Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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About Monday 19 September 1664
According to his Wikipedia entry, in 1666 Frasier "superintended the successful trepanning of Prince Rupert's skull ", to treat his previous head wound.
About Thursday 15 September 1664
Luellin's reappearance reminds me how difficult it has been for English writers to spell and pronounce Welsh names and words.
Shakespeare spelled Captain Llewelyn as "Fluellen" in Henry V.
I wonder how Pepys' shorthand would have coped with Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch? ;)
About Wednesday 14 September 1664
Thank you Louse :)
Also for the record, it's worth noting that the Quaker Oats Company has never had any connection whatsoever with the Religious Society of Friends. The brand was trademarked in 1877 by one Henry D. Seymour, who had read an encyclopaedia article about Quakers.
Given that the company has been involved in very un-Quakerish enterprises, such as arms manufacture, Friends strongly dislike their enforced association with the brand. Having had a Quaker upbringing myself, I can confirm this from personal experience.
About Tuesday 13 September 1664
Aphra Behn was a remarkable woman in many ways: traveller, spy, playwright novelist and poet.
My favourite poem of hers is 'The Libertine'
A THOUSAND martyrs I have made, All sacrificed to my desire,A thousand beauties have betray'dThat languish in resistless fire:The untamed heart to hand I brought,And fix'd the wild and wand'ring thought.
I never vow'd nor sigh'd in vain, But both, tho' false, were well received;The fair are pleased to give us pain, And what they wish is soon believed:And tho' I talk'd of wounds and smart,Love's pleasures only touch'd my heart.
Alone the glory and the spoilI always laughing bore away;The triumphs without pain or toil,Without the hell the heaven of joy;And while I thus at random roveDespise the fools that whine for love.
She was criticised in her lifetime for her "masculine" style; I think she was describing herself: Aphra was an alpha female!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphra_Behn(I find the Lely portrait unconvincing: it looks like just another Stuart belle to me; the others seem much more in tune with what we know of her ...)
About Thursday 8 September 1664
Damn! There's always a sensible explanation :(
I had visions of a "decayed merchant" zombie Mr Mercer, limbering through Crutched Friars & Hart Street at night, attacking the unwary and eating their brains ...
About Wednesday 7 September 1664
I love the double 'r' in 'warr': it makes it seem like a growl!
"Let loose the dogs of warrrr!!"
About Thursday 1 September 1664
PS they were small bananas.
Funnily enough Louise, I haven't heard "scrod" used up north.
Many northerners are perfectly genteel of course. I remember a colleague of mine in Peterlee (Geordie-ish) who crossly told another colleague "Thoo gan 'n see a taxidoermist!"
Chocolate Cherry Cake recipe:
200g flour1 level tsp baking powder200g salted butter200g dark muscovado sugar4 eggs150g rich 70%+ chocolate, broken into pieces2 liquidised bananas450 g chopped morello glacé cherries, soaked in rum/sherry for 24 hours
Blend in food processor, then add and mix cherries by hand.
Makes ane 7” round cake & a tasterbake for 3 (ish) hours in greased GP-paper lined tin @ 300 Farenheit
Decorate with chocolate icing and M&Ms
Eat cold or warm with cream.
Sorry Sarah :)
I'm a bit of a grammar fanatic at times (but only for myself).Studying other languages certainly helped me understand the structure of English better.
This discussion gives me a good excuse to post a link to a smutty grammatical joke about Boston, white fish and the pluperfect subjunctive :D
Shober ash a judsh Shtan - 'onesht! ;)
Actually, I did intend "did" to be an imperfect tense auxilliary verb for both the "compromise" and the "make".