I don't get it.
I had someone pay me some bitcoins yesterday... if I copy the address into bitcoin-explorer, the transaction is there. Actually, there appears to be two transactions - one is for the correct amount, the other smaller...
... but I leave it overnight, and the transaction still hasn't turned up in my bitcoin client. So... as far as I can see, the funds are unavailable to me.
Now - much has been trumpeted about how "instant" bitcoin payments are. As far as I can see, they're slower than my normal (New Zealand) bank.
Include a 0.02BTC transaction fee to get very high priority among nodes.
The transaction will be fully confirmed in an hour or so.