Ok, so I cannot get a proper configurable product set-up. Considering that everyone else has this working I must be missing a step.
I followed the wiki and the screencast verbatim on this and my attribute never appears in the Select Configurable Attribute field. The only one the pops up there is the manufacture attribute, which shouldn’t even work considering it is a text field and not a drop down item. So I am puzzled. I have attached screenshots going in order of the steps.