bla bla bla... Newsletter Sept 24th, 2012


We have teamed up with Volkwagen Santa Monica to run some competitions for the next few months so watch the newsletter carefully for clues. Joe Seymour about how you can get into a VW. 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. Contact him on 310 266 8825 or by email.

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Hi Breeps

Hope you are all doing well. Seems like Summer is here to stay with these soaring temperatures - Not that I'm complaining (unBritish) I have family visiting me this past week it has given me a chance to explore some of the splendid things that happen in our backyard again. I took them to the King's Head Pub in Sherman Oaks to listen to the British songstress Lynsey Shaw. I tried the Chicken Tika Masala (Britain's number 1 dish) and to my surprise it was very authentic, complete with Naan bread, We went to the rooftop at the Shang-ri-la Hotel in Santa Monica to watch the monumentous space shuttle 
'Endeavor' fly over the pier. 
There it is
Missed it
 Missed Again
Got it!
Bla member Patricia blogged about it - check it out here.  

BAFTA held their annual Pre Emmy Tea Party on Saturday the roof of the London Hotel. 


It was fun to see a lot of BLA members there, including John Mawson, Ruth Connell, Tehmina Sunny, Laura Waddell, Sherrill Turner, Sandro Monetti and Mr. Mark Coneely all trying to keep cool under the shaded umbrellas. Christine Peake made sure everyone had plenty of hydration, courtesy of One Hope Wine, Smart water and Coca-Cola. It was nice to see some famous faces in the crowd too from the new Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch to the new Bilbo Baggins, Martin Freeman



Emmy winners Damian Lewis (Best Actor in a Drama) and Aaron Paul (Best supporting Actor in a Drama) were both in attendance. 

We also attended the charity event for Heifer International at the Montage hotel hosted by Jane Fonda and honoring Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. It was an elegant, informative evening that raised close to a hundred thousand dollars.

Tomorrow is a busy day for us, Brekkie in the morning then pub crawl  in the night. Once again The Blue Boar and the Cat and Fiddle are giving us Happy hour prices on beer, wine and well drinks. See all the details below in our Events section.

My niece Rebecca Yates is an accountant that specializes in both UK and US tax. so If you have any questions you can reach her at @ bex_1211@hotmail.com - She will endeavor to help you figure it out.

Have a great week and hope to see you soon
Cheers
Craig

PS. If you have leased or bought a car from Volkswagen Santa Monica, we would love to hear from you about your experiences. Please consider letting us know how they are doing here  

 Have you joined our latest groups 
Brits in LA Kickabout footie.
    Brits in LA Golf Club 

and my new dating group
Bringles


 The Cat and the Fiddle are celebrating 30 years this October and will have some very special 1980's prices in store for us during the week of their birthday.
Click here for all the details.

THIS WEEKEND IS
Carmageddon II in One Month - 405 Freeway Motorist Advisory - Sat-Sun, Sept.29-30

We are always looking for contributors to add our blog.
So if you have some good stories, interviews, reviews you would like to share, contact us at britsinla@gmail.com

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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.
or
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

Or are you....

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You need a studio don't you?
Private Protools Studio with Live/ Drum Room Available in West Hollywood, Very Reasonable Rates: Perfect for Music Production & also Voiceover's.
Available with or without Engineer.

Please contact for more info:  Tel: 323 632 9754  
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DISCOUNT on HELICOPTER TOURS
"We loved this - Simply one of the best things to do in LA"
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 is an amazing thing to do especially if you have guests visiting .
Visit the website for pricing and tour routes
Take a look at our ride - apologies for shaky camera.
They start at around $80, so with the Brits in LA discount that is cheaper than a cab to the airport! shame he can't drop you off!

TUESDAY 
BRITS BREAKFAST CLUB 
SPONSORED BY NEXT STOP LAX
We are pleased to introduce our Breakfast Club sponsor NextStopLAX .
NextStopLAX specializes in attaining working visas for entertainment industry professionals, actors, singers, dancers, models, musicians, producers and directors, all of whom are considered to be individuals of extraordinary ability. We assist International Talent in complying with the complexities of US Immigration requirements. Our in-house legal experts along with our history and expertise in the field, allows us to help you in acquiring the necessary working papers you need to start your new life in the US. Our clients benefit from our streamlined Visa coordination service, along with our proprietary software which employs state of the art technology in the visa process. Our proprietary software improves our ability to expedite your case efficiently, whilst allowing our clients to have 24/7 online access to their own individual case. We are proud to say that NextStopLAX is renowned for its zealous and creative advocacy on behalf of its clients.
Visit the NextStopLAX website for more information here

FREE SCREENINGS

HERE COMES THE BOOM
Starring Kevin James

To attend please confirm at www.thescreeningexchange.com

- Be sure to check off 3 movies you have seen on the drop down box
- Print your confirmation and bring it with you
- Enter recruiter code C49 in the  recruiter code box and also check Paper ticket

ACT QUICKLY THIS WILL FILL UP VERY FAST!!

Movie Code: 1209261Y
When: Wednesday September 26th
Where: AMC Century City 15, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, LA 90067
Time: 7:00 pm (Arrive latest 6:00 pm) - Seating on a first come first served basis
Age: 10-44
If asked please don't say you work in the industry.

COLIN FARRELL IN SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS

RSVP directly to LGrether@alliedim.com

September 27th at The Grove 4:00PM
September 27th at The Grove 7:30PM


SECRET HALLOWEEN SCREENING ON THE PARAMOUNT LOT
THIS WEDNESDAY
To attend please confirm at www.thescreeningexchange.com

- Be sure to check off 3 movies on the drop down box
- Print your confirmation and bring it with you
- Enter recruiter code C49 in the  recruiter code box and also check Paper ticket

****IMPORTANT - DO NOT WEAR CLOTHING WITH BRAND LOGOS ON FRONT***


Movie Code: 1209263X
When: Wednesday September 26th
Where: Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, 90038
Time: 7:30 pm (Arrive latest 6:00 pm) 
Age: 17-34
Recruiter code:C49


A VERY BRITISH PUB CRAWL
Tuesday September 25th
RSVP 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.
rsvp here

Check out RANKIN'S New show 
As two of the most respected practitioners of their professions, photographer Rankin and makeup artist Caroline Saulnier have come together to create a beauty book of stunning artistry. The special collaboration showcases the talent and strong aesthetic styles of both artists in a series of sensual, visually compelling images.


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If you are interested then contact us:
A gorgeous mid century holiday home
completed by a refreshing saltwater pool.
see more photos here
There is a Brits in LA rental rate, so if you are interested in staying at this 3 bedroom home, contact Craig for info.

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

BRITS ON THE STAGE
Join Russell Brand tomorrow night at Largo on Tuesday 9/25. Russell's past shows SOLD OUT very quickly so make sure to grab tickets while you can. Seats will be assigned beginning at 6pm, Doors open for drinks at 7:00pm, Showtime 8:00pm. Tickets are available ONLINE ONLY. Tickets $25. Click here to purchase tickets.

Sept 14-Oct 28
"ONASSIS"
Stella Adler Theatre
Click here for tix

TOSCARS Ulumni Matt Crabtree stars in 
"EPIC PROPORTIONS"
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
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

DAN CLARK Performing at the Mint Oct 10th

FREE SHAKESPEARE...

in the Griffith Park now thru Sept!


Reserved Section at goldstar

If you liked Book of Mormon, you'll love: 

SILENCE-The Musical! 
See Hanibal like never before...
 VOTED 2011 TOP 10 PLAYS & MUSICALS! - Time Magazine
Opens at The Hayworth Theatre Sept 8th
All information and tickets here

John Hurt performing Samuel Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape" will be among the highlights of the Kirk Douglas Theatre's 2012-13 season, which will be announced Thursday by Center Theatre Group. Buy Tix here
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$50 for a blowdry, brow shape
and manicure
courtesy of Eden Sassoon

Visit their website


British Music Artists Gigging in LA

We have a list of British bands and artists playing in the area including New Order, 
Dave Stewart, Paul Oakenfold, Florence and the Machine, Snow Patrol and many, many more.  
Check out the listings at our Gigging page.

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Special BLA Members Discount @
YE OLD KINGS HEAD 
 20% off meals Mon-Thurs 11AM-4PM
12969 Venture Blvd, Studio City - (818) 990-9055
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MEMBERS NEWS
Claire Farwell invites you to her event Sept 29th
 
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http://www.eventsbot.com/events/eb234126186

John Mawson has been a regular fix on Funny or Die lately 
check him at the end of the newsletter in a Dwight Freeny parody

LYNSEY SHAW is Live at the Kings Head every Thursday
RSVP on FACEBOOK
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A Unique and Comprehensive Approach to the Actor’s Craft.
Deepen Your Understanding  ◊  Sharpen Your Focus  ◊  Strengthen Your Choices
Class is taught jointly by instructors Matthew Arkin and Melissa Kite, and consists of four primary elements: Relaxation and Sensory Work, The Hagen Exercises, Scene Study, and On-Camera Audition Skills.
For more information, visit http://www.matthewarkin.com/acting-class.html

FINANCE SECTION 
Lloyds TSB International understand the unique opportunities and challenges that come with living, travelling and working internationally.
Our Premier International Account is ideal if you:
Need flexible worldwide access to your money
Need an account in Sterling, Euro or US Dollar
Need to make regular international transfers.
Send an email here to Eric Francois and quote "BRITS IN LA" to get more information on a  Lloyds International Account.
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Don't get frazzled with your bookkeeping have a pro do it 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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US/UK TAX ACCOUNTANT

REBECCA YATES
It can be very confusing filing taxes both in the UK and the US
Let Rebecca help you 
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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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Weekly Stars with Anne Shaw
email Anne at shawcastar@aol.com or call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
she's amazing - She did Craig's charts and was very accurate.




ARIES.

 Be very low key and don’t make any waves over anything as the situation will be here for at least a week ahead ahead. Then its time to enjoy and relax what your ruler Mars brings you in powerful Scorpio.

TAURUS

Write a list of priorities and start with the biggest as your ruler Venus just might be helping you as the month progresses especially in romance and relationship. You need to slow down and relax.

GEM
Time to deal with what has been hidden so far this month from yourself or others 
as Uranus the trouble maker is hanging out in the area of family/ friends and close relationships.

CAN
A positive beginning and make peace or amends with any one or any thing that has caused you upset as chances are you did not see the picture clearly! This Month moving forward will not be as fast as you would wish.

LEO.
The good news is if you take control it will be sorted completely if you allow another week to go by. Any trip taken before mid month will delay things further Mars the fire king in Scorpio can rouse your famous temper.

VIR
If any area of life currently is not going as smoothly as you expect, you can let go of 
worry about the outcome all will be well in the end. Please find some thing to change that’s need your help there is always something.

LIB
The main lesson of this month is that its time to make decisions not something Libra is good at. However as it is good to start at the beginning of your particular new year make at least one resolution in preparation. HAPPY BIRTHDAY.


SCOR
You could have a bit of not so good news maybe in the financial area this past week and if you panic it will appear worse than you thought. Take care of this business as best as you are able and remember this too shall pass.

SAG
A new venture will brighten up your life in more ways than one .Be dressed to be noticed this week ahead especially in any social occasion as an old friend or love may appear out of the blue.

CAP
The feeling of being alone may be here or just passed .This only a feeling and it’s to teach you that all changes in life start with your thought process. Make sure you are thinking in a positive way.

AQU
It the time of year to celebrate not ruminate especially if you have been out of sorts or a little blue moody recently. You will find now the Autumn is here life will be brighter.

PISC 
You are the only one who can set your own boundaries and take a leading role in who decides what you will do. Be ready for an unexpected expense so too prepare will make it a lot easier to deal with.


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