Brits in LA Newsletter, February 28th 2014

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If you are new to LA you maybe interested to know that you don't need an American credit score to buy or lease a car, there is such thing as an Foreign Business Professional Leasing program that both Volkswagen, Santa Monica and Audi Pacific offer,  you need proof of some sort of visa to work in the USA. Email Artem or Jordan at Volkswagen, Santa Monica,  or Evan Bolton at Audi Pacific at  to find out how you can get into a car hassle free - these guys have helped countless Brits in LA members already. 

Plus both dealerships have committed to donating $100 per vehicle leased or sold to 



Hi Breeps!

Oh what a week!
This rain?....Yikes!!
Of course when it's Toscar time you can be guaranteed we'll have rain. Sooo very British...
So Toscars what a night!!! "Terminate Her" took home the Big prize, a parody of HER and also took claim to Best Whactor for Matt Crabtree.
3 other films also took home two awards a piece... Captain Phillips and The Horn of Africa, Dallas Biters Club and British Hustle, Shaving Mr. Hanks & Pheelaweena both took home one award each. The standard was amazing. Too see all of the nominated films click here.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Jaguar North America for a very successful evening at The 7th Annual Toscars.

And the winner was....

Check out more pix from the night here
This was the original concept for the posters at The Toscars Hmmm!?!

Thank you also to our Silver Level sponsors, Beltran Brito, Geek Eyewear, Pollution Studios and The Camera House.
The camera house for all you camera needs. 

Don't forget to check out all our pages on Facebook

Special mentions to Ashton Afters Cupcakes & Angel City Brewery, Bulgatti Gelato and Events by Victoria, who all came on last minute and we didn't get to thank on the camera or on the screen.

Soft drinks provided by;  Coca-Cola, (Thank you Erin)  Honest Ade,  (Thank  you Josh and Callie)   Mulberry Love, (Thank you Dianne Burnett)  ONEHOPE wine, (Thank you Andrea and Jake)  Patron (thank you Pam)   Moreno Champagne, (Thankyou Luis and Maureen)



Meet Ron Jeremy who can be seen at our weekly Pub Quiz at The Pikey every Tuesday (sometimes).

March 6, 7:30 pm:  Writers Bloc presents Man Booker Prize winning novelist John Banville/Benjamin Black, writing Philip Marlowe. Considered to be one of the great writers of Ireland, Black channels Raymond Chandler, and brings us a new Philip Marlowe book that is evocative of postwar Los Angeles as are his Dublin-based Quirke private eye novels. At the Sundance Sunset 5 Cinemas. For more information, visit . 


Business Development / Researchers (Southbay)

Locally based business is currently seeking part time research associates to cultivate business for executive search firm. This position will require strong phone skills and includes mostly outbound calls. Candidates must have a British, Irish or Australian accent and have strong communications skills, capable of making 75 outbound calls a day. Flexible hours, 5 days a week. 

This is a performance-based position. The position offers a base pay of $15.00 per hour plus bonuses. The right candidate can increase their income substantially. This is a part-time position, which could become full-time based on performance. Candidates must meet monthly performance goals, as a condition of continued employment. Must have strong computer skills and an ability to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Position start date is: March 2014
Please send resumes and employment history for review to or call 424 400 7505



Shared Insight is looking for an ambitious telesales professional with their sights set firmly on a successful career in business development.
Based in Manhattan Beach, we are a small, but expanding company which offers a range of innovative solutions to clients in the retail, leisure, food & beverage, hospitality and wellness sectors.

Location: Manhattan Beach
Compensation: Base $25,000 OTE of $40,000 + pa
Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
Do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers
Please send all applications to



It's almost that time of year again - International Pillow Fight Day! In over 100 cities around the world, people will gather in their local public squares, town centres, city halls, parks and public spaces and whack each other with pillows for hours.

Visit to see if an event has been posted for your city yet.

If not, why not create one? You can find all the information you need to start your own pillow fight by visiting




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



Adam Beach as already helped countless Brits in LA members get affordable insurance and whether you are for it or not, come January every US resident must carry insurance or they will have to pay a large penalty at the end of the year. 
To find out more information you can reach him on 
310 414 2100 or email him at 
He also can help with travel insurance, 
including those of you who are not residents here.  


March 7 & 8th
We are constantly updating our Brits Gigging in LA page  .


Read his latest installment here! 
Steve Sidelnyk plays drums when he is not watching the football!
Studio Fred is now open!
VOCAL STUDIO in the Hollywood Hills (near Studio City/Universal City)
Available for voice over & vocal/guitar/keyboard tracking (anything but drums)
$350 (day rate)  
Please Contact Gayle:

*now accepting credit cards*

One of the most common questions we get asked is 
for shipping company recommendations. 
We have heard great things from a lot of you about these guys UPAKWESHIP. 
Visit their website here 


At the Pikey on Sunset Blvd at Stanley.
They are giving 25% off entire bill for Key Members only must
show Brits in LA key fob for you and 1 guest only.
Free Range Local Organic Produce.
They serve this yummy menu every week.
Our next official lunch is Sunday March 16th
Click here for all the details

Next Tuesday postponed due to a private event!
Will resume as normal on March 4th
Eileen & Craig enjoying a cuppa at Cecconi's:
photo credit: Dawn Bowery Photography
from her upcoming book on Brits in LA

Brits in LA Breakfast Club
Every Tuesday RSVP HERE
$15 inc Tax and Tip* Breakfast Club sponsored by NextStopLAX
$18 for English Breakfast and free valet parking!

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for entertainment industry professionals transitioning to living and working in the USRelocating Entertainment Professionals.Next Stop LAX. Every day our team of experts assists entertainment professionals from all over the world in making the major transition toward working legally in the USA. We have a proven track record in obtaining visas and helping our clients meet other employment requirements. 

Disclaimer: Next Stop Media’s principal (Mr. Andrew Newton) is a bonded immigration consultant registered with the California Secretary of State, holding Bond Number 61292049. The Company is not a law firm and does not engage in the provision of legal advice. The Company does not guarantee any particular outcome for its clients, including adjudications of visa petitions or the processing time for such petitions. Further terms and conditions, including disclosures required by statute, are set forth on our website and in our client intake forms and engagement letters.


Pub Quiz at the Pikey!
Tuesday, March 4th

photo credit: Eileen Lee

Our pub quiz at The Pikey is growing every week, 
so if you think you have what it takes to come join us on a Tuesday night. 
Not all questions are based on British knowledge, in fact it pays to have a couple of non-Brits on your team! Make sure to arrive by 7.30 to grab a table. 
Lots of prizes to be won.


Hubber can help you do it safely and legally!
They take care of the insurance plus you get a free car wash
and don't have to pay for parking either!
If you are looking to rent a car make sure to mention you are a 
Brits in LA member, as they are offering a discount for you too! 
Check our Facebook group for details.
Call Paul if you have any questions (855) 482-2371 ext. 120
or email him here

From the British Consulate General, Los Angeles - DID YOU KNOW?:
· Britons resident overseas must now apply for their passports online via website .. as part of worldwide change to passport process .. and the British Consulate says “don’t leave it until the last minute to apply for your passport. You can apply up to nine months in advance and any unexpired time will be added to your new passport” (

· You can book a same day appointment in the UK for a renewal passport? However if you have lost your passport and go home on an emergency document, it can take a week for an expedited renewal:

You can find your nearest Passport Customer Service Centre.
Your appointment may be up to 2 weeks from the day you book it.

Passport Adviceline
Telephone: 0300 222 0000
Textphone: 0300 222 0222
Text Relay: 18001 0300 222 0000
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 9am to 5:30pm

Please check our website for frequently asked questions.

(Now, we live in LA!!!)

We are always being asked about good dentists and I 'd like to introduce you to  Dr. Nicolas A. Ravon and Dr. Kimberley Knopf.
Who are offering  Special Offers exclusively for Brits in LA Members!

At-Home Bleaching with Custom trays and 2 tubes Bleaching product $99
Dental Prophy and Bite-wing check-up x-rays and comprehensive Exam $99
Invisalign $3900 
(must be free of active decay and infection), 
case must be approved by treating doctor.
All of these deals are applicable to insurance patients.
Click here to visit their website and book an appointment.
Or if your preferred method of contact is the telephone, you can also reach their office by calling 310-275-5325


Scottish Songstress Angela McCluskey is back in LA!
Hotel Cafe , March 2nd 
Angela is one of my absolute favourites, not to be missed!
Visit her website here

The Churchill are hosting an English night on Thursdays - Brits in LA Key Members get 10% off entire bill for you and a guest

Starring members Mina Badie and Jamie Donovan

Watch Your Mouth: Stories of Self Esteem 
March 4
Word Salad "Celebrity Encounters"
The Talking Stick, Lincoln Blvd Venice, CA 7:30 PM


Catch Brits in LA member Phil Pritchard in his one man, Frank Sinatra show called 'SALOON SINATRA' coming up at the very hip and atmospheric Vitello's Jazz and Supper Club in Studio City on March 9th 2014 at 8pm. He'll be performing with The Ring-A-Ding-Ding Jazz Band.

Tickets are $15, but the venue have agreed that Brit's in LA members can have tickets for $10. 

To get $10 tickets, please CALL (do not book online) and say you heard about it through Brits in LA!


Britweek & The LA Opera 

Use promo code 23785 for 20% off

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

Try and join us for our weekly Twitter chat along with BBCAmerica's Mind the Gap and Virgin Atlantic. We have now moved to Wednesdays at 11 am PST. You can find us by clicking on this hashtag #mindthechat

Contact Evan Bolton if you are interested in leasing or purchasing a vehicle from Audi Pacific . 
For those of you with no established credit, make sure to mention you are interested in the 
Foreign Business Professional Leasing Plan
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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 

In this area we encourage members to blow their own trumpets 
and give themselves a pat on the back! If you have an achievement you are proud of and would like to share with Brits in LA - email us here to blow your own trumpet!

Congratulations to Bella who has launched a cooking show!
Like her on Facebook to get her amazingly indulgent recipes 
that happen to be pretty healthy too! LIKE HERE

( We think you might like!)

Memorabilia of Princess Diana and the Royal Family 
on The Queen Mary
Get discounted tickets through GOLDSTAR
For only $14! Runs through to April 30

Noel Coward's "Brief Encounter" 

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Runs until March 5th 
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Yogaworks HAS opened in Hollywood
Great deal from Yogaworks for Brits in LA members
$100 sign up fee waived plus one free weeks trial ! If you choose to continue after your 1 free week you will get a discount on the monthly fee. Prices vary from location to location but will be about $15 off
 (except Santa Monica locations and Studio City, at this time) 
Visit their website to find a location near you. And don't forget to print off this flyer to get this fab deal!

Where to watch?!

The following pubs usually show the games.
Call in advance to confirm. 
Cock 'n Bull - Santa Monica (310) 399-9696
Fox & Hound - Studio City (818) 763-7837
The Kings Head - Studio City (818) 990-9055
Ye Olde Kings Head - Santa Monica (310) 451-1402
Rock and Reilly's  - West Hollywood (310) 360-1400
Village Idiot - Hollywood (323) 655-3331
White Harte- Woodland Hills (818) 224-3822

 The Patriates FC
Made up of Brits in LA members!
Don't forget to like LA Premier League on Facebook
and click here for their match schedule. 

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 


Book a session ASAP as he will fill up during the upcoming pilot season!
"I have used Paul many times, he has a magical way of helping me see the role clearer, 
and stops me from standing in my own way" - Craig Young, NCIS:LA, Hawaii 5.0, Fringe
1st Session is Free!

As a producer / agent in the UK, Paul Duddridge represented some of the biggest names in entertainment. Michael Mcintyre, Rob Brydon etc. He is now one of the most sought after acting coaches in Los Angeles with a reputation for turning around careers.
He helps numerous actors, comedians, directors etc with acting, coaching and visas.
contact or
First consultation is free. Mention BRITSINLA for a 25% discount. visit

Don't get frazzled with your bookkeeping have a 
pro do it for you.

Lisa has helped many Brits in LA members with their book keeping needs 

Weekly Stars by Anne Shaw

email Anne at 
call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
She does tarot and astrology!
She is offering the following discounts
Brits in LA members $85
Brits in LA Key Members $75
also message her for details about high tea & a reading 
at  Ye Olde Kings Head in Santa Monica

The financial situation for you could be getting a boost as early as next week
Look for an opportunity to add to your bank account it’s as good a time as any in this month of March. Any other matters will be slow as Mars is gong backwards!

The sun in your compatible sign of Pisces will bring a situation that is unresolved
in any part of your life to a head. Therefore it’s best to not ignore or disregard this as being not important. Mercury going backwards will bring it into the light.

Time to complete what has not been priority in your life these past few months. You could be feeling confused and maybe cranky .This is due to your boss planet Mercury revving up his engines for a fast walk forward.

Movement is good for you and this week it’s all around you and in the family also.
Be strong and all the hard work you put in last month will bear fruit this month
The sun in your cousin sign of Pisces can make you want to hide away.

Emotional issues could hold you back from enjoying this weekend and even though you may not want to tackle it this is the right thing to do and make it your priority. Then try and spend some time relaxing not stressing.

As this coming month is the start of a better cycle  so be sure you are ready and not stressing out about things in life you cannot change. Since your boss planet is going forward now it’s a good time to prepare for spring.

There is a part of your life which you more than likely keep under wraps, except for those you are closest too This next week or so be prepared to have to defend something you said or did . Mercury going forward now in your friends’ area of life you could find the truth to your advantage.

You have had mixed emotions since the New Year. This has been due to Saturn the teacher who is visiting you for another year ahead. He is only sorting out the priorities of your life for you. Good news is there are a lot of other planets positive for you.

Know this, what you reap is what you sow and this would be a good time to start thinking about what you planted before the end of the last year .This can be in any part of life and when you are sure don’t be so ready to throw them out as they are just beginning to grow.!

Your financial situation is still not what you want, however in order to achieve a positive flow of money you have to take the situation in hand because Pluto currently visiting your life will make the decision for you if not. Good news by the mid of the month.

How you handle this current family or relationship situation will decide how the rest of your year will be going forward. With the rascally Mercury going forward now so for the rest of this month its time to take the bull by the horns!!

The planets are all around your life this month and egging you on to make some profound changes in general .You have some decisions to make so start by getting the truth straight  as not living  in the truth  brings its own drama. Happy Birthday.!!



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