I have just uploaded the new basic template; although all the articles are just as they always were, the template now requires full customisation. At present there are no links or other utilities shown in the right column. Adding all the coding for this will take me several hours to accomplish, but I hope to have most of the work done by this evening. Throughout this afternoon the 'look' of the blog will evolve to become pretty close to what it was in my old 3-column 'classic' template, although it will now be a 2-column blog. Please bear with me whilst I carry out all the customisation.
However, one immediate improvement should be that the page now loads much more rpaidly than before.