I have been advised by my web host provider that they have planned server upgrades taking place this weekend, and that the forum and shop will be suffering a downtime of approx. 2-3 hours sometime during the window from 11:00 pm (2200 GMT) on Friday 9th October to 06:00am (0500 GMT) on Saturday 10th October.
I will be following developments and will do what I can to keep the disruption as short as possible.
MODERATOR EDIT - Update as of midday Sunday
Well it seems the webhost provider didn't upgrade on Friday night.....and did so Saturday night without advising they were to do so. Great!!!
And as part of the upgrade, they trashed file and database permissions....and I had to get their support to resolve the issues!
Apologies for the downtime.....
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TALKINGTGAUGE SHOP STILL HAS ISSUES. I AM WORKING ON THIS AND WILL GET THINGS SORTED ASAP
MODERATOR EDIT - SORTED - everything seems to be working again....at last!!