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By Robin Stott

Well, Company News has hit the streets, I've slipped HMRC a fiver, so I can put my feet up for a bit.

The last few weeks have been pretty hectic since a group of us answered Barry's call for help. E-mail traffic quadrupled overnight. We've thoroughly discussed the most pressing issues for Geograph, leading to the formation of Geograph Project Ltd and Barry's recent announcement. There's still much to do, things to consult on, and the future to consider. The main thing is to spread the load: I had a vision of Barry as circus artist, keeping a dozen balls in the air while balancing on a unicycle. Hopefully those days are over. The entirely favourable response suggests that there was an awareness among members that this was a development that needed to happen.

Although we each have the title of company member - and five of us (Barry, Rob, David, Peter and myself) are directors - these are formal roles that we volunteered to play to kickstart a necessary process. As the poet said: "The box is only temporary".* This company's business is everyone's business and we will conduct it in public as far as possible. We're conscious that we shouldn't become or be perceived as a clique or an elite. We'll wear these company hats when we need to within the wider Geograph team, bringing whatever skills and experience we have to the project - and at the end of the day we are all contributors.

SP2092 : Canton Lane, Hams Hall by Robin Stott

When I submitted my first photos (heart in mouth - silver surfer's big adventure!) I could never have imagined that I'd be writing this today. Having almost the shortest Geograph membership in the group makes me one of the office juniors. Would you believe, half the company are mods - their spies are everywhere. They can tell if we're at Geograph HQ or if we're
SP2462 : Ardenhill Spinney, moonrise by Robin Stott moonlighting. I could get the sack!

* Sylvia Plath: 'The arrival of the bee box'. Terrifying.

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 at 11:21
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