Logged in today to find I was no longer a subscriber. I checked my old emails and sure enuff, time to renew. Logged in to Paypal and after three tries, came to the conclusion that Paypal hates Firefox... Loaded up IE6 <spits: phwut... wheeeeeeeee... PING!> and all went well.
By the time I'd shut down IE6 <ditto> and came back to the forum in Firefox, I was once more one of the anointed ones .
It would have been useful if the system had emailed me a week or so in advance (the system has my correct email address) but as one of those the system didn't renew properly last year, I was impressed with how quickly it worked this time.
Jolly good show, Bob.