Now I'm sure I being a total numpty but I have a few pages outside of the WP root and I am calling the includes from my themes folder like so (see code here) http://www.nuveautek.com/pagecode.txt but I am having real trouble understanding why a non-wp include cannot becalled while wp includes can.
WP include: '<?php get_footer(); ?> '
My include: '<?php include ('sidebar_cityguide.php'); ?>'
Can you give me a slap and tell me what I don't understand? :)