Looks like my computer has packed it in, and just a day or so after I bought a new external hard drive and backed everything up with time machine. You could say that is the real silver lining of the whole thing. Although I am now left without a computer (I'm updating this from Heather's Dad's computer which will be gone in three days)
Maybe I shouldn't get ahead of myself as I haven't had the computer looked at officially yet, but usually these thing require repairs that cost half as much as a new computer, so I'm not holding out for that option.
I'll be posting less here until I can sort out a new (or close to new) system which could be a few months away at this stage. I wish 'kickstarter' was an option for people outside of the states. Although I could still run my own fundraising drive offering original art perhaps, what do you think?
Edit: I have an indiegogo page to help raise funds