Newsletter. Issue 2004-09. March 04, 2004
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Hillingdon Times. 27 Feb. Denis Lobo, 53, (ex-Nairobi) from Hayes, Middlesex, was taken to hospital after an alleged racist attack outside his home two weeks ago. The police have not been in touch since the attack. He also said that he is too afraid to leave his house. [Dennis served as a director of the G.O.A. for two years in the 80s]. For a brief bio and full text of the article, click here.

From Bevinda Collaco: I am a journalist based in Goa visiting London very soon. I am also the editor of the Publishing Wing of Architecture Autonomous owned by architect Gerard da Cunha. I write a gossip column for Cine Blitz (by the way, I coined the word 'Bollywood' way back in December 1978), I ghost-write, I am a feature writer and a visiting lecturer at the Post Graduate Course in Journalism at Dhempe College, Goa.
I am visiting London to promote three books that Architecture Autonomous is publishing. One is Houses of Goa, the second is Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent the revised edition of which I am promoting at the London Book Fair.
I have been powerfully moved by the third book which we are in the process of publishing - Inside Goa by Manohar Malgonkar, and I would like to speak to Goans about it. It takes us on a journey through time and after reading it, we understand why we Goans are different from the rest of India. This book has relevance for all Goans and more especially for our children.
Note: Rene Barreto is organising the London meeting, on Friday 12 March 2004, of interested UK Goans with Bevinda Collaco He needs to have some idea of the numbers interested in attending. Please contact him at or tel. 020 8445 2126 by Tues. 9 Mar.

The Croydon Goans Senior Citizens Association completed a year on the l0th Jan. 2004. Inaugurated with 67 Goans, it was the outcome of a Monday Club that met in a Croydon Pub to chat of the good old days in Kenya. With Cornelius Monteiro in the Chair, supported by Secretary Tony Braganza, Treasurer Raymond Lobo and five Committee members, the Club came into formation.
The monthly luncheon with a Bar, dancing, Bingo and sometimes a raffle proves ever so popular. Currently there are 281 members some of who travel as much as two hours each way. At the first AGM the Chairman with his original Committee was voted in en bloc.
Applications for membership is at present on hold as they are over subscribed.

From Steven D'Souza: Applications are invited from Black and Asian students for the Windsor Fellowship Leadership Programme for Undergraduates. You must be a Final Year 'A'-Level student or 1st year Undergraduate. Mature students are encouraged to apply. Further details and an application Form can be downloaded at or by contacting Kevin Coutinho at or Steven D'Souza, D' Apply by 15 March 2004.

3 Mar. Croydon Guardian. Hockey: Addiscombe 4; Goan 1. For text click here.


26 Feb. Toronto. CLEMENT SEQUEIRA. (ex Tanzania) Husband of Maria. Father of John-Paul, Dianna DeSouza, Patsy & Melville Rebeira and Mina & Joe Moraes. Funeral was on 1 Mar.

25 Feb: Bicholim, Goa. : FR ANTONIO PEREIRA, SJ, son of late Ludovico/late Encarnacao, brother of late Fr Adolfo, late Cruz/late Rosy, late Rosita/Roquesinho, Amelina/late Florencio. Uncle of late Ferdinand/Antoneta; late Ludivico/Alice; Aleixinho/Visitacao (USA); Lumen/Joana (London) and late Alba/Peter. Funeral on 26 Feb. Condolences to


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Christies Auction: New York: 25 Mar. 2004. Sale 1355. has two paintings by 209 Francis Newton Souza: Lot 209 St. Francis. Estimate $12,000 - 18,000
Lot Number 210 Estimate $12,000 - 15,000 U.S. dollars For details click here


28 Feb. The Guardian. India: Departing March 13, Avion Holidays (020-8492 3531, has 14 nights' half-board at the five-star Hotel Ramada Caravela in South Goa from £950pp (saving £270) including Gatwick flights and transfers.

1 Mar. Travel Trade Gazette. India is looking forward to a new era and unprecedented tourism growth. Visitors are flocking to the country in increasing numbers and the Indian government has responded by opening up the market to competition, prompting a dramatic drop in prices. According to one of the market's leading operators, Somak Holidays, this could strip as much as £600 off some prices - while average reductions will be about £200. Its latest brochure offers a one-week Golden Triangle tour to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur for £449, compared with £649 last year, while one-week holidays to Goa are being offered for £399.

1 Mar. Travel Trade Gazette. From October, Excel Airways will start services to Delhi, Ahmedabad and Goa from Gatwick, plus a Manchester-Goa frequency. Its three-class service offers Excel One (business-class style seats), Excel Premium (premium economy cabin) and Economy. "We expect destinations such as Goa, which was a huge seller in the UK market a few years ago, to witness a resurgence as it once again becomes an affordable long-haul destination."


29 Feb. The Hindu. The first international convention of the Kanara Konkani Catholic community will be held for four days from December 26, 2004.

1 Mar. Express Computers. Headline: Ten lessons from a Goan classroom. Frederick Noronha takes a close look at the computers-in-school project in Goa.

1. Mar. Herald Cybernews. Headline: Australia... a story of migration. Belinda Viegas-Mueller moved, with family from Goa to Australia for a year and then chose to return to Goa. Why? Read her account at

1 Mar. Herald CyberNews. Headline: Can Goan writers make it globally? To encourage Goan authors a Goan International Writers Workshop has been set up following a meeting called by Victor Rangel-Ribeiro and Rene Barreto. Goan Associations overseas will be encouraged to establish libraries of books by Goan authors.

1 Mar. Herald Cybernews. Headline: Anjuna gets a hangover. “Bill Stephens” on the problems caused by the trance parties.

2 Mar. Times of India. Europe tightens visas for Indians.

3 Mar. Deccan Herald. By Devika Sequeira. Headline: Goa latest route for forged passport holders. Six people have been nabbed in the last three months trying to leave the country with forged passports through this tourist destination. All six cases were detected by police officer Sucheta Dessai. See


22 Feb. Sunday Times. Escape: Hippie heaven’s new package. Goa, the backpacker’s destination of choice, is now attracting a different class of tourist, says Maggie Stanfield. See

25 Feb. Biotech Week. Errol De Souza, PhD, has been added to the board of directors of Targacept. He received his PhD in neuroendocrinology from the University of Toronto and held appointments at Aventis, Du Pont Merck, Archemix Corp. and Synaptic. Bio data at:

26 Feb. Hornsey Journal (London). Actress Sarah Turnbull, 30, of Muswell Hill, London reveals that she was held hostage and almost raped whilst on holiday in Goa at the age of 25. Her dream is to write a screenplay based on that nightmare and to play the leading role in the film.

29 Feb. Yahoo News. India eyes major dividends in medical tourism. The splendours of 'Incredible India', such as Goa and Kerala, may also emerge as "convalescing hotspots" for foreign patients.

2 Mar. Evening Press (York). Gordon Campbell-Thomas has been in the forefront of a campaign to transform a 24 acre disused brick works into a nature reserve. In two weeks, the veteran environmental campaigner will be leaving York to head for Goa where he plans to transform another disused brick works into a nature reserve, using the York model. "I'm absolutely over the moon about this [the granting of local nature reserve status]," he says. "I'm leaving in two weeks and this really is the culmination of 16 years of hard work. It is a real bonus.". For full text click here .
[ From Goan Voice UK 8 Nov. 2002: Evening News (York, UK). Gordon Campbell-Thomas is using skills picked up in York to transform a rubbish dump in Goa. He plans to transform the Mapusa dump with the help of prominent Goans and English people. The work, estimated to take about ten years, will be powered by solar panels and wind turbine, and will recycle rainwater for drinking.]

2 Mar. eJazzNews (Canada). Joe Pereira popularly known as 'Jazzy Joe' has come a long way since he picked up a violin in Goa way back in 1934. Today virtuoso saxophonist 'Jazzy Joe' is India's most popular and accomplished jazz musician. AV, Goa's own record label has recorded his first jazz album which features some of the most popular jazz standards laced with flavours of Goa! George Fernandez on piano, Colin D'Cruz on bass and Lester Godinho on drums. For more info logon to For full text of the article click here.

3 Mar. World Entertainment News Network. Edmund Kingsley, the son of Sir Ben Kingsley will fly out to the seaside resort of Goa in India to shoot the new film, but admits it isn't on the same scale as his dad's classic 1982 hit Gandhi. He says, "I don't know the details yet but I've been offered a part. When I was a child I ran around in the background of a few films but this would be my first part and any film where you spend four weeks filming in Goa has to be good."

3 Mar., (Wisconsin). Wisconsin Film Festival 2004. "I'm Bobby" (Madison Premiere) In Milwaukeean Xav Leplae's Sundance-featured film, street children, child laborers and school kids from Bombay and Goa, India recreate scenes using the soundtrack from Raj Kapoor's 1973 film, "Bobby", a classic Bollywood re-working of Romeo and Juliet. See:


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 28 Mar. G.O.A. FAMILY DAY and Carrom Tournament at Archbishop Lanfranc School.

Sun 28 Mar. 4pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass. Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.


Mon. 12 Apr. 3 pm. Konkani Dramatic Association presents a Musical Show "Ekvott". Play written by Albert de Varca and music written by Tony D'Mello. First Performance, Saint Monica's Hall, Palmers Green, North London. For Tickets and further information contact: Judy Fernandez – 0208763 2606, Domacian Moniz - 02083761609.

Sat. 24 Apr. YLGS. School Disco

Sun. 25 Apr. Ex-students Reunion. Nairobi Catholic Parochial and St Teresa's Schools. Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, Streatham. Mass at 1 pm followed by Social. Band Maz & Co. For tickets call Norma 020 8771 4457 Crescent 020 8952 0435 Tonyjo 01895 259947 Aires 020 8488 0194.


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