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March 13th 2016
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EDITOR'S LETTER

I Love California! Don't you?

So many people (mostly visitors) seem to take pride in being dismissive or overly critical of our Golden State, LA in particular. Whilst I can on occasion empathize, the majority of the time my protective and very defensive feathers get ruffled and I find myself politely asking if they've heard about the great discount offers Brits in LA have set up with Air New Zealand.

I've found that the best way to feel settled and content here is to start by appreciating the small things. Even if it is just being thankful for that British accent of yours that seems to open extra doors on your current journey.

I find checking in with news and current affairs ( and the weather ) back home makes me feel especially grateful when I am having my own Criticize California moment.

This week I want us all to be grateful for Sunday Trading hours - whether you utilize them or not, the fact is they are there if you want them. Did you know if you are a retail business in Britain that is larger than 280 sq metres that you can only trade for 6 hours on a Sunday - and the retailer has to take their pick between the 8 hour window of 10am - 6pm? I am guessing that's why M&S, Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Tesco have got so many of this mini stores scattered all over Britain.

(has anyone ordered from Marks & Spencer USA site?)
Some shops choose to have ‘browsing hours’ within that shopping window, which is particularly peculiar when you can often purchase from the same store online during those restricted times. A bill was rejected this past week by Tory rebels and squashed completely by the SNP (Scottish National Party) on the issue of larger shops being allowed to open all hours - seems rather hypocritical considering they are enjoying the success of not having Sunday trading restrictions in Scotland.

So next time you are shopping ( or exercising your right not to) at a superstore on Sunday at Seven pm feel thankful. Ikea anyone?

I would love to hear your views on this - perhaps i am missing the point? Feel free to enlighten me via email at britsinla@gmail.com

If you want to come along and meet some of the group in person feel free to join us at our Breakfast Club every Tuesday morning at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood, or our bi-monthly Pub Quiz at the Pikey: next one is Tuesday March 15th hosted by Sandro Monetti
Then Craig and I will be hosting on March 29th

Feel free to come solo and if slightly hesitant just send us an email and we will make sure to look out for you and make you welcome.

cheers

Eileen

If you have any questions or comments feel free to drop us a line at britsinla@gmail.com
Want 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.
Recently added discounts to the Orlando Hotel (by the grove) 15% off rooms for Key members*


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.

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*not all Brits in LA members are British or live in LA
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.
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



Buzzcocks celebrate 40 years! Want to win a pair of tickets to their show in May?
Email us here to enter. Winner drawn on Wednesday

Visit our blog
The Anglo Files to see who else is playing live in Los Angeles
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

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!


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
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 members. Also 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.
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
*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
Join us for Brits in LA Pub Quiz at The Pikey

Last week's winners - Team #WM

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 15th Sandro Monetti

RSVP HERE

Karla Buckner - Photographer
Start up promotion - $100 per shoot including touch ups and editing. Ideal for new actors head shots, portrait, engagement, business/product, events, creative and editorial.
Please check out my Instagram on @karlabucknerphotography
To get in touch and schedule an appointment please e-mail kmb2662@gmail.com
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
Michael York, Harry Hamlin, Joely Fisher, Stacy Keach, Lesley Nichol, Patricia Heaton, Ioan Gruffudd, and many more . . .
Directed and Produced by Louis Fantasia
The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, Beverly Hills
April 23, 2016
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26 Great Actors and Musicians from Stage and Screen
Performing Murder, Lust and Madness!
A BritWeek salute to Shakespeare on the 400th Anniversary of his Death
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The same way studios sell their movies, this will be a tailored trailer of your work where the star attraction is you!
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Anyone for Netball?
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All ages and fitness levels are welcome.

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