Newsletter. Issue 2004-36. Sep 23, 2004
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From Derrick Pereira: The Registered charity HELP A POOR CHILD (UK) was established in 1980 with the sole aim of helping those less fortunate children in different parts of India and branches have since been set-up in Goa, Bombay, Madras and Calcutta. The charity has helped hundreds of poor children through its various programmes which includes Child Sponsorship, Computers for Schools and Medical Aid.
HAPC is now looking to develop the charity further and is calling on volunteers to assist us wherever possible. You don’t need to have experience, an obvious skill or come from a particular background. So, please come to our HELPERS BOTTLE PARTY on Sunday 17 October 2004, 2.00pm to 8.00pm, Lola Jones Suite, Garratt Lane, Tooting, and learn more about the work of HAPC and how you can help – a little help gives a lot of hope. Thank you.
Tickets: £4.00 (including food, bring your own drink). Music by Say One Do One. Contact details: email: Tel: 020-8952 8899.

UK: Swindon: Vandals in wrecking spree
21 Sep. Evening Advertiser (Swindon). Vandals caused £15,000 damage to three of the five vehicles owned by Phoenix coaches. Manager Paul Radcliff believes there could have been a racial motive for the attack, as the buses targeted are used to take ethnic minorities to work. Earlier this year rocks were thrown at a coach carrying Goan workers from the Faccenda chicken factory in Sutton Benger near Chippenham. For full text, 424 words, click here.
See also: Faccenda factory is in hot seat over toilets. Click here.
Workers' anger at factory job losses. Click here.
For a background article on Swindon Goans click here.

Dr John Britto of Acron properties in Goa is visiting UK to participate in various Overseas Property Exhibitions:
LONDON: 24th -26th Sept., Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Stand E22
MANCHESTER: 1st - 3rd Oct, GMEX, Stand 100
SANDOWN: 8th -10th Oct, Sandown Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, Stand 78
For full details of these shows and to contact him for a free admission pass, go to or telephone 020-7706 8816.

19 Sep. Sunday Nation (Nairobi). The current edition Awaaz ( carries a number of stories about South Asians in East Africa. The cover story is that of Pranlal Sheth who was deported from Kenya in 1966, ostensibly for his close ties with Odinga [There is a photograph of him with Pio Gama Pinto]. Also featured is a profile and photograph of Fitz D’Souza.
( Other stories in the journal include a look back at Ugandan Asians forced out of the country by dictator Idi Amin.

Issue 2004-34 of this newsletter featured Edmund de Souza who, in an essay competition, took first place in his age group with an entry called The Field. Following interest in the short essay, he has been persuaded to make it available in a special supplement – see

Wed. 27 Oct. 7:30pm Song Recital in aid of Children in Need Institute UK ( Patricia Rozario OBE (Soprano) Mark Troop (Piano). Sir Mark Tully (Guest of Honour). St John’s Smith Square, London SW1. Details and online booking at


20 Sep. Calgary, Canada. ANDREW RIBEIRO (born 1918, ex-Nairobi). Father of Margaret, Winifred, Rozendo, Michelle and Andrea. Funeral at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 24th. [Andrew was the son of Dr Ribeiro after whom the school in Nairobi is named. He was the first Goan to compete in the East African Safari].

20 Sep. Brampton, Canada. JEROME UBALDO DE ROSARIO BRAGANCA. (Ex- Karachi & Mapusa) Husband of Ursula. Father of Frederick, Jerome Stephen (Leela), Anita, Peter (Corinne), Gerard, Ruth (Joel), Ellen (Stephen) and the late Michael. Funeral on Sat. Sep. 25th at 9 a.m. St. Jerome's Roman Catholic Church. Interment Meadowvale Cemetery.

19 Sep. Merces, Goa. LEO FERNANDES (born 1930, ex-Mombasa, Customs). Husband of Alzira. Father of Steve (USA), Perpetua/Santana Joao, Johnny/Violet, Effie/Maria. Brother of Bonnie/Neves, Joe/Florrie (UK), late Nasci/Concy (UK). Grandfather of Savio, Lester and Dorrell, Ryan and Bonjane, Sarah and

16 Sep. Verem, Goa. MARIQUINHA DE SOUZA (ex- Dar-es-Salaam and Zanzibar). Widow of late Cornel. Mother of late Agnelo Bruno, Sr Margaret (Irene), Alfred/Victoria, Victor/Julia, and Margaret. Grandmother of Cornel, Anjali & Vero.


1957 Railway Goan Institute Nairobi - Gold Cup Winners. Picture courtesy of Hilary Fernandes
Left to Right: Top Row: Adolf DeMello, Francis Gracias, Hilary Fernandes, Silu Fernandes & Henry Braganza
Middle Row: Philip Gracias, Reynolds De Souza, Alu Mendonca, the late Anthony D’ Souza and Oscar D’Souza
Sitting: Saude George and the late Angelo D’Souza


18 Sep. The Guardian. For travel between November-April, (0871 222 5970) has seven nights' B&B at the three-star Alor Holiday Resort in Calangute, Goa, from £459pp, including Gatwick flights

19 Sep. Sun-Times (Chicago). Stay multiple nights in Goa, save multiple dollars.

19 Sep. Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia). Yoga: The Purple Valley yoga centre in North Goa, close to Varkala Beach, offers a variety of courses from guest instructors year round. There are one-week or two-week packages including accommodation, or you can drop in as a non-resident. Prices range from $900 for a single person for one week sharing a room to $3335 for a couple for two weeks. See for details of the courses and about holidaying in India.

20 Sep. Sify. India and Britain have agreed to raise the number of direct flights between the two countries from 19 to 40 per week and also increase the number of destinations to be served. Third party airlines and charter operators are reportedly making a flying kill in the sector. While charter operators, particularly to Goa and Amritsar are making hay, airline companies like Gulf Airlines and CIS-based airlines are stepping up the gas.

22 Sep. Evening Times (Scotland). Glasgow Airport to operate direct flights to India. Glasgow Airport is poised to hold talks to develop both scheduled and charter flights to increasingly popular Indian holiday destinations such as Goa… Goa is being marketed as a relaxing destination away from lager lout problems that afflict some European resorts.
See also 23 Sep. The Scotsman.


Tesco Magazine Competition. Win one of two Family Holidays Down Under for two weeks. The holiday includes return flights from London to Brisbane for two adults and two children under 12, a hire car and hotel vouchers for 14 nights' accommodation. The trip must be taken by 30 June 2005 (excluding Christmas). Apply by e-mail to Closing Date: 31 October


10 Sep. The Herald. The Secretariat building will be converted into a museum.
18 Sept. Navhind Times. Suggestions invited for use of city Secretariat.

16 Sep. The Hindu. First public test of Sky Bus Metro Rail. 416 words.

17 Sep. Times of India. If you live in India and are pregnant, pack your bags and head abroad -- to the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. Such is the value of foreign citizenship that a whole lot of young parents-to-be are putting much thought and planning into making sure their child is born abroad. And therefore becomes a citizen of whichever country he or she is born in.

17 Sep. Navhind Times. The Goa Tourism Development Corporation has proposed to start a river ferry service between Panaji and Old Goa during the exposition of St Francis Xavier's relics for the period of 43 days from November 21 to January 2.

17 Sep. Business Standard. With Goa gearing up for the oncoming tourist season, along with the travel and hotel industry, the money changing market worth around Rs 1,500 crore is also gearing up for the busy season ahead. Among the new entrants in the field in the state are Travelex, Travelmate-a subsidiary of Kuoni, Bank of Punjab and WallStreet Interchange. 401 words click here.

Mumbai. The Bandra Fair.
17 Sep. Mid-Day. Julianne's Sausage Pao is a hit at the Fair.

17 Sep. Mid-Day. Goan dos is a favourite at the Fair.

18 Sep. Mid-Day [Mumbai]. The Romance of Goa. Film-maker Pimmi Pande married musician Steve Jones in Clapham, South London on 11 Sept. Steve, who first met Pimmi many years ago, followed her to India and was so moved by the romance of Goa that he “got down on his knees and proposed to Pimmi near the toilet door of the second class compartment of the train.”

20 Sep. Hindustan Times. My wedding by Pooja Bhatt, actress. “I got married in Goa. On a protected beach full of Olive Ridley turtles. I wore a white linen skirt and kurta by Wendell Rodricks, kajal in my eyes and my only ornament was a frangipani flower behind my ear. The guest list consisted of 20 people who are extremely close to us. And the wedding was performed according to Hindu rites. Not because we are religious but because it was the easiest and fastest way to get the formality of 'marriage' out of the way. We had the most delicious Goan spread - sorpotel, vindaloo and the rest - and crate loads of champagne and we danced long into the night under the stars on the isolated beach. There were no formalities, no tears, no limp naans and butter chicken.”

20 Sep. The Navhind Times. Thousands of one-and-half-day old Ganesh idols were taken in ceremonious procession for immersion at various immersion points across the state, marking the end of the first phase of Ganesh celebrations.

19 Sep. The Navhind Times. The week-long coastal clean up drive concluded yesterday with the cleaning of the Baina beach. 2100 kg of debris was collected comprising of hospital wastages, plastics, fishing nets, plastic bags was collected from the beach.

21 Sep. Project Monitor. Goa Budget. Plan expenditure to rise 30%

23 Sep. The Hindu. Governor urges people to turn Goa into a ‘paradise on earth’ The Goa Governor, S.C. Jamir, has stressed the need for "high levels of commitment" among the people of Goa to transform the State into a "paradise on earth" not only for the tourists but also for themselves. He also said that he was yet to assess whether the bureaucracy in the State was responding to the people's requirements.

23 Sep. MidDay (Mumbai). Want to learn from Beckham's coach? The Indian Youth Soccer Academy has organised a football camp for children between eight and 18 years of age in Goa. The six-day camp will be held from November 5-11 and coaches from the Bobby Charlton Soccer School, Manchester (BCSS), will train the participants. on the lines of the academy.


15 Sep. UK: Parliament: House of Lords: The House met at half-past two of the clock. Frances Gertrude Claire D'Souza, CMG, having been created Baroness D'Souza, of Wychwood in the County of Oxfordshire, for life — was, in her robes, introduced between the Lord Dholakia and the Baroness Whitaker, and made the solemn affirmation. [Baroness D’Souza is the wife of Stanley D’Souza. For details see issue 2004-28]

15 Sept. The Edmonton Journal (Canada). Forthcoming: Oct. 16: Master chef and Culinary Olympics gold medallist Simon Smotkowicz joins with the Portuguese consul Aurelio Fernandes and the Portuguese Wine Club "Body and Soul" at the club's annual dinner. Typical Portuguese cuisine with wines to match at the Shaw Conference Centre's Riverview Room. Walter Yakimets from the Edmonton Tasters' Guild will present the wines. Cheese and port to follow. Tickets $75. Call 476 9099. [For a profile & photo of Aurelio Fernandes see issue 2004-19]

17 Sep. The Times (UK). Goa: villas and plots for sale in a new development with all the facilities of a health club. For text of The Times at

Getting hungry in Hungary
17 Sep. Mail & Guardian (South Africa). Goa is an upmarket bar-restaurant on Budapest opened by US chef James McClure and serving a mix of Hungarian, Cajun and Asian foods. Before eating, prepare your taste buds with a Goa martini, a zesty mix of vodka, pineapple and fresh ginger. Andrassy ut, District VI. Tel: (+36) 1 302 2570.

17 Sep. Radio Netherlands. Ode to Josephine: memories of a parallel mother. Dheera Sujan talks about Josephine Fernandez, her Goan ayah. Excerpts: During those early years of our lives my sister and I loved Josephine as completely as we loved our mother… Josie would feed us her fiery coconut fish curries. Over the years, I've been haunted by the memories of the smell and taste of these Goan curries, but despite trawling through cookbooks and internet recipes I've never managed to replicate the taste.
Listen to the full documentary, as featured on Radio Netherlands. (29.30)

18 Sept. This is the North East. TV review: Get A New Life (BBC2 ). By Viv Hardwick. My wife and I have become hooked on the Get A New Life (BBC2 Mon-Thurs) series. You can't help noticing that the more successful of the escapees from our shores are childfree couples with enough spare cash to survive the red-tape roastings should you be stupid enough to want to buy a legitimate scooter in Goa. And none of them learn the lingo. "I don't wish to appear rude," said my fellow sunseeker, in an unexpectedly restrained moment, "but a lot of them come across as big, fat, bad-tempered Brits."

18 Sep. The Guardian. Book Review: MG Vassanji's The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, a story about revolution and corruption in the making of Kenya. 436pp, Canongate, £14.99. The novel is an account not only of Kenya's colonial past, but also its post-colonial and neo-colonial present; it is about the three races whose intersection in that place and at that time shaped the present reality. Excerpts: Indians are almost as racist as the whites - and lazy… Vikram's father, Ashok, is one of those peculiar products of the colonial period - loyal to the Queen, a member of the Asian Home Guard troops used by the British to suppress the Africans. Vikram's mother, Sheila, is a racist Punjabi housewife who just can't understand why her only daughter would fall in love with Njoroge, "that Kikuyu".,6121,1306827,00.html
[M.G. Vassanji was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1950, raised in Tanzania and now lives in Canada. An earlier Vassanji's novel, The Book of Secrets (1994) was set in Dar es Salaam and in London is about a Goan schoolteacher named Pius Fernandes. In Uhuru Street (1991) we meet Alzira, a young Goan dressmaker, who gaily entertains her employers with local gossip. For the Vassanji website check the link below.]

19 Sep. Times of India. India’s Ministry for Overseas Indian Affairs' plan to appoint welfare officers overseas to check antecedents of prospective grooms and brides.,curpg-2.cms

20 Sep. BBC News. Allan John Waters, 56, from Hampstead, north London, was charged in connection with offences at the Anchorage Shelter orphanage in Bombay. Another Briton, Duncan Grant, who set up the orphanage for male street children in 1995, was recently arrested in Tanzania but he has since been released on bail. The orphanage was managed by William D'Souza, who was arrested on similar charges, which he also denies.

20 Sep. Nine to Five. UK: Marks & Spencer: Goan Chicken. New dishes to be cooked from the raw … ingredients come in see-through packages … Goan chicken is ready-rubbed with a coconut-based paste and infused with curry leaves and green chillies for a delicious, fragrant, delicately-spiced dish, £4.99 for 2 servings.

22 Sep. Contra Costa Times (California). Ed Blonz On Nutrition. I am often asked what precisely I eat, but I usually refrain from reporting on my own habits. But I'll open the door this one time for a peek…For dinner I had a meal made fresh at home: Indian saag paneer (spinach with cheese) and Goa fish curry made with halibut. Ed Blonz is a nutrition scientist and the author of "Power Nutrition."

23 Sep. Leicester Mercury. Keith Vaz meets Indian PM. Mr Vaz said he had discussed a range of issues with Manmohan Singh. Mr Vaz added he was pressing for direct flights between India and Birmingham. Click here.

GoaNow. Sept. 2004. Some Highlights
• EdWords: Rising Criminality in Goa
• Profile: Goan Film-Maker T-Bush
• Looking Back: Beautiful Panjim - 65 years ago
• Village: Aldona and its Heritage
For a complete list of Contents and full text click on the link below


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 26 Sep. Feast of St Jacinto. St Michael’s Hall, 37 Bounds Green Road, London N22 8HE. Mass at 1.30 followed by social gathering with Nite Life in attendance. Tickets – Adults: £8; 12-16: £4; 3-11: £2. For tickets contact Regina 020 8808 7091; Felicity 020 8245 4897; Agnelo 020 8577 8528.

Sun. 26 Sep. 4.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Sun. 17 Oct. 2pm to 8pm. Help A Poor Child (HAPC) Helpers Bottle Party. Lola Jones Suite, Garratt Lane, Tooting. Tickets: £4.00 (including food). Music by Say One Do One. Contact details: email: Tel: 020-8952 8899.

Sun. 24 Oct. Colva Union. 31st Anniversary Feast of Infant Jesus, Bishop Thomas Grant School, Beltrees Grove, Streatham, London SW16. Mass at 12.30 p.m. Music by ‘Say One Do One’ Tickets includes meal: Adults £10; Children £3 (up to 12 years). For tickets contact Bento Fernandes 020 8672 0283; Ames Fernandes 020 8672 4753; Arlene Fernandes 020 8930 7679 or email

Sun. 24 Oct. 2.30pm Croydon/Thornton Heath Novena Mass for the Beatification of Ven. Fr. Agnelo De Souza at St Mary's Catholic Church, Wellesley Road, West Croydon. For details please contact Felix Tel: 020 8686 1876, Anthony Tel: 020 8689 6447 and Simon Tel; 020 8240 0148.

Sat. 30 Oct. G.O.A. Trip to Belgium and France. £25 each. Bruges for sightseeing and lunch then Calais for shopping. Further details from Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322

Sun 31 Oct. G.O.A. Snooker Singles Knockout Tournament. 9.30 am – 5.00 pm Venue: The Royal Surrey Snooker Club, 1/9 Abbotsbury Road, Morden, Surrey (Opposite Woolworths). Entries by email to Felix Pereira, by 10th Oct.

Sun. 31 Oct. The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

Sun. 31 Oct. The Uganda Reunion is celebrating its 31st Anniversary. Social from 1pm till 7pm. Music provided by Maz &Co. Location: Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PU Ticket Prices -Adults: £15, Children Under 13 : £5 (All Prices Include A Meal and Snacks) Please Contact Christine De Souza 020 8310 2332 For Tickets. All Welcome.

Sun.7 Nov. G.O.A. MASS FOR DECEASED at the ATC Hall, South Wimbledon followed by a 3-COURSE MEAL. Contacts: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 Nina Pinto 020 - 8767 0663 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322.


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