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Brits in LA Breakfast Club supported by Air New Zealand - Every Tuesday at Cecconi's

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Everyone Welcome - You don't need to be British, you just have to like us!

Every Tuesday Rain or Shine
Come join us for our weekly Breakfast Club this morning at Cecconi's West Hollywood Click on this link for full details plus info on the great discounts  that we have set up with   Air New Zealand

or email us at ANZCodes@britsin.lato receive the current discount codes for flight with Air New Zealand



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Goodbye from him and hello to her - Weekly musings

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It’s goodbye from him….and hello to herJune 24, 2017 9:50 am· Every three and half to four years, the British residence gets a brand new Consul General and Deputy Consul General. About a month ago we bid farewell to Bernie Greene and welcomed Collette Weston, who has jumped right into the thick of things. She has already been to our weekly Breakfast Blub to meet members and she hosted a wonderful celebration for gay pride at the Abbey earlier this month, as well as attending a screening of British short films at the Soho House.Collette has even enjoyed an evening at the ballet. The new C-G seems to settling in nicely and I’m glad we are all making her feel welcome. Departing British C-G Chris O’Connor (above, with Helen Mirren) was a tireless promoter of British culture and business in Los Angeles It was also time to say goodbye to Chris O’Connor who has not only thrown some fabulous parties at his home for the last number of years but has also supported some of our wonderful causes an…

Meet a Member: Evelyn Cantacuzène-Spéransky

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Meet a Member: Evelyn Cantacuzène-SpéranskyMeet Evelyn Cantacuzène-Spéransky from Calvin (Geneva, Switzerland) who moved to Los Angeles earlier this year. What made you decide to move to LA? After chilly Geneva I am happy to be in a warmer climate. And I am able to continue my work as an independent curator and events organizer. What was your first impression of Los Angeles? I loved the positive attitude and energy that one finds here. It is very stimulating to be surrounded for the most part with people in the creative industries. When in London, I was “mother to 3,000 drunken artists” and chief bottle washer at the Chelsea Arts Club, a private members’ club for artists’ and it is great to be back amongst likeminded individuals in this little liberal bubble. What do you miss most from home? What I do miss about Geneva is the beauty of the lake, the ferry that takes you from one side to another and in London the green parks, the latter I have now swopped for the desert landscape of Runyo…

Brits in LA Weekly Newsletter June 17th 2017

BRITS ON STAGE

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(and a few Australian & Irish ones too!) 

Make sure to visit us on Facebook @BritsLoveLA for ticket giveaways!

ROGER WATERS
Staples Center
June 20th/21st & 27th
Tickets Here

MUMFORD & SONS
and many more!
Arroyo Seco Weekend
June 24th & June 25th
Tickets Here

QUEEN w/ Adam Lambert
Hollywood Bowl
June 26th
Tickets Here

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
The Greek

June 29th
Tickets Here

UB40
+The Greek Theatre
 July 6th
Tickets Here
GOLDSTAR Have a handful of tickets from $25!
Click Here 

Retro Futura Tour, Greek Theater,
'80s Hit-Makers Howard Jones, Paul Young, English Beat,
Men Without Hats, Katrina And The Waves & Modern English

July 18th Goldstar have tickets available from $15 - click here to get yours 
METALLICA Pasadena Rose Bowl
JULY 29th
Tickets Here


TEARS FOR FEARS w/ DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES Staples Center July 29th Tickets Here GOLDSTAR HAVE TICKETS STARTING AT $25

WEEKLY HOROSCOPES June 24th 2017

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Your Weekly Horoscope by Anne Shaw 
For the week of June 24th 2017


Stargazing with Annie Shaw
ARIES: 
Money worries (yours or those of someone close) will take a few days more to sort out. If you can let the worry go the situation will manifest quicker in a more positive way. TAURUS: 
The sun in Cancer will bring to a head a long-simmering issue in your life…therefore it’s best to keep your cool. On the bright side is your boss Venus is here for a visit of love. GEM
INI: It’s time to close the loop on an event which has dominated your thinking these past few weeks. The reality is that may have made a small event too large by overthinking it. Take a deep breath and let it go…by month’s end you will recognize it for what it is: small potatoes. CAN
CER: 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 coming week. Mars in your life now will assist you. Happy Birthday. LEO: Financial is…

MEET A MEMBER - KERRY DAVID

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Meet Kerry David from East Haddon, Northamptonshire who moved to LA in 1988 to pursue filmmaking.
Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?
I originally left my home in England for what was supposed to be a two-week backpacking trip around France, but got the travel bug and ending up spending several years roaming throughout Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. I only came to the US to renew my visa, with every intention of heading back to Oz ASAP. However, shortly after I arrived I got an offer I couldn’t refuse: to join an all-girl band and spend the next chapter of my life singing, touring, and writing songs. After that wild adventure, I joined the cast of a four-person rock play written by Rex Weiner and produced by Adam Ant and John Densmore, and then landed a job at Paramount Pictures, then for Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman until I started my own production company — and decided to make LA my home.
What do you miss most from home?
I miss the British countryside. Seems silly to s…

LA PRIDE 2017

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What does Pride mean? 




A party? A time to get drunk and dress scantily clad in the streets? Perhaps it's all of these.

BUT IT IS ALSO -- SO MUCH MORE.


As we celebrate Pride month I'd like to share brief history about just how far we have come and why it is still so important.



In the late 1960's, Los Angeles took to the streets, like a lot of America did, for the women's movement, anti-war rallies, and of course for LBGT rights. It has been quite the battle over the years as the power in politics has changed hands, over and over again. 

Unfortunately the threat of rights and violence is still prevalent today, especially on a global level, where lgbt people are being thrown off buildings, beheaded, stoned, and held in confinement camps. 

In the 60's to be gay, meant you had a mental illness and were considered immoral human beings. Same-sex relationships were considered illegal and you could be locked up for kissing in public or even holding hands. People's lives were …

MEET A MEMBER - SEBASTIAN SACCO

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Meet A Member: Sebastian SaccoJune 9, 2017 10:33 pm· Meet Sebastian Sacco from Sussex who moved to LA last week(!) to pursue acting.
Was there a particular reason you chose LA? I just found LA had so many more open doors for me. It has also always been my dream to come America and work in here. What do you miss most from home? Sarcasm and decent public transport. Why did I ever complain about the tubes!… What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? I first came out two and half years ago. I instantly fell in love and knew I had to get back here. Now reality has come in and my eyes are way more open but I’m still very happy to be here and know I’ve done the right thing. What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus your home town? Well the weather is obviously the first thing. There something very exciting about LA. Walking around London you might occasionally spot something from TV or film but here it’s everywhere. Bit like being in New York. You kinda fee…

BRITISH PLAYERS AT DANCES WITH FILMS FEST - CLEANERS

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https://vimeo.com/201911597
"CLEANERS"  WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY RICHARD E. KEITH STARRING CRAIG ROBERT YOUNG, DARREN DARNBOROGH, ADAM HUSS AND JESSE C. BOYD.
PLAYING AT DANCEW WITH FILM FESTIVAL - WEDNESDAY JUNE 7TH AT 5PM CHINESE SIX AT HOLLYWOOD AND HIGHLAND Q&A WITH FILMMAKER AND ACTORS
TICKETS AVAIL HERE

BBC ONE MAYBE LOOKING FOR YOU?

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--  A producer for the  TV production company Boundless. They make a wide variety of factual programmes in the UK including Grand Designs for C4, The Apprentice for BBC1 and Michael Portillo’s Railway Journeys for BBC2. They are currently developing a new primetime documentary series for a major broadcaster. The series will see a popular British personality –(who after a long time in one industry is exploring new and exciting career options) - travel the world to meet people who have made extraordinary life-changes; swapping the rat-race to pursue their dream – whatever that may be! 
They’re hoping to do some filming in the US and are searching for stories where expats have left their country of origin for a dramatic life change in both work and location, and wanted to get in touch to see if you may know of any surprising stories suitable for our documentary and if possible, could our message be shared on your social media?
-- looking to speak to people for research purposes to learn…

BRITS IN LA: FOREVER WITH MANCHESTER

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Manchester Forever in Our Hearts…May 28, 2017 9:16 am·
We have so many Brits in LA members from Manchester that my heart fell into my stomach and the tears started rolling when I heard of the fatal and evil attack at the Ariana Grande concert this week. And when the footage started to emerge of kids and parents running for their lives, I just lost it. I write this from New York, which, as we know, dealt with one of the most heinous crimes of this century. When talking with residents about the horrific attack, people started recalling that day to me. I met up with John Pirkis, (former Brit in LA member who now runs Brits in NY for us) at the BAFTA announcement for the Student Awards on Monday evening, where he was recounting the story of the maniac who mowed down civilians in Times Square just a week before. He unfortunately witnessed the whole incident and gave a statement to the police. Again as he told me, my heart sank a little more. I began to think about all of life’s atrocities, …

MEET A MEMBER: SARA MARAFFINO

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Meet a Member: Sara MaraffinoMay 28, 2017 9:15 am· Meet Sara Maraffino from New York who moved to LA 11 years ago to pursue her acting career. Tell us about your decision to move to LA: New York has afforded me many wonderful opportunities as an actor, but it is still very much a theatre town. And whilst I originally trained as a theatre actor, I knew that if I wanted to transition into a career in film and television them I would need to make the move to Los Angeles.  And so with that, and the loving support of my husband, we made the cross-country move. What do you miss most from home? I was raised just outside the city, in the Hudson Valley, and I must say that I miss the change of seasons as well as peace of mind and simplicity of life that a rich countryside provides. I suppose it’s very much the same reason I miss England. What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? I think I was struck by how sprawling a city it is.  There are so many wonderful neighborhoods to e…

MEET A MEMBER - EMMA PYNE

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Meet Emma Pyne originally from Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, who moved to LA from London 7½ years ago, to further her career in acting.
Was there a particular reason you chose LA? I often get asked this. I wanted to do American TV and film so this was the place. But then of course as soon as I moved here lots of great shows (Game of Thrones, Vikings, The Fall) started filming in Ireland! 
What do you miss most from home? Definitely my family. The time difference can suck a bit for making calls. My sister is almost deaf, so we can’t speak on the phone and I really miss that connection and now that my parents are getting older I really feel it that I’m not around as often as I’d like to be. Sometimes I only get to see them once a year and that’s not really enough, although now with so many airlines in the game it has brought the prices down and I have already been home twice this year, with another trip planned in August/ September, when I’ll be shooting a short film I wrote with acclaime…