BLA BLA BLA NEWSLETTER DEC 19th, 2013


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Editor's Letter



WE ARE SAILING.... WE ARE SAILING!!!....

HELLO BREEPS!

....(Not) home again, but around the Santa Monica bay with skipper and Editor at large - Neil Fletcher.
Lucky us were treated by the British Weekly along with Anne Shaw the paper's astrologer to a day sail. (www.bluepacificboating.com) Located on Bali Way in the Marina
Temperatures were a beautiful 78 degrees with spectacular views. I even got to steer the gorgeous beast a few times. (I think my great grandfather Captain Smith of the Titanic would be proud)
Champagne and beer was flowing and Pringles and Doritos were consumed joyfully. Eileen and Anne kept us entertained by singing some good ol' fashioned Christmas songs on the way back.
Once on dry land Neil treated us to a spectacular meal, a great Italian feast where we were joined by Mirelle who also works for the paper compiling all the DBA's. Then Neil also played Santa, the girls got gifts to the Riviera Hotel(www.psriviera.com)  in Palm Springs while the lads are getting pampered at Raven Spa. (www.theravenspa.com) Bliss!

Eileen visited the British Consulate Christmas luncheon this week and hobnobbed with our new General Consulate, Chris O'Connor . 

TipForJesus Invades The Pikey, Drops $1,750 Tip

tipsforjesuspikey.jpg
Photo: TipsForJesus/Instagram
Christmas came early yesterday to Steve Lucarelli, a waiter at Hollywood pubThe Pikey. Last night two guys in suits ordered a burger and the vegan curry plus a Laddie Dill and a whiskey to drink, adding a $1,750 tip to an $88 bill. Stamped with the TipsForJesus badge, this is the handiwork of mystery tipping clan TipsForJesus, those responsible for thousands of dollars in tips at restaurants and bars across the country.
Restaurant staff say that the TipsForJesus guys were low key, and when it came time to pay they told Lucarelli that the service, food and drink was phenomenal, and not to freak out, that they would be leaving a large tip and that it was for real. Just like reports in the past, they paid with a black AMEX.
And this isn't the first time TipsForJesus hit Los Angles. Right around Thanksgiving TipsForJesus left $1,000 each at The Hungry Cat and Fig & Olive and $500 at Jumbo's Clown Room.
While the identity of TipsForJesus is not known, Eater National was able to scorean e-mail interview with the mysterious mega tippers last week. 


































It's been an amazing year for us at Brits in LA - Starting with our Toscars competition was our biggest to date - 600 people gathered to watch Miserable Lesbians take top honors. 


We celebrated the birth of Prince George with a great get together at The Palihouse. 

In the Summer we had some epic pub crawls including the pub bus tour to the valley sponsored by the movie "The World's End" 

We also launched our key members discount and elite program offering free screenings and discounts to our events and great restaurants around town.

We relaunched our Pub Quiz at The Pikey where we have quite a few celebs join us notably Ron Jeremy, who's become somewhat of a regular.

He won the raffle last week, a huge Cadbury's finger - which he kindly shared with everyone. ;-) 
Our 'Dead British' Halloween was a huge success at Bar Lubitsch

Our photography competition for Heifer International, Rankin and Talenthouse

We celebrated 50 years of Dr.Who with members of the cast in appearance


...and we ended the year with a sophisticated holiday celebration at Pearl's on Sunset, where our member and volunteer Len took the role of Santa.

And last, but not least we joined the British Weekly as contributors.

Thanks  to all our sponsors throughout the year and for you for staying with us and being a part of this great community, we look forward to many more years to come.

I'll be spending Christmas close-by this year in sunny Palm Springs. I hope whatever you are planning that you have the most joyous time.

Cheers

Craig




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They take care of the insurance plus you get a free car wash
and don't have to pay for parking either!
If you are looking to rent a car make sure to mention you are a 
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Check our Facebook group for details.
Call Paul if you have any questions (855) 482-2371 ext. 120
or email him here


The Toscars Coming Soon


ARE COMING!!
Our highly anticipated annual short film competition, The Toscars, has just started to rear it's infamous head. Find your inner parody! We have just a few tickets available to participate 

If you are not quite sure what the Toscars are, you can visit our website here


We were inspired to begin this journey, by this masterpiece

For full details on all our events, including our weekly Tuesday Breakfast Club sponsored by NextStopLAX, please visit our website Britsin.LA

We will be hosting British Breakfast Xmas Eve and New Year's Eve. For those that haven't gone away or back home. Mayor of Brekkie, Bernard will be there to greet everyone with his infectious smile.

Pub Quiz was a laugh riot! this past week - Our good friend Ron Jeremy won the raffle and quite aptly it was a giant bar of Cadbury's finger! Well done to Team "By-Eck" for coming first.


I won the bad sweater contest as I was the only one wearing one Thank you very
much for the box of quality street

Next Pub quiz in January. See ya there. $5 to play winning team takes it all.


UBER are feeling UBER generous and giving newbies $20  credit for signing up and taking their first ride in December -make it happen and it will deter you from drinking and driving ALWAYS better than a DUI

 It's a great way to get around town - It's clean, safe and uber quick! Download it today. Use the code https://uber.com/invite/uberbritsinla then get $20 off your first ride and we at Brits in LA get  $20 off for recommending you. Its a win win!!! Uber is also available in New York, San Francisco, London, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Sydney, and possibly your next destination (currently available in 32 countries!).
Click here to sign up for Uber. Seamless billing and service all stored in your smartphone!
Full Disclosure: 
We are NOT being paid to tell you how great Uber are, 
we just think they are pretty brilliant!

LOOKING FOR A JOB?
Business Development / Researchers (Southbay area)


Locally based business is currently seeking part time research associates to cultivate business for executive search firm. This position will require strong phone skills and includes mostly outbound calls. Candidates must have a British, Irish or Australian accent and have strong communications skills, capable of making 75 outbound calls a day. 
Flexible hours, 5 days a week.


This is a performance-based position. The position offers a base pay of $15.00 per hour plus bonuses. The right candidate can increase their income substantially. This is a part-time position, which could become full-time based on performance. Candidates must meet monthly performance goals, as a condition of continued employment. Must have strong computer skills and an ability to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds.


Position start date is: 1/6/14


Please send resumes and employment history for review to 



The latest installment of Back to Jack, by Lisa Marks.



GOING AWAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
Why not let your car make money for you?






We are always being asked about good dentists and I 'd like to introduce you to  Dr. Nicolas A. Ravon and Dr. Kimberley Knopf.
Who are offering  Special Offers exclusively for Brits in LA Members!

At-Home Bleaching with Custom trays and 2 tubes Bleaching product $99
Dental Prophy and Bite-wing check-up x-rays and comprehensive Exam $99
Invisalign $3900 
(must be free of active decay and infection), 
case must be approved by treating doctor.
All of these deals are applicable to insurance patients.


Click here to visit their website and book an appointment.
Or if your preferred method of contact is the telephone, you can also reach their office by calling 310-275-5325





Thought about becoming a ‘Key Member’ ? 
Free screenings, discounts on our ticketed events!
The Churchill , have just joined as a Key Vendor 
and are offering 10% off to every Key Member any time!
Click if you want to join our Key Members Club

BLOW YOUR OWN TRUMPET!
Click on the video above to hear the trumpet be blown! 
In this area we encourage members to blow their own trumpets 
and give themselves a pat on the back! If you have an achievement you are proud of and would like to share with Brits in LA - email us here to blow your own trumpet! 

Congratulations to Annie McQueen!
Get her Christmas album here

The Real Warhorses
The Warhorse Foundation is run by Brits in LA member Fritz Bronner. 
They will be making an appearance at the Rose parade on New Years Day 
and have also been invited to the 200th anniversary of Waterloo. They need a bit of help raising the funds to get them to the UK, so if you can help, visit their website here.
Or just show a bit of support by 'liking' them on Facebook here


Carrie Minter and Michelle Macealan are hosting a charity event this Sunday Dec 22nd 4pm to 7pm in West Hollywood. Free classes with Leslie Karpman and Lisa Moloshok, live hot DJ EQ, complimentary delicious healthy food & drink, mingling and getting festive  IF YOU CAN'T BE THERE (that includes you London and NYC folk), PLEASE DONATE - even $5 makes a difference... I'll give you a snog... Repost if you can - such a good cause!!

Visit our Gigging Page as lots of great Brits coming to town over the next few weeks. 
Including One Direction who are back again at the Rose Bowl next year!!
Also STING & PAUL SIMON on the same bill!, Plus The Cult on December 20th!! 

If you have a gig you want to add to our listings email us here 


Thinking of moving to L.A. and need a visa or a green card?

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 FIRM
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 members 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


JOBS, HOUSING, SELLING & DATING!
We have set up a Job Opportunities page for you, 
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 and Virgin Atlantic. We have now moved to Wednesdays at 11 am PST. You can find us by clicking on this hashtag #mindthechat

Contact 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 NOT ONLY LOVE CLAIRE WE ALSO LOVE HER DRESSES
& 20% GOES TO THE UKares CHARITY
Order your holiday dress by Brit fashion designer Claire Farwell &
20% of purchase goes to UKares
3 dresses to choose from.  
Purchase at 
add the code UKARES @ checkout

We're football crazy, We're football mad!
photo courtesy of C.Young

Steve 'It's Not (All )Over' Sidelnyk is our sports correspondent!!! 
Read his Bumper Christmas Annual Football Blog (Part 2) now! 

Eileen Lee says "I read it every week and it really helps me sound like I know what I am talking about when it comes to soccer! "




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With over 18 years experience in the fitness industry working with every type of people from celebrities to C.E.O's and housewives to old timers and being a former professional boxer and martial artist JC knows exactly what it takes to get you to reach your goals fast and in a friendly encouraging atmosphere. For more information please email  and please visit me on Facebook  No one gets a one size fits all program because we are not all one size. We are all different and everyone gets a personalized program designed specifically for your goals for maximum results that you will keep."
JC is a certified Fitness Expert with Body, Your Design Personal Training and contributor to Brits in LA, read his latest Fitness tips and advice here 
Click here to read his fitness tips!

IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT DID YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO 
HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE STARTING JAN 1, 2014

Member Adam Beach as already helped countless Brits in LA members get affordable insurance and whether you are for it or not, come January every US resident must carry insurance or they will have to pay a large penalty at the end of the year. 
To find out more information you can reach him on 
310 414 2100 or email him at info@beachfinancialgroup.com 
to get more information or get into an affordable plan.
He also can help with travel insurance, 
including those of you who are not residents here.  



UPCOMING THINGS TO DO

BRITS BREAKFAST CLUB 
DEC 24
SPONSORED BY NEXT STOP LAX
Every Tuesday RSVP HERE
$15 inc Tax and Tip* Breakfast Club sponsored by NextStopLAX
$18 for English Breakfast and free valet parking!

NextStopLAX  is the leading relocation and visa consultancy service 
for entertainment industry professionals transitioning to living and 
working in the US
Relocating Entertainment Professionals.
Next Stop LAX. Every day our team of experts assists entertainment 
professionals from all over the world in making the major transition towards 
working legally in the USA. We have a proven track record in obtaining visas 
and helping our clients meet other employment requirements. 
Disclaimer: Next Stop Media’s principal (Mr. Andrew Newton) is a bonded immigration consultant registered with the California Secretary of State, holding Bond Number 61292049. The Company is not a law firm and does not engage in the provision of legal advice. The Company does not guarantee any particular outcome for its clients, including adjudications of visa petitions or the processing time for such petitions. Further terms and conditions, including disclosures required by statute, are set forth on our website and in our client intake forms and engagement letters.

ARE YOU A BRIT OF A BRAINIAC?

JAN 7

photo credit: Eileen Lee
Our pub quiz at The Pikey is growing every week, 
so if you think you have what it takes to come join us on a Tuesday night. 
Not all questions are based on British knowledge, 
in fact it pays to have a couple of non Brits on your team!
Feel free to come solo, as we will put you on a team. Don't worry you won't be the only one and buy the end of the night you will have a new group of friends! Make sure to arrive by 7.30 to grab a table. 
ALL DETAILS HERE

SUNDAY ROAST
JAN 5th
at the Pikey 25% off entire bill for key members
Beef or Pork $22 best yorkshires in town

EVENTS
( We think you might like!)

The Steward of Christendom at the Mark Taper Forum

Starring Brian Dennehy
Written by Sebastian Barry
Directed by Steven Robman
November 26 – January 5, 2013      

SAVE WHEN YOU PURCHASE NOW!$40 tickets for Section A (reg. $55) on performances through December 6th
Call 213.628.2772 and refer to promo code “MEMORY” or visit http://www.centertheatregroup.org/MEMORY*

Brian Dennehy battles the epic tides of change brandishing the double-edged sword of memory.
In the wake of Ireland’s bloody struggle for independence, Thomas Dunne is a casualty of a vanished order. A Roman Catholic and former Dublin police officer still loyal to the crown, he is displaced and alone, save for visits by loved ones from his past in a parade of bittersweet reminiscences.
This profound and poignant story is made unforgettable by an extraordinary performance from one of our greatest living actors. Two-time Tony Award® winner Brian Dennehy (Death of a SalesmanLong Day’s Journey Into Night) renders a hauntingly tender portrayal of a loving father and devoted soldier at the end of his life: raging with delusions of grandeur one moment, humbled and begging for comfort in the next.
The Steward of Christendom illuminates with remarkable grace and compassion an important character in Ireland’s past left out of the history books: a devout and principled man and his spiritual quest for consolation and redemption when everything he loves is taken away.
“Perhaps only Ireland could give birth to a theater work quite so grandly and ripely word-driven.” 
– The New York Times


HE'S BEHIND YOU!
Aladdin is coming to LA!
produced by the Lythgoe family.
Bring your American friends and show them what panto is all about!
Brits in LA members get a discount too
Toscars Judge, Bruce Vilanch has just joined the cast too. 
Use code LFP2013
Get your tickets here
Runs Dec 11 -29th 

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Need a car for a month or longer? don't wanna pay the big brand car-rental
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They have short or long term car renting (she occasionally sells used cars too) 
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**Rates may vary depending on distance


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FITNESS AND SPORTS

Yogaworks is opening in Hollywood
Great deal from Yogaworks for Brits in LA members
$100 sign up fee waived plus one free weeks trial ! If you choose to continue after your 1 free week you will get a discount on the monthly fee. Prices vary from location to location but will be about $15 off
 (except Santa Monica locations and Studio City, at this time) 
Visit their website to find a location near you. And don't forget to print off this flyer to get this fab deal!

PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON 
where to watch?!

The following pubs usually show the games.
Call in advance to confirm. 

 Cat & Fiddle and Rock and Reily's
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


 The Patriates FC
Made up of Brits in LA members!
Don't forget to like LA Premier League on Facebook
and click here for their match schedule. 
Their next game is this Saturday December 14th, in Culver City
Kick off 11.45

Anyone for Netball?
Such a great group of Ladies. 
All ages welcome as long as you can run around for an hour straight!
If you fancy joining in the fun you can either join their Facebook group 

FINANCES
Don't get frazzled with your bookkeeping have a 
pro do it for you.
Lisa has helped many Brits in LA members with their book keeping needs 

TAROT with Anne Shaw

email Anne at shawcastar@aol.com 
call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
She is amazing!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND BLESSINGS TO ALL.


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 ahead of time.

GEM
You will have a house guest in your head this holidays you will know soon enough if this is a good or not so good guest it may be your conscience. You have still time 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 however 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 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 best you can do is wave it goodbye with blessings .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 or friend.. 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 .

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