Monday, June 4, 2012

Brits in LA Newsletter June 4th, 2012


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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.
Like Joe's Facebook page here to keep informed of any special offers or competitions he is running



Hi Breeps!


Wow what a fantastic Jubilee, lots of festivities going on BAFTA had an amazing garden party yesterday, The BABC have a great event coming up this weekend and we hosted our own Lovely Jubbly Jubilee event at Buckingham Palihouse. 

We converted the hotel into a fine street party. 

It was a right royal knees up !
thanks to Tom Lowe and Maria Elena Infantino. 
Ma'am was in the house 

 And everyone dressed in their Saturday best
Marina and Mario
 Giles and Mia
 The Food was a fantastic spread of 1950's tea style.

Our Lovely Catherine and the Mabbett Family were present
 Mario and Vicki
 Sharon and Amanda
 kids had a blast
 More singing took place, Tom and Bobby
Much laughter with Eileen and David

 
 Onlookers sand a long with the song sheet

Ramon enjoyed the sing-a-long
 Shirley Greene stayed up all night making her T-shirt. Looked great!

Facemasks and blowup corgis equal genius
The Fabulous Voice of Maria-Elena Infantino
Our Talented host Tom Lowe as our Toastmaster Douglas Dewar prepares
Vicki Skipworth looked dashing in her orignal 1950's Blue dress and matching hat.
Many got to take their photo with the Queen, oi Coneely put her down.



To see more photos click here and here. Many thanks to our Toastmaster Douglas Dewar, Our Tarot Reader Anne Shaw, Our wonderful photographers, Kerstin Alm and Dawn Bowery. Our fantastic volunteers Lorraine Wilkinson, Marina Paganucci, Rob Pait, Tehmina Sunny and Amanda Fleming. None of this would have been possible without your kindness and generosity. We thank you. Thanks to Volkswagen, Santa Monica for their continued support and well done Craig Rooke, who helped tremendously in producing his first BLA event. See more pix here and here
Coming up The Gentleman VS. The Ladies Pubcrawl's this Thursday - The Spurs vs. Galaxy game - Where to watch the EURO and Olympic events all coming up this summer.


Cheers Craig xoxo


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Thinking of moving to LA, need a visa?

GIL BRITO
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.

&
BERNARD SIDMAN
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

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UPCOMING EVENTS

TUESDAY
BRITS BREAKFAST CLUB EVERY TUESDAY 
SPONSORED BY 
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

We would like to thank Industry Hollywood for coming on board and sponsoring Breakfast Club.
Industry Hollywood provides valuable advice and support through the process of making the move to L.A.
INDUSTRY HOLLYWOOD 0-1 VISA ADVICE AND LA NETWORKING WEEKS

**In the Month Of MAY 2012, Industry Hollywood has guided 5 actors towards successfully obtaining their 0-1 visas **
 If you would like more information on the products and services that Industry Hollywood offer and how they can help and support you with visa guidance and networking opportunities in Los Angeles, then please submit your resume, head shot and a forwarding letter with any questions or queries to info@industryhollywood.com

BLAggers play vinnie Jones' team Hollywood United tonight at 8pm

THURSDAY 

THIS THURSDAY 730PM - GUYS AND GALS WILL BE DEVIDED AND WORK HARD TO MEET EACH OTHER AT THE PIKEY FOR LAST ORDERS - CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO FIND OUT ALL THE DETAILS

PUB CRAWLED
GENTS

LADIES


FRIDAY
Happy Gay Pride
West Hollywood will have many attractions, causing a bit of bother on the roads, but all for a good cause. Give yourself plenty of time.




Jim Tavare (Funny guy who hosted our Toscars this year)


Limited number of free tickets are available to Brits in LA attending The Laugh Factory, Hollywood - Friday 8th June, 8pm show. Show stars British comic Jim Tavaré and others. First 10 to call 323-656-1336 ext 1 & say code "Brits in LA" get free admission. 2 drink minimum applies & 18+ only.


SATURDAY

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.
rsvp here


Brits In La members are invited to a day of beauty, health & exercise at the Casa Del Mar luxury hotel, Santa Monica, Saturday June 9th. 10am til 2pm... Pampering, giveaways, classes on the beach, snacks, refreshments, smartwater, cocktails are all available at this complimentary annual event.
Please ensure that you RSVP for the classes:
Courtesy of BritsInLa member Christine Peake/CEO peakPRgroup

Amir Korangy directs and brings this funny, disturbing psychological thriller to the stage for the Hollywood Fringe Festival this June. Properly set in a brooding, atmospheric Victorian England, it puts the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson themselves under the great detectives’ famous magnifying glass.
Get tickets for the preview on June 9th and be automatically invited to the after party at 
The Village Idiot 

SPECIAL OFFER FOR BRITS IN LA MEMBERS: Only $12:00. Use code BRITSINLASHERLOCK
Tickets from www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/756
A few have us have bought tickets for June 21st, 7pm

COMING SOON


Johnny Lee Miller is the Monster in the National Theatre's screened version at LA Theater works  on the 17th of June. Get tickets here directed by Danny Boyle.




Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) returned to the theatre to direct this vis...

June 23rd LA THEATRE WORKS Present BRITS IN LA
THE BROWNING VERSION
WITH BRITISH THESP
MARTIN JARVIS
LATW enjoyed our company so much for Frost/Nixon that they want to host us again for The Browning Version.
Brit cast includes Martin Jarvis, Ian Ogilvy, Steven Brand, Devon Sorvan and Darren Richardson
They have set up a discount code for us and will have a wine reception after the show.
THE BROWNING VERSION by Terence Rattigan
Terence Rattigan’s 1948 masterpiece about a schoolmaster who must give up his 18-year post at an English public school. Brilliantly exploring the complexity of the human heart, it also predates Edwards Albee’s "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in its scathing examination of a marriage. A contemporary of Noël Coward and Somerset Maugham, Rattigan’s wit and depth remain timeless.
Buy Your tickets here and use the DISCOUNT CODE "britsinla"

RSVP here to join us

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I know a lot of you attended the Britweek Film & TV summit, so I am sure you will all want to know about these two great upcoming events



BRIC Summit – June 15, Los Angeles Convention Center
The Variety BRIC Summit will explore the growth of the entertainment industry in the countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China. These four BRIC nations, which make up over 40% of the world's population, are going to play a major role in the future of the global economy in the near future with double digit growth for some areas in the media and entertainment sectors. There will also be exploration into additional fast-rising entertainment marketplaces such as South Africa, Singapore and Korea. The BRIC Summit will look at opportunities for the entertainment industry in these emerging markets.
Variety Venture Capital & New Media Summit – June 27th, Sofitel Hotel, Los Angeles
The Variety Venture Capital & New Media Summit, will explore how the investment community is driving technology innovation - so critical for the growth of the evolving entertainment industry. Start-up companies with strong ideas can thrive, thanks to the post-recession financial support and Hollywood's fight to attract today's digital consumer

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JULY

Sign up here for your tickets to the game - Please specify how many tickets you want and that you want to be seated with the BRITS IN LA group -http://www.lagalaxy.com/britlaspurs

The form is pretty straight forward!





MEMBERS NEWS

Ye Olde King's Head in Santa Monica is opening up a sister pub and restaurant in the Valley and are looking for staff. Contact Kevin Willis


LAX Construction Advisory - Temporary lane closures: LAX Central Terminal Area begins Tues, June 5 for 2 years. Plan ahead

The British ARE COMING', 2012 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, June 17. 

The 2012 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance is a tradition in Beverly Hills and this year's celebration is themed "The British Are Coming!" 


On June 17, 2012 Father’s Day there will be a superb combination of automobiles, motorcycles and designers and will highlight British makes and models. Aston Martin will be the featured car marque and the event is free and open to the public.
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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 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
Or email her Expressrentacar4less@yahoo.com



DO YOU NEED A WEBSITE?
PAUL @ PLATINUM HAS A SPECIAL OFFER

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 
$499.00
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 
$269.99
Offer extended till June 30th
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If you are interested then contact us:
or visit our website at:


British Film


PROMETHEUS




Ridley Scott's prequel to Alien has landed and I'm here to tell you - it is brilliant, my fave film of the year thus far... Edge of your seat exciting with amazing effects.




Check local listings.



Chinese Theatres, Los Angeles, June 5th 2012

UK indie-feature, Small Creatures, takes its US bow at the 15th Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles.

Small Creatures tells the story of a kid who gets himself in to a lot of trouble when he ignores the advice of those around him, because he's too afraid to stop hanging out with a homophobic bully, intent on violence.
The film features three breakthrough performances by 14-year old leads and blends a lyrical, poetic tone with a gritty realism.
 It’s the feature debut for writer/director, Martin Wallace, who, as a director of factual television, is an International Emmy and Royal Television Society Award winner and BAFTA nominee.
Wallace has also directed numerous music videos for bands including Pulp, Tindersticks, Aphex Twin, Biffy Clyro, Polyphonic Spree, Voxtrot and Erlend Oye.
Watch the trailer here 



PAUL DUDDRIDGE ACTING CAREER COACH

1st Session is Free!
Paul Duddridge

As a producer / agent in London Paul Duddridge represented some of the biggest names in entertainment.
He is now the number one entertainment career consultant in Los Angeles, with an amazing reputation for getting real results.
He has helped numerous actors, comedians directors etc to achieve success where it had previously seemed impossible.
The first consultation is completely FREE
Mention BRITSINLA for a 25% discount.


BRIT MUSIC

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 

 June 16th BRITISH TEEN SENSATION ONE DIRECTION ARE TOURING STATESIDE
AND COMING TO LA Tickets here

Marillion, Jun 27 & 28, House of Blues Sunset Strip 










The Kills

with Black Bananas
Monday, August 13Mayan Theatre
Los Angeles, CA

THEATRE

Amir Korangy directs and brings this funny, disturbing psychological thriller to the stage for the Hollywood Fringe Festival this June. Properly set in a brooding, atmospheric Victorian England, it puts the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson themselves under the great detectives’ famous magnifying glass.
Get tickets for the preview on June 9th and be automatically invited to the after party at 
The Village Idiot 


SPECIAL OFFER FOR BRITS IN LA MEMBERS: Only $12:00. Use code BRITSINLASHERLOCK
Tickets from www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/756
A few have us have bought tickets for June 21st, 7pm














THIS WEEK

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 musiccenter.org or call (213) 972-0711.

Follies
FINAL WEEK
Ahmanson Theatre

Follies
Ahmanson Theatre
Final Weeks! Must Close June 9!
“The score Stephen Sondheim wrote for Follies is mind-bogglingly lush.”
– Charles McNulty, The Los Angeles Times
"A pitch-perfect production... a unique opportunity for Angelenos to see some of the most talented women of the Great White Way."
- Laura Hertzfeld, 
Entertainment Weekly

EIGHT 2012 Tony Award® nominations for Follies including Best Musical Revival! With 25 total award nominations, Follies is the most lauded musical revival this season. 

 

Experience Follies for just $49!* $49 tickets available for ALL remaining performances of Follies - now through June 9 only. Valid for Mezzanine and Limited Preferred Orchestra locations (Reg. $95- $110). 
Call 213.972.4400 and mention code TONY or pick exact seat locations online atwww.CenterTheatreGroup.org/TONY

Follies features 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.

 

Only in Los Angeles. Only at the Ahmanson.

 

*Conditions:  Subject to availability.  Not valid on previously purchased tickets.  Valid for all performances through June 9th. May not be combined with any other offers.




LA Theatre Works
 presents
THE BROWNING VERSION by Terence Rattigan
Terence Rattigan’s 1948 masterpiece about a schoolmaster who must give up his 18-year post at an English public school. Brilliantly exploring the complexity of the human heart, it also predates Edwards Albee’s "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in its scathing examination of a marriage. A contemporary of Noël Coward and Somerset Maugham, Rattigan’s wit and depth remain timeless.Featuring: Martin Jarvis, Ian Ogilvy 







THE BROWNING VERSION by Terence Rattigan
Thursday June 21, 2012
Friday June 22, 2012
Saturday June 23, 2012 |
Sunday June 24, 2012 |

War Horse

Six weeks ONLY!!  War Horse at the Ahmanson Theatre June 13-July 29! 
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 visitwww.centertheatregroup.org/warhorse.
To book a group of 15 or more, please call Center Theatre Group’s Group Services Department at 213.972.7231



FINANCE SECTION




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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 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.
Premier International Account
  • Available in US Dollar, Sterling and Euro currencies- perfect for when you are working overseas
  • Fee-free transfers between currencies and at preferential exchange rates
  • No charges when using the debit cards on purchases in the correct jurisdiction or withdrawing funds from Lloyds' ATMs
  • Free worldwide travel insurance
  • Free 24/7 online and telephone banking making it quick and easy for you to manage your funds while you are away
  • Sterling cheque book giving you further flexibility
  • 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 losangeles@lloydstsb-usa.com and mention Brits in LA.
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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 lisa@fastaccounting.net
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NEED ANY OR ALL INSURANCES, FROM CAR, TO HEALTH AND HOME - SPEAK TO BRITS IN LA MEMBER ADAM BEACH

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

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SPORTS

Sign up here for your tickets to the game - Please specify how many tickets you want and that you want to be seated with the BRITS IN LA group -http://www.lagalaxy.com/britlaspurs

The form is pretty straight forward!


Our BLAggers are doing alright so far, ranking 7th in the league. Keep up the good work lads. Check the LA premiere league website to find out when they are next playing

BLAggers to play hollywood united Tuesday June 5th at Crossroads kick off 8pm



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LOOKING FOR A ROOM OR AN APARTMENT?
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 .

ANY OLD IRON?
Fed up of sifting through craigslist and gum tree how about searching in your own back yard, things for sale, things to trade. have a browse, a few cars for sale, and clothing and household furniture too. Check out Brits in la selling pages


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Weekly Stars with Anne Shaw
email Anne at shawcastar@aol.com for a private reading


     GOD BLESS OUR GRACIOUS QUEEN IN THIS JUBILEE YEAR
                        60 YEARS OF LOYAL & OUTSTANDING SERVICE. 
                     
      THANK YOU ELIZABETH II.

ARIES.
Good news in a matter of your feelings in regard to another .This can personal or business however by the end of this week you will feel just relieved it’s over. This week ends on a better note than for some time.
TAURUS
By the end of this month you will be able to see your way to having space in your life for new people or projects or both .What is definite this coming week is that you must lay to rest any outstanding baggage.
GEM
 Take a deep breath and understand that it’s up to you how you want your life to be now. Take time to really smell the roses and spend quality time with people who are good for you .Happy Birthday  
CAN
Well! Now the anticlimax what happens now after the whirl wind of the last month
You have to face up to what is not finished and deal with it this week other wise it will pass you by.
LEO.
If you look at what the current situation unresolved means to you then the faster you will change it. If you only knew what the other side of this was you would act and swiftly a clue, its good news.
VIR
This month coming up a lot of stuff which may not end up in a positive place that you are looking for it to be, however no action at all is worse.  Stand back review all options and then move through.
LIB
You are ready to clear away all the past dead wood which can mean many things to you keeping healthy and feeling fit being the most important .Take action to put this as a priority for yourself.
SCOR


This is the time of for you to make some decisions regarding relationships situation.. Whether this be moving on or repairing what is broken or whatever . Get moving in the most positive direction by making a decision .It can be as simple as putting on a back burner.


SAG

 A problem in your work 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 follow up on that problem bill that is still not complete until you receive the receipt!!
CAP
This week get rid of any stuff in your life and this means all. Then start fresh by the end of the week.  This next month will bring some clearance for you in the financial area and also an opportunity to spend a little time on your own doing what you want to do.
AQU
You have learned a lot of new ways to make life more peaceful the last few weeks .One thing is that you have been keeping your self busy and occupied doing what makes you happy . Continue on this very good path.
PISC
This week ahead will bring back to what was going on in your life late last year perhaps a decision not made or not completed by all those involved. The feeling of life not being kind to you is temporary.





Robbie Williams opening the Jubilee concert today

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