Aus_sparky, roughly where do you live?
I may be able to help you out if we're close enough. Melb SE.
You sound like a bit of 'over the shoulder' guidance will push you along with fundamentals.
Sorry I haven't replied for a while as I am back at work now. I need to buy myself a decent book on arduino as the one I was sold is only very vague and does not explain things in good detail (hence my struggles). What suburb are you in??