Drupal is Great (Themes related)
This post is brought to you in conjunction with hotspot shield (because the access issues are continuing) and 11 heavens through which I found a simple fix the the bounding issues with the ablock theme.
According to the 11heavens link, Drupal supplies a css class to fix the bounding issues I was experiencing on this site with the current theme. I have now filed an issue for it to be fixed.
There also seems to be a speed up with new themes being ported/created for Drupal 6. There are now many enticing themes now available available - I am tempted to make a theme garden site to showcase them.