The embarrassment is nearly over!!
Need to tidy the cables up and tidy a few small things up like grips (just whacked on for photos) but otherwise it is ready.
Oh and I need to sort the indexing out, it shifts up ok (front derailleur) but downshifts skip the middle - too much/not enough tension? Part of the reason for the painful long build is:
(a) I struggle with time so when I get free time I would rather be riding
(b) I don't have a clue when it comes to builds, how to set up gears, cables, etc. I have done everything on this bike so I'm am more pleased with it than anyone looking at it would be because of the sense of achievement! It's been a good learning curve, and once I can sort out the skipping shifts I will be a lot more confident to turn my terrible mechanical skills to another (perhaps more premium) build