Brits in LA Newsletter July 9th

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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
Volkswagen Santa Monica also have a pre-owned list of cars, email Artem for the current inventory

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!

Editor's letter
Hi Everyone,
First of WOOHOO! Britain finally produced another Wimbledon champion! Well done Andy Murray !!
Interesting fact: Andy Murray's brother Jamie, 
won the Wimbledon mixed doubles back in 2007!

Great to see so many of you at the Drag Queen Bingo on  Sunday, thank you so much for all of your support!
Sunday Roast at the Pikey was pretty good too. Our next one is scheduled for August 4th, however they do serve it every weekend, so don't wait on our account. According to Brits in LA member Julian, it is "without a doubt, the best Sunday pub lunch Ive had since moving here 5 years ago"

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. 

I am not sure about you , but I am ready for this heatwave to pass! I have spent the last week or so visiting friends who have swimming pools! Living in a bikini made me consider trying out our newest sponsor Slimming World USA , they even have a special offer for Brits in LA members!
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Very excited that Adam Ant let us interview him for the blog this week. Had no idea that he used to be a Brit in LA! He has a show coming up at Club Nokia at the end of the month, click here for all the info and see what he had to say. Huge thank you to Lisa Marks for taking the time to speak to him for us.
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. 

I have to give a personal recommendation for Brit in LA banker Nicholas Hosking . He is actually my personal bank manager,(and top of the list for Chase on the West Coast!).
I sent my friends teenage son to him to open an account this week and he got rave reviews from him too. He gave him a lesson in credit card 101 and spent a decent amount of time going through all the options with him. If you have a teen who needs a bank account, I highly recommend sending them to Nicholas, as they will get undivided attention and very high standard of service. Click here to drop him a line 

I took a trip away to Catalina Island last week. It is only an hour away by boat from San Pedro. We camped at Two Harbors, which is a little quieter than Avalon. It is a great campsite over looking the ocean. You can rent a whole package (tent wood, sleeping bags, camping stove) , or if you would rather go glamping they rent out rather nice tent cabins, with wooden floors and camp beds! 
a tent cabin 
It was absolutely perfect weather, and we even had a few deer come to visit us at dusk and dawn. If you have a AAA card you get a discount on the ferry tickets!

Gorgeous Mid Century House to rent
in Palm Springs
See more here

Later on this month we will host 
'A Very Royal Baby shower' honoring the soon to be born latest addition to the royal family. 
Sponsored by Volkswagen Santa Monica, Audi Pacific & Beltran Brito Immigration Attorneys 

We will be definitely wetting the babies head in a very traditional British manner -Tickets will go on sale this week.

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 bu 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 Tuesday & Saturday 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

Brit Comedian Gina Yashere is hosting a new trivia night which launches this Saturday. Scroll down for all the info. She is also our featured "Meet a Member" this week.
Gina Yashere
I am definitely going to try and go to this on Saturday. Really excited for Sunday's live show of Miserable Lesbians too!  

Look forward to seeing some of you at these events too.
Or perhaps join us on Twitter this Friday for our weekly chat with BBCA's Mind The Gap 


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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 



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Brits in LA Sunday Roast
at The Pikey
July 7th
4pm - 7pm



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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.
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

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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

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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

El Portal, North Hollywood. Tix available here

at The Hayworth Theatre, tickets start at $15

At The Geffen - Tickets available here
Ends July 15th


October 19th,  Santa Monica 
The Mighty Boosh, Eric Idle 
and tons of great 
American acts including Tenacious D!
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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

Crazy Crumpets: 
A night of music, comedy & games, 
hosted by Gina Yashere & DJ Asha in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
1st show: July 13th, M Bar, Hollywood.
Buy tickets here:
Buy before July 5th to use discount code BRIT for $10 tickets

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

...and on July 14th the Toscars alumni have a performance of!

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 

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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 
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

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.
In any relationship situation you will find that what ever was a problem will begin to ease up as Mars your boss moves forward into your money area of life. This will be in the middle of July so hang on and keep cool.

Your priority should be taking care of you in any area that requires attention. and be aware that mercury the planet of all communications will be on your case mid month if you resist. Now that Jupiter is in your house of family expect visits.

The sun in your money house can bring out a very generous side of you and it also favors getting a handle on any part of life or person that is causing you problems or upset. Your rascally ruler Mercury is going in a backwards stroll so keep a low profile.

The consequences are long reaching for you  fall out with another especially if it’s a close friend or family .Its best to say nothing at all right now and then  it will fizzle out for now any way.! Jupiter is visiting you for a year now so life will improve.

Your health issues or those of someone close is stopping you from participating in life right now .Be sure to get enough rest and things will pick up in a positive way mid month. Jupiter is following behind you and will help you to feel better.

Its time you figured out that you die if you worry and you die if you don’t so with this in mind, every time you start to obsess about something you cannot control stop. On the upside that longtime on hold deal of any kind will probably complete by months end.

If you have any thing you need to be working on get it done by mid month as Mercury will hold you back until August and let’s face it you need to get it sorted. The fact is that you will manifest what you think at some point in time.


Stress is the predominant force around you these days and worry is a big part of what causes stress .Take it easy, relax and know if you have tried your best at whatever is important in life for you then that’s all you can do .Jupiter in your cousin sign  will mellow life out a bit.

You are likely busier than you thought or will be by mid month .Do not overextend yourself or overdo things. It’s a month to catch up with things not start any thing new if you can possibly hold of until month end  then life will be easier.

This could be the week that you lose it or regain it whatever this means to you it is entirely up to you how you make it work Jupiter has arrived in your opposite sign Cancer
so you may want to hide out for a day or two.

Keep your life stress free this month and plans should be in process for a trip of sorts although late this month or August is best. Work should be improved by Autumn and its best to lets things take a natural course.

You are seeing the rewards of past efforts to settle your self in to a better way of being in this Topsy Turvy life we are all experiencing these days. If you can be mellow until September comes life picks up in many ways for the better. Jupiter will bring Joy to you then.

In case you missed it, here is the Holly Willoughby video everyone in Britain has been talking about.
Do you judge people by their name?


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