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mountebank has posted 43 annotations/comments since 11 May 2013.

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About Wednesday 16 January 1666/67

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Referring to Terry's comment from 2010:

"It was mentiond by the secretary that the councell had thought fitt that the expts. for the making out the Theory of the Laws of motion formerly begun by Dr Wren D crone & mr Hooke"

this looks like the term "Laws of Motion" was already in usage as a general term in 1666/67 and perhaps was from this adopted by Newton.

About Wednesday 12 December 1666

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"He tells me how the King hath lately paid about 30,000l.1 to clear debts of my Lady Castlemayne’s"

This really puts into perspective the amounts Boris Johnson arranged to go to Jennifer Arcuri for "IT lessons".

About Tuesday 19 June 1666

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“I find their victory begins to shrinke there, as well as ours here.”

Dog in the manger thinking. Since we're very dissatisfied with the result let's take consolation from spinning the other side's view as also being one of dissatisfaction.

About Saturday 24 March 1665/66

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The posts above talking about Pepys' relations with other say much to me of duty and respect but less of love and affection.

Although as ever, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

About Wednesday 21 March 1665/66

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Sad to see the mention of Lisa Jardine who died a few years back. I still miss the talks she used to give on BBC radio. Such a loss.

About Sunday 18 February 1665/66

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The mention of Pall reminds me that on BBC radio at the weekend there was a repeat of "Pauline Pepys's Dowry", a pilot episode of a sitcom with Olivia Colman and David Mitchell. It was mentioned here years back:

It's actually available on youtube:

A warning though. Purists will be horrified. I found myself tutting at the way through at inaccuracies but then had to laugh at myself.

About Tuesday 30 January 1665/66

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Following the discussion of how "Charles the Martyr" is viewed reminded me of recent news. It's still a current issue for some people after nearly 400 years:…

"A county councillor is calling for a place of worship to change its name as he claims it is dedicated to a "dictator and warmonger".

Cllr Seán Holden (Con) wants King Charles the Martyr church to reconsider its name on the 370th anniversary of the "tyrant" king's execution.

Charles I was famously executed after his quarrel with parliament about power led to the English Civil War.

In an open letter to the Reverend Laurence Powell, the councillor criticised the commemoration of "a man who started four wars against his own people in which tens of thousands of English and Scots died"."

About Monday 29 January 1665/66

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One thing I wondered about all through the last year of plague is what happened in Evelyn's infirmaries for prisoners of war. Were there any outbreaks? I would have supposed an outbreak would have been lethal in such conditions. But maybe they didn't contain plague carriers.

About Sunday 28 January 1665/66

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This is one of my favourite entries of the diary so far. It has it all, the whirlwind of business, the farcical events of the shitting mishap, the marking of his ascent in the hierarchy, and the many people and many places.

Reading this, in my mind's eye I could see it as a film. This one day alone would be enough to do a couple of hours worth on the small or big screen.

About Monday 18 September 1665

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That's a helpful annotation Terry and answers the main question that occurred to me as I was reading through the entry: with such a haul of captured ships surely this was going to be a bonanza for Sandwich. Seems not.