Brits in LA Newsletter May 21st, 2012

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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 Breeps!
Had a really fun couple of weeks - I saw Kristin Chenoweth at the Greek theatre, If you've never been it's a must, it's outdoors like the Hollywood Bowl but on a smaller more intimate setting. What a set of pipes! check her out!
I had an opportunity to visit Portland, OR last week too. Great clean city. Some must does - Powell's Books is world famous, you can even print your own books in there. Plus I happened to get myself into the Nike Employee store for half off all. Came back with a suitcase full of trainers (not sneakers ;) make sure you checkout my footwear at breakfast club on Tuesday!

Friday night was fun and games at my friend Amy's house. 'Running Charades 'Like Give Us A Clue' meets 'Wipeout' minus the water.
Saturday I attended the British consulate's residence in Hancock Park for a pre-Jubilee Cupcake Tea party. It was a lovely affair, however it was an extremely hot day and the icing didn't fair too well in the heat.
Soggy Cupcakes melting in the heat. Nice diamonds tho. Not real!
Our current Head of the British consulate, Dame Barbara Hay welcomed her guests.

Happy Birthday to Brits in LA members, Lorraine Wilkinson and Rob Pait.
and Congrats to actress Kim Morgan Greene who was magnificent in Pacific Festival Ballet's production of 'Noah's Ark'

Did you all see the eclipse on Sunday. How spectacular, one of the joys of California living are the great clear skies. Don't forget to check Annie Shaw's Horoscopes at the end of the newsletter. She's also available for private readings, she did mine the other week. Some spot on info. She'll be joining us for the jubilee offering tarot readings for all who are interested.

We are in full production mode on the Queen's jubilee party. A huge thank you to Volkswagen of Santa Monica, A LA Car Guy for supporting us again. W love these guys. Make sure to speak to Joe Seymour for all your motoring needs.  It's going to be a wonderful afternoon. We do hope you can join us - Kid's under 12 are welcome to join for free. We will be having traditional games for them like Pass the parcel, Musical chairs, etc... 
Get your tickets here

Have you looked at our selling pages yet ? I saw table and chairs, a bed and sofa all for sale! 

Have a great week and see ya around


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.


Are you a British Chef or know someone who is?
I am casting a chef competition series for Jamie Oliver's production company, Fresh One, and looking for UK-born chefs/cooks legally working in LA (or anywhere in US, actually). Any suggestions?
Chefs could work in restaurants, catering, privately. All must have loads of personality. All will be compensated during the competition. Winner will be awarded a substantial prize.
All thoughts/ideas much appreciated. Feel free to forward this request to anyone you think might be interested.
My phone is +1 718 855 9522.

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 beginning of next month. 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 40 years.

Congrats to BLA member Adam Huss is currently in a movie heading to the festival circuit - 

From the producers of CRASHING, TAINTED and EXIST comes the provocative and tragic film FIND ME. It is a fresh, edgy thriller that addresses gay teen suicide, the actions and denial that lead up to it, as well as the long term effects that it has on friends, family and communities. There are elements in this amazing film that will resonate with audiences long after it ends. OFFICIAL MOVIE WEBSITE OFFICIAL MOVIE BLOG OFFICIAL MOVIE FACEBOOK PAGE

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:
or visit our website at:


1st Session is Free!
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!
We know how important it is in this climate to market yourself in a professional manner and be the best you can be. That is why at SpeedReels we have a specialized studio fully equipped with backdrops, lights, “sets” professional sound and the Canon 5D. You will work with a skilled director/camera operator and have professional actors to read with.
Special Brits In LA discount!
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10% off all our other services
Please check out our website


Angelyna Martinez is at the MBar

John Altman is back in town!
Emmy and BAFTA Award winning composer/saxophonist John Altman returns to LA this week, fresh from his success as co-producer of the Titanic 3D Anniversary CD re-issue, with an amazing concerts.  
Saturday 26th May at 1.30pm at the LAX Marriott he is leading an All Star Big Band in the Jivin' In Be-Bop Festival playing the music of Charlie Barnet. For details please see this flyer

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. 


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
May 3 – June 9
For tickets call 213.972.4400
Performance Schedule:  Tue – Fri at 8, Sat 2 & 8, Sun 1 & 6:30

“…White-Hot…Vibrant and Moving!” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
When former members of the “Weismann Follies” reunite on the eve of their theatre's demolition, two couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present. Reminiscing about their younger selves and the years gone by, the crumbling theatre brings back memories for both couples of good times and bad.

With an extraordinary 28-piece orchestra, Follies features one of the largest casts ever to appear on the Ahmanson stage:  starring 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.
Containing such well-known songs as “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here,” “Too Many Mornings,” “Could I Leave You?” and “Losing My Mind, don’t miss the Kennedy Center’s critically acclaimed Broadway production of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award®-winning musical Follies at the Ahmanson Theatre for six weeks only, May 3 through June 9, 2012.
Only in Los Angeles. Only at the Ahmanson.

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.

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


The financial situation for you could be getting a boost as early as the mid week.
Look for an opportunity to add to your business or work. It’s a good week for a catching up with what has not been a priority yet. !

You will likely be feeling bit blah until mid week, if so keep a positive thought process. If any thing is not moving in your life get things sorted and you will see the results as soon as next weekend 

Be sure to follow through on any promises you have made in the past few weeks as the Eclipse in your sign this weekend could confront you with it .Have a great Happy Birthday.

Movement is good for you and this week it’s all around you and in the family also.
 You crabs don’t like to be confronted with out warning so it’s best to keep those famous verbal nips under control.

Health and diet is much on your mind as the summer months approach so hats off to you if you make it your priority and spend time too this end .A family member will be on your mind 

As this month  proceeds and the Sun is in  Gemini  be sure you are ready and willing to get anything in motion that’s on your agenda .If it is a change in work or home this will work well .

Be prepared to be surprised and perhaps a little miffed as you find that all is not in place as you expected. That includes any agreements you made with family or friends .Be ready with a contingency plan.

This is the time of year when you should be or are thinking of shedding away what the winter months have left behind .This is a good time to proceed. You may be thinking of a diet or exercise change .Be sure you don’t overdo it as is your way sometimes...

 A problem in your work situation is just a storm in a teacup and so lighten up especially this weekend when you can relax with family or friends .Be sure you don’t play to hard or burn the candle at both ends. 

.This week get rid of any stuff in your life and this means all areas and start fresh as the next week or so will bring some clearance for you in the financial area. You are getting ready for a climb up which ever ladder you are reaching for.

.A large project may be on your mind however do not be in such a hurry to finish it .You are at your best when using that powerful though process you have and there are more than one way to proceed The answer will come in a peaceful time ..

This week ahead will bring back people or situations you probably thought were no more  as Neptune makes his way through your life in some way or another. This is not a a bad outcome it means if you don’t figure it out  your self the Universe will

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