After much experimentation I think I have finally cracked my first loaf!
The recipe from TFL:
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons yeast
1 1/8 cup water
I went to my local supermarket and bought some new flour (more expensive) and yeast.
This time I kneaded the dough for 12 minuts ...after around 9 minutes there was a marked change in the consistency.
The dough went very creamy with a marzipan-like finish.