Brits in LA Newsletter February 28th 2016

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EDITOR'S LETTER

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.  

US Voters
Visit
www.usa.gov.register-to-vote

Important Elections in 2016 if you are eligible to vote in the UK

London Mayor Election
Must be registered to vote by April 18th 2016
Visit
www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Bristol Mayor Election  
www.Bristol.gov.co.uk

Liverpool Mayor Election
www.liverpool.gov.uk

Salford Mayor Election
Visit
www.Salford.gov.uk

UK/EU  Referendum
June 23rd 2016

And the most Important of All..

Viewers get to vote - Click here for details
Final is on May 14th 2016

Don’t waste your vote!

Apparently more people vote for American Idol than they do in the Presidential elections !


If you have any questions or comments feel free to drop us a line at britsinla@gmail.com
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!
cheers
Eileen

Email us at BritsInLA@gmail.com or tweet us @BritsinLA with thoughts or suggestions

 

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– 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

 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, Bedford & Burns, Cardamom Indian Cuisine, Wilde, Birch, Ye Olde Kings Head, Planet Dailies, Mixology, Marmalade at The Farmers Market  and many more.

A night out for two can cost a fortune. So after a couple of uses the Key Fob actually has paid for itself! Drop us a line to see how you can join today: britsinla@gmail.com or click here for more info.


 

Click here to see how Belinda ended up in Los Angeles

If you would like to be featured in our Meet A Member segment or nominate a friend or colleague email us here 


*not all Brits in LA members are British or live in LA
How do you like them apples?
BECOME A BRITS IN LA KEY MEMBER TODAY

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DISCOUNTS AT MANY OTHER RESTAURANTS AROUND TOWN  
INCLUDING THE PIKEY, CECCONIS,
HOT RED BUS, RASCALS, BIRCH,
YE OLDE KINGS HEAD, PALIHOUSE, ROCK & REILLY'S
and
THE STANDARD HOTELS!
 
Click here for more details
 
I spotted this post on the Virgin Atlantic website - personally (Eileen Lee) I think this is a big news story - however it seems that I am wrong, as no one is talking about it...
ESTA Restrictions issued
 
US Visa Waiver Programme
With immediate effect, passengers who've visited Syria, Sudan, Iran or Iraq or have dual nationalities with those countries will no longer be able to enter the US with an ESTA.
Want to win a pair of tickets to see Field Music at The Roxy on April 2nd?
Then email us here to put your name in the hat
Winners will be drawn at noon on Friday
Visit our blog The Anglo Files  to see who else is playing live in Los Angeles

THIS YEAR'S CROP OF TOSCARS FILMS POSTERS

THIS TUESDAY

BRITS BREAKFAST

Presented by Air New Zealand

CLICK ON THE RSVP LINK FOR DETAILS
RSVP
Still just $15 including tax, tip and valet. 
Be sure to stop by for your full English Breakfast cravings.

DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUR FACEBOOK FOR YOUR

AIR NEW ZEALAND DISCOUNTS
NOW INCLUDING NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA!


 
Have friends or family planning to visit ?
Air New Zealand​ have a flash sale on flights to LA ! Don't forget to use the Brits in LA​ discount codes for even cheaper prices!

Restrictions:
Destination: Los Angeles
Sale ends: 29 Feb 2016
Travel period: 26 Feb - 13 Mar 2016 & 29 Oct - 12 Dec 2016
http://www.airnewzealand.co.uk/cheap-flights-to-los-angeles?

Bewildered by the thought of how to file your taxes?
We get asked if we can recommend a Tax specialist several times a week.
It is definitely confusing, especially if you have to file both in your home country and the US.
One of our members recently used  www.taxcs.com and was so happy with their service she recommended them to us.
They are also experts in US Taxation for US Citizens living abroad
 
They are very knowledgeable when it comes to International Taxes, plus their rates are completely transparent; so as long as you are too there should be no hidden fees!
They offer a 30 minute FREE consultation and rates start from 150 USD for a tax return and depending on complexity can increase in cost from there. The average cost for a US tax return is around 275 USD. That would include (1) Federal and (1) State return, (1) rental property, and (1) small business.
Fbar filing starts at 75 USD

They can also help with tax planning too - a bit late for this year as tax returns are due in April, however you can get a head start for your spending in 2016 and find out what deductions you should be taking advantage of


Contact Anthony Ciak
via email Info@taxcs.com  to set up a consultation
They are based in Holland but have several advisers in California too .
 
Did you know if you earn under $60,000 and are a US Citizen you may be eligible to file your taxes for free? Click here to read more
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, call Zoe at Express Rent-a-Car*. They have short or long term car renting (she occasionally sells used cars too). 
7007 Canby Ave Reseda CA 91335 818-668-3052 -9am-5pm M-F 
and Sat by appointment after hours service 818-429-7073   
Or email her Expressrentacar4less@yahoo.com
Like them on Facebook

RENTS TO UNDER 25's too!
Rates starting at $16.95 p/day Inc Taxes...
She has helped many Brits in LA membersAlso now doing airport transfers for $60**
*These cars are not brand new luxury vehicles **Rates may vary depending on distance.
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 vote www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
RAVON KNOPF DENTISTS
*BLA RECOMMENDED


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
Invisalign $3900 

Have questions?
You can email them through their website here

Or visit them on Facebook or Twitter
9675 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills, CA
310275 5325

EMAIL THEM HERE
 
Didn't get to go to The Toscars ?
Don't despair as Danny Go was there to capture it all on camera
Click here to see the full gallery
The Winners



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) 
Join us for Brits in LA Pub Quiz at The Pikey

Questions not all British Based
If you don't have a team show up at 7.40
and we will find you one to join
UPCOMING DATES

March 1st Belinda Gosbee


March 15th Sandro Monetti

RSVP HERE

MEET A MEMBER
Do you fancy being featured as member of the week?
Drop us a line
here
Click here to read about fellow Brits in LA members

 
A new play Bachelor Hall will 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.
 
Admission is free, although a donation is appreciated.
Online tickets https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10068379 or at the door.
 
The Rain Room at LACMA has been extended through to April 24th
Click here for tickets 
So many options for St Patrick's Day , we wouldn't blame you if you opted for a bar crawl at some of these fine drinking establishments!

Rock & Reilly's

You can never go wrong at Tom Bergin's


The Village Idiot Can also be Counted on


On the West Side?
Try Sonny Mcleans

Celtic Woman
Chloë Agnew will be kicking off the Irish festivities at Molly Malone's on Fairfax on Sunday March 13th


The Pig & Whistle in Hollywood

Thu, Mar 17 5:00pm-2:00am
 Sat, Mar 19 5:00pm-2:00am
Sign up quick for the FREE tickets
click here for discounted tickets


The Venice Ale House  & the Rose Room
Thursday March 17th
Limited amount of free tickets available

Click here
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

MORE INFORMATION AT

www.irishfair.org
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 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

CHILDREN BORN BEFORE 1 JULY 2006

Take a look

AND TIPS ON KEEPING YOUR PASSPORT SAFE WHILE TRAVELING Here
 

GUESS WHO'S BACK?

ONE OF EUROPE'S TOP TRAINERS

RICKY PARCELL
offering a great deal 
unlimited personal training for just $495 a month
hot the image above to contact him directly

 
BRIT FLIX


John Campbell

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. 

DO YOU WANT TO LIVE IN THE USA?
CHECK OUT THESE TWO IMMIGRATION LAWYERS
THEY OFFER FREE CONSULTATIONS.
MAKE SURE TO MENTION
BRITS IN LA


Gil Brito of Beltran Brito has helped hundreds of Brits obtain visas into the USA.  
Call or
Email him today to find out how he can help you.
Bernard Sidman is a fellow Brit in LA and has helped many of our members with the immigration process and has a very high success rate.  
He has helped many BRITS IN LA members through the citizenship application process too and is very experienced and thorough.  


You can reach him on (818) 981-0352
or bernard@bernardsidman.com or visit his website
HERE
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SPORTS AND FITNESS
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
Philip Fox
Vice-President, Holmby Park Lawn Bowling Club
Everyone Welcome
Anyone for Netball?
Such a great group of Ladies!
All ages and fitness levels are welcome.

Come and join in and make some new friends
If you fancy giving it a go contact Maxine here
CLICK HERE
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Weekly Stars by Anne Shaw


Email Anne at shawcastar@aol.com 
or call 310-392-1681 for a private reading.
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