Okay, so after around 8 days the war was over. Initially our alliance took a fair amount of losses from various battlefleets, but a few days in the tides turned and we gave them a good hiding for a while...
I'm not 100% on what went on, unfortunatly due to real life stuff, I was wasn't online through most of the war, so I didn't get a chance to test out my Rifter for pvp - only a few security missions here and there (for the most part it was great).
I know that both sides agreed on an unofficial ceasefire and about a day or so later the war had ended. I recieved an email and won't go into all the details but I believe money changed hands to protect one of our POS, whatever your opinion on this - from what I gather protecting it with force, we stood to lose many ships and it came down to a cost vs benefits scenario - so I guess this was a sensible solution.
So, here I am back to mining and carrying on learning skills. As I mentioned in a previous post I was given a Retriever, which I kitted out yesterday with some Strip Lasers - boy are they quicker! I can mine a lot more in a shorter space of time and solo mining is nowhere near as bad with the increased cargo space. All in all I'm having a blast in EVE - I realise there is so much I don't know but at the moment, I'm really just trying to concentrate on mining and making some decent money. If I try and be too many things at once, I'm going to lose the plot I think lol. When I've got to a better stage I'll probablly do what most seem to, running another account paid for by ISK for hauling and pvp but until them I'm happy mining!