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GrahamT has posted 454 annotations/comments since 9 January 2003.

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About Review: "Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution"

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I was a little disappointed. Despite the large size of the rooms, the exhibition was very superficial. The slide show of the great fire lasted just over two minutes and barely scraped the surface of the diary's descriptions. The past exhibition at the Museum of London was far better in that respect. However, that was dedicated to the fire and plague years, whereas this one covers almost the whole of the 17th century, from before the execution of Charles I to the death of Pepys. Good, perhaps, as an over view, but not for the detail.
It also seemed odd to me that this website wasn't credited on the panel at the end of the exhibition, though the Twitter feed was.

About Monday 31 May 1669

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For nine years and some months I have read the journal betimes the morn after its writing with my morning draught of coffee. This day being of note, I make an exception, it being the best entry that I ever read in my life before.
Enough of the Pepysian hyperbole; what will we do now? It is a shame that he self-censored his longhand entries in his future journals.
Fare ye well Sam, Elizabeth, Will, Jane, Deb and the rest of Restoration Britain that has stepped off the screen and into our lives these too few years. I will miss you.
Now to read Jeannine's Next Chapter - and so to bed.

About Belated improvements

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As regards a reference for Phil, may I paraphrase Sir Christopher Wren's epitaph:
"Reader, if you seek his reference - look around you."

About Wednesday 26 May 1669

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I still think of shops selling nails, nuts, bolts and other metal products as Ironmongers, but I'm probably just showing my age.

About Tuesday 25 May 1669

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Good pictures David (djc). It isn't often I see photographs of myself as I'm usually behind the camera.

About End of Diary Events Update

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I would like to thank you for organising today's events. My wife and I really enjoyed both the walk and lunch, and meeting some other Pepysians.
Thank you also to Peter for putting into eloquent words what we all felt.
Thank you.

About Thursday 20 May 1669

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Although he was telling the King and DoY that he was going to Holland for his trip abroad, the fact that he hopes to get a French speaking maid to travel with them suggests that France was the intended destination all along.