I just got frozen out of Avalon for over 5 minutes so I ran a trace to find the problem. I was been bounced between two different sprintlink addresses with a delay of upto 3200ms, I let the trace run until it had reached its 50th rebound between those 2 addresses! Not long after the problem was sorted so I ran another trace - the delay actually at Avalon was 440ms - as low as any address after the signal left Demon in the UK.

Sir Yousuf, etc