Torrents work fine here. Check other computers to see if there's something local affecting you and inside your router, stick your PC into the DMZ to see if that solves the issue (or enable UPnP if that's not already done). There could be many issues contributing to it and maybe the torrent itself was to blame.
As far as I know, UPC are not throttling P2P. But let's keep the discussion in this tread related to the issue of blocking and censorship and not delve into technical support for anyone having issues with torrents. There are other boards here for that.
Folks, Boards has a rule about not talking torrents and UPC does not want these sorts of things talked about on their forum. Please refrain from doing so again.
Dav, to what extent are we to refrain from mentioning *ahem* torrents? It's one thing to talk about torrents, the technology behind it, or censorship. It's another to go into downloading such and such a thing that isn't free or legal and lending a hand to anyone that does so on this forum. You have to remember that torrenting itself is not illegal and there is plenty of free software, etc., available for download over bittorrent, so there are legitimate uses. However, to remain on-topic here would be to limit the discussion to the censorship going on, stemming from the record labels' umbrella organizations through the High Court. It just so happens that the censorship in this case pertains to a popular torrent sharing website.
Could you please clarify your above statement so that everyone is 100% sure of what can and cannot be said?