Hurrah for informed camera advice from you all (both blog comments and other advice), hurrah for ebay and a lovely man who actually delivered the camera to my home, hurrah for photogenic children, hurrah for knitting and an even bigger hurrah for a fab camera.
It can do this:
And it even shows that scientists are wrong. Dinosaurs did not evolve, they were knitted....
Its a Cannon G10 Powershot, and despite having a name like a drink an underage girl would overindulge in, it is fantastic.
(Photos top to bottom: Hanami, Rockin' Hot Flush, Prehistoric Pals Braciosaurus and Triceratops)