I have done as suggested and it has helped greatly in understanding how the page was created.
However, with my test page and copying the ‘magazine homepage template’ code into it the page quickly falls apart, as far as I can tell all the settings are the same.
I notice that the demo site is running WP 3.8.3 and I’m running WP 3.9.1
I’ve tried it with all the plugins deactivated with the exception of Theme4press core
As stated the T4P core plugin is activated