Sunday, March 9 - my Gold membership expired yesterday. Today, the code for three months of Gold worked! So did another code I'd bought for an additional year of Gold. However, the codes for the free games still won't work. I've replied to the email yet again, so we'll see if they make good.
If this lasts another 8 days, it'll be a full 3 months since this began.
The PS3 Slim should be in stores this week, if it's not there already. US - Batman: Arkham Asylum - Collector's Edition is $99, which includes color character encyclopedia, a behind the scenes DVD, exclusive DLC, and a 14" Batarang with stand.