I don't know if it's been done on purpose, by mistake, the source server has gon MIA, or perhaps it has been updated and no longer works on my old computer ... but YIPPEE!! The toolbar thingy at the bottom of the window is gone!! The forum is now 10 times faster to use on my ancient computer.
It's still there, it's just been undergone a few significant changes and is now all over on the bottom right-hand side.
I'm glad the speed optimisation is positively received.