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Phil Gyford has posted 755 annotations/comments since 27 December 2002.

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About New search page

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If you were searching for "tokens" then the first results were diary entries that included the word "token" - although because it's not an exact match these weren't displayed as highlights underneath each link, something I'd like to improve (although I'm not sure how).

Yes, to search in the Encyclopedia you have to choose to search in the Encyclopedia, rather than the Diary Entries (which is the default choice; something has to be).

You can also click the "Google" link in the sidebar of the search page and you'll get the same results as you used to get here.

About '17c': A play at the Old Vic

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I went to see the show last night and it was a lot of fun! Dance, movement, music, monologues, video, and other little scenes based on lots of aspects of the diary over the years. Well done Kourtney and co. I can only imagine what Sam would have made of the performance...

(Disclosure: After I posted this news item the Old Vic offered me free tickets.)

About Monday 26 June 1665

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Good point; L&M seem to think it's St Clement Danes, hence the link, but we'll never know for sure...

About Friday 6 November 1663

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James Sumner, historian and author of 'Brewing Science, Technology and Print, 1700-1880' tweeted a few thoughts on the idea of iron being laid on beer barrels preventing the beer souring, after someone asked him about it, following @samuelpepys' tweets. His first tweet is here (… ) and here's the exchange:

@angela_mcshane: any truth in this Pepysian claim?

@JamesBSumner: Modern scientific orthodoxy says not. William Black's 1830s manual argues electrical action causes souring, and some of the scientific figures he consulted thought this plausible then. Brewing consultant Frank Faulkner was promoting same idea as late as 1880s but by that time the view was eccentric and drew strong objections. See my book for details!

@angela_mcshane: One wonders what it was that brewers experienced that led them to this conclusion though.

@JamesBSumner: "Modern" expln wd prob be changeable weather => rapid temp changes => irregular fermentation.