thanks alchymyth for your input, your suggestion has had helped to resolve the issue. Although, other issues are no popping up, all but one I have been able to resolve myself. The one remaining problem is the warning below.
Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'simpleblog_load_script' not found or invalid function name in /home/my_name/public_html/my_site/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 403
from my un-educated eye, i think this may be some typo issue in one of the theme files I have created. I'll get to the bottom of it!
to OurWebSupport... i'm not attempting to re-invent the wheel but i am trying to understand better how the wheel works! Starkers, and many others, are great starter themes (i have starkers already installed!), but for me, i find working through creating a theme from scratch is a great way to learn and understand how the templates and code fit together. Whilst the learning process I have chosen has created problems for me I choose to see these problems as opportunities to learn more about the wordpress environment.
Anyway, thanks both for your input.