I've finally abandoned all hope of getting Coraline theme to behave in a rational way - at least my idea of rational. Instead I've adopted Toolbox theme since it's supposed to work better with CSS.
Wishful thinking perhaps but wouldn't it be great if newcomers to WordPress.com could simply choose whether they want a) website, or b) blog?
If they chose website, then they might have an option to choose from a theme to their liking (of which there are a great many choices), or a blank template which lends itself to HTML and CSS customisation.
No doubt I will be directed from here WordPress.org but really I want wordpress.com hosting and simplicity. What I don't want is to have to spend hours trying to deconstruct a prefab theme only to find it's not really possible and even if I do partially succeed then I have someone else's credit at the bottom of my hard work.
The blog I need help with is brinded.wordpress.com.