Thanks to everyone for all the extra solutions
would be good to get the mail sorted on a permanent basis.
Liked the sound of the "delmail" - never heard of this facility before. Even if it wipes everything, most of the people who write regularly to the F9 address now also cc to a PlusNet account (because of the problems with mail going adrift previously), so it would give me a means of removing an F9-mail overload without actually losing all the critical stuff.
I cannot *believe* I had never realised that if you actively stop mail half way through a download, it actually wipes that half properly (almost nine years from first using the Internet and e-mail). Proof if it was ever needed for anyone, how technologically-challenged I am
I'm going to print out this thread so as to keep all the addresses everyone has kindly posted up, and just take this one stage at a time. In reply to jelv, most of the stuff that comes in here is to random addresses but gets picked up by inbox rules because of content; it was just the sheer volume (over 4000) that OE couldn't apparently cope with. Using webmail I'd got it down to about 3600 before I went out, and by some miracle it cleared itself (via OE) whilst I was gone. Dog-walking in wellies in thick mud in the dark isn't my favourite activity but it was a nice surprise when the mail had downloaded when I got back
However no guarantees that tomorrow isn't going to present more of the same, so hopefully James can get something in place with the mail program tonight to try to get it filtered a bit before tomorrow's downloads..
Thanks again for the help