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jimmigee has posted 40 annotations/comments since 12 April 2017.


Second Reading

About Wednesday 14 September 1664

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Celebrating the diary midpoint at home during the COVID19 lockdown. Perhaps this difficult time will be behind us by the time we reach the London plague entries.

About Tuesday 8 March 1663/64

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"I do not find myself in the least apprehensive that I have done any violence to my oaths"
Sam, just continue saying that to yourself and you'll be OK.

About Tuesday 7 April 1663

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Clove oil is still used as a relief from toothache. Yes, the "good old days" of medicine and dentristry were NOT.

About Friday 20 February 1662/63

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American presidents have had their presidential yachts and I'm sure that gold sails mentioned by StanB would interest our current White House resident.

About Friday 16 January 1662/63

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Terry F: "Coffee-houses | The internet in a cup"
Now one goes to Starbucks or similar and with a cuppa joe signs on to the internet.

About Monday 17 November 1662

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"and then, there being no coach to be got, by water to White Hall;" In those pre-telephone/pre-Über days, did they send the boy out to hunt up a coach? Perhaps a nearby location where the coaches awaited fares?

About Saturday 1 November 1662

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I recall when traveling through England (esp, SW) that many old country roads were not only narrow but considerably lower than the terrain.

About Wednesday 20 August 1662

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"Staying from my business" makes sense to me.
Citing Walt Kelly's Pogo in this discussion--unexpected and delightful.

About Monday 30 June 1662

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"what a mind I had to her, but did not meddle"
Nearly every day this month I read about a famous person who now wishes that he had done the same!

About Monday 17 February 1661/62

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Re Sasha's Bible quote. . . so those religions that forbid drinking of wine, beer or stronger stuff must be guided by other scriptural quotes?

About Tuesday 10 December 1661

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Not only kings being unpunctual. In 1945 the Pope gave audiences for soldiers and others in a huge reception chamber. The American writer Edmund Wilson and New Yorker correspondent Philip Hamburger attended one. "It was hot and crowded, and when Pius XII was five, ten, fifteen and then twenty minutes late, Wilson boomed out, 'Where is that goddamned pope?' This outburst, Hamburger says, 'brought to his side more Swiss Guards than had probably been seen in action since the Reformation, with their pikes extended toward him.' " --Edmund Wilson: A Life in Literature by Lewis Dabney.