I read this and now feel absolutely sick to my stomach.
I have never bought a bike from england and have heard horror stories about huge fees. Perhaps you misunderstood my question about shipping. I was asking a ballpark figure within a range...not asking for a 10£ fee.
Mick...your situation is indeed worse than mine, after all, I'm raising a full family on one self employed income. I too have to be careful with my money but I agree, I was waffling too much.
Apologies to the list...I'm outa here. I've never been so thoroughly embarrassed in my life.