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Gerald Berg has posted 113 annotations/comments since 4 March 2013.

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About Friday 24 April 1663

Gerald Berg  •  Link

So did Cptn Holland really cut his throat or was it an almost, like his being a Quaker? Did he show off the scar to SP or hide it a la Clint Eastwood in Hang 'em High?

Sam got some exercise through being exercised. Must have really wailed on to run out of breath.

I wonder how the phrase "my boy" got started? Charlie Mingus in his autobiography refers to himself in such fashion.

About Tuesday 7 April 1663

Gerald Berg  •  Link

Back when I was a lad I had a girlfriend whose mother came out from Newfoundland for a visit. Her teeth were the cause of much pain and her solution (if it could be called that) was to drop cloves into the cavities. That lovely lady had grit in more ways than one!
I imagine this solution dated back some ways. In Pepy's time using cloves in this way would be a very expensive solution.

About Wednesday 1 April 1663

Gerald Berg  •  Link

Most citations for the reason orchestral tuning is done from an oboe has to do with tone. IE Very few harmonic overtones. At A 440 the oboe cuts through the orchestral sound mass whereas other instruments tend to blend making it difficult for a trumpet (let's say) to hear the pitch clearly. You would be reduced to everyone waiting turns at the 'tuning fountain'.

Of course nowadays, even piano tuners use electronic tuners and what with equal temperament everything sounds, paradoxically, equally out of tune.

About Saturday 28 March 1663

Gerald Berg  •  Link

So much backwards and forwarding on this topic that I feel like I am going in circles! Unless somebody GPS' Sam's to and fro let's all agree to disagree, turn our back on the subject and walk away.

About Sunday 22 March 1662/63

Gerald Berg  •  Link

" Matters in Ireland are full of discontent."

Any links to what SP is referring to here? Was the Restoration content with Cromwell's work in Ireland enough to continue it's mayhem?

About Saturday 14 March 1662/63

Gerald Berg  •  Link

OH, for the love of England!

Having watched Monty Don's shows looking at historic gardens I'd be very curious as to what Pepy's countrymen expected from their gardens, personally and socially. Maybe Monty should do some home turf reporting?

About Wednesday 11 March 1662/63

Gerald Berg  •  Link

"which made me mad almost"

Pepy's has used this sort of phrasing before for the word "mad". Not sure what it means in this context. If it almost made him angry it would be hardly worth the effort to write it. At least that's how it seems to me. But if it nearly drove him crazy that would be worth noting. Crazy mad seems too modern an idea. Which is it: angry mad, crazy mad or something else entirely?