So the big excitement of the week seems to be the announcement from Goldenvoice of ‘Desert Trip’ or my preferred pet name, ‘Oldchella’.
It’s a brand new one off festival held at the infamous polo field in Coachella Valley. Fortunately it is going to be at a more dignified time of year, over a weekend in less unbearable October; cleverly avoiding the usual 100-110 degree temperatures, which us oldies tend to have little patience for. I am not sure I could endure that kind of heat even if Jimi Hendrix and Elvis were on the bill! Brits and Anglophiles were all of a buzz as soon as the line up was announced. The Who, The Rollings Stones, Paul McCartney and Roger Waters all on the same bill!! Plus stateside icons Bob Dylan and Neil Young, who certainly have the clout to keep the American music fans happy. Many of you thought it was a joke when I first posted it as it seemed good to be true, but no folks, it is happening! It is so ‘grown up’ that they are even offering ‘floor seating’ and one day passes; which the regular Coachella festival used to offer in the good old days. And if you have $225 to spare you can even purchase ‘One four-course meal cooked by celebrated chefs. A welcoming cocktail, beer and wine are included’ Tickets go on sale May 9th but grab them quickly as they will probably be all gone before May 10th.
Visit http://home.deserttrip.com for full details
Talking of legends I had the pleasure of seeing the play ‘Marilyn & Sinatra’ presented by Britweeklast weekend.
Not many people can be referred to by one name unless they have reached a certain status that usually means the public is intrigued with their every aspect. So it was fascinating to learn something new about these two; the story of their romance was unbeknownst to me anyway. Multi-talented Sandro Monetti will be taking this production out on an international tour this summer, so watch this space to find out if it is coming to a city near you.
Sandro certainly has his fingers in many pies, as he will also be hosting Brits in LA Pub Quiz at the Pikey this Tuesday (May 10th) - always a lot of fun AND you might even win something. Lots of prizes plus the winning team take the kitty home - so the more of you that attend the bigger the jackpot! His last one proved so popular it was standing room only - so get there by 730 if you need us to help you find a team. Or drop me a line at Eileen@britsin.la
Any fans of Ewan McGregor out there ? We have a give away for passes to see his latest film 'Last Days in the Desert'.
Email us at BritsinLA@gmail.com to enter. Winners will be chosen at random on Monday 9th May.
Don’t forget it is Mothers Day in the USA this weekend - stuck for ideas? If you are over on the Westside Ye Olde Kings Head have your mothers covered and for those of you in midtown or Hollywood I suggest you pick up the phone or click here and make a reservation for afternoon tea at Wilde (aptly named after the mother of Oscar).
If you are a Brits in LA Key Member make sure to bring your fob for a 15% discount. and don’t forget to bring your mum (or mom) !
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Thursday, May 19th
Partial proceeds from print sales will be donated to Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. While this is a free event, thanks to Eventbrite, we are accepting donations with your RSVP (100% of your ticket donation will go to the charity minus Eventbrite fees). For those of you who would like to donate $100, we'd like to invite you to a private preview with the photographer Markus Klinko an hour before the opening at 6 pm while enjoying champagne & hors d'oeuvres. Only 50 private preview tickets will be available.
PASSPORT ADVICE IMPORTANT! Make sure your passport is biometric. You can tell if it is if it has a little square on the cover like the image above. If it doesn't do not book any travel until you have had it updated.
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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
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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…