The current theme is approximately what I meant by "magazine-style layout" (at least viewed in a desktop browser): a four-column layout, three of post excerpts and one of sidebar.
This theme is EvoLve, which is almost there but not quite. The front page is nearly right, the single-post pages are laid out right but have not quite right CSS. It's a miserable failure on phones ‐ full-width header, no sidebar, huge space between items (on Android, BlackBerry OS5 browser and Opera Mini). "Responsive" my arse. Oh well.
Suggestions for other themes that are magazine-ish are ''most'' welcomed. (Assume we have a budget of $0 for commercially supported themes.) I'm after that 3+1 columns thing. Must not look like poop on a phone.
Apart from that, the blog is going great guns. The audiophile post got very lightly Reddited — 1150 hits in a day. And I don't even have to administer the server! Yet.
I am now 46! I got a very nice cake. Freda wanted slices from the side with the number 6 on it, because she will be six next birthday. She has been home all week on half-term and has been a right handful; we very much look forward to Monday, when she's back at school, and not at the replacement school on the other side of the borough but at the old main site (while the new main site gets the asbestos stripped out).