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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Our right to vote!

right to vote but don't hate! 

So to those who have been here awhile are probably very familiar with the political scene in America. To those who are new here welcome to the three ring circus that is the debates, the caucuses and the public shaming of candidates. Yep that's right. “It's not enough to win, but you must also make your neighbor fail.” Schadenfreude at its finest. It seems that politics here are just as much about ratings for television news shows and the selling of rags than they are for the real issues in hand. Bernie Sanders, a democratic presidential hopeful,said it best at a recent town hall gathering in New Hampshire. That the media are trying to goad the candidates to say terrible things about each other or things that are outrageous to make the headlines. Things are taken out of context and used against each other. Even within the same party. Baffling! 

Whether you relate to the Republican Party or the Democrats there's plenty of Fodder for all. Whether it's Hillary’s email scandal, her public engagement salary or  Benghazi, I hear a lot on social media that she's a liar and not to be trusted because she's in the pockets of Wall Street, or she's fake with that nervous laugh of hers. Or how Bernie is too old, too liberal, hasn't got a plan.  He’s full of ideologies and won't be able to accomplish anything if he was to get in. On the republican side you have candidates, one who wants to take America back (Trump) or the other who wants to take America back to the 1950’s -(Cruz). Both are talking about revoking everything that Obama has created. Quashing affordable healthcare, not allowing gays the right to marry, and there racist comments about immigration is both shocking and apalling) I have to laugh when I see videos of Trump, being touched by religious fanatics or Cruz being refused a kiss from his own daughter, not because I dislike them or hate hem so much, but it's all I. Good satirical jest. All great material for Saturday night live. But this is all real, folks!  

All this media coverage makes it feel a bit like we are voting on American Idol or The Miss Universe pageant, doesn't it?

But getting the campaign word out has changed considerably over the years thanks to social media, Facebook, Twitter etc. but what struck me as interesting as how the “fans” have resulted to offensive hating on candidates, even people who support the same party. On my wall “Hillary is a greedy whore” seriously who says that? I deleted them!  I'm all for funny videos, where Sarah Palin’s speech is turned into a rap, or the meme of Cruz as grandpa Munster. I love satire, but I draw the line at outrageous bullying disgusting comments against the candidates, especially from other democrats. I know as a new-ish citizen of the U.S.I will be voting for a democratic leader and will support whoever we choose to lead the party, because I believe in the values of the party! But my choice ultimately lies with the person who I think  will keep obama's policies in place and not waste time trying to cause a revolution (is this France in the 19th century?). Someone who will be able to defend our country from attacks, someone who will be able to negotiate with foreign leaders and the other side.  Being the president is a hard job and I will be behind the leader of the free world, whoever it may be. But in all honesty my support lies with a strong, caring, loyal woman who will make history and lead a country with grace and dignity that it deserves, but I won't be mad if Uncle Bernie gets in either. :) 

But at the end of the day breeps lets try to be nice and respectful to people to each other and respect those who are passionate about their beliefs and allow them to have their voice heard without judgement , after all we do live in a democracy at the end of the day it's between you and your “secret ballot” all I ask is, if you can vote! Do, But just don't hate while doing so! 



Saturday, January 30, 2016

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STARS 1/30/16

Saturn going forward now will bring all sorts of unfinished things to your attention even a recent disappointment can turn around in a positive and uplifting way. Its time to enjoy life. You can look forward to more than happy times ahead.

Just watch that temper if things don’t always go the way you planned. Life is like that and you need to remember this to shall pass. You may not be doing what you previously planned, however you are in the right place so make hay while the sun shines. 

This could be the month that it all your hopes can begin to transpire, it is entirely up to you how you make it work so patience should be your key word currently and going forward into February life will be gentler.

You will always get back what you put out and just be careful you don’t say too much to another that can upset your long term plans. Keep your life stress free this year and see the seeds of a better life grow. Happy Birthday!

You are reputed to be the most romantic soul of all the signs so this year prove it if not to another then to yourself. Jupiter sitting in your money house for the year ahead brings financial rewards.

Please be kind to another who may be feeling sorry for themselves this week.
This person is really not having a good experience in life and needs your support.
and their gratitude will be the reward. 

You need to look long and hard this week ahead at where you are heading is the right direction  or do you need to make a detour. Only you can figure this out and  while the lucky Jupiter is blessing you it is the perfect time to find out.

What can you achieve this week is up to how willing you are to make the right moves. If your life taking a different course due to circumstances beyond your control remember the old saying “The greatest plans of mice &men.

Its a month of makeover either you or your home or if you can afford it both. Either way get moving as it’s the right time to let the winds of change move swiftly through the old and worn out.

As this month begins you could find your self stretched beyond your limits
In a couple of areas of life, one is work or the lack of it and of course following on is cash flow however you should be in the best of spirits regardless?

Any task you take on will be easier to deal with and this will last until the end of this month. Make it the priority to complete anything outstanding because new ideas and opportunities will come up next month.

Travel has been much on your mind and this can make you stressed or feel limited. The clue is to make an effort to keep busy as it is your nature be kind to those with need of it right now.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Brits On Stage

(and a few Australian & Irish ones too!) 


January 29th & 30th

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February 2nd
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Tower Theatre

February 5th
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Feb 8th
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The Roxy
 February 11th
February 12th 
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The Fonda
February 11th
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(part of Friends Keep Secrets line up)
February 18th
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El Rey
 February 29th
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The Shrine
 March 3rd
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The Fonda
March 11th
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Microsoft Theatre
March 15th
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The Fonda
March 17th
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The Ace
March 25th
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Hollywood Bowl

March 24th & 25th 2016
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El Rey
 March 31st
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El Rey

April 1st
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The Fonda

March 31st Tickets Here
April 1st Tickets Here
April 2nd Tickets Here

The Ace 

April 2nd Tickets Here
April 3rd Tickets Here

Orpheum Theatre
April 1st
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The Roxy

 April 2nd
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Staples Center

April 8th
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Fox Theater Pomona

April 13th
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The Roxy
April 14th
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Fox Pomona

April 14th
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THE 1975
The Shrine
April 18th
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El Rey
April 18th
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The Ace

April 19th
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The Roxy

April 21st
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The Fonda

April 25th
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3 Nights at The Hollywood Bowl
May 22nd, 23rd & 24th
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Hollywood Bowl
May 28th
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Honda Anaheim

May 22nd
Staples Center
May 25th
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Hollywood Bowl

July 17th
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Staples Center
Dates from August 5th - August 13th
Hollywood Bowl

September 19th
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Meet Adele Heather Taylor from Leicestershire who moved to LA 5 years ago to pursue her acting career.

(Photo credit: Alanna You)
Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
Romance brought me here! I moved to be with my husband, who's a screenwriter. Now, the entertainment industry is what keeps us here.

What do you miss most from home?
Family, Cadbury's chocolate, real pubs and West End theatre.

What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? If so why?
My first impression was that everyone looks like they're on holiday 27/4! I've since realised that it's largely due to the wide range of occupations people have here - everyone's schedule is just totally different to back home.

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus Leicestershire?
I'd say the politics in America are the biggest difference for me personally. I'm talking healthcare, gun laws etc. Americans often think the U.K. and the U.S. are very similar, but there are quite a few big differences of that nature. (Plus, you know, the fact that I can go to the beach any day of the week and grab a yummy, healthy juice whilst I'm at it - can't do that in Leicestershire!)

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
Greystone Mansion. Stunning place and you almost never bump into anyone else there.

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here?
Be prepared to work very hard and strive to make two or three close friends that you can trust and have fun with! Find your own car as soon as you can or at least position yourself close to one of the metro stations as a temporary means of transport.

If your your life was a TV show what would be the theme tune and why?
Flagpole Sitta (the theme tune from 'Peep Show') because...well, the lyrics explain it all. 

Lastly, how can we find out more about you?
Check out the new Coen Bro's film 'Hail, Caeser!' that I was lucky enough to be a part of!



Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Meet Janine from Yorkshire who moved to LA 5 years ago to continue her acting career.

Was there a particular reason you chose LA? I grew up watched movies and was mesmerized with the glamour of Hollywood. I’d stay up till the early hours every year to watch the glitzy Oscars. 
I knew acting was what I wanted to do from a very early age but knew staying in Yorkshire wasn’t going to help me get there. After moving to ‘the big smoke’, London was where I headed for drama school. Being a country girl from a tiny sleepy village, going 200 miles to a huge big city was not the usual done thing, so it was incredibly daunting, but I wanted to follow my dreams, so it had to be done! 
Then back in 2005 I took a few masterclasses with a Hollywood acting coach in London, this triggered my interest further to check out Los Angeles. Although I love London, the culture, and my acting career I achieved back home, I knew the fast pace of the city life wasn’t for me. New York is similar to London but I love how LA is spread out, not as fast pace, very green and all about entertainment and movies. Of course the all year round sunshine was the icing on the cake! 
I was then lucky enough to book a lead in a feature film which then brought me here. So I couldn’t pass up this opportunity, and so I followed my dreams.

What do you miss most from home?
Photo credit: Trevor Bowling
Apart from family and friends, good old fish & chips! Then I’d say a proper Sunday roast with Yorkshire puddings.  British Cadbury’s chocolate, Jaffa cakes, custard and Heinz baked beans.  I never thought I’d EVER say this but I’ve never appreciated rain until moving here.  The changes of seasons are also a biggie and the fresh country air and green rolling hills in Yorkshire. 

What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? If so why?
My first impression was “Wow this place is a huge maze and how will I ever find my way around without my tomtom!”. When you first get to LA, because its so vast and the roads are so long, it takes some getting used to. I’d say it takes about 3 months to get very familiar with the areas. Also it took that long for LA drivers to stop beeping me at every second ha! It was like been thrown in at the deep end and finding your way out to the flow of the tide.

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus London?
The weather, culture and the fact in LA you can walk into a Starbucks and end up talking to a director who wants to bring you in for his latest role. That doesn’t happen very often in London. Its all about networking I’ve noticed in this town. LA has a lot of fun glitzy red carpet and networking events. But on the flip side, LA can be a very lonely place so you have to have a strong network of friends around you. Night life in London is way bigger and the pub scene is not the same here. The choice of healthy and organic food, natural non-toxic face/body creams and many wonderful fitness places in LA is much more widely available. And finally, the fact you can drive to the beach, desert or ski down snowy mountains without leaving the state is pretty amazing.

Do you have any hidden gems in LA that you want to share with us? 
Kiku Sushi in Larchmont Village is my all time favorite place; plus, the owners are so lovely and welcoming, Yamashiro Hollywood for romance and awesome views of LA, and I love Irori Japanese Restaurant in Marina del Rey. Yep I’m a sushi lover ha!
I absolutely love Malibu beach and all the coastline and mountains surrounding it. Manhattan beach is also one of my favorites too.
Although this isn’t a hang out spot, it took me 5 years to know about this place but I now can get my British food urges taken care of with Love love love this company and they are in Cali! 

I’m a big fan and proud member of BAFTA LA’s events they hold.  Always fun and great to mingle with like minded folk 

SAG-AFTRA Film Society is wonderful too
if you’re in the union and want to keep up with the latest movies released. 

A lot of people have misconceptions about LA - did you?
I was always told by my family how dangerous Los Angeles is from stories they had heard, and that you can’t go out at night and this that and the other. Well, you might get run over by a bus tomorrow as they say but I had to find out for myself. So, like London, depending on where you go then yes it can be dangerous but these are not the places I would hang out or live in anyway. Like all cities, you have good and bad areas.

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here?
Do your homework! Come out for a visit and see if LA is for you. Move with £10,000 to £15,000 in savings, if you’re an actor, have a good Agent/Manager who is going to be your right hand man, if you don’t drive then be prepared to learn (public transport isn’t like London) and know you will need enough savings to buying a car.

Lots of our members join our group Brits in LA seeking out words of wisdom - what is the best piece of advice you've been given?
Don’t believe everything someone promises you, don’t wait for the phone to ring; but do go out, be proactive and do it yourself.

Lastly, how can we find out more about you?
Check out all about me at I’ve just shot my latest horror movie playing a leading role in ‘F***, Marry, Kill’. 

Had the pleasure of worked alongside the lovely Timothy Carhart (Thelma & Louise) and Lorna Scott (Wanted).

The movie is set to be taken to film festivals this year. 

You can see more about the project and watch the trailer at

I’m also going to be in an Improv show with Shire Productions called the ‘The Unpredictables’ at the end of February, and I’m currently having a role written in for me in the webseries ‘Northsiders’ in the coming months too so watch this space.
Facebook page: Janine Gateland

IMDb page: Janine Gateland

Saturday, January 9, 2016

We can't stand the rain!

We can’t stand the rain!

Greeting Britlings!
Yes it a new year and a new name – out with the Breeps and in with the Britlings!
Pacific Sunset: the calm before the storm (Photo: C Young)
Pacific Sunset: the calm before the storm (Photo: C Young)
Okay, I know I always talk about the weather – but I simply can’t go on without saying, “Bleeding Ada!” – El Nino is on fire! (pun intended) If you’re reading this in the UK and thinking of coming to Cali for the sunshine you might as well stay at home – tt’s being peeing it down – seriously bucket loads! Our motorways have become rivers. We have mudslides – which are very dangerous. Storm watch is all over our tellies. “A cat is stuck up a tree, firefighters battle the torrential downpour, but not before taking twenty minutes to put on their waterproofs and wellies. Of course I made that headline up, but rain is serious news in LA!
In the UK this is probably normal. As reported about a month back, whole towns in the northeast have been swept away. But we are in a city here, a city built on mud and sand, and the truth is the infrastructure just isn’t made for rain and can’t handle it. And more than likely we will see quite a few roads crumble away over here too. Many people’s homes are being flooded, prompting me to visit my local fire station yesterday to fill up sandbags just in case… readers with similar concerns have many local options for sandbags – which are free – but you do have to fill them up yourselves. for an informative map of which flooded areas to avoid and where to pick up free sand!
And to think it was only four months ago that we were sweating through a brutally hot September and asking you to conserve water. If only we could think of a way to conserve it – the LA River is at long last full, but just washes the precious stuff into the sea, where it’s no good to us and come next summer the river will be dried up again. Perhaps YOU can think of some good ideas, if so shoot us some ideas at and we’ll share them with our readers next week!
I just bought a rain barrel for the first time ever to collect rainwater and use throughout the spring to water the veggies I’ve planted.  I’m hoping for a big marrow this year – wheelbarrow sized – for being a good boy ��
Compulsive viewing: Netflix's Making a Murderer
Compulsive viewing: Netflix’s Making a Murderer
So with all this rain I haven’t been doing much of the social scene. So I decided to get stuck into the latest trend (well an addiction really) and it turns out I’m not alone. Almost half a million others are hooked on a Netflix docuseries about the trials and convictions of Steven Avery in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. The documentary follows the investigation, trial and conviction of Avery for the 2005 rape and murder of a young female photographer, just two years after Avery was released from serving an 18-year rape sentence when DNA evidence eventually exonerated him. This is TV binge watching at it’s best. “Making A Murderer” is a ten-part riveting and compelling series, better than any episode of “Law and Order” I’ve ever seen and it’s all true and bonkers! In a nutshell it’s the story of a man wrongly incarcerated for 18 years, set free to masses of exposure, who starts a legitimate case against the county, only to find himself arrested again on suspicion of murder. The series follows the court case from then on – and it takes some really big twists and turns and will leave you gobsmacked – seriously start streaming today – You won’t be able to stop watching!
Tuesday Jan. 12th  – Brits Breakfast Club sponsored by Air new Zealand is still the hottest place to be at the happening spot Cecconi’s, with chairman Bernard Skibben holding court. It’s always nice to see so many newcomers around this time, especially actors who are usually here alone and are missing home, it’s a really good place to meet like-minded people so pop along and join in the real conversation.
Thursday, Jan. 14th Toscars Selection Night: Who will be parodying which film? It’s always a fun get together evening! – And there are still spaces to join in the fun. Send us an email to or check out the online version of this column at for the eventbrite ticket link.
Tuesday Jan. 19th  – Brits brekkie in the morning and Sandro Monetti is back in the evening to host our very popular pub quiz at The Pikey.
All in all, a fun, jam-packed January. Keep dry everyone and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events.
Craig Young