I couldn't agree with you more (though you could have just written that into one paragraph *snigger* =P)
I myself have 3 CV's; each customised for the different fields I'm applying for.
All irrelevant crap, GCSE grades have gone byebye because they're now irrelevant and I actually need the space! I agree with a lot of the folks here, page one is the "impact" page, the one I try to make count.
To the OP of this mini-thread: you just carry on with your 9 page effort, you're making it much easier for me even though you're doubtlessly better equipped for the job =P"