UREKA !!!!!! .....found the answer at
there's a conflict that the rpm doesn't take into account.
If you remove:
gnome-applet-globalmenu.x86_64 0:0.7.8-1.fc12 gnome-globalmenu-devel.x86_64
Then the top toolbar miraculously appears.
This also works for terminal, gftp, etc. toolbars which were also
To be safe in the future I added gnome-globalmenu-common* in yum exclude.