Thanks Jason, well eventually I'll hope to do both but it may be a little down the track. Put down a deposit yesterday on a IC718 and told Jill about it last night. As I am typing this, she didn't kill me.
The vendor is allowing me some time to scrape the money together so thats the situation at present. Have had a little trouble with the local regulatory authority (Ofcom) at least online, but I spoke to them in person 5 minutes ago and they could not have been more helpful - the bloke even called me "Scotty" at the end if I was hearing correctly.... Hopefully will have my call by the end of the day.
In line with my tight money situation I might be going for a home made dipole under the eaves, an antenna tuner, and a car battery to run the radio for the time being!