BLA BLA BLA!!! Newsletter Oct 9th 2013

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Editor's Letter
Hi Breeps. 

Before I start reflecting on the most glorious week I just had - I'd just like us, to all spare a thought for our beloved member Bernard Skibben, who we all love and adore so much. Lets wish him a speedy recovery and we hope to see him fighting fit at breakfast club real soon. xoxox

So if this is what 'over the hill' looks like, then sign me up for an annual subscription.

As Eileen mentioned last week we both have birthdays in October and mine happened to be a big one. Eileen and Michael threw me one heck of a surprise party with loads of members at The Berlin Currywurst (3827 W Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles CA, 90026)  Sneakily,  you had been sending messages photos, and even video, congratulating me on my milestone,.I felt like is just won an academy award. ( that can wait- for now ;-) )  I was well and truly gobsmacked and I literally ran out of the restaurant. I've never been so overwhelmed it my life, it was so touching. It all made sense now that Michael had made me change my shirt before going out... I looked like I was about to paint the fence. Many beers and cheers were had and Eileen had made me a playlist with all the number ones for every year of my birthday. And the birthday didn't end there - I was very spoilt, as my very thoughtful and generous partner, Michael took a few (14) of my friends including all they way from Spain, my sister, Sharon and her fiancée, Donald. (who treated us all to massages - Thank you very much~)
 We went to Sayulita, Mexico (an hour out of Puerto Vallarta) for a long weekend.  Michael had rented two side-by-side villas with luscious ocean views. We had beach days, nights of mariachi and karaoke, private dinners and yacht trips and if that is not enough massage treatments and a personal chef made this a trip of a lifetime. But luxury doesn't come without a price and I'm not just talking about wallet damage... We lost a few guests to falls, sea-sickness, food poisoning, a theft  and a Scorpion attack !!!  Mexico is not for the faint of heart!!!  So here's My 8 things to know before attempting Mexico !!!

Me as a Pinata, (weird getting smashed up twice)
 1. The direct flight is roughly 2 1/2 hours flight on either Alaska or Delta. 
2. You will need a passport (you'll be surprised how many people think or forget that Mexico is a different country - just because there is no water between them!)
3. Don't drink the tap water (mount Zuma's
 revenge is not very nice and can put a damper on your whole vacation)
4. Make sure you take a lot of cash, as the ATMs are sparse and often empty. Also a lot of the restaurants are cash only.
Regarding cash, make sure to not put all your money in one place, a guest of ours had their safe broken into and $1500 was stolen. 
5. Bug spray. The weather is somewhat tropical and humid. So lots of Mosquitoes. Take your repellent and after bite and Shake the sheets before bedtime. Scorpions could be waiting.

6. Check the weather: If you go between the months of Jul-Sept, this is their rainy season and the town can suffer from blackouts and so can the people. (Blame the heavy pour of the famous flaming margaritas) take a flashlight and an umbrella just in case. 
7. Insurance take out travel insurance for an extra $20 is worth it for piece of mind. One of our good friends took a tumble down a flight of stairs and grazed her face, pretty bad. Luckily with extra insurance we could get her to the hospital and have X-rays taken. Fortunately nothing was broken. 
    8. Sunstroke - The sun can be deceiving, so make sure you factor up. Red noses aren't in fashion till Christmas.

So with all those tips you are probably wondering why bother? 

Well ... good friends, good music, good food = good times and making of  lasting memories. Despite some of the mishaps we all had a fantastic time and are thinking of making it an annual trip. Thank you to all my lovely friends for spoiling me.
This week we're off to see the pet shop boys at the shrine and Sunday at 7pm and we have the premiere of  return to the hiding place screening as part of the Bel Air Film Festival and we are hosting an after-party with a Sunday roast at The Pikey. So come join us.

 later in the month pub quiz and Dead British 2. Tickets are on sale at our now here

Great coverage in this months LA CONFIDENTIAL all about Brits in LA
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I'm sure you'll join me in wishing ours lovely  Eileen a very happy birthday for this week. 
Many many many happy returns - Love you xxx

Check out this Mid City neighbourhood restaurant Rascals

Great beer selection and very tasty food. Ask for the Rascal Burger - All farm to table - local ingredients. They also offer a 15% discount to Brits in LA Key Members ! just show your fob!!! If you are interested in joining us you can shoot us an email at to find out more about it.

Image courtesy of Barry J Holmes
Becoming a Key Member is a great way to support Brits in LA 
and also get some brilliant discounts 
including 10% off at Brit Grocery Store Oh Fancy That! 
25% off the Pikey (certain times) and many more
Plus exclusive invites to events and screenings
   We are offering the first 100 at a limited low price of  $50 p/a  
which works out to less than $1 a week! 
We still have a few left , so drop us a line to @ Brits in LA  
if you want to snap one up.  

We have so many great events coming up - Breakfast Club every Tuesday presented by Next Stop LAX, Pikey Pub Quiz as well as our infamous Halloween Party, Dead British ! Save the date , October 31st - at Bar Lubitsch which is the perfect location for those of you who want to check out the West Hollywood Halloween Parade and far enough away for those of you who don't!

We set up a Job Opportunities page, 
so if you have a vacancy or need some work please post it here
If you have something to sell you should check out our Selling Pages
And for housing click here

Try and join us for our weekly Twitter chat along with BBCAmerica's Mind the Gap. We have now moved to Wednesdays at 11 am PST. You can find us by clicking on this hashtag #mindthechat

Evan Bolton if you are interested in leasing or purchasing a vehicle from Audi Pacific . For those of you with no established credit, make sure to mention you are interested in the Foreign Business Professional Leasing Plan

We're football Crazy, we're football mad - 
it is Premier League time check out our 
Steve 'sidekick' Sidelynk is our new sports correspondent!!! 
Read his column 
Particularly great for  those of us less knowledgeable in this area, as Steve gives us a few key sentences to throw in a conversation !  

As a Brit in LA you are bound to want to arrive at your next event in style?! Halloween Toscars next year or what about a fancy ride to the airport?

In which case you can't go wrong with booking this classy stretch Town Car.
Your chauffeur Paul is a fellow Brit, and is looking forward to driving you to your next event.
Contact him via email 
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They are so nice and relaxing.
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Or if your preferred method of contact is the telephone, you can also reach his office by calling 310-275-5325

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Great deal from Yogaworks for Brits in LA members
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at The Pikey
October 15th



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The Dream of The Burning Boy
Free Wine and 1/2 price tickets for The Dream of The Burning boy at Malibu Playhouse--
5 stars across the board from every reviewer,
Stage Scene LA raved review here

Humor Abuse
Performed by Lorenzo Pisoni 
Directed by Erica Schmidt
Mark Taper Forum
Sept 17 – Nov 3, 2013      
Run away and join the circus with a clown, his dad and a lifetime of memories.
“90 minutes of nonstop hilarity…a tour de force of physical comedy.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Life lessons fly fast and funny for Lorenzo Pisoni when he joins the family business – San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus – at the age of six, earning his clown college stripes (and polka dots) through on-the-job training with his exacting father as his role model, guru and comic foil.
In his autobiographical Humor Abuse, Pisoni is a one-man whirlwind: spinning stories like plates and performing side-splitting physical feats with aplomb, mixing heart and humor in a tenderly rendered homage to the consummate performer, parent and perfectionist who taught him everything he needed to fill some very big shoes.
“Mr. Pisoni’s performance is breathtaking,” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
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The National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of War Horse is coming back to LA for 1 week only at the Hollywood Pantages!  Tickets go on sale this Sunday, but we have secured special access for our members to purchase NOW!  Just click here  or call 1-800-982-2787 and mention code SADDLEBRED.  For a quick look at the show

Valerie Plame with Robert Baer 
October 9th at New Roads School 
Get tickets here

$30 tickets for Brits in LA members! 
 This will sell out! 
Code is “BritsVanya” for all performances – Except Sunday. 

Any of the four performance for October 17 – 19. 
The offer excludes “Premium seating”. All the seats are good, however! 
Featuring Stacy Keach, Josh Radnor, Martin Jarvis, Grace Gummer. 

Directed by Rosalind Ayres
Click on the link to purchase

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Congrats to Adam R. Wood. Editor of 'Pepper' who won an emmy last week for his news documentary Clouds of Cuba - well done lad! Oscar next!!!?!!!

Congrats to member Canan on celebrating her one year anniversary in business -British clothing store on melrose
Scream Famous and they are having a party to celebrate - free drinks

The smash hit Brits in LA/Toscars stage musical 'Miserable Lesbians' is returning to LA for a special encore performance - this time with more 'lesbians!' Ahead of the Les Mis parody's London West End debut in December, the show will be presented at Hollywood's Working Stage Theatre on Sunday November 17 at 3pm. You can book tickets, priced $15 each, at this link and better do so quickly as the previous shows in New York, LA and Edinburgh all sold out very fast. This LA show welcomes 3 new cast members from BLA, Dana Barbir as Miley Lesbus, Caroline Feraday as Mistress of the House and Ione Butler as Eppynine alongside returning Mis Les stalwarts Nadia Wit Katie Amess Kerstin Alm Anthony Wemyss and Sandro Monetti. Written and directed by SandroMonetti. Composed by Michael Daniel. "Hilarious" - Mail on Sunday  "Silliness with a social message" - Wall Street Journal   "Bonkers!" - British Weekly
 A great evening of stories at The Hudson Theater, Comedy Central Stage. 
Details below: Save the date!
October 17th Jill Demby Guest will be returning to Sit'n'Spin, spinning another new story. Join her and a line up of wonderful storytellers for one delicious evening.
Date: Thursday, October 17th.Time: 8PM
Place: The Hudson Theater Comedy Central Stage
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           Hollywood, CA 90038
And join after for a little libation afterwards at FRANKIE'S on Melrose.
Reserve your FREE TICKETS now by calling 323-960-5519. Be sure to say it's for October 17th.
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Want to go to the famous Magic Castle?
Brits in LA David Minkin is performing there next month 
and has extended an invitation to all of you! Click here for full details.
If you can wait to see David perform his magic tricks then you are in luck! His show,  Magic & Wine is on all through this month at Bardot, in Hollywood.
Get your tickets by clicking here 


where to watch?!
Steve Sidelynk is covering the league for Brits in LA!
The following pubs usually show the games.
Call in advance to confirm. 

have said they will even open for the early ones 
if you want to round up a group! 
If we have missed any pubs , please let us know and 
we will happily add to the list below. 

Cat and Fiddle - Hollywood (323) 468-3800
Cock 'n Bull - Santa Monica (310) 399-9696
Fox & Hound - Studio City (818) 763-7837
The Kings Head - Studio City (818) 990-9055
Ye Olde Kings Head - Santa Monica (310) 451-1402
Rock and Reilly's  - West Hollywood (310) 360-1400
Village Idiot - Hollywood (323) 655-3331
White Harte- Woodland Hills (818) 224-3822

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Or fancy a kick about? Some members are getting together to just have a fun kick-about with mates - check the group out here 
They are trying to get a group together a Sunday kickabout, so sign up now!

Anyone for Netball?
Such a great group of Ladies. 
All ages welcome as long as you can run around for an hour straight!
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Be very low key and don’t make any waves over anything as the  current life situation will be here for some time ahead. Its time to clean out any unwanted goods or people from your life now.


Write a list of priorities and start with the biggest as your ruler Venus in your opposite sign just might be helping you as the month progresses especially in romance and finances.

Time to deal with what has been hidden so far  from you by others perhaps
Uranus the trouble maker is hanging out in the area of family and close relationships .Your ready indeed for letting go of what not working .

A positive beginning to October and time to 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 is unpredictable.

The good news is if you take control it will be sorted completely if you allow another week to go by. Any feelings of insecurity are just that feelings sp do not let them run your life.

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 the help there is  always something.

The main lesson of this month is that its time to make decisions not something Libra is often able to do quickly at. However as it is the beginning of your particular new year make at least one resolution . Happy Birthday.


Remember this time last month and realize that all things change and that which came to pass was not any where near as bad as you thought .You are being blessed through this month by Venus visiting you .An unexpected gift will be on the cards.


Your favorite pastime travel period is coming up and be ready to relax and take a different route this time as you are  truly in need of a break away. You will be lucky in some way this week. Venus visits you mid month lightening life up.

Pluto the lord of digging up the dirt is settling down deeper into your life so the best thing is to look at what you know you can change the rest will take its time  in sorting out what to do and when. This a time laying low and being mellow.

You have a chance to rest or take a quick trip this week ahead even for the day would freshen you up, as we get deeper in to October you will be too busy to take time out.
You have realized that a peaceful life is worth the effort

This week ahead do confront what upsets you in a non threatening way and see how much better life will be as a result of taking action for yourself by your self. You will be in a social mood this week so go for it.

A good ol' chuckle this one is for you Bernard - Get well soon!

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