Part of the problem is that we have 2 really good MP's. Alex and Nicola.
I know of only a couple of folks who will vote 'yes' and they are religious about it - i.e. it's a matter of faith with them and has nothing to do with economics or reality for that matter.
If we as a nation overwhelmingly vote yes then it will have to happen but I am with Nessie on this one. I cannot see any need. I am British and Scottish and happily so, London just isn't so far away. If we get more than our fair share, or, pay more than our fair share then it should be rectified - possibly devo-max could be that way. There has to be some change in parliament so that Scottish MP's don't unduly influence English/Welsh matters and so, yes, there are some things that need to be worked out.
The thought of us started afresh - currency, defence, intelligence - domestic and foreign, embassies, sports teams, welfare, banking, NATO, Europe etc etc ..... shudder.
oh goodness yes. I went from having only done halfs to a mara in 10 weeks (including taper) - not necessarily recommended but totally doable.
I don't think your half time really matters though - it's more about how long you have been running, i.e. how will your body cope with the extra training. Providing you are sensible and don't go buy Pzinger and try and do 90 hours a week (I do know folks who have done this.... and not made the start line) then you should be fine. Put your ego to one side and realise that you are a novice marathoner even if not a novice runner and have a look at easy training programmes like hal higdons.
Seriously these days.... the lassies can't even walk in some of the stupid shit they put on their feet - they have to hang on to one another to get to the toilets - and that's BEFORE they have a drink..