Zac - I bought a EOS 3 and a 50mm f/1.8 which is a really good cheap combo, cost £180 for both. The EOS 3 controls are very similar to 1 series digital so it was really easy getting used to it.
I've done a bit of E6 and C41 developing but like you said its a bit of a pain in the ass so now I just stick to B+W.
35mm is really fiddly compared to MF or sheet film but you get used to it. I havent got my darkroom anymore so just load the film up in a changing bag which takes a couple mins.
Yeah photography can be stupidly expensive if it gets out of control specially digital, its too easy to look at some peoples work and want to try it but you nearly always need to buy an extra lens or lights or somethin. I've 'kinda' got that under control these days.
eric - yeah PP has gone under mate. I'm suprised it lasted so long to be honest, tough times for any magazine to survive.