Monday, December 24, 2012

Brits in LA Newsletter December 24th

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!



 

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 Everyone
Merry Christmas from not so rainy London!
I hear LA is beating us in the bad weather stakes this Christmas. 
I have had a wonderful trip so far catching up with old friends as well many Brits in LA members too! 
The Christmas lights along Regent St are particularly lovely this year. I haven't had a chance to visit the Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square yet, but am planning to very soon.

I am really looking forward to exploring London a little more after Christmas. It really has changed so much since I lived here. It is such a strange sensation being a foreigner in your home town!
I did manage to find a pretty good Pay As You Go service, called LycaMobile. It allows me to make calls back to the USA at 5p a minute! I also found an interesting solution for receiving your US calls at no charge. I set up an LA skype phone number and then get my LA calls forwarded to that. That way I can check my voicemails at leisure and at no cost. I am sure you may have better options , in which case feel free to tell us all about them on the Facebook wall.

If you are still looking for something to do on New Years Eve, make sure to scroll down to see what is going on around Los Angeles.

Lastly, just wanted to send lots of love to the Mabbett's who sadly lost their mother this week.
Mrs Mabbett was a permanent fixture at our events over the last few years and she will be missed by us all.
Eileen & Mrs Mabbett at UKares launch Nov 2012
Have you been wanting to give back this season? A few things you can do
 1)visit Adopt a Letter, if you are interested in playing Santa and answering one of the letters, make sure to visit the website
2)Give back to your community, instead of gifts make a donation to Ukares - our very own charity. 3) Go see our Brits in LA member Lynn Helm - who is doing much better, coming on leaps and bounds - but needs stimulation and good conversation, so if you are around this Christmas week, I'm sure she would love a visit.


The Toscars  priority tickets for past participants are still available, remember you will have until Jan 1st - If there are still places after,we will then open up to newcomers. GA tickets to attend the awards will also go on sale Jan 1st, 2013
Visit EventBrite to sign up password is "BILA" and make sure to like The Toscars Facebook page 

There will be no Nextstop LAX/ Brits in LA Breakfast Club for the next two Tuesdays as it falls on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. We will resume back on January 8th, 2013.

I see a lot of you will be visiting LA for pilot season in January. Make sure to read our newsletter all the way through to take advantage of all our sponsors (lawyers, rental cars etc)  and other groups (Brits in LA Housing being very useful if you need a short term place!) Any questions not answered here just drop us an email or post on the Facebook Page.

Merry Christmas to you all! Don't forget to reach out to other members if you are at a loose end this holiday season.

cheers
Eileen

We are looking for an intern to work with us from January 2013
please email us if you are interested.
Make sure to  continue to check the Facebook board and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date on all the latest Brits in LA news. If you want to have this newsletter delivered straight to your email you can click here to sign up. We are now on Instagram too!


HAVE YOU JOINED OUR LATEST GROUPS
BLASA - Our Shakespeare Appreciation Society
and Craig's new dating group
Bringles
AND
                                                           UKares Foundation
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Thinking of moving to L.A. and 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 IMMIGRATION LAW FILM
Bernard Sidman is a fellow Brit in LA and has helped many Brits in LA members with the immigration process and has a high success rate. He has helped many BRITS IN LA through the citizenship application too and is very experienced and thorough. You can reach him on 
818 981 0352 or check out his website at www.bernardsidman.com or Email him at bernard@bernardsidman.com

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 

British Music Artists 
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.
Am planning to try to get a group together to see muse in a box at the staples please email me if interested - craig@britsin.la

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UPCOMING EVENTS

TUESDAY 
BRITS BREAKFAST CLUB 
(not on until after the New Year)
SPONSORED BY NEXT STOP LAX
RSVP Here
Breakfast Club sponsored by 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.

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



PILOT SEASON IS FAST APPROACHING 

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.
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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
Also now doing airport transfers for $60**
*These cars are not brand new luxury vehicles
**Rates may vary depending on distance

BRITS ON THE STAGE

The birth of one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands in history is told in the 
new dramatic musical Backbeat, which will have its American 
premiere and pre-Broadway presentation at the Ahmanson Theatre.
Get your tickets here

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 plus a glass of wine! 
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 !!! 
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MEMBERS NEWS

"Transatlantically Speaking." is a new podcast. This week we're talking about 
the old two-fingered salute, what "lurgy" means to English people, and 
why Americans can't spell "colour" properly.

Listeners can subscribe via iTunes, but also available on Blackberry, Zune, 
Stitcher and Miro. Go to www.transatlanticallyspeaking for more information.

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

                           FINANCE SECTION 
Don't get frazzled with your book-keeping 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
Anne will be at the King's Head, Santa Monica doing spiritual
readings Friday and Saturday afternoons make sure to call
the number above to book an appointment.

STARS



STARS   #1
12/22/12

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A TRULY MAGNIFICENT AND GLORIOUS
NEW YEAR  TO ALL MY LOYAL READERS AND THE WORLD.



ARIES.
Its time for some kind of change in your routine what ever works a short trip out of town or planning a longer one later .You are the center of attraction this week. Have a great Christmas holiday.

TAURUS
On occasion you can pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat and this will be a definite chance this week ahead to do this when unexpected guests arrive for the holidays. Be happy .

GEM
Your recent house guest Jupiter the” Santa Claus” of the planets will be continuing to visit this holiday .You have then opportunities to make sure a past promise is fulfilled .Enjoy the holidays.

 CAN
The past year has not been what you  perhaps expected for sure not what was your plan .However you have to remember the old saying the greatest plans of mice and men !! Jolly Holidays

LEO.
Yes this is a time for the inner strength to show itself for some of you who are not participating in life as this holiday season progresses .It is  not a time of self pity however it will be you don’t take action now. Happy Christmas.

VIR
Its time for a trip and even a day away is ok, just so you benefit from the change of scenery. Just make sure you have no set plans as things are apt to change quickly. Be generous this holiday season.

LIB
By mid week or so you have will something you need to get completed that you forgot about probably nothing to do with the season. When this is done you will feel ready for the holidays. Happy Christmas.



SCOR
Well here it is again the holiday of the year in all its best finery and its time now to dress up and join friends and family Even if has not been the best of years in many ways the years ahead now will be a vast improvement...Happy Jingle Bells

SAG,
A new venture will brighten up your life in a few weeks and you will have to keep a handle on those finances until then .Be dressed to be noticed this week ahead especially in any work related party .Happy Christmas.

CAP
The changes in life start with your thought process so therefore no” Bah Humbug” this year in regard to celebrating over the holidays . Make sure you are generous to those who have been” there” for you .Happy Christmas

AQU
It the time of year to celebrate not be gloomy especially if you have been out of sorts or a little blue moody recently. You may have an extra guest drop by for a visit .Look your best it could be a new romance. Happy Holidays.

PISC
 Be ready for an unexpected  change of plans this Christmas week .It is always good to have a financial limit set especially with family members and even more important with any one who may hit you up for a loan .Happy Jingle Bells .



Here is one of my old favourite Christmas Songs to get you in the mood!




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