A note from Lord Nelson

Our “Lord Nelson” — Prof. Nelson, director of Core, on sabbatical this year while the ship is being helmed by Acting Director Prof. Diana Wylie — is in Ireland, away from the academic high-mindedness (and occasional hijinks) of the Core office. Thinking that we wouldn’t want her to miss out, we wrote her a quick note last week, letting her know how things were going. In Nelsonian fashion, she wrote back quite soon after, addressing comments to some of the specific Core office inhabitants, and to the Core community generally. For your interest, we share her email below.

From: Nelson, Stephanie
Sent: Friday, September 30
To: Core Curriculum

faculty_nelson_saddleHello Core Curriculum!

How great to get your message. I’m delighted all is well there and you seem to have all wonderfully under control.

Tell Femke [Femke Hermse, Senior Peer Mentor for the Natural Sciences courses]that I’ve discovered something very extraordinary, which is that if you actually get to sleep as much as you want to at night you don’t find yourself falling asleep during the day. You actually don’t even feel tired! It’s amazing. Tell her that she should try it. And so who says Yanni will necessarily be getting a Polytropos award?[Yanni Metaxas, Core senior and office staff member]

Everything is wonderful here. The only tragedy was that one of my hens was run over, but the poor woman who did it was so very upset I couldn’t be mad. And she left a whole big bag full of strawberry plants for the garden the next day, which was very sweet. I just need to find a day that it’s not raining so I can plant them. I’m going this evening to Cavan, the big town, to the immigration officer who seems to drop by the Garda (Police) Office once a month or so, to see if he’ll let me stay until December. Fingers crossed!

And I diligently write away at the Joyce and Homer book every morning until at least 1:00. Even if the sun is shining and I have strawberry plants to plant.

Very much looking forward to meeting Gilligan [the Core office’s resident freshwater turtle]. Do give him my best and tell him he’s very welcome indeed. I was thinking we needed some intelligent life around the place…



Persons wishing to say hello to Prof. Nelson themselves, can reach her via email: nelson@bu.edu.


Yanni Metaxas posted on October 3, 2016 at 4:03 pm

I never wished to suggest self-nomination! After all, “A truth that’s told with bad intent / Beats all the lies you can invent” (William Blake, Auguries of Innocence).

Cat posted on October 11, 2016 at 1:40 pm


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