I've given up. 1˝ days is too long to spend trying to get something as simple as making a boot loader to work.
I've just taken the hit and installed unetbootin together with it's dependency of qt.
I did look in to the suggestions briefly plus a few others.
is another qt application very similar to unetbootin
Pendrivelinux.com has a program called universal usb creator
. This was another cross platform GUI that wasn't available through my distro (Arch). I didn't investigate this furhter as I suspected that it was Windows only or another qt application.
Ubuntu has a usb-creator
application that I found through my package manager that has a KDE and GTK varieties which I was initially very excited about, unfortunately GTK actually in this case meant Gnome so was actually a heavier dependency than qt.
That's it. I've been able to find some straight forward instructions for making USB live boot disks for Edgy Eft and further back for Ubuntu, but from any of the recent instructions the method seems to have changed and is uncharacteristically poorly documented.
The instructions I could find
were not only missing several steps but failed to even convey the general gist of what was required.