The bonnet has been stuck shut for a couple of weeks now which has been very very frustrating. I finally succumbed and called the RAC who sent a bloke who managed to get it open. The cable has snapped. He could just about see enough of it to get hold of with some pliers and managed to open. Since he went I have fitted the front strut brace I had bought. It still needs tightening, which I will now do tomorrow and I will post a pic of the completed job.
I also sent off for copies of the secret code for Companies House for the Ltd Companies I own.