Just an update folks, the hpHosts database server still isn't sorted out, no idea when this will be resolved (we're waiting for Amazon).
As of last night, the incoming it-mate.co.uk email server, controlled by Domain Monster, is also yet again throwing errors, preventing my receiving email (oh joys). Notified Domain Monster when the problem first occurred, but am still waiting for them to sort it out.
So much for a happy new year ....
Can't apologize enough for the inconvenience folks.