‘Anything is Possible’ is a reoccurring answer when we ask our featured ‘Meet A Member’ the question ‘What is the biggest difference between living in Los Angeles and your home town?’. When I first arrived here in 1997 that was one of my first observations, (in a youthful wide-eyed not quite sure what I mean by that kind of way) ; and almost 19 years on it still continues to resonate with me and by the looks of things, a lot of you too. One of the first things I get asked is what brought me here and how long I have been here. And as you probably know there is rarely a straight answer to that question. Over the years that I have lived in LA I have dipped my toes in various waters. I first arrived here as an au pair for a family friend, assuming I would have the (almost) obligatory gap year and then return to London with the stereotypical British attitude of settling down and getting a ‘proper’ job. However, after a year in California all those plans went right out of the window - the family friend that invited me here is now my best friend, and we continue to work together to this day. And as I mentioned before I have dabbled in many other fields along the way, from working in the costume department on commercials and films, plus a little set decorating, experimenting with matrimony, hosting podcasts in the early days when there were only a few hundred of them ( check out the DayLee Show or DawnsWorld; or perhaps not!), produced photo shoots, presented live web casts ( or Webovision as one of my be’Lee’ers comedian Tom Green likes to call it) and not to mention getting harassed by 4chan trolls, babysitting, flash-mobbing, sky diving or dog walking, oh and I even co-founded a social network for 10,000+ expats! These are all things that when living in London I didn’t think were possible ( or even necessary) but as soon as the Californian sun shone in my eyes I turned in to the Catherine Tate character, Helen Marsh and said ‘I can do that’! Most people back home often ask ‘Why?’ , whereas people here reply ‘tell me more’ . I think the key to this city is to take great pleasure in what you do - I saw a prime example of that when at a restaurant last week - a joyous group were sitting at a table close by and obviously celebrating something special. We got in to conversation and I asked what the special occasion was, and he proudly explained they had made a film which had just opened and was received quite well. Which turned out to be an understatement, as the headline in variety.com read ‘The Martian Rockets to $18 Million Opening Day’ - in case you haven’t guessed, the modest gentleman I was chatting to was the legendary Sir Ridley Scott! As we all know the Brits love to downplay their achievements; however, the moral I took from this brief encounter was, if you love what you do it never gets old! And even if you grew up in South Shields during the Second World War ‘Anything is Possible’!
Which reminds me - from October 22nd the British Consulate will have British Legion poppies for sale by donation. We will also make them available at our Breakfast Club and Pub Quiz. For all those who are not familiar with this annual collection, please Google “Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.” This charity has been around since the First World War and all proceeds go toward British ex-servicemen and women that are either in poor financial position, wounded in action, need rehabilitation or general daily help.
Also want to thank our dear friend and colleague Bernard Skibben, aka Mayor of Breakfast Club. He is always so warm and welcoming but this week he went out of his way to make a huge fuss of our very own Birthday Boy, Craig Young. So thank you Bernard and Happy Birthday Craig!!
Pub Quiz at the Pikey is this Tuesday with Sandro Monetti as your quizmaster! Don't be shy to come alone as most attendees have been in that position at some point. Introduce yourself to Sandro and he will find you a team!
if you have any questions or comments please visit us at www.Britsin.LA or drop us a line at BritsinLA@gmail.com
We have added lots of great deals to this weeks newsletter including $22 tickets for Paper Bullets at The Geffen and discount tickets for The Lythgoe Family annual panto! Go along and support our members events too, Chesney Hawkes, Ewan Chung and Maria Elena are all on stage this week. If you can't see a website link just click on the relevant image and that will take you (hopefully!) to the right page.
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We are still in a drought!
Check out Drop a Brick to find out how you can save on your water bill
Los Angeles County have set up a Conservation Hotline
You can report your sightings of water wastage. Call 626-614-2536 or you can go online and fill out a form via this link
Craog tried out this amazing food delivery service called
JUST RECHAUFFE - Which is french for REHEAT -
A local food delivery service that pride's itself on being Green - All food ingredients are sourced locally, and all the packaging is recyclable and delivered in electric cars - the food is delicious to boot - go check them out and give them a try - www.justrecauffe.com
West Side Rent-a-Car offer used premium cars for a fraction of the big chain rentals! West Side Rent-a-Caris conveniently located close to LAX, downtown and West Hollywood.
Rates starting at $19/day all inclusive.
Free airport transfers with minimum 30 days rental, $30 flat rate otherwise.
Make sure your passport is not about to expire before you book travel. Visit our blog for details on how to renew your passport.
One of the most common questions we get is 'Where can I get UK passport pictures done?'
Thanks to Brits in LA Member, Mario, we now have a pretty easy answer!
A simple (and very cheap!) solution to finding UK size passport photos since some places only do US style photos. Use your smartphone or digital camera to take a picture against a grey or beige background and then upload to a free website such as http://www.idphoto4you.com/, then order a print online at CVS etc. Total cost, 32 cents!
We have new info for applying for a passport for your US born kids
Need a car for a month or longer? Don't want to pay the big brand car-rental prices? If you need a runaround to get from A to B, callZoe at Express Rent-a-Car*. They have short or long term car renting (she occasionally sells used cars too).
Author John Mortimer, an English barrister, dramatist, and screenwriter is most notably remembered for his comic novel series about a sleuth/barrister, Rumpole of the Bailey, which was made into a popular BBC series. He later wrote the script for the film Tea With Mussolini, based on the autobiography of Franco Zeffirelli and starring Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Maggie Smith. Mortimer became a legal consultant for the television series Boston Legal. He is father to the talented British actress, Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom, Shutter Island).
“A perfect jewel of a play” – British Sunday Times
“Charming, comic...robustly amusing." – New York Times
Don’t miss your chance to experience The Sound of Music, the world’s most beloved musical, live on stage. Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien directs this new production, telling the iconic tale of Maria and the von Trapp Family like never before.
Don't miss this stellar cast, including Ben Davis (La Bohème on Broadway and the Ahmanson Theatre) as Captain Georg von Trapp and Ashley Brown (Mary Poppinson Broadway and the Ahmanson Theatre) as The Mother Abbess. And Jack O’Brien introduces his brand new discovery, Kerstin Anderson, in the iconic role of Maria.
Use code chinglish50 for half-price tickets!!!
East West Players latest production starts September 10th
A great cast including our very own Ewan Chung! Get your tickets here Runs through to October 11th
They also need volunteer ushers - click here if you are up for helping.
Plus you get to see the show for free!
RAVON KNOPF DENTISTS
We are always being asked about good dentists and so we would like to introduce you to Dr. Nicolas A. Ravon and Dr. Kimberley Knopf.
They are offering Special Deals 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
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Bernard Sidmanis 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or check his website HERE
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!
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When British Nationals realise that their passport is about to run out, what can they do?
Overseas British passport applications must now be applied for ONLINE via gov.uk website. 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” This applies to new passports and renewals.
You will mailing your passport to the following address
Durham Passport Office Milburngate House Durham DH97 1PA We advise getting a tracking number when you mail; you can send through the USPS for about $16
You can also 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:
If you've ever considered jumping on a flight home to pop into a Tesco Express for that much needed tub of Bisto Gravy Granules that will surely salvage your Sunday Roast, then this is the place for you! You don't need to go anywhere but to your computer for those unmatchable tastes of home. The internet is awash with online stores that will deliver right to your doorstep. Www.Expats.org has a useful directory of British food suppliers from around the world but if you don't want to wait until checkout to find out just what it will cost you for a tub of Marmite, then this guide will offer some examples of shipping and product costs from some of the best Brit food stores online.
British Food Store Online www.Britishfoodstoreonline.co.uk+44 (0) 1785 281 637 USA Shipping £29.99 This is a UK based company so the shipping is more expensive than other distributors but they do offer a 5% loyalty discount off all repeated orders and if you recommend a friend you can earn £10 in credi…