It’s getting chilly here in LA. I’m lighting fires and pulling out the moth-bitten wooly jumpers while cooking stews in my crockpot!
Cooling trend: Craig in Lake Arrowhead
I’ve been filming a top-secret project this week with Ridley Scott Associates and talk about a contrast in weather! By traveling just an hour and a half up north to Lake Arrowhead we were filming in the snow! Kind of amazing to me that we can have sunshine in downtown LA and snow so close by. Only in Southern California can you be skiing in the morning and sunbathing by the beach in the afternoon – it’s one of the features that makes LA one of the best cities in the world.
When No One Else Cares, UKares!
Have you ever thought about getting more involved in your community, giving back or doing some meaningful charity work to offset your luxurious and lucky lives?
Well another beautiful thing about LA is that there is always something you can do. UKares Foundation is setting up a volunteer program whereby you sign up for tasks for people in the community that might need our help: Shopping for someone who has broken their leg, giving a ride for folks to their doctors’ appointments, or visiting someone in the hospital with a Ukares care package. We also get involved in local charities that need support, like the Gay Pride Parade and the Special Olympics. From homeless charities to retirement homes. There’s so much we can do, to show the place we chose to call home, that we care. If any readers are interested in signing up for any of our programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Is Coming!
Brits in LA are teaming up with UKares Foundation and the British Consulate, for A Very British Winter WonderLAnd – a special evening at the British Residence in Hancock Park where we will be honoring Dame Joan Collins, DBE, TV star and philanthropist Lisa Vanderpump and boxing hero Audley Harrison. The event is scheduled for Thursday, December the 10th. Tickets go on sale Monday morning. Visit www. ukaresevents.eventbrite.com for all ticket details.
Joan Collins: honored at our Christmas bash
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and so I’m off to Disneyland for the day. My niece is coming into town so it seems like a really fun thing to do. Did you know that there is a secret members club inside the park called Club 33, one of the few places to serve alcohol? Needless to say that’s where you’ll find me for most of the day – I’ll let you know how it is in a couple of weeks.
Air New Zealand are planning a nice surprise for us at Breakfast Club Thanksgiving week so make sure you come and join us. We are forever grateful to Air New Zealand for the fantastic discounts they give us which include $100 off any roundtrip economy flight, $200 off premium economy and $500 of business class – which I have taken and can tell you it is hands down the best. Brits Breakfast is held every Tuesday at Cecconi’s Restaurant, 8764 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.
How to become a Key member
A lot of people have been asking how to join us. Well, actually its really quite easy and just in time for those unique Christmas gifts – you can purchase an annual membership for just $75 (you will be grandfathered in at this rate) Membership will increase for new members starting in January, 2016.
This gets you invited to exclusive dinners and parties and VIP seating at advanced movie screenings. Just recently we screened Room and Brooklyn and there is lots more on the way as awards season rolls up. Other benefits for members include unique concert ticket giveaways and amazing discounts at some our favourite places in LA. We’ve just added a new hot spot, the Wilde Wine Bar and Restaurant at 320 South La Brea Avenue (www.wildela.com) Members enjoy 15% off the entire bill upon showing your numbered key fob. Other favorite spots to take advantage of this great deal include The Pikey, Cecconi’s, Bar Lubitsch, Planet Dailies, Mixology and many more.
A night out for two can cost close to $200 these days. So you can practically make your money back after 2 nights out. So drop us a line to see how you can join today: email@example.com or click the link below!
Special congratulations to our member and Pub Quiz host Sandro Monetti who has just been named Managing Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal. Sandro will be hosting a Thanksgiving pub quiz on November 24th at the Pikey LA – all details on the website www.britsin.la
Have a greet week!
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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).
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
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Also have a great network of real estate professionals including lenders with unique programs for both US and non US citizens.
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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…