[snip - old messages being deleted,problem with newsreader...]
it's probably simply a function of the fact that this group gets very few
postings - your 'error' messages are probably just saying that only one
message appeared last week, and that you cannot access old messages
coz they ran out-of-date a week ago.
i've been in the group for a year or two, and have never had problems...
Iain Fenton, Cardiff, UK.