June 20, 2008: Our web site took a short break yesterday while the database stopped. We apologise for the break in transmission, which was due to factors outside our control. When we find the culprit he/she will be soundly whipped and sent to bed early. Several of you emailed or phoned to tell us the site had gone down. It was not due to hackers, as most of you suggested, but to a technical hitch at our web hosting company. Thank you, nevertheless, for taking the trouble to contact us. It's reassuring (but nerve wracking too) to know that we attract so much attention.
PS: we hear that Sainsbury's web site went down for two days this week, so by that reckoning we didn't do so badly!