WARNING: political opinions ahead….


‘If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.’ wrote Lewis Caroll in 1871.

Pub Quiz Winners, including MC Sandro Monetti (third from right) and the redoutable Clement Von Frankenstein (in white shirt and braces)

The current American president claims to be too busy to read, but we do know that he enjoys movies. Especially ones aimed at the younger generation. His first selection after moving into the White House was the animated film ‘Finding Dory’.

Here is a brief synopsis for those of you not familiar with it.

“Dory is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. Dory now knows that her family reunion will only happen if she can save mom and dad from captivity.“

Ring any bells? Perhaps this is where 45 got the inspiration for the wall he is determined to build? So it is highly possible that one night he sat down to enjoy another film popular amongst children: ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’.  Was he motivated upon hearing ‘No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time’? I suggest that the Trump administration needs to make sure there is a grown up in the room to explain the difference between fantasy and real life. And give him a time out if he can’t behave.

I really was willing to give him a chance to prove me wrong, and now feel like a bit of a chump. The country I have proudly chosen to call home is rapidly being dragged down a really unpleasant rabbit hole and I am far too old to be playing chase! On a more positive note it looks like the feeling is mutual as California has not had the pleasure of a TrumpJam thus far!

Fortunately many Americans are truly scrumptious, even the ones who attempt a dodgy British accent. Dick Van Dyke made me chuckle earlier this week. Our friends at BAFTA/LA have chosen to honor him this year with the prestigious Excellence in Television award at the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards on October 27th. He accepted the invitation with a cheeky apology for the amusing dodgy accent he used for his character Bert the chimney sweep in Mary Poppins.

“I appreciate this opportunity to apologize to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious Cockney accent in the history of cinema,” says Van Dyke, referring to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. “I ruined it for everybody.”

Gor blimey what a toff and no mistake! Mr Van Dyke should hear my attempt at an American accent and then he will realize he is not such a bad mimic after all.

Lastly, I would like to congratulate the ‘Numb Nuts’ who were champions of our first Pub Quiz at the Cat & Fiddle Pub – we will be back next Tuesday, August 1st so if you think you can knock them off their pedestal, come on down. For the morning people amongst you we have our Brits in LA Breakfast Club at Cecconi’s every Tuesday morning. All details can be found by visiting us at www.Britsin.LA or email us at info@britsin.la if you are a bit apprehensive about coming solo and we will make sure you are made very welcome.





*This opinion piece doesn’t necessarily reflect the views of Brits in LA as a whole