Brits in LA Newsletter February 14th

This weeks newsletter is brought to you by Mike Sullivan’s Santa Monica!

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all having a great week? I have been completely consumed with making my Toscar entry. My team just finished filming our version of 127 Hours! If you are not quite sure what The Toscars are, you can read all about them here

Happy Birthday to Brit in LA members, Lynn Jose, Emrhys Cooper, Ali London, Leelu Morris, Christy Lee Hughes, Poppy Webster, and Katie Goldfinch!

Facebook has been playing silly buggers this week and not sending out the invites to everyone! If you want to come to Breakfast Club on Tuesday, RSVP here

If you are looking to lease or buy a car but are having trouble getting the credit to do so, look no further. Mike Sullivan’s Volkswagen Santa Monica have found a loophole in the system and are able to offer the Foreign Business Professionals Plan. Speak to Joe Seymour over at the showroom and he will go through all the details with you.
The EOS....

or the Jetta???
Call him on 310 266 8825 or email him at . If you choose to lease you may also be eligible to write off some of the cost on your taxes. Speak to your tax advisor to find out more. I am debating between an EOS or the more sensible Jetta station wagon. Which one should I get….?

Have you checked out our blog The Anglo Files? It isn’t just me and Craig writing, as we now have 2 lovely additions. Both Claire Farwell and Fiona Haines are Brits in LA members. Claire has lots of healthy inspiring vegetarian recipes to share with us. Whilst Fiona writes from “Across the Pond”. Make sure to check them out !

Bit o’ Culture

Eleganza is the debut EP from Blonde Summer. Chris Pope slipped away from Los Angeles and found inspiration in 60's surf rock and the desert rat locals of Joshua Tree while crafting Blonde Summers collection of drifter-esque indie rock songs, along with guitarist Matt Reid. Brits in LA member Chris Livingstone plays bass. They have a show coming up this Saturday, Spaceland (now Satellite) with Admiral Radley / Sea of Cortez on Sat Feb 19th!

It is not often that you get the chance to say Jane Fonda is playing in your local theatre, but now you can! Goldstar are offering half price tickets too!

Vivienne Westwood has come to LA! She has just opened a store on Melrose. Read all about it here

Look out for the lovely Bernard Skibben (you may have had the pleasure of sitting with him at Breakfast Club?) He is on the show Glee on February 22nd

Mina Badie  & Brendan Hunt in a scene from Me, As a Penguin
Have you seen Craig in Me, As a Penguin yet ? The show just received a glowing review from the LA Times – which you can read here Only on for a few more weekends, so make sure you go before it closes!

'PODCAST FROM AMERICA' with guest, Brit in LA chef Gurpareet Bains
British chef and author of 'Indian Superfood', Gurpareet Bains, makes the world's healthiest curry - yes really! In this episode of 'Podcast from America' he talks to Lisa Marks about the dish Chris Evans calls the 'tastiest curry he's ever eaten', and what inspired him to write his best-selling book. Click here to listen.

THIS IS IRELAND 2011 Click here to find out more

Like a bit of Jazz? Check out Roger Cairns @ The Sheraton Delfina Thursday, Feb 17. 6-9.00pm go to

The Red Quartet performing at Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club February 18th

Brits in LA member Andrew Ableson would love you to come along and support his show “Full Blown”  ticket info


A round trip to the UK for $421 !!

Spray with May!
Feeling pasty? You need to see Karen May. Still offering discounts to us for a custom airbrushed spray tan. $150 at most places but we pay only $45!! 1805 587 4678

British company, Soul Purpose have been successfully running courses in self-awareness for over 20 years in the UK and they are finally bringing their inspirational course, TURNING POINT to LA. Saturday Feb 26th 6:30pm-7:30pm
1-hour Introductory Session, only $10 followed by a two part work session. Click here for all info:

Our recommendations

Claudia Kohn
LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME? Only 20% down payment required on a $2,500,000 purchase price. Call for details; let us find you a new home within 30 days or less. Claudia Kohn is a British Realtor working with Coldwell Banker in Beverly Hills. The combination of low rates, good property values and flexible underwriting makes it a great time for my clients to move up to their dream home. Please let me know if you would like to discuss your specific goals. Review her website She covers all of the Westside from Hollywood to Malibu in PURCHASES, SALES & RENTALS. Please call or email 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

Need immigration advice ? Thinking about moving here ? Talk to one of our recommended lawyers. All offer free consultations!

Gil has helped many of our members with the greencard process. He can be reached at or call 305.860.4050
If you are overseas he can also be reached by Skype gil_r_brito_esq

Bernard Sidman is a fellow Brit in LA helped me go for my citizenship. He has also helped many other Brits in LA with the immigration process and has a high success rate.

Ready to work? We are a specialized immigration and entertainment law firm working extensively with the British community here in the U.S. and back in the U.K. to obtain work visas. We have a 100% success rate. We are professional, highly responsive and flexible on payments. Email and we would be happy to set up a free consultation.

HEALTH insurance and advice . Confused? Talk to Brits in LA member Adam Beach for further details on 310 773 7939. He helped me change my plan and even though I am still with Anthem I am saving over $100 a month!!!

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. I got it done early December and it has lasted well so far! No formaldehyde like you find in some formula either!

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. We have found him to be extremely helpful and patient with us. We have skyped quite a few times too. So feel free to contact him with your needs.

If you have used any of our recommendations we would love your feedback. Email us at

Steve wants to tell you about a gym he has just discovered. Being a drummer he needs to be super fit and always ready to play a 2 hour show at the drop of a hat. He has recently started training at the Sweat Garage on Fairfax and says “it really is the best thing I’ve ever done”. They have classes from 6.30 in the morning until 8.30 at night, so there is really no excuse not to get fit. Especially great for those of you who are here short term, as there are no annual sign up fees or memberships required. Christopher Slevin is the owner and believes “A healthy body is a happy body” is a way of life. You can’t argue with that! Check out the website and sign up for a class on line! Let me know what you think….

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Hope to see lots of you at Breakfast Club on Tuesday



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