Hang around long enough and you'll see everything, so they say. Stay in political journalism long enough and you'll get to cover most stories twice.
So congratulations to Lib Dem MP Lembit Opik, who has announced his engagement to Cheeky Girl Gabriela Irimia (she's the one on Lembit's left).
The engagment was announced, as is traditional in these circumstances, in Hello! magazine
Lembit proposed beside the Trevi Fountain in Rome last week, and the happy couple plan to marry either next year or the year after.
I know readers of this blog will want to know about the rock - apparently it's a Tiffany white platinum diamond from Selfridges.
Hello! say Gabi is dreaming of a "lavish white wedding in a castle".
She told the magazine: "We'd gone to the Trevi Fountain that afternoon and each made a wish
we kept a secret.
"After a romantic dinner in the evening, Lembit got a taxi to take us back to
the fountain, saying he wanted me to see it lit up. There he started talking
about our future together, took a gorgeous little box from his pocket, got down
on one knee and made his proposal.
"When I said 'yes' he started to cry. Tears of joy poured out of his eyes. I
couldn't cry, I was so happy that I just kept smiling and laughing."
Lembit added: "We were euphoric afterwards, walking around the city and then
sipping champagne and chatting away in our hotel suite until the early hours. I
couldn't ask for things to go better than they did."