A Busy Month of Sundays Indeed! Sunday February 28th The Oscars
Sunday March 6th Mothering Sunday (UK)
Sunday March 13th Daylight Savings Time (US)
Sunday March 20th Have a Lie In!
Sunday March 27th Daylight Savings Time (UK)
Don't you just hate it when you get a song stuck in your head? Even worse when it is an awful one! The Hokey Cokey is the song du jour for me
(listen to a version by Black Lace here), unfortunately I think it might be an ongoing soundtrack through until June 23rd - ‘In, Out, Shake it All About’ is basically what I think of the upcoming UK/EU referendum... I don’t have a vote as I’ve been away from Britain for longer than 15 years;
I feel like this is such a big decision that we should all be eligible to vote shouldn’t we? Irish & Commonwealth residents can vote - but I can't... not that I begrudge them a vote, I just want one too!
It is a bit archaic and the Conservative party are championing ‘Votes for Life’ , but not in time for the referendum … There is a government petition to change this - so if you agree with me click here to sign to get it heard in parliament and hopefully get it changed!
To be honest if I did have a vote I am not sure I would know how to use it. (But I would certainly not waste it! ) On the one hand we have David Cameron making deals in Europe that he claims are legally binding, but then the European Parliament President (Schulz) says there is no guarantee on anything they discussed , slightly disproving the old adage ‘Show me an honest politician..”
Someone once said “never trust a man with two first names’ which has often concerned me, being called Eileen Lee, but then I take comfort in the fact that I am not a man. However I think Mr Cameron could possibly (just about) fall under that category. In which case, should we trust him? I do often wish California was independent, but then I also agree there is sometimes safety in numbers. But not if you partner up with lunatics! I would love to hear what you are all thinking, as it is all a bit of a mystery to me ( cue up next song on my mental soundtrack) ..
If you have are eligible to vote, please make sure to register to vote.
Apparently more people vote for American Idol than they do in the Presidential elections !
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Thank you to all of you who wrote in and informed me that a ‘washing up bowl’ is called a dishpan in the USA - Apparently you can buy a lovely one at Bed Bath & Beyond for just $5.99 , although I’ve been informed that the 99 Cents store carries them too - I know where my vote goes in the dishpan debate!
A lot of people have been asking how to join us. Well, actually it's really quite easy– you can purchase an annual membership for just $90 (you will be grandfathered in at this rate)
This gets you invited to exclusive dinners and parties and VIP seating at advanced movie screenings. coming up many fun screenings, discounts to fave restaurants.
Our members just recently enjoyed a preview at the Arclight Hollywood of London Has Fallen
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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).
She has helped many Brits in LA members. Also now doing airport transfers for $60**
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The UK Electoral Commission encouraging British citizens living overseas to register to vote ahead of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. We would greatly appreciate your help in amplifying this message to the Brits in LA network.
Earlier today we did a Facebook post on our UKinCalifornia page with a link to the website where people can register to votewww.gov.uk/register-to-vote
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Best Parody Film - "Mad Mex: Churro Road" (Kim Morgan Greene & Ewan Chung)
Best Whactress - Kim Morgan Greene- Mad Mex
Best Dicktator - Marc Cleary Mad Mex
Best Looking - Jimmy Page Mad Mex
Best Cutter - Adam Wood Mad Mex
Best Tunes - Jonathan Miller Mad Mex
Best scribblers - Martin Lee White & Serena Lorien for the short (short)
Best supporting whactor Wyatt Bunce - the short (short)
Best whactor - Harry Van Gorvan - the short (short)
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Questions not all British Based
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A new play Bachelor Hallwill be presented Monday, Feb 29, 8 pm at The Blank Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd. (at Wilcox) as part of the Living Room Series.
Bachelor Hall is about Cary Grant and Randolph's Scott relationship and how they deal with the studio's pressure to get married.
Directed by James Lujan, the cast is Nicolas Forbes as Cary Grant, Jilon VanOver as Randolph Scott, Michael Matthys as William Haines and Nicole Knudsen as Virginia Cherrill.
IRISH ROSES WANTED for Southern California
ROSE OF TRALEE PROGRAM
One Rose Deb will be selected as
SoCal Rose of Tralee
and win an all expense paid trip to the
Rose of Tralee International Festival
International Rose of Tralee Festival
County Kerry, Ireland this upcoming August
Applications Open to 3-8-16
Interested Young Women Invited
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 a UK size passport photo
upload to a free website such as http://www.idphoto4you.com/, then order a print online at CVS, Costco etc. Total cost, 32 cents!
Not comfortable with DIY?
Then we recommend Photo Center on Beverly Boulevard @ Fairfax
We have new info for applying for a passport for your US born kids
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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The Lawn Bowling Open House was put off last year. So they going to try again, and have selected Saturday, April 2, 2016 as the day they open their doors.
Open House to everyone who has an interest in Lawn Bowling.
They will be serving refreshments, be giving all free bowling lessons, and encouraging future participation in the game of Bowls.
If you are interested in attending visit their website here If you have any questions direct them to
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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…