Just to say thanks to everyone who has donated - I've received enough to pay for about 9 months hosting so far. I'll leave the appeal running a little longer and see if we can manage a year or 18 months then I won't have to worry about it for a while.
Unfortunately the forum is currently have to bare the full cost of my hosting. My online shop which used to share it got broken by an upgrade is isn't going to be fixed anytime soon - I will probably restart from scratch. My last 3 sites I used to host for old customers have gone recently too. One retired and closed his business down as he could not find a buyer, one found someone else to maintain his website who moved that site to his own hosting and one dropped dead suddenly!
Added to which I pay for the site in US $ and earn most of my money in UK £ so the cost has just gone up 14%.
To know the meaning of life you need not to be dealt a good hand, but rather to play the worthless hand you have been dealt to the best of your ability.