Brits in LA Newsletter March 28th

Hi Guys

Thanks to those of you who made it to our Sunday Lunch yesterday. Sorry to those of you who didn't manage to get a reservation, we will be organising another very soon . Make sure to RSVP with the restaurant earlier next time to secure your booking.

APRIL 3RD is Mothers Day in the UK _ DONT FORGET!!!! Marks & Spencer are offering free delivery on flowers!

The BLAggers
HUGE Congratulations to The Blaggers who have just been accepted into the LA Premier League. I will be posting the match schedule as soon as it is announced, so try and come along and support if you can.

We have the Pub Quiz coming up on April 13th at Bar Lubitsch. 
They have donated a round of drinks to the winning team, but if any of you out there have prizes you would like to donate too, please drop me a line. You can RSVP for Pub Quiz here 

Have you checked out our fabulous contributors to The Anglo Files yet? Claire writes some tasty vegan recipes. She has offered to cook me her bean burgers, so will report back and let you know how they are . To make your own, click here
Fiona recently departed back to the UK and has been writing her column Across The Pond from all over the UK. If you are feeling a little homesick, make sure to check it out. She also writes about new restaurants and various events going on, so if you want her to come and cover something for you back in the UK make sure to drop her a line  

"JOE SEYMOUR IS AN ABSOLUTE STAR" ...according to one very happy Brits in LA member .....
As you all know Joe Seymour at Mike Sullivan's Volkswagen Santa Monica, is the guy to call if you need a car. (310 266 8825) He knows the ins and outs of the Foreign Business Professional Plan like the back of his hand. It is the only way to get a decent car when you don't have a credit score . One of the things that I have forgotten to mention is that it is vital that you have a Social Security Number. One of our members found this out the hard way last week. But Joe came to the rescue, not only did he take her to the SSN office but he sat and waited and helped her fill out the forms. The number takes about a week to come through, so make sure to do this before you make an appointment with Joe. You can also do the whole process via email and have a shiny new car in about 5-10 days ( my Jetta took about a week) . 

LLOYDS TSB International* are once again co-hosting Brits Breakfast Club. Click for all the info and to RSVP 

*Lloyds TSB International – Britain’s most trusted bank – catering to Los Angeles’ expat community for international banking. Our services extend from US Dollar, Sterling, and Euro international current accounts to savings/investment products. Benefits include: free transfers between currencies, preferred exchange rates, and multi-currency debit cards. For more information, please call (213) 443 4096 or e-mail and mention Brits in LA.

IF you are a Breakfast Club regular you are sure to be friends with the lovely Bernard. Here is his  interview in the Yorkshire Tea Documentary 

Watch Car Guru, Tony Rackley enjoy a 'blindin' cuppa' , 

Need to apply for a British Passport? Find out how here

TAX TIME - either file your taxes or file an extension by April 15th. I did mine today and feel like a weight has been lifted of my shoulders!

Get yours here 

I went to see music documentary The Wrecking Crew yesterday and I can't recommend it enough! If you have ever enjoyed a piece of music to come out of California post 1960 (Beach Boys/ Frank Sinatra/ Cher/ The Byrds to name a few) you must go and see this. 

Carol Kaye - the most famous bass player you never knew

This is the story of the session musicians behind the famous faces and songs. The film makers are also looking for places to host more fundraising screenings, so if you can help, please get in touch . Visit for more info (and to make a tax deductible donation!) 
If you need a man with a van, look no further than Chris. Brits in LA member Lisa Marks recently moved, and used his services (twice) - and he was so friendly, helpful and reliable, she's recommending him here. He charges $49 an hour, has a open pick-up truck, but will hire a U-haul (if it's raining! - you pay costs), and gets the job done quickly and safely. She had no breakages! His number is 310 228 7819. Mention that you're from Brits in LA. From April he will also be doing carpet cleaning.

EBE wants to invite you all to Potluck Polo this Sunday. Bring a dish and if you are feeling energetic, sign up for a polo lesson (or just hang out and watch( ! RSVP here 

BLA member Ewan Chung is in HELL MONEY, a new play running for four weekends starting 1st April.
Julie and Katie have graduated from the foster care system and are trying to make a life for themselves in Los Angeles. Over one roller coaster night their luck turns to hell and all of their plans come crashing down around them. 
Performed site-specifically at AGENDA LOFT (400 S. Main Street, Suite      601, Los Angeles, CA 90013).

FATMAGIC The ElectriCabaret could be described as a 'Live DJ Act" Fellow Brits in LA members, who I had the pleasure of meeting at our recent Glenfiddich tasting. They are available for bookings and perhaps if you ask very nicely might give you a mate rate. If you are looking for something different for your next event, it is worth checking these guys out. Go ahead and 'like' them on FB, I did!  

THE BORGIAS starring Brit actors Jeremy Irons and Joanne Whalley, premieres this Sunday April 3rd at 9pm on Showtime! 

Has a fab line up of directors lined up too. Set your recorders to make sure you don't miss it! 

LUSTRA appear at the Silverlake Lounge (2906 W. Sunset Boulevard, LA, CA) this Thursday, March 31st with guests Accidents of Birth and Sons of the Lawless. This show is 21+ and only $8 to get in.  For more information please visit here   This should be a great night and I think a lot of BLA members will attend (including me hopefully - work permitting!)

Jamie Oliver's Los Angeles Food Revolution is airing soon too. Join his FB page to keep up to date.


THREE DAYS starring Alex Hyde-White, Richard Chamberlain, Stefanie Powers and Peter Woodward is having a "sneak-peek" during Britweek. If you wish to attend click on link  
 and enter PUNCH for a friends and family discount. Will be  followed with a Q&A from the director and some cast members! 

WORLD PILLOW FIGHT DAY - I have been for the past 2 years and it is so much fun. Will be happening in all major cities around the world. Ours is downtown. Click on link to RSVP

CHRIS wants to invite you all to a fundraising flashmob! 
On April 30th, there will be a flash mob fundraiser for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the Accidents Happen Theater Company. This event is also to help launch the new company Linden Bay Collaborative, which is a company being designed to help bring visual and performing artists together such as writers, dancers, producers, painters, etc. (So it could be a good networking event as well)
For more information, please email"

As an agent / producer Paul Duddridge represented some of the biggest names in the UK, he has also produced shows for BBC and ITV. His Hollywood clients are actors, directors, writers and producers, all seeking one to one practical guidance on succeeding in entertainment. Your first consultation is FREE!.

Have you sorted out your health insurance yet ? Brits in LA member Adam Beach is the person to talk to if you are confused. He can do individual or group plans. He has also helped some members transfer their pension over from the UK. Give him a bell if you need some advice. 3107737939

Need an Immigration Lawyer? 
Gil Brito of Beltran Brito has helped many of our members with the greencard process. He can be reached or call 305.860.4050 If you are overseas he can also be reached by Skype gil_r_brito_esq 
Joe Adams; 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 
Bernard Sidman is a fellow Brit in LA and has helped many other Brits in LA with the immigration process and has a high success rate. I just did my citizenship with him and my husbands greencard. You can reach him on 818 981 0352 or Email

Galvin Benjamin Salon has finally opened! Have you been in yet ? I am due another Brazilian Blowout. Mine was so successful I can't find my hair straighteners anymore, as I haven't used them since the beginning of December!  James and Leanne want to reward your loyalty by continuing to offer all BRITS IN LA members 50% off all cuts, colors and Brazillian blowouts for the first 3 months - All other stylist will offer 20% off. They are open 9am - 6pm but are very happy to make appointments for later than that. The salon's phone number is 424 249 3296 and email is

The Famous Weidman Gallery in West Hollywood are offering 10% off on all custom framing and in house poster art to Brits in LA members! - Huge collection of British Art.  Follow them on Twitter too ! @WeidmanGallery

NEED a website? Paul Terry of Platinum One Web Designs has finished our Toscars website, where you can see all of this year's 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. So feel free to contact him with your needs.

PURCHASES, SALES & RENTALS. Only 20% down payment required on a $2,500,000 purchase price on a new home. Call British Realtor Claudia Kohn for details; "let us find you a new home within 30 days or less.  I work 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 call me at 310.859.534 to discuss your options."

 isn’t like any other stock footage company. We were created for filmmakers by filmmakers. We’ve assembled stock from outstanding cinematographers from all over the world to create the most comprehensive and diverse film collection in the industry. We have 650,000 clips online, including one of the largest HD motion content archives and green screen archives. And most of our library is rights cleared and ready to use.  Further more as a member of Brits in LA you’ll receive a 20% discount off our footage licensing rates. Please contact Jonathan Scott on call 310.994.5331.

holiday let wanted- marina is getting married in June and is looking for affordable places for her family to stay for the duration od 10-19 June. If you can help email

If you have used any of our recommendations I would love your feedback (good or bad!) to share with the rest of the group, so please feel free to drop me a line.

If I have forgotten to include any of your listings, I apologize in advance! 
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