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►►► Thursday February 22, 2018 from 8-9p.m.  The Music of Britain and America at Frost School of Music at University of Miami.  Various British composers  like Purcell,Britton and Barber.  Details:  www.frost.miami.edu or call 305.284.2241 


►►►  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 December.  British professionals and business owners  especially welcomed.  For current  events and membership details,  consult their website  www.babcmiami.org .   Non-members welcome to attend events.  British professionals and business owners  especially welcomed.   For tickets/info see website www.babcmiami.org  

►►►  March 25, 2018  Legendary rockers, the Pretenders come to the Fillmore Miami Beach.  The Pretenders are making a rare headlining appearance at the Fillmore Miami Beach.  The Pretenders are an English-American rock band, 3 Englishmen and American singer Chrissie Hynde, formed in Hereford, England, in March 1978.  See band info on www.thepretenders.com   At the close of the ’70s they were one of the New Wave’s most commercially successful groups. While the group eventually became a vehicle for guitarist/vocalist Chrissie Hynde’s songwriting, it was a full-fledged band when it was formed in the late ’70s. With their initial records, the group crossed the bridge between punk/new wave and Top 40 pop more than any other band, recording a series of hard, spiky singles that were also melodic and immediately accessible. Hynde soared as an invigorating, sexy singer who bent the traditional male roles of rock & roll to her own liking.  Over the years and in many incarnations,  The Pretenders became a more straightforward rock band, yet Hynde’s semi-autobiographical songwriting and bracing determination meant that the group never became just another rock band.  From the seminal hits such as “Brass In Pocket,” Back On The Chain Gang,” “Middle Of The Road” and more to their latest album, Alone, The Pretenders will rock your world!   TICKETS from LiveNation.com or charge by phone 800-745-3000 and in person at the Fillmore Box Office [305] 673-7300.  For more information go to www.fillmoremb.com.


►►► JULY 6, 2018  at 8.30p.m. Erasure kicks off  their WORLD BEYOND TOUR .   Award-winning Erasure are an English synthpop duo, consisting of singer and songwriter Andy Bell and songwriter and keyboardist Vince Clarke. They formed in London, and entered the music scene in 1985 with their debut single “Who Needs Love Like That”. Formed nearly 30 years ago, the award-winning songwriting duo of Vince Clarke and Andy Bell unleashed on the nation a succession of both influential and chart-topping pop anthems of the ‘80s, ‘90s through to today. Songs like ‘Oh L’amour,’ ‘A Little Respect,’ ‘Sometimes,’ ‘Victim Of Love,’ ‘Blue Savannah,’ ‘Star,’ ‘Chains Of Love,’ ‘Who Needs Love (Like That),’ ‘Love To Hate You,’ ‘Drama!,’ “Always,” and “Breathe,” ensured a formidable presence on the singles charts complemented by chart topping albums (including The Innocents, Chorus, and I Say I Say I Say) and the beginning of the worldwide Abba revival, ‘Abba-esque.’   Their new album called World Beyond will be released on March 9th.  SHOW LOCATION: Fillmore in Miami Beach.  Erasure kicked off their previous tour at the Fillmore as well in 2014. INFO/TICKETS  from LiveNation.com Charge by phone 800-745-3000 or in person at Fillmore Box Office. Call [305] 673-7300 for opening hours.

►►►  NOVEMBER 2018. MIAMI BOOKFAIR dates:..……..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.  Music, food, gatherings, street fair–lots more. For dates 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 December 7-10, 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

►►► Promoters LiveNation bring over an ongoing stream of British bands and stars year round from the UK.  See who’s coming to Miami on their website www.livenation.com  

 ►►► NEED 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.      

►►►  British films are often showing at the O Cinema in their 2 locations in Wynwood and Miami Beach.
For current showings,  consult their website www.o-cinema.org   


►►► February xxxx, 2019.   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.


►►   TUESDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2019 at 8.p.m. ELTON JOHN’S  FAREWELL YELLOW BRICK ROAD TOUR comes to the AAA Miami.    After more than half a century on the road and an unparalleled career that has redefined the cultural landscape and seen British superstar Elton John claim his place as a true global icon. In January 2018 he announced his final tour called Farewell Yellow Brick Road.  The tour will consist of more than 300 shows across five continents, hitting North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australasia before reaching its conclusion in 2021. These dates mark the superstar’s last-ever tour, the end the road for one of pop culture’s most enduring performers. Elton’s new stage production will take his fans on a musical and highly-visual journey spanning a 50-year career of hits like no one has ever seen before.  “Performing live fuels me and I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play to audiences across the globe,” said Elton. “I plan to bring the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades to my final tour. After the tour finishes, I’m very much looking forward to closing off that chapter of my life by saying farewell to life on the road. I need to dedicate more time to raising my children.”        TICKETS:  www.aarena.com  or Ticketmaster.com.  Full details about the shows, Elton’s life and career on   www.eltonjohn.com


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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.

££   TIP:  WANT TO SAVE WHEN TRANSFERRING over UK CURRENCY?   DON’T USE YOUR BANK!  Use Moneycorp.  [ I use Moneycorp myself–FABB President.]   The pound is shaky.  That affects all expats in Florida who still have UK dealings. To transfer your precious funds, we highly recommend you use the services of Moneycorp.  At lower rates than any bank!  This will save you fees and grief, as we Londoners say!  What your own bank won’t do is save considerable  exchange fees, like Moneycorp.   NOW is an advantageous time for you to transfer any funds you have.  THE BEST WAY:   Moneycorp, the UK company with an office in Florida and droves of satisfied Florida clients. It 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.   TO FIND OUT MORE:    Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin on  [863] 207-6616 at their USA HQ in Orlando to ask all your questions.  Or email your query to Kelly Cutchin  kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com for details.  Moneycorp’s HQ is in England.   Posted by the Florida Association of British Business [FABB].  Moneycorp have been trusted members since 2005]