I'm currently feeling really insecure about my DFL status in town. Not sure how derogatory a term it is to us, DFL's, or how long (for ever?) I will be one. Suspect it may be until I never leave Hastings, and only speak of the town in a glowing light, sort of ignoring or brushing over any negative bits. Course, will never manage that, as have to talk about everything good and bad, so perhaps will be an eternal DFL.
The other thing that bothers me about the DFL category is it just would never happen in London. The best aspect of London for lots of Londoners, is the gathering of people from across the country and the world, who form lots of little communities where it doesn't matter where you came from, just where you are now. The opposite seems to be true outside London, it desperately matters where you come from, and how you can fit in to the existing community.
Any advice/answers to this self fulfilling state would be very much appreciated. Also any ideas on how I can stop my funny city thinking being very humourous to all locals.
And one final note, all DFL's have chosen to reside in another town, so even if settling in can be difficult, the new town is almost always a better place to be than London. I really do like Hastings a lot, the beach, the country park, the old town, the houses, Warrior Square...my new friends.