha.

GrannieAnnie, comments on fruit and veg may be found via the Pepys encyclopedia. Further discussion in Tomalin (a tome well worth buying and reading).

About Friday 9 January 1662/63

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On the discussion of diaries private or not, how many who argued for public have kept a diary? Reasons for keeping one are varied.

About Wednesday 7 January 1662/63

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To add to Australian Susan's exmple, most flight crews are not paid until push-back, regardless of the time spent befote then.

About Wednesday 31 December 1662

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"A very happy new year to Phil and all annotators and lurkers."

Thank you on behalf of us all. This is my second round, which I resolve to be complete. (I read L&M first and then the annotations on this wonderful site.)

About Thursday 18 December 1662

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An undercooked meal would have greater risks then. Cooks did not understand bacteria (mind, not some do now).

About Wednesday 10 December 1662

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L&M report that his salary went from £33 and change to £350. Unless that is an error, that is quite a raise.

About Friday 5 December 1662

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"... so took a turn or two in the garden, being very pleasant with the snow and frost."

And so it was this morning with frost covering the spyrea in a white sheath, feeling Sam's pleasure across the centuries.