From VillagePhotos website:
We are currently performing maintaince on our file servers.
External linking has been temporarily disabled for FREE users only. When we have corrected the performance issue with our file servers we will re-enable external linking for our free accounts.
Hence, the picture boxes with red Xs in previous posts. Sorry! Will just have to wait until the service is up again. It's a hard life, this, being a freerider :)