Visitors to Allen & Overy's website this morning were greeted by this decidedly odd message:

As a tipster comments, it's hard to understand why the Magic Circle firm, with approximately 5,000 staff, including 40 cities etc etc, would let its IT department schedule a full takedown of the site on a working Friday, "rather than, say, a Saturday night".

RoF got in touch and soon the site came back online. Someone's crazy Darth Vader Christmas jumper got caught in the server, didn't it. And someone tried to help and they spilled their eggnog in the hard drive. And then the whole thing started sizzling and Dave ran around turning off all the plugs.