So due to a mix-up at my new ISP my domain went offline for a few weeks. I ended up having to fax a confirmation that it really is my domain, and no - I did not want to delete it, to get it back.
The marvels of modern communication.... You can get a new contract just by clicking a few things online. But woe if anything goes wrong - then it's off to find a piece of 80s technology just so things end up working again.
(Tumblebeast is from the excellent Outmeal)