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Harvey L has posted 12 annotations/comments since 21 October 2017.

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About Thursday 14 June 1666

Harvey L  •  Link

Secular... yes.

He goes to church on Sunday to see and be seen, and doesn't seem to draw any particular inspiration. When he says, "If God wills it..." that seems to be like we might now say "If fate wills it..." rather than any sense of being judged from on high.

The convention of the day was to believe in God, so he acted as though he did. Unlike Evelyn who was an obvious believer.

About Thursday 14 June 1666

Harvey L  •  Link

Hi S.D.Sarah,
Good point... its not just the facts that matter but equally, or even more, the atmosphere in which they're viewed.

We've exchanged the superstitions of 1666 for those of 2019, but people are still disgraced, lose their jobs etc for actions (or even just statements that can be misconstrued) that go against the 'correct' behaviour of the times.

One of the delights of Pepys diary is to see how much life then is like life now... the toys change but us humans don't. The more things change, the more they remain the same.

About Monday 9 April 1666

Harvey L  •  Link

Its only in the last 100 years that 'the authorities' have felt the need to be involved with minor changes to people's property.

About Saturday 30 December 1665

Harvey L  •  Link

I multiply Sam's pounds by 1000 to get NZ$... the values seem about right. Or around 500 for US$, STG or EUR. His pounds do seem to buy a lot more than the 130 x as on the official currency converters.
Perhaps because of the lack of technology toys like cars and having one's body repaired.

About Sunday 24 December 1665

Harvey L  •  Link

Merry Christmas to all from New Zealand, where it is currently 9pm on Christmas Day... all over full on traditional heavy winter Northern Hemisphere Christmas fare as inherited from Pepys and his contemporaries... plus some Southern Hemisphere summer additions like strawberries.

About Thursday 21 December 1665

Harvey L  •  Link

In another 350 years, should any of us have a diary that survives to be read (and is worth reading), I suspect that many of the things we consider normal will seen just as outrageous by the standards of that day.

Like John, I observe without judgement.

About Monday 19 December 1664

Harvey L  •  Link

Bad behaviour in any age... and Sam realises that.
But human nature doesn't change, just the things that are authorised at the time.
In 300 years, diaries of today will contain just as many entries drawing the same disapproval.

About Tuesday 13 December 1664

Harvey L  •  Link

I'm often struck by how little things really change... the senior execs work until the work is done regardless of the hours (likewise self employed)... people make important decisions based on incorrect 'facts' and rumour... the VIPs are no different in private than the rest of us... people do try to accumulate wealth for their retirement (despite modern academics claiming that 'retirement' is a modern concept)... and in the end 'man proposes but God disposes'.
Life goes on much as it always has.
Good.