well, the news hinted at yesterday via candys smile is that janie ( my girlfriend ) and I have gotten engaged. actually we have been for just over a week but it took a while to tell various scattered relatives. we have done the “tell friends/colleagues at work” thing today. this involved two bottles of champagne ( one for upstairs one for down ) I’m feeling a little light headed at this stage ( especially as I’m helping tom out by drinking his ). everyone has been really happy / joyous / congratulatory so thanks everyone we really appreciate it. all I have left to do now is tell a few old friends. I hope they don’t read this !!