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Weavethe hawk has posted 36 annotations/comments since 19 February 2013.

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About Saturday 21 November 1663

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I don't think it would have been too unusual to quote prices in the lower denomination. I remember very well as a kid before decimalization, shops would display the prices of their goods in shillings without referring to the pounds, e.g. 42/6d or 30/-. We even had a high street tailor who's slogan was "the Fifty Shilling Tailor."

About Thursday 9 July 1663

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vicente, alta turpis fossa or caput, lutum stercusin, altae fossae, in Aqua epistula, in Aqua Scripto, in aqua pustula. And so it continues.

About Sunday 24 May 1663

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I must say, I enjoyed the 2006 comment of Mons. Jean-Paul Buquet about Rev. Josselin and the horrifying prospect of a website featuring his slightly over pious diary entries. He really was a crashing bore.

About Tuesday 13 January 1662/63

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Great diary entry, one can almost smell the aromas and feel the atmosphere. Some nice annotations as well, no attempts at concocting little dramas for a change.

About Wednesday 10 December 1662

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This is the first entry of the diary, so he already had one serving girl. Must have been a cramped little garret.

"Blessed be God, at the end of the last year I was in very good health, without any sense of my old pain, but upon taking of cold.

I lived in Axe Yard having my wife, and servant Jane, and no more in family than us three"

About Monday 1 December 1662

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My dad was a Lancashire miner, and he used to get up at 04:30-05:00 in order to catch the early bus from Bolton to Mosley Common colliery, near Walkden Lancs. and I remember very well as a tiny boy hearing the "knocker up" come around every morning and tap on the bedroom windows. That would have been in the forties, and I assume that he carried a long stick.

About Monday 15 September 1662

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the 2005 folks tended to get extremely long winded about Sam's grammar. Did they not take into account the three and a half centuries of linguistic progression?

About Wednesday 4 September 1661

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If I remember correctly, (and this isn't a spoiler), having read all of the diary, there will be some mention to come of Sam having eaten bad oysters. An horrendous experience for the man.

About Wednesday 7 August 1661

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In Lancashire also (when I was a kid, a couple of years ago) we used to take our "bait" to work. That served as our break-time snack.

About Saturday 6 July 1661

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I think Sasha is close to the mark. He probably found her in bed, looking pretty rough, and maybe smelling not too sweet.

About Sunday 5 May 1661

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Not one mention of the "red faced parson", Mr Holland, which I would have thought to be an interesting topic. Anyone know how he came to be known by that sobriquet?

About Tuesday 30 April 1661

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I Haven't lived in London for many years, but I'm having difficulty trying to figure out how a location which is south of Wateroo can be north of Kennington.