Friday, December 27, 2013

BLA BLA BLA NEWSLETTER DEC 26th, 2013


WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
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If you are new to LA you maybe interested to know that you don't need an American credit score to buy or lease a car, there is such thing as an Foreign Business Professional Leasing program that both Volkswagen, Santa Monica and Audi Pacific offer,  you need proof of some sort of visa to work in the USA. Email Artem or Jordan at Volkswagen, Santa Monica,  or Evan Bolton at Audi Pacific at  to find out how you can get into a car hassle free - these guys have helped countless Brits in LA members already. 

Plus both dealerships have committed to donating $100 per vehicle leased or sold to 
The UKARES FOUNDATION!

Editor's Letter
Hi Everyone!
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, where ever  in the world you spent it?! 
Christmas Eve Breakfast Club (sponsored by Next Stop LAX), was surprisingly busy this week. We will be there for New Years Eve breakfast too. It's at Cecconi’s on Melrose (cross street is Robertson) in West Hollywood. Stop in anytime between 9.30-11. Don’t hesitate to come alone - I will be there next week so feel free to come and sit with me. 
photo credit: Eileen Lee
Our lovely Mayor of Breakfast, Bernard Skibben was playing Santa Claus, by dishing out yummy Christmas cookies to everyone. It really helped to get us into the festive spirit, despite it being 80 degrees that day! It even inspired a few of us to get together for Midnight Mass at St Thomas the Apostle church (Hollywood Blvd at Gardener). Father Ian, conducted a really lovely service. He hails from Wales originally - so it certainly felt for a moment that us ex-pats were back in Britain. We sang a few carols and then he hosted a little reception after the mass too. Visit the website StThomasHollywood.org for more info.
Christmas Day was particularly exciting for me - as one of my very talented sisters, Sally Norris, became the first woman to direct and produce the Queens Speech !To say I am proud is an understatement! I loved her choice of using behind the scenes footage, and was very impressed she managed to get the Queen to comment on a personal level about the loss of her father. 
I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did? Fingers crossed the Palace did too!
My niece Tallulah, didn't seem to like it very much though... 
photo credit: Marya Lee
I also managed to catch a bit of comedy at Largo (366 N. La Cienaga, West Hollywood). Most of you probably know Jack Black from Hollywood Films like The School of Rock, Shallow Hal or the brilliant Tropic Thunder? However, he along with Kyle Gass, make up the absolutely brilliant and hilariously funny rock band Tenacious D.
They are local lads, and often play around LA. 
Highly recommend you get tickets if you ever get a chance (they usually sell out within 24 hours!!). Jack Black also starred in a movie called ‘Be Kind Rewind”. 
This was actually the inspiration for starting our annual short film competition The ToscarsI do hope you will join us on February 26th for the 7th Annual Toscars screening and the awards ceremony. We are hosting at the historic Egyptian Theatre again, which is apparently also the site of the very first red carpet event to occur in Hollywood!
  It is a really a fabulous night, definitely the highlight of the Oscar season for me! To view the films from the previous 6 years, visit our website TheToscars.com
If you are interested in participating in a film we still have a few spots left. Find your inner parody!  Tickets Here

Craig has written a guide to what to do on New Years Eve
Click here for the scoop

JOHN DIGWEED AT EXCHANGE LA
 NYE 

Brits in LA present Burns Night!
Saturday, January 25th
We are also delighted to announce that the plans for our first ever Burns Night are coming together very nicely. I have never even been to one before, but fortunately there are lots of Scots in the group who are eager to help and make sure we get it right. Lorne Cousin (bagpiper to the stars - including Madonna!) will be piping in the haggis, and thanks to William Grant & Sons, The Balvenie and Glenfiddich will be flowing! 
Ticket information to follow, but for now save the date of January 25th, its going to be a good ‘un! 
We are constantly updating our Brits Gigging in LA page . Just added - Spiritualized , who will be playing 2 nights to coincide with the grand opening for the Ace Hotel Theatre in Downtown LA.  They sold out within 3 hours though, but hopefully they will add another date!  

Jake Bugg is back again too, and so are the Kaiser Chiefs. Nightmare and the Cat will be playing on January 16th at the Bootleg Bar in Silverlake. Coincidentally their dad, Dave Stewart is playing on the 30th of January at the El Rey. 

Congratulations to one of our longtime Brits in LA members, Kavana. He has just announced that he will be part of the Big Reunion Tour in 2014!

Thats all for this week, Happy New Year to you all and see you in 2014!

cheers
Eileen
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PAUL DUDDRIDGE

ACTING CAREER COACH

"I have used Paul many times, he has a magical way of helping me see the role clearer, 
and stops me from standing in my own way" - Craig Young, NCIS:LA, Hawaii 5.0, Fringe
1st Session is Free!

As a producer / agent in the UK, Paul Duddridge represented some of the biggest names in entertainment. Michael Mcintyre, Rob Brydon etc. He is now one of the most sought after acting coaches in Los Angeles with a reputation for turning around careers.
He helps numerous actors, comedians, directors etc with acting, coaching and visas.
contact http://www.entertainmentcoach.com or paul@entertainmentcoach.com
First consultation is free. Mention BRITSINLA for a 25% discount. visit www.acting.fm
LOOKING TO RENT OUT YOUR CAR?

Hubber can help you do it safely and legally!
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 
Brits in LA member, as they are offering a discount for you too! 
Check our Facebook group for details.
Call Paul if you have any questions (855) 482-2371 ext. 120
or email him here

JUST IN CASE YOU FORGOT!
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

The Toscars Coming Soon


ARE COMING!!

MEET A MEMBER
Darren Darnborough
photo credit: Levi Walker

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 
apitt@opus-search.com
CASTING CALL!
(UNPAID)
Need volunteer voice actors with British accents We are preparing a play which is about a British Army soldier in WWI. He deserts and lives in hiding after the war with a different identity. We would like to have actual British voices instead of poor imitations. We can't offer any financial compensation so it would be on a voluntary basis. This is a play which will be performed at a national church retreat and English Camp Workshop. Volunteers from around the US will gather in Dallas to prepare for an "English Camp" where American high school and university students will travel to Monterrey, Mexico for an intensive English conversation camp/workshop with the local students there. It's a good cause and we'd be so grateful for any help you could offer. CONTACT Edmond Pennoyer
eddiegnm@gmail.com Program Coordinator, IYF LA 213 440 4369

BRITS ARE NOTORIOUS FOR HAVING NOT SO GREAT TEETH
NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO SORT THEM OUT

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


BLOW YOUR OWN TRUMPET!
Press play above to hear the trumpet fanfare!
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! 
SALLY NORRIS, MARC CLEARY, DEVON AVERY, MARK PALLIS, are this weeks recipients!

Another first was achieved by our good friend Marc Cleary, who has just direct his first pop music video for Nikki Lorenzo! Watch it below. Congratulations Marc!

Further Congratulations to Devon Avery & Mark Pallis
their short film was submitted to festivals this year and did rather well! 
Look out for 'Practice Makes Perfect'

 Earlier this year it was nominated for Best Short Film at the International Film Awards in Berlin. In September, Devon won Outstanding First-time Director at the DC Shorts Festival in Washington DC, and he also won the CINE Golden Eagle Award with previous winners including Spielberg, Ron Howard, Zemeckis, and Mike Nichols. 

THE BEATLES
A grammy salute
contact Aaron Kaniecki for details

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 Christmas Cracker Football Blog 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! "


Do You Wanna Get Fit ? - Less Time, More Results!
Ever considered working out with a world class personal trainer? Want to burn body fat fast with High Intensity Interval Training? Build muscle or add greater definition, have fun and learn martial arts and / or boxing along the way? 
JC says "I have many secrets tips and cheats to get you to your perfect body goal FAST! Be it a target body weight, specific muscle tone, or just that nice athletic or perfect body as you imagine it to be. In home or on location with all equipment provided. Rates $75 - $100 per session depending on location, rates discounted for block bookings first session allow a minimum of 1 hr 30 mins to build an accurate profile for your unique personal program to include advice on nutrition and health for an all round approach to fitness with sustainable goals."
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
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?

Then come along to our next Pub Quiz at the Pikey!
Tuesday, January 7th 2014
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, drop me a line here if you are feeling apprehensive. 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. 


JAN 5th
at the Pikey 25% off entire bill for Key Members
Free Range Local Organic Produce.
They also offer a nut roast for the vegetarians amongst you! 

EVENTS
( We think you might like!)

The CineFamily present
Friday December 27th - Get Tickets here

SUNDANCE CINEMA ON SUNSET 

The National Theatre of London Captured Live
CORIOLANUS - Saturday 2/15 at 12:30p.m. & Monday 2/17 at 7:15p.m.
WAR HORSE - Tuesday 3/18 at 7:15p.m. & Saturday 3/22 at 12:30p.m.
JUST ADDED - 
KING LEAR - Monday 5/19 at 7:15p.m. & Saturday 5/24 at 12:30p.m.
Tickets on sale now

Still playing at the Sundance Theater
Get tickets here

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!
Last few days of the panto!
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 

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   
Or email her Expressrentacar4less@yahoo.com
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


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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 

Weekly Stars by Anne Shaw

email Anne at shawcastar@aol.com 
call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
She does tarot and astrology!

A TRULY MAGNIFICENT, GLORIOUS AND BOUNTIFUL 
                       NEW YEAR AND GOOD YEAR IN 2014 TO ALL.

ARIES.
Its time for some kind of change in your routine so what ever works a short trip out of town or planning a longer one later . Looking ahead don’t be afraid to embrace changes .March is the beginning of all the best changes.

TAURUS
On occasion you can pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat and this will be a definite chance this year ahead to do this. When unexpected situations arise probably mid June onward this will be the time to take courage and go for it.

GEM
Your ruler Mercury doing his occasional backwards stroll will be starting in late January into February. You will then have  opportunities to make sure a past promise is fulfilled .To listen to your inner voice is very important going forward in life.

CAN
The past year has not been what you hoped or perhaps expected for sure. If you are desire changes you best start straight after the holidays. However you have to remember the old saying the greatest plans of mice and men and be patient until May.

LEO.
Yes this is a time for the Leo strength to show itself. This past year had its disappointments, however you must go with the flow this New Year and by mid March life is looking good again. A family reunion will be very welcome in spring.

VIR
You are known as the worrier any thing and everything you have likely worried over .This year ahead you must get the message and be more in the moment. If you feel misunderstood early in the year this is a clue to examine where you are not understood.

LIB
Beginning in mid April you will be very much involved in a new project in any area.

Make this the year when you do not procrastinate and just get going with pondering to much about the outcome. In other words make a decision and stick with it.
SCOR
Well here’s cheers to the end of a long tough in many ways year gone This being said understand that the lessons, and yes there were a lot are preparing you to beginning a more balanced life and times. Let go of what did not work in your life and move into a very exciting new year all year.

SAG,
A new venture will brighten up your life in a few weeks around late March. Finances are a little low currently so you will have to keep a handle on spending. Be dressed to be noticed this few weeks ahead so you catch the eye of who ever is looking for you and your talents.

CAP
The changes in 2014 start as soon as now, your birthday month and by the end of April 
You should have a good plan to carry you through the year ahead. Pluto the planet of deep changes and renewal is with you all year take advantage. Happy Birthday.

AQU
It the time of year to celebrate especially if you have been out of sorts or a little blue and moody in the last year... You may have been a bit of a hermit and now its time to come out from where you have hiding .Spring brings new friends and love is in the air.

PISC  Be ready for a big change of plans this early spring. You have been coasting along not always aware of what is next this past couple of years .Now its time to live your life and not worry what others think .You are on track for travel this coming year both mentally and psychically  to take a trip or two in this year.

PETER CAPALDI MADE HIS DOCTOR WHO DEBUT 



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