Hats off to Mason Zimbler managing director Mark Mason, who last week took his girlfriend on a romantic charity balloon flight across the Channel. Held safely aloft by a huge volume of hot air, Mason runs a marketing agency. Back in the basket, however, our hero put a well-laid plan into action. Going down on one knee, he opened his heart – and a small felt box – to his companion, and asked for her hand (he’s had trouble standing up since he twisted his ankle). He asked her to marry him, while he was down there. His new fiancée is overcome with joy. “I actually thought he was taking a pasty out of his bag for me to eat,” she says.