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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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, 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**
*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 votewww.gov.uk/register-to-vote
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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
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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
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.
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 Britoof Beltran Brito has helped hundreds of Brits obtain visas into the USA.
Call or Emailhim today to find out how he can help you.
Bernard Sidmanis 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.
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 Buy Tickets Now!
ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY and Seats Selling FAST. Buy Now!
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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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…