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About Somerset House

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The building of Pepys' time was replaced by the current building in 1776-86, "desgined, mostly for Government offices, by Sir William Chambers." (Latham & Matthews, Companion)

About Harper's

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A tavern just outside the gate of Whitehall Palace on King Street, now Whitehall.

About More footnote pages?

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I'm afraid that's not possible Todd - the list is pre-generated by Movable Type, the tool that handles all the entries and comments. I can make it longer though if people feel it would be more useful.

Movable Type isn't really geared towards handling so many comments, so I'm always looking for new ways to make it easier for everyone to use...

About More footnote pages?

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I do plan to create some general background pages soon -- I'll be asking for comments on those before long, so hold your horses! :)

But even then I think the best place to ask about individual phrases is on each entry as the answers are more use there than on a page somewhere else. We're bound to repeat ourselves several times over the next few years, however things are arranged.

About Friday 27 January 1659/60

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the Crown in the Palace

I've just checked up in Latham & Matthews, and they suggest "Palace" is in fact New Palace Yard. I've changed the link on that word so it points to a page for this, rather than Whitehall Palace, which I'm sure was incorrect. Sorry about the mix up!

As for the Crown... Latham & Mathews say there was a tavern of this name on the west side of King Street, which itself finishes to the western side of New Palace Yard, so I guess this is the place Pepys means.

About New Palace Yard

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New Palace Yard was immediately to the north of Westminster Hall: http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/128/

Old Palace Yard was to the south of the Hall. Latham & Matthews assume that when Pepys was ambiguous and referred to merely "Palace Yard" or "Palace," he's referring to New Palace Yard.

About Friday 27 January 1659/60

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Each entry should appear at 11pm UK time. These aren't the following days entries however; it's the 27th now and thus the entry for the 27th has been published.

Pepys obviously wrote his entries at the end of the day and I just picked this time kind of at random. Sometimes Pepys obviously wrote his entries later however.

About Wednesday 25 January 1659/60

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For what it's worth, my experience of "forms" was slightly different to that of Grahamt's.

I started at Infant school at around 5-6 years old, where the years where, I guess, numbered 1 to 2 (or 3). Then from age 7/8 you go to Junior school where the years are numbered from 1 to 4, and you leave at the age of 11. Then, as Grahamt says, you go to Secondary school for years 1 to 5 until the age of 16 when you can leave school. If you stay, sixth form is either a continuation of Secondary school or at a Further Education college and consists of Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth years until the age of 18.

This is confused slightly by some schools having Infants and Juniors in one school - I think "Primary school" is the correct term for this. It's all a bit vague though.

In my experience, at a comprehensive school (that's public, rather than private, for Americans), this old system resulted in a student being in, say, "4th year." In the new US-style system the words are changed round so a student will be in "Year 4."

And, of course, what the British call a "public school" is synonymous with "private school"; a private fee-paying institution.

About Saturday 21 January 1659/60

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Those headlines make me think... if only there was a site that provided an RSS feed of headlines from This Day in History, for the 17th century... then I could include them with every day's diary entry!

About Interview on BBC Radio London Tuesday lunchtime

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So, I should probably say... the interview was fun and I think it went well. Robert Elms was incredibly enthusiastic about the site, but then he's paid to sound incredibly enthusiastic and obviously hadn't worked out how to leave the front page of the site himself. All the usual questions about how and why I started it, about how it's a big committment, and about how much more interesting it is because of all the annotations. It was about 7 minutes in total.

About HTML changes... CSS guru needed

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I've fixed the problem, after a great deal of trial and error, removing lines of CSS until things worked. Netscape was getting things muddled up because of line-heights in some elements of the page, so I've moved these to the stylesheet Netscape can't see. Phew.

About Saturday 21 January 1659/60

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The glossary in Latham & Matthews says that "black" in this context means "brunette, dark in hair or complexion."

About Axe Yard

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Wow, that's a great map, thanks Susanna. A shame there isn't anything similar for before the Great Fire.

About Friday 20 January 1659/60

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Goal Feast

Latham and Matthews give this as "colly feast", which is a "feast of collies (cullies, good companions) at which each pays his share."

Quite a baffling entry today all in all!

About Friday 20 January 1659/60

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Jole means "jowl", a cut of fish "consisting of the head and shoulders" according to Latham and Matthews.