Brits in LA Newsletter April 23rd

Contact Brits in LA member Joseph Seymour about how you can get into a VW without any credit. There are many options for ex-pats. Joe has all the answers you will need. He has helped so many members already and will give you the best deal in town whether you are buying or leasing. Call him on 310-266-8825 or  on email.
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Hi Guys
Hope you are all enjoying this grey weather? It feels like home doesn't it?! Happy St George's Day to all the English members! I spent the last couple of weekends at the Coachella Music Festival where it was a scorching 105 degrees! I saw some great British acts including Calvin Harris, Pulp, Florence and the Machine, Radiohead, Kasabian, The Kaiser Chiefs, Squeeze and The Buzzcocks. If you didn't get the chance to go this year make sure to buy your tickets in June for next year. It really is an amazing weekend.
I also discovered a fab new fish and chip shop truck called 
Cod Save the Queen
Follow them on Twitter to find out where they are parked up next. They even serve chips with curry sauce! I have to say my favourite was the sausage in batter though. 
I am really looking forward to all the fun events that Britweek are hosting over the next couple of weeks. make sure to scroll down and read all the way through  so that you don't miss out. We also have a new addition from Anne Shaw, Brit in LA astrologer who will be giving us our weekly horoscope! See below to find out what the future holds for you.
My sister produced/directed this great 3 part series for the Queen's Jubilee. If you missed it it is now available to purchase on dvd. Click here to get yours

I also went to a great new pub last week called 
The Pikey recently opened by our friends who run Bar Lubitsch
It is over where the Coach & Horses used to be on Sunset at Stanley. They have great drinks like the 'Ginger Minge' and the delicious 'Laddie Dill' a fab British leaning menu too. I have tried the Welsh Rarebit, Fish and Chips and the Pasta with Oxtail and all are up to scratch. They will be serving up a Sunday Roast in the next few weeks so we will be inviting you all along. Click here to visit their website
See you all at Breakfast Club!

Julian Ovenden, son of a Queen's chaplain, Actor, and Broadway singer, will add Pop singing to his resume on April 23rd when he releases his first studio album. 
Check him out at the BBC proms in the YouTube video below
He also performed for our lovely Queen over the weekend, a private show for an audience of 20! The song he sang was written by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber especially for her Jubilee!
Featured in The Sunday Telegraph (UK)
Julian Ovenden: the sweet-singing son of a Queen’s chaplain
Read the full article by clicking on this link
Follow him on Twitter here
Buy his music on Amazon here

Brit in LA member Sandra wants you all to get involved with her project. See her message below....
I have started a site; which will showcase lomography photography work of LA and I am looking for submissions.
I am looking to run an exhibition and printed newspaper of the work submitted at the end of the year and all artists will be credited.(There will also be a tote bag prize for the best submission each month once I've got them printed!)
Those interested should send their image and details about their photo (camera used / description / location) and their name to


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. 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

Click here to like them on Facebook for all their latest news and offers


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 Express 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
*these cars are not brand new luxury vehicles

Special thanks to The Weidman Gallery who framed and awarded Best Poster Art design to 
'The con-Artist' at this year's Toscars event. Get all your framing done here and browse their vintage posters - extraordinary collection - Lots of Brit art. Ask for Janet.



Do you need to put yourself on tape? Create a reel? Maybe you need a fabulous scene in an American accent or you want to freshen up your work?
Then look no further! SpeedReels can help you put anything on tape whether it is for an audition to send back to the UK (or anywhere in the world!) or to create a fantastic demo reel from scratch!
We know how important it is in this climate to market yourself in a professional manner and be the best you can be. That is why at SpeedReels we have a specialized studio fully equipped with backdrops, lights, “sets” professional sound and the Canon 5D. You will work with a skilled director/camera operator and have professional actors to read with.
Special Brits In LA discount!
25% off your first Audition taping
10% off all our other services
Please check out our website

1st Session is Free!
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.


British rockers Def Leppard at playing in June! Click here to get your tickets.

Keane are playing June 29th 
Get Tickets here

Tickets go on sale for Iron Maidens August show
click here to buy 

AND COMING TO LA Tickets here

Throwing a party? Hire Valet of the Dolls to park your guests cars.

Visit their website here for more info
Craig did last week and he highly recommend Zelaikha, It's acupuncture with a mix of Reiki.
She was amazing and she also takes health insurance. He had a huge problem with his back last week and she sorted it right out, he woke up the next day with the pain gone. She wants to give Brits in LA members a discount (Aren't we a lucky lot)
Experience the combined benefits of Acupuncture & Reiki to
alleviate tension, stress and pain. Energize and revitalize your
being. As your acupuncturist, Zelaikha treats the root cause of
disease, not just the symptoms. Her goal is to empower you to a life
path that supports longevity, vitality, immunity, and JOY.

Zelaikha is offering Bla members with a special rate of $99 for two healing acupuncture sessions (60% discount). This includes an initial treatment and one follow-up, normally priced at $150 and $100, respectively. 

What About Dick?
Starring Russell Brand, Billy Connolly, Tim Curry, Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, Jane Leeves, Jim Piddock, Tracey Ullman and Sophie Winkleman
I actually saw this a few years ago, with a slightly different cast. It was a very entertaining and I recommend you catch it if you can. Goldstar are offering cheap tickets for performances this Thursday and Friday. Click here to get yours

Bolshoi Ballet – Swan Lake
June 7 – 10, 2012 | Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center
 Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center concludes a season of great beauty with the Bolshoi Ballet performing Swan Lake - a work that epitomizes the grandeur of classical ballet. Originally choreographed for the Bolshoi by Marius Petipa in 1877, today's revised Swan Lake by Yuri Grigorovich remains a sumptuous masterpiece. The tragic legend will be performed with live orchestra and marks the Bolshoi's long awaited return since 2000.
 For a limited time, Mention code 19753 by April 30 to receive 20%* off tickets to the Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8 performances.
 For tickets and information, visit or call (213) 972-0711.


Ahmanson Theatre
May 3 – June 9
For tickets call 213.972.4400
Performance Schedule:  Tue – Fri at 8, Sat 2 & 8, Sun 1 & 6:30

“…White-Hot…Vibrant and Moving!” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
When former members of the “Weismann Follies” reunite on the eve of their theatre's demolition, two couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present. Reminiscing about their younger selves and the years gone by, the crumbling theatre brings back memories for both couples of good times and bad.
A LIMITED TIME OFFER – Experience Follies for just $49!
SELECT performances May 3-11!  (Reg. $55 - $85)
Visit or call 213-972.4400 and mention code BUDDY.
With an extraordinary 28-piece orchestra, Follies features one of the largest casts ever to appear on the Ahmanson stage:  starring four-time Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark as Sally Durant Plummer, two-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, three-time Emmy Award nominee Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion.
Containing such well-known songs as “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here,” “Too Many Mornings,” “Could I Leave You?” and “Losing My Mind, don’t miss the Kennedy Center’s critically acclaimed Broadway production of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award®-winning musical Follies at the Ahmanson Theatre for six weeks only, May 3 through June 9, 2012.
Only in Los Angeles. Only at the Ahmanson.
*Conditions:  Offers valid for select performances May 3-11, excluding May 9, in Mid-Orchestra and Orchestra X-ZZ sections.  Subject to availability.  Offer does not apply to previously purchased tickets.  May not be combined with any other offers.
*Valid in Premier Orchestra, Main Orchestra, Front Loge and Rear Loge. Expires April 30, 2012. For online orders, select valid performance (June 7 or 8) and click "Buy Tickets." Enter the promo code in the promo code box located in the top right corner of the ticketing page and click "submit" before selecting section(s) and seat(s). No refunds, cancellations or exchanges. Artists and program subject to change. 

War Horse

You've seen the movie now see the play
Both single and group tickets are now on sale for War Horse.  For more information and single ticket purchases, please call the Center Theatre Group Audience Services at 213-972-4400 or

To book a group of 15 or more, please call Center Theatre Group’s Group Services Department at 213.972.7231

You will not want to miss this epic tale, coming exclusively to the Ahmanson Theatre!
War Horse
Six weeks ONLY!!  War Horse at the Ahmanson Theatre June 13-July 29!

One of our Toscars Judges is performing his one man show
Sandro Monetti premieres as part of Britweek
"Forget the celebrity gossip magazines, this show gives you enough information to dine out on for months to come."  Elisa Roche, Daily Express showbiz editor

Ever wondered what the biggest stars in Hollywood are really like? Find out from the man who has met them all. 
Venue: The Lyric Theatre, 520 N. La Brea (near Pink's Hot Dogs), Los Angeles, CA 90036
Dates: Wed April 25 and Thur April 26 at 8.30pm.
Prior to Edinburgh Fringe Festival (for which these are fundraising performances)
You can buy tickets here and this is the Facebook page
and Britweek page too
For half price tickets use the discount code "Britweek"
Congratulations on the shows that have been added in July in New York for "Best of Fringe" watch this space for ticket details

 Film & TV Summit presented by Variety and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Los Angeles will explore a range of topics, including opportunities in the UK for film and TV content creators, resources for UK filmmakers in the US, scripted and reality programming trends and the reasons British projects succeed or fail in the US and vice versa. The summit will provide a welcoming environment in which to network and establish valuable new connections with likeminded filmmakers and business executives from the film, television and digital media worlds.
Speakers Include:
Graham King, Producer & Partner, GK Films
Basil Iwanyk, Producer, Thunder Road Pictures(Clash of the Titans, The Town, The Expendables 1 and 2, Wrath of the Titans)
Stuart Ford, CEO, IM Global
Paul Abbott, Creator & Executive Producer, Shameless
Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairman & CEO, Exclusive Media
Gareth Neame, Managing Director, NBCUniversal International & Executive Producer, Downton Abbey
Tim O-Hair, Head of Production, Parallel Media
Leslie Urdang, President, Olympus Pictures & Producer, Beginners
Doug Hansen, President & COO, Endgame Entertainment
Jane Tranter, Head, BBC Worldwide Productions 
For a complete list of speakers and program details, please visit
Early rate registration costs $99, and is open until April 6th. Save $49 by registering today plus our BRITS IN LA colleagues save an additional 10%. Enter code BRITSINLA at checkout.

Tea Time!
Mention you are a Brits in LA member for a free cuppa!
Follow them on Twitter for all the latest updates

Plus there is a great art competition happening: Click on image to read all the details.
Art Internships Available

BritWeek T4C Art programme: 4 April 2012 to 7 May 2012

We are currently looking for reliable volunteers to assist a large scale Artists Competition launching during BritWeek across Los Angeles. For more information please visit our website:

Skills & Experience Required: desire to work in the arts, excellent communication skills both written & spoken, knowledge of social media & web, some experience of working in a gallery/exhibition environment, punctuality, flexibility, ability to work under pressure.

Please send your cover letter and CV to: 
Successful applicants will be provided with references following their work experience with us. 


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 is pleased to offer you the Premier International Account that has been designed to meet the challenges and opportunities of living, working, and retiring abroad. This multi-currency account is ideally suited to professionals traveling or relocating to or from the UK, US or Europe.
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  • As the largest bank in the UK, you will have unlimited access to over 2,000 branches across the country and other parts of Europe

Additional savings products, such as five year fixed term deposits- yielding 20% interest- are available upon request. for more information, please call (213) 443 4096 or e-mail and mention Brits in LA.


Hollywood Forever Cemetery Screenings are starting up again. Kicking off with Strangers on a Train on May 12th
Bring a blanket and a picnic and have a great evening under the stars. You can even bring alcohol along too if you fancy. Click here to buy your tickets. Craig and I are going to try and go so feel free to join us :)

Don't get frazzled with your books have a pro do them for you.

Lisa is amazing - they've helped us immensely and saved us an awful lot of time preparing for this years taxes.  CONTACT LISA AT
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Adam Beach has been helping us set up our new retirement plans and he's great at explaining all the complicated stuff. - Brits in LA



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


Los Angeles Networking Week:
5th-12th May 2012. LA Pilot Season(only 1 place remaining)
Los Angeles
After our first 2 weeks sold out so quickly, Industry Hollywood have now released dates for another networking week and this will take place during the final few weeks of Pilot season.
If you would like to be part of a small, hand selected group of actors and be given the opportunity to meet, audition and take workshops and masterclasses with some of the most influential people working within today's American Film and TV industry, then please submit your resume and head shot to

Free screening of THE PIRATES!

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.
rsvp here

There are still one more free screening of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. At the AMC 30 in Orange County. Click here to Rsvp


JUNE 3rd, 2012
Click here to RSVP and keep up with the details

We are definitely getting a coach together for the Spurs match at the Galaxy - So watch out for that. We're gonna get great seats at a great discount. details to follow.

Our BLAggers are doing alright so far,ranking 5th with a game in hand. keep up the good work lads. Check the LA premiere league website to find out when they are next playing

British Snooker fans in LA

The 2012 United States National Snooker Championship will be staged at the Embassy Billiards Club in San Gabriel from May 25-27



Many Brits in LA members have used our services here at 

We can design you a website, sell your digital content online even design you a logo!
Up to a 15 Page site including domain name, Hosting for a year & 6 updates within the first year as well. 
All for the special price of 
Saving $369.00!!
This is our best offer so far! Converted to £'s this deal works out to be £315.00
Or up to a 4 page site for only 
Offer extended till April 30th
If you are interested then contact us:
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So many of you are looking to sublet your apartments/rooms or house hunting 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 .


I just used these guys for my move last week and they were brilliant.

$35/Hr. for two experienced movers (loading/driving/unloading of moving truck and dis-assembly/assembly of furniture)
Our non-discounted rate is $55/hr. for two movers. 

1 bedroom apartments are generally done in 2-3 hours ($70 to $105 total)
2 bedroom apartments are generally done in 3-4 hours ($105 to $140 total)
Of course, there are many factors that determine the amount of time required for a move.  

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Weekly Stars with Anne Shaw
email her at for a private reading


Well now that your Powerful boss Mars has turned in a positive direction all of you fiery babies will benefit in some way .Early birthdays get the action and  later Aries birthdays get the new opportunities.

The sun in your sign now will bring a situation that is unresolved perhaps in some relationship and although you probably want to ignore it. It will not disappear as though by Magic. Either way do have a Happy Birthday.

Time moves fast when your boss Mercury moves in a positive forward motion. It is time to turn your thoughts and attention to complete what has transpired these last few weeks where you can put things in to perspective.

Movement is good for you and this week it’s all around you and in the family also.
Be strong and understand you are not everything to everybody No matter you always have that shell to hide out in.

Health issues could hold you back from enjoying the weekend maybe not you’re but never the less plenty of rest and sleep should be your priority away from stress. The Lion does not like to be stressed!!!!
As this month starts it is the Sun cycle of your cousin sign Taurus so therefore is the start of new situations. Be sure you are ready and willing to take action when the opportunities show up.

With Saturn as your house guest these past couple of years and moving  in the part of your life that’s not always on show you probably are not seeing the changes until they are upon you . Rest assure they will transpire so be prepared for sudden changes.

You are probably feeling weepy or sad as Neptune in your cousin sign of Pisces is bringing up all kinds of feelings, some you will be able to resolve, others are from a time best left behind. The good news is that your boss Mars is moving forward again after months of hiding out.

 A problem in your work/home situation is just a storm in a teacup and so lighten up especially this weekend when you can relax with family or friends .Be sure you are ready to party and possibly take a short trip business or pleasure no matter it will be fun.

This week is the time to start to set free anything not working for the highest positive direction in your life.. Pluto the lord of the underwater has started this process for you and has now gone to hibernate until he returns to stay in September.
Emotional situations are highlighted this week and you already know what you should.
do. This only means you have to make an extra effort to assist the process. Then if you do that’s all can be asked of you and you can put this to rest.

This week ahead will bring back to the front of your life memories of situations that could have been and never manifest. You know very well what is for you will never go by you it is the Law of the Universe .Neptune is stirring up some thing unexpected.!!!!!!!!


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