When I decided to enrol for a Masters degree in 2004 I chose a course at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL http://www.livesandletters.ac.uk/) at Queen Mary, University of London in the Mile End Road. The course leader was Professor Lisa Jardine, charismatic daughter of the equally fascinating Jacob Bronowski. Queen Mary was a great place for running into well-known academics: while there I attended lectures by David Starkey and Keith Wrightson, as well as being taught by Evelyn Welch and Stella Tillyard. A doctoral student who sometimes 'sat in' was children's author Eleanor Updale. During my time at Queen Mary a long-lost manuscript book by Robert Hooke was saved for the nation through the joint efforts of Lisa Jardine and the Royal Society. And of course there was a chance to encounter the notorious Bob Norwich. Add the academic adrenaline to the buzz of travelling to and from the capital over a 2 year period, and I have been left with some fabulous memories.