When you are angry at one thing you start looking for flaws in everything else
Now you have something there Mckillwash I never really thought about that much but you're right.
Look I am not happy with Thunderbird myself but it's the only mail that is going through at the moment - my ISP is our national (gov) telecommunications provider and they outsource everything when it comes tosortingoutproblems so hmmmmm.
So tomorrow I'll reinstall it and try yours and Imperfect's proposals although I am not really keen with hotmail type apps but I suppose I do have quite a good security suite on (Kaspersky IS 2011) so what the heck.
Damn nuisance though when I need to get through to the person in the UK like yesterday.
Thanks to you both for the time and patience.