Thanks alot for trying Steve! Neither of those options worked,
they just logged me out, and when I logged back in it was just as described in my previous post. I even closed Opera down to ensure my cache was cleared. I have Opera set to clear the cache and delete all cookies on exit (which it does quite faithfully).
Please don't waste any more time on it on my account, I can still use the "View new posts" option which does work as advertised. None of these issues are gonna keep this schoolie junkie from gettin' his daily fix!
Also, since nobody else seems to be experiencing this problem, I have to assume my something about my PC is at fault. Goodness knows what Windows XP Pro is doing behind the curtain.