i have been quiet too long on this one, lols
Mercury, to some extent, you have a point, there does seem to be a little discriminiation, and ADL is considered a small country town, with all that entails!.
However..........this is not solely an Adelaide phenomenon, it happens in just about EVERY place you go. Some of the "old fashioned values" embraced by the Adeladians, is just what a few of us have found endearing and have accepted that we want a bit of it, too!
There is NOTHING WRONG with a community looking out for its own, heaven knows the Brits have done little in that respect, if they had, a few of us might still be there!
Being asked to "Anglicise" your name isnt RACIST, perhaps the guy was trying to make integration easier for the chap; some names are difficult to pronounce, you know, and rather than a nickname, which can be insulting, it can be easier for people to adopt a western equivalent!!
The bacons; i have been here nearly 3 years. In that time i have been to only 3 meetups, not been on a girls nite out or pm'd anyone with similar interests for a get together; this does not mean i am anti social (some would disagree), maybe im just content enough that in integrating into the Aussie way of life, i havent found it compulsary!! Please dont fall into the trap that in order to make it work here, meetups etc are the be all and end all. They help, no doubt about it; and in large ex-pat communities, they are good fun. Some people just dont want to get into that scene.......it doesnt mean they are rude, or not trying, or should "go home".
This forum is bigger than this, so please GET A GRIP folks, its hard enough without spite and petty arguments.
Thank you, rant over