Newsletter. Issue 2005-14. Apr 04, 2005
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From Eddie Fernandes: I will be on holiday from 5-12 April inc. During the period please send any urgent announcements to Mrs Bernie Gracias, tel. 020 8723 1322 and she will have them displayed on the website – The next issue of the weekly newsletter will appear on 14th Apr.


UK: Philomena Mendonca: MBE
22 Mar: Royal Photograph shows Mrs Philomena Mendonca MBE receiving her award from HM The Queen in the Ballroom of Buckingham Palace.

Philomena Mendonca (61) was expelled from Uganda in 1972 and chose to settle in Peterborough. She has been working as a teacher at Sacred Heart Primary School since 1974. Check out the Philomena Mendonca Supplement at

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New music: Newly released compact discs: Diane Nalini
31 Mar: Montreal Gazette. Diane Nalini: Tales ... My Mama Told Me. Earthglow Records. Excerpts: Diane Nalini has the voice, the phrasing, confidence, clarity and control to make a tune her own and turn it into a nuanced thing of beauty…Rhodes scholar Nalini continues to grow as a true artist of the idiom.
Diane Nalini performs Friday and Saturday night at Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill, 1254 Mackay St. Call (514) 931-6808.
Diane Nalini is an Oxford University research physicist by day and a professional singer by night. She has a Belgian father and a Goan mama. Check out her bio and more at For free MP3 downloads from the CD and to find out what her Mama did tell her, visit

Instant messaging brings its benefits to the enterprise.
31 Mar: Computing (UK). Chris Green talks to Francis deSouza, chief executive of instant messaging specialist IMlogic, about the business potential of the application once thought of as a consumer-only product. 1067 words. For a profile of Francis deSouza select the link below.

Kenya: Maasai Mara Resort Gutted By Dawn Fire
31 Mar. The Nation. A section of Keekorok Lodge in the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve has been gutted by fire. An official, Ms Sheryl De Souza said a makeshift kitchen had been put up to offer the remaining tourists breakfast and lunch. The group currently runs the Keekorok resort. "The lodge was damaged by a fire early this morning and has closed temporarily until the management assesses the extent of the damage and makes the necessary repairs," Ms De Souza said in a statement. She said the fire started in the kitchen in the early hours of dawn, and spread to the dining room, bar, lounge and reception, all within the block.

April 1 Special: ZEDO Launches Interplanetary Ad Delivery
1 Apr. Yahoo News. Excerpts: ZEDO, Inc., the Intergalactic leader in ad serving, today pioneered space-age ad delivery by launching the first ad in space. Roy de Souza, CEO of ZEDO, Inc., noted "Having excelled in worldwide ad delivery, it was ZEDO's mission to take ad serving to the next level by delivering ads in orbit and we are really delighted to offer this service to our customers. We are expecting a fantastic response to this and are all geared for an astronomical rise in our ad serving numbers." You are requested to direct all queries relating to ZEDO's interplanetary ad serving to

Mombasa: Kenya Airways Helps Little Sisters of the Poor
1 Apr. Coastweek. Kenya Airways Sales Executive Loraine Abreu-Mascarenhas (left) present the airline's sponsorship of Mombasa-Johannesburg ticket during Little Sisters of the poor (Tudor) Nyumba ya Wazee open day to the home Mother Superior Sr. Philomena Rilley.
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UK: Spice things up at home
2 Apr. The Scotsman. If you've ever wanted to experience a really exotic feast in the comfort of your home, complete with the scents and spices of Goa, then personal chef Bosco from Peebles is your man. Bosco will come to your house where he will cook and serve Goan dishes at your table. He even does the washing up afterwards. Bosco is currently offering 20 per cent off to customers until the end of May. AromatiCuisine (01721 720615/ 07981 179196)
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Bosco Santimano, traces his Goan roots to the village of Sarzora. He also offers cookery classes. For more photos, his bio and more see:

Net closing on British fugitive
3 April 2005. Sunday Times (Perth). British police are hunting fugitive Philip Johnson who was charged with grievous bodily harm after Paul De Souza, 28, was bashed in Australia. But Johnson's mother, Judith, said: "Philip is now working abroad and has a fiancee. Philip has a new life now and all of this doesn't bear thinking about."

Sydney Goans Newsletter
The March 2005 newsletter of the Sydney based Goan Overseas Association New South Wales is at Check out their home page for updates.


3 Apr: Parra, Goa. LUCY PEREIRA. (Ex-Mombasa/Nairobi). Wife of late Victor Mariano Pereira. Daughter of late Nicholas/Late Liberata Mattos. Sister of late Mary/late Apollo Santamaria, Ernest/Philomena Mattos & Leonila/Gaspar Viegas.

2 Apr. Cancun, Mexico. EDINHA FERNANDES (Ex Zanzibar). Mother of Nora/John (U.K), Zeno/Estrella(Cancun Mexico), Manu(Doug)/Pricilla(U.K). Grandmother of Alwyn, Tania, Rui and Roscoe. Sister of Helen Vaz (Goa). Sister-in-law of Julie D'Costa (U.K) & Theresa D'Costa(Dar) Condolences to or Nora Fernandes at

2 Apr. Bicholim, Goa. SISTER AMELIA FERNANDES (59 years a nun - FMM throughout India). Beloved daughter of the Late Felix Manuel Fernandes and the Late Aurora Da Silva (of Colva, Goa). Sister of Jose/Joanita. Aunt of Carlos, Melissa, Tony, Gabi, Tino, Saadia, Ronnie, Deborah, Dorothy, Edward, (of Ilford, UK and Cologne, Germany). The funeral will be held on the 3rd of April 2005 at 4:30p.m in Bicholim, Goa. Condolences to

01 Apr. Barkingside, Ilford, Essex U.K. MATHIAS J.J SOARES (ex Nairobi South C). Husband of Sophia. Father of Mena/Oliver (Malindi), Edmund/Sonia (Toronto) and Cyril/Assumption (U.K) and Grandfather of six children.
The Funeral service will be held on Monday 11th April 10:30am at St Augustine\'s Church, Cranbrook Road, Barkingside, Essex and thereafter burial at Barkingside Cemetery. Condolences to

30 Mar: Macasana: JOSEFINA GONSALVES. Wife of late Antonio Joao. Mother of Joanita/Joseph (UAE), Valentina/Valerian (UK), Maria/Manu (UK), Deodita and Alifa.

30 Mar: Toronto, Canada. RICHARD ALMEIDA. (ex-Agip SPA Dar-es-Salaam). Husband of Agnes. Father of Walter, Willy and Wendy. Father–in-law of Lazarine and Albert. Grandfather of Rachel-Anne, Kristina and Shaun. Funeral at the St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, 2300 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga, Ontario, at 10:30 a.m., and thereafter for interment at the Assumption Cemetery, 6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga. Condolence messages to or


Goa: Mining has killed Goa’s golden goose. By Dr. Joe D’Souza
1 Apr. Herald

Rumi, with a view
1 Apr: The Dhaka Courier (Bangladesh). By Khushwant Singh. …take the case of Goa where there were no elections but a change of government from that of the BJP to the Congress. The speaker (BJP) ejected a member of the assembly from the House to raise the majority of the party he supported. Governor S.C. Jamir (Congress nominee) overruled him and enabled the Congress to form the government. Whether or not the speaker or the governor acted constitutionally becomes of academic interest when it comes to gauging the wishes of the people of Goa. As a sizeable proportion of Goanese are Catholic Christians, they don't subscribe to the BJP's political or social ideology as spelt out by leaders who swear by Hindutva. And yet they lend support to it.

Goa: Congress Crumbling
1 Apr. Herald.

Despite SC order, Swiss ‘paedophile’ couple flees India
2 Apr. Indian Express. In a shocking violation of a Supreme Court order, the Swiss couple Wilhelm (62) and Lile Marti (60)—found guilty of paedophilia in March 2003 - have fled India. Last April the couple were granted bail on the condition that their passports remain in court custody and they stay in the country.

Indo-Portuguese Literature
2 Apr. Fabula, France. Everton Machado presents a synopsis of his forthcoming lecture on the influence of Hindu culture upon Goan literature in Portuguese. The lecture is to be delivered on April 27, 2005 at 18 hrs. at the Fundação Oriente, Panjim, Goa. Machado was born in Brazil- in 1975 and did his PhD in Comparative Literature at the Paris-Sorbonne.

EC to go ahead with bypolls in Goa
3 Apr: Deccan Herald. The Election Commission (EC) is likely to go ahead with the bypolls to five Assembly constituencies in Goa and hold bye-elections to ten other Assembly seats in some states, including Tamil Nadu.

Paedophile Freddy Peats is dead
3 Apr. Herald. Freddy Peats (81), the first to serve life sentence for paedophilia in the country, died at the Goa Medical College (GMC) Hospital at Bambolim on Saturday. Peats had been admitted at GMC for multiple sickness and old age on Friday morning. Authorities are now trying to establish contact with the next of kin.

Goa mourns Pope's demise
3 Apr: The Hindu. Bells started tolling in scores of churches in Goa today with the faithful congregating for prayers to mourn the demise of Pope John Paul II last night.

Pope John Paul II's special connection with India
4 Apr. Hindustan Times.,0008.htm

Gloomy Goa still remembers '86 visit
4 Apr: Times Of India. Catholics in Goa woke up to a gloomy Sunday, the first after Easter, and headed for the morning mass at the 150-odd churches and chapels across this coastal state to pray for Pope John Paul II.

Recent Items of Interest on Goanet by Cornel DaCosta

V.M. de Malar in his piece 'ATough Man's Passing' first tells us about the late Francis Newton Souza and his painting called 'Death of the Pope'. It his claimed by Souza's contemporaries "as one of the most disturbing, brilliant and influential paintings of our time." Unfortunately, it is also claimed that Goa has no museum in Goa for the peerless work of Souza. The piece then goes on to extol the virtues of the late Pope John Paul 11, and who might replace him .

Gabriel de Figuerado and Philip Thomas critique the architectural merit of the Madgaon station in Goa for Skybus as well as its technology.

A very large number of the late Pope's sayings are provided by Carlos. There is so much to ponder over the great variety/range of these sayings. Please do not miss them.

Ferdinand Barros makes a passionate plea for greater unity within the Goan tiatrist fraternity which is to be found in Goa and in the Goan Diaspora.

Bosco made a strong plea to Goanetters to keep to the fine line between Freedom of Speech and Abuse. Clearly, from time to time when discussion gets heated, such a reminder becomes necessary.

In his Trivia News Service, Cecil Pinto explores the strengths and weaknesses of the QUERTY and DVORAK keyboards for typing purposes.

Ben Antao in his article Politics: What should the people do? provides a well argued case on how to tackle corruption in India/Goa. More than anything else, he offers hope to those who see the situation as really hopeless.

Gabe Menezes draws our attention to a long article by Ian Simpson which informs us about the difficulties being experienced in the production, distribution and sale of that lovely Portuguese drink affectionately called Port or Port Wine. It has always been one of my favourite tipples.

Daad Mohamed is determined to get himself in the Guinness Book of Records. How? By fathering 100 children. At the last count he had hit 68 from 11 wives! Is there anyone who knows of a higher number? By way of a personal comment, Daad seems to be making up for those developed countries which have incredibly low birth rates. The latest report from Japan indicates that it has one of the lowest rates of 1.29 births per woman there. Thus from a peak of 128 million next year, the population will decline to 100 million by 2050. The reason for this is that they just don't have the equivalent of Daad to make children and the demographers are pained about how the dire situation can be rectified when sex has become unappetising to males. Studs are what they badly need surely!


Canadian Radio Station Rapped for Racist Insults
30 Mar. Metro Toronto. A Canadian radio station was formally reprimanded on Wednesday after one of its presenters insulted immigrants to Canada and then said the Sikhs of northern India were "a gang of bozos"…CKAC-FM presenter Pierre Mailloux told listeners that immigrants who came to Canada should abandon their habits and traditions. "You cultural communities come from a wacko country. You live a wacko culture. Don't bring it with you. That's the message to convey," he said.

Support for elephants
30 Mar. The Citizen (Gloucester). Mandy Walden, 45, of Brockworth, has begun a campaign to protect the working elephants of India. Mrs Walden is supporting a mobile clinic scheme in Goa that aims to treat the elephants for the various illnesses and injuries they encounter.

Do you need tutorial? Dial India
31 Mar: Times of India. An Indian's initiative for an online tutorial program will help US students in grades three to 12.

Baby Spices things up in Bollywood
31 Mar. Hello Magazine. Emma Bunton has shown off an exotic new side to her character by making her debut in a Bollywood movie. The former Spice Girl has filmed a cameo appearance in the flick Pal Tham Gaya. And the 28-year-old looks all set to become a Bollywood queen, because producers have now offered her the chance to take a starring role in another production. For full text click here.
From Sunday People (UK) June 27, 1999. Meet the new man in Emma Bunton’s life - trendy clothes designer Warren Noronha. Emma Bunton was introduced to her latest catch by Posh Spice [now Victoria Beckham] a long-time fashion fan of 24-year-old Warren. He and Emma, 23, have enjoyed a string of dates. Emma has confided to friends she finds Warren, "extremely cute" and hopes their romance will progress. For more, click here.

Richard Branson in India-wide flights bid
31 Mar: BBC. Virgin Atlantic boss Sir Richard Branson has announced he is keen to enter India's domestic aviation sector. His airline began a thrice-weekly direct service between London and Mumbai on Thursday. Virgin Airlines already has a daily flight between London and Delhi. Branson said he was hopeful the Mumbai-London sector would also become a daily flight. During his two-day stay in the city he will be meeting the dabbawallas, who carry lunch boxes to office-goers.
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A new breed of missionary. By Scott Baldauf
1 Apr: Christian Science Monitor. A drive for conversions, not development, is stirring violent animosity in India.

UK: Indians have fewer sexual partners: Ethnic Survey
1 Apr. Hindustan Times. Indians and Pakistanis have an average of one sexual partner… white women have an average of five sexual partners… Black Caribbean men have an average of 50 per cent more lovers than white males…The average male age for loss of virginity is 20 for Indians and Pakistanis, 15 for black Caribbeans and 17 for whites and black Africans… Among women it is 22 for Indians and Pakistanis, 17 for whites and black Caribbeans, 18 for black Africans. The study is published in The Lancet, Volume 365, Number 9466. 02 April 2005.,00430005.htm

US visa: Fill it, forget it
1 Apr. Times of India. If you are planning to apply for a non-immigrant US visa, don't expect an interview before June. The unprecedented demand for visas (up by 20 per cent this year) has created a 75-day waiting period, consulate general Angus T Simmons said on Friday.

Christians Attacked in Passion of the Christ Showing in India
2 Apr. Christian Today (UK). A large group of Muslim (sic) fundamentalists have attacked and assaulted Christians who were watching a screening in the Passion of the Christ. in southwest India. It was reported that 25 militants from the RSS – a parliamentary (sic) wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – burst into the showing of the Mel Gibson film and started beating the audience. [Ed’s note: the attack was launched by the RSS – the paramilitary wing of BJP Party]

Feasting on facts and feni
3 Apr. The Hindu. Book review: Inside Goa. By Manohar Malgonkar, drawings by Mario de Miranda, Architecture Anonymous, p.199, 2004, paperback, Rs. 695. Excerpts: `Malgonkar and Miranda establish an essential truth. That Goa is more than a geographical entity; it is a quintessential state of mind.' You can take the Goan out of Goa, but it is impossible to take Goa out of the Goan. The cover blurb of this revised edition of the book, originally published in 1982 by the Government of Goa, Daman and Diu, assures us of that….For, their heady offering of far-out facts and illustrations seems to be spiked with feni. Enough to make most readers wish that this multi-layered, bebinca-like volume would spark fare as dramatically evocative of other Indian locations, too. 685 words.

UK: Football: Defenders put their faith in power of prayer
4 Apr: The Times (UK) reports that UK First Division football stars Linvoy Primus, of Portsmouth, and Darren Moore, of West Bromwich Albion are committed Christians and the founders of a charity called Faith and Football, which aims to raise funds for underprivileged children. They will be leading a group of fundraisers on a sponsored walk of the Great Wall of China, hoping to generate fund for various charities including a medical centre on the outskirts of Goa.
Linvoy Primus, (Portsmouth and Darren Moore, (West Bromwich visited Goa last year as part of their charitable work. See GVUK issue 2004-12

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa


Fri. 8 Apr: Channel UK Food: 11.00pm (30 mins) The Naked Chef : Curry Fest
Jamie Oliver cooks up an Indian extravaganza for his mates after his wife Jules goes away for the weekend. With recipes for chicken and fish with a home-made curry sauce, lemon pickle and coriander dip, lemon rice, and pineapple with mint sugar.

Sat. 9 Apr: BBC 2: 2:30am (30 mins) Images over India
India is one of the world's biggest satellite markets, but what do the people watch?

Tues.12/4: Channel UKTV Documentary: 7.30pm(30mins): The Tale of the Peacock and the Tiger
A story of intertwined lives in India.

Wed.13 Apr: Channel Ftn: 11.30pm(30 mins) Travel Sick: India
Grub Smith presents some of the strangest, wildest and most exhilarating travelling experiences from around the globe. This week he visits India.

Thurs.14 Apr: Channel Living: 7.30pm(30 mins) Trolley Dollies
Docusoap following the exploits of the cabin crew on board Excel Airlines. Michael heads for Goa for a much-needed break, but an unfortunate incident on the way reminds him how unglamorous his job really is.

Thurs.14 Apr: Channel UK Style:8.00pm(60 mins) Get a New Life
Series offering advice on how to set up a new life abroad, with professional relocates Scott Huggins and Melissa Porter. Jo and Trevor Whyley want to swap Birmingham for the more tropical climes of Goa in India. Builder Trevor is dreaming of retirement but office manager Jo wants to set up a guesthouse. However, can she cut through Indian bureaucracy? They have a month to decide whether to make the move permanent. Repeat - originally broadcast Aug. 2004.


Sun.10/4: BBC Radio 4: 9.30pm(30mins) Analysis
Empire Strikes Back. Zareer Masani asks whether it's possible to free the concept of empire from its unequal past and reinvent it as a benevolent, pluralistic and cosmopolitan form of government.

Mon 11/4 to Fri 15/4: BBC Radio 4: 3.45(45mins) The Energy Gap
How Big is the Gap: The global demand for energy is growing but the gap between consumption in the West and that in much of the rest of the world is stark. Presenter Dan Damon challenges Sally and Paul Price and their two teenage daughters to live on the same amount of energy used by the Trikhas, a typical Indian family who live near Delhi.

Fri.15/4: BBC Radio 4: 2.15pm(45mins) Afternoon Play: Asha's World
In this comedy Asha's mother rings up from India to tell her she's arranged a date for her with a gorgeous Indian doctor. She refuses to go. I instead, her best friend, Veronique pretending to be Asha, goes in her place, setting in train a twisting romantic tale of mistaken identities. (By Bettina Gracias)


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 17 Apr. YLGS El Shaddai Fundraising Dance. at Bishop Thomas Grant School. Starts with Holy Mass at 12.00 followed by Dancing & Slave/Talent Auction. Music provided by Breakthru, Maz & Co and Guava Groove! Food & Drink will be on Sale. Special Guest Speaker, Keith Vaz MP. Contact Alison Braganza at or on 07799 586793. For Tickets, Info & updates check the flyer at

Sun. 24 Apr. 5.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Sun 1 May. Saligao Association Feast of Mae De Deus at Bishop Thomas Grant School.

Sun 1 May. Cortalim St Philip & James Feast & May Queen. 12.30 Mass followed by Social. Irish Centre, Pretoria Road off White Hart Lane. London N17. Contact: Maria Dourado-Alfonso 020 - 8803 5146

Sun 1 May. 12.30pm-5pm. The Goan Musical Society, supported by GOA UK, presents a Jam Session. Enjoy the fabulous sounds of talented musicians plus special guests, Lavine DaCosta (violin) and Ian Rebello (sax). We particularly welcome participation from young students with their musical instruments. ATC Hall, Merton Road, South Wimbledon. Call 020 8337 8022 (Anita) for more details.

Sun 8 May. Rocky’s Trook Tournament at Jessie Duffet Hall (Formerly Wyndham Hall), Wyndham Road, London SE5. Please contact Rocky on 020 7274 3585

Sun. 8 May 12:15pm - 8pm. Assolna, Velim & Cuncolim Union (AVC) Annual Feast at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham. Dancing to Mariano & his band + Disco & great Goan cuisine + excellent raffle prizes. Contact Uniece Barros 020 8672 0807, Alba Fernandes 020 8656 3305 or Colin Almeida 020 8687 1470

Sun. 15 May. Margao Union UK celebrates the Feast of the Holy Spirit at St. Edmund’s Church Hall, Croyland Road, Edmonton, N9. Mass at 12.30pm followed by a get-together. Music by Nitelife. Limited tickets. First come first served. Contact: Bella - 020 8372 1253, Rosalind – 020 8767 8652, Lucas – 020 8967 7471, Xavy – 020 803 5146. Tickets £ 10 (including snacks and buffet).

Sun 22 May 2.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy 20th Annual Festival of our Patron Saints - Multicultural Mass followed by Multicultural Social at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon SW19 4LU

Sun 22 May. TIATR – Goan Cultural Society proudly presents, Larryboy’s “UTT BOS”, at St. John’s Hall, Bourne Hill, Palmers Green, London N13 at 3.00 p.m sharp. For details and tickets contact: Bella – 020 8372 1253, Rosy 020 8352 9450, Camilo 0208 801 3637 or see

Sun. 29 May. 5.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Sun. 29 May. G.O.A. May Ball/Anniversary Ball including the Crowning of the May King and Queen. Say One Do One in attendance. Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457, Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322.

Sun 29 May 1.00pm - 8.30pm 5th. Bakuli Reunion (Uganda) at Archibishop Lanfranc School Croydon. Music by Mustang. Disco by "DJO" Adult £12.00: child (2 - 12)£ 6.00 (includes meal). Tickets and further information: Tony Lobo 0208 542 0528, Reg Da Cunha 0207 732 2659, e-mail Ms Theo Pinto 0208 302 5385.

Mon. 30 May. TIATR – Goan Cultural Society proudly presents, Larryboy’s “UTT BOS”, at Archbishop LanFranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon at 3.00 p. m sharp. For details and tickets contact: Bella – 020 8372 1253, Rosy 020 8352 9450, Camilo 0208 801 3637 or see

Sat. 4 Jun. Mid Summer Nights Dream - dancing to the sounds of Maz & Co at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 3AS commencing at 6.30 p.m. This is a charity function and all proceeds will be donated to the Pilar Priests and the HIV Orphanage in Goa. Contact: Juliette or Jason 020 - 8765 0258 / 07958 537314.

Sun. 19 Jun. Siolim Feast. For further details Contact: Edwin Athayde - 020 8679 5514

Sun. 26 Jun. G.O.A. Family Day/Junior Football Tournament - Teams from Village Organisations welcome. Contact: Lazarus Rato 020 – 8767 0342 Vince Fernandes 020 - 8764 8780/020 – 8251 2737

Sun. 26 Jun. Benaulim Feast details to follow shortly

Sun. 26 Jun. 5.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex


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