Monday, December 12, 2011

Brits in LA NEWSLETTER Dec 12th, 2011



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 are offering the Brits 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 Brits in LA member and will do his very best for you! This is also a brilliant way to build up your credit score pretty quickly too.



Hi Breeps,
Rainy out there, isn't it? Making you miss home? Perhaps just a little... Seems like most of you are heading home for the holidays, so please send it my love... meanwhile for those hanging about in L.A. you will notice how quiet it gets here, but take advantage of it - Get to the beach in 20 minutes, Skiing is an hour away, perhaps try the LA Zoo. There are lots of things to do in LA during the hols that's for sure... One being to attend out holiday party and toy drive benefiting Adopt a letter. There will amazing passed food created by Chef Gene Gerrard including mini yorkshire puds with roast beef and horseradish. Great drink specials and a fun raffle for all to participate in. This event is kindly sponsored by Glenfiddich and Lloyds-TSB International. One thing I like to do on here a lot is embarrass myself so why stop now, here is a charity christmas single I was a part of donkeys ago, see if you can spot my bad dye job. On the upside Esther Ranson tried to snog me under the mistletoe. 
Merry Christmas, Happy Hannouka, Fantastic Kwanza, fantastic everything...

Cheers Craig



NEED AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER?
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 info@jaesq.com


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


Gil Brito of Beltran Brito 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.


FREE X FACTOR BIG FINALE TICKETS


Getting down to the wire now on X Factor USA? I was crushed that my little Rachel Crow was kicked out last week. It's melanie Amaro all the way for me now. Why not go along and see the show live? Tickets are free and it is a great afternoon out. 
Click HERE to get your free tickets.

A GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT FROM OUR FRIENDS AT 
AIR NEW ZEALAND 
UP TO $300 OFF A RETURN TICKET TO LONDON*
CLICK HERE FOR ALL DETAILS

EVENTS


BRITS BREAKFAST CLUB EVERY TUESDAY 
SPONSORED BY 
INDUSTRY HOLLYWOOD
Best Eggs Benedict in town - Plus we have Heinz Baked Beans
 RSVP here. -  only $15*
The price includes the Tax and Tip - Cash only - please remember they do not accept  credit cards.
*full English breakfast is $18
Industry Hollywood - has helped over 200 actors and other fields of industry obtain Visas and Green cards. We also help secure you the all important SPONSORSHIP (The assistance with the sponsorship  is a service  that no law firm can provide and normally you would have to find this offer of work your self) .  Offering simple and direct advice on which Visa is most suited and also the most secure route to ensure that your visa gets approved. Visitwww.industryhollywood.com  (To Download the FREE Visa info pack) or email usa@industryhollywood.com
For more details please email: info@industryhollywood.com
Or call direct on: 310-954-7691 (US) or 07801-232-573 (UK) 
Or visit their website WWW.INDUSTRYHOLLYWOOD.COM

BLA'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY AND TOY DRIVE
Prize for best worst sweater, raffle, food and drinks, DJ and photos
get your tickets here - Limited number so hurry!!
Get your tickets and all information here
Valet parking provided by Valet of the dolls
Blue Ice Vodka Drinks, Glennfiddich Whisky
Tastes by Chef Gene Gerrard of Divoon Dining 
Raffle Prizes. Fun Photos. Great Holiday Music.
Please Don't drink and drive.


You will also have the chance to shop and browse through the amazing Geren Ford collection at our party. She has some great pieces at discounted prizes just for us.

THE AMAZING DESIGNER GEREN FORD
has opened up THE ANNEX in the heart of Hollywood and for the first time you can check out her entire collection as well as sampling some of her favourite vintage items from her travels. Some great Christmas gifts.  1034 Seward Street, Hollywood, CA
See what happened to some of your gifts last year
It is also a Toy Drive for Adopt-A-Letter Check out their website if you would like to adopt a letter to Santa for an underprivileged child in the Los Angeles area. Talk to your tax advisor as these gifts may be deductible! Lloyds TSB International and Glenfiddich are underwriting this event, so you can look forward to some complimentary whisky cocktails too! Buy your tickets here

SATURDAY SOCIAL
For those Brits that have to work during the week come and join us for a fully earned half price Mimosa brunch - Same great deal as Tuesdays BBC. $15 and $6 mimosas. - Cecconi's is such a perfect setting to relax unwind and start your weekend right.

ACTORS GEAR UP FOR PILOT SEASON
I'm currently working with Paul and he is a fantastic coach. 

Paul Duddridge

Paul Duddridge has represented many of the biggest names in UK entertainment. 
Michael Mcintyre, Rob Brydon, Phill Jupitus, Alistair Mcgowan, Paul Mckenna.
As a producer and writer he has created and worked on shows for the BBC, ITV, NBC and FOX. As a self styled entertainment coach he has had amazing results helping actors, writers and directors. Many acting coaches have never worked in the industry on which they advise. Paul has and still does.
               First consultation is FREE. 
On top of that Paul is offering 20% discount to all Brits in LA members.


Men....Get in shape pre- new year and  join personal trainer ADAM HUSS.  He has a special offer for all us Brits who want to get fit. I'm currently training with him and he's awesome. Contact him @ ahuss77@gmail.com or call him on 310 927-6045

Gym Bunny LLC is an exclusive group of highly skilled female trainers dedicated to training women in their homes. Individual sessions start at $45 for 45 mins, $50 for 1 hour and $70 for 1 hour 30 mins. Generous discounts are available when booking 5+ sessions.  For the full breakdown of rates and services please contact us at www.mygymbunny.com or info@mygymbunny.com or 818-282-4625. Call us today!

Look smart for pilot season by getting a great new style. Look no further than the British Hair style house of
GALVIN BENJAMIN
In the heart of West Hollywood, on Melrose, close to Cecconi's... 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



BRIT MUSIC
UK TOP 5
Congrats to Olly Murs who reached the top spot this week after entering at number 2 a few weeks ago with his reggae inspired tune Dance with me tonight (see the video below) - He kicks off the UK X-Factor's charity single Wishing On A Star they fall to 2. New Entry for Lloyd and his smash hit Dedication to my Ex. Rihanna still hanging about at 4 with We Found Love and Flo-Rida slips another place to number 5 with the catchy Good Feeling 

X-Factor Finalists Wishing On A Star

Congrats to Amy Winehouse who hits the top spot in the album charts this week - with lioness, see more about this here




Many Brits in LA members have used our services here at Platinum One Web Designs. 
We can design you a website, sell your digital content online even design you a logo! Plus if you can't think of what to buy someone for christmas, why not buy them a website package? Up to a 15 Page site including domain name, Hosting for a year & 12 updates within there first year as well all for the special price of £350.
If you are interested then contact us:
or visit our website at:



BRITISH TALENT PLAYING ON OUR SHORES



Pre sale tickets are on sale now for $75 click here for all details


The Fab Four are playing in February but tickets are on sale now!

Visit Ticketmaster to buy tickets



A bunch of us are going to catch Stephen Merchant do his thing in January. Lets see how he measures up to the mighty Gervais
Stephen Merchant at Largo in January
Buy tickets here


Congrats to BLA member Dawn Bowery for winning a pair of tickets to see  Handel's Messiah - See below for details
Handel's Messiah
Tue-Wed DEC 13-14  8pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Artists:
Philharmonia Baroque
Nicholas McGegan, conductor (OBE for services to music overseas!)
Dominique Labelle, soprano
Daniel Taylor, alto
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Nathaniel Watson, baritone
Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott, director


Experience the excitement and glory of Messiah, one of the most beloved of all
holiday traditions. This concert will be especially notable for the tremendous
freshness and energy that the Philharmonia Baroque and its ebullient conductor
bring to all their performances.

For tickets and information, visit LAPhil.com

British rockers THE DARKNESS are coming in February get tix here

Tickets for Elvis Costello just went on sale this week for April


WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO TRANSFER MONEY?
Transferring money can be a pain and I see a lot of you are asking banking questions on the FB page. Lloyds TSB have a great account available that means you can transfer money between a linked up USD,GBP or Euro account which saves all the hassle.
Click here for the Lloyds international account 
sign-up FORM

Lloyds TSB International - Britain's most trusted bank- catering to Los Angeles' expat community for international banking. Our services extend from US Dollar, Sterling, and Euro international current accounts to savings/investment products. Benefits include: free transfers between currencies, preferred exchange rates, and multi-currency debit cards. for more information, please call (213) 443 4096 or e-mail losangeles@lloydstsb-usa.com and mention Brits in LA.


This is a legal way to watch UK TV - Visit the website to order yours 
Would make a fantastic Christmas present for a fellow Brit

THE BEST OF LA THEATRE
We are looking forward to seeing this next week - A few of us are going on thursday if you want to join us
FELA!
Click here for all the information and discount code 


THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT
Erin wants to let you know that a very British, very Christmassy play is happening here in LA! It's called "The Christmas Present" and it was a Top 5 Theatre Pick from The Times (London). It the US Premiere of this dark comedy about Colin, a lonely man who checks into a hotel with a hooker for Christmas... Mince pies, mulled wine and Quality Street will be on offer. If you book 10 or more people the tickets are only $10. Runs only 9 performances in December! Click on this link  to visit the Sacred Fools Theatre website. You can contact Erin on 818-307-9508 or at xmaspresent@sacredfools.org to book group tickets or for more info. Regular tickets are only $15 and can be booked from the link. Hope to see some real Brits in the crowd! Merry Christmas. xxx

RIVERDANCE at The Pantages Theatre



Pantages Theatre (6233 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028)

Riverdance, the thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance that weaves together Celtic mythology and Irish history, has tapped its way onto the world stage and thrilled millions of people around the globe.Riverdance now returns to the Pantages by popular demand. Whether it's your first time or your fifth time to see this exhilarating extravaganza, the internationally acclaimed show is pure entertainment for the whole family. The Chicago Tribune calls it "an explosion of sight and sound that simply takes your breath away."
Goldstar tickets available here

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL RETURNS TO SANTA MONICA

OVO from Cirque du Soleil
Under the Big Top at the Santa Monica Pier
January 20-March 25, 2012


Want tickets to OVO for the whole family? 

Click Here to get a special family 4-pack for as low as $194*!


*The Family 4 Pack is available for all performances from Sunday to Thursday and the 4pm performance on Friday. Only purchases from 4 to 8 tickets may benefit from this special package. Two adult and two child tickets start at $194.  A minimum of one adult ticket and one child ticket must be purchased within each Family 4 Pack. Convenience fees included, applicable to select Price Levels and performances, delivery fee will apply. 

We are planning to make this our January theatre trip. So watch this space

NEED TO RENT AN AFFORDABLE CAR 

Need a car for a month or longer? don't wanna pay the big brand car-rental prices?If all you need is a runaround to get from A to B you should call Zoe at Economy Rent-a-Car*

They have short or long term car renting (she occasionally sells used cars too) 7007 Canby Ave Reseda CA 91335 818-668-3052 Hours 9-5  M-F and Sat by appointment after hours service 818-429-7073   Rates starting at $16.95 p/day Inc Taxes....
She has helped many Brits in LA members
Contact Economy Rent-a-car
*these cars are not brand new luxury vehicles

LOOKING TO BUY OR RENT PROPERTY?


So many of you are looking to sublet your apartments/rooms or househunting that we have set up a new group called Brits in LA Housing. This way your listings can all be in one dedicated place. Click here to join .

NEED ANY OR ALL INSURANCES, FROM CAR, TO HEATH AND HOME - SPEAK TO BRITS IN LA MEMBER ADAM BEACH


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If I have forgotten to include someone's post I apologize we get so many requests they sometimes get lost. 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. 
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Best Craig

I'll leave you with the X-factor UK winners LITTLE MIX The first band to ever win X-FACTOR UK
Watch out these girls are gonna be as big if not bigger than the spice girls!


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