BLA! BLA! BLA! July 17th, 2013 Newsletter

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Editor's letter

Hi Breeps

Now Wimbledon is over, seems the Brits in LA are getting in the brood for the imminent arrival of the new royal sprog!  Member Jean Karasak, who owns one of our favourite British stores in Tarzana. Oh Fancy That! - is running a competition to guess the day the baby will be born and what Will’s and Kate will name him/her. My money is on July 22 and her name will be Alexandra. There’s a nice gift basket of British goods at stake, so here’s hoping I win.
Speaking of the bump, we will be hosting a summer fete in celebration 

Sunday July 28th 3-6pm at The Palihouse West Hollywood, with food, drink and some great games. Tickets are now available for purchase here We also have some Great British music talent joining us too. as always our events sell out fast. So don't hang about. Thanks to member Ben Stanley for the awesome artwork.

I also went to see the premier of the stage show “Miserable Lesbians’ written, directed and starring Sandro Monetti. The cast was made up of Brits in LA members, 
Laura-Beth Hill, Nadia Witt, Kerstin Alm, Anthony Weymess and Katie Amess. 

All I can say is this production is absolutely Bonkers! and those of you all will know what I mean by that. - It reminded me of those sex-capade shows, the British comedian, Jim Davidson would put on with titles such as “Sinderella” and “Goldibox” with a touch of Benny Hill. Need I say more? Overflowing with double-entendres, terrible singers and OTT performances (purposefully) I imagine they will go down a storm in Edinburgh next month. Break legs guys! This segways me nicely into the film festival 

Outfest, the 31st Annual LGBT in Los Angeles. I attending many of the screenings this past weekend, some good, some better than others. A few stand outs for me was an Israeli movie called “Out In The dark”

A powerful story, that is shot beautifully with an amazing score. Nimr (Nicholas Jacob), a handsome Palestinian psychology student, is in the closet at home. But while in Tel Aviv taking a class he meets Roy (Michael Aloni), a dashing Israeli attorney, and quickly falls in love. But Israeli security strips Nimr of his visa, trying to blackmail him into becoming an informant, and when his brother finds out he’s gay, Nimr is thrown out of his family home. Nimr and Roy are left to fight desperately against ruthless enemies for the chance to be together. But my favourite so far has been a documentary called ‘Bridegroom’ a harrowing but inspirational love story directed by Linda Bloodworth Thomason (“Designing Women”) 

Who navigates the romantic highs of Tom and Shane’s relationship – until tragedy strikes. Immediately after, Tom’s conservative parents block Shane off from all contact, refusing to let Shane attend Tom’s funeral. But instead of conceding, Shane vows to tell his and Tom’s love story to the world. First on Youtube, his video “It Could Happen to You” attracted 3.4 million views. 

Now, as a remarkable, heartfelt  feature about love, loss and the courage to stand up for same-sex equality, Shane’s story has taken the nation by storm. I feel strongly that this film should be seen by the masses, a true tale of love, no matter what the gender and why equality is important to all of us. It’s still going on so for anyone that is interested in LGBT film head to to see what’s playing.

I also got back into training realizing I’d put on some extra pounds during my recent vacation, and one of the perks about living in LA is that you can hire a personal trainer to come to your house and give you a great workout in and outside of your home. body your design are brilliant - JC, a former British martial arts/ boxer is brilliant, he has a great bedside manner but knows just how far to push you. email him for schedule and rates and mention brits in la for a discounted rate for your first 10 sessions.

That’s about it for this week. Look forward to seeing you at the wetting of the Royal Baby Alexandra’s head event next Sunday. (fingers crossed I win ;-))



meet a member

Meet Christine Peake from Bury, Lancs/London who moved to LA 18 years ago is the CEO/Founder peakPRgroup in Santa Monica. Representing clients such as smartwater, coca-cola, ONEHOPE wine, Oxylent Vitamins, Face Forward charity, American Red Cross and peakPRgroup specialise in A-list red carpet events working with great organisations such as BAFTA/LA. Christine also writes columns in LA, she is the LA Charity Examiner and writes for the Santa Monica Observer and CNN.

Christine lives in Santa Monica with her 14 year old son Oliver.

Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?

Not really, I actually preferred NYC, but personal reasons brought me here, and the longer I stayed the more settled I became and the more I appreciated what it had to offer. A lot of people criticize LA yet they stay, so I embraced it and adapted to the lifestyle, made some great friends and buckled down. Every time I drove down my street and saw the PCH Malibu coastline I had an instant reminder of how lucky I was, certainly better than a grey day in the rain.

What one thing do you miss from home?

Hands down, the sense of humour. Here I adapted the phrase "just kidding" to almost every sentence as not to offend some Americans..

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK?

Physically there seems to be an obvious lack of wrinkles here and everyone's breasts are pert? Dinner reservations are over at 9pm and kids drive terribly!
Mentally, I love the energy, determination and basically the "you can do anything attitude". An ex glamour model would have to fight harder to change a career in the UK, whereas here, anything is possible, for example, Piers Morgan, who'd have thought it? I used to work at the same newspaper as Piers in the UK, now he really is living the dream. Americans believe in the American Dream, I never heard the Lancashire Lass Dream when I was growing up although black pudding was dreamy to me..

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?

I get very stressed out with work and the number of hours I put in, plus the events on the weekend peakPRgroup are associated with, so when I need to take some time out, I go to TIKKUN HOLISTIC SPA in Santa Monica on 4th St, best facial, massage, body scrub ever, I feel like I have slept for a week when I leave. Plus the infra red room burns 300 calories in 30 mins, so the gym can be avoided. It is also around the corner from Ye Olde King's Head, so naturally I feel the urge to gain back the 300 calories, did I say 300?

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ?

Don't order alcohol at lunchtime, just kidding, actually I am not. (see I said just kidding)
I would say "give it time," Americans speak the same language as Brits although they spell it differently, but the culture is totally different, rather than criticise it, embrace it, work hard, avoid wearing Union Jack Tee shirts on the 4th of July is always a good start! BBC America will save your life, HP sauce is available and Brits In La, are a must to give you that extra help, guidance and extended friendship.

We have an extra special pub crawl coming up in August in tandem with the movie release of 'The World's End' - check out the trailer below.

We will all be taking the Big Red Bus from bar to bar, so less a crawl more a bus hop ;-) space will be limited for this one. Tickets will go on sale soon. 

Consider trying out our newest sponsor Slimming World USA , they even have a special offer for Brits in LA members! $60 off which means you only pay $5 for three months of service.
Click here to sign up 

Make sure to check our gigging page to see who else is playing this month. Russell Brand has just added a couple more last minutes shows, and Savages are also playing on the 23rd. 

One of the auction items last week at the bingo was to stay in this 
Gorgeous Mid Century Palm Springs House 
Now you can rent it too.
See more here

We are in the middle of launching our discount Key Member program for a limited number of loyal members: We will be running a demo to test it out. You will receive a unique numbered Brits in LA keyring, which will give you priority booking at all of our events at a reduced rate, plus discounts at selected businesses and venues around town - ALSO invites to exclusive events throughout the year and priority at our free screenings. If you are interested in being involved at a very low rate please email us for more details with "Key Club" in the subject line.
You can see what discounts are currently available by clicking here 
(please be aware we have a limited number, so if you don't make it. we will 
add you to the waiting list for the next round of membership)

And of course we have our regular events including Brekkie, every Tuesdays at Cecconi's. Sunday Roast at The Pikey book a table any time from 4pm onwards. Monthly Pub Crawl is coming up too. See events section below

join us on Twitter this Friday at 10am PST for our weekly chat with guest members @darrendarnborough @louisehart @catherinelynnscott talking about entrepreneurs with BBCA's Mind The Gap and our regular Brit in LA expert twitterer @louisaspring.
#mindthechat @britsinla

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August 4th
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and stops me from standing in my own way" - Craig Young, NCIS:LA, Hawaii 5.0, Fringe
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We are always being asked about good dentists and I want to introduce you to  Nicolas A. Ravon and Kimberley Knopf.
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Or if your preferred method of contact is the telephone, you can also reach his office by calling 310-275-5325

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Written by Bruce Norris
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro
Now Playing – August 18, 2013 
A time-twisting funhouse from the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning author of Clybourne Park and the Tony Award®-winning director of August: Osage County.

Past, present and future collide for Bee, when strange new revelations rock her seemingly normal suburban life, taking us down the rabbit hole on a wildly unforgettable ride full of hairpin plot turns, riotously shifting realities and havoc-wreaking time travel. 

This bold new play will make you laugh, gasp and wonder how much control we truly have over our lives.
Masterful storyteller Norris follows up his monster Taper hit Clybourne Park with a mind-scrambling comedy that gleefully distorts our perspective while posing profound questions about the choices we make.

“It makes your head spin in all the right ways.”
- Chicago Tribune

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Santa Monica
Royal Cambridge Afternoon Tea 
Friday July 19th
Saturday July 20th
11.30 am - 4.30pm
Visit their website for more details

Brit in LA Member David Minkin
July 20, August 3, 17, & 24th
Bardot Hollywood
Get tickets here

Saturday | July 27 | 1pm & 3pm

Fig at7th

Plaza Level. 735 S. Figueroa Street, LA CA 90017
Over the past three years, The Inner City Shakespeare Ensemble has engaged students in the appreciation of the wit and wisdom of “The Bard”, enriching their lives and opening their horizons with productions of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This year gifted students from George Washington Prep High School and Los Angeles High School and will present highlights from Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies.  Experience this talented troupe as Orsino speaks these classic lines, “If music be the food of love . . . Play on!”


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

New Great restaurant in town called Bedford & Burns (the owners are descendants from Robert Burns) in Beverly Hills -they have a terrific happy hour menu and to die for cocktail list.

If you a key member you also get a discount here
Need a car for a month or longer? don't wanna pay the big brand car-rental
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Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard" From Musical Theatre West

Hollywood noir meets Broadway razzle-dazzle in Sunset Boulevard, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical adaptation of Billy Wilder's classic film. Complemented by one of Webber's most radiant scores, Sunset Boulevard is every bit as enthralling, dark and delicious as the original black-and-white masterpiece. Sidelined by the introduction of "talkies," silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen. Her neediness and cunning provide the perfect trap for down-and-out screenwriter Joe Gillis who wanders into her decaying mansion looking for a quick buck ... and gets much more in return. Buy tickets here

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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 
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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

Weekly Stars with Anne Shaw
email Anne at or call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
she's amazing - She did Craig's charts and was very accurate.
                                       GOOD LUCK  BLESSINGS!!

In any relationship situation you will find that what ever was a problem will begin to ease up as Mars your boss moves forward. He will be in your money area of life and that will be on hold for a week or so.

Your priority should be taking care of you in any area that requires attention. and start with what you know you can handle right now .Be aware that Mercury the planet of all communications is moving forward today!

The sun in your communication area can bring out a controlling side of you however it also favors getting a handle on any part of life where there is unfinished business. Mercury your boss moves forward today so action stations.

It’s best to keep a low profile for the rest of the month due to all the planets in your sign The sun moving into Leo next week can  bring up some old possibly unresolved issues .This is best taken care of with out hesitation . Happy Birthday.

The sun moving in to your sign next week should assist you in any part of life right now , as will Mercury going forward. .Rest and things will pick up in a positive way by the end of the month. Have a Happy Birthday.

Its time you figured out that your nature is to worry too much sometimes and so with this in mind every time you start to obsess about something you cannot control slap yourself on the wrist. Mercury is moving forward now so life gets kind of hectic.

If you have any thing you need to be working on get it done by month  end as Mercury will now assist you from this week end You should be  ready and able to deal  head on whatever it is you need to get it sorted now.

This time for all water signs is very special. It is due to a line up of very influential planets for you, especially the rest of this month. Forgive and let go of past hurts and make a decision to keep a positive outlook as this is the time for wishes to come true.

Just watch that temper if things don’t always go the way you planned life is an adventure.
and you need to remember that this too shall pass... You may be wondering what’s next for you .Be more in the moment and you will benefit from this effort.

August could be the month that life starts to work your way for a change .Only if you stop and smell the flowers of life as you tend to move through life with your head down and your eyes on the end result. The water planets are favoring you.

You will always get back what you put out and so with this in mind keep your thought on your life and where you are heading .This is time to plan a trip. This will give you a different focus that’s good for you for now.

You are at a crossroads now because of all the beneficial influences in the planets you have to make some kind of decision about your quality of life. The sooner the better as the planets are very positive currently all will be revealed in good time.

Just in case you had ever wondered?


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