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John G has posted 43 annotations/comments since 6 October 2014.

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About Thursday 23 January 1667/68

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I have a candle snuffer of the scissor type with a box structure on one leg and a plate on the other which grips the wick, cuts it, and snuffs it inside the box thus holding any residue without the risk of it falling onto the table or sideboard.

About Saturday 11 January 1667/68

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Thanks for the rescue San Diego Sarah and Gerald Berg.
Some years ago I posted a similar observation to Wikipedia about sundry portraits therein and received assurances from various experts that they were indeed verified as being the nominated sitters' true images!
Overwork is a good excuse! Thanks.
John G
Sydney

About Saturday 11 January 1667/68

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Is it just me?
I have been looking at the portraits of all the various women mentioned in these pages for years now, and they all look like the same person!

John G.
Sydney

About Sunday 8 December 1667

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"...that it was better for us in the Navy to have men that do understand the whole, and that are not passionate;..."
'Not passionate' = dispassionate or unbiased.
Yes, as an ex auditor here in Australia I understood how important it was to fully understand that which I was examining.

About Saturday 28 September 1667

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'I have heard of your paintings well enough. God hath given you one face and you make yourselves another[…] It hath made me mad. (III.i.141-6).'
So said Hamlet.
Interesting that Sam feels the same way.

About Tuesday 17 September 1667

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I think that Sam's exploits are rather mild from what I have observed over the years here in Australia. When I started work many many years ago my senior used to inform me of all the 'goings on' in his street. If I had visited the area, I could have recited the preferences of each house I passed and who was hopping over whose fence to visit regularly.
Then there were the office 'hookups'.
Then there were the various exploits during university student years, after which many became faculty members and carried on ad lib with their students.
All very normal!

About Thursday 22 August 1667

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Had to smile when Pepys lauds his wife with her cuffs etc. after having complained about their purchase!

About Monday 12 August 1667

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Loved the snippet of information about where his printseller is located. Quite unnecessary for him but invaluable for us so many years after.

About Friday 5 July 1667

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"Sjoerd. Ow shoot!"

What does this mean? No guns mentioned in the diary.

John G, Sydney

About Friday 29 March 1667

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Heartily agree with you John, and thanks for the back-up Dorothy and Timo.
Wonder how many others out there agree with us (silently)?

About Saturday 30 March 1667

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I did not know that Pepys wore a 'bun or tea-cake' on his head! Ha ha!
This is the description of a 'Whigg' given when one hovers one's cursor over the 'periwigg' in the first line. Sorry, don't know how to correct this or to whom to refer this.
John G, Sydney

About Monday 19 November 1666

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Something very strange here.
About two thirds down the diary there is a mention of 'Lord Ossory' and 'Ashly'.
The notes for both seem to have the same picture for both men. A search of Wikipedia also shows the same pictures for both men, unless they are lost identical twins. Some further internet search shows different pictures but I unfortunately do not have the time to verify who is who correctly.
Hope someone can follow up on this research.

About Wednesday 24 October 1666

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I note that no time was lost in commencing the rebuilding after the fire.
Does anyone know if there was a shortage of artisans and materials for the work to be done?
John G, Sydney