Newsletter. Issue 2005-20. May 19, 2005
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Brand Builders: Born
11 May: Marketing [UK]. Born is an ethical babycare retailer founded by Eva Fernandes and her sister Georgina in 2000 and now has two stores, in Bristol and Bath. They also have an email service at and next month open a third store, in London's Stoke Newington. The business currently has a turnover of £395,000 and the plan is for 10 shops around the UK - either through franchising or external financing of £750,000. For full text, 889 words, click here
Eva Fernandes was born in the UK, is married to James Long and they have a son called Jacob. Her sister Georgina was born in Nairobi. Their parents, Glorio and Antoinette Fernandes live in London but are ex-Nairobi (Eastleigh/Pangani) They trace their Goan roots to Verna (father) and Benaulim (mother)
Check out for Born’s history, vision, products and more. It’s a riveting read!

Dan de Cruz
5 May: The Stage (UK). Excerpts: For his first West End show, Dan de Cruz has chosen a rather complicated musical and he is finding it exhilarating. Far Pavilions is set in Northern India with an exotically dressed cast of 30 and lots of costume changes…Dan’s family come from Forest Gate. “But,” he explains, “my father’s Indian, my mother Irish - and I guess the Portuguese name came from Goa.”
[Meryl Fernandes, another performer in this show featured in issue 2005-17. Apr 28, 2005]

Sofia Cotta: It was worth the Pain and effort

7 May: Herald. Sofia Cotta, 30, an engineer by profession, has never run a mile, literally; never dabbled Into sports and never liked running. Her only claim to fame, according to mom Selma, is being an excellent ball-room dancer.’ Yet the 30-year old Goenkar, now based in Bexleyheath (UK) joined 35,680 people who started the high-profile London Marathon. For full text see

Canadian dollar takes a dunking as investors worry over federal political turmoil
12 May. National Post (Canada). Excerpts: The Canadian dollar dipped by as much as three-quarters of a cent Wednesday..."Anything that creates uncertainty is not good," for attracting interest in Canadian assets, says Steve Saldanha, a senior strategist with TD Securities. "Certainly, a substantial upside for the currency - at least, until the political situation clears itself - is very unlikely," he added. Canada's political uncertainty can create a vicious circle, fostering anxiety that feeds on itself. Such sentiment can be a major factor in financial markets, said Saldanha.
Steve Saldanha, currently Chief Foreign Exchange Strategist & Economist for TD Bank is a frequent commentator on the Canadian currency scene. He was born in Toronto, the son of Anthony & Elsa Saldanha (ex-Dar es Salaam) and brother of Errol & Maria. He is married to Genevieve Martins and they have a son, Jacob aged two. Steve traces his Goan roots to Saligao. For full text click here.

The riches of human capital. By Father Raymond J. de Souza
16 May: National Post (Canada). Editorial: Excerpts: I read the National Post's series on the rise of India with quiet pride. My grandparents immigrated from Goa to East Africa in the early part of the 20th century. It was my parents who left Africa to come to Canada in 1969. Alas, there seems to be no prospect for any reportage on the flourishing of Africa, mired as it is in the political pathologies that produce poverty. But India is a different matter. India is on the rise. 873 words.
[Fr Raymond D'Souza is the son of Greta (ex-Mombasa) and Cedric D'Souza (ex-Uganda and Nairobi) of Calgary]. For full text click here.

UK: John Fernandes strikes again!
16 May: Enfield Independent. Enfield Golf Club junior John Fernandes is through to the regional final of the Weetabix Golf Foundation competition. He posted an amazing two-over gross round of 74 to win the U13 qualifying competition on home soil. He broke the 80 barrier for the first time with some superb golf. The grand final of the competition will take place at Marriotts in the Forest of Arden on August 16 and 17. For full text click here. For a profile of John Fernandes click here.

Pio Gama Pinto - Independent Kenya's First Martyr
Apr-June 2005. Awaaz. Cover Story: Pio Gama Pinto. Excerpts: At the age of eight he was sent to India for his education…When only 17 years of age he started agitating against the British Raj in India and for political freedom for Goans…He was a founder member of the Goa National Congress whose aim was to liberate Goa from colonial rule. His activities in Bombay and later in Goa made it imperative for him to leave for Kenya in order to avoid being arrested…
He won hundreds of trophies in the field of sports…he represented Kenya for the Madagascar Games and won laurels for Kenya in both 100 and 200 yards events …he had helped to set up a Mau Mau War Council city headquarters…He kept in close touch with African liberation movements and the liberation of Goa from Portuguese rule and worked to ‘de-colonise’ the Goans of East Africa.
Included are memories of him by distinguished contemporaries including Fitz De Souza. This long (5789 words) feature article is in Awaaz, the Journal of East African South Asian History – For the full text of this article, subscription rates etc see

Nairobi: Pio Gama Pinto.
17 May: Inter Press News Service. A recent statement by Kenyan Justice Minister Kiraitu Murungi that it was "no longer necessary" for the country to establish a commission to investigate atrocities committed under previous governments was greeted with both outrage and delight. The fatal shooting in 1965 of Pio Pinto, a trade unionist and journalist who had opposed Kenyatta's allocation of land to political allies, is one such killing. At the time of his death - in the driveway of his home in a Nairobi suburb - Pinto had been lobbying for land to be given to poor Kenyans.

Canadian field hockey team on UK visit.
21-25 May. The Canadian Men's National Team Program: England Tour May 2005 will be playing UK 21-26 May at Bisham Abbey, Marlow. Bucks. The Goan members of the team are: Kenny Pereira, Robin DeAbreu, Wayne Fernandes and Louis Mendonca (Coach). Accompanying them are Wayne Fernandes parents, Shirley and Ed; and siblings Louis and Joanna. The schedule is at and you will also find the players' bios


17 May: Mississauga, Ont. Canada. ELISA D'COSTA (aged 87, ex-Kampala). Mother of Mario/Evelyn. Grandmother of Kevin and Kerry. Sister of Julieta Fernandes and Thomas Silveira (Portugal). Aunt to Thelma Fernandes and Mervyn Fernandes. Mrs. D'Costa is resting at the Scott Funeral Home- Mississauga Chapel, 420 Dundas St. East ( one block west at Cawthra Rd), Tel:905-272-4040.For visitation Thursday and Friday 5-9 p.m.. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 10 o'clock in St. Patrick's Church, 921 Flagship Dr., Mississauga. Private family interment to follow at Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens.
For full details and to send condolences, click here. Info from Toronto Star 19 May via Antonio Mascarenhas

16 May: Mississauga, Ont. Canada. JOSEPH DEMELLO (Papa Joe), (ex-Dar-es-Salaam, Tanganyika Packers ; aged 95) Husband of Matilda, Father of Norma & Eric Starke, Thelma & Steve D'Souza, Leslie & Teresa DeMello, Oscar & Doris DeMello. Grandfather of Cathy / Gavin, Michael, Sandra /Francis, Sydney/Kim, Desiree, Jeffrey, Sarah, Darren, Jamie, Jessica & Rebecca. Great Grandfather of Nicole, Kaitlin, Mitchell, Matthew, Alexa & Brooklyn. Funeral details:
Funeral details: Viewing: Wed., May 18. Funeral Service: Thu, May 19 at 9:30 a.m. Sts. Peter & Paul Parish, 4070 Central Parkway East. Interment: Assumption Cemetery 6933 Tomken Rd, (Tomken & Derry), Mississauga.
For full details and to send condolences, click here.

15 May. Mississauga, Ont. Canada. AMBROSIO (MONTY) MONTEIRO. (ex-Caltex, Nairobi and keen hockey player) Husband of Martha. Father of Julie, Yvette, Luiza, Jerry, Heather. Father-in-law of Jules, Evarist, Mark and Sandra. Brother of Elvina and the late Maria Antonietha and Cajetan.
Family and friends will be received at Scott Funeral Home, 420 Dundas St. East, Mississauga from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, May 16. Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 921 Flagship Dr., Mississauga, Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. Interment thereafter at Assumption Cemetery, 6933 Tomken Rd., Mississauga. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to any desired charitable organization.
For full details and to send condolences, click here. Info from Toronto Star 16 May via Goan Voice Canada.

13 May: Mississauga. Ont. Canada. WILFRED ADRIAN JOHN PINTO. (Veteran British Army W.W. II). Husband of the late Sheila. Father of Michael/Melvi, Stephen/Cecelia, Jenny/ late Ron and Gayle.
Funeral Mass will be held at St. Dominic's Church, 625 Atwater Ave. on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment Assumption Cemetery. If desired, donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. For full details and to send condolences, click here. Info from Toronto Star 16 May via Goan Voice Canada.


Goa: Bungalow for sale. Modern 4B/R split-level, separate Living, Dining, Kitchen, Storeroom, Garage, 3 full toilets.
Plot area 934 sq.mts. Built-up area 230 sq.mts. Water heaters, chandeliers, wall-lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, overhead/ground water storage tanks, water pump.
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Decorative and flower plants, Ashoka and coconut trees.
Location: Canca, Parra on the Mapsa/Calangute main road.
Price: £ 76,900. For further details: Edna Fernandes Email:


From Valentine Fernandes in Toronto.

I am hoping these pictures dated 1936 & 1941 of the football team of the Goan Institute, Nairobi will bring memories to some of the players and their families. I hope you will help to put names to all the faces.
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My dad, Cajetan Fernandes played for the team and is in the back row, far right. Please e-mail me at


SpiceJet announces tickets for Rs 99
17 May. Deepika.Global. India's latest low cost carrier SpiceJet, which will operate its first commercial flight on May 23, has announced rock bottom rates of Rs 99 fare for 99 days. Delhi-Goa is from Rs 2,399 to Rs 6,799 and Mumbai-Goa from Rs 899 to Rs 2,399. The carrier today launched its internet site with state-of-the-art online booking capability.

bmi makes UK-India travel cheaper
17 May: Hindustan Times,00430005.htm


Win a trip for two to India.
Win a trip for you and a mate to one of the world's most fascinating countries. The prize includes return flights to Delhi with Lufthansa and a two week Imaginative Traveller Rajasthan Explorer Tour.


Uganda 1955-72. Photos of Kampala 1960-62. (From Roy Pacheco, Toronto).

Uganda: See Uganda Asians Sections includes Memoirs (includes article by Alvaro Collaco entitled “Going Home”), Personage, Charities, Books & Links, What's New.

Nairobi 1960-62. Photographs of East African Railways & Harbours, East African Airways, Entebbe Airport, Nairobi Airport etc. (From Gabe Menezes).

Zanzibar Goans, Check the links to Historic Photographs, Coutinho Photo Gallery etc.


Goa: Elvis Show
11 May: Wynnum Herald (Adelaide, Australia). Daniel Gold put on an Elvis Presley suit 10 years ago and has been globetrotting ever since. This year, his show has already been to Thailand and twice to New Zealand, and has been booked for New Year's Eve 2006 in Goa, a tourist haven on the west coast of India. "I've never been to India, it's about the only place I've never been," Gold said.

Fraudulent claims to Portuguese Nationality:
12 May: Gunaah. This phenomenon of sending false candidates abroad to Portugal is rampant in Goa and Daman. An astonishing fact is that, rather than certain Goans, who have the right to stake a claim for Portuguese nationality, it is the Gujarati community that has capitalised on the legal loopholes, or can we say opportunities! … The 1975 Portuguese National Law also holds that, descendants of those born before 1961, until their third generation, can apply for a valid Portuguese passport…However, many non-eligible Indians took this rule as an opportunity to gatecrash into Portugal and then other European nations…these culprits obtained the details of dead Catholic citizens from graveyards and used them to fabricate documents. For full text click here.
For a guide to Portuguese Nationality, click here.

Goan Recipes from Longuinhos
13 May: Longuinhos Restaurant, Goa. Soups, Rice, Seafood, Pickles, Meat, Poultry, Dessert and Sweets.

'Women prone to chronic fatigue'
13 May. The Times of India. Excerpts: It's the stress of multi-tasking, and not the usual iron deficiency, that makes Indian women overly fatigued, says the first-ever research in the country on 'exhaustion epidemic' among women. The study has been published in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal, one of the topmost peer-reviewed journals in the medical world.
The author of the BMJ study, Dr Vikram Patel, interviewed 3,000 women in Goa, to come to the conclusion that could be "extrapolated to women across the country". The other susceptible group are women who experience sexual violence. For the BMJ article click the link below

Guide to buying property in Goa by foreigners.
14 May. The Daily Telegraph. Excerpts: …laws make it far more complicated for foreigners to buy than for locals… We bought through Acron and it was stress-free… In order to be eligible to own property in Goa, one must spend 182 days of a financial year in the state… buying to rent is illegal … the only way to do it is to register as a business…the value of foreigner-friendly homes in Goa has been rising by about 15 per cent a year for much of the past decade, so that a modern beachfront villa with three or four bedrooms now costs about £120,000.
One of the sought-after colonial houses, with five bedrooms and servants' quarters, in its own grounds, will be about £180,000; although you can get an inland bungalow with two or three bedrooms for £50,000. 878 words click here

UK: Package Holiday Surgery To Beat NHS queue.
14 May. Daily Mail. Excerpts: Thomas Cook is offering 'sun and surgery' package deals to India for patients tired of waiting for the NHS. Standards in many Indian private hospitals are often higher than in many British NHS wards. The cost is also much cheaper than going private in Britain. The cost is likely to range from around £1,500 to £8,000. The sun and surgery packages would include, for example, return flights, an operation at a Bombay hospital, and sightseeing at South Indian temples or recuperation on the beach at Goa. For full text, 912 words, click here. The website also has links to a discussion board. To quote one reader, “live in Canada and I have just been informed that I have been put on an 18 month waiting list for a full knee replacement. Therefore, the opportunity to travel to India and receive excellent medical treatment almost at once, sounds extremely appealing to me.” For the Goan Voice Health Tourism supplement, click here.

Indians Not Welcome
15 May. Deccan Herald. Even as India stands poised to double its tourism revenue, it is still the colour of your skin and money that opens doors.

Process begins on adopting common script for Konkani
17 May: The Hindu. A decisive step has been taken to find an acceptable solution to the issue of adopting a common script and dialect for Konkani before its introduction as a subject in schools in the State.


F. Noronha's brief article titled Goa, Comintern and Old Records, indicated that there should be useful records about Goan anti-colonialists in the archives of the former Soviet Union. However, access to them has not been available and therefore it is worth asking if any Goan and other researchers have found ways and means of indeed accessing such records.

In material presented by Gabe Menezes, we are told about thousands of farmers in India who have committed suicide because of the detrimental effects of western nations backing free trade policies devised by the IMF and World Bank. This is well worth reading about because the USA and Britain have played pivotal roles in imposing market forces "on people barely able to feed themselves..."

The difficulties existing from the Indian end about sending surplus books from UK libraries and other sources to educational institutions in Goa and elsewhere have been highlighted by several Goanetters.

The continuing discussion on "the bashing of Catholicism" in Goa has gained increased momentum. It would be useful for Goan Voice (UK) readers to provide some fresh insights to this topic.

A long article by Margaret Mascarenhas provides considerable detail on the problems facing those keen to purchase real estate in Goa. The use of Portuguese law, decades after the liberation of Goa, has not helped very much to the many from outside Goa seeking homes in Goa and for whom, the article must become essential reading.

The movie Bride and Prejudice has provoked much discussion about how Indian men seek light-skinned partners for marriage. Well, is this true or a figment of the imagination? Well worth finding out through Goanet.

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Runway trouble
13 May: BBC India's airports struggle with huge flight traffic increase.

India: An international spotlight on the caste system
13 May. International Herald Tribune. 779 words.

Canada: Equality the only option, racism conference told
14 May: The Halifax Daily News (Nova Scotia). This week, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission hosted a conference titled Race and Identity: The Challenge of Change. The conference examined issues of cultural identity newcomers confront as they struggle to fit into Canadian society. Newcomer Olina D'Souza told the audience that her identity makes her stand out. Olina, who is from India, said she tried to think she was the same as everybody else. "And although I realized I was different, I knew I could fit in," she said.

In India, it's advantage rapists
15 May: Times of India.

The sun, the surf, the surgery
15 May: The Times Herald. Norristown, PA (USA). Medical tourism: Wellness Worldwide an India-based medical tourism business arranges transportation to India, coordinates medical correspondence with a registered surgeon, accompanies the patient to the hospital, arranges housing for recuperation in India after the operation and a holiday in Goa afterwards. The business, with an American office in West Norrition, was started by Indian-born Jaba Shah of West Norriton 18 months ago. For full text click here.

Fear and loathing in gay India
17 May: BBC. Throughout South Asia, homosexuality has been a taboo subject. There are signs in some areas that gay people are now becoming more open in their behaviour.

New crusade to end deprivation
17 May: Darwen Telegraph. A three day community event in Darwen will help launch a new project aimed at raising thousands of pounds for deprived adults and children. The group, which will meet at Derwent Hall, will work with other churches and the community, meet for prayer and raise funds for street children in Goa and to build churches in Zimbabwe.

Goa necklace, £15, Accessorize
18 May. Daily Mirror. Not many of us have the time or the budget to trawl far flung markets in the quest for ethnic jewellery. Which is why this Indian-inspired necklace from Accessorize is a real find. No holiday required, all you need to do is pop down to your nearest high street. And if anyone asks... it’s from Goa

Citizenship initiative fails to inspire Indian diaspora
19 May: Taipei Times. The plan to grant citizenship to people of Indian origin is designed to attract talent as the country emerges as an economic powerhouse.

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa


Sun.22/5: Sky Travel: 10.00am (60mins) Whicker’s World: India
Mon.23/5: UKTV History: 7.00pm (30mins) Ruling Passions: Sex, Race and Empire
A sexual history of British imperial rule. (Repeat 1 of 6)

Tues.24/5: BBC1: 9.00pm (60mins) Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee
Having discovered Deepak’s affair with Tina, Chila refuses to let him see his newborn son, but Deepak retaliates by snatching the baby.

Tues.24/5: UKTV History: 7.00pm (30mins) Ruling Passions: Sex, Race and Empire
How prostitution encouraged disease.

Tues.24/5: UKTV History: 12.00am (60mins) The Dynasty
The Nehru-Gandhi story.

Wed.25/5: Channel 5: 7.15pm (45mins) Hunt for the Killer Croc
Reptile expert Dr. Brady Barr is called in to help Ugandan Park Rangers to trap a killer crocodile on the shores of Lake Victoria.

Wed.25/5: UKTV History: 7.00pm (30mins) Ruling Passions: Sex, Race and Empire
How did women fare under colonialism?

Thurs.26/5: Channel 4: 9.00pm (90mins) Middle Sex
A study of people who are “intersex” or “transgender”. When a foetus branches into male or female there are 54 genes that affect the response to that chromosomal command. The baby may develop a female body with male chromosomes or their brain may develop in one direction and their genitals in another. . The individuals we meet from Midwest to India tell extraordinary tales of their search to find an identity. The story of Gwen Araujo murdered by a group of young men that included two of her ex-lovers, highlights the extreme prejudice that they can face. If all this does not sound like your cup of tea surprise yourself and give it a go… you won’t regret it.

Thurs.26/5: Nat. Geographic: 8.00am (60mins) Mosquito Hell
Examining the possibility that ancient cultures can teach us how to combat the deadly threat of malaria.

Thurs.26/5: UKTV History: 7.00pm (30mins) Ruling Passions: Sex, Race and Empire
How did the officials conduct themselves?

Fri.27/5: UKTV History: 7.00pm (60mins) Ruling Passions: Sex, Race and Empire
Concluding the series: The frequent clash between Christian morality and indigenous customs and the rejection faced by mixed race children

Fri.27/5: BBC1:9.30pm (30mins) The Kumars at No.42
New series: guests include Ronnie Corbett and Alice Cooper.


Sun.22/5 BBC Radio 4: 12.30pm (30mins) The Food Programme
Simon Parkes celebrates the pungent prince of spices – pepper.

Mon.23/5: BBC Radio 4: 3.45pm (15mins) Africa’s Fourth Estate
In the past decade a media revolution in Africa has changed the way Africans view the world, their thinking and their expectations. Reginald Mengi a Tanzanian businessman owns 70% of the country’s media. What are the implications and is this healthy for the country’s emerging democracy?

Tues.24/5: BBC Radio 4: 3.45pm (15mins) Africa’s Fourth Estate
Features, Caroline Mutoka queen of the breakfast airwaves in Kenya whose outspokenness about corruption has landed her station in court.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

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 22 May. YLGS Pub Quiz @ The River Suite in Walkabout Temple from 1pm onwards. Nearest Tube: Temple. Entrance £3. GUYS VS GIRLS! For more info contact Alison Braganza, Events & PR Manager at or on 07799 586793.

Fri 27 May. YLGS Monthly Meet Up @ The Warwick Bar, from 6.30pm onwards. Nearest Tube: Piccadilly. New Members 18+ Welcome! Free Entrance B4 10pm; £5 after 10pm. For more info contact Alison Braganza, Events & PR Manager at or on 07799 586793.

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 at Tooting Leisure Centre, Lola Jones Suite, Greaves Place, London SW17, commencing at 7pm. Say One Do One in attendance. Members £8, Guests £10. Contact: 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. 5 Jun. 3.00pm Special Holy Mass for the tsunami victims of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands will be celebrated by Bishop Alex Dias sfx, at St George's Cathedral, St George's Road, Southwark, London SE1 7HY, followed by an opportunity to meet him. More information from the Asian Chaplaincy 0208-563-9102

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 - Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Rd Croydon CR9 3AS: Teams from Village Organisations welcome. £1.00 per player. Start time 9.30am. Closing date for entries 12/6/05. Entry forms & conditions available from 020-8764-8780 / 020-8251-2737; 020-7217-6330(Work). 020-8658-7769 or 020-8856-6018
Family day – Health Sessions 12 noon to 1pm – Diabetic session by DSN Erica Figueira. 1pm to 2pm - Healthy Lifestyle by Dr Agnelo Fernandes MBE. Indoor activities – Carrom, Card Games. Entry: Free.

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

Sun 3rd July Aldona Association - Celebration of St Thomas' feast at White Hart Lane School, White Hart Lane N22. Mass 12pm. Music by Revival and Say One Do One. Tickets- Members £7, Non Members £8 and Children £5. Contact Alfred Louzado 020 8737 7786, Marilyn Moniz 020 8441 9075, Caroline Fernandes 020 8952 0435.

Sat 9 Jul. Swindon. Konkani Dramatic Association, UK presents a Konkani Musical Show "Goencho Avaz". Top Comedians and Singers from Goa will be touring UK, Canada, France, Portugal and USA. For further information contact Domacian Moniz: 0208 376 1609 / 07940 501196. Or email at:

Sun 10 Jul. G.O.A OPEN 2005 - London Golf Tournament at Whitney Lakes near Oxford. GOA UK members £17.50, Overseas GOA Affiliations £30.00, Guests £35.00. Applications on a first come first served basis. Closing date for entries: 5th June 2005. Contact: Jacinto D'Silva 020 - 8723 1233, Menino Mascarenhas 01784 211832, Cedric D'Cruz 020 - 8954 1596

Sun 10 Jul. Tivim Feast "Taste of Africa" at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road Croydon. Mass at 12.30 p.m. Nite Life and Mellow Tones. Details from Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457

Sun. 10 Jul. Copland Hall, Wembley. Konkani Dramatic Association, UK presents a Konkani Musical Show "Goencho Avaz". Top Comedians and Singers from Goa will be touring UK, Canada, France, Portugal and USA. For further information contact Domacian Moniz: 0208 376 1609 / 07940 501196. Or email at:


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