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Cuts to blame?

If John Lennon had released his compassionate composition ‘Imagine’ in the 21st Century it’s not implausible to think that one of the lyrics would be ‘Imagine there’s no internet, it isn’t hard to do’. Of course he’d be considered utterly bonkers for his crazed imagination, but last night (29 March) UK web surfers sampled what it was like to live without the great www.

From 11pm, for an hour all of the BBC's websites went off line. While Twitter and Fscebook updates were awash with ‘er, what’s going on?’ comments the BBC have confirmed that the temporary fault was due to technical issues. Er, that’s the only thing it could be, couldn’t it?

Steve Herrmann, editor of the BBC news website wrote on his blog; ‘It's not often we get a message from the BBC's technical support teams saying, 'Total outage of all BBC websites', but for getting on for an hour this evening, until just before midnight, that's what happened. We haven't yet had a full technical debrief, but it's clear it was a major network problem.

Adding, ‘I'd like to apologise to everyone who couldn't get onto the BBC News website during that time.’

It won’t be the first or the last time this joke has been made...we blame the coalition and their cutbacks, fanar fanar.

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