Hi Wolfwood and Scribblerguy,
Thanks for your comments. I much appreciate them, even if I am confused by how to act on them :-)
Wolfwood: How would you add a background image?
Scribblerguy: Thanks for the warning re: admin login, though I note that most templates seem to include that. Is it really an issue? If it's not there, are hackers not just going to go to blog.com\wp-admin.php???
I love your suggestion of renaming blog to Home, or News maybe... again how would you suggest I do it?
re: Comments, In the end, with some fear and trembling (and a good backup) I edited the style.css and simply took out all references to comments. Trimmed about 3k off the file! In doing so I got rid of the comment graphic icon, but haven't got rid of the word closed. I will have a look in theloop.php, but I'm pretty happy with the outcome as it stands, and will fiddle more when I finifh with my other sites I have to do.
Thank you so much for your help and insights. hehe. My second site mrag.asn.au I was able to get up and running in just under one night. Now we're getting somewhere!