Talk:Arthur Flowerdew

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Proposed deletion[edit]

The reasons given to delete this article were "Not enough reliable sources available to provide a substantial, neutral biography of this individual. If still alive, might be a borderline WP:BLP1E case as well."

I have provided more biographical information (from New Civil Engineer). There are also reliable sources via Sogyal Rinpoche's book and the BBC interview and documentary from 1978, that the facts in the article are accurate, for example that he was 72 in 1978 and therefore was born around 1906. The BBC sources are certainly reliable, even though they are not available on the Internet. The citation of the BBC interview and documentary in another source should be sufficient.

Given that Captain Flowerdew was 72 in 1978, it is unlikely that he is alive today (he would be age 102). The facts of this article make his biography and story notable since it was reported on the BBC and in other sources at the time (at least in New Civil Engineer journal but probably other news sources), and was subsequently cited by Sogyal Rinpoche.

Given the foregoing, I am removing the {{{prod}}} template and also the cleanup tag on this article. --EPadmirateur (talk) 00:30, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

Wow, well done! My only tweak is that, per policy, I am going to change the BLP sorting category to "Possibly living people"... he's probably dead, but we don't know for certain. Cheers, CP 03:00, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

The 'reliable sources' would appear to be one and the same, i.e. Sogyal Rinpoches book refers to a BBC documentary. Is there any other source for this story? Any details of the documentary? date of transmission, editor, presenter, etc? Any name for the 'expert' quoted? Any article anywhere that is not derived from the Sogyal Rinpoche story? (Sean D) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.232.52.129 (talk) 22:46, 19 July 2009 (UTC)

The article in New Civil Engineer from 1978 [1] is source from around the time of these events, independent of the on-line account. The story is also retold in a number of other books, perhaps with more details.[2] --EPadmirateur (talk) 02:49, 20 July 2009 (UTC)