To convey the general joy of having just fixed my Raspberry Pi with a new shiny metal SD card slot, with some delicate soldering (and I must admit, some not so delicate removal of the old slot - including a lifted pad! eek).
IT'S ALIVE!!! Very pleased that the Raspberry Pi is back in the land of the living.
Thanks for the offers of replacement card slots too, great to see the support.
I figure I may as well go ahead and add headers on for the rest while I am at it, make it a real franken-pi.