Brits in LA Newsletter - Jun 4th 2013

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Talk to Artem Dasov and/or Michael Burger about how you can get into a VW. There are many options for ex-pats.  They have all the answers you will need and will work their very hardest to get you into the car of your choice.  Contact them on (310) 829-1888 ext 2728 or by email

If you would rather lease an Audi, make sure to scroll down to get 
Evan from Audi Pacific info 
Both dealerships have committed to donating $100 per vehicle leased or sold to the UKARES FOUNDATION!

Hi Breeps
Greetings from the big apple, where I am having some very exciting meetings for the evolution of Brits in LA. Stay tuned.

Thanks to all those that attended the UKares Foundation's"A Marvellous Party", it truly was a beautiful evening; as we celebrated the life of Noel Coward at the gorgeous Bel Air home of executive board member Sandra McClean. Newcomer Martin Williamson performed some of Coward's greatest songs including "London Pride" and "Mad Dogs and Englishmen". 
Martin Williamson performs Noel Coward
Chairman, Marc Conneely with Anthony Lewis Churchill 
The very talented John Mawson and Mia Cristou performed a scene from "Private Lives" 
Our entertainment (Williams, Christou and Mawson (L-R) 
COO Marina Paganucci with her daughter, Tayler
Anthony Lewis Churchill provided the Blithe Spirit with his tarot readings. He was spot on with his readings all benefiting the Foundation. 
A guest having her fortune told by Anthony.
Treasurer, Sandra McClean with last years
UKares Awards recipient Bernard Skibben
UKares CEO, Craig Young anchored by Writer/Director
Paul Sapiano (L)and Mark MacNicol, UKares social media guru.
Thanks to all the board, the performers and volunteers for 
helping make it one auspicious night.
All photos courtesy of Frankie Lee Slater Photography
with on-line Oceanea and Circles Uniting galleries at:

President Obama is in LA on Friday, so traffic will more than likely be bumper to bumper .  However Students at Santa Monica High School are on a mission to get President Obama to come to their graduation. 
A group of seniors posted a video on YouTube in hopes that the president would see it.
The video highlights the school’s accomplishments and features different students pleading with the president to make an appearance.
This will be the school’s 100th graduating class.
The graduation is scheduled for this Sunday at 5 p.m. the school’s Memorial Greek Theater.
The video had over 1,300 views on YouTube, and the hashtag “#getobamatothegreek” was gaining momentum on Twitter and Instagram.
There was no word from the White House on whether the president had seen the video or whether he planned to attend the ceremony.
Make sure to check out our Brits in LA Selling Pages too, as I see one member is selling a fridge freezer and another has a tv for sale for only $50!

Happy Gay Pride to all our gay members and the gay community of LA!
Get involved with a team our fave bankers at Chase are marching in the parade. See how you can get involved

Still time to enter this great photography competition!  Judged by British Photographer Rankin, his magazine 'Hunger' and ' Hunger TV' along with the British owned competition site Talenthouse and the charity Heifer International. 

A great opportunity for all budding photogs. Enter here

Renowned photographer Rankin lends his support to ending world hunger and poverty by raising awareness for the programs of Heifer International. Heifer International mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. 

It's also rattlesnake season in California - Beware

We have really been enjoying our collaboration with BBC America's Mind the Gap 's weekly #MindTheChat Twitter discussions, along with Louisa Spring, Virgin Atlantic.   
Friday 10am PST search for #MindTheChat and you can also follow us on Twitter  @britsinla 

 We are always being asked about good dentists and I want to introduce you to  Nicolas A. Ravon and Kimberley Knopf.
Craig's been with them for about 7 years. They are so nice and relaxing.
Click here to visit there website and to book an appointment.
Or if your preferred method of contact is the telephone, you can also reach his office by calling 310-275-5325

Visit the Bayou Bar for their Brit themed night every Monday.
Competition draw to take place the last Monday in June!

Brits commit to get fit!!!
OK! Magazine Annual Body and Soul Event
This is a great event and free as long as you RSVP.
See you all Saturday June 8th!
Lots of giveaways and exercise class,  feel free to tell your friends too!

You wanna get fit  - less time more results
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With over 18 years experience in the fitness industry working with every type of people from celebrities to C.E.O's and housewives to old timers and being a former professional boxer and martial artist JC knows exactly what it takes to get you to reach your goals fast and in a friendly encouraging atmosphere. For more information please email  and please visit me on Facebook  No one gets a one size fits all program because we are not all one size. We are all different and everyone gets a personalized program designed specifically for your goals for maximum results that you will keep."

JC is a certified Fitness Expert with Body, Your Design Personal Training and contributor to Brits in LA, read his latest Fitness tips and advice here 
Click here to read his fitness tips!

Thinking of moving to L.A. and need a visa or a green card?
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

Docurama Premieres Julien Temple’s Rousing Documentary “London: The Modern Babylon” at 5 Los Angeles Area Theaters on June 6

Temple (Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten) time-travels through London from the start of the 20th century to the 2012 Olympics, threading past and present voices with film archives and popular music across the century.

Every screening begins with Nelson George’s 3-minute short film ALL HAIL THE BEAT GE FOCUS FORWARD and is followed by a pre-taped Q&A with Temple

LOS ANGELES – LONDON: THE MODERN BABYLON is legendary filmmaker and music-video director Julien Temple’s (Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten) epic time-traveling voyage to the heart of his hometown. From musicians, writers and artists to dangerous thinkers, political radicals and, above all, ordinary people, is the story of London’s immigrants, its bohemians and how together they changed the city forever.

Reaching back to the dawn of film in London at the start of the 20th century, the story unfolds through film archives and voices of Londoners past and present, powered by the flow of popular music across the century—a stream of urban consciousness, like the river which flows through its heart. It ends in present day, as London prepares to welcome the world to the 2012 Olympics.

LONDON: THE MODERN BABYLON will screen at the following Los Angeles-area locations on Thursday, June 6 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, June 8 at 11:00 AM: Laemmle Claremont, Laemmle Monica and Laemmle NoHo.

It will also screen in Pasadena at Laemmle Playhouse and in Encino at Laemmle Town Center on Thursday, June 6 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, June 8 at 11:00 AM. Also in Southern California, the film will play in Palm Desert and San Diego.

The theatrical release of LONDON: THE MODERN BABYLON in 15 U.S. markets during the week of June 3 is the final film in Cinedigm’s (NASDAQ: CIDM) new DOCURAMA multi-platform film brand and inaugural series of national theatrical screening events ( The DOCURAMA film series has attracted national attention for its unique series that has brought 7 award-winning documentary films in 7 weeks into theaters nationwide, from April 22 through June 16.

Time Out London says it’s: "An astonishing film…a rousing, powerful portrait of a city.” The film had its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Later it was nominated for Best Documentary at both the British Independent Film Awards and the European Film Awards.

ALL HAIL THE BEAT, from author, historian and filmmaker Nelson George, will be shown before every screening of LONDON. The sounds of the Roland TR-808 drum machine inspire musicians around the world, even though the device hasn’t been made since 1984 and most of its avid users have never actually seen one. 

Every screening of LONDON will be followed by a pre-taped Q&A with the director.

By now I'm sure lots of you are familiar with the effervescent and very talented David Esquire. He's extremely active in our community, with "Miserable Lesbians", "The Toscars," "Pepper" and"The Token Minorities". He is one superb photographer for events, weddings, birthday parties. Great bedside manner (oo-er!!) - Check his website out below. 

Visit his website to find out what he can do for you 

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery screenings are back !!!
These screenings are so much fun take a picnic and a bottle of wine and enjoy movies outside
Saturday, June 8th

worth buying tickets & parking passes in advance
Tickets Online
Check out our Brits Gigging in LA page too as there are a lot of great shows coming up, including Jake Bugg, The Pet Shop Boys, Franz Ferdinand, Howard Jones, Andy Bell and Russell Brand!! Huge thank you to Sophie for keeping this page updated. Don't forget Brits in LA member Aaron works for AEG and can get you some great deals on tickets at the Staples Center . Email him here.

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 Evan Bolton from Audi Pacific who also works under the LA Car Guy Umbrella. He is very experienced with the Foreign Business Professional Leasing plan, so if you prefer something a bit more up market, definitely talk to him about getting an Audi. You  can even do it all over email so if you are coming from the UK you can have a car ready for your arrival! Ask nicely and he might pick you up from the airport too! They have some great specials at the moment so drop him a line to find out more

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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.

Summer nights in L.A. are for hanging outdoors as long as you can, enjoying the great weather and good friends. Eat See Hear Movies puts together the ultimate nighttime outdoor hangout, combining popular films with live indie bands and some of the city's most famous food trucks. The Los Angeles State Historic Park screenings take advantage of the spacious park setting and views of the downtown cityscape, rolling the largest outdoor movie screen west of the Mississippi into the park for screenings of everyone's favorite movies along with live performances by up-and-coming bands. As always, a variety of the city's best food trucks will be on hand to dish out food, offering up a variety of food choices from around the world.
Only $5 if you book through Goldstar
El Portal, North Hollywood. Tix available here
At The Geffen - Tickets available here
 The Ahmanson - Tickets available here
Eileen went to see this last week and raved 
I really enjoyed it. Created by the guys who did Chicago and Cabaret . Very provocative and based on a true story of 9 men who were wrongly convicted of gang rape . Somehow Kander and Ebb turned this story into an entertaining musical ! Go see if it if you can, here for a limited run . Eileen lee - Brits in LA
 Natalia is starting an agency
New Nanny agency is seeking to represent experienced nannies, tutors and baby nurses with excellent references, legal to work in the United States and have minimum of two years experience in the field.
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Hi I made it onto NBCs latest singing show 'The Winner Is' and would really appreciate your support as the only Brit on the show! Preview 10th June after The Voice. begins July 11th. arrrgh!!!!
Gorgeous Mid Century House to rent
in Palm Springs
Email Craig for all the details.

 Get Me To Hollywood: British Edition is now available 
for purchase & download on Amazon's Kindle Store!  


Starring Brits in LA members Mario Vernazza, Belinda Gosbee & Catherine Siggins.
Get tickets here  

Starring Brits in LA member Ruth Connell. More info by clicking here

Sandro Monetti is back
Three shows in June as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Tickets at either at or

A fundraiser for Toscars winning film Miserable lesbians - 
Looks like it's gonna be a lot of fun

Eileen's brother is a french polisher in London 
please like his facebook page here


Our team THE BLAggers
Don't forget to like LA Premier League on Facebook

Or fancy a kick about? Some members are getting together to just have a fun kick-about with mates - check the group out here 
They are trying to get a group together for this Sunday, so sign up now!

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 


Don't get frazzled with your book-keeping have a 
pro do it for you.
Lisa is brilliant - 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


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.

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Good news in a matter of your feelings in regard to another .This can personal or business however by the end of this week you will feel just relieved it’s over. This week ends on a better note than for some time.

By the end of this week you will be able to see your way to having space in your life for new people or projects or both .What is definite this coming week, is that you must lay to rest any outstanding baggage.

Take a deep breath and understand that it’s up to you how you want your life to be now. Take time to really smell the roses and spend quality time with people who are good for you .Happy Birthday 

Well! Now the anticlimax what happens now after the whirl wind of the last month
You have to face up to what is not finished and deal with it this week other wise it will pass you by.

If you look at what the current situation unresolved means to you then the faster you will change it. If you knew what the other side of this was for you would act and swiftly a clue, its good news.

This month coming up a lot of stuff which may not end up in a positive place that you are looking for it to be, however no action at all is worse.  Stand back review all options and then move through.

You are ready to clear away all the past dead wood which can mean many things to you keeping healthy and feeling fit being the most important . Take action to put this as a priority for yourself.

This is the time of for you to make some decisions regarding which direction you want to be going in the next few weeks. So its best to get moving by making a decision .Jupiter is heading in a positive direction for you later this month .Good News !

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 follow up on that problem bill that is still not complete until you receive the receipt!!

This week get rid of any unneeded stuff in your life and this means all. Then start fresh by the end of the week.  This next month will bring some clearance for you in the financial area and also an opportunity to spend a little time on your own doing what you want to do.

You have learned a lot of new ways to make life more peaceful the last few weeks .One thing is that you have been keeping your self busy and occupied doing what makes you happy. Continue on this very good path.

This week ahead will bring back to what was going on in your life late last year perhaps a decision not made or not completed by all those involved. The feeling of life not being kind to you is temporary. Jupiter is heading in a positive area for all water signs


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