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Gerald Berg has posted 413 annotations/comments since 4 March 2013.

28 Apr 2016, 5:50 p.m. - Gerald Berg

7 day physique? 1 day for the administering thereof and 6 days of recovery.

26 Apr 2016, 3:04 p.m. - Gerald Berg

So did Cptn Holland really cut his throat or was it an almost, like his being a Quaker? Did he show off the scar to SP or hide it a la Clint Eastwood in Hang 'em High? Sam got some exercise through being exercised. Must have really wailed on to run out of breath. I wonder how the phrase "my boy" got started? Charlie Mingus in his autobiography refers to himself in such fashion.

8 Apr 2016, 3:32 p.m. - Gerald Berg

Back when I was a lad I had a girlfriend whose mother came out from Newfoundland for a visit. Her teeth were the cause of much pain and her solution (if it could be called that) was to drop cloves into the cavities. That lovely lady had grit in more ways than one! I imagine this solution dated back some ways. In Pepy's time using cloves in this way would be a very expensive solution.

2 Apr 2016, 7:03 p.m. - Gerald Berg

Most citations for the reason orchestral tuning is done from an oboe has to do with tone. IE Very few harmonic overtones. At A 440 the oboe cuts through the orchestral sound mass whereas other instruments tend to blend making it difficult for a trumpet (let's say) to hear the pitch clearly. You would be reduced to everyone waiting turns at the 'tuning fountain'. Of course nowadays, even piano tuners use electronic tuners and what with equal temperament everything sounds, paradoxically, equally out of tune.

29 Mar 2016, 3:29 p.m. - Gerald Berg

So much backwards and forwarding on this topic that I feel like I am going in circles! Unless somebody GPS' Sam's to and fro let's all agree to disagree, turn our back on the subject and walk away.

24 Mar 2016, 3:35 p.m. - Gerald Berg

" Matters in Ireland are full of discontent." Any links to what SP is referring to here? Was the Restoration content with Cromwell's work in Ireland enough to continue it's mayhem?

18 Mar 2016, 6:51 p.m. - Gerald Berg

OH, for the love of England! Having watched Monty Don's shows looking at historic gardens I'd be very curious as to what Pepy's countrymen expected from their gardens, personally and socially. Maybe Monty should do some home turf reporting?

17 Mar 2016, 8:50 p.m. - Gerald Berg

Two long walks in the garden on one day in winter no less. Just how big and where was this garden?

15 Mar 2016, 1:50 a.m. - Gerald Berg

Almost! Thanks Chris, Bill.

12 Mar 2016, 8:19 p.m. - Gerald Berg

"which made me mad almost" Pepy's has used this sort of phrasing before for the word "mad". Not sure what it means in this context. If it almost made him angry it would be hardly worth the effort to write it. At least that's how it seems to me. But if it nearly drove him crazy that would be worth noting. Crazy mad seems too modern an idea. Which is it: angry mad, crazy mad or something else entirely?

29 Feb 2016, 6:39 p.m. - Gerald Berg

Upstate New York supported a native hunter gatherer population of around 6,000 people when the French first arrived. The natives fought each other nastily for the majority in that 6,000 figure. That is, Algonquin versus Iroquois. Presently the area supports 8.5 mil people. Whatever one thinks of the decimation of all facets of the ecology it is just unrealistic to think it wasn't doomed inevitably.

18 Feb 2016, 8:59 p.m. - Gerald Berg

WR to dissecting a one month old foetus the interest would be all Darwinian with very little to see from a 17th C. perspective. Add in "making a great sport of it" and the word that springs to mind here is calumny. As for the mentioned smell of decay - did they wash it after "dropping" before saving it for a week? It's all completely ridiculous.

12 Feb 2016, 4:58 p.m. - Gerald Berg

Rumour has it that Mary won't last long. Was Sam's end the beginning?

10 Feb 2016, 4:24 p.m. - Gerald Berg

"shifted myself" ? Moved body or bowels?

2 Feb 2016, 2:09 p.m. - Gerald Berg

What I need is a good foot massage.

15 Jan 2016, 7:31 p.m. - Gerald Berg

No child and no resolution. Yes, I see this as the principal tragedy in their lives, particularly E's. Not the fact of not having children but that there was nothing else for her to do but have children.

26 Dec 2015, 6:22 p.m. - Gerald Berg

Money and today's equivalent. 7 pounds monthly household costs = @500 pounds today. 1 book for 4 1/2 pounds = @ 325 pounds today. Either households are cheap or books very expensive.

1 Dec 2015, 2:10 p.m. - Gerald Berg

A fitting end.

26 Nov 2015, 4:31 p.m. - Gerald Berg

Pedro's link is-- shall we say---- naught active? Easy to laugh at the Fanatiques but every age has them. No less today.

15 Nov 2015, 3:54 p.m. - Gerald Berg