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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Weekly Horoscope by Anne Shaw



If you would like a private reading with Anne you can contact her via Email Anne at shawcastar@aol.com
or call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
Tarot and astrology! She is offering the following discounts
Brits in LA members $85










5/30/15


ARIES
Good news in a matter of your feelings in regard to another .This can be personal or business, however by the end of this week you will feel just relieved it’s over. This week ends on a better note than for some time.

TAURUS
By the end of this month you will be able to see your way to having space in your life for new people or projects or both. What is definite this coming week is that you must sort out and discard any outstanding baggage.

GEMINI
Take a deep breath and understand that it’s up to you how you want your life to be now. Take time to really smell the roses and spend quality time with people or family who are good for you. Happy Birthday!  

CANCER
Now is the right time to figure out what happens now after the past few weeks.
You have to face up to what is not finished and deal with it this week other wise the opportunity will pass you by.

LEO
If you look at what the current situation unresolved means to you then the faster you will change it. If you only could motivate yourself this week ahead all can be resolved and you will feel much more relaxed.

VIRGO
This month can end hopefully on a high note for you. Recent events may have found you in a less then positive place that you are looking to be in, but no action at all is not an option so stand back review all and then move through.

LIBRA

You are ready to clear away all the past dead wood which can mean many things to you, keeping healthy and feeling fit being the most important. Mercury retrograde can bring some one or something back into your life.

SCORPIO
This is the time of year when you are thinking of shedding away what the winter months have left behind. You may be thinking of a diet or exercise change. Be sure you don’t overdo it as this coming month will bring some fun opportunities to wine and dine.

SAGITTARIUS
 A problem in your work situation is just a storm in a teacup and so lighten up especially this weekend when you can relax with family or friends. Be sure you catch up with unfinished business, which means don’t procrastinate. 

CAPRICORN
This week get rid of any stuff in your life and this means all areas and start fresh by the end of the month, as the next week or so will bring some clearance for you in the financial area. The planet visiting you recently Pluto is going backwards so this could stall some plans you have.

AQUARIUS
Family situations heat up this week and as you already know what you should do make an effort and be the peacekeeper .A large project may be on your mind, however do not make rash decisions based on emotional feelings.

PISCES
This week ahead will bring back feelings you probably thought were over and done with. A trip for fun will cheer you up mid next month. Please be aware all eyes are on you so show them how it should be done!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How to apply for your British passport from USA

*updated May 27th 2015


When British Nationals realise that their passport is about to run out, what can they do?



Overseas British passport applications  must now be applied for ONLINE via gov.uk website.  The British Consulate says “don’t leave it until the last minute to apply for your passport. You can apply up to nine months in advance and any unexpired time will be added to your new passport”

This applies to new passports and renewals. 

You will mailing your passport to the following address

Durham Passport Office
Milburngate House
Durham
DH97 1PA

We advise getting a tracking number when you mail; you can send through the USPS for about $16


You can also book a same day appointment in the UK for a renewal passport. However if you have lost your passport and go home on an emergency document, it can take a week for an expedited renewal:

You can find your nearest UK Passport Customer Service Centre. Your appointment may be up to 2 weeks from the day you book it.

Passport Advice line Telephone: 0300 222 0000
Textphone: 0300 222 0222

Text Relay: 18001 0300 222 0000

Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 9am to 5:30pm

Please check here for frequently asked questions.


If you have lost your passport make sure to report it asap - you can do so via this link 


NATIONALITY ENQUIRIES 

The Home Office is the lead government department on nationality matters. If you have an enquiry about eligibility for British citizenship or nationality, information can be found at: 



Need more information ?
If you need detailed information about what type of passport you need, what documents you need to supply for different types of application please go to What passport do I need? page on Gov.UK



UPDATE SEPTEMBER 22nd 2014:
In response to the difficulties many dual national passport holders have faced, HMPO have changed the wording in their guidance to make it much clearer that dual nationals do not need to send in their US passport when applying for a British passport. HMPO will accept a colour photocopy of non-British passports (every page including blank pages) from dual nationals as part of their application . 

URGENT TRAVEL:
If you need to travel urgently and your normal passport is not available you should contact your nearest consular office. They may be able to provide you with emergency travel documentation. Please note they will not be able to answer general passport questions or give information on passport applications in progress (as they are no longer involved in this process). You should only contact them if you have a need to travel urgently and you will be asked to supply evidence of your need.

Contact for British Consulate Los Angeles:
2029 Century Park E #1350,
Los Angeles,
CA 90067
(310) 789-0031


If you cannot find the information you need on the GOV.UK website, please contact the Passport Advice Line on +44 300 222 0000

If you want to renew in person during your next visit to the UK there is a number that you can call to make a ‘same day’ appointment if it is for a straightforward renewal:

01144 300 222 0000 

This number is open UK time 
0800 – 2000hrs (you are advised to call this a week or two before you arrive in the UK).


UK Passport photos are a different size to the USA. We like Photo Center on Beverly Blvd to get them done. Click here for their info

If you have a recommendation please share it in the comments section below. 

Or try this website recommended by one of our members
A simple (and very cheap!) solution to finding UK size passport photos since some places only do US style photos. Use your smartphone or digital camera to take a pic against a grey or beige background and then upload to a free website such as http://www.idphoto4you.com/, then order a print online at CVS etc. 

 

Brits On Stage

(and a few Australian & Irish ones too!) 




CALVIN HARRIS
OMNIA: LAS VEGAS
Residency starting April 24th through to the end of June
Tickets Here


XAVIER RUDD
The El Rey
May 30th
Tickets Here

JIM JEFFERIES
Ace Hotel

May 30th 
Tickets Here

EMBRACE/STARSAILOR
The Fonda

June 2nd
Tickets Here

ROBERT PLANT
& The Sensational Space Shifters

The Greek
June 2nd
Tickets Here
Click here for Goldstar deals

THE SCRIPT
The Wiltern

June 2nd, 2015
Tickets Here

EDDIE IZZARD
Hollywood Bowl

June 6th
GOLDSTAR have tix starting at $19!
Tickets Here

HIDDEN CHARMS
Make Music Pasadena Festival
June 6th
More info here 

WHITESNAKE
The Saban Theatre
June 9th
Tickets available on GOLDSTAR here

PETER FRAMPTON & CHEAP TRICK
Greek Theatre

June 12th
50% off through Goldstar!
Tickets Here 

UNDERWORLD
Hollywood Bowl

June 21st
Tickets Here 

ED SHEERAN
Hollywood Bowl

June 24th & 25th
Tickets Here

RUSSELL HOWARD
El Rey

July 8th
Tickets Here

DAVID GRAY 
Hollywood Bowl
July 17th & 18th
Tickets Here

CULTURE CLUB
The Greek

July 24th

THE KILLS
The El Rey Theatre

July 27th
Tickets Here

SPANDAU BALLET
The Pacific Ampitheatre (Costa Mesa)

July 29th
Tickets Here

MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Hollywood Bowl
August 1st & 2nd
Tickets Here


HARD FESTIVAL
August 1st & 2nd
Tickets Here

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
Pacific Ampitheatre, Costa Mesa

August 7th
Tickets Here

HOT CHIP
Greek Theatre

August 11th
Tickets Here

MUMFORD & SONS
The Forum
August 17th & 18th
Tickets Here

FYF
Featuring Morrissey, Jesus Mary Chain 

Spiritualized & many more!
August 22nd & 23rd
Tickets Here 

DEF LEPPARD
The Forum

September 20th
Tickets Here

GLASS ANIMALS
The Wiltern

September 24th
Tickets Here

PAUL WELLER
The Fonda

October 7th & 8th
PRESALE CODE 'SATURNS'
Tickets Here

HOZIER
Nokia Live
October 13th
Tickets Here

alt-J
Hollywood Bowl 
October 15th
Tickets Here

U2
Four Nights at The Forum!
PRESALE: December 4th
GENERAL : December 8th
SHOWS: May 26th-31st
Tickets Here

THE WHO
Honda Center - Sept 16th 2015
Staples Center - Sept 21st 2015
Tickets for Honda Center here
Tickets for Staples Center here

BEN HOWARD
The Greek
October 7th
Tickets Here

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MEET A MEMBER - JACKIE MELLOR-GUIN




MEET JACKIE MELLOR-GUIN from Rhos On Sea, North Wales. She moved to LA from Dallas, TX 17 years ago to pursue her writing/acting career. Moved to United States 23 years ago. (Crikey that went quick!)


Tell us a little bit about you?
I hail from North Wales, English by birth, Welsh by Nature. Avid cyclist. I write and produce childrens shows for Theatre Britain. A non profit theatre company based in Dallas TX.
I am still the chair and write new plays and adaptations of fairy tales for our yearly Pantomime. We have a great following in Dallas. You can learn more about them by visiting their website 




They are currently performing OLD TIME MUSIC HALL Devised by Sue Birch



We also do other British plays during the year, but hire the most suitable actor. You do not have to be a Brit, just a good actor! Our artistic director Sue Birch is also a Brit.
I also help our local arts council here in my home town, by putting on our pantos to raise money for other children/adult programmes.

Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?
I suppose the same as everyone. We dream, we yearn, so you follow that dream. I sold my house in Dallas, threw the dog in the car, put my foot down, and here I landed.

What do you hope to achieve by living in Los Angeles?
I am blessed to have achieved so much already. I was lucky enough to be cast in a play within two weeks of being here with two well known actors. Then came an international commercial. All the while I continued to be a full time realtor, write, act, got married, raised three stepchildren and dogs galore.

What one thing do you miss from home?
There isn't just one thing is there? But the one that pangs the heartstrings most is our humour. Spelt correctly of course!

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK?
I believe our hard work pays off here. There is no way I would have what I have here if I had stayed in the UK.
The weather isn't bad either!


Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
I don't think its hidden, but if you don't know about Newhall Brewery (owned by a fellow Brit) 
well worth the drive for their micro beers and shaved beef and chips (our chips).

Where can people find you in the social media sphere?
Visit my face book page via this link  
www.facebook.com/housevalue


Thursday, May 14, 2015

MEET A MEMBER - BRENDAN COLLINS

MEET BRENDAN COLLINS From Mansfield, Midlands who is changing the restaurant landscape in Hollywood with his newly opened BIRCH


Photo credit: (Brendan Collins at Larry's in Venice, CA. (Dustin Downing)

What do you hope to achieve by living in Los Angeles?
i have achieved so much already more than i ever dreamed possible so i guess now its about keeping the success going.
i think its really easy to get cocky, take your eye off the ball and watch it all fall to pieces in front of your eyes so keeping focused is imperative !!
i do have a few more restaurant projects to put together and i am waitng for my first cook book to come out this autumn 
and the TV chef thing keeps happening so while the opportunities are there ill keep that going    


What one thing do you miss from home? 
its very small but specific things these days ive been here a long time and America is my home now to be honest??
but i do miss Sunday dinner with my grandparents, never thought id say this but the rain!! and ive got some great mates back in the UK and now we are all older and married with children its harder to get together and hang out  

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK?
i think the first couple of years in LA are the hardest because apart from the language there are very few similarities between LA and the UK and it takes time to find your neighborhood and solid friends 
the most obvious difference is the weather because its crap in England and great here!!
Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
its hard to keep hidden gems hidden these days!! but one of my favorite things to do are the Baldwin hills stairs on a Sunday smog dependent the views are pronominal and its a great work out too

*Birch currently offers all Brits in LA key members 10% off the entire bill on presentation of your key fob. And stay tuned for our private chef's tasting menu coming in June.

For reservations visit www.birchlosangeles.com 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

BRIT FIT with Ricky Parcell, PT



Everyone can benefit from eating breakfast. From weight loss and muscle repair to  improved mood and focus, a morning meal benefits your body. When you sleep, your metabolism slows down. Rather than go through the day with a sluggish metabolism, jump-start it with breakfast. Information from the National Weight Control Registry, a database of more than 10,000 people, shows that 78 percent of those who successfully maintain weight loss eat breakfast every day. It's never too late to create a new habit, but it does take some planning and practice.
Studies show that eating breakfast may boost memory, enhance cognitive ability and improve attention span. This not only helps children in school, but adults at work and at tasks of daily living. Stabilized blood sugar levels are likely the reason for these improvements. Because we wake up with low blood glucose due to our fasted state, a meal that contains a balance of carbs, protein, fiber and fat will raise blood glucose to a healthy level and keep it steady for hours.
MIX-AND-MATCH BREAKFAST GUIDE
This handy mix-and-match tool can help you create a well-balanced breakfast and avoid eating the same thing every day. Just pick one item from each column to create a complete meal. If you would like more than one item from a particular column (such as eggs and chicken sausage), go right ahead. Breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day and leave you full and energetic for at least three hours. If you eat breakfast after exercising, you need even more calories for properly refueling your body, in which case it might be a good idea to choose two items from both the protein and grain or produce columns.
Pick one item from each category to make a complete meal:

BREAKFAST IDEAS
1 slice sprouted grain bread topped with one-quarter smashed avocado and 1 sunny-side up egg with 1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup oats soaked overnight in a combination of almond milk and Greek yogurt, topped with fresh berries and chia seeds
Veggie omelet with 1 egg and 2 egg whites, cooked with 1/2 cup sautéed onions and mushrooms, and 1/2 cup baby spinach, topped with 1 Tbsp. parmesan cheese, served with half a baked sweet potato
Berry smoothie: 1 cup almond milk + 1 cup berries + 1 cup Greek yogurt + 1 tbs. chia seeds + 2 dashes cinnamon

Cinnamon spice cottage cheese toast: 1 slice sprouted grain bread (toasted), topped with 1/2 Tbsp. almond butter, 1/2 cup cottage cheese, and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon with half a banana, sliced (not pictured)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

BRITS ON SCREEN






If you have a *Brit on Screen to add email us here
Either a *Brit in LA member affiliation or a Brit! 


Not Sophie's Choice
Soho Theatre, London England
Tickets Here

Penny Dreadful
Back on Showtime May 3rd

Far From the Madding Crowd
Opens May 1st

Lambert & Stamp
Opens April 3rd

Woman In Gold
In Theatres April 2015
Click Here for more info

The Last Knights
Opening April 2015
Pepper
Showing at a Film Festival Near You!

Furious 7
opens April 3rd

Effie Gray
reopens April 3rd (limited)

Insurgent
in theatres now

Cinderella
in theatres now

The Gunman
in theatres now

The Wrong Mans
Watch for free on Hulu

Just One Drink
Click here to view

The Ark


starring David Threlfall & Joanne Whalley



The Wrecking Crew

Wolf Hall
Starts in April on PBS
Visit Website Here

Stefano Formaggio
Watch Here

MR Bean turns 25!!

Spectre
Opens November 2015
Click Here For Info

The Royals
Every Sunday on E
Click Here for info

The Late Late Show 
with James Corden
watch on CBS
Get audience tickets (free) here

The Sale
a Ben Strang Film
a short documentary about the forced sale of
Hollywood Landmark Yamashiro
watch here

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 

THE LAST SHIP

AMERICAN ODYSSEY
starring Anna Friel

on NBC


KINGSMAN

ENGLISHMAN IN L.A.
web series

NTL AT SUNDANCE CINEMAS
(
National Theatre Live)

THE FALL