I often find running through the alphabet is a good way to relieve or distract from stressful situations. A is for afraid of the consequences of the decisions that have been made by government officials this week. Bewildered and Confused about the Dangerous times ahead are obviously Emotions that many of us are Feeling.
Tony Benn’s mantra ‘Make Tea, Not War’ seems to have been thrown out with the bathwater. If Hilary Benn was still a baby I think he may have gone out with it!
A peaceful sign was transmitted this week when the leader of Palestine and the leader of Israel shook hands at the Paris climate change summit. Unfortunately the moment got photo bombed by the President of Comoros' head
a touching moment
In America alone there has been 336 mass shooting in 355 days! Counting the two this past Wednesday.
I just don’t get all these people who think violent attacks are the answer to their problems. The worst part is these statistics don’t really seem to surprise us too much. It is so commonplace nowadays that we are on the verge of being completely desensitized, especially for those of us who only experience these tragedies via television or social media.
I’ve actually seen someone be shot and killed. I was in Shepherds Bush, (West London) England, of all places. The victim fell and hit his head on my toes and then died shortly afterwards. I still don’t think I have gotten over the shock. I will never forget that day, and I think about him every time one of these senseless massacres occur. A big contributing factor for it being embedded in the forefront of my memory, is not only the fact that someone died at my feet, but the knowledge that guns are not so commonplace in London. As they are illegal! In America, it happens on such a regular basis that some murders don’t even get reported in the national news. The ongoing debate seems to be whether we should have tighter gun control. From a personal point of view I think the argument should be whether we, the general population, need access to guns at all: I know the counter argument is guns 'don't kill people, people do' but lets not make it easier for the nutters. I would rather someone perhaps got caught committing the crime of trying to buy a gun than get arrested for killing a bunch of people at random.
For those of you reading this from the UK you might (not) be surprised to know that even the local 7-Eleven security guard is packing. Which means if you plan to commit a crime there (Slurpee stealing perhaps?) you better be armed too if you want to put up a fight.
Back to Giving; which Happily has also been a running theme of the week . We have our featured member Andy who is currently a sponsored ride in Cambodia benefiting Great Ormond Street Hospital. Our Craig is at the forefront of local fundraising with his charity UKares.
Brits in LA are cohosting an event with them next week at the British Consul General’s Residence. (Tickets still available) Erin Gavin is helping the Lost Souls of Los Angeles, Kimberly Moore is playing Santa and giving us all the opportunity to do the same via her marvelous charity AdoptALetter.org . Spinner Spin has just started an alternative advent calendar which will benefit the midnightmission.org , this one helps you(r hips) too, as rather than eating a chocolate everyday you put a food item in a box , then the goodies go to the Mission for Christmas Day. Even though December has already begun we would love you to join in the efforts. I am happy to arrange collection with you - drop me a line if you have anything to donate (click here)
If you want to participate in this or learn more about anything I've mentioned, please email me at email@example.com and I will put you in touch. Big thank you to Air New Zealand for their amazing Cyber Monday deals! In conjunction with the Brits in LA exclusive discount codes, I managed to get a return ticket for under $500 including taxes! I know a lot of you managed to get even better deals than me, so make sure if you attend one of our weekly breakfast clubs that you thank the ANZ crew personally!
Even if there are some horrible things going on in the world it doesn’t mean we have to follow suit - if you are ‘doing good deeds’ and want our support please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are planning lots of get togethers over the holiday season. Keep an eye on our social media pages or subscribe to the Brits in LA newsletter to keep up to date.
ps - I only managed to get half way through reciting the alphabet this time, all that talk of our Generous members really cheered me up- hope it did you too?!
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IT'S STARTING TO FEEL A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS!
Do you have your tickets to the panto yet? The Lythgoe family are back and it looks magical. With a star studded cast, great pop songs and a fairytale rolled in, it’s not to be missed. - I can’t wait it’s that great British tradition i look forward to each year - tickets available here: by clicking on the image above.
And of course how can we forget our Wonderful "A very British Winter WonderLAnd" event at the British Residence in Hancock Park honoring British Legend Joan Collins, TV personality, Lisa Vanderpump and Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison with UKares Awards in caring. Thursday December 10th, 2015 www.ukareswinter.eventbrite.com to get your tickets.
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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!
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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 OfficeMilburngate HouseDurhamDH97 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…