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Brits in LA Weekly Newsletter March 27th

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March 27th, 2016
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EDITOR'S LETTER
 

Anyone remember shouting “fainites”  in the school playground? For those that don’t, it was a sort of truce call, where you could choose to opt out of a game or even a fight. I think I may have tried to use it to avoid eating beetroot at one point.  I believe the term was used mainly in the South, so I am curious to know if you had a different version. To be fair for years I thought it was ‘vaynights’ ! 

Wouldn’t it be nice if the whole world could all shout FAINITES and have a real ceasefire - not like the one in Syria where over 100 people were still killed during the ‘truce’ but a proper “Pipes of Peace” John Lewis style Christmas one. I will never get my head around the fact that some people think violence and terror is a path to peace, and I truly pity anyone that does. It is like an ugly Olympic torch being passed continuously around the globe. What gives anyone the right to take another persons life or destroy a neighboring country’s livelihood? There is no eye for an eye in my household (although I do live alone…). The latest attack in Brussels is absolutely horrid, but for some reason gets far more media coverage than attacks happening outside the Western World. Just this month, there have been two separate terrorist attacks in Turkey: one last Sunday in Istanbul, and another a few days before that in the city of Ankara. Last month, terrorist group Boko Haram brutally attacked a village in Nigeria and killed at least 65 people, injuring more than 130.  We all know this is not a new thing and has been going on for centuries, so should we just learn to be more accepting of it as another fact of life? I do think it is time we stop giving the Daesh bullies so much attention.  As the glorification of their destruction is what they are hoping for when killing innocent people, isn’t it? And really they are small fry in comparison to the amount of people we manage to kill amongst ourselves. The number of homicides in LA County in 2015 was 654 according to the LA times , and a CNN graph depicting 2001-2013 puts the number of American deaths by terrorism at 3380 whereas the number of deaths by guns on US soil for the same period is 406,496 - so perhaps we should be more concerned about domestic terrors rather than foreign terrorism or even better lets just Keep Calm and Carry On…or try shouting #Fainites 

Excuse me a moment whilst I file my name change to Debbie Downer. Although I think Margaret Cho may have got that title first!

Can we make a pact that for every atrocity that occurs, that we then balance it out by doing something really nice and start spreading a little happiness please?

Perhaps this will cheer some of you up….

CRAIG AND I ARE HOSTING PUB QUIZ AT THE PIKEY ON MARCH 29th….we really are but I have even better news for you…

SAMANTHA FOX IS COMING TO TOWN!!!

And you can get to meet her!

She will be at the ‘Hollywood Show’ in April alongside the likes of the Fonz and Stefanie Powers  

April 8th - 10th 2016

Tickets available via 

http://hollywoodshow.com

April discount code is   HD04AA

If that news doesn’t make you feel better, perhaps this will; our great discounts with Air New Zealand have now been extended through to the end of the year and work on flights to and from the UK, plus Australia and New Zealand too! If you need a reminder of the codes you can drop us a line at britsinla@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook. 

If you have any questions or comments or want to attend one of our upcoming events feel free to drop me a line at eileen@Britsin.LA and don’t be apprehensive about coming along alone as you will be made very welcome 

You don’t have to be British you just have to like us! 

cheers

Eileen 

 

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

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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.

 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, The Pikey, 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!
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How do you like them apples?

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What To Do If You're Not Ready, Willing, Or Able To File Your Tax Return By April 15th
Forbes.com have some advice here
 
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.
Lots of British acts coming to LA
Visit our blog The Anglo Files to see if your favourite is coming to town


Boney M are here in August!
Apply for this year's innovation awards. UKTI are looking for new innovative businesses to recognize at this year's awards - click ont he link to find out more and apply
THIS TUESDAY

BRITS BREAKFAST

Presented by Air New Zealand

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Still just $15 including tax, tip and valet. 
Be sure to stop by for your full English Breakfast cravings.

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NOW INCLUDING NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA!


 
International song stylist Iris Williams arrives on the Los Angeles cabaret scene in a one night only solo performance - her debut at Catalina’s located on Hollywood’s storied Sunset Boulevard.  During Ms. Williams’ set, themed “I Wish You Love,” she will interpret classic American standards featuring composers Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Burton Lane, and more.  Music Director Keith Droste will be on piano, with Jeff Stover on bass and Andy Fraga on drums on April 13 at 8:30pm. http://www.catalinajazzclub.com
 


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.
Visit  UKinCalifornia Facebook page with a link to the website where people can register to vote www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
RAVON KNOPF DENTISTS
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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?
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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 7.40pm
and we will find you one to join

UPCOMING DATES

March 29th - Craig & Eileen 
April 12th - Sandro Monetti
THIS TUESDAY CRAIG & EILEEN will be hosting

Unfortunately Sir Alex won't be joining us!
RSVP HERE

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
 


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
National Theatre of London Live:
Hangmen
March 21, 26 & 28th
Tickets On Sale Now!
Click Here for Theatres & Showtimes in your area
This year The Anglophile Channel announced the launch of two special awards: The first annual Alan Rickman Icon Award which will honor the memory and work of the late British actor known for his roles in Harry PotterLove Actually,and Die Hard.  Boland commented, "Rickman has been a longtime favorite at TAC. We were all so incredibly sad to hear of his passing. We could think of no better way to honor the memory of the man and his work, than with the Alan Rickman Icon Award." The 2016 Python Award which honors Achievement in Comedy, named for the comic legends, Monty Python, who recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of Monty Python and The Holy Grail.  Honorees for both awards will be announced in April.
 
The TAC Awards Gala will also serve as fundraiser for charities supported by the honorees of the Alan Rickman Icon Award, Python Award and British Artist of the Year recipients.
 
 
Official TAC Awards Announcement: https://youtu.be/sVwS8Id9dTY
Full list of nominees listed below.
 
Congratulations to LA icons Marty & Elayne who are celebrating 35 Years!
Click here for show info 
April 1st 
SIR PATRICK STEWART JOINS A STAR-STUDDED CAST
IN BRITWEEK'S TRIBUTE TO SHAKESPEARE

Do you have your tickets yet?  They're almost gone - Buy Now!
27 Great Actors, Musicians, and Dancers from Stage and Screen performing 

Murder, Lust and Madness!   

Cast includes: 
Michael York, Joely Fisher, Harry Hamlin, Patrick Stewart, Stacy Keach, 
Lesley Nicol, Ioan Gruffudd, Jimmy Akingbola, Ashley Bell, Eric Braeden, 
Adan Canto, Jane Carr, Suzan Crowley, Karen David, Neil Dickson, 
Judy Geeson, Michele Greene, Lexie Helgerson, Jack Lowe, Victoria Platt, 
Joe Spano, Joan Van Ark, and Robert Wisdom*
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‘Po’, a John Asher directed, inspiring drama based on a true story about autism. Po will begin its seven-city festival tour during National Autism Month with a free public Awareness Screening at the Paramount Theater on April 5th.

The film stars Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Ugly Betty), Kaitlin Doubleday (Empire) and newcomer Julian Feder (Weiner Dog franchise). The film is scored by legendary composer Burt Bacharach. The Awareness Screening, a “blue carpet” event, will be hosted by Burt Bacharach, Kaitlin Doubleday, Chris Gorham and John Asher. It is free to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis by RSVP'ing poscreening@janeowenpr.com

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SPORTS AND FITNESS

Two matches in California 

      Chelsea Vs Liverpool 27 July Pasadena California

     AC Milan vs. Liverpool 30 July Santa Clara, California

here is the link to purchase tickets

http://www.internationalchampionscup.com

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
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or call 310-392-1681 for a private reading.
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