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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Craziness in the Premier League - by Andrew de Burgh

Haven't got time to catch up on the latest football news? 
Don't worry as Andrew de Burgh will fill you in!

photographer - Harrison Yager
There’s a reason why the Premier League is regarded as the best soccer league in the world. We may not have Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi playing against thugs like Ryan Shawcross on wet, Wednesday nights in Stoke but every weekend brings heapless buckets of top-notch drama. Thankfully, this past round of Premier League action was no different. I painfully watched my beloved Liverpool lose at Anfield to a Manchester United team that have been as effective as a chocolate tea pot this season. Steven Gerrard’s red card 38 seconds after coming on as a second half substitute will unfortunately be remembered by United supporters for many years to come. Thankfully, Wayne Rooney’s miserable record at Anfield continued (he hasn’t scored a goal there for ten years!) despite the fact that the unbelievably overrated United forward had a penalty saved by the hapless Simon Mignolet! Mignolet may have improved in recent weeks, but make no mistake, he is an absolutely woeful goalkeeper simply playing in the form of his life.


Louis Van Gaal further proved that he is the biggest egomaniac to grace the Premier League (considering Jose Mourinho, Mark Hughes and Arsene Wenger manage in the Premier League this is saying a lot!) simply because he has intentionally destroyed Radamel Falcao’s career to the extent that the Colombian striker and his agent cry over the phone about Falcao’s flop Manchester United career, apparently. How tragic. If I was getting three hundred and fifty thousand pounds a week to play FIFA all day, I’d be quite happy.


In other Premier League action, referee Neil Swarbrick sent off the wrong West Brom player in their match against the declining champions Manchester City. In the second minute, the hopeless Craig Dawson hauled down Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony in front of goal. As Swarbrick blew the whistle, he sent off Gareth McCauley instead of Dawson! The only explanation I can come up with for this horrendous gaffe is that Swarbrick felt sorry for Dawson because he’s such a terrible player that he decided to send off McCauley instead! Or maybe he had McCauley on his Premier League fantasy team and didn’t want the points deduction.


Harry Kane’s phenomenal record this season continued as Tottenham beat Leicester 4-3. The 21-year-old England striker has now scored 19 Premier League goals this season. There is much talk of the young lad heading off to Real Madrid this summer but frankly I don’t think he’s good enough. Racking up the goals against dreadful opposition such as QPR and Leicester doesn’t exactly mean that your good enough to replace Karim Benzema as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale’s striking partner.


Liverpool’s setback was personally uncomfortable but the pain was numbed slightly when I got to see one of my favorite managers return to the Premier League. Sixty seven year old Dutch manager Dick Advocaat took charge of the sinking ship that is Sunderland as they painfully lost to a West Ham side who themselves have shown a drastic dip in form, after their early season heroics. Jermain Defoe, once a reliable striker, showed that he is a joke after a horrendous miss that sent the ball dangerously close to the lady munching Fish and Chips in row Z.

Well that’s it folks! Till next week when I talk about how terrible England were in their European Championship qualifier.

Thanks,

Andrew

MEET A MEMBER - MITRA SESSIONS

Meet Mitra from London who moved to LA 1 year ago to pursue her dual career as a healer and actress.

photography - Collin Stark
Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?

I feel like it’s LA that chose me! I met a woman while I was on holiday in Thailand who asked if I’d thought about trying my luck in Hollywood. I told her I’d love to but couldn’t afford to make the trip - so she gifted me a return flight from London to LAX (needless to stay we’re still very good friends!). I was here two months later for a 6 week trip, but the pull to be here was so strong that I stayed out my 3 months and applied for a green card - it got approved the day before I left to go home. The things I loved about LA were the positive, open and friendly attitude of Angelenos, the embracing of alternative lifestyles and philosophies (I live in Venice…) and the feeling that everything’s possible here.

What one thing do you miss from home?

Parks. The first trip I made home I walked around the garden barefoot luxuriating in the pillow top lawn.




What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus London ?

Getting to choose when I share my space with other people rather than being forced to in order to move around the city.

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?

Point Dume national park. It feels prehistoric and there’s rarely other people around. It’s not your typical LA wide sandy beach, just a little bay surrounded by cliffs and rocks but it’s very special.
parks.ca.gov


What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ?

Be prepared for the culture shock. I thought I understood America and Americans but find myself continually amazed at how different we are - I guess the false sense of security a shared language and TV schedule brings!



If your your life was a TV show what would be the theme tune ?

You’ve Got a Friend. I have lots of wonderful people in my life I can always count on and I’m that friend for many people too. The most important thing in my life is my relationships and connections with others.


Lastly , how can we find out more about you ? Are you on the Internet ?
There’s more information about my healing work at www.flowwithjoy.com (I often run specials for BLA members) and my acting website is www.mitraetminani.com
I’m also involved with the actor’s classes run by www.emotionalfitness.me

Image from FlowWithJoy.com

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
Brits in LA Key Members $75






3/28/15 


ARIES.
The financial situation for you could be getting a boost as early as mid week arrives. Look for an opportunity to add to your bank account while Jupiter the gift bringer is shining on you so many good things can come. Happy Birthday

TAURUS
Starting this week ahead it is time for you to bring some stability in any area you need it even if it is only a mind set to turn around. Venus your boss is visiting you for awhile and she demands you take care of business.


GEM
 You will be travelling mentally or otherwise to a place that has memories in plenty. Do not be taken in by any one who does not have your best interests at heart in any situation. Some good news around your birthday time, it is welcome news.

 CAN
Movement is good for you and this week it’s all around you and in the family also. Be strong and understand you can do what ever you wish the clue is to make sure you don’t hold on to what should be let go.

LEO.
Emotional issues could hold you back from enjoying this last week of the month. So tackle what is to do and make it your priority and spend time relaxing not stressing on what is not possible. You are feeling better than for some time

VIR
As this week moves forward fast be sure you are ready and willing to get going on your particular plan for the next month. If it is a change in work or home this will work well.
You will be planning a trip and its worth planning well.

LIB
Venus in earthy Taurus in the part of your life that demands you make decisions will push more than usual to have you make decisions. This is not easy as you normally like to take your time. However you should at least make an effort.

SCOR
It will be one those good weeks when all things fall in to place, however you may have to deal with mixed emotions in some way. This can be with unfinished business from as long ago as several years. This is best dealt with upfront, no mind games allowed.

SAG,
If you want to change anything stop waiting around for others to make the first move as this is not a good idea. Mars the action maker in your life this month will bring things to a good conclusion or beginning!! Health is on your mind and you are in better shape than you think.

CAP
You may be feeling tired or worn down so it is likely as usual you are doing to much work .You are the most responsible sign of the Universe usually how ever even you are allowed time out. You have to take especially care of your health this month ahead.

AQU
 You are probably feeling a bit frustrated this week. Well that’s life for you so take a break and do not take out your frustrations on any one else it will be sure to catch you back. You have a good idea that should be taken seriously if not yours some one who asks you to help.

PISC
The planets are really on your side this month however as with all water signs and you get a tad emotional at things most other people don’t understand. Don’t try to explain just be yourself  You may be worried about another and since this you cant change them let it be .

Brits On Stage

(and a few Australian & Irish ones too!) 





THE MUSIC OF DAVID LYNCH
Ace Hotel

April 1st

KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS
El Rey 
April 3rd
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Then email us here to put your name in the hat

JESSIE WARE
The Wiltern

April 8th
Tickets Here

HOZIER
The Chelsea (Las Vegas)

April 9th
Tickets Here

FLEETWOOD MAC
The Forum 

April 10th - Tickets Here 
April 14th - Tickets Here

COACHELLA
April 10-12
April 17 -19
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ROYAL BLOOD
The Fonda

April 13th
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FKA TWIGS
The Belasco

April 14th
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SIMON AMSTELL
Largo 

April 20th
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THE CAT EMPIRE
The El Rey
April 21st
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DAMIEN RICE
The Greek

April 24th
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KAISER CHIEFS
The Wiltern 
April 25th
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THE ORB
El Rey Theatre
April 29th
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EAST INDIA YOUTH
The Roxy 

May 1st
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DR JOHN COOPER CLARKE
El Rey Theatre

May 2nd
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MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Fonda Theatre

May 2nd
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THE MOODY BLUES
Greek Theatre

May 5th
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GURRUMUL
The El Rey

May 6th
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FAT WHITE FAMILY
The Troubadour

May 15th
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ALICE WONDERLAND
The El Rey
May 16th
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JESSE J
Club Nokia

May 18th
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NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
Orpheum Theatre
May 20th
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XAVIER RUDD
The El Rey
May 30th
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ROBERT PLANT
& The Sensational Space Shifters

The Greek
June 2nd
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THE SCRIPT
The Wiltern

June 2nd, 2015
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EDDIE IZZARD
Hollywood Bowl

June 6th
GOLDSTAR have tix starting at $19!
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WHITESNAKE
The Saban Theatre
June 9th
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ED SHEERAN
Hollywood Bowl

June 24th
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CULTURE CLUB
The Greek

July 24th

THE KILLS
The El Rey Theatre

July 27th
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SPANDAU BALLET
The Pacific Ampitheatre (Costa Mesa)

July 29th
Tickets Here

HOT CHIP
Greek Theatre

August 11th
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

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BRITS ON SCREEN






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Either a *Brit in LA member affiliation or a Brit! 




The Wrecking Crew


MR Bean turns 25!!




The Late Late Show 
with James Corden
watch on CBS

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
Want to go to a sneak preview on March 25th?
RSVP here

KINGSMAN

ENGLISHMAN IN L.A.
web series

NTL AT SUNDANCE CINEMAS
(
National Theatre Live)