Many thanks for the offer of assistance.
Yeah, still on the same plan but just finding it all a little tricky (as well as being stupidly snowed under work-wise atm).
I've ended up with two reasonably similar python scripts (one being texy's, the other from here:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 43#p261343
The latter utilises 'from PIL import Image,ImageDraw,ImageFont'. Which works great as I can bring in my preferred font (linux-libertine) to display the text. So one of the things I'm trying to work out is how to remove all the bitmapped font out of the .py files and without the script spitting endless errors. BTW Texy contributes quite a lot to that thread so there's lots of crossover between the two .py files.
Sockets in python...
Hmm - another whole new world.
So with some pointers from fellow Pd-ers I've got a basic script that's opened up communication between Pd and Python via udp but am currently not sure of how to deal with timings and triggers in python. I can handle these things in Pd just fine but python is just a completely different mindset and one I most certainly haven't got a proper grip on as of yet.
I've had to put this down for a week or so but I need to bite the bullet and be getting on with it. I'm going to spend a few hours wrestling with the code again now (as much just to freshen myself up with it) and will report back again very soon.
Thanks for the nudge Dan.