Brits in LA Newsletter March 18th

Talk to Joe Seymour about  how you can get into a VW. There are many options for ex-pats. Joe has  all the answers you will need. He has helped so many members already and  will work his very hardest to get you into the car of your choice.  Contact him on 310 266 8825 or by email.  
Check out the new VW XL1
Apparently the worlds most fuel efficient car!

Hi Everyone
Hope you are all having a great week?
There is always something to celebrate in LA, and this week it was St Patricks Day! I spent mine down at The Village Idiot Pub watch the drum and bagpipe band Dram perform. I hear Rock and Reilly put on a great bash also.
I spent the previous weekend in Las Vegas, catching up with old friends. Managed to catch the amazing show Absinthe that is performed twice nightly in a circus tent in front of Caesars Palace. 

A little bit raunchy and politically incorrect, but if you are willing to go along with it you will have a brilliant evening. 
We have lots of great events coming up over the next few weeks , including an evening with LA Theatreworks, our monthly pub crawl, Sunday Roast and of course our twice weekly 
Breakfast Club.
Tuesday's Breakfast Club is sponsored by NEXTSTOPLAX and then we have 
our Saturday Social
Feel free to come solo, we are a friendly bunch! No reservation required. All details below as well. 

For those of you who missed the UK Mothers Day, don't forget you can always make it up to her by celebrating USA Mothers Day on May 12th.

Anyone for cricket?

Come and watch some visiting British Army soldiers play at Woodley Park Cricket Complex in Van Nuys. March 30-31. More details to follow!

Don't forget to follow JC Mac's fitness blog
Click here to see how you can get your abs in shape in 10 minutes a day! 

Craig has been working out with him recently and I was lucky enough to catch sight of his newly toned stomach! 
So very proud of my friends son  Scott Cairns for being nominated for an award on Amazon. Check out his book Silver about one mans struggle to come to terms with being in the wrong body.

Look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon.
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CASTING CALL: Looking for Prince Harry and Prince William look-a-likes for upcoming film. Email here if you think you fit the bill.

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Saturday, March 23rd

Blade Runner

Directed by Ridley Scott (1982, 117 min.) Director's Cut

A Benefit for The Million Dollar Theatre

Cinespia and LAHTF present a one night only screening of Blade Runner in the location where it was filmed. Opened in 1918, The Million Dollar is described as a Spanish cathedral set in a Greek Temple. The interior is full of lush colors, original art works and gorgeous ornate decorations, all hidden from view as the Million Dollar is currently closed to the public. 
Blade Runner has become the quintessential Los Angeles film, dystopic and dreamily beautiful, it shows downtown in all its faded glory. It has also become the gold standard for sci fiction cinema, and its breathtaking vision is timeless. The Million Dollar features prominently in the film, this is your chance to see with your own eyes one the inside of one of our historical treasures. 

Withdrawn from theatrical release, Cinespia and the LAHTF present this rare opportunity to see Blade Runner in glorious 35mm on the Million Dollar's big screen by special arrangement with the Chartwell Partners. Proceeds will be applied to restoring the Million Dollar name to the marquee.

Doors at 7:30 

Movie at 9:00

The Million Dollar Theatre

307 S Broadway in downtown LA

Britweek is an organization dedicated to being a strong cultural and organization presence celebrating the creative fusion between California and the UK. From April 23rd to May 6th they will be hosting various music and arts events around Los Angeles, check out their website for a full calendar of events.

Thinking of moving to L.A. and 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 Brits in LA members with the immigration process and has a high success rate. He has helped many BRITS IN LA members through the citizenship application too and is very experienced and thorough. You can reach him on 
818 981 0352 or check out his website at or Email him at

Or are you....

One of the most common questions we get asked is for shipping company 
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NEXT STOP LAX have a seminar coming up in London 
 with The Actors Company LA Take note of their incredible guest speakers!!
Click here for more info 

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.
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   
Or email her
Rates starting at $16.95 p/day Inc Taxes....
She has helped many Brits in LA members
Also now doing airport transfers for $60**
*These cars are not brand new luxury vehicles
**Rates may vary depending on distance

Meet and listen to the talented Cameron Neilson

Gorgeous Mid Century House to rent
in Palm Springs
Perfect for Coachella!
Email Craig for all the details.

British Edition 
is the essential guide to living the life in LA and how to make it in Hollywood, specifically tailored for our British readers. Throughout the 8 chapters, we will cover the basics: what an American headshot looks like compared with a British headshot, the established actor's resume, how to find representation, how to meet with casting directors and the audition process, and will also include a detailed list of resources and contributors.
You can buy here: 
or on our website & social networking pages.

He has been helping us with our artwork recently.
His turnaround is super fast, so if you require any of his services 
(from logos, flyers or photography )
 I can't recommend him enough!
Check out the amazing montage of Morrissey's Staples Center show,
My background in high fashion and the music & entertainment industry working with grammy award winning bands like Duran Duran,is brought out in what my clients think are some of the most exciting, edgy and sexy photography today.  I've even had the honour of being a model for Ralph Lauren, a professional dancer & musician and have been published in four languages worldwide.

While running my business around the world, I do my best to live my life with a philanthropist heart.  I enjoy giving back to the community through speeches at bridal conventions educating couples with a "live version" of my program: "How To Make The Most Out Of Your Wedding Day", motivational speeches at socio-economically challenged elementary schools, presentations at high schools about the art & science of photography & more in-depth business presentations about running a successful creative company to advanced photography students at colleges."

Brits in LA's favourite celebrity journalist Sandro Monetti has launched a 
brilliant Movie Locations tour which drives film fans to sites around town 
where 40 famous films were shot - everything from Argo to Pretty Woman - 
If you enjoyed Miserable Lesbians, come hear more funny stories from that film's 
writer-director Sandro Monetti on his Celebrity Insider Movie Locations Tour, departing each 
Saturday afternoon at 2pm from the Hollywood Roosevelt, where an air conditioned bus will 
take you to locations used in Argo, Die Hard and 40 other famous films while celebrity 
reporter Sandro tells you the inside story behind the movies and their stars. 
Book at and use the special Brits in LA code SALE50 (no space) for half-price tickets.
Check out this report on KTLA

Annie works for Rose Bowl location rentals and thought
it might be useful for those of you looking for somewhere short term.
Check out their website here 


Brits & Bits show in Burbank on Sunday. Or had you forgotten? Well, fear not, I'm here to remind you. Zach Kahn has been added to the line up and he's a bit of a star, so with Brian Kiley from Conan, TV star Helen Hong, award winning author Joe Dungan and Jason London from the valley, it's looking like a pretty good evening. And yes, I'll try and keep up my end as well. I have had a bit of practice recently as I just completed one leg of my tour, taking in the great towns of Idaho, Oregon, Northern California and Nevada where I was booked to perform on Rodeo night, I'm sure a liberal, pescatarian Brit was just what the cowboys wanted on their wish list for an evenings entertainment.

Productions mounts a revival of the critically acclaimed production of Trainspotting that first rocked Los Angeles in 2002. Entertaining and shocking in equal measure, Harry Gibson's stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh's cult novel about Scottish heroin addicts runs March 9 through April 13 at the Elephant Theatre, with award-winning director Roger Mathey again at the helm.
For reservations and information, call 323-960-7785 or go to

Jane Austen wrote only six novels, but her wit and wisdom left readers pining for more. Impro Theatre's Jane Austen UnScripted gives audiences a chance to imagine the other books she might have written. The company deftly creates a world of love-struck girls, brooding noblemen and charming cads, and although hearts are sure to be broken, true love will win out in the end. 
or contact Pasadena Playhouse Box Office

Once again a special offer form Allied for us: 
Tracie Bennett you may remember from Coronation Street is now a Tony award nominee for this role

 Don’t miss @Center Theatre Group’s END OF THE RAINBOW coming soon to the Ahmanson Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles! Visit to get a
LIMITED TIME special offer - only good thru March 22!
Tickets to select performances are just $49/$59/$69 (Reg. 60/$70/$80).*

To order call 213.972.4400 and use code ZING or online at
*Subject to availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. May not be combined with other offers. Available only for select performances and select sections. Available Tuesday - Friday evenings, and Sunday matinee between March 12 and 22, excluding March 20. Available sections include Mid Orchestra Rows R-W and Mezzanine Rows C-G.

Anyone for Netball?

Such a great group of Ladies. All ages welcome as long as you can run around for an hour straight!
If you fancy joining in the fun you can either join their Facebook group 

                       FINANCE SECTION 

Don't get frazzled with your book-keeping have a 
pro do it for you.
Lisa is amazing - they've helped us immensely and saved us an awful lot of
time preparing for this years taxes.  


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

April 15th is final date
to file 2012 Tax Returns
We get emails on a daily basis asking for an accountant who can handle both UK and USA accounts. Up until now we haven't been able to recommend anyone who can do both. Finally we found Selwyn at Gerber & Co. They have offices both here an the UK so the transition is pretty close to seamless! Email him here to discuss how he can help you through tax time. (Don't forget the fees accountants charge are often deductible! However they do charge a consultation fee - so please confirm that first)

Email Anne at or call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
Anne will be at the King's Head, Santa Monica doing spiritual
readings Friday and Saturday afternoons make sure to call
the number above to book an appointment.


If life at work is not all it could be look at the positive side of things as we move into mid month the pace will pick due to your boss Mars in your own sign. Uranus is also in there and will  not let you get away with much.

Your emotions are probably in a mess in regards to some area of life. It is more than likely a past situation that has brought things up and this is not in your best if you ignore it, so be ready to get it resolved once and for all .

This can be the best time in your life that’s because you are  looking at the truth
of what you really desire.  This will stir you to make the much needed changes in your general life. Get ready you are about to makes a quick decision.

There is an old saying “ you can run but you cant hide “ This next couple of weeks will bring back a situation you had thought was passed. Its to your best good to deal with it head on and the sooner the better

You may be in the mood to get far from the madding crown and you will as soon as what you must take care of in life is taken care of .Hey by then you will have some extra cash to play with.

This months beginning for you has not been as easy going  as you would like
but its because everything in life is a lesson. When you can stop beating yourself up  you should relax and enjoy the moment.

Now we have Mars the red energy planet in Aries your opposite sign it is a wake up call for action. If you ignore the signs you will havethe explosive Uranus also in Aries to jolt  you into action. This means you will have to do the doing or it will be done for you.

Mars your boss is sitting in Aries along with the explosive planet Uranus and as a result
life could get sizzling hot for you especially in the relationship area. Best keep a handle on any thing said in haste  Don’t judge a book by the cover it could be interesting!!


Mars your friendly cousin is sitting in Aries now encouraging you to take a leap of faith in some part of life. Be sure to look before you leap as he will be watching you and depending on where you land life can take a better direction than for some time.

Mars in Aries along with Uranus can rattle more than a few bones for you .This may be a sign in time to take care of what not finished or things will take on a life of their own and it may not be what you wanted. Good news is you have time to rectify at least a couple of weeks.

 If you can swing a weekend away this is the time as next month will be busier. Your unpredictable ruler Uranus is sitting with Mars this week in fiery Aries. This can mean a lot of things to different people this week .For you its keep a handle on that temper it can cause you problems.

.The family is much on your mind and if you learn to live in the moment things will work out quicker and with less stress. Things in life not what we want to happen however if you can not change it don’t stress, Life is good even so. Happy Birthday.

Frank Thornton


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