I joined the forum back in February but have only just started to post - sorry for the delay!
I live on the Wirral and bought my black 2012 R56 MINI One in April and I absolutely love it to bits. It's been something of a homecoming - I had a 1989 Mini which was fantastic but have since had a gap of ten years with a Land Rover. It's great to be back!
I've already been helped greatly by the thread on retrofitting the spare wheel, which I'm really grateful for and would highly recommend - I completed it in about half an hour last weekend. Really pleased with that!