Brits in LA Newsletter for January 15th

Hello Everyone
Hope you are all having a great 2011 so far? I can't believe that this weekend I will be celebrating 14 years of living in Los Angeles! Also Happy Birthday to long time member Jake Thornton!

Monday is another holiday as it is Martin Luther King Day. For a guide to to the celebrations happening around Los Angeles click here

Has anyone got anything fun planned for Burns Night? We were thinking of organising something, but perhaps there is something amazing already going on? Let us know so we can share with the Scots in the group.

This weeks newsletter is brought to you by MIKE SULLIVAN OF VOLKSWAGEN SANTA MONICA.
It's really difficult to build up a credit score when you first move to the States. VW of Santa Monica have found a loop hole and have been helping so many BRITS IN LA get vehicles. If you need a car - Buy or Lease, Joe Seymour is the guy to talk to. For those of you on a visa, the Foreign Business Professionals Plan is probably your best option but speak to Joe, our guy at VW. He can handle all your questions and concerns. His direct number is 310 266-8825 or email him at You can even do the whole process over email and have a shiny new motor in a matter of days!
Their cars have won all kinds of awards over the past year, so you know you are in good hands.

Fancy a Decent Cuppa? Yorkshire Tea (my absolute favourite tea) are here in the US for a few weeks delivering a proper brew to us Brits abroad. If you think someone you know deserves a suprise visit from Little Urn you can nominate them ! Click here to read all about it

Craig mentioned traffic tickets last week ( See all moving violation fines here: ) But I also want to remind you to make sure you always have your drivers license,registration/rental agreement plus proof of insurance on you at all times (or in your vehicle) I know in Britain you aren't required to have all this on your person, but you are here. You will get fined otherwise!

The BLAggers
First win of the year for our football team The BLAggers. Read all about it here If you are on a team and fancy challenging the Blaggers, drop me a line and I will set it up!

JAMIE OLIVER is in town with his Food Revolution. Join his facebook page and find out where he is this week

Get your website sorted out now! BLA member and website designer Paul Terry is currently working on ours . He has designed a great site for Seal too, so you know you are in good hands. Check out his work

GALVIN BENJAMIN - New Brit run Salon is offering BRITS IN LA members 50% off To get a quote for coloring, Brazilian blow outs or cuts, please email . The salon isn't open yet, so you can either go to their house or they will come to you! 'Like' their facebook page too, so you can be notified when the salon is opening and get an invite! See results of my brazilian blowout here

SPRAY TAN - we still have a discount with the lovely Karen May. She will give you a lovely custom airbrush tan all for the price of $45 (other places charge up to $150!) Email her at and get rid of that pasty hue!

Claudia Kohn
Get in touch with Claudia today! She is an English Real Estate Agent – Claudia Kohn at Coldwell Banker in Beverly Hills. Please review her website . She covers all of the Westside from Hollywood to Malibu in PURCHASES, SALES & RENTALS. Please call her if you have any questions or would just like to discuss your options.” I’m here to help and I look forward to hearing from you". 310.859.5341

British Immigration attorney Bernie Sidman has recently filed my papers of my citizenship. He's amazingly helpful and realistic (he is from Leeds!). So email Bernie if you want to know what your chances are of getting visas or greencards, etc.. . It really does pays to have a lawyer to help. You can also join his FB page here to get all the latest immigration news

Craig at The Toscars
THE TOSCARS are coming! Our annual event where we get into randomly chosen groups and make short parodies of the Oscar nominated films. If you want to participate click here. The $25 for your 'ticket" goes towards your films budget. If you would rather be a spectator only and just come to our screening at the Sunset 5 theatre on Feb 24th that is okay too. We will send out ticket information for that night soon. You don't have to be an actor or film maker to participate all you need is your sense of humour and a little bit of free time! Click here for more details. Space limited so sign up soon.

BRIT o' Culture

First up: Me, As A Penguin.The Lost Studio Theatre. Starring Craig Young as an actor - Set in Hull, written by Brit Playwright Tom Wells, also starring BLA member Jamie Donovan. (Runs just over an hour) Get 1/2 price tickets here:

MORE RUSSELL BRAND at The Improv on Melrose . Buy here

Biographies In A Bag. Craig and I are going on Tuesday. Come join us? At the Stella Adler Theatre on Jan 17, 18 & 19th with two 30 minute solo shows. Lynn Ferguson wrote both shows, which entwine the actor's story with another biography, and is currently writing for her brother's TV show, Craig Ferguson's Late, Late Show. Lynn performs her ‘Arthur Schopenhauer’, weaving her story of new motherhood with the German philosopher of pessimism to form a touching, honest and comedic monologue. Rachel Ogilvy performs her ‘Doris Day’, entwining her tale of an ill fated marriage with her admiration and respect for the actress who was known for her squeaky clean image. Tickets are $15, but there's a 1/3 off with the discount code 'BLA.' Details and tickets available at

SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL Go see Julian Sands at The Skirball. Last show tomorrow

The EC Twins ins Vegas! Brit dj's the Eye Candy Twins are playing at The Marquee (Cosmopolitan Hotel) in Vegas next week. Join their facebook group here, and keep up to date and to avoid the queues as they will put you on the guestlist if you message them and say you are a Brits in LA member.

Brit in LA member Donna Ruko is on the show
Sign up and join her team. She is the only Brit on the show!

Meet & Greet mixer at Bar Lubitsch Wed 19th January 7-10pm. If you want to perform, arrive early. Contact for more info

Casting 4 female roles. Must be professional and available Jan 27-29th. Age range is late 20's to late 30's for all roles. Ethnicity is open. Opportunity to work with an Award Winning Director and team on an amazing film. ONLY if you are in Los Angeles AND available those dates and fit the breakdown email a headshot and resume to

Miss Croydon & Miss Oldham
BE MISS GREAT BRITAIN!! It is the original beauty pageant running since 1945 and is today run by Liz Fuller, a TV presenter, CEO of Miss Great Britain. Liz is an Ex- Miss Great Britain herself. This invitation is also open to all 2011 contestants wishing to enter and register for this years competition.

Be part of an art installation at Moca. Don't forget your swimmies!

RELAY FOR LIFE - A fun healthy inspiring event that helps your American Cancer Society fight cancer in your community and across the globe. Kick Off Rally is Jan 31st 6pm. Form a team or become a sponsor. Email Brit in LA member Emma for more info and to rsvp. She needs volunteers too!!

The health care reform bill that President Obama signed states that starting in the month of September; preventative care screenings now have to be covered by health insurance companies. This is great news for health insurance policy holders. Many people had to pay out of pocket before for their preventative care screenings. This measure will help people catch potentially dangerous diseases and illnesses before they become life threatening.
Please click on here to see exactly what services are covered, or please contact Adam Beach for further details on 310 773 7939.

AMERICAN EMBASSY is to move south to Wandsworth! So if you are heading to renew your visa in Britain, make sure to check the address. The current embassy is not on land owned by the US but is leased to them by the Duke of Westminster. Apparently when he was asked by the U.S government if he would sell the land outright his response was not unless the the U.S. Government would return the land that belonged to his family in the U.S. before it was confiscated during the Revolutionary War!

Don't forget to watch Ricky Gervais host The Golden Globes tomorrow night!
Keep checking and posting on the Brits in LA wall. I see lots of people looking for rooms and also a car for sale by Toula.
Click here to rsvp for our weekly Breakfast Club, every Tuesday at Cecconi's. A great way to meet people and make some new friends!

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See you all at brekkie on Tuesday


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