Managed to get rid of mini tiles and access bookmarks in a reliable manner- or so it would seem unless Opera has some more non improvements on the way.
Access text bookmarks, then scroll to the bottom of the list and click on blue text "show full bookmarks bar" . This was not showing yesterday so maybe Opera has listened - it's so much quicker to find a picture bookmark than wade through tests.
Yeah but there is no option of keeping it that way. If you close the browser and open it you need to scroll down and click it again.