Oil cooler pipe had corroded, and luckily i caught it in Portsmouth before going up the A3 yesterday..
Downside is that i only had Roadside cover with RAC so they shafted me having to take it to AL.. Maybe in hindsight, i should have gone to Meridien which was 2 miles away (not 47)
I'm having the service done now which was originally for the 12th which is an advantage, but i now have:
Oil cooler and pipes (which had all fused together)
Waterpump and cambelt done (which i thought might needed doing anyway because of the age of the car)
It's in good hands, but christ, a £1k ballpark figure is not what i had in mind for this month