Dear Mr. Rawles:
Gibson Research Corporation offers a free [PC] utility called ID Serve that will quickly tell the user the IP address of any web site, as well as some other info. It can also look up the domain name using the IP address. This is useful to help SurvivalBlog readers find the numerical IP for their favorite web sites in case of domain name mischief at the hands of government or private hackers. IP Serve can be downloaded here free of charge. (As a bonus, it is tiny--just 26 kbytes--and fast. It is not "bloatware"). - Sincerely, D.V.B.