Thanks for all the tips and trick on this forum that have got me so far.
As a relative arduino noob, you can imagine my excitement tonight when my strip board mounted arduino clone was blinking at me. As advised I'd uploaded the sketch to my Atmega328 in my (genuine) UNO board, then took the chip out and put into my clone board.
Disaster nearly stuck however when I removed the chip from my board and bent probably half of the pins, two of them very badly. So are there any tips or specific tools for removing these chips. My plan was to use my UNO for prototyping, then uploading a sketch and swapping it into a clone but after tonights experience, I can see that my chips will probably not last long if I keep moving them in and out of the boards.
The next thing I need to start grappling with it getting the bootloader onto some brand new chips, I was not too bothered about being able to upload a sketch at the same time in the breadboard but now I'm starting to think that would be a better way to do things if only to cut down the number of times I need to move the chips around.... and leave my UNO board well and truly alone.
so back to the point, how do I remove a chip without bending pins other than VERY CAREFULLY.