Sounds like you have the dreaded magic_quotes_gpc "feature" enabled. You might want to turn it off if possible, then not have to mess with the stripslashes(), or you can apply it to all input arrays as described in this article (though you would need to add a call to array_walk_recursive() for the $_REQUEST array, too, if you're going to use it (I never do).
"Please give us a simple answer, so that we don't have to think, because if we think, we might find answers that don't fit the way we want the world to be."
~ Terry Pratchett in Nation
haha yeah funnily enough you replied to another thread of mine with the same answer. Those damn magic quotes are killing me! I think for this it's not too bad to leave it as it's only one string and will probably only ever be one string. I might contact my host about turning it off but this will do for now.