very helpful advice Ben, thanks. I had my suspicions about not using enough water, on occasions when I went to put more on I used a bit more water and got better lather. trouble was by that time I couldn't be arsed to start all over again! that was one of the reasons I didn't want to be too harsh on the derby blade, as I need to get the later just right before I can judge.Sounds like a standard first attempt - trust me, my first couple of weeks were very much like this! The flaking is very easily solved though - use more water! If it's flaking off your skin your lather is going to be too dry, and when you're taking a while because of technique, it will begin to flake off - so just start with more water. Practicing making lathers when in the shower helped me, I'd just make a lather on my face and then shower it off, and try again.
I would start off with just using your face to lather on, it's far easier to get the consistency right when you can feel and see it, rather than in a bowl when you sort of have to guess a little. You know in the bowl when it's perfect if when you can get large peaks forming, kinda like a meringue.
Clogging will happen, although less with an open comb, maybe it's just a case of washing your razor out more regularly. Also, shave a little more often, it's far easier to cut 2/3/5 days of hair than 10, especially at the start!
Best of luck with shave two, give me or anybody on here a shout if you need some help/advice