Thanks for the responses, I really appreciate your help.
if I take out absolute and use relative, fixed, static I can't move them: I put in different values and it does nothing - I'm not looking for pixel perfection here, I just want to position my divs.
Is there another way to acheive this without re-coding the entire page?
I've heard of floats, I don't know much about it though. Do you have a link to a site that uses it?