Friday, March 28, 2014

Brits in LA Newsletter March 28th, 2014





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EDITOR'S LETTER
Hey Breeps!


Don’t forget mothering Sunday is next week! This actually got me thinking how so many of us move to LA alone and perhaps, if we are lucky, get to see our mothers once a year. Being a bit of a statistician, realized that I don’t really have an awful lot of time left on earth with her. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but lets say for example my mum is 68. The average life span of a British woman is 82.8 years, just increased by a year, according to a recent report in The Express newspaper (by the way life expectancy for a man has grown too, to 78.8 years). So my Mum comes to visit me once a year for a week. It takes her 2 days to get over jet lag. Which gives me, speculatively around 5 days a year with her. - 5 days per 15 average years = 75 days. - Depressing, isn’t it?
A mother/son visit to india

My whole point of this, was to highlight that every day counts and we should’t take our mum’s or anyone we love for that matter, for granted - Every day with her, for me counts. So many of my friends have already lost their mothers and my heart breaks for them. Mine is still here and i’m grateful for her and appreciate all the time together we have. She is kind, patient, loving and generous and a lot of fun to be around. She likes her wine (What she’s British, goes hand in hand) — So, take a little time when filling out those cards or sending flowers, to really put into words what your Mum means to you. I love ya Mum. And don’t worry I’m not counting the days! --I’m sure your gonna be sprite, way up into the hundreds - Here’s me hoping as I’m going to need someone to change my adult diapers. - (Joke-I hope?)



One of our most popular posts this week was about B.O. (Body Odor) and how best to approach a person who suffers from this pungent problem. There were quite a lot of suggestions on our Facebook group, from the good ol’ take them a side and have a private word, to give them a LYNX gift set (Sponsorship opp.) in the hopes they might use it. Gas masks for everyone else?!? - But in all honesty I feel that in this day and age we should be able to take care of our personal hygiene a little bit better, especially if going out in public. And especially in LA. Now i don’t mean to be mean, superficial and judgmental. But I feel we owe it to society to be clean and conscientious; washing hands after going pee-pee has become the norm (I hope) and hand sanitizer is readily available, even wipes in Trader Joe's to clean the handles on the shopping trolleys. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been stinky, usually after a work out with JC MAC, a hike up Runyon canyon, or a hot yoga session, but I can usually always smell myself and will apologize if i met a friend casually, after said activity. - But there are those that truly are unaware. Do you think they have lost all sense of smell? Do you think they know and secretly tale pleasure in other peoples misery? Perhaps an ex-lover was turned on by 10 day old funk. Whatever the excuse…. in the words of that great British band The Police - “Don't stand so close to me.” ;-)



Moving swiftly on….We have some great things in the pipeline,including BINGO in April, Our World cup event and a Posh Summer Ball - All will be revealed in the coming months, but, in the meantime enjoy the changing of the season, and if you smell wafts of “Insincerity" by Calvin Kleen (sic) in West Hollywood - It’s me!!!!!


Cheers

Craig
Messing about with Mum in Palm Springs.


The Vortex


Use the code 'BLA' for $10 discount and a free glass of wine.  Get your tickets here.


Don't forget to check out all our pages on Facebook
Brits in LA Job Opportunities
Crew Up

The Camera House has been providing camera equipment to the film industry since 1999. TCH is now proud to support Brits in L.A. by offering a special discount to its filmmakers. Please call TCH and let us know how we can help you realize your artistic vision. 1.818.997.3802
MEET A MEMBER
ANDY NEWTON LEE

Photo credit (Kathy Luu)

what he's been up to since moving to LA 9 years ago.

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Business Development / Researchers (Southbay)
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: March 2014
Please send resumes and employment history for review to apitt@opus-search.com or call 424 400 7505

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TELEMARKETER/BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Shared Insight is looking for an ambitious telesales professional with their sights set firmly on a successful career in business development.
Based in Manhattan Beach, we are a small, but expanding company which offers a range of innovative solutions to clients in the retail, leisure, food & beverage, hospitality and wellness sectors.
Location: Manhattan Beach
Compensation: Base $25,000 OTE of $40,000 + pa
Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
Do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers
Please send all applications to recruit@sharedinsight.com

TO SEE MORE ON THIS POSITION VISIT HERE

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PALIHOUSE SUNDAY BRUNCH
MAR 30
They serve a great brunch/lunch every Sunday Free Sausage Roll
with your main course!

Bristol Old Vic in association with Handspring Puppet Company presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on Santa Monica’s The Broad Stage.
This Shakespeare-with-puppets production is courtesy of the endlessly inventive puppet company that co-created ‘War Horse’
For Tickets click here or call 310-434-3200

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles Performs British Rock 'n' Roll


From the Beatles to Radiohead, join the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles for a concert celebrating the never-ending British music invasion. God Save the Queen(s) features the one and only GMCLA putting its special spin on classics and modern day hits from England's most popular acts. You'll hear songs from The Rolling Stones, Queen and David Bowie, in addition to favorites by Adele, Seal, Elton John, Florence and the Machine and more. The program will also include tunes from Monty Python and the James Bond films. Hold on to your tea as the red coats invade L.A.
Tickets - http://www.goldstar.com/e/80885

INTERNATIONAL PILLOW FIGHT DAY!
Eileen Lee & Claudia Tarry
It's almost that time of year again - International Pillow Fight Day! In over 100 cities around the world, people will gather in their local public squares, town centres, city halls, parks and public spaces and whack each other with pillows for hours.
Visit http://pillowfightday.com to see if an event has been posted for your city yet.
If not, why not create one? You can find all the information you need to start your own pillow fight by visiting http://pillowfightday.com

PILLOW FIGHT DAY

SATURDAY, APRIL 5th

LOCATIONS AROUND THE WORLD


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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   
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  --------------------------------------------------------------------

 DO YOU NEED HEALTH INSURANCE? 

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS MARCH 31st!!
 DID YOU KNOW YOU STILL HAVE TO 
HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AS A RESIDENT
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 
He also can help with travel insurance, 
including those of you who are not residents here.  

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We are constantly updating our Brits Gigging in LA page 


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LENT IS ALMOST OVER!
OH FANCY THAT! has all the Easter Eggs in stock! 
15% off for Brits in LA Key Members!!

STEVE SIDELNYK OUR FOOTBALL BLOGGER 
IS BACK!

Read his latest installment here! 
Steve Sidelnyk plays drums when he is not watching the football!
STUDIO FRED IS NOW OPEN!
VOCAL STUDIO in the Hollywood Hills (near Studio City/Universal City)
Available for voice over & vocal/guitar/keyboard tracking (anything but drums)
$350 (day rate)  
Please Contact Gayle:  
Gayle@EasyTigerMgt.com
*now accepting credit cards*


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 UPAKWESHIP. 
Visit their website here 

OUR UPCOMING EVENTS


At The Pikey on Sunset Blvd at Stanley.
They are giving 25% off entire bill for Key Members only must
show Brits in LA key fob for you and 1 guest only.
Free Range Local Organic Produce.
They serve this yummy menu every week.
Click here for all the details

BRITS BREAKFAST CLUB
sponsored by NEXT STOP LAX 
RSVP HERE 
$15 inc Tax and Tip* Breakfast Club sponsored by NextStopLAX
$18 for English Breakfast and free valet parking!
Eileen & Craig enjoying a cuppa at Cecconi's:
photo credit: Dawn Bowery Photography
from her upcoming book on Brits in LA



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for entertainment industry professionals transitioning to living and working in the USRelocating Entertainment Professionals.Next Stop LAX. Every day our team of experts assists entertainment professionals from all over the world in making the major transition toward 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.
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#TBTBINGO!!  
We are hosting a new weekly bingo night, Thursday at The Parlor on Melrose.  This will be anything but your typical night at the Bingo Halls.  Join the Facebook page, dig out your dabbers and come along!
STARTING THURSDAY APRIL 3RD!
RSVP HERE

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ARE YOU A BRIT OF A BRAINIAC?
Pub Quiz at The Pikey!
Tuesday, April 1st
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! Make sure to arrive by 7.30 to grab a table. 
Sandro Monnetti and Eileen Lee are our Hosts next week! 
Lots of prizes to be won.


HOT RED BUS
Craving Fish and Chips?! Call ahead and pick it up or go in to place your order and have a chat whilst you wait! 


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

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From the British Consulate General, Los Angeles.

Britons resident overseas must now apply for their passports online via gov.uk website .. as part of worldwide change to passport process .. and the British Consulate says “don’t leave it until the last minute to apply for your passport. You can apply up to nine months in advance and any unexpired time will be added to your new passport” (https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports) · You can book a same day appointment in the UK for a renewal passport? However if you have lost your passport and go home on an emergency document, it can take a week for an expedited renewal: You can find your nearest Passport Customer Service Centre. Your appointment may be up to 2 weeks from the day you book it. Passport Advice line Telephone: 0300 222 0000 Textphone: 0300 222 0222 Text Relay: 18001 0300 222 0000 Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 9am to 5:30pm Please check their website https://www.gov.uk/ for frequently asked questions.

LETS SHOW THE WORLD WE DON'T HAVE BAD TEETH! 
(Now, we live in LA!!!)

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

MORE MEMBERS NEWS & EVENTS

DOCTOR ANONYMOUS
Zephyr Theatre
Runs through to May 4th


Sarah Danays Solo Exhibition.
Brits in LA Members are invited to join Sarah Danays on the opening night of her solo exhibition on April 5th.


GOD ONLY KNOWS
Theatre 40 of Beverly Hills
Runs through to April 20th
Visit Theatre40.org for ticket info
THE GHOST SONATA
presented by
THE ACTORS GANG
special offer for Brits in LA members!
The Actors' Gang would like to invite you to our workshop production of August Strindberg's Ghost Sonata, directed by vanguard company member, Brian Finney, and opening March 20th.  The Ghost Sonata follows an old man filled with a vengeful heart against those he feels have wronged him. He takes a young hero under his wing to gain entry into the house of his enemies to destroy them from the inside out and give the hero a future of wealth and prosperity. In the end the old man’s vengeance is turned against him, collapsing his vindictive plans, while the hero struggles to find meaning in a world filled with beauty and decay.

We would like to offer you two for one tickets to any performance during the first three weeks of the run:

Friday, March 28th
Saturday, March 29th
Wednesday, April 2nd
Thursday, April 3rd
Friday, April 4th
Saturday, April 5th
All performances are at 8pm, at our theater in Culver City:
9070 Venice Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
To claim your ticketsclick here for a list of dates - select the date of the performance you'd like to attend, and type in the number of tickets you'd like to reserve.  When you get to the confirmation page, you'll be asked for a discount code.  Type in the discount code BRITSLA - for your two for one tickets! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our box office at (310) 838-4264!

The Churchill are hosting an English night on Thursdays - Brits in LA Key Members get 10% off entire bill for you and a guest 
BLUES IN THE NIGHT

Heading to London next month?  If so, be sure to catch the short run of Blues in the Night.  For tickets click here.
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Thinking of moving to L.A. and need a visa or a green card?

GIL BRITO of  BELTRAN BRITO IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY'S
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

#Mindthechat
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
SHOOTING HEADZ


Do You Wanna Get Fit ? 

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 

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 

BLOW YOUR OWN TRUMPET!

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!

Britweek Rock n Roll Night!
with Steve Cooke and celeb guests

Saturday, May 3rd 2014
7.30pm – 10.45pm
Molly Malone’s
West Hollywood.

The British invasion is back and Rock’n Roller Steve Cooke is leading the charge!
Buy tickets: 


Memorabilia of Princess Diana and the 
Royal Family on The Queen Mary
Get discounted tickets through GOLDSTAR For only $14! Runs through to April 30

  Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Runs from April 5th - April 20th, 
GOLDSTAR OFFERING DISCOUNTED TICKETS! 


THE GETTY HAVE THIS GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION DEDICATED TO QUEEN VICTORIA
February 4–June 8, 2014 at the Getty Center


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DEMO REELS
A Demo Reel or Showreel, is one of the most powerful tools an actor can have. Yet it always surprises me how many poorly presented ones I see out there. Unprofessional or lazy editing will make the project look cheap and will reflect badly on you. 

First impressions go such a long way in this town, I'd like to say that it's all based on depth and inner beauty, but as we're the world's capital for Botox and plastic surgery, I think it's safe to say Hollywood likes something else too. We believe our work will only be as strong as its weakest link, and In a media savvy world where people make judgments in a matter of seconds, attention to detail is everything. You wouldn't hand in your Resume on a crumpled bit of paper,  you'd probably buy a folder, or possibly a portable iron. Invest in an amazing Reel. 


Right now we
’re offering a whopping $100 OFF as in introductory rate. Plus additional discounts for all you lovely Brits.

*Brits In LA special*
EXTRA 10% OFF already discounted rates!

310-498-8334

FITNESS AND SPORTS

Yogaworks HAS opened 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. 
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. 

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 



ACTING CAREER COACH
Book a session ASAP as he will fill up during the upcoming pilot season!
PAUL DUDDRIDGE
"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

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
Tarot and astrology! She is offering the following discounts
Brits in LA members $85
Brits in LA Key Members $75

ARIES.
The financial situation for you could be getting a boost as early as mid week arrives
Look for an opportunity to add to your bank account while Jupiter the gift bringer is in your life many good things can come.

TAURUS
Starting this week coming will be time for you to bring some stability in any area you need it even if it is only a mind set to turn around. After the end of this month not so good for new beginnings.


GEM
 Your boss Mercury soon picked up speed this week and will complete what has transpired in your life these past few months. You will be travelling mentally or otherwise to a place that has memories in plenty.

 CAN
Movement is good for you and this week it’s all around you and in the family also.
Be strong and understand you can do what ever you wish the clue is to make sure you don’t hold on.

LEO.
Emotional issues could hold you back from enjoying this first week of the month
So tackle what is to do and make it your priority and spend time relaxing not stressing on what is not possible.

VIR
As this week moves forward fast be sure you are ready and willing to get going on your particular plan for the next month  .If it is a change in work or home this will work well .

LIB

With Mars the power monger going backwards in your life situations that demands your decisions are not easy. This is due to you normally not quickly making decisions. However you should at least do what is first on the list.

SCOR
Its will be one those good weeks when all things fall in to place however you may have to deal with a person who is trying to belittle you in some way Be aware and don’t react.

SAG,
If you want to change anything waiting around for others to make the first move is not a good idea. Mars the action maker in your life this month will bring things to a good conclusion or beginning!!

CAP
You may be feeling tired or worn down so it is likely as usual you are doing to much work .You are the most responsible sign of the Universe usually , how ever even you are allowed time out..

AQU
 You are probably feeling a bit frustrated this week .Well that’s life for you so take a break and do not take out your frustrations on any one else it will be sure to catch you back. Life will pick up speed this month

PISC
The planets are really on your side this month, however as with all water signs you get a tad emotional at things most other people don’t understand. Don’t try to explain just be your self!

AT THE END...

A man cut his own hand off with a homemade guillotine after enduring years of excruciating nerve pain.

Mark Goddard built the contraption using an axe, some springs and an old gate post. The 44-year-old claimed he resorted to such drastic action because hospital staff had refused to treat the pains he suffered for over 16 years following a motorcycle crash.
‘I should not have to go to such extremes to get my pain stopped. There was an alternative – and that was having it done properly in hospital,’ he explained.



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