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By Robin Stott

SK3586 : Departures and ticket machines, Sheffield station by Robin Stott Juggling times, places and people — sorting the conference has to be a bit like running a railway station. All the good people planning to attend, most of the presenters, the helpers and the laid-back folk at the Circle SK3587 : Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW  by Robin Stott will have been relieved not to have had an email from me today. We have the date, we have the venue, we have 95% of the programme. I still have to order some biscuits SK0833 : Fox's biscuit factory, Uttoxeter, Staffs. by Simon Johnson but otherwise it's almost put to bed. I can think about more important things like: what am I going to wear? Greys? The iconic yellow fleece? SX9072 : Panel of a floodgate, Coombe Cellars by Robin Stott It caught my eye in this amazing recycling centre SX8771 : Surfboard, anyone? Recycling shop, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot by Robin Stott and it only cost a pound. Brilliant for the Brompton. Organising a conference is equally good exercise — I spend more and more time pacing up and down the kitchen. The event doesn't lend itself to a dress rehearsal, certainly not like this, TQ8209 : Carnival Rehearsal by Oast House Archive so I'm learning to run a dress rehearsal in my head. One of the breakout themes is Getting involved: we need people to help develop Geograph and keep it running but there is a downside: getting involved seriously harms your submission rate. The backlog is growing. This recent contribution SP1264 : Tractor, trailer and seed wheat by Robin Stott was taken in early October. The meat of the conference is to discuss how to pay for Geograph if Ordnance Survey's cash sponsorship dries up. SJ9671 : Trentabank reservoir  June 2010 (5) by Alan Murray-Rust Where shall we find the price of a cup of tea? SK3587 : Teacup ride by Sheffield Town Hall  by Robin Stott The lines of Andrew Motion's Big Poem set the tone: "What if…? What if…? What if…?" SK3587 : Welcoming poetry! by Dave Pickersgill We go to Sheffield "To greet and understand what lies ahead…" Every day I am astonished by this adventure, this unexpected journey from rookie contributor NN9309 : Caw! - There's Food Down 'Ere Mates by Martin Addison to rookie conference 'organiser' but most surprising and rewarding has been becoming part of this wonderful Geograph community.

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