The United Kindom Parliament website www.parliament.uk seems to have been offline for the last 8 hours or so, with a 503 Service Unavailable error.
N.B. The service has been apparently restored just as we were composing this posting
Was this a "normal" IT failure or the result of a Denial of Service attack ?
It is a measure of how useful a public service is that you do not quite appreciate it properly until it is no longer available:
Error Occurred While Processing Request
Error Diagnostic Information
An error occurred while attempting to establish a connection to the service.
The most likely cause of this problem is that the service is not currently running. You can use the 'Services' Control Panel to verify that the service is running and to restart it if necessary.
Windows NT error number 2 occurred.