Isaac, first I believed that the forums and footer plus shoutbox hade gone missing and wondered why.
you kindly said its the shareaholic.
FYI I have now deleted all shareaholic codes everywhere. everything you describe above is now gone.
Still same load issue, the forum was working fast until I made a change in the active text mentioned in first post.
It was probably a coincident and had nothing to do with each other but I wanted to share the whole experience just in case.
if you open http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbthreads.php
Does it load properly for your now? it does not here and i'm using
safari, firefox and chrome