Had another play, slowly getting in my understanding of what does what.
Using this code how do I get them to sit side by side as in your magazine template?
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At present they sit one above each other.
On the top slider is it possible to lighten the text exerpt background? I would like to do something with this as I find the exerpt overpowering, either I need to make it smaller or more transparent or preferably a combination of both.