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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.

About Friday 10 July 1663

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John G - the punctuation (and much else) in all versions of the diary was added by the translators. Because this is what the original looks like:

So rather than being "ignored", punctuation marks should be used to help make sense of the text, in the knowledge that they, and most of the letters themselves, weren't written by Pepys.