The flashing banners on top and right are not only lame. They are:
1) Really really annoying when you are reading your email.
2) Take up quite a lot of space for the reading pane.
I rather have one at top and one at bottom, if it is all that necessary. Having non-graphic would be really great. I am not all up for checking my email with a lady in bikini on the right, which has nothing to do with my email and just gives negative image of myself at office. It is actually very embarassing.