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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Brits in LA Weekly Newsletter September 3rd 2015

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September 3rd 2015

 
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EDITOR'S LETTER

Hello Everyone!
Normally Craig would be greeting you all this week, but unfortunately he became very ill at the weekend and has been in hospital for the last few days. The good news is that he is on the mend and will be back to tell you all about it next week. I am sure you will all join me in sending him lots of love; get rested and well soon Craig!
Filling in for Craig also gives me an impromptu chance to get something off my chest.
The word immigrant has been bandied about in the media over the last few weeks and not in a very constructive or positive way; although my beef with the constant current use of the term is that it is mostly incorrect. Presidential candidate, Donald Trump has got into a fair amount of hot water over some of the recent comments he has made on this topic. I find this astonishing, particularly when you take a quick look at his ancestry. You can only assume he has been misquoted. Turns out he is just misguided, as he doesn’t seem to count people like his Scottish mother or former Czechoslovakian wife as immigrants. I doubt it comes as a massive surprise to you that I am an immigrant - and I am sure many of you are too. I can almost picture us all going to hear Mr Trump talk and standing up to announce this like a scene out of the film Spartacus. I am very proud to have migrated, but saddened and perhaps slightly self conscious, when I hear it mentioned in such a derogatory way. I have on occasion pointed out to people that “I am an immigrant’  (in response to their negative comments)  but not surprised when they respond with  “I don’t mean people like you’. This thinly veiled racism is unacceptable and I don’t want to be a part of it.
Perhaps this why the Brits often prefer to refer to themselves as ex-pats?
British Prime Minister David Cameron has helped feed this fire when he recently referred to the ‘swarm’ of migrants descending on the UK. Not only is this kind of language extremely inflammatory, but he is another culprit of deliberately using the wrong term and lumping people of various circumstances under one label. Migrant  doesn't sound as serious as refugee or asylum seeker. I think it is particularly dangerous when you are in such a position of power. People will never understand the difference between refugees and economic migrants, if prominent politicians can’t, or choose not to….
 Surely it is common sense to realize that when one is fleeing for their life, whether it be from poverty or violent attacks, that it is obvious they are not just migrating to go and scrounge a few benefits? Sadly it seems it will take many more lives like that of Aylan, the three year old Syrian boy whose drowned body was washed up on a Turkish beach this week, for the world to sit up and take action. We have to realize it is all of our moral responsibility to do as much as we can to help. There is no immediate solution to the conflict in Syria, so it is really crucial for all countries to step up and start accepting refugees. For the NIMBY's amongst you, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
I am not a religious person but ‘There but for the grace of God go I’ seems particularly apt this week.
Thankfully it seems that there are some compassionate world citizens who have taken this matter into their own hands. Even though we are far away we can still help financially.
If you are in a position to help, even in a small way, my friend Dawn O’Porter has made it a little easier for you. She has set up a HELP CALAIS & GREECE wish list on Amazon, visit this link to see what is needed LINK TO DONATE .

If you would like us to share a charity or organization that are doing their bit during this current crisis, feel free to drop us a line and we can reshare their info on our social pages.
The Independent newspaper has compiled a decent list of charities that are currently asking for help with the refugee crisis.
Click on the following link to view the list. Donate what you can and please share.
The Independent List
There seems to be a lot of confusion and misinformation on how many refugees have been taken in by various countries - visit FullFacts.org for the full facts!

If you have any questions or comments, you can always email us at BritsinLA@gmail.com.
Don’t forget our Tuesday Weekly Breakfast Club has switched to Saturdays for the next 3 weeks. We are still at Cecconi’s but they are closed weekday mornings (open at 11.30 am) until September 20th whilst they have a little work done ;)
Visit www.Britsin.LA for all the details.
cheers
Eileen

 

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PASSPORT ADVICE

Make sure your passport is not about to expire before you book travel. Visit our blog for details on how to renew your passport.

One of the most common questions we get is 'Where can I get UK passport pictures done?'

Thanks to Brits in LA Member, Mario, we now have a pretty easy answer!

 
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 picture 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. Total cost, 32 cents!

We have new info for applying for a passport for your US born kids

CHILDREN BORN BEFORE 1 JULY 2006

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They are offering Special Deals exclusively for Brits in LA Members!
 
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Not Sophies Choice is screening at the LA Shorts Fest on September 5th starring Catherine Tate and Alex Macqueen get your tickets here 
(it is program number 14)

 
East West Players latest production starts September 10th
A great cast including our very own
Ewan Chung!

Get your tickets here
Runs through to October 11th

They also need volunteer ushers - click
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Plus you get to see the show for free!
Morrison Hotel Gallery​ have a great exhibition coming up Behind the Lens features the work of Patti Boyd​ and Henry Diltz Photography​ - the photographers have a very special event planned at Largo at the Coronet​ on September 10th

purchase tickets via the following link 
 

 

Fri Aug 28: Blade Runner

Tue Sept 1: Casablanca

Wed Sept 2: The Breakfast Club

Thurs Sept 3: Cinema Paradiso

Sat Sept 5: Back to the Future

Tue Sept 8: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Wed Sept 9: Ghostbusters

Thurs Sept 10: Jaws

Fri Sept 11: The Goonies

Sat Sept 12: Top Gun
 

Tues Sept 15: Dirty Dancing

Wed Sept 16: Reservoir Dogs

Thurs Sept 17: Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Sat Sept 19: Grease

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Join us for Brits in LA Pub Quiz at The Pikey
Every other Tuesday!
Next one on September 8th
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We are also looking for raffle prize donations so if you have anything to offer drop us a line here


 
BRITS ON STAGE : Visit our blog The Ango Files to see who is playing in and around LA.

The Who,  Echo & the Bunnymen, Paul Weller, The Damned, Squeeze, Garbage, Chvrches, Gary Numan, and so many more
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We have a pair of tickets to giveaway to Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats who are at the Fonda on October 1st


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