No, I haven't been away or even diplomatically silent. My internet connection went "down" over the weekend and after hours of frustration, I narrowed the problem down to a faulty router. I've just been out to PC World to buy a new one and this is the result, I'm back but with a small flood of emails to respond to.
So thank you everyone for your comments, congratulations and suggestions and I will do my best to catch-up over the next day or so.
A little later.
I had to return to a certain PC store, when having managed to get the router working, my laptop decided that the "F" character on the keyboard, rather than the "F word" was no longer required. The end result was one laptop back to be fixed under guarantee. I'm now trying to get to grips with Windows Vista, as this week of all weeks, I can't afford to be without a laptop PC. Vista is colourful, I'll say that about it but I'm starting to wonder, after twenty years in IT, whether the technology is leaving me behind or perhaps my brain is simply slowing down.