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BOOK REVIEW: *Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s


For some people, the greatest piece of music ever written is Beethoven’s Fifth Sympthony. Others would name The Beatles classic Let It Be. But for me, the finest entry in the history of recorded sound is…Too Shy by Kajagoogooo. If you can see any degree of sense in that argument then wonderful new book Mad World, about the songs that defined the 1980s, is for you. It’s the essential guide to that amazing era and features exclusive interviews with 35 of the biggest music names of the decade giving the inside story on their biggest hits. This includes Kajagoogoo’s Limahl and Nick Beggs still trading insults at each other all these years after the band’s bitter split and Thomas Dolby revealing that Dr Magnus Pyke hated being better known for his appearance in the She Blinded Me With Science video than for his body of academic work. Authors Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein have also cleverly included what each of the featured performers are doing now and the m…

Emmy Awards and Holiday?!?

Holidays and Emmy Award Season

Congrats to all the Brits who won big at the Emmy’s this past week including, Martin freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Moffatt. I went to a few events last week including Heifer International’s A PLACE AT THE TABLE honoring my good friend Ian Somerhalder and Diane Lane at the stunning Montage hotel in Beverly Hills. I was seated with the beautiful Pop star Nikki Lund and Fitness expert Sharon Yates, The British Weekly’s Sean Borg, Station Film’s Michael Di Girolamo who won the signed photograph of Diane Lane in the live auction, (see pic) The UKares Foundation’s CEO Fiona Harden and John Scott from Heifer International. The star studded event raised close to $100,000 for the fantastic charity that provides women in third world countries the gift of livestock and teaches them how to be sustainable and grow a business. visit their website at to see how you can get involved.
I was also fortunate enough to be invited to the BAFTA Los A…

Meet A Member - Kerstin Alm aka Mamarazzi

Not all Brits in LA Members are Brits - Meet Kerstin Alm aka Mamarazzi who moved from Sweden to LA 51 years ago to pursue a normal life with her Swedish husband

Was there a particular reason you chose LA ? The reason for our emigration was a great interest in America. This was 1963 when the Sixties syndrome was flourishing at its peak. I got a job at the Swedish Consulate, had 2 children and returned to work at Finnair, the Finnish airline downtown LA. In the floor below was Air France and this seemed more exciting. Worked for Air France in their reservations department, got the job as a cargo sales representative (the first woman sales rep for Air France in USA) and finally got the job as Regional Sales Manager when my boss retired. Many great years with the French!

What one thing do you miss from home? The Swedish light summer nights. May be some Swedish food, but otherwise I LOVE LA! 

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK or Sweden? The lifestyle is differe…