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StanB has posted 92 annotations/comments since 17 January 2016.

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About Sunday 12 March 1664/65

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I sat down and read over the Bishop of Chichester’s sermon upon the anniversary of the King’s death

Am I missing something here got this out of context or having a blonde moment wouldn't that be 30th Jan ?

About Thursday 9 March 1664/65

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Phil Gyford on 29 Jun 2011
I have belatedly (only more than three years late!) corrected the link to "Lilly" as per Paul Chapin's earlier annotation
And I'm replying 7 years later Phil
What's 10 years between Pepysians, Given Sam's talking to us from nearly 360 years ago
It is but drop in the Thames :)

About Monday 6 March 1664/65

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"which instead of handsome, as my wife spoke and still seems to reckon, is a very ordinary wench"

Hahaha Sam, you just got burned by Elizabeth she knows you better than you know thyself

About Thursday 16 February 1664/65

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Great word I've never come across before, I echo Sasha thank you Robert 2 great entries
I'm hoping the little Batters girl found some kind of security and safety in her growing up, Yes our Sam can be very callous and uncaring I think it's what makes his Diary all the more compulsive wart's and all

About Tuesday 7 February 1664/65

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A lot of local Fish and Chip shops sell potato fritters albeit battered and yes Sam would love them

About Tuesday 7 February 1664/65

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Don McCahill on 8 Feb 2008
"I was just thinking yesterday that if you could go back in history, and tell Sam how much you enjoyed reading his diaries, he probably would have headed straight home and burned them Ralph notes that he decided later not to destroy the books. I wonder if he would have if he knew how famous they would become. Perhaps he just considered them a way for an old man to recapture his randy youth by rereading them"

Previous annotators have said perhaps he didn't want to destroy the diaries because of his past dalliances I disagree to a degree
I think Sam was well aware of the momentous and tumultuous times he lived in I mean look what he witnessed and lived through its truly staggering
The Civil wars, The execution of Charles 1st, Cromwells state funeral then public humiliation and execution,The plague of 1665, the Anglo Dutch wars, the Great Fire of London, The restoration of the Monarchy and Charles II's coronation - and some of the key figures of the era, including Sir Christopher Wren and Sir Isaac Newton and lots more, truly a life well lived and of course is description of the Great fire making us feel like we were there hour by hour
You could argue that Sam could have cherry picked the events he wanted saving but that would have made the diaries disjointed and disrupted the flow to an extent
Yes our Sam was a randy old sod and parts of the diary do not portray him in a good light
But I think Sam was well aware of that but also aware of what these diaries would mean to future generations and of course he was right, here we are discussing him and his foibles but also his magnificent writings over 350 years later

About Wednesday 25 January 1664/65

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Hi guys I haven't posted for awhile I've not been very well . I hope I find you all well ok, this might be off topic and for that I apologise so for all our overseas annotators there's a bit of a buzz here in England at the moment
Some of the most famous pieces in King Charles I's art collection are set to be reunited for the first time since the 17th century in an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Curators from the Queen's Gallery, based at Buckingham Palace, and the Royal Academy, have spent two years travelling Europe to persuade some of its most distinguished galleries to let their art travel back to England. The pieces which are set to return for the exhibition from January until April next year
He had been a prolific collector of art, amassing 2,000 pieces including 1,500 paintings and 500 sculptures, dating from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century.
But just months after his execution, the King's collection had been scattered across Europe by his successor Cromwell, offered for sale and as diplomatic gifts to foreign states.

Many of the pieces were regained by Charles II following the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, but some of them have never come back to England.

The exhibition will run in tandem with a display of the arts bought and commissioned by Charles II, at the Queen's Gallery, in Buckingham Palace, which will run from December to May.

More here

About Friday 25 November 1664

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Matt The guard change is merely one part of a whole raft (scuse the pun) of events to celebrate the year of the Navy
Key milestones in 2017 include:
HMS Queen Elizabeth, will sail from Rosyth, ready to conduct sea trials in summer and debut in Portsmouth later in the year;
Her younger sister HMS Prince of Wales will enter the water for the first time in the summer as work on her continues and is due to be formally named in the autumn;
Design and Manufacture will begin on the multi-million pound Crowsnest, the early-warning ‘eyes in the sky’ system for the helicopters that will protect the new carriers;
In the summer, steel will be cut on the first of eight Type 26 frigates in Glasgow;
The first of four Tide-class tankers, RFA Tidespring – crucial for supporting the new aircraft carriers – will arrive from South Korea in the spring to undergo UK customisation work;
Similarly, in the spring, the first of the Navy’s five next-generation patrol ships, HMS Forth will begin her sea trials;
The fourth Astute Class submarine will enter the water for its commissioning phase in spring;
The keel for the seventh and final Astute-class submarine – as yet unnamed – will be laid in 2017 as work continues apace on the fifth and sixth, HMS Anson and HMS Agamemnon in Barrow;
The opening of the first permanent Royal Navy base East of Suez in nearly half a century.
On the operational front:
Vanguard-class submarines will carry out the 48th year of continually providing our at-sea nuclear deterrent;
HMS Ocean will continue to lead the US Navy’s carrier task group in the Gulf until February, supported by Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring providing air defence;
Royal Marines and the Commando Helicopter Force will carry out three months of winter training in Norway to protect NATO’s northern flank;
40 Commando Group, based near Taunton, will assume the responsibility of on-call Royal Marines unit from May;
and numerous frigates, Minehunters survey and patrol ships of the Royal Navy and support ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary will continue to protect UK interests in the Baltic, Gulf, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Caribbean, North and South Atlantic.
So, has you can see there is lots planned