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Tonyel has posted 280 annotations/comments since 11 March 2013.


Second Reading

About Tuesday 1 January 1666/67

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Goose fat.
Growing up in the country in WWII I was told of poorer children being covered in goose fat and sewn into their underclothes in the late autumn (fall) and not released until the spring. This was supposed to be protection from the cold and damp.
I don't suppose it did much for their social life.

About Monday 31 December 1666

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Maths has never been my strong point but if Sam's 'gettings' are down and his 'spendings' up over the year, how does he end up £1800 better off?
Is this the first recorded instance of creative accounting?

Happy new year and may we all prosper like Mr Pepys.

About Friday 21 December 1666

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What was that Robert Altman film set in the thirties where a mother tries to pimp her daughter to a film director? And what about Harvey Weinstein over the last twenty years? Men with power were /are ever thus and women who needed favours had to make their own decisions about how much they were prepared to pay.

About Saturday 27 October 1666

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asked the King to banish Catholic priests and Jesuits, to put the recusancy laws into force by proclamation, to disarm all Pepists

Hey, we're the Pepists Terry! Don't disarm us.

About Thursday 25 October 1666

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Can't think of any other reasons for such a regular major disruption. Anyone else know why if not the above?
Sarah, maybe because they just felt like a change? After all, the European Parliament (750 MEP's plus staff) move from Brussels to Strasbourg every month for just four days at an estimated cost of £150 million per year! Just one of the reasons the UK is trying (and so far failing) to leave the EU.

As always, people who spend other peoples' money..............

About Sunday 14 October 1666

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"So dined, and after dinner (a good discourse thereat to my brother)"
Note "to" my brother, not "with". Poor John has to pay for his dinner.

About Friday 5 October 1666

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"A great want thereof there will be of books, specially Latin books and foreign books; and, among others, the Polyglottes and new Bible, which he believes will be presently worth 40l. a-piece."

How long before Sam and the others think of sending a ship somewhere to import paper? There's always a profit for someone where there's a shortage.

About Thursday 27 September 1666

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If they're going to move Sam's ready cash to a safer place, might they draw less attention if one of them is a man of the cloth...?
Sorry, off topic, but reminds me of Rory Sutherland's comment about buying a car from a vicar:
You don't have to believe in God, you just have to believe that he does.

About Sunday 26 August 1666

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The business between my Lord Hinchingbroke and Mrs. Mallett is quite broke off

I know one should not judge by appearances, but Hinchingbroke does look like a spoilt, rather dim, young man - in fact boring. Elizabeth Malet obviously decided she needed a rather more exciting husband and, presumably, learned that you should be careful what you wish for.....

About Wednesday 1 August 1666

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It's so tempting to look back 350 years and feel morally superior, isn't it?

By coincidence, Saudi Arabia have just announced that they will in future allow women to travel abroad without being accompanied by a male - described as a liberalising decision!

About Tuesday 31 July 1666

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How much of this is true, time will shew.

"Fake Newes!"
A sudden image of Sam with a Twitter account.

About Monday 2 July 1666

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Not long ago, Mrs Bagwell was whitewashing the house against the plague. Any faint sign of infection on her face wold cause Sam to make a quick about-turn.

About Tuesday 26 June 1666

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The newly-built Loyal London did not reach the fleet at the Nore until 13 July, and then without guns.

Yet another "plus ca change" example. The UK today has a new, enormously expensive, aircraft carrier but we can't afford the planes for it. And this was planned - not the result of an accident!

About Sunday 24 June 1666

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"I was as sparing in speaking as I could, being jealous of him and myself also, but wished it could be stopped; but said I doubted it could not otherwise than by the fleete’s being abroad again, and so finding other worke for men’s minds and discourse."
Can anyone explain the meaning of 'jealous' in this context? It only seems to make sense to me if you substitute 'cautious' or 'nervous'.
The whole episode sounds as though Coventry is rehearsing his defence arguments and using Sam as a sounding board.

About Monday 11 June 1666

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Albemarle got back to London first and took advantage of it. The mark of a politician.

About Monday 4 June 1666

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Louise, I think it more likely that poor Mr Daniels and his companion had lost, or at least badly damaged, an eye. Oakum was generally used for stuffing holes or gaps and would be the obvious, if unhygenic, way to stop the bleeding. I doubt that they would have been sent ashore for less.

About Monday 14 May 1666

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At Bow we eat and drank and so back again, it being very cool in the evening.
Can't help wondering, would the hackney driver be sent to the public bar with a shilling for his supper and be told to wait? Or were hackneys readily available at inns when you were ready to go home?

About Wednesday 9 May 1666

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" I come, and what was it but to scold at me and she would go abroad to take the ayre presently, that she would. "

A slight touch of the Oirish, so it is....

About Tuesday 8 May 1666

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Possibly John Downing was experienced in making anchors for fishing smacks and other small boats but realised he was out of his depth (sorry!) when it came to securing a warship. I respect Sam's decision to repay the bribe - it shows a moral sensibility in a wicked world and is also good politics. Word would have got around that Mr Pepys is 'open for business' but he does play it straight.