Colm, Usual caveats about diagnosing remotely aside, it does seem probable that you have pretty advanced HFFWRM syndrome. Regrettably, various clinical studies involving strategies to cope with this condition have not been conclusive and indeed aggressive approaches have led to severe side effects!! Bringing a book, I'm afraid, just provides short-term alleviation of the symptoms but frankly, does not address the underlying issue . It's a tricky one. (Hubby forlornly following wife round mall!) Joking aside, very pleased to hear that your meeting went well.