In History this week we did the plague and the fire of London. Mr Bettany told us that the old children’s rhyme, ring-a-ring-a-rosy comes from the plague days. Ring-o-roses was circle of small spots which was a common early sign of the plague. So ring-a-ring-a- rosy is a song about people getting the plague and falling over dead.
Welcome to the comedy club, as Ellie so aptly put it.
But we did have one funny episode. Mr Bettany told us lots about Samuel Pepys who wrote all about the plague and The Great Fire in his diary. Mr Bettany likes Samuel Pepys. He says he’s good provenance because he was an actual eyewitness–whatever the buzzard that means. Pepys wrote in short hand–but not always. Some of his words were spelled with a funny long sloping S that looks like an F without the cross. So in those days someone might write moufe but mean mouse. Apparently, when Pepys thought his house was going to burn down in the fire, he took the thing of most value he had and buried it so that it wouldn’t burn.
This was a giant Parmesan cheese.
What a gonk
Mr Bettany asked us to write a tweet in Pepys style to warn people of the fire.
This was Ruff’s gem:
Cor what a fizzler! Fend for reinforfmentf. Fufpect arfonift fpotted in Pudding Lane! #PS. Anyone seen my cheefe?#bubonic
Weird to think that the Obsidian Pebble appeared just a hundred years later.