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FEBRUARY SPOTLIGHT:   UK Companies and British visitors attend the huge annual Miami Boat Show.  I go every year—highly recommended!  Runs February 16-20, 2017.  Info/tickets on www.miamiboatshow.com

On Friday February 24 , 2017 at 7.30p.m.
THE BRITISH BUREAU PRESENTS the first Brits Prive Dinner Party of a series. An intimate occasion for 12 Brilliant Brits.”Great food is irrelevant if your guests are boring,” says famed English chef Jamie Oliver.  We Brits have always have always enjoyed intimate dinner parties, with witty conversation and camaraderie around the table. So we are holding a dinner in a small private room in a smart hotel.  It’s booked!  Your fellow guests will be a stimulating mix of local Brits, males and females.  This is exclusive, so for full details send email to britishflorida@aol.com with your name + contact phone.  On subject line put “Brits Prive Dinner.” 

 ►►►  MIAMI BABC  [British-American Business Council]  holds business and social events throughout the year, including the Queen’s Birthday Celebration in June and the Christmas luncheon in early December.   See their website  www.babcmiami.org   for current calendar and membership details.  Non-members welcome to attend events.  Their annual Christmas gathering is always early December so contact them November 30 for details.   

 ►►►  JULY 6, 2017  British superstar ROD STEWART [with supporting act Cyndi Lauper] at Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida.
Info/tickets on www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com 
►►► FEBRUARY……BRITWEEK  Miami.  Varies every year and organizers oddly never send us any publicity/information, so look at www.britweek.org to see what’s happening.  Click on the Miami section.

►►►  FEBRUARY 25, 2017  Beloved English singer Sting comes to the the Fillmore Miami Beach for one night only. Part of his worldwide 57th & 9th Tour. Sting info on www.sting.com.   Tickets:  Call the Fillmore Box Office on [305] 673-7300    www.fillmoremb.com

…..a Roomful of Brits is never dull!  
Make British contacts, business or social.  Established 24 years ago, this is a useful, enjoyable networking opportunity to meet British professionals in all fields. Key relationships have been forged here over the years: Attendees have found jobs, business partners/clients and British contacts crucial to their success in Florida. Also several marriages have resulted and countless life-long friendships. The British Network is hosted by the British Bureau/FABB. Non-Britons welcome.  LOCATION:  The Doubletree Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay, 1717 North Bayshore Drive, downtown Miami FL 33132. East of Biscayne Blvd. We meet up in the Casablanca Restaurant which is at the top of the escalator.  Valet parking at the Doubletree-Casablanca will validate your ticket.    FREE TO ATTEND—Buy own drinks/food.    DRESS CODE:  Professional.  TIME:  from 6.30 to 9.30p.m. but people linger on to talk business or schmooze!   AT MEETING:   British flags/stickers/Union Jack ties for sale, FABB membership details, and British business resource information.  We’re on Facebook, Twitter,  Linked-in and Instagram.  

►►►   MARCH 2017 –3 shows:  QUEEN TRIBUTE BAND!!  Fellow Brits:  Are you a lifelong Queen fan?  Of course you are!  I have seen this Queen Tribute band and recommend it highly —you think you are seeing and hearing the actual Freddie Mercury !  It’s  a rollicking, rousing night with the unparalleled music of Queen anthems soaring all around you—ROUND UP YOUR BRITPALS AND GO!  Announcing 3 new Florida shows for March 2017.   Our beloved British band QUEEN has an amazing Tribute band called “ God Save the Queen”,  internationally recognized by Rolling Stone magazine in 2011 as “the best band tribute of all times”.  They masterfully recreate the iconic London concert, Queen Magic Tour 1986 – Live at Wembley.   “As good as the original ones” said the real Queen’s Tour Manager.   “It’s a Kind of Magic!” said the Liverpool Echo. It features more than 20 of Queen’s greatest hits in one show. This God Save the Queen band performs using the precise set list, clothing, and stage antics that Queen was known for.  Vocalist Pablo Padin re-enacts the fabulous Freddy Mercury so realistically that you almost feel like you are actually witnessing a legendary Queen show.  Three different venues in Florida.  Special Guest  Police Tribute band Zendatta—another Brit treat for you!    VENUES:    1] Thursday, March 23rd 2017  at  WATSCO CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI 1245 Dauer Drive,  Coral Gables, FL 33146   TICKETS ON SALE AT TICKETMASTER.COM http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0D005238FA56C291  NOTE:  Special guest: ZENDATTA (Police Tribute Show)
Doors open at 7PM. Show starts at 8PM     2] Friday, March 24th 2017 at MIZNER PARK AMPHITHEATER 327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432  TICKETS ON SALE AT EVENTBRITE.COM  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/god-save-the-queen-mizner-park-boca-raton-tickets-31145886184    Doors open at 7PM. – Friday, March 24th 2017  Doors open at 7PM Show starts at 8PM    3] Saturday, March 25th 2017 at JANNUS LIVE 200 1st Avenue North, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701  TICKETS ON SALE AT JANNUSLIVE.COM  https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1420032   Doors open at 8PM.  Show starts at 9PM

►►►  MARCH 30—-APRIL 16, 2017    Acclaimed English playwright Harold Pinter’s work THE CARETAKER comes to the Arsht Centre in Miami.   Presented by Zoetic Stage . Info and tickets www.zoeticstage.org or call [305] 741-3180.  Or Arsht Box office [305] 949-6722

►►►    SATURDAY MARCH 11, 2017  By popular demand, British company Salem K Theatre and the Miami Radio Players are back, with more new comic tales from  SHORESIDE, a town somewhere on Miami Beach, where a British couple and their dog have settled, and discovered “Paradise” with its colorful characters and ongoing comic adventures.  Come and see us in this radio comedy, written by Michael O’Hagan and Pamela Salem, with additional tales, TRAPPED AT TWO by Sam Bernhart and GIRLS NIGHT OUT by Barbara Fox, performed and recorded live.  Sit back and enjoy the show café style with tables and chairs and drinks, on Saturday, March 11th.     Two performances only at 6.00 and 8.00 pm at the Gleason Room ‘s Backstage at the Fillmore.  1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, 33139.  TICKETS: $20.00 in person at the Box Office, or Ticketmaster Express 800 745 3000 or online  ticketmaster.com or livenation.com.

►►► JULY, 2017  British superstar ROD STEWART [with supporting act Cyndi Lauper] at Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida.  Info/tickets on hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com 

►►► AUGUST 28, 2017 BRITISH SUPER BAND COLDPLAY at the Hard Rock in in Hollywood, Florida.  Info/tickets on hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com 

►►►  MIX WITH AUSSIES and KIWIS….our “family.”   The Aussie Kiwi Club hold gatherings usually in Ft. Lauderdale. For full details see website www.southfloridaaussiekiwiclub.com   Or view their Facebook page facebook.com/aussiekiwiclub.com  

NeeSingerImaged a BRITISH ACCENT FOR YOUR PROJECT,  RADIO/TV COMMERCIAL, VOICEOVER , your company phone system or any other purpose? The British accent is in great demand in the USA as a sales tool:  to the American ear it carries the sound of authority and sexiness.  Persuasive, authoritative, attractive, always in style, trendy and alluring….put a British accent to work for you.  Hire the professional velvet British voice of Patricia Kawaja in Miami. Patricia has years of professional experience and has done voiceovers for Cunard cruiselines,  WSVN Channel 7 in Miami,  ShangriLa World Class Hotel Chain and many other clients.  Call her at the British Bureau office in Miami on [305] 371-9340 to discuss your needs.      

►►►   EVERY NOVEMBER …..famous British authors come to the Miami Book Fair and hold book-signing events.  It’s the largest in the USA.  Featuring more than 600 authors and featuring booksellers and publishers from around the world, there are hundreds of events over 2 weeks at this annual event.  For dates this year and to plan what you want to see consult   www.miamibookfair.com    Year-round:  FAMOUS BRITISH AUTHORS [flying in from the UK] appear often at Books and Books shops in Miami.  To see who’s coming, attend + sign up for future email notifications go to website  www.booksandbooks.com  

►  EVERY DECEMBER :   ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH runs xxxxxx, 2017 featuring numerous galleries and exhibitors from the UK, this is Florida‘s cultural event of the year.  I have attended every year since its start with art collector friends over especially from London.  It’s enjoyable to ogle handsome English dealers in pin-stripe Saville Row suits as much as their inventory.  No flip-flops here.  You can enjoy over 800 art-related events and parties across the Miami area.  Occurring annually since  2002,  Art Basel Miami Beach features 250 galleries from dozens of countries, especially the UK.  Participants make it the most prestigious art show of the Americas, featuring established galleries and dynamic newcomers, ranging from a few hundred dollars to several million for museum-quality masterpieces.  INFO and TICKETS:  www.artbasel.com  Click on the Miami Beach section.  —–Patricia Kawaja Publisher

Do you know whether and how you can access your lump sum and bring it over to the USA?  

For a FREE review of your UK pension contact Mark Solomons in Florida with Florin Pensions
direct on  [561] 793-1311 email  msolomons@florinpensions.com  On Subject line put:  “To Mark Solomons—UK pension query”.    Include your name + city + phone + a sentence about the type of company/private pension you paid into.   NOTE: The UK’s decision to leave the EU has resulted in Gilt yields reaching all time historic lows,  pushing up the transfer values of UK defined benefit pensions schemes.  That means your unfrozen pension is worth MORE since July 2016.  Mark is a longtime member of the Florida Association of British Business [FABB].  As FABB’s UK pensions expert, he has unfrozen many pensions for USA expats over the years.

► THE POUND IS PLUMMETTING.  DON’T BE BATTERED BY BREXIT!  DO YOU NEED TO TRANSFER CURRENCY OVER FROM THE UK?   OR SEND TO UK FROM FLORIDA?  BENEFIT FROM BREXIT!   TRANSFER UK CURRENCY SAFELY TO/FROM  the UK.   At lower rates than any bank .   For property/business transactions/pension funds transfer or other purposes.   Or transfer to/from any other  country worldwide.  FABB you help you save considerable  exchange fees via our partner Moneycorp.   WE RECOMMEND MONEYCORP of the UK with an office in Orlando, Florida.  Moneycorp is the only UK currency exchange company licenced to deal in 50 states.   Many expat Brits here have used this currency service for years and report huge savings and satisfaction.   Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin direct on her cell [863] 207-6616 to ask all your questions.  She is based at their HQ in Orlando.  Or email your query to Kelly Cutchin  kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com for details.  Moneycorp has a UK office too so she may set up your account there–whichever suits you.   


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►►► Every February.   February 3/4/5 2017 this year.  BRITISH MAPMAKERS, dealers and experts from the UK attend Miami’s International Map Fair each year. The British were the foremost explorers in the world with the greatest navy ever, so this necessitated all their early map-making.  The fair takes place in downtown Miami at the Historical Museum. Dealers from many countries attend, along with about 2000 visitors. The USA’s preeminent Map Fair presented by History Miami returns for a weekend of browsing and buying antique maps, with the public encouraged to bring in an old exhibition map of their own for opinions provided by onsite dealers. You can also buy authentic maps and reprints, browse and hear lectures. INFO/Tickets see website www.historymiami.org.
Questions call  [305] 375-1618 or email mapfair@historymiami.org.