Sub_Seven - 11:01 pm on Mar 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
mysql_set_charset( 'utf8' ); did it! :)
timster YOU ARE THE MAN! (that of course assuming your are a male (if not just replace to opposite gender above)).
I cannot thank you enough for the help, I honestly thought I was gonna be stuck with this problem for days and we nailed it in no time, I owe you one :)