BLA BLA BLA! Newsletter Dec 11th 2010

Hi Breeps!

Not too long to for the holidays, noticed that fed-ex last Shipping dates are Dec 20th for Economy prices and Dec 22nd for Priority.

If you feel you are stuck for time, to either shop or wrap your gifts, I can highly recommend BLA member Kim Morgan Greene, here are a few pics, of her work and she is very reasonably priced --  contact kim directly at

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If you need a car, Joe Seymour is the guy to talk to. For those of you on a visa, the Foreign Business Professionals Plan is probably your best option as your credit score is not an issue. Leasing is also good for business as you can write a lot of the costs off as a business expense (talk to a tax advisor for full details). Joe is our guy at VW and can handle all your questions and concerns. His direct number is 310 266-8825 or email him at
You can even do the whole process over email and have a shiny new motor in a matter of days! -
Finally put a face to the name by clicking here

NEED IMMIGRATION ADVICE ?? Email Gil at He has helped many of our members and will give you a free consultation. Don't forget to quote Brits in LA

If you are looking to find a new home in Los Angeles, get in touch with Claudia today!  She is an English Real Estate Agent – Claudia Kohn at Coldwell Banker in Beverly Hills.  Please review her website  She covers all of the Westside from Hollywood to Malibu in PURCHASES, SALES & RENTALS. Please call her if you have any questions or would just like to discuss your options. "I’m here to help and I look forward to hearing from you”. Claudia Kohn 310.859.5341

ARRIVE TO THE AIRPORT IN STYLE - TGE -LIMO  are offering Limos or town cars or only $75 with gratuity included from most of Los Angeles City, & $85 from the valley - It's just a few dollars more, but you can travel in style and stress free. call 800-594 4767

Sara Maraffino offer a Brits in LA discount for personal training. She normally charges $1,300 for 20 sessions, $700 for 10 sessions and $375 for 5 sessions BUT will offer $1,000 for 20, $550 for 10 and $300 for 5 for BLA members . Contact her at or call 8186419236 . Don't forget to quote Brits in LA for these special prices! Would make a fab gift for someone to use in January too!

BLA Member and Former GMTV Hollywood Presenter Marc Freden has released a new anecdotal memoir: "REALLY!?!--A Memoir and Other Observations from a Man Who's Lived Life 'Not Quite Famous Enough'". In it he takes on such icons of Hollywood as the Oscars and Barbra Steisand, talks about his meeting HRH Queen Elizabeth II and confronts such issues in his own life as coming out, Catholicism and "privilege"--all told through an irreverent and self depricating wit.
Those of you who remember Freden from his camp days on GMTV will see a whole new insightful side to him--wit and wisdom for sure. The book is easily ordered on Amazon and on

50% off your Perfect Hair do!
British, world renowned, hair dressers James Galvin and Benjamin Mohapi are setting up a new hair salon called GalvinBenjamin that will open at 8910 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood in February 2011. James has come from being a director and one of the busiest stylists in the Daniel Galvin salon in London and Benjamin is a renowned session stylist on films, magazine shoots and music videos.
As a pre-christmas and pre-opening deal they are offering 50% off to Brits in LA members. This will make the cost of the cut $150. They are also offering a 50% discount on coloring and Brazilian blow outs. These will be done by Leanne Galvin who was trained directly by Daniel Galvin and has a large client base including many celebrities. To get a quote for coloring and Brazilian blow outs or make a booking please email or email through their new facebook page. All appointments will take place privately in your home.
See their new facebook page at

British Independant Film Awards
"Monsters" and "Kings Speech" were the two movies that exceeded expectations. Monsters secured 3 gongs, and The Kings Speech 5 nods in a at a star studded gala at

Speaking of British Film, we are going to support  A little short this week, come along! fo the deets

Does anyone have  a movie projector and screen we can borrow for our TOSCARS event on 25th january?
Speaking of TOSCARS this will be our next big event - selection night is January 25th, 2010. Save-the-date. Click to find out more and see some of the movies from year's past, like Slumdawg Millionaire, Scrumptious, or last year's winner 'district 69'

You may have witnessed BLA Member Lynsey Shaw perform at our xmas party, well she is playing this monday with The upright Cabaret - if you've not seen these guys, you must they're fantastic - for tickets - On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 8pm - Upright Cabaret at Catalina Jazz Club will transform into a wonderland of song this December for Upright Cabaret’s 5th Annual Holiday Celebration!Experience the artistry of Upright’s finest performers as they don their gay apparel to interpret some of your favorite holiday classics in the coziest upscale venue in Los Angeles.

Interesting fact: BLA member Steve Sidelnyk  who sang 'feed the world' at this year's Christmas party first sang that song at Wembley Stadium for Live Aid 25 years ago!!(he says he stood right behind George Michael (I bet George enjoyed that! Phnar Phnar!)

The Christmas Rockers are also playing some fun british pubs around town Sat.Dec.11, 9:00 PM Cock & Bull Pub,2947 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, 90405, 310 399-9696
Sun.Dec 12, 1PM Crown & Anchor,2891 E. 1000 Oaks Blvd, 1000.Oaks, 91362, 805 497-0070 

DROP OFF LOCATIONS For Adopt-a-letter
Do you know anyone who owns any boutiques or stores in hollywood, west hollywood, west LA, etc?.. who will allow us to use as a drop off location for any gifts they adopt for children for the holiday! We can make a little box for them & we'll send someone to pick them up when it gets halfway full. Contact Kimberly at

AN AMAZING Art event to celebrate the past year and the holidays! Featured artists include Brandon Boyd, Alan Aldridge, Mark Mothersbaugh, Janette Beckman, Joseph Arthur, Xany Rudoff, Mike DeNicola, Joanna Garland, Jonny Fenix & Lauren Lilly. Tuesday, December 14 · 6:00pm - 10:00pm Bootleg Theater (in the event space that's attached)
2220 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. Beautiful prints, original works & photography on display and for purchase. Load of British Artists.
There are also tickets available for a great lineup of bands at the Bootleg happening that night starting at 8:30. Nothing better than a night of art & music!

Limited Edition JvdF "I' m gonna ZEN the Shit out of you" dish towel! Truly one of a kind, your friends and family will find a whole new sense of peace this holiday season... and beyond.
Edition of 100. 22" X 20". $70. NOW ONLY $45 With bLA discount code: ZEN2010
Pure vintage linen. Hand cut, stitched, stamped and numbered. Orders being taken now for holiday delivery. Each arrives wrapped in a signature JvdF vintage silk "envelope".
Available through

PANTO AGAIN - I went last Friday And loved it - They have prop'r Panto dames called Cowell and Seacrest - It really is great family fun, it only runs till the 19th so make sure you get yer tix fast as I know they are selling out. quote Brits when buying tickets for your $10 off!! They have a short run, so buy now. check out the British sweet shop and the tea shop too! Jennifer Leigh Warren shines, Freddie Stroma (from Harry Potter) is perfectly cast as the handsome Prince. The Dames are a riot and with their tongue in cheek humor and amazing costumes make the show - CY

PAUL TERRY who runs the official SEAL fan-site and designed it he is offering his design services to you all. He also designed BLA member Steve Sidelnyk's site and he says " he is actually based in the Isle of Wight but let me tell you he was so quick and professional in my dealings with him I can't recommend him enough. " Check out what he did for Steve here and then click on his link

$$ House Needed For 2 Day Shoot -- $1000 (Los Angeles Area) Have a weekend away on us!! Or pocket some extra cash for the holiday season!!
We are seeking a nice, clean, modern looking (but not opulent) "suburban" style home for a two-day video shoot over the weekend of December 18 & 19, 7AM - 7PM.
We are looking to film in the following areas: Spacious Bedroom, Kitchen, Backyard, Driveway,
Front Yard. We are fully insured, will be permitted, and are willing to have Layout Board laid on the floors prior to the shoot.Total fee paid for the location will be $1000.00. If interested,
please respond to the address above with the neighborhood location of the house, and photos of the interior and exterior for our reference. Reply to:

 My friend Becky is looking for a Brit Roomie - Click below for the deets.

Foster a pair of doggies for Christmas hols
A close friend of mine just recently, (a few days ago) had a bad car accident.
 She has 2 dogs, one is an 11 year old Bichon Frise called 'Moxie' and the other is a 3 year old poodle called 'Shirley'.
Its going to be a while till my friend is fully recovered and will be able to take care of the dogs again.

I would love to take them, but will be away for most of the hols, so I am asking all my friends to see if they or anyone that they know would be able to foster these dogs until she is recovered and well enough to look after the dogs again.  She loves them so much and wants to make sure that they are looked after while she recovers..Please cross post to anyone that you know that you think may be interested, and feel free to contact me..thanks so much directly at

Congratulations to Eileen's cousin John who was voted Best Concierge in the World by Luxury Travel Advisor. he flew  to Vegas on the 7th of December to accept  his award. He is currently concierge at The Goring Hotel

Don't forget to keep checking the wall for sublets, cars for sale and all kinds of other stuff! Apologies in advance if I forgot to include your post!

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Hope to see you all at Breakfast Club next Tuesday,

 Best, Craig


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