Newsletter. Issue 2005-46. Dec. 01, 2005
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Union of Navelim, UK
From Percy Ferrao: The feast of Our Lady of Rosary was celebrated in a special way by the Union of Navelim at the Wandsworth Town Hall, London, on Nov. 20. More than 650 guests from all over the UK attended the festival, with the attendance said to be one of the largest Goan get-togethers for a village feast.
In her statement, outgoing secretary, Sandra B Fernandes-Allen, said to have reached this milestone of celebrating the 25th year silver jubilee celebration was a major achievement. Delivering an inspiring homily, Fr Oliver Antao, the main celebrant of the solemn mass along with Fr Jose Costa, parish priest of Navelim, explained the importance of meditating on the Holy Rosary and the inner conversion of oneself. Deputy Chief Minister Dr Wilfred de Souza, who was in London for the World Trade Mart, said he was astonished to see the spirit of unity among the Goan people present at the function. At the beauty contest, Simon Pires was selected the King, while Charmaine Fernandes was selected the Queen from among 25 contestants. Simon Pires, who is in the IT sector, traces his roots to Navelim, while Charmaine, student and part-time PA, traces her roots to Benaulim. At the general body meeting, the office bearers elected were Selwyn Ferrao (president), Daniella Fernandes (secretary), Leonard Mergulhao (treasurer) and Michelle Staussi (social secretary).

Union of Navelim , Sydney, Australia.
From Mona Dias: Excerpt: The Feast of Our Lady of Rosary was celebrated by the Union of Navelim and their guests at the St. Margaret Mary Church hall in Sydney on 20 Nov 05. After the beautiful prayer service which included the recitation of the Rosary, the guests of about 250 were entertained by the Band, Night Shift. For the full description of the event and enlarged photo click here.

How does Madonna do it?
21 Nov: Daily Mail (London). She's in better shape now than she was 20 years ago. Excerpt: Before lunch, she'll head off for her regular Pilates session at the North London studio of James D'Silva, where she may be joined by Stella McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow. Pilates is a physical and mental discipline, involving stretches and breathing that focus on strengthening the abdominal core.
For the photograph and profile of James D'Silva click here.

Agnelo Fernandes: Floored by Wallpaper.
24 Nov: Dominion Post (New Zealand). Agnelo Fernandes succumbed to the charms of wallpaper when he first saw it in England as a young man ... He was all set to become an accountant when he took a part-time job at English wallpaper manufacturer Cole and Son to help finance his studies. He was 18 and had left his family behind in Kenya, where wallpaper was hardly the decorating choice of the average family. He had never seen it before, never even heard of it. It was by chance that he went to work as a clerk in Cole and Son 30 years ago "and I couldn't believe what I saw, this marvellous showroom with wallpaper, a fantastic product, unbelievable". That shock of the new still galvanises him and he has been Cole and Son's export manager for 29 years. His recent visit to Wellington was to Limited Editions, which sells the product. 557 words.
Agnelo was born in Eldoret, Kenya. He is single and lives in Kenton, Harrow, Middx .

Canada: Darryl Da Costa off the hook on hockey tickets complaint
25 Nov: Edmonton Sun. The Edmonton Police Commission has thrown out a complaint against the acting police chief for accepting hockey tickets from a company bidding to keep a photo radar contract. 594 words. Click here.For a profile of Darryl Da Costa click here.

Heart check resulted in Dominic Correia's death. By Charlie Stong
26 Nov. Epping Forest Gurdian. Dominic Correia died after a routine check for people with suspected heart problems went catastrophically wrong ... Mr Correia, of Love Lane, Woodford Green, underwent heart bypass surgery in 1993 and also had four grafts inserted to help the blood flow to the heart ...his son Kennedy told the inquest his father had been "in the best health for three years" ...That was until a visit to his native Goa shortly before his death.
While in Goa Mr Correia suffered left ventricle failure the failure of the heart to pump blood properly ... His family were told at this stage that there was a 50 per cent risk of death and, if Mr Correia survived, a further 50 per cent chance of him being mentally disabled. However, they agreed that surgery should go ahead.
Dominic Correia, (ex-Mombasa, Nairobi & Aldona, Porvorim) died on 29 Apr 2005. Husband of Brenda Correia. Father of Kennedy and Sandra/Derek Lobo. Grandfather of Craig, Christopher & Chevonne. Brother of Anthony and Cursin Correia (Nairobi). Click here.

Expat Goan Returning Home Finds Enterprise Here Isn't A Gift.
28 Nov: GoaNet. By Frederick Noronha. "I love my Goa," says 65-year-old Manuel Caldeira, as he enters into his home's gate, in the quaintly-named Novo Portugal (literally, New Portugal) locality of Moira. Caldeira spent a large part of his life away from home -- in Portugal, Germany, Greece, Algeria and Canada. But, despite the longing to return, today he has one word of advice for anyone wanting to exercise their enterprise here: don't. Click here.


26 Nov: Machakos, Kenya. FR. TONY PINTO. (ex City Council Nairobi and ex-manager of the Kenyan Football Team) Passed away in his Parish Church at Nzaikoni, Machakos Diocese. Fr Tony joined the Salesians a couple of years after his wife passed away, and became a priest just six years ago, all of which he served as Assistant Parish Priest at Nzaikoni. He was put in-charge of this parish this year in July.
Prior to doing his priestly studies he was very instrumental in the construction of the beautiful Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, at Upper Hill Nairobi. May his Soul Rest in Peace!! Condolences to

26 Nov: Toronto. JOHANNES LIN LIU.(born 1959, ex-Zanzibar & Tanga). Husband of Juliet. Father of Andy and Brandon (Canada). Brother of Ven Heang, Robert(UK) and Benkeen(Canada). Son-in-law of Maria D'souza(Canada). In-laws: Jacinto(Canada), Jordan (Tanzania), Janet, Jennifer (Holland), Ophelia(Canada), Iris, Peter, Baris(Tanzania).Nieces and nephews: Elsa, Pierre, Jo-ann, Roque, Malaika, Shari, Alexis, Joshua, Almenz, Osnz and Ulric. Johannes who we commonly knew as Lin was born in Zanzibar in 1959. His parents moved to Tanga in 1959. He moved to Canada with his young family in August of 1988. Condolences to

23 Nov: Siridao, Goa. JOAQUIM DE SOUSA (ex-Sarpanch, Siridao). Husband of Maria Francisca Gracias. Father of John, Lucy/Vittorino (England), Lourdin.

22 Nov: Bexleyheath, Kent, England. CHERYL BRAGANZA. Daughter of Oscar and Gemma Braganza (ex Mombasa, Kenya) and sister to Carl. Cheryl passed away peacefully in the presence of her close family. Funeral service was on Wed. 30 Nov. Condolences to 0208 301 4566. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oscar Braganza, on behalf of a charity in Goa, in accordance with Cheryl's wishes.


IDEA Cellular Chooses Nokia Intelligent Content Delivery
28 Nov: PR Newswire. IDEA Cellular, a leading mobile operator in India, and Nokia (NYSE: NOK), the world leader in mobile communications, have launched Nokia's Intelligent Content Delivery System (ICD) solution on all IDEA's mobile networks across India. The Nokia ICD solution enhances IDEA's mobile packet core network capabilities and enables it to connect both prepaid and post-paid subscribers to data services and charge them according to the value of traffic and content. IDEA Cellular has operations in ... Goa ... Click here.

Wireless Computing For Visitors To Goa
From Eddie Fernandes. I am currently using the IDEA service in Goa to download email and browse the web. Access is via bluetooth mobile phone and laptop. Speed is up to 105 K but the service is free to Idea sim card holders. There are a number of other options for wireless computing offered by Sify, Tata, Airtel, Reliance etc. at incredibly low rates. If you are visiting Goa and need internet services, take your laptop. The Film Festival Media Centre at the Kala Academy has true broadband with LAN connection for laptops and claimed speeds of up to 2 Mbs. It is my preferred option and it is free to Press delegates!

Gatwick - Goa: 2 weeks. £99 Return
Various Departures 1-5 Dec, Just The Flight. Click here.
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Gentle Folk in land where the good life comes cheap.
26 Nov. The Mirror (UK). Feature article. Excerpts: Goan food is based around the humble coconut ... Local spices such as cumin, coriander and turmeric are also widely used. Fresh fish, including kingfish, pomfret and prawns, make delicious curries ...Goa is one place where it's not worth booking an all-inclusive holiday. Frankly it's hard to spend your money here ... 1129 words. Click here.

More than the beach: top winter sun ideas
27 Nov: The Sunday Times (UK) Want to escape the winter chill, but find the beach a bore? David Wickers has the answer: hot locations with a little added excitement.+ SOIREES in Goa: It’s more than a decade since Goa established itself as Ibiza’s winter equivalent, with its own style of trance-based beach parties. The local authorities and environmentalists may have put a stop to some of its more extreme excesses (no bad thing), but the scene is by no means dead. Anjuna and Vagator still host all-nighters, and there is no end of underground events. To this, of course, you can add Goa’s other attractions — the Portuguese colonial culture, the markets, the food and the people. And there is peace and quiet if you want it: simply head south to the coconut groves of Palolem or the fort at Cabo da Rama, or north to Morjim, Aswem and Mandrem. Click here.

Pauline Frommer, editor of Frommer's, has picked her top 10 destinations for 2006
27 Nov: Deseret Morning News (USA). Excerpt: Goa, India: This city was once an Asian hub of the hippie movement. Now it's becoming a destination for mainstream tourists. Its nightlife is one of "reckless abandonment." Must-do: Check out Anjuna's Wednesday market.

Indecency guide for tourists to India
28 Nov: BBC. Excerpt: Do not hug or kiss in public - even when meeting at stations and airports - and do not smoke or consume alcohol publicly either. Click here.

Goa is India's sexiest holiday destination
29 Nov: Apun Ka Choice (USA). Living up to its 'happening place' reputation, Goa emerged as India's sexiest holiday destination in the Durex global sex survey ... Click here.

Getting from Goa to Gatwick
29 Nov: 29 Nov: Lonely Planet. Subject: I am interested in buying a cheap return flight from Gatwick to Goa, ditching the return part of the ticket and buying a return flight to Gatwick 3 or 4 weeks (or perhaps longer) down the line. Can anyone suguest a travel agent in Goa or the UK that might help me trade in my return ticket, else sell me a cheap one.
For a discussion on the subject click here.

Taxi operators' attacks have hit tourist flow: TTAG
30 Nov: The Navhind Times. The recent attacks on foreign tourists by taxi operators from South Goa and the failure of the authorities to resolve dispute between the taxi operators and the tour operators in the state have hit the tourism industry with hotels reporting 40 per cent fall in bookings for the rooms for the first three weeks of December. Click here.


Carnival on the roads in Goa, as international film festival begins
25 Nov: The Hindu. Goa is the name and address of the festival. Carnival on the roads. Planes painting graffiti in the skies. Festivity and excitement in the air. Smoke on the water. And stars from different corners of the earth. The International Film Festival of India opened to a full house here on Thursday. As the chief guest, actor and filmmaker Dev Anand said: "The lamp has been lit to add light to your already lit hearts." Click here.

Middlesex proposal for cricket academy in Goa
26 Nov: Navhind Times. The Middlesex (England) county club is exploring the possibility of setting up a professional cricket academy in Goa within the next two years. "We have been thinking of coming up with a cricket academy in Goa so that our teams can come here from October to March," stated Mr Phil Knappett, coach of Middlesex. Click here.

RSS threat to Goa culture festival
26 Nov: Deccan Herald. By Devika Sequeira. A quiet Latin quarter of Panjim that carries a distinct Iberian stamp to it has become the target of right-wing fanaticism of the RSS brand. Tying up with a motley group of freedom fighters under the Desh Premi Nagrik Samiti (DPNS), RSS members have threatened to shut down a popular art and culture festival scheduled to open on Saturday, because the saffron group believes it “encourages and promotes Portuguese culture”. Click here.

Nightout with Pooja Bhatt
28 Nov: Indian Express. The Goa connection began when she sipped her first feni at four. Now Pooja Bhatt’s next film is set in the beach state ... Pooja says Holiday, a love story set in Goa and starring Dino Morea and debutante Onjolee Nair, is her tribute to India’s favourite party destination. ‘‘Every time I go to Goa, I come back feeling brand new,’’ she says. Goa holds many memories for Pooja. This was where the four-year-old Pooja had her first sip of feni (‘‘My throat was on fire for the next three days’’). From her rebellious trance phase to her barefoot beach wedding (‘‘I wore a linen Wendell skirt and a kurti and came to terms that there won’t be any jewelled bikinis for me’’), Pooja has nurtured her connection with the beach state. Click here.

A taste of culinary history
28 Nov: Dail News & Analysis. The Taj Exotica, Goa, has named a restaurant after Miguel Arcanjo Mascarenhas or Masci as he was affectionately known. Odette Mascarenhas recreates her father-in-law, Miguel Arcanjo Mascarenhas through newspaper reports, personal accounts and letters and scribbles of recipes and notes left behind by the master chef. “He was the first Indian chef to have achieved such a status with no education whatsoever,” she explains. He arrived at Mumbai in search of a life beyond the ordinary in Goa, where hard labour earned a meagre salary under Portuguese rule and was taken in as a kitchen boy by a wandering clerk from the Taj Mahal Hotel. Click here.

Goa will not ape the West: Rane
28 Nov: The Peninsula (Qatar). Goa is Goa, and it will not try to ape the West while holding the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), says Chief Minister Pratap Singh Rane."Not Cannes. Not Venice. Goa will be Goa, and IFFI in Goa will be held the Goa way," Rane told reporters. He said his government had already identified a 35-acre plot to set up an international convention centre at Dona-Paula, close to Panaji. "It will have a 4,000-capacity auditorium and would be completed in two years," he said. Click here.

Heritage Festival`s 3rd edition takes off in Panaji
30 Nov: Business Standard. The third Heritage Festival started on Saturday with great fanfare in Panaji’s Latin quarters, Fontainhas. Click here.

St Francis Xavier's 500th birth anniversary to focus on family
1 Dec: Navhind Times. : The strengthening of the family to build a new society, is the theme of this year's feast of St Francis Xavier to be celebrated at Old Goa on December 3. According to the detailed programme, the theme for the feast is 'Families, enlightened and strengthened by the Eucharist, sent to build a new society'. Incidentally, this year happens to be the 500th birth anniversary of St Francis Xavier. Click here.


Although St. Francis Xavier is generally considered to be the patron saint of Goa, there are those who believe that the true patron saint of Goa should indeed be St. Catherine of Alexandria. Goan Voice (UK) readers could find out more about this controversy and engage in the discussion themselves.
Some GV(UK) readers may have aspirations not only to retire in Goa but to engage in business as entrepreneurs. Often, there is a strong feeling that skills acquired in the Goan Diaspora can be put to good use and to help generate employment in Goa. Manuel Caldeira had exactly such aspirations on his return to Goa to produce export quality ceramics. Do find out how he coped.
Further news about the on-going International Film Festival, India (IFFI) is most absorbing. Is Goa the next Cannes for films as some claim? Or is it true that the IFFI in Goa is unique and that Goa "will not ape the West"?
Find out why Remo Fernandes, Goa's musician of international repute feels strongly that Goa can become a model state in India and what is impeding such a possibility.
"War of the Konknis" is an article by Jason Keith Fernandes. Jason focuses on the political choice of script for the Goan mother tongue. Clearly, he has undertaken research in considerable depth on this topic.
Finally, how much do GV(UK) readers know about the blockbuster, "The Da Vinci Code" which is widely available in bookshops and other outlets for a very reasonable price? A film about the novel is to be released soon. The book has caused much controversy in the Catholic world and there has been pressure to have it banned by at least one Goan Cardinal. Do have your say on this matter on Goanet.
More details can be found at the Goanet archives at Or to subscribe to Goanet, send an email to


Bruno turns on Christmas lights
24 Nov: Leicester Mercury. Former boxer Frank Bruno will switch on the lights on a school Christmas tree tomorrow. Mr Bruno will join Leicester East MP Keith Vaz at Green Lane Primary, in Spinney Hill Road, Leicester at 3.30pm. The tree will commemorate Mr Vaz's mother, Merlyn, who died in 2003. Mr Bruno and Mr Vaz will also give 20 Christmas hampers to pensioners.Mr Vaz said: "Frank is an excellent choice. Mum really loved his sense of humour."

Keith Vaz: An action-packed lunch
24 Nov: The Independent (UK). An unlikely double-act was spotted dining together in the Houses of Parliament yesterday. Keith Vaz, the magisterial Leicester MP, took a working lunch with the Hollywood action hero, Jackie Chan. Apparently, Chan had arrived in the UK a day early on a visit to pick up a 'diversity' award from the Next Step Foundation, of which Vaz is president. The two men are now best of friends. 'We couldn't believe our eyes,' reports one rival MP. 'Everyone knows Vaz has friends in high places, but this takes the digestive. I'm very jealous. He was surrounded by autograph-hunting MPs.' Says Vaz's office: 'Keith was giving Jackie a bit of a treat before tomorrow's awards. They went on a tour of Parliament, and it caused a bit of mayhem.'
24 Nov:The Evening Standard (London). Cherie Blair let slip that her husband was an admirer of Jackie Chan movies when she met the Chinese actor last night ...Both she and Chan were given heavy rose garlands by nine year old Luke and Anjali, seven, children of Labour MP Keith Vaz.

Property: Splendour in secret
25 Nov: The Times (UK) ... The property expert Nigel Leck, of the BBC One programme Uncharted Territory, says: “While it is quite difficult for foreigners to buy property in India, thousands of overseas investors do buy property there each year ... “Because there are so many different laws, it is important to view each property as an individual situation. The main advice for potential purchasers would be to do their research in the UK and find an up-to-date, top-notch legal company that has offices in India ... Four-bed villas, from £49,800 in Goa, via Keith Morling Property Management, 020-8541 1030, Click here.

British dentist eases pain of India's dancing bears
25 Nov. The Daily Telegraph (UK). Paul Cassar, a dentist from East Sussex, faced a daunting task when a seven-year-old Indian sloth bear named Jo had a serious case of toothache. Jo, rescued from Goa last year by a Sussex-based charity, International Animal Rescue (IAR), is one of eight bears having dental surgery in India this week. Click here.

Sight-seething in Mumbai
26 Nov. The Mirror (UK). Excerpts: Bombay may have become the financial powerhouse of India and a cool place to be seen, yet it is all a delightful, chaotic mess ... Bombay is at once absurdly rich and appallingly poor. It is also far more tourist-friendly than other cities, such as Delhi and Calcutta. It makes for a great weekend stay before heading to the palaces of Rajasthan or the beaches of Goa, an hour's flight away. 972 words.

Uganda: Christ be the King of my city
27 Nov: Sunday Monitor (Kampala). "The presence of Christ the King Church in the city of Kampala marks the capture of the city by Jesus Christ since seventy years ago." These are some of the words used by His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala in his sermon of the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee of Christ the King Church in Kampala ...Historically, the parish of Christ the King in Kampala originates with the Goan community in 1930, under pastoral care of the Mill Hill Missionaries. With the expulsion of the Asian community from Uganda by Idi Amin in 1972, the parish was taken over by Ugandans. Click here.

Ottawa: Restaurant Review: Cumin and Goan
27 Nov: Ottawa Citizen. Cumin and Goan is at 2280 Carling Ave., (west of Woodroffe), 321-8895. Goa-born Barbara, the owner and chef, is much of the pleasure of this place -- welcoming, maternal and more than happy to talk about her birthplace. A Portuguese colony for some four centuries, the coastal province of Goa is where vindaloo (probably the world's most volatile curry) has its origins. So, there's little surprise that most Goan food is hot, spicy and pungent, with fish, chillies and coconut featuring prominently. And rice, always rice. Not that this is what you'd call a Goan restaurant. In typical Ottawa style, it is a cautious introduction to Barbara's cuisine of origin; only a half dozen dishes on the menu are marked "Goan." ... "potato chops" -- disks of very fresh, very fluffy mashed potato filled with spiced ground beef ... the searing lamb vindaloo, the Goan fish curry (sole filets in a red chilli-fired coconut milk broth) and the xacuti (or shakuti), a curry sauce based on roasted coconut, spices and big time chillies ... there is feni, the distinctive liquor from Goa, made from cashew nuts (sic). Click here.

Tony Fernandes: He ain’t pretty, he’s the boss
27 Nov: The Star (Malayasia). Sitting in his modest room in the airline’s corporate office at KL International Airport, Fernandes’ face lights up when speaking about his crew.
“Me?” asks Fernandes, when asked whether he is the face of AirAsia. “My face is funny. If I don’t wear (the red AirAsia) cap, I’m only an Indian guy. But when I wear the cap, I become Superman. For photo and full text click here.

Domino’s bets on desi flavours
28 Nov: The Telegraph (Calcutta). American fast-food chain Domino’s Pizza plans to top up its offerings with desi flavours to suit Goan tastes. The company is also examining the possibility of dishing out region-specific products. “There could be products with a tinge of Goan prawn curry for the western and coastal belts. Click here.

India Supreme Court to Examine Equal Rights of Christian Dalits
28 Nov: The Christian Post (USA). The Supreme Court of India announced that the equal rights of Christian Dalits will be re-examined, following a nationwide rally joined by some 50,000 last Saturday. Click here.

Gujaratis opting for beach weddings
28 Nov: Times of India. Imagine tying the nuptial knot with aquamarine waters of a Goan beach in the backdrop and musicians serenading you! Call it the ultimate style statement or extravagance, Gujaratis are doing all that and much more. Click here.

Bahrain: Double celebration for Young Goans
30 Nov. Gulf Daily News. The Young Goans Club (YGC) is set to mark its 52nd anniversary, as well as the feast of patron Saint Francis Xavier, this Saturday with a mass at 7.45pm at the Sacred Heart Church, Manama. Click here.

Mumbai: Goan goodies by Deepa Awchat
30 Nov: Cybernoon. The Goan gal, Deepa Awchat, feels at home in Mumbai mainly because her husband brought the Goan eatery- Goa Portuguesa for her. Deepa runs the place like it her own home. At the UpperCrust Show she talks about Goan cuisine. She came from Goa, and she was used to eating fiery Pork Vindaloos and tangy Fish Curries. She married Dr. Suhas Awchat, a vegetarian at home, who decided to scrap the polyclinic that was being set up for his medical practise to open a Goan restaurant there for Deepa. And so Mumbai has Goa Portuguesa. Click here.

Savour the subcontinent.
30 Nov: The Gazette (Montreal). Mangoes and Curry Leaves: Culinary Travels through the Great Subcontinent (Random House Canada, $70) By Naomi Duguid and her husband, Jeffrey Alford, Canada's most acclaimed cookbook authors. Or, as the authors put it, "a taste of one of the most extraordinary culinary regions of the world, with a slice of life on the side. Check out the recipe for stir-fry the chili shrimp they relished in Goa. Click here.

11 scholarship options for the UK
30 Nov: Rediff (India). You plan to study in the UK, but your course costs a fortune. So, we brought you the basics on how to get a scholarship to aid your quest for funding. Here is a comprehensive list of 11 scholarship options. Excerpt: The De Souza Trust, Goa Scholarship aims to provide opportunities to study or train in the UK, to young men and women of Goan origin (or those who have been living and working in Goa for the past ten years), who have demonstrated academic excellence and extra-curricular achievements. Click here.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 4 Dec. G.O.A. FEAST OF ST FRANCIS XAVIER. Our Lady of the Visitation Church, Greenford Road, Greenford, Middlesex. Mass at 1.30pm, followed by a social in the Parish Centre. Tickets for social only £3 single £5 couple. Contacts: Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663 Alfred Rebello 020 - 8337 8022. A coach is being organised from Croydon, with a pick-up in Tooting, cost £5 per person. Contact: Cornelius Monteiro on 020-8681 8716.

Sun 11 Dec. G.O.A. CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PANTO. CINDERELLA- The Most Magical Panto Of Them All! - featuring the "Spectacular Flying Coach and Horses" at Fairfield Hall, Croydon. Tickets: Members £6, non-members £12. Reporting time 12.30pm. Contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457. Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322

Sat. 17 Dec. UK Konkans. Nathalache Festh 2005 at St. Chad's Church Hall, South Norwood, London. The event is an opportunity for Catholics from Mangalore, Bombay, Goa to come together and have a wonderful time, celebrate the day and truly get into the mood of Christmas. It is a family event; with konkani music, dance, plays, home made food, spot games, bingo, tombula and many other attractions. Further details can be found at or telephone Melwyn Vaz or Stella Vaz on 07985 732 837

Mon 26 Dec. 7pm till 1am. Slough Goans Christmas Dance at the Polish Association Club, Stoke Poges Lane. Music by 'Say One Do One'. Adult Tickets £10 before 8th December. Tony/Suzy Rodrigues 01753 675072, Edwin 01753 531383, Charlie 07956 536911, Paul 07956 496 190 Sold out every year so please buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment

31 Dec 7pm – 1am: South East Goans New Years Eve Dance. Mustang & Music Mania. Disco, Snacks, Licenced Bar, Secure Parking. Only £14 Members/£18 Non-members. Under 12 Free. Haberdashers College, 135 Pepys Road, Lewisham, London SE14 5SF Tickets: Ronald 020 8303 3386 Dominic 07854 490617

Sat. 31 Dec. Dark Star Social Club proudly present the New Year's Eve Gala Ball at Harrow Leisure Centre. 7.00pm to 2.00am. Music by Dark Star and Say-1-Do-1. Capacity 1,400 with New Licensed Bar. For Tickets and further details, contact Hazel Rodrigues 020-8357 6776, Bernie Gracias 020-8723 1322 or email


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