Anyway, the long and the short of it was that I kept fighting on at Liverpool until the day came when I literally could not force myself to get that train out of Cambridge. I knew then that enough is enough, and this simply was not worth it. So I left.
Since then, I've been living in Cambridge with my boyfriend, trying to find a job. I'm so much happier it's untrue. No regrets, except perhaps that I didn't leave sooner. I know my CV doesn't look great and maybe it never will, but health and happiness have to come first - and if you've no real career aspirations then does it really matter?
But I haven't given up on a degree yet. I've registered with the OU to do a course next year, and it looks right up my street. I'm really looking forward to getting started on that, and finding a nice job so that I wont' be a penniless student, and life generally is looking really good now.
I hope that you are all happily settled in your universities now.