a 'massive' spat was that;)Be outgoing,even to the point of "selling yourself"
Certainly have a go at the Aussies.
They are one reason we moved here and honestly cannot understand negative comments about them.
They are my mainstay of friends here.
I was in a spot regarding a repair today,an Aussie mate heard about it - turned up and did it without any expectation of payment.
It takes time.
The initial people you meet may not be your long term friends.
It's a process we all go through ( says he that has had a few spats)