Weekly News from Brits in LA November 21st 2015

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EDITOR'S LETTER

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

It's that time of year again where are reminded to give thanks. Thanksgiving used to be a bit of a novelty for me when I first moved to America. I treated it as a practice run for Christmas - but these days (now that I am a bonafide American), I actually use this holiday to reflect on and appreciate all that I have. The story goes that the pilgrims and Native Americans all feasted together but I think that was just a good PR spin - other sources describe it more like the current situation going on with the impending arrival of the Syrian refugees.
At least
26 US governors have declared that they will bar them from settling in their states. Not only is this idiotic in the obvious sense, but since when did we have state border control? My understanding is that once you have residential status you are free to travel nationwide? As I type this on my Macbook pro and check facts on my iPad I am particularly thankful that these governors didn't stop Abdul Fattah Jandali, a Syrian migrant and also the biological father of Apple creator, Steve Jobs, from entering the country.

Visit MacWorld for the full story



And extra kudos for the amazing inventions that have enriched my life in so many ways; from Facetime with my family back in the UK not to mention iMessage or iPhoto which have truly changed the journey abroad for migrants like us.



Ironically, it has taken me a good 10 minutes to write this last paragraph due to the dreaded and painfully excruciating spinning beach ball (aka the beachball of death) that Apple enjoys tormenting us with.

Either way Thanksgiving has good intentions and I particularly like that everyone, whether they have religious beliefs or not, can join in the celebrations and all come together.

The main story on all our minds is surely all the horrors going on in the world, sadly far too many to mention. It’s so heartbreaking that the people who plan these atrocities encourage and brainwash naive individuals to carry out these evil actions on their behalf. Apparently a 15 year old was involved in the Paris incident. I really can't comprehend that anyone with an ounce of intelligence thinks it's ok to commit these acts of terrorism - war is not the answer, we need to fight back with peace.

My first peace march was at the age of 4 with the Women for Peace; they like to think they sowed the first seeds of harmony in Northern Ireland. I think it might be time to march again as this bombing stuff doesn’t seem to be working out so well. I love the approach hackers Anonymous have, Rick Rolling Daesh is a genius attack.
I have seen many people blindly pointing fingers at the Muslim community. As my great-niece wisely observed “if a dog bites you it doesn't mean every dog in the world will bite you, whoever believes that, well they are just so dumb" . If only everyone could be as smart as an 8 year old!

If this is your first Thanksgiving and you are not quite sure what to do, visit our blog The Anglo Files as we have lots of suggestions posted there, including cheap options, fancy options, vegan options and even a London option for those of you back in the UK.

Fancy a free visit on Black Friday to 49 different Redwood National parks - if you haven’t been, this is a must see. I spent a few days camping in Big Sur under the Redwood trees one year and it was one of the most beautiful settings I have ever visited. Plus a great escape from the ridiculous shopping madness! Visit our Facebook
page for all the details.

If you have any questions or comments drop me a line at eileen@britsin.la

If you want to join us at any of our upcoming events you can find all the details on our website. We have Breakfast every Tuesday and Pub Quiz twice a month too. Next one is November 24th. Don’t be afraid to come solo as we are a very friendly bunch.

Tickets for our Christmas event A Very British Wonderland with Ukares at the British Consulate are selling very fast - you can get all the details on ukares.org

Cheers
Eileen



It goes without saying ( I hope) these are the views of Eileen Lee (me!) and not of Brits in LA as a whole

Regent Street Christmas Lights are on!




Thanks to Lisa Marks for making me feel homesick!!


Me and Lisa

How to become a Brits in LA Key member

A lot of people have been asking how to join us. Well, actually it's 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 My All American and have The Danish Girl coming up. There is a lot more on the way as awards season rolls up too. Other benefits for members include concert ticket giveaways and amazing discounts at some our favourite places in LA. We’ve just added other vendors to the list, including The Standard Hotel, The Lost Knight, Wilde, Birch, Planet Dailies, Mixology, Marmalade and many more.

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THIS TUESDAY

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PASSPORT ADVICE

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

CHILDREN BORN BEFORE 1 JULY 2006

take a look

AND TIPS ON KEEPING YOUR PASSPORT SAFE WHILE TRAVELING - Here
Chill with The Queen Mary​ tickets start at $17.50
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L.A. Theatre Works presents Jane Eyre with two of our favourite Brits in LA Cerris Morgan-Moyer & Joanne Whalley
Get your tickets via this link

https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/947375

HALF PRICE TICKETS
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code 008
Friday 6th November to Sunday 13th December.

Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm.
"Brits in LA member Gene Franklin Smith (who directed Craig Young in last years hit “The Vortex”)
this time directs fellow BritsinLA John Mawson and a stellar cast in
Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays”.

Read Catherine Siggins review here



John Campbell
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For all your real estate needs, whether buying or selling in the whole Los Angeles area.
Brits in LA special, if you would like a free estimate of the current market value of your house and a 40 page comparative market analysis

Please contact John on Tel 310 279 8117 or Email jcbh@kw.com

Also have a great network of real estate professionals including lenders with unique programs for both US and non US citizens.

CAST ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sabrina Carpenter
as Wendy, Kevin Quinn as Peter Pan, Corey Fogelmanis as John, Auggie Maturo as Michael and Nikki Soohoo as Tiger Lilly.


Join us for Brits in LA Pub Quiz at The Pikey
Every other Tuesday!


Sandro Monetti will be your host
at the next one on November 24th!


Thanksgiving Special!
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