IT appears the site was hit by a Denial of Service (DoS) attack this afternoon causing us some serious server issues. We're unsure whether this was malicious or not but it brought the servers down around 2.45pm this afternoon.
In trying to resolve the issue we discovered our one of databases had been corrupted too. Our tech guys have been working on it ever since and while the servers were working again pretty quickly the underlying issues with the database meant most of you wouldn't have been able to get much further than the home page.
We take regular back-ups of the site and the best we can do is to rollb ack to our last back-up at 2am this morning, hence some of the posts from earlier as well as the comments and forum threads will not be available.
Our tech guys are still working to see if any of the data from today can be recovered. We're sorry for the gap in service today, especially frustrating as we appeared to have overcome recent server issues.
There may be further updates throughout the night if we can recover anything from earlier. Thank you once again for your patience.