Newsletter. Issue 2004-22. Jun 10, 2004
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From Mafalda DeSa, G.O.A. (UK) PR Director: May Ball cum Anniversary Dance. The black & white formal dress theme enhanced the function, as did the effectively decorated tables. A crowd of almost 300 danced the night away to the ever popular Maz & Co. in conjunction with Fantasy Disco. The main event of the night was the crowning of a May Queen and King, a title that attracted about 50 young contenders. A hard choice, for the judges, resulted in the President and his wife (Flavio & Bernie Gracias) crowning Charmaine Fernandes from Coulsdon and Shane Correia from Clapham Common as G.O.A.(UK) May Queen and King 2004. Runners up were Lindsey Martins and Blane Pinto.
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This was a Norma Menezes-Rahim production, with thanks to all the usual band of dedicated helpers and Committee, Tony & Susie Caterers and Greg Carvalho and his bar team.

6 June. Mail on Sunday (London). At 45, Madonna has turned bendy doll, kicking off her world tour with a series of extraordinary yoga poses. Her yoga guru is James D'Silva. James trained as a ballet dancer in his native Goa and came to England 17 years ago. But he moved from ballet when he found that turning his toes out and clenching his buttocks all day was bad for his posture. He looked for a solution and found Gyrotonics. He studied under its inventor, Romanian dancer Juliu Horvath.
James took the system a stage further, incorporating elements of the Alexander Technique to help align the spine and limbs. Today he has a full client list and charges £60 an hour. 485 words

You can check out the Constitution, Mission Statement, Structure, etc of YLGS (Young London Goans Society) at their website; Questions & Comments to James D'Souza, Managing Director at

Sunrise Radio is gearing up to launch the first 'Asian Lifestyle Exhibition' at London's Olympia 9-11 July this year.

Goa: Memories of My Homeland is written by Tony Fernandes of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. It is a collection of English poems, stories, illustrations, photographs, Konkani proverbs, sayings and a glossary. It transports the reader back to blessed times with evocative glimpses into a blissful era that has aged perhaps, but not forgotten.
Tony was educated at St. Anthony's High School, Monte de Guirim, Goa, and subsequently studied Art at Kareer Polytechnic, Bombay. He lives in Canada with his wife and three children. He can be contacted at For ordering info and fuller details of the book see

4 June. The Star (Toronto) Headline: How brave Alison De Silva beat rare disease. By John Goddard. Excerpts: Family's love, visits from celebrities kept her going after she developed intestinal lymphangiectasia, a disease so rare that only a dozen or so other people in the world are known to have it. For text 1046 words, click here.
Alison De Silva is the daughter of John (ex Zanzibar and Tanganyika Standard) and Rolina (ex-Mombasa, nee Abranches). She will be 18 next week. For a photograph of the family, click here.

9 Jun. The Toronto Star. Headline: Mixed-race couples gaining in numbers. Excerpts: Chris D'Souza and Maria Ranieri say mixed-race couples still draw stares in the GTA. These two Brampton teachers should know. D'Souza, 38, is East Indian and Ranieri, 30, his wife of 2 1/2 years, is Italian. In Canada 13 per cent of the population - or 4 million people - are visible minorities. Chris is equity officer for the Dufferin-Peel District School Board. 624 words.

Dom Moraes: Some UK Obituaries
4 June. The Guardian. Headline: Dom Moraes: Brilliant young writer, whose star, lauded by bohemian London, dimmed in later life.
Alan Brownjohn writes: Dom had been born in Bombay; the background was Goan, He received a Jesuit education, In 1960, he published the autobiographical Gone Away,
Bernard Kops writes: Dom was an apparition from another age, another time, another class. Whenever he entered the caff, the whole place burst into light. You could not take your eyes off him.
Naseem Khan writes: his critical irony was taken by chauvinists as "anti-Indian". When the Gujarat riots erupted in 2002, Moraes left for Ahmedabad the minute the news came through. But he paid a price. The stories he encountered horrified him. “He was shattered when he came back, He was drinking a lot and crying in his sleep. He couldn't handle it.” 2182 words.,3604,1231084,00.html
4. Jun. The Times. Dom Moraes. 1375 words.

4 Jun. The Daily Telegraph. Dom Moraes, who died in Bombay on Wednesday aged 65, was the most English poet India has produced. Southern Asian critics of his work have often complained that he was not quite one of India's poets. 1234 Words click here.

5 Jun. The Independent. Dom Moraes. Poet and writer who rejected a narrow cultural identity. 1268 words.


2 Jun. Calangute, Goa. CARIDADE EUSTAQUIO DE SOUZA. Husband of late Angela. Father of Diego/Theresa, Antonette/Epifanio, Assumpta/Baptist, Elizabeth/Seby (UK), Lily/Joaquim, Domenica/Mark, Vincent/Blendina.

28 May. Witham, Essex, UK. ALBERT D'SOUZA. (ex East African Railways and Harbours, Nairobi.). Died suddenly but peacefully. Husband of Louise. Father of Christopher, Diane, David. Father in law of Amanda, Nick and Emma. Grandfather of Amaia and Tennessee. Son of the late Valarian and late Joaquina D'Souza (Acoi, Mapusa, Goa).
Funeral Fri. 11 June, 12.45 pm at Holy Family and All Saints Church, Guithavon St, Witham, Essex. Condolences to

Peter, Zender, David/Monica Lobo and Nina/Diego Pinto, the family of the late CHRISTY LOBO, thank you most sincerely for your kind expressions of sympathy in their recent bereavement and for your contribution to the 'Cavell Ward Fund' in lieu of flowers. Approx. £1,000 was received, which will be used for equipment to aid Crohn's patients in memory of Christy.


Channel 4 in association with Rubicon Exotic Juice Drinks are giving away a holiday for two people, to sun drenched, mango packed Goa. The prize includes return flights from the UK to India, 7 nights self catering accommodation at The Palolem Paradise Beach Resort in Goa and even £150 spending money. Closing date 14 June 2004. No purchase necessary. For Online entry click here.


3 Jun. The Statesman. Are foreign nationals running the drug trade in north Goa? Recent reports in the local media and some officials affirm that they indeed are. 405 words.

4 Jun. Navhind Times. Mr Robert Marshal, the vice-president of HOK Planning Group, Canada, which is the lead consultancy for infrastructure development for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), said that the developmental exercise, in the long run, would improve the physical environment of the city as well as the state economy, and in turn, generate new jobs.

8 Jun. Laksamana (Indonesia). Headline: Indian Women Fighting Dowry Extortions. Excerpt: Mary Sheila Pareira, 26 called-off her engagement with Ivan D'souza and filed for Rs 15 lakh damages. The couple had lived-in together for a year, before they were formally engaged at a church ceremony in 2000. But before the marriage could be solemnised in January 2001, Ivan demanded Rs 5 lakh. The relationship was broken, pushing her to start a fight: "I know it will take a long time, but I will see justice done."

10 June. Navhind Times. The Goa government will henceforth give an ex gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh to the family of any NRI (non-resident Indian) Goan in case of the NRI’s sudden death abroad due to a terrorist attack, accidental or unnatural death.


4 June. The Star Ledger, NJ (USA). India RC priest, Father Simon Palathingal, of South Amboy, N.J., has been arrested outside his rectory in New Jersey and charged with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old boy in Milwaukee between 1990 and 1991. Palanthingal belongs to the Salesian Order of Don Bosco. 495 words.

5 Jun. The Guardian. Restaurant review: The Parsee: 34 Highgate Hill, London N19. Excerpt: Vindaloo is, in fact, an early example of fusion food from Goa, and one of the rare incidences of the Portuguese influence on world food culture. Goa was once a Portuguese colony, and vindaloo should be spelled vindalho, but I expect you already know all that. The use of pork is something of a giveaway: there's not a lot of a porky nature in Indian cookery, still less of that classically European combination of vinegar and garlic, two of the key ingredients. However, the Goans, sensibly, did not leave it at that, adding cumin, coriander, ginger, cassia bark and chilli, among a host of other spices, to liven it up.,3605,1230569,00.html

5 Jun. Coventry Evening Telegraph. Headline: Goa For It! Excerpts: I must admit, my first thoughts when James suggested Goa as our holiday destination, were of snakes, rats and food poisoning. Little did I know that it was to be the best idea he has ever had… In stark contrast to other experiences we had had, a trip to a local farming village gave a unique insight into the lives of poorer Goan families. We visited their homes, shadowed them in their daily chores and met their children, who were undoubtedly the highlight of the day, giving us a delightful rendition of the Indian national anthem. 632 words.

5 June. Financial Express: Francis Newton Souza [the Artist] was born in 1924 in Goa. Despite being the most gifted of India's modernists, his market never came into its own as long as he lived. Uneasy with his series of wives and mistresses, they found his better-than-you attitude hard to stomach. In 1995, his works were priced as low as Rs 31.55 square cm. There was a rise in 1996 to Rs 51.46 per sq cm. But from then to 2002, [the year he died] his prices rose only to Rs 82.90 per sq cm in the Saffronart auction held that year. But the recent Saffronart auction has seen the price of his work soar two and a half times in the two years to Rs 289.54 per sq cm, a phenomenal rise to say the least. 862 words.

9 Jun. Publico. (Portugal). Exposição na Gulbenkian Sobre Goa e o Império Mogol. 388 words.
See also 8 Jun. Correio de Manha. (Portugal). Exposição - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, em Lisboa Portugal E O Império Mogol. 343 words.

9 Jun. Conde Nast Traveler. Park Hyatt hotel in Goa is in the top 100 hotels of the world list. “The food is superb in all five eateries, including a signature Goan restaurant by one of the region's most renowned chefs, Fernando da Costa, an Italian trattoria, and a California-style grill. Oh, yes, and the beach is flawless.”

10 Jun. World Entertainment News Network. Lingerie designer Sadie Frost has finally recovered from a poisonous spider bite that left her hospitalised for four days. The former wife of British actor Jude Law was struck while holidaying in Goa, India with toyboy lover Jackson Scott last month. The after effects were so bad she had to check into a London clinic on her return - but she insists she is fine now. Frost says, "I had to be on a drip for four days in hospital. It wasn't very nice but I'm ok now."

Shipwreck archaeology of Goa: Evidence of maritime contacts with other countries. By Tripati, S.; Gaur, A. S.; Sundaresh; Vora, K. H. In Current Science Vol 86; Part 9 (2004) pp. 1238-1245


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 13 Jun Siolim Union (London) will be celebrating the Feast of their Patron Saint, St. Anthony at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham. Mass at 12:00 noon followed by dancing, to the music of Maz & Co. Tickets £12.00 including snacks and meal. Children under 12 free admission. Contact: Loretta Fernandes 020-8696-9886; Eugene Fernandes 020-8240-0818; Tony Fernandes 020-8540-3566; Edwin Athayde 020-8679-5514.

Sun. 27 Jun. G.O.A. FAMILY DAY and Youth Football Tournament at Archbishop Lanfranc School.

Sun. 27 Jun. Benaulim Feast. Haringey Irish Centre, Pretoria Road, London N17 (Nearest train station White Hart Lane) Mass at 12.30 pm followed by a Social. Music by Maz & Co. Tickets Members £7; Guests £8; Children 10-16 £2; under 10 free. Tickets and further details Josephine 0208 967 7471; Mary 0208 803 9752; Santan 0208 952 9365.

Sun 27 Jun. 4pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass. Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

Sat. 3 July. YLGS (Young London Goans Society) Family & Friends Summer Ball at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham from 7pm-11pm. Music by Maz & Co with Guava Groove. Tickets: £12 Adults & £5 Children (5-12yrs). Strictly Limited Tickets from Alison Braganza on 07799 586793 or

SOLD OUT! Sun. 11 July. Norman Godinho School Reunion & celebration of Teacher Alice’s 85th birthday. SOLD OUT!

Sun. 11 July. G.O.A OPEN 2004 - London Golf Tournament at Downshire Golf Complex, Easthampstead Park, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 3DH. Contact: Jacinto D'Silva 020 - 8723 1233, Menino Mascarenhas 01784 211832, Orlando Braganza 01932 269476.

Sun. 11 Jul. Tivim Carnival. Bishop Thomas Grant School Belltrees Grove Streatham. Mass 12.30 P.M. Maz & Co and Fantasy Disco. Dress Code Fancy Dress. Details from Norma Menezes-Rahim 0208 771 4457; Marina Viegas 0208 656 4217; Valerie D'lima 07748 914743; Elu Pires 0208 654 1281; Ronald Fernandes 0208 303 3386.

Sun. 11 Jul. Aldona Association. Feast of St. Thomas at the White Hart Lane School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green, London N22. Mass at 12 noon followed by get together. Music by Say One do One and live band. Tickets - Members £7; Guest £8; Children 5-12 years £5; under 5 years free. Contact Nigel Moniz 020 8441 9075; Lana Moniz 020 8931 2323; Jude Carvalho 020 8360 4102.

Sun 18 Jul. Goan Heritage U.K presents "GOENCHO MONTRI" Konkani Musical show with Lorna, the Nightingale of Goan Konkani stage; famous comedians Domnic, Ben Evangelisto & Jr. Nelson and musician Norman. Venue Copland School Hall, High Road (Cecil Ave. corner), Wembley at 2.P.M. For tickets: Fr. Oliver Antao 020 8563 9102, Tony 020 8795 1121, Babit 020 8764 2268, Felix 020 8450 2129, Jimmy 020 8450 5623.

Sun 18 Jul. 4pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass. Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

Sun. 25 July G.O.A. GOAN FESTIVAL in conjunction with Goan Organisations at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Starts with Holy Mass at 12.15 pm. Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663 Alfred Rebello 020 - 8337 8022. For stall applications: Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322


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