BRITS in LA NEWSLETTER August 15th

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Are you having trouble buying or leasing a car due to non existent credit?  If so you need to talk to Joe Seymour at Mike Sullivan's Volkswagen Santa Monica. They have found a loop hole and are offering the Foreign Business Professionals Leasing Plan . All you need is a social security number and a valid visa. Contact Joe on 310 266 8825 or email him at JosephSeymour@LACarGuy.com . He is a fellow Brits in LA member and will do his very best for you! 
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Happy Birthday to Gianni Capaldi, Simon Cole, Cory Jones, Rachel Wright, Victoria Jones, Tim Bagley, Stuart Forbes, Patricia Dickinson, Lee Bennett, Phil Miller, Joe Townley, Erika Costa, Nigel Radford, Scott Mauro, Matthew Wiseman, Jim Keith, Josie Green Roman, Joe Adams, Jennifer Good, Linda O connor, Tony Denton, Sergio Perez, Dazzle Dust, Carly Steel, Matt Tiffin, Jonty Nash, Tisha Rivera, Christine Fazzino, Shannon Gettins, Simone Smith, Jeanie Lim, Bethany Jones, 

Good Luck to BLA member John Mawson who is participating in the 48 Hour Film Festival!


Hi Everyone,
Hope you are all having a great week? I just got back from a trip to Portland, Oregon. If you haven't been it really is worth a visit. Has a very European feel but with all the American conveniences. 

One of the first 'locals' I met was a Brit from Hull, who has just relocated to work at the film studios up there. There are a lot of tax incentives for filming in the state of Oregon, so if you have any projects in the pipeline it is certainly worth checking out the Oregon film website or contacting Jane for more details. It also made me realise how a lot of you must feel when you first move here. Not knowing what are the best supermarkets (Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Fresh & Easy and Pavilions) are called or what the Californian laws are. So if ever you are uncertain about anything, however small or 'silly' don't hesitate to drop us a line or post your questions on the FB page .One local law a lot of you may not know is that it is illegal to have unsealed alcohol in a car unless it is in the trunk (boot!)


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EVENTS

Brits Breakfast Club  

Brits in LA and Industry Hollywood. Rsvp here. Don't forget to bring cash!! The price includes the Tax and Tip - so no need to leave anymore on the table unless you feel inclined to leave extra! I'm sure the waitstaff would appreciate it!

ARE YOU STUCK IN THE UK dreaming of making the move to LA?
Industry Hollywood can help! Fellow Brit, Richard Burke offers two great services where he not only guides you step by step through this daunting process during his 0-1 visa Seminars but he has also developed a unique Networking Week here in LA, which offers actors the opportunity to meet with the big agencies as well as one on one acting coaching with some of the very best in town (Howard Fine, Margie Haber, Amy Lyndon, Paul Webber and Lesley Kahn) . Their services aren’t limited to the acting profession, so if you are thinking about making the move don’t hesitate to get in touch!
For more information about Industry Hollywood please visit their website and watch their video of testimonals, I spotted lots of satisfied Brits in LA members!. Or email info@industryhollywood.com . Hope to see you in LA soon!

BLA SATURDAY SOCIAL
And for all those weekday warriors that can't make Tuesdays we are hosting Saturday Social. same brekkie menu as Tuesday but with 1/2 price mimosas (Bucks fizz)

rsvp here
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Brits in LA present Pub Quiz 
sponsored by Safe-Cig
at Bar Lubitsch Wednesday August 17th with Katie Puckrik and Craig Young hosting this month. Cash prize and giveaways - Drink specials too. RSVP here



BRITS GO TO THE THEATRE


Craig has organised a trip to the Kodak Theatre next week to see IRIS, if you fancy joining click here to RSVP


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BRITS in LA present Sunday Roast Lunch

Last Sunday of the month. August 28th. If you haven't got time for a sit down meal, feel free to pop in for a quick pint.
RSVP here , we will also be celebrating the lovely Sarah May's birthday!

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Fancy a getaway to palm Springs? Take a look at this house that sleeps up to 6 comfortably. - Bake in the warm heat, take in the amazing views, great privacy, BBQ, Kidney shaped pool sip cocktails while gazing at the wondrous mountains - Contact me at craigyoung26@aol.com if you are interested in renting for a weekend or up to 2 weeks - Very reasonably priced.
Bliss
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It can be stressful looking for an apartment or a home especially if you are back and forth between London and LA. Meet Claudia, A Brit in LA who is more than happy to take away some of that house-hunting stress 
If you are looking to Sell, Buy or Lease a home…Please Contact Claudia Afshar today!!!  Claudia’s a top producing agent with “Afshar Properties” at Coldwell Banker in Beverly Hills. Claudia, moved here from London, England many years ago and has helped many of the Brits find a lease, buy a home, sell and re sell their ongoing houses. Claudia has a lot of knowledge and experience in the real estate world from purchases to financing to building & repairing credit, plus much more! She understands what it is to be a Brit In LA!!! Contact her at: (310) 860-8861 or Claudia@afsharproperties.com.
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Bit o' Culture
Brits in LA member and talented photographer Dawn Bowery has some of her work showing  at the TAG gallery on the 20th August as part of the California Open. She would love for you all to come and check out her work. The exhibition runs through to September 3rd
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BRIT ENTERTAINMENT



Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet is performing at the HOB on August 16th

Brits in LA member Lynsey Shaw is singing at Cafe Was on Thursday

Human League at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 2nd 

Sade at the Staples Center this weekend

Duran Duran at the Nokia Theatre in September

The Kooks are playing here in Dec. Tickets on sale 

Jesse J is on tour with Katy Perry. Buy your tickets here
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FURNITURE FOR SALE
My friend is moving overseas and selling everything. Sofa, bed, desk, electric guitar and all kinds of other household stuff. Click here to see if there is anything you fancy
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Brits in LA member Jim Tavare has a new FB page. 'Like' him and you get a chance to receive free tickets to his regular show at the Laugh Factory. I went last week and the very funny Tom Arnold opened for him. Was a brilliant night!

Brit in LA Mick Rossi, has a new film coming out and wants you all to come and see it! Also starring local lady Natasha Gregson Wagner. A Kiss And A Promise opens at Laemmle Sunset 5 West Hollywood starting Fri. Sept. 9th . You can view the trailer here

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PERSHING SQUARE are hosting free screenings. This Friday they are showing a Monty Python movie! Click here

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Alison wanted to tell you all about a great film tour she recently took.....



"It's fascinating for anyone interested in the history of cinema when combined with the real streets of California, Venice. They shows clips of movies from the last 100 years on an iPad as they takes you around on a walking tour. They are running a special offer at the moment. It's completely for the genuine love of the place (the guide has lived there for over 15 years) and the love of film. He is a human encyclopedia on LA." Visit the FB page for more details

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ARE YOU COVERED?

Health Insurance: As recent headlines have shown, monthly health insurance costs are increasing and now is an ideal time to review or amend your current health insurance plan to avoid or minimize these increases. Adam Beach is highly experienced with both Business, Group and Individual health Insurance. I would highly recommend sitting down with him for a consultation as he is a fully licensed Financial Advisor and can evaluate not only your Health Insurance needs but rolling over 401K plans, Life Insurance options and establishing start-ups with full-service financial plans. He has managed to save many of us considerably on our monthy insurance cost! Please contact Adam on: 310.773.7939  or adam@beachfinancialgroup.com

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Welcome to Irish man Robbie Keane, who is the latest addition to the LA Galaxy line up. I am not surprised he wants to leave Tottenham after the awful events of last week!
 “I am delighted, honored and very excited to be joining the LA Galaxy,” Keane said. “I have always wanted to come and play in MLS so it’s the perfect combination for me and a dream come true. My family and I have already been made to feel very welcome in telephone calls from Tim Leiweke and Bruce Arena. Also when David Beckham came and trained at Spurs recently he couldn't speak highly enough about the Galaxy, their fans and the league in general, so I can’t wait to get over and get started.”
Visit the LA Galaxy website for all the details

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HAVE YOU BEEN INTO GALVIN BENJAMIN SALON YET? – 
Galvin Benjamin, 8901 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood CA 90069

James, Benjamin and Leanne want to reward your loyalty by continuing to offer all BRITS IN LA members 25% off all cuts, colors and Brazilian blowouts - All other stylist will offer 20% off. They are open 9am - 6pm but are very happy to make appointments for later than that. The salon's phone number is 424 249 3296 and email is:- info@GalvinBenjamin.com

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Podcast from America - with guest Katie Puckrik

The fragrant new episode of 'Podcast from America' stars broadcaster, journalist, performer and now fully-fledged 'fumie' Katie Puckrik, who presents 'Katie Puckrik Smells' the dedicated fragrance channel on YouTube. She talks to Lisa Marks about her early career as a dancer for the Pet Shop Boys, presenting the iconic late-night entertainment show 'The Word' in the Nineties, and how her love of perfume and cologne, has given her career a sweet-smelling new direction. (FYI she's also presenting this week's Brits in LA pub quiz with Craig). Visit Lisa's blog for the link to the show's iTunes page.

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Need legal advice for issues back in the UK ? Then Anne at Child & Child is the person you need to speak to. She has already helped quite a few Brits in LA members with various disputes . If she can't help, she can point you in the right direction. Make sure to mention Brits in LA  as she is also a member!


Don't forget to keep checking and posting on the FB wall, I see lots of people looking for places to stay or rooms to rent. Please bear in mind that all responses posted go into all our members inboxes, so try to keep them on topic and refrain from personal conversations (these should be private messages).
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Paul Duddridge
Interested in your movie career being helped as part of a new show? Casting actors / writers / directors who need help for a new reality show. 
As an agent / producer Paul Duddridge represented some of the biggest names in the UK, he also produced shows for BBC and ITV.
His Hollywood clients are actors, directors, writers and producers, all seeking one to one practical guidance on succeeding in entertainment. First consultation is free. www.entertainmentcoach.com 
Paul Duddridge is also offering 20% discount  BritsinLa referrals. 

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Radio 1 got axed from Sirius this week
sign the petition to bring it back here
and join their FB page here

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One month to go until tickets for 2012 Paralympic games go on sale
best way to get tickets is visit the website
 or your local branch of Lloyds Tsb from September 9th



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Need an Immigration lawyer? Try one of these. I can honestly say using a lawyer speeds up the process tenfold. The following three offer free consultations for Brits in LA members

Gil Brito of Beltran Brito sponsored our Royal Wedding Party and has helped over 100's of Brits obtain visas into the USA call or email him today to find out if he can help you.
 gbrito@beltranbrito.com or call on 305-860-4050 for a free consultation.

Bernard Sidman is a fellow Brit in LA and has helped many other Brits in LA with the immigration process and has a high success rate. He has helped many BRITS IN LA through the citizenship application and is very thorough and no nonsense. You can reach him on 818 981 0352 or Email him at Bernard@bernardsidman.com

Joe Adams; Ready to work? We are a specialized immigration and entertainment law firm working extensively with the British community here in the U.S. and back in the U.K. to obtain work visas. We have a 100% success rate. We are professional, highly responsive and flexible on payments. Email joe@jaesq.com

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If you are in London in September you might be interested in this.........

Explore hidden London during Open House Weekend
Open House Weekend on 17th - 18th September is a chance to visit some of the most amazing buildings in London FREE, many of which are usually closed to the public. You can choose from 700 buildings to look around including many in Westminster. See where Jimi Hendrix lived, admire the views from City Hall or visit the underground Roman Baths featured in David Copperfield.
Guides cost £6.50 but you can pick one up at your local library from Friday FREE. Find out more.

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The British Consulate in LA is hiring. If you are looking for a job, click here
LACMA have lots of job opportunities too!

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We have recently completed a few sites for Brits In LA members, our portfolio also includes Seal's official fan site & Steve Sidelnyk's official site! Personal Service, Professional Designs is our slogan and if you ask anyone who has had a site design by us they will tell you our service is second to none. We look forward to creating a site for you, plus you will all benefit from a Brits In LA discount, Check  out our Brits In LA section on our site for details and prices.www.platinumonewebdesigns.com

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If I have forgotten to include someones post I apologize we get so many requests. I see lots of sublets on the Facebook page but please know we  don't endorse any of these listings and you should treat these like any other transactions by getting deposits and references beforehand. 

If you are new to the group please feel free to post any questions on the wall or message us directly at britsinla@gmail.com

Cheers
Eileen



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