On Thursday, we had a visit by an old friend and colleague, Prof. Tom (C.T.) Shay, to NEBAL at St. Paul’s College. Tom was a well known palaeobotanist whose work spanned the divide between the New and Old Worlds. His lab at St. Paul’s before he retired was part of the inspiration for the development of NEBAL. He spent time with each student asking about their research and looking over their material. We can’t wait for his next visit. Tom is now retired and living in the UK, and his occasional visits are always very special.