sheppane wrote:Renegadenemo wrote:Neil and I picked up the phone and had a proper shouting match tonight.
He felt that his hard work and that of others was being publicly disrespected on our forum while I felt that preferring to believe half-century-old Norris Bros documents then putting it in a history book, errors and all, when we've spent the last six years dragging every engineering detail from Donald's old boat and making better data available was publicly disrespecting all the hard work of the BBP, so we told each other exactly what we thought in no uncertain terms.
Neil would prefer that such things be quietly resolved behind closed doors - I prefer absolute transparency even if it hurts now and again, which is a throwback to the old HLF days when they'd create yards of dirty laundry then try to cover it up and I wasn't having any of that, so Neil and I bashed out that issue as well as the deeper reasons for our failed comm's over the past few months then we agreed to work together, not make the same daft mistakes and be damned sure to have all our ducks in a row for the second edition because we're actually great mates as well as supposedly being on the same side!
The reality is that Neil's analysis is undoubtedly the best by far, it's right on the money and, at the end of the day, none of the irksome little errors change a damn thing.
I also forget sometimes that not everyone has been battle-hardened at the pointy end of this whole Bluebird saga so, Neil, if you're listening, please accept my personal apology for the distress caused and let's crack on. You're doing a fantastic job.
Thats a magnanimous gesture. I'm glad we have been able to address our differences in a proper way. There are a couple of small discrepancies between the data you have, and that we have sourced from KWN and AEJ. I think it would be useful to iron those out because I do hope we can do a second edition with this and any other material incorporated. I don't believe it will change the outcome, but I know we all want the most accurate info out there in the public domain.
Thanks again from both Keith and I for your thoughts above. I think we all feel a lot better for it.
Nice to see a disagreement sorted out without to much heat.... although I dare say the 'phoneline was running a little warm..
IMHO the thing to remember, is hardly any 'fact' is 100% accurate, no more than anything in life is perfect.
The important thing, is that things can be discussed, argued over, tossed around, then allowed to rest.
Bill, nice to see the progress, I can't wait to see her finished - and Neil, congratulations on what appears to be a fantastic book, (not seen a copy yet) and I hope it carrys on to a 2nd, and many more editions.