.. pfooh, at last!
I finally got around updating my template. The previous one was broken and all over the place. Now things should be tidier.
There is still a problem (in wonderful IE!) with images that are wider than the main column. In Firefox the overflow:hidden is nicely adhered, but IE just plainly ignores this. Any suggestions on how to fix this for IE are welcome!
It is not yet finished but finished enough for the time being.
I might just take this template and put it up for download on my site. If anyone is interested drop me line.