serious

The phone's out again.

I can't get at the connections at the moment, so it'll stay out for a while. Conceivably until this evening.

Incidentally, can I point out that even at the best of times leaving a message on the BT answer thing is a very bad way to get through to me? I don't pick up the phone often, so there's no guarantee I'll get it soon, or even necessarily at all.
took me 8 months to notice that my landline had an answering service.

by that time there were 89 stored messages, most of which were my ex-wife wailing at me ;)