Ponder Ponder Ponder Ponder, I went.
I turned off my ad and popup blocking software (Proximitron) and hit reload in Opera. The "I Like To Steal Bandwidth" image was replaced by the expected images!
Ok. I set up IE to run through the proxy ad blocking server, viewed the next page, and BINGO! The "I Like To Steal Bandwidth" image was back!
So SomethingAwful don't like you to block out their ads. They think that equates to stealing bandwidth. I'll be stealing even less of their bandwidth now since I won't be going back.