Monday, November 19, 2012

BRITS IN LA NEWSLETTER NOV 19th, 2012


Talk to 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 work his very hardest to get you into the car of your choice. Contact him on 310 266 8825 or by email.  

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Hi Breeps!
Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope you all have a place to spend it! if not reach out on the facebook page and arrange an Orhan style dinner somewhere.

What an amazing week it was last week, we launched our charity UKares. 
We had planned a lush garden party with light projection shows, however the rain put a kabosh on that and we had to move everything inside. However it didn't dampen our spirit or our mood as we took the rain as a good sign from the UK to let us know we were doing the right thing. So we kept calm and carried on.

The evening sponsored by Volkswagen, Santa Monica, A LA Car Guy Dealership, One hope Wine, Coca-Cola, smart Water, Patron and Heineken
The UKares executive board of directors, (L-R Peake C, Young C,
McClean, S,  Conneely M, Paganucci M, Lemoine G and Lee, E)
It was so beautiful and elegant and being inside added intimacy to this magical evening. 
Actor Jack Betts, Actress and songstress Maria Elena Infantino,
Emmy winning actress Doris Roberts and guest
The party hosted 100 guests
Our talent was exceptional, the concert pianist Maya Fiennes played Chopin, Gus Farwell left guests with their mouths agape at his belting tenor voice and the talented Maria Elena Infantino invited us all around the world with a magical set which included songs in three different languages and pursuaded the crowd to get closer with The Beatles song "Do you want to know a secret?" 

Maya Fiennes
Gus Farwell
Maria Elena Infantino
We honored Bernard Skibben with the inspiration award and Katy Haber, MBE with the Positive Impact award. 
Katy receiving her award from Bafta/la Executive Director Don Haber
(Hej oked that they are not related and they disagree a lot about cricket)
UKares chairman Marc Connely presented Bernard Skibben his award
We raised over $10,000 on the night which is great for such a new charity, expect hear more great things from UKares. And if you want to get involved by volunteering or fundraising please get in touch at info@ukares.org
Big thank you to Mandeep for the lights,Tyler for the sound, Kara Miller and Peter for the interviews and all our volunteers, committee members, photogs and executive board members without whom none of this would have been possible.
Check out what CEO Jake Kloberdanz said about UKares
with our very own Kara Miller

Don't forget to save the date for our Christmas Party & Toy Drive. It will be on Wednesday December 5th. Invitations will be sent out shortly, so watch this space. We are planning a fab feast with Roast Turkey & Roast Beef with all the trimmings, mince pies and lots of other delicious goodies all cooked to perfection by
If you need catering for your holiday party
you can contact them via email here

We have some great screening and events coming up including a Newcastle brown Ale Pub Crawl, cool competitions too, so continue to check the board and follow us on Twitter. If you want to have this newsletter delivered straight to your email you can click here to sign up.


Cheers,
Craig 

Have you joined our latest groups? 
Brits in LA Kickabout footie.
    Brits in LA Golf Club 
Brits in LA Selling Pages
BLASA - Our Shakespeare Appreciation Society
and Craig's new dating group
Bringles
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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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SOUND STUDIO RENTAL
Our friend is Gayle is currently renting out her Pro Tools Studio.
Such a great space to work in and is in a freestanding building with separate entrance. Hourly, Daily,Weekly rates available
Click here for more info

UPCOMING EVENTS

TUESDAY 
BRITS BREAKFAST CLUB 
SPONSORED BY NEXT STOP LAX
RSVP Here
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

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 Pub Crawl sponsored by
Newcastle Brown Ale -

Free drinks and Giveaways
Wed Nov 28th, 2012

730pm
Meet at The Pig and Whistle on Hollywood Boulevard
check here for all details

Venetian Masked Ball
Dec 1st
Hosted by Renee Montagne & Eddie Izzard
The Los Angeles World Affairs Council is offering a limited number of discounted tickets to their December 1st masked ball event featuring special guest Eddie Izzard to Brits in LA members at $155 each: includes dinner, open bar for wine and beer, Izzard appearance and dance band afterwards.  Call 213-628-2333, first come, first served.



NEXT STOP LAX present BRITS IN LA's 
6th Annual Christmas Party

 sponsored by Volkswagen of Santa Monica
Wednesday December 5th, 7pm - Join us for this glamourous Hollywood style party
Get in the Christmas cheer and come celebrate with us. Tix $30 go on sale this week. Complimentary bar and food
A tombola style raffle to benefit UKares. and a toydrive to benefit adopt-a-letter. Sexy santa and Mrs Claus will be int he house.


DEC 15th AMIR KHAN FIGHT

 I have some exciting news, our very own Amir Khan is going to be fighting on December 15th at the LA Sports Arena.   CODE IS BRITS1
Details TBC

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.

British Music Artists 
Gigging in LA
We have a list of British bands and artists playing in the area including One Direction
Ed Sheeran, Muse, and many, many more.  
Check out the listings at our Gigging page.

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CONGRATS TO BRITS IN LA MEMBER DR. DAVID BULL

EXPERTS OF ALL KINDS TEAM UP TO CREATE INCREDIBLE WORKS OF FOOD ART IN NEW SERIES SUGAR DOME ON FOOD NETWORK
Series Premiere Sunday, November 25th at 8pm ET/PT

thank you to boots for providing the gift bags. Did you know you can buy Boots products at your local
Target store? I just received a great selection of their products and particularly fell in love with the dry skin balm. Made my feet feel
like they belong to a newborn baby, after one use! We will be having monthly Boots product giveaways watch our fb page for info

If you can't wait for our competitions you can order most products
online here

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
Russell Brand 
at Largo

Nov 24 - Dec 30, 2012
By Peter Gwinn & Bobby Mort
Directed by Marc Warzecha
With its trademark humor, irreverence and originality, The Second City is giving the classic Charles Dickens’ Christmas tale a hearty twist.

OH NO HE DIDN'T!
Lythgoe Family Productions 
have just announce panto dates in Pasadena.
20% of tickets now. 
Just use code LFP2012 
Tickets vary from $22 (Child) to Adults weekday $32 and weekend $52 , top ticket is $100 if you want to go on stage !!! 
Griot Theatre of the West Valley presents William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar at Bethel Encino. What if the assassination of the world's most powerful man were orchestrated and executed by a woman -- a woman in touch with her passions and certain of her destiny? That question lies at the heart of this production, set against the backdrop of Game of Thrones, which asks a similar question. Employing women and artists of color in nontraditional roles, this production, directed by Malik B. El-Amin, presents a fresh and compelling take on this classical work. Price is free-$12.50

Our own Sandro Monetti is back
Tuesday December 11th

MUST SEE EVENTS
DYLAN MORAN 
of Black Books fame!!
Irish Comedian Dylan Moran is back
 I think he is brilliantly funny, and want to encourage you 
all to go and see him.
He has 2 shows at Largo in December.
Tickets for December 11th, click here
Tickets for December 12th, click here

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MEMBERS NEWS




Recently there has been an increase in thefts on the Ventura Blvd corridor which all had a similar MO. Victims are placing their cell phone on a table or seat in order to save their place at a restaurant or coffee shop. When the victims returned to claim the seat their phone was gone. Don’t use your $500.00 electronic device to hold your free seat. Save Your Cell Not Your Seat.


GET ME TO HOLLYWOOD
Get Me To Hollywood: British Edition is the essential guide to living the life in LA and how to make it in Hollywood, specifically tailored for our British readers. Throughout the 8 chapters, we will cover the basics: what an American headshot looks like compared with a British headshot, the established actor's resume, how to find representation, how to meet with casting directors and the audition process, and will also include a detailed list of resources and contributors.
Louisa Spring has specialized in representing English talent for the past 15 years and has successfully helped them make the trek over. With the current fascination with all things British, the timing was right to release this handbook to help those seeking help on making the big move.

You can buy the book as a direct download here: http://www.payloadz.com/go/sip?id=1871032 or on our website & social networking pages.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/getmetohollywood (tips posted daily)


NEED HELP MOVING? NEED SOMETHING DELIVERED? NEED A PICK UP?

Whether all your prized possessions need moving or simply just need a couch delivered, I'm here to help!
I'm a Brit in his mid-twenties with a large bedded pick up truck, equipped with ropes and blankets. I'm available 24/7 to help you move. "Cautiously, quickly, with courtesy" is my motto.
An all inclusive fee of $40 for the first hour and $20/h for each additional hour. 
Call me anytime! 24/7

George
LUCINDA ELLERY 
HAIR LOSS STUDIO
 Lucinda Ellery is now taking consultation appointments
for November at her Los Angeles location! 
If you struggle with hair loss caused by: Female Pattern Hair Loss
Trichotillomania Alopecia Areata Post Chemotherapy Hair Loss
Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia Alopecia Totalis
Burns Post Radio Therapy Hair Loss Or other diseases, accidents, 
or life circumstances causing hair loss... Visit their website now
or call 866-912-6932

DJ TYLER

FOR ALL YOUR HOLIDAY PARTIES - HE PROVIDES LIGHTING TO
SUPER GREAT GUY - HE WORKED OUR UKARES LAUNCH PARTY

CHECK OUT HIS WEBSITE www.djtylerla.com

SCREAM FAMOUS CLOTHING
Just opened on Melrose
Visit their Facebook Page for more info

FIND FENTON
Perfect stocking filler!
Meet Fenton, the world's most famous dog. Not content with the deer-chasing rampage that propelled him into the limelight, the world's naughtiest Labrador is off on a whirlwind tour of destruction across London. Starting where it all began in Richmond Park, this hilarious book challenges you to find Fenton in a variety of famous locations, from the Royal Albert Hall to the House of Commons, from the Tate Modern to St Pancras Station. Wherever he goes, Fenton leaves a trail of chaos; wrecking a garden party at Buckingham Palace, pestering the players at Wimbledon and upstaging the celebrities  at a Leicester Square film premiere. Keep a look out for his tracks and trails and see if you can collar Fenton before he escapes for good...
Buy on Amazon
Like on Facebook


Leila Birch is part of a sketch team have created a new show! IN CASE OF EMERGENCY will be playing at 8pm on Monday 29th Oct, 5th 12th and 26th of November and the 3rd, 10th and 17th of December. I would love for you to come. It  promises to be a really fun night. 

Address: The Second City Hollywood 6560 Hollywood Blvd, 2nd floor. 
Telephone: 323.464.8542


KIDS DANCE CLASSES! 

MONDAY 3.15pm - 4.15pm BALLET
               4.15pm - 5.15pm JAZZ/HIP HOP

Next 8 WEEK SESSION STARTS MONDAY 29 OCTOBER
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EMAIL OR CALL FOR MORE INFO:- 
LAURENJIRWIN@GMAIL.COM  /  301-622-3675
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Special BLA Members Discount @
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 20% off meals Mon-Thurs 11AM-4PM
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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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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 my charts and was very accurate.

STARS 

Anne will be at the king's head, Santa Monica doing spiritual readings this Friday and Saturday afternoons, to book an appointment call
 310 451 1402

ARIES.
In any relationship situation please understand you cant control everything that people think, so all you can do is  keep an eye on what the other person is doing as it will be all you can do .The best thing is to just act nonchalant.



TAURUS
Your priority should be taking care of your life in any area that requires attention.  Start with what you know is well overdue .On the upside you can expect a call from a long ago friend with a great invite so get on those glad rags..



GEM
. If you just think about it you will  know that your gut level feeling has been right all along on some very important situation. Try to relax this weekend and not sweat about what you can not change. You will be making an overdue call this week



CAN
You will have to be aware this next week to not speak out of turn or harshly to any one .The consequences are long reaching for you especially if it’s a close friend or family .Its best to say nothing at all right now.



LEO.
Yes this is a time for the inner crank to show itself for some of you who are not participating in life as you know you can. If you have any health issue make sure you are not stressing out as this can be the cause.



VIR
Its time for a change of scenery this can be as simple as a coat of paint on the walls to a trip out of town. Either way its best to take some action rather then brood as this is the worst thing to do. Keeping good health in mind ,body and spirit is important .



LIB

If you have things you need to be working on in the home area  get moving and you can be finished by next week .If you waste the time you will be too busy with other things and you will have  less time to get things accomplished overall. A visitor is unexpected.



SCOR

You are ready for action and as this current planet lineup will assist you to complete what is needed you will be dressed and ready to party this week ahead .A person from your past could join you!!

SAG,
You could be feeling a bit moody or out of sorts due to Mercury acting up in you area of deep feelings .Know this, what you reap is what you sow and this would be a good time to start thinking positive in all areas

CAP
Your financial situation is still not what you want, however in order to achieve a positive flow of  cash you must be prepared to look at how you think you are .If you are feeling in lack then it will continue .Wake up with the outlook of all things are possible today !!

AQU
.Its your decision on how you start the coming new year .If you want to change any thing as is normal be sure to clear out of your life any dead wood and leave the space ready to be filled by what you do desire

PISC
You may be accident prone this week and next so take it easy when out and about .If you need extra cash be sure and have a flutter as much as you can this couple of weeks  as this a lucky period financially  for you .



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