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discussed our respective ideas on how to produce the magazine and work
        together. This meeting proved to be of enormous help, as from then on we
        forged an excellent working relationship - and indeed friendship.
          It would be only fair to admit that the task of producing the magazine
        proved more diffi cult that suspected and involved a steep learning curve
        for us all. Whilst Les Turner, the previous editor wished one luck, I feel that
        initially, there could have been more support and help from the EC. What
        contact there was got my team off to a bad start as some comments were
        felt by us to be a little aggressive, especially when we were trying hard
        to fi nd out feet. The editorial team were full of enthusiasm for their new
        task but this initial skirmish did dampen our ardour and was a background
        of ‘them and us’ that sadly simmered throughout three years, and
        unfortunately was never fully put right.
          In retrospect, I believe it would have been worthwhile for myself to have
        met with the EC in person at the start of my editorship. I quite appreciate
        that being up in Scotland, away from the mainstream activity of the BPS,
        did not help. Whilst I suspect that we may well have been over sensitive to
        criticism, the way it was proffered could have been more diplomatic. As in
        most aspects of life, good communication is of the essence; and I certainly
        admit my responsibility for not trying harder to sort this out.
          A further diffi culty with the EC (it seemed) was in trying to go to full colour,
        rather than continue with the two page spreads of colour that inhibited the
        layout of the magazine. Giles, with his excellent design fl air, (and particular
        knowledge of pricing in the full colour printing market) was particularly keen
        to print the whole magazine in full colour, as were both myself and Kim.
        To this end some print estimates were procured for the purpose of price
        comparison with the current printers which suggested that the magazine
        would cost no more to produce in full colour. When these were sent to the
        EC, it was felt by some that we were treading on their territory. This was
        not so; but merely showed our keenness of producing a better looking
        magazine. Again, all this could have been sorted by better communication.
          However, when the magazine did go to full colour production (with new
        printers who proved extremely helpful and effi cient) there is no doubt
        that the magazine was a leap forward in presentation. It allowed us more
        editorial fl exibility and design that hugely improved the general look and
        readability of the magazine.
          The content of the magazine was always a worry. Maybe it should not
        have been surprising that so few members submitted copy to us. Initially
        we waited for articles to come in - and in their absence had a last minute
        rush to garner enough to fi ll the pages. Latterly we got wise to this and were
        laying out the magazine as soon as the preceding month’s issue was at
        the printers. I found it diffi cult to create a balance between asking for copy
        from members - and complaining that we never had enough. In the event, I

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