I am very new to development so everything is a learning experience for me. Does this solve the content not being shown in Explorer problem?
I will have a fiddle and see!
EDIT I entered the code as you said and it made the footer drop a few hundred pixels down the page!! but solves some of the problems (you star!). The news-two item appears, as does the sidebar container in correct position. Now just the footer, and the news-one item!!!
Could you tell me why the float left was affecting the sidebar, as I thought it needed to float: left; tin order to appear inline instead of dropping below the rest of the content.