Newsletter. Issue 2005-31. Aug. 18, 2005
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The Nairobi Pintos: Micato declared 'best tour firm' by Travel Magazine

8 Aug: East African Standard. Micato Safaris, has won the Travel + Leisure Magazine's world best tour operator and safari outfitter award. 437 words. For text click here.
For a listing of the competition click here.
Micato Safaris in Nairobi is run by Felix Pinto & Jane Pinto while their son, Dennis Pinto runs the office in New York and Daughter in Anna Pinto in Los Angeles. For brief bios of the family see :
For the Micato home page see:
For an article about it all, click here.

Vancouver: Prof. Mario Pinto: Universities form a vital part of the knowledge economy:
16 Aug: Vancouver Sun. Excerpt: Mario Pinto, vice-president of research at Simon Fraser University, emphasises the economic impact of universities… Pinto says, for example, that the university's Centre for Research in Immigration studies issues of multiculturalism, and turns out graduates who are sensitive to the needs of a diverse society, which is critical for B.C.'s increasingly multi-racial makeup. For full text, 1,996 words and another photograph, click here.
Prof. Pinto is also Professor of Chemistry at SF Univ. and traces his Goan roots to Porvorim. His great grandfather was J.B. Pinto, an apothecary and originator of a drug company who went back and forth to Sri Lanka with most of his children. Two of J.B.'s brothers, Julius Caesar Pinto and Ignatius Pinto were well-known priests. Professor Pinto's father, Frank, emigrated to Canada with his family. Prof Mario Pinto received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. He made his first visit to Goa two years ago to trace his roots and had no difficulty in doing so. He is currently setting up research collaborations with Institutes in India. For a brief profile of him see:

Soccer: Megan Dourado to represent Canada
Megan Dourado has been selected to play soccer for Canada at the World University Games being held in Izmir, Turkey Aug 10 to Aug 21.She is in her final year at the University of Calgary (Sociology). Her parents are Cleto ( & Margaret (nee Ribeiro, ex-Nairobi), who now reside in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. For a profile and another photo of Megan, see the link below.

Soccer: Norway: Thomas Pereira
NRK. Thomas Pereira.
Thomas Pereira plays for FC VIKING and also for the Norway’s International team. He is the son of Kirstin and Austin Pereira ( ex Masaka, Uganda), a keen footballer himself in the early 70’s. Thomas is married to Hanne and they have three sons. For his profile see:

Soccer: Mariano Barreto to coach Saudi Arabia's Al-Nasr Riyadh
10 Aug: AFP. Mariano Barreto has agreed to coach Saudi Arabia's Al-Nasr Riyadh for one year. Barreto, who abruptly quit Portuguese side Maritimo in March after less than a year at the helm, said the Saudi side had wanted him to sign for two years but he refused. Barreto led Ghana to the 2004 Olympic football tournament and has also been on the coaching staff of Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon, German side Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow.
Mariano Barreto was born in Ribandar, Goa, in 1957.

Hand-to-mouth existence makes every day a challenge
10 Aug: The Sentinel (Stoke, UK). Mining engineer Kevin D'Souza was reduced to tears when he came face to face with the hand-to-mouth existence of some of Africa's poorest mining communities. Mr D'Souza, who is a principal mining consultant at Wardell Armstrong, has spent 10 years on the African continent working with the likes of the World Bank and the British Government to improve conditions. For full text, 700 words, click here.
Kevin, is the son of John and Angela (born in Kisumu, nee Martyres) ex-Nairobi and now in Stanmore, Middx., UK. For a GVUK profile of him see:

Stay in for school on a Friday night
12 Aug: The Guardian. … Bromwell High, which starts next Friday on Channel 4, is a programme about an underfunded, overcrowded, graffiti-scarred comprehensive school in south London and the sex lives, drug habits and struggles with attention deficit disorder of three pupils … The principal writers are Richard Pinto and Richard Osman, both of whom used to live in south London but have now moved to St Albans. Bromwell High starts on Channel 4 at 11.20pm on Friday August 19.
[Richard Pinto has also scripted Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars at No 42, etc.],,1548055,00.html

Churchill Pereira: Proud of top donkey
12 Aug: Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia). Premier Morris Iemma couldn't stand his teacher Churchill Pereira, who called him a "donkey" and told him he'd amount to nothing. Mr Pereira died in 2002 and his daughters, Samantha and Amanda said, "To us he was our loving albeit strict father and it is great to hear his students copped it as well!" For full text click here.

Samantha & Amanda Pereira: Lesson in discipline
13 Aug: Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia). Churchill Pereira was the grumpy teacher who suspended a cheeky future premier, but he was also the loving -- and strict -- father who brought up two girls, Samantha and Amanda when their mother died at a young age … Churchill Pereira -- who died in 2002 aged 58 -- migrated from India in the early 1970s, married the girls' mother Ruth in 1976 and taught physics and maths at Narwee Boys High among other schools.
"Dad was very formal and students delighted in bringing down that exterior," Samantha, now a lawyer, said. Amanda, a nursing student, said, "He thought Australia was full of opportunity and used to get frustrated with students who had talent but didn't try hard to reach their potential. For text click here.
For the Churchill Pereira family tree see:

Godiva's spinoff begin shooting
13 Aug: Vancouver Sun. CHUM's restaurant romp, Godiva's (season two) and began production here this week. Stephen Lobo and Erin Karpluk head a lively ensemble cast in Godiva's, a slightly naughty show set in a chic restaurant in Vancouver's trendy Yaletown … Stephen Lobo plays Ramir, the egocentric, sexually promiscuous chef.
For photos and a GVUK profile of Stephen Lobo, see:

Dr Joseph Britto: Isabel Bioterrorism Module
16 Aug: PR Newswire. "Bioterrorism is a very real threat, and many ED providers lack the necessary clinical training and experience needed to quickly diagnose and manage patients that present with these conditions," said Joseph Britto, M.D., co-founder and CEO of Isabel Healthcare, Inc. For more information about Isabel Healthcare visit For photographs and a GVUK profile of Dr Britto see:
For the text of the PR Newswire click here.

UK: Swindon: Promoting harmony
16 Aug: Swindon Advertiser. Sixteen organisations in Swindon are to come together to discuss ways of promoting harmony between religious and ethnic groups in the town … Groups will include … the Swindon Goan Association, the Russian Connection, the Caribbean Forum and Swindon Turkish Association … The meeting will be held on September 15 at 6pm at the Civic Offices in Euclid Street. Members of the public are invited to attend.

Keith Vaz reveals race-hate fears
17 Aug: Warning of a backlash against minority communities following the London terror attacks, former minister Keith Vaz has said he regularly receives hate mail … Revealing that he has received scores of racially motivated "hate mail", Vaz says that the drive for multiculturalism should continue despite growing fears about Muslim extremism. For photograph and full text click here.

Wendell Rodricks: Dressing up Mallika!
18 Aug: Indian Express. Mallika Sherawat’s pictures of her cleavage-popping, butt-peeping chunni-less ghagra, courtesy Anita Dongre, are still doing the rounds, Sherawat’s ready for a new designer. This time it’s Goan wizard Wendell Rodricks who’ll be making clothes for Sherawat’s appearances at the prestigious Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival. ‘‘I met her on a flight from Paris, and she convinced me to make some clothes for her,’’ says Rodricks… Meanwhile, Rodricks is also excited about another red carpet outfit he’s made

for Lisa Ray.‘‘It’s an all-white ensemble for the premiere of her film with Deepa Mehta, Water, which is opening the Toronto Film Festival,’’ he says.
For the Mallika Sherawat site see: For the Wendell Rodricks site see:

GVUK: Weekly Newsletter: Subscribers only from 1 Sept.
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Donations received
£25: Fatima Fernandes; Indira Fernandes (Sydney); Jerry Lobo (Toronto); Joe deSilva; Mervyn Maciel; Nelson Monteiro; Reg Da Cunha. £30: Andrew Norman; Luis Gracias; Paul Nunes; T.A. Soares. £40: Brian V. D’Sa. £50: Alcino Rodrigues (Toronto); Bernie & Flavio Gracias.


14 Aug: Vancouver. THELMA FERNANDES (nee Gomes, ex Nairobi & Uganda). Wife of Maurice and Mother of Renee and Gina. Daughter of Grace late Sebastian Gomes and daughter-in-law of Arlinda and late George Fernandes, formerly of Uganda. Sister of Ida (Armando) of Toronto, Youlanda (Walter) of Santa Rosa, CA, Fermina (Trevor) of Toronto, Amelia (Kelvin) of England. Sister-in-law of Terry (Dolly) from Edmonton, Brian from Edmonton, Christopher (Anne) from Hamilton. Aunt of Brandon, Desiree, Ashlynn, Natasha, Channing, Dario, Amber, Gaelen, Matthew, Michelle and Kara.
The funeral service will be held at Sacred Heart Parish on Friday, August 19th 2005. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the BC Cancer Foundation at 1-888-906-2873 or online at Condolences to

10 Aug. Toronto. JOHN REMEDIOS. (Aged 84, ex-Mombasa). Husband of the late Margarida (Maggie). Loving father of Aurora (Joe), Joey (Lucia), Felix (Yvonne), Tony (Ranji), Xavier (Lynn), Rita (Harry), Tim (Rhonda), Laura (Tony), Lorraine (John) and the late Matthew and his wife Rita. Fondly remembered grandfather of his 16 grandchildren. Funeral Mass at 10a.m. on Sat. 13 Aug. at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, 5650 Mavis Road at 10a.m. Interment Assumption Cemetery. For full details including visitation arrangements and condolence messages click here.


Kingfisher unveils Goa-Mumbai flight
12 Aug: Navhind Times. Vijay Mallya of Kingfisher Airlines inaugurated the Mumbai service and revealed plans to have 26 flights daily on the route by 15 August. “I have my family deity in Goa, so I have special attachment to Goa” he said adding that Goa is the fun capital of the country and attracts many tourists and revellers who come to enjoy. 594 words.

Warn travellers about rabies risk
12 Aug. GP (General Practitioner). Patients planning to visit countries where rabies is endemic should be reminded to seek immediate medical attention if bitten or scratched by a warm-blooded animal. The reminder has been issued by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) following the recent death of a British woman who contracted rabies through a dog bite while on holiday in Goa, India … anyone who is bitten or scratched by an animal should wash the wound thoroughly, and seek immediate medical attention, even if they have been vaccinated. For detailed advice check the link below.

Kingfisher Delhi-Goa flights at Rs. 4,699
13 Aug: Indian Express.

A vacation on the high seas
14 Aug: Financial Express. Cruise along the Arabian Sea to Goa and Lakshadweep. 709 words.

Arnold D'Souza and Imre Gomes: 18-35 India Coach tours.
15 Aug. e-Travel Blackboard. Spice Trails, run by Arnold D'Souza and Imre Gomes, is offering a new product – coach tours of India for 18-35 year olds. Spice Trails will target the English-speaking 18-35 youth market from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Canada, the US, etc. If interest was sufficient, other, separate trips could be arranged for groups outside the age limits. Coach tours have so far steered clear of India, deterred largely by rough roads.
“Roads have improved,” Gomes declared. On their 14-day tours, Spice Bus passengers will visit the Taj Mahal, Pushkar, historic Goa and Kerala. Imre Gomes and Arnold D'Souza have between them more than 50 years of experience in sending Australians on holidays to the Indian subcontinent. 655 words.
Arnold, was born in Burma and moved back to Goa as a infant. Imre was born in Mumbai. They have an office in Goa "GCR International Travel & Tours". The website is at:


Call girl system in lieu of Baina
13 Aug: The red-light area of Baina is no more, the cubicles of the commercial sex workers have been demolished but the call girl system is on the rise in the port town of Vasco. And what is really striking is, it is being carried out without the fear of cops.

Panaji lifts 250 tonne garbage
14 Aug: Navhind Times. The Corporation of the City of Panaji lifted 250 metric tonne of garbage strewn around the city and gathered 50 metric tonne of public waste through door-to-door collection, and began back-filling of government land near the EDC ground, behind city Kadamba bus stand, under police protection.

Sports in Goa: introspection needed
14 Aug: Navhind Times. Sports in Goa has seen a gradual decline. Once a superpower in football, the state now finds it difficult to get past states like Gujarat and Bihar.

50 years ago
15 Aug. News24, South Africa. 15 Aug. 1955 - Indian independence day is marked with an invasion of Portuguese Goa where 5 000 Indians, advocates of passive resistance, walk into the fire of Portuguese police. Thirteen Indians are killed and 100 injured. [Pathe newsreel videoclip; Portuguese soldiers opening fire on the unarmed Indian people. Satygrahis crawling forward on the ground, but the volley of fire from the Portuguese soldiers prevent them from obtaining any further progress. Portuguese soldier firing from hut. To see the videoclip go to: enter Goa in “Search the Pathe Database” box and follow the links.
For the Movietone News videoclip [registration required but it is free] click here.

Business Line: Goa Special Issue.
15 Aug: Business Line. Some of the articles: Goa: A factfile. Carl Zeiss comes to Goa with hi-tech lenses. Food processing park on cards. Agencies aiding industrial growth. Charting the seas with aplomb. Mormugao Port — Gearing up to meet the challenges. `An ideal destination for SEZ'. Looking for a big leap in tourism. Goa Shipyard: Testing the global waters. Marching ahead. Check out the “Other States” section of the link below.

India's Best & Worst States
15 Aug: India Today. Excerpt. Ten years ago, an average person in Goa, India's richest state, earned six times more than an average Bihari. Now he earns 7.7 times more.

Spirits, revenue set to see a big lift in Goa
15 Aug. Indian Express. To lift the spirits of tourists to Goa, the government has lowered tax on liquor. And roadside kiosks will soon be allowed to sell beer and wine … Goa already has over 3,500 distilleries, over 5,000 bars and around 2,000 wholesale liquor shops for a population of 1.2 million.

Konkani movie ‘Padri’ to hit the screens in September
15 Aug. Bellevision. After a long gap of nine years, a Konkani movie ‘Padri’ (Priest), based on a Goan play by the same title, is all set to hit the screens next month. The last Konkani film ‘Bogsane’ was released in 1995.

Beating Heart bypass surgery performed for the first time in Goa
18 Aug: Navhind Times. For the first time in Goa, doctors from the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the Apollo Victor Hospital successfully operated a patient with carotid angioplasty and beating heart bypass surgery, with five grafts.

Willy has fall, sustains fracture in left shoulder
18 Aug: Navhind Times. The Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Wilfred de Souza sustained a minor fracture to his left shoulder when he had a fall while entering the state legislative assembly.


A discussion on Traditional Goan Mandos/Dulpods with double meanings started off the week. Began with the lyrics of "CECILIA MHOJEM NAVUM....." Different variations of the same Mando were presented with explanations of the same.

There were comments made about the noted short supply of Civic and Political Activism amongst our community especially in the Diaspora as we appear more inclined to communicate and network with each other at social events.

With the floods in Mumbai/Goa came the next casualty - the Konkan Railway. Several updates on the status of train schedules and disruption of service.

The Thomas Stephens Konkani Kendra (TSKK) is spearheading a campaign for Romi script Konkani. It is felt the Devnagari script of Konkani having spent the past 13 years as the official script of the Konkani language has hurt the popularity of Romi script Konkani. There were a few complaints about the Catholic Church's silence on this issue of Romi script Konkani. TSKK has announced a petition and are requesting all Goans and lovers of Konkani to support the development of Romi script Konkani through this petition.

More details can be found at the Goanet archives at Or to subscribe to Goanet, send an email to


I love it here in India but the curries are better in Oldham!
11 Aug: Oldham Advertiser. Andy Copeland who quit town to work at an Indian call centre says he can’t find a decent curry anywhere! For full text click here.

Canadian attitudes harden on immigration
12 Aug: Globe and Mail, Canada. In a country that prides itself on embracing multiculturalism, a new poll finds a large number of Canadians say immigrants from Europe are far more likely to make a positive contribution to Canada than those from Asia, India or the Caribbean. One leading race-relations organization said the findings show that Canada has a particular problem with anti-black racism, while others say they're largely a reflection of the increasing difficulties immigrants face. For full text click here.

Blonde bombshell Caprice, 31, hits Goa.
14 Aug: The Sunday Mirror (UK). Caprice plans to lose weight – by eating curry … Caprice has just arrived in Goa … she has a cunning plan as to how she’s going to lose weight … She says, ‘I know I’ll be eating curry for the next four days so that’s OK, it makes me go number twos – it gets rid of everything. Perfect.’ … In the evening we go out to eat in a local curry house. The backpacker clientele look startled to see Caprice wander in, clad in a teeny pink miniskirt and huge wedges. 1347 words. [For the Caprice website see]

Are you experienced?
14 Aug. The Sunday Times (UK). Are you in your twenties, footloose, fancy-free and reluctant to commit to either a career or love? Then congratulations, you are part of a new demographic defined as the yeppies (young experimenting perfection-seekers) … It's important to hold out for perfection rather than live with a rumbling sense of selling yourself short. It's better to be high in Goa, if the alternative is grinding down in a factory somewhere.

Paradise can be found if you want to be alone
15 Aug: Western Mail (Wales). The number of people choosing to take a holiday on their own has increased … However, women holidaying on their own are seen either as sex-mad middle-aged harlots picking up toyboys in Goa or cardigan-wearing Anita Brookner heroines learning how to paint watercolours in Tuscany…For full text click here.

Mumbai's dance bars shut down
16 Aug: Straits Times (Malaysia). Excerpt: Already you can see the result of this action. Mumbai bar girls have been picked up for prostitution in places like Goa and Bangalore over the past couple of weeks. Last Wednesday, police in the coastal resort state of Goa held 17 people, seven of them young women who were till a few months ago employed in Mumbai dance bars. The Goa police action came after local residents in Parra, north Goa, stormed into a police station complaining that their neighbourhood was overrun by prostitutes.

Book Review: Guardian of the Dawn. By Richard Zimler.
16 Aug: Los Angeles Times. Richard Zimler's "Guardian of the Dawn" is a tale of the Inquisition in India, of the cruelties and fanaticism of the Portuguese invaders who settled in the city of Goa and surrounding territory in the 16th century. Along with their laws and religion, the Portuguese imported their famed interrogation methods to subdue the native peoples as well as any Jews, lapsed converts or troublemakers who fell under their jurisdiction. The church sowed fear and reaped confessions, submission and the property of the condemned. 757 words.For full text click here.

Australia seeks skilled migrants
16 Aug: BBC. Australia is looking for 20,000 skilled immigrants to fill vacancies in what has been described as its biggest recruitment drive since the 1960s. Exhibitions in Europe and India will be set up to promote the scheme.

Holiday Inn Goa
16 Aug. Variety (USA). Screenwriter George Wing is co-producing and co-writing with John Jeffcoat the indie pic "Holiday Inn Goa," which starts production this fall. Wing's manager Rick Berg helped put the project together.

Poet makes music debut
17 Aug: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain). Bahrain-based Goan writer and poet Pio Fernandes will officially release his debut music album tomorrow at the Konkan Singers Club, Manama. Tum Ostore (You Woman) features 12 original songs by Pio and sung by a number of seasoned Indian artists from Goa and Bahrain. For more details, contact Pio on 39824570. For full text click here.

UK: Asian men targeted in stop and search
17 Aug: The Guardian. People of Asian appearance were five times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people, according to the latest figures compiled by British Transport police.,11374,1550472,00.html

17 Aug: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). Excerpt: “beef vindaloo - inspired by Portuguese cuisine, a remarkable dish considering the quality of the toilets in most of Goa "

Aussie to face sex charges in Goa
18 Aug. The Australian. After more than a decade on the run, Wulf Ingo Werner was handed into police custody in New Dehli earlier this month without fanfare. The 54-year-old allegedly procured boys from an orphanage in the seaside city of Goa, run by notorious pedophile Freddy Peats, during three trips in 1987, 1988 and 1989.,10117,16296268-2,00.html

Is multiculturalism on deathbed?
18 Aug: Toronto Star. The Multiculturalism Act aims to integrate newcomers into the mainstream through ethnocultural identity, not offer unqualified preservation of those identities, by Daniel Munro. For full text click here.

Tory call for integration rethink
18 Aug. Daily Mail. Tory leader Michael Howard has called for a greater effort to promote a sense of "British identity" among immigrant communities. For text click here.

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa

Sat. 20/8: Channel: Hallmark: 7am (120mins) Film: Nairobi Affair (1984)
Charlton Heston stars as a tough safari guide in this stunning adventure-drama, filmed entirely on location against the backdrop of the wilds of Kenya. Rick Cahill (John Savage) and his father Lee have always been at each other's throats - and it doesn't help that Lee is dating Rick's old girlfriend. But when both are forced to work together against a dangerous gang of poachers, both men realise they have much more in common than they could have ever imagined.

Sat. 20/8: UKTV Food: 10.30am (30mins) The Best
Simply... three better-than-average chefs offer tips for cooking with the same ingredient or theme. This show focuses on salads and pork dishes, featuring recipes for crunchy tomato panzanella, pork chop in a bag, pasta butterbean salad, Chinese-style crispy pork, fig and feta salad, and pork vindaloo. That last one definitely not a traditional Indian meal, but doesn't it sound interesting?

Sun. 21/8: BBC 1: 10.20pm (60mins) Panorama Special (Programme postponed from last week)
In this special report of the London bombings of 7/7, reporter John Ware asks the leaders of Britain’s Muslim communities what makes young men commit such appalling atrocities and how they plan to tackle the growth of extremism in their midst.

Mon. 22/8: Channel 4: 8.00pm (60mins) God’s Rottweiller
Many Catholics were worried when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was chosen as the new Pope, as he had a reputation as a right wing traditionalist. This biography unravels the changing history of a man once hailed as a radical reformer, but now reviled in some circles as an obstacle to the modernisation of the Church.

Wed. 24/8: Channel 4: 1.05pm (105mins) Film: Born Free (1966)
Tender wild life adventure based on a true story. George Adamson, a game warden in Kenya brings home three lion cubs whose mother he has shot. His wife Joy Adamson sets about rearing them, growing particularly close to the smallest cub, Elsa. The sequel follows.

Wed. 24/8: Channel 4: 2.45(105mins) Film: Living Free (1972)
After the death of Elsa the lioness, George and Joy Adamson fight to ensure that her three cubs continue to live in the wild. Stunning scenery in the wilds of Kenya.

Wed. 24/8: Community Channel: 6.30pm (25mins) Paradise Blues
Documentary. A volunteer begins working in Zanzibar's only psychiatric hospital. Struggling with the unfamiliar language and culture, can she make a difference? For more info on volunteering - call 08708 505500.

Thurs. 25/8: BBC 1: 9.00pm (60mins) Kidney Transplant
When Rajesh Patel’s’ kidneys failed four years ago, his wife gave him the possibility of a new lease of life by offering one of her healthy kidneys. Robert Winston chronicles the couple’s moving story. Also includes footage of the medical team carrying out the “living donor” transplant.

Fri. 26/8: Channel 4: 9.30pm (30mins) Meet the Magoons
2/6. Seven for Eight or Eight for Seven. A mix up over bookings causes chaos at the restaurant, made worse by the fact that the new tables haven’t arrived.

Sat. 27/8: Travel Channel Plus: 8:30pm. (30 mins). 1 Yatra - Indian Travels: Agra, Kerala, Goa and Melas Leisure Zone explores Goa, famous for its wonderful beaches and Portuguese-inspired culture.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon.

Sun. 21 Aug. G.O.A. Six-A-Side Football Tournament from 9.30am at Coldharbour Leisure Centre, Chapel Farm Road, New Eltham, London SE9 3LX. £44 per team. Draw will take place on 15th August 2005. Contact: Val Nunes 01322 445743; Darren Fernandes 07956 117703.

Sun. 28 Aug. 5.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

Sun. 28 Aug. G. O.A. SPORTS DAY at Archbishop Lanfranc School. Contact: Peter Rodrigues 020 - 8399 4883. For stall applications: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457

Sat. 10 Sep. G.O.A. EXCURSION TO BRUGES. Sightseeing and shopping trip to this lovely Belgian town. Planned pick-up points – Greenford, Tooting Broadway and Norbury. Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457, Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322

Sun. 18 Sep. G.O.A. Trook Tournament at the ATC Hall, South Wimbledon. Contacts: Jacinto Fernandes 020 - 8542 5427. Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663, Lazarus Rato 020 – 8767 0342.

Sun. 25 Sep. 5.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Sat 1 Oct. HELP A POOR CHILD. 25th Anniversary Gala Ball - Harrow Leisure Centre, 7.00p.m. to 3.00a.m. Music by Mustang, Dark Star, Say One Do One and other entertaining artists. Visit the HAPC web site for more details.


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