Thanks for your help all, but it is indeed working now (the FTP that is).
I had a Getright DL list. I had edited it to about 1000's disks - the best of the collection I have on floppy (ok there were some disks I wanted but never could get back then !!).
It's fixed itself, I think it was a server problem - either their server or one between their server and my comp, the traceroute was very very slow & had high packet loss.