I thought I would never see a GHD3 that couldn't be repaired, but today I had one that had truly gone for its chips. In fact the plates look as if they have been deep fried in the chip pan!!
After a disciplinary enquiry, the circuit board was found to have failed in it's duty, and has been dismissed without pay :)
Incredibly though, both heating elements still work and been re-used. The arms have also been transplanted and have given new life to a previously bed-bound model.