Brits in LA Newsletter August 13th 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 by email.
  Volkswagen Test Drives E-Bugster.

Hey Breeps

So wow the Olympics are over and didn't they go out with a bang? All those fantastic British artists, Take that, The who,(thanks NBC for not showing them) Pet shop Boys, Madness, Brian May, Adele, Annie Lennox, George Michael, One Direction and not forgetting the Spice Girls reunion.    When the whole stadium started singing along to "Wonderwall" with Liam Gallagher's band Beady Eye, I definitely got a lump at the back of my throat. I was beaming with Great British pride and am so proud of our glorious nation, and like Take That says "Never Forget, we're your coming from"

Take That Olympic Closing Ceremony 2012 .

- I'm kind of relieved it's over, only so i can get back to some real work. I was glued for all sixteen days. In the end Britain set a goal of overtaking the Russians in the ranking; winning 65 total medals, 18 more than we did in Beijing and 29 of them were gold. We did best of all in Athletics, cycling, boxing and of course rowing. And huge congratulations to Team USA who surpassed China to take top place in the medal count a whopping 104, 46 of them gold. This week we at Brits in la reach a mile stone- we graduate nursery and go into the big school - because we are turning five. thanks so much to all of you who contribute and participate in this great community. I often forget how lucky i am to be British and still get to live in this fantastic city that welcome us with open arms, we have many members that aren't British and I'd like to thank them for being a part of our community too, like the closing ceremony last night showed both the UK and USA are diverse countries with great cultures.

I also had a great weekend as a movie I made called Wannabe was released directly through Facebook  - it's groundbreaking as it's the first movie to ever do this through Charge Play and Future Leap - giving independent film makers a great platform for self distribution, a bit like how authors can self publish their own books. Anyway I'm extremely proud of this funny movie and of all the help of friends to make it happen. Take a look at the trailer and download it if you wanna watch it here.

Have a great week guys and hope to see you at one of our events this week, Breakfast club tomorrow and on Saturdays and our anniversary party is this Wednesday night at Happy Ending. Karaoke with a live band, pool and Beer bong. Get your tickets here. 
Also their is a fundraising benefit for a Brits in AL member this weekend in Santa Monica - So please support if you can



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Thinking of moving to LA, need a visa?

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

or are you....

One of the most common questions we get asked is for shipping company recommendations. We have heard great things from a lot of you about these guys. Visit their website here 



You are invited to an advance screening of THE INBETWEENERS! THE INBETWEENERS is an outrageous British comedy reminiscent of AMERICAN PIE which follows four out-of-their-league high school friends as they embark on a rampage of wild partying and hilarious misadventures while vacationing in the Mediterranean. The film is based on the hit UK television series of the same name. Its creators, Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, later created this motion picture version. Released in August 2011, the film grossed over $65 million at the British box office.

September 4th at 7:30PM (arrive by 7:00PM)
Laemmle Monica 4-Plex Theater
1332 2nd St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
WE HAVE 100 TIX to this Screening. RSVP to

TUESDAY is always
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.
 If you would like more information on the products and services that Industry Hollywood offer and how they can help and support you with  networking opportunities in Los Angeles, then please submit your resume, head shot and a forwarding letter with any questions or queries to

  Intersecting(LA) - AUG. 18th

A one night only pop up mixed media event 

free, open to the public, with complimentary valet parking and a host (open) bar.

Take a look at their website for more info on songs, videos, google maps, and photos.


Many Brits in LA members have used our services here at 
-OFFER NOW ENDS August 24th 2012

We can design you a website, sell your *digital content online even design you a logo!

If you are interested then contact us:
or visit our website at:

*Extra cost depending on how many items to be sold

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 recommend -
RED at Mark Taper Forum
Center Theatre Group  
NOW - Sept. 9th
Birtish Thesp Alfred Molina starring in Red
Buy tickets here
Sam Milgrom Presents ‘Through The Looking Glass’ – Glass The Tramp Photograph Collection – Sale to Benefit Inner-City Arts

WHAT:   Music/Celebrity Photography Sale For Charity

WHEN:    Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
              7pm -- 10pm

WHERE:  Mr Musichead Gallery
             7511 W Sunset Blvd (one block west of Guitar Center)
             Los Angeles, CA 90046

Sizzle This Summer at IRIS!
For a limited time only, purchase a four-pack of tickets for as low as $199!*

Grab your friends and family and turn up the heat in Hollywood this summer at IRIS from Cirque du Soleil, exclusively at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.  With jaw-dropping acrobatics, dance, projections and live music by Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman, IRIS is a journey through the world of cinema as only Cirque du Soleil could imagine it.  Be front and center with this special offer and experience why the Los Angeles Times calls IRIS, "A Wonderland!”

Clickhere  now to purchase (4) Category 2 tickets for $199!

Click here  now to purchase (4) Category 1 tickets for $250!

Eileen and I are going to see this on Thursday - Let us know if your interested in coming with us

All matinees at 2pm, all evening shows at 7:30pm

"A High-Fly spectacle!” --The Los Angeles Times
This spectacular hit has astonished over seven million people worldwide with its pure Broadway magic. With four productions currently running on three continents, Mary Poppins is one of the biggest stage musical successes in recent years to come out of London and New York.
Family Friendly Price!
$49 (Reg. $72) for select seats Aug 9 - 17*
Family Friendly Time!
Evening shows start at 7:30pm
To purchase call 213.972.4400 and mention code SUGAR
SUGAR. The consummate Disney production features the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stage-craft to make it everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show.
So get swept up in the fun of this high-flying musical the New York Post gives 4 out of 4 stars and calls “a certifiable super hit!”
*Conditions: Offers valid for select performances August 9-17 in Rear Orchestra and Rear Mezzanine sections. Saturday and Sunday matinees not included in offer. Subject to availability. Offer does not apply to previously purchased tickets. May not be combined with any other offers.

Brits in LA member and TOSCARS Ulumni Matt Crabtree stars in this

A play about a movie being made on a grand scale set in the 1930s in the Arizona desert with 3400 extras. It has danger, intrigue, romance and is, by the way, hilarious. A huge undertaking, a stupendous achievement, a story of …


General Tickets $20
Opening Nite $25 (Reception Afterwards w/ Food and Drinks)

Discounts Available at Door w/ Reservation (Cash/Check Only)
*Discounts Not Available for Opening Night
$15 with Postcard (one per person)
$12 NEO Members
$10 Seniors
$10 Group of 10 or more

Reservation Highly Recommended 323.364.2670

You may purchase tickets online at 

We have a list of British artists playing in the area including The Kills, 

Iron Maiden, Paul Weller, and more.  There is also a selection of theatre 

works to see such as Shakespeare in the Park.

Check out the listings at our gigging page.

In light of recent tremors...always be prepared with Brits in LA's Earthquake Guide.

Matt Goss and DJ Paul Oakenfold present a new song:
"Touch the Sky" here.

Do you play golf??

Join us at Brits in LA Golf Club 

Beautiful photographs from Brit Damien Hirst
More photos of his and others here

Brits in LA member Mark Skinner runs a helicopter tour company that offers trips all over Orange County and LA and through the high rises in downtown. He is offering you all a 15% discount. This sounds like an amazing thing to do especially if you have guests visiting .
Visit the website for pricing and tour routes
They start at around $80, so with the Brits in LA discount that is cheaper than a cab to the airport!

L.A. Based Designer Geren Lockhart unveils new Brit inspired line.

  Full story here

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Seeking cheap airfare?  Read this article.


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

Musical Theatre Los Angeles is a British owned and directed theater company for kids and adults that has put on loads of musicals in multiple locations around Los Angeles.
MTLA offers many classes and summer camps.
Learn more at their website, like their facebook page, and follow them on twitter at @MusicalTheatLA

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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

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Way to go BLAggers.
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 .

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

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


The slowly moving turn around of Mercury this past week in Leo will bring a side of you that many have not seen for some time .Also not to forget Mars your boss he is moving forward also and relationships will be highlighted .

You have to clear all tasks and make space for a new beginning in the area of work
By the end of this month you will be able to chill out a little .In the mean time be focused as Mercury moving slowly forward will be bound to trip you in some way.

What do you want to achieve by your present actions? Who do you want to impress or push away .These are important questions for your attention this week. Your boss Mercury is at last slowly moving forward revving up for more than your fair share of action soon.

Be careful traveling this week ahead as the planets can throw you a wobbler. Make plenty of time for departing and keep an eye on your belongings at all times. Since your Birthday life could have been somewhat hum ho, not for much longer.

The Mercury moving forward in your sign is very important for you especially if you are signing papers or buying a large item .Just be sure to clarify all the terms before you sign. Enjoy the rest of this month Happy Birthday.

Most likely the work arena will not as you would wish but that’s life and as time and tide waits for no man do not dally when you need to take action in this area. Mercury is also your boss and moving forward so he can often throw a spanner in the works.

As the karma planet Saturn sits in your life for a couple of more months only you would be wise to listen to your intuition and make decisions as soon as you feel its right don’t procrastinate. You have a Golden opportunity to change life.

This Mercury period passing when he was going backwards was in your career or work area and so this will have been in disrepair or so it seems. Remember when one door closes another one opens .Look for it.
Just watch that temper if things don’t always go the way you planned life is an adventure.
and you need to remember that child like quality which is so unique to you. You may be
ready to run off some where, don’t life will get better after this weekend.

This week is coasting time for you .Reaching a place of inner peace is very important to you for many reason you can choose what is the most important to you .Once you have decided it only a matter of time before the action starts .Autumn is going to be busy !!!!!!

You will always get back what you put out and just be careful you don’t say to much to another  that can really blow your plans .Keep an eye on finances for the next couple of weeks do not spend any thing more than you have to until the end of August.

It’s a bit nostalgic listening to others plans when you have not many your self at this time .Not to worry your time is nigh. When Autumn arrives your life picks up a lot. Life is for living after the end of August.


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