I liked it the other way, honestly.
Ah well there's a classic case of not being to please all of the people all of the time. To be honest, the only reason that the design has evolved this far is purely due to peoples constructive criticism. Whilst I appreciate yours, I can only move forward with this project now, not backwards.
In the spirit of that statement, here's todays progress... I'll try to post some more if I can render them in time.