Okay, I'm not busy now.
I find MSGS is okay to work with when you get going, though from the outside it's hardly attractive and is generally my last choice for general playback.
Reviewing them again, the restrictions definitely seem a tad unbalanced. From the outset I felt lucky to get the restriction I had, and in practice it proved to be an inspiration (whether the result was actually any good remains to be seen, of course). Some of the other restrictions looked far more unpalatable if not quite entirely prohibitive.
For playing with flv video, I am now using VirtualDub with an FLV Input Plugin from moitah.net (and the ffdshow plugins, come to think of it). It all seems to be relatively undemanding and works well.
I believe +44 is the international dialing code for the UK.
I couldn't find any tuned wine glasses.