Brits in LA Newsletter May 28th

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Contact Brits in LA member Joseph Seymour about how you can get into a VW without any credit. There are many options for ex-pats. Joe has all the answers you will need. He has helped so many members already and will give you the best deal in town whether you are buying or leasing. Call him on 310-266-8825 or  on email.
Like Joe's Facebook page here to keep informed of any special offers or competitions he is running

Hi Everyone
Hope you are all having a great Memorial Weekend?
If you are new to town make sure to check out all the big hotels like the Mondrian, the Roosevelt and the Standard. They will all be having weekend pool parties for the summer.
I just got back from visiting the UK and had the pleasure of flying with Air New Zealand. If you haven't traveled with them before I highly recommend them. Their staff are so pleasant and helpful.Their planes are all updated and very comfortable plus I arrived early in both directions! Their onboard entertainment was very eclectic, showing classics like Breakfast at Tiffany's and even the fab Scandinavian drama The Killing (which you may have seen parodied in the recent episodes of Ab Fab )

London is all dressed up and ready to party. The upcoming Jubilee is sure to be a fantastic time.

Banksy was out last week and put his Jubilee comment on the wall of a Poundland (who are selling bunting for a quid!) 

Great mural on the Thames of the Royal family celebrating the Silver Jubilee

I am sure you all heard that the weather in the UK was perfect (perhaps a little too warm). Fortunately jugs of Pimm's are served pretty much everywhere, so I managed to survive the humid 28 degree heat!
The Waterway in Little Venice
We are in full production mode on our own Queen's jubilee party. A huge thank you to Volkswagen of Santa Monica, A LA Car Guy for supporting us again. We love these guys. Make sure to speak to Joe Seymour for all your motoring needs.  It's going to be a wonderful afternoon. This event has now sold out!

I had to take a photo of the price of petrol in the UK as we all complain here, but this is ridiculous!

Have you looked at our selling pages yet ? I see Sam is giving away an old tv... and Marvin is selling a brand new Blackberry Curve 

Make sure to check our upcoming events section on our Facebook page , we have a pub crawl coming up next week Boys v Girls.
Make sure to scroll down as lots of deals and discounts as well as members news
Don't forget to follow us on Twitter for the latest news
Subscribe to our Spotify playlist to hear this weeks UK Top 40
Email us at if you have a shout out for next weeks newsletter.
See you all soon

Thinking of moving to LA, need a visa?

Gil Brito of Beltran Brito has helped over 100's of Brits obtain visas into the USA call or email him today to find out if he can help you. or call on 305-860-4050 for a free consultation.

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. He has helped many BRITS IN LA through the citizenship application and is very thorough and no nonsense. You can reach him on 
818 981 0352 or Email him at



Best Eggs Benedict in town - Plus we have Heinz Baked Beans
 RSVP here. -  only $15*
The price includes the Tax and Tip - Cash only - please remember they do not accept  credit cards.
*full English breakfast is $18

We would like to thank Industry Hollywood for coming on board and sponsoring Breakfast Club.
Industry Hollywood provides valuable advice and support through the process of making the move to L.A.

**In the Month Of MAY 2012, Industry Hollywood has guided 5 actors towards successfully obtaining their 0-1 visas **
 If you would like more information on the products and services that Industry Hollywood offer and how they can help and support you with visa guidance and networking opportunities in Los Angeles, then please submit your resume, head shot and a forwarding letter with any questions or queries to

For those Brits that have to work during the week come and join us for a fully earned half price Mimosa brunch - Same great deal as Tuesdays BBC. $15 and $6 mimosas. - Cecconi's is such a perfect setting to relax unwind and start your weekend right.
rsvp here

JUNE 2nd, 2012
Click here to RSVP and keep up with the details
Tickets to go on sale this week -Limited space so don't delay.

I know a lot of you attended the Britweek Film & TV summit, so I am sure you will all want to know about these two great upcoming events

BRIC Summit – June 15, Los Angeles Convention Center
The Variety BRIC Summit will explore the growth of the entertainment industry in the countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China. These four BRIC nations, which make up over 40% of the world's population, are going to play a major role in the future of the global economy in the near future with double digit growth for some areas in the media and entertainment sectors. There will also be exploration into additional fast-rising entertainment marketplaces such as South Africa, Singapore and Korea. The BRIC Summit will look at opportunities for the entertainment industry in these emerging markets.
Variety Venture Capital & New Media Summit – June 27th, Sofitel Hotel, Los Angeles
The Variety Venture Capital & New Media Summit, will explore how the investment community is driving technology innovation - so critical for the growth of the evolving entertainment industry. Start-up companies with strong ideas can thrive, thanks to the post-recession financial support and Hollywood's fight to attract today's digital consumers.


Ye Olde King's Head in Santa Monica is opening up a sister pub and restaurant in the Valley and are looking for staff. Contact Kevin Willis

Sad to hear the THE TUDOR HOUSE in Santa Monica will be closing down at the end of June. So get your fix before it's gone. Good luck to Theresa and all the staff there. Thanks for all you have given us over the last 50 years.

Loving these T-shirts by British designer Duncan Quinn

The British ARE COMING', 2012 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, June 17. 

The 2012 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance is a tradition in Beverly Hills and this year's celebration is themed "The British Are Coming!" 

On June 17, 2012 Father’s Day there will be a superb combination of automobiles, motorcycles and designers and will highlight British makes and models. Aston Martin will be the featured car marque and the event is free and open to the public.


Need a car for a month or longer? don't wanna pay the big brand car-rental prices?If all you need is a runaround to get from A to B you should call Zoe at Express Rent-a-Car*

They have short or long term car renting (she occasionally sells used cars too) 
7007 Canby Ave Reseda CA 91335 818-668-3052 Hours 9-5  M-F 
and Sat by appointment after hours service 818-429-7073   
Rates starting at $16.95 p/day Inc Taxes....
She has helped many Brits in LA members
*these cars are not brand new luxury vehicles
Or email her

Thought about renting a house for you and your friends or family in PALM SPRINGS - Could be cheaper than hotels. Think about renting out my Vacation home
Rates start from $300 a night - Contact for more details


Many Brits in LA members have used our services here at 

We can design you a website, sell your digital content online even design you a logo!
Up to a 15 Page site including domain name, Hosting for a year & 6 updates within the first year as well. 
All for the special price of 
Saving $369.00!!
This is our best offer so far! Converted to £'s this deal works out to be £315.00
Or up to a 4 page site for only 
Offer extended till May 31st
If you are interested then contact us:
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Chinese Theatres, Los Angeles, June 5th 2012

UK indie-feature, Small Creatures, takes its US bow at the 15th Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles.

Small Creatures tells the story of a kid who gets himself in to a lot of trouble when he ignores the advice of those around him, because he's too afraid to stop hanging out with a homophobic bully, intent on violence.
The film features three breakthrough performances by 14-year old leads and blends a lyrical, poetic tone with a gritty realism.
 It’s the feature debut for writer/director, Martin Wallace, who, as a director of factual television, is an International Emmy and Royal Television Society Award winner and BAFTA nominee.
Wallace has also directed numerous music videos for bands including Pulp, Tindersticks, Aphex Twin, Biffy Clyro, Polyphonic Spree, Voxtrot and Erlend Oye.
Watch the trailer here 


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Paul Duddridge

As a producer / agent in London Paul Duddridge represented some of the biggest names in entertainment.
He is now the number one entertainment career consultant in Los Angeles, with an amazing reputation for getting real results.
He has helped numerous actors, comedians directors etc to achieve success where it had previously seemed impossible.
The first consultation is completely FREE
Mention BRITSINLA for a 25% discount.

Yes that's Craig, handsome devil!

Craig from Brits in LA highly recommends this company - Really great way to get a leg up in casting, send a professional audition, not one made at home with crappy sound. 
Do you need to put yourself on tape? Create a reel? Maybe you need a fabulous scene in an American accent or you want to freshen up your work?
Then look no further! SpeedReels can help you put anything on tape whether it is for an audition to send back to the UK (or anywhere in the world!) or to create a fantastic demo reel from scratch!
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John Altman is back in town!
Emmy Award winning composer and sax player John Altman and legendary bassist Jennifer Leitham will be joining Jon Mayer and yours truly on Saturday June 2nd from 7:00 until 11:00 at the Desert Rose.
Please be sure to call and make a reservation.  This combination will generate a large response, so the earlier you make your reservation the better---323.666.1166

James McCartney (son of Sir Paul) is coming town
He will be at the Roxy on May 31st
Get tix here

British rockers Def Leppard at playing in June! Click here to get your tickets.

Keane are playing June 29th 
Get Tickets here

Tickets go on sale for Iron Maidens August show
click here to buy 

AND COMING TO LA Tickets here

The Kills

with Black Bananas
Monday, August 13Mayan Theatre
Los Angeles, CA

Craig did the other week and he highly recommend Zelaikha, It's acupuncture with a mix of Reiki.
She was amazing and she also takes health insurance. He had a huge problem with his back last week and she sorted it right out, he woke up the next day with the pain gone. She wants to give Brits in LA members a discount (Aren't we a lucky lot)
Experience the combined benefits of Acupuncture & Reiki to
alleviate tension, stress and pain. Energize and revitalize your
being. As your acupuncturist, Zelaikha treats the root cause of
disease, not just the symptoms. Her goal is to empower you to a life
path that supports longevity, vitality, immunity, and JOY.

Zelaikha is offering Bla members with a special rate of $99 for two healing acupuncture sessions (60% discount). This includes an initial treatment and one follow-up, normally priced at $150 and $100, respectively. 


Russell Brand has more live shows this week in LA. This has received mixed reviews, but if you want to form your own opinion click here to buy tickets

LA Theatre Works presents
THE BROWNING VERSION by Terence Rattigan
Terence Rattigan’s 1948 masterpiece about a schoolmaster who must give up his 18-year post at an English public school. Brilliantly exploring the complexity of the human heart, it also predates Edwards Albee’s "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in its scathing examination of a marriage. A contemporary of Noël Coward and Somerset Maugham, Rattigan’s wit and depth remain timeless.Featuring: Martin Jarvis, Ian Ogilvy 

THE BROWNING VERSION by Terence Rattigan
Thursday June 21, 2012
Friday June 22, 2012
Saturday June 23, 2012 |
Sunday June 24, 2012 |

Bolshoi Ballet – Swan Lake
June 7 – 10, 2012 | Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center

Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center concludes a season of great beauty with the Bolshoi Ballet performing Swan Lake - a work that epitomizes the grandeur of classical ballet. Originally choreographed for the Bolshoi by Marius Petipa in 1877, today's revised Swan Lake by Yuri Grigorovich remains a sumptuous masterpiece. The tragic legend will be performed with live orchestra and marks the Bolshoi's long awaited return since 2000.
 For a limited time, Mention code 19753 by April 30 to receive 20%* off tickets to the Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8 performances.
 For tickets and information, visit or call (213) 972-0711.

Ahmanson Theatre

Ahmanson Theatre
Final Weeks! Must Close June 9!
“The score Stephen Sondheim wrote for Follies is mind-bogglingly lush.”
– Charles McNulty, The Los Angeles Times
"A pitch-perfect production... a unique opportunity for Angelenos to see some of the most talented women of the Great White Way."
- Laura Hertzfeld, 
Entertainment Weekly

EIGHT 2012 Tony Award® nominations for Follies including Best Musical Revival! With 25 total award nominations, Follies is the most lauded musical revival this season. 


Experience Follies for just $49!* $49 tickets available for ALL remaining performances of Follies - now through June 9 only. Valid for Mezzanine and Limited Preferred Orchestra locations (Reg. $95- $110). 
Call 213.972.4400 and mention code TONY or pick exact seat locations online

Follies features four-time Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark as Sally Durant Plummer, two-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, three-time Emmy Award nominee Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion.


Only in Los Angeles. Only at the Ahmanson.


*Conditions:  Subject to availability.  Not valid on previously purchased tickets.  Valid for all performances through June 9th. May not be combined with any other offers.

War Horse

Six weeks ONLY!!  War Horse at the Ahmanson Theatre June 13-July 29! 
Both single and group tickets are now on sale for War Horse.  For more information and single ticket purchases, please call the Center Theatre Group Audience Services at 213-972-4400 or
To book a group of 15 or more, please call Center Theatre Group’s Group Services Department at 213.972.7231

Amir Korangy directs and brings this funny, disturbing psychological thriller to the stage for the Hollywood Fringe Festival this June. Properly set in a brooding, atmospheric Victorian England, it puts the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson themselves under the great detectives’ famous magnifying glass.
Get tickets for the preview on June 9th and be automatically invited to the after party at 
The Village Idiot 

The dates are:
Saturday   9th June               4:00 pm
Thursday 14th June             10:00 pm
Saturday 16th June               4:00 pm
Thursday 21st June               7:00 pm
Saturday 23rd June               7:00 pm
Sunday   24th June               2:30 pm

Tickets from
A few have us have bought tickets for June 21st, 7pm

Brits in LA member Laura Harbron has a comedy show coming up on May29th! Click here to find out how to get tickets

Transferring money can be a pain and I see a lot of you are asking banking questions on the FB page. Lloyds TSB have a great account available that means you can transfer money between a linked up USD,GBP or Euro account which saves all the hassle.
Click here for the Lloyds international account 
sign-up FORM

Lloyds TSB International is pleased to offer you the Premier International Account that has been designed to meet the challenges and opportunities of living, working, and retiring abroad. This multi-currency account is ideally suited to professionals traveling or relocating to or from the UK, US or Europe.
Premier International Account
  • Available in US Dollar, Sterling and Euro currencies- perfect for when you are working overseas
  • Fee-free transfers between currencies and at preferential exchange rates
  • No charges when using the debit cards on purchases in the correct jurisdiction or withdrawing funds from Lloyds' ATMs
  • Free worldwide travel insurance
  • Free 24/7 online and telephone banking making it quick and easy for you to manage your funds while you are away
  • Sterling cheque book giving you further flexibility
  • As the largest bank in the UK, you will have unlimited access to over 2,000 branches across the country and other parts of Europe
Additional savings products, such as five year fixed term deposits- yielding 20% interest- are available upon request. for more information, please call (213) 443 4096 or e-mail and mention Brits in LA.
Don't get frazzled with your books have a pro do them for you.

Lisa is amazing - they've helped us immensely and saved us an awful lot of time preparing for this years taxes.  CONTACT LISA AT


Adam Beach has been helping us set up our new retirement plans and he's great at explaining all the complicated stuff. - Brits in LA



Sign up here for your tickets to the game - Please specify how many tickets you want and that you want to be seated with the BRITS IN LA group -

The form is pretty straight forward!

Our BLAggers are doing alright so far, ranking 6th in the league. Keep up the good work lads. Check the LA premiere league website to find out when they are next playing

British Snooker fans in LA

The 2012 United States National Snooker Championship will be staged at the Embassy Billiards Club in San Gabriel from May 25-27


So many of you are looking to sublet your apartments/rooms or house hunting that we have set up a new group called Brits in LA Housing. This way your listings can all be in one dedicated place. Click here to join .

Weekly Stars with Anne Shaw
email her at for a private reading

5/26/12 #1

In any relationship situation please understand you cant control every action people make that are in your life, so all you can do is  keep an eye on what the other person is doing as it will be all you can do at the moment.

Your  priority should be taking care of you in any area that requires attention. and start with what you know is well overdue .On the upside you can expect a call for work that could be lucrative.

The sun in your now is the beginning of your new year so it can bring out a very creative side of you and it also favors getting a handle on any part of life that is causing you some emotional upset . Happy Birthday.

You will be at your worst and best this week on one hand you want to hide out in that quiet shell on the other you can be looking to act out your sign and give the crab like nip. Its best to say nothing at all right now.

Yes this is a time for the inner crank to show itself for some of you who are not participating in life as you know you can. If you have any health issue make sure you are not stressing out as this can be the cause.

Its time for a change of scenery this can be as simple as a coat of paint on the walls to a trip out of town Either way its best to take some action rather then brood as this is the worst thing to do.

If you have things you need to be working on in the home area  get moving and you can be finished by next week .If you waste the time you will be too busy with other things and you will have to pay someone else to clean up .On a positive note its likely you will be busy making money.


Be ready for a possible past love interest appearing unexpectedly and many other delights this next week or so. It has been a time of introspective since early March or so and enough is an understatement .So lets enjoy this holiday weekend .

.If you are worried about finances and are not doing anything to change the situation then it will make you crazy or depressed. Worse case scenario others close to you will think you are upset with them. Jupiter is in your  financial area soon so chin up.!!

You may be feeling a bit restless or not in balance, this is due to your “boss” Saturn in the sign of relationships Libra.  He is letting you know something in your life is out of
alignment .His job is to get you to change things for your self so get going !!

Your judgment in a long term situation is way out and this week if you allow your self to go the same route as before  all is a waste of time. Be cool wait and see if you can change your mind and change the outcome.!!

 Venus is in a compatible sign to you so lets see who or what you can attract. Its very lucky time to be having a flutter and  you can take off for a few days away .A family matter that has not been fully resolved may pop back for a second try.


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