Newsletter. Issue 2005-40. Oct. 20, 2005
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Captain Neale Rodrigues tells of fear and loathing on the high seas
17 Oct: Lloyd's List. Excerpt: Just last week, the Standard Club's Captain Neale Rodrigues, told in this newspaper of his experience of taking over a merchant ship after the master and chief officer had been murdered in cold blood by heavily armed pirates in southeast Asian waters.
13 Oct: Lloyd’s List. Capt. Rodrigues experienced at close range the devastating effects of piracy after taking charge of a small containership whose senior officers had been killed by raiders …The ship was on a voyage from Australia to Singapore … The pirates are believed to have boarded the ship about midnight and demanded money from the ship's safe...The original crew were in a bad way and severely traumatised. Most were unable to work at sea again.
7 Jul: Lloyd’s List.
The Standard P&I Club has appointed Neale Rodrigues as Director of Loss Prevention. Captain Rodrigues is a master mariner and until recently worked for a major Asian shipping line in London.
Capt. Rodrigues, is the son of General Sunith Francis Rodrigues (retd.), currently Governor of Punjab and Chandigarh UT Administrator. For the Goa Today feature on Gen. Rodrigues, click here. For the Punjab Govt. link click here.
Neale has been a Master Mariner since 1991 and has lived and worked in Hong Kong and the UK. He is the brother of Susan and Mark and lives in Surrey with his wife Lisa and their children. Although he has now made the UK his home, he is always mindful that he is a Goan. He has not lived in Goa for any length of time, but has always felt at home whenever he visited.

Number of gay couples buying property soars
1 Oct: The Times reported that the number of homosexual couples buying homes together has rocketed in the past five years . Jackie Fernandez, director of Stonewall Housing Association, a supported housing service for the homosexual community, said that banks and mortgage providers were "much more proactive" in attracting gay and lesbian customers. Ms Fernandez has bought a property recently with her partner. For full text click here.
Jackie, was born in 1968 and last visited Goa 10 years ago. She has been with Stonewall Housing for six years. Stonewall Housing is the only lesbian and gay housing agency in England. She lives in Cambridge with her partner and four cats. Stonewall Housing is at

Melville Rodrigues: UK Property Lawyer
11 Oct: Financial Times. Excerpt: Property investment clubs, some of which charge thousands of pounds for seminars teaching the secrets of get-rich-quick schemes, face stricter regulation. Melville Rodrigues, partner at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, who is advising the British Property Federation on the issue, said yesterday that some property clubs could now be classified as collective investment schemes without their members knowing it.
17 Oct: The Times. Stamp duty on Property. Excerpt: Melville Rodrigues, a member of the British Property Federation stamp duty working party and a partner in Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, the law firm, said: "Stamp duty avoidance has become a cat and mouse game between the Government and the property industry. Stamp duty action may hit offshore unit trusts.” For full text click here.
For Melville Rodrigues' details see:

Daryl Pereira: Internet: Most UK Buyers Use 2-3 Keywords When Searching
13 Oct: Yahoo News. Most UK internet searches that result in a sale begin with consumers inputting two- or three-word search terms. Spannerworks' communications manager Daryl Pereira says: "Measuring the behaviour of your most valuable customers is a crucial part of a successful search marketing campaign." However, Pereira adds that shorter, generic terms should not be ignored. Click here.
Daryl Pereira was born in Cambridge, UK. His parents are Marci and Agnela (ex-Mombasa) He is married to Natalie (nee Rodrigues). In 1995 Daryl moved to Goa and spent a year as a journalist for the Herald newspaper there. For an account of his experiences, Click here.

Uganda: Dr. Alex Coutinho: New HIV/AIDS Care Center
14 Oct: PR Newswire (New York). The AIDS Support Organization (TASO), with support from Pfizer Inc, opened a new AIDS counseling and training center in Uganda today … Speaking at the dedication ceremony, Dr. Alex Coutinho, Executive Director of TASO, said,"We are delighted that our partnership with Pfizer has once again expanded TASO's ability to provide care and support for people living with and affected by AIDS” … Click here.
Dr. Coutinho holds an MBBCh from Makerere University and an MPH from the University of Witwatersrand. In 2003 he was presented with the UN Global Leadership and Humanitarian Action Award by Bono, lead singer of Irish rock band U2 – for the photo click here.
For links to info about his work, click here.

UK: Haunted motorist tells of grief at car crash death
14 Oct: Slough Express. Excerpts: Grief-stricken Jose Dias who caused a horrific car crash in which a close relative was killed said her death will haunt him for the rest of his life … His wife cousin, 17-year-old Zenobia Fernandez, who had been in the UK for just a month, died from her injuries … Dias, a 51-year-old machine operator of Farnham Road, Slough, pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court last week to causing death by dangerous driving … The devout Catholic, who only received minor injuries, wept as he relived the accident of Sunday, May 15 this year … He said he had agreed to drive Miss Fernandez, her father Joaquim and three young cousins to their home in Southampton … Dias, whose wife and daughter live in Goa has undergone counselling since the crash. Miss Fernandez’ body was flown to Candolim in Goa for the funeral … Dias, who has no previous convictions for driving offences, was released on unconditional bail until a sentencing hearing on 11 Nov. 447 words. Click here.

Sylvia D'Cruz: Stop these four-legged chavs from breeding
14 Oct: Wandsworth Guardian. Excerpts: Fed-up Southfields householder, Sylvia D'Cruz, wants to see foxes put on the pill to prevent them from breeding to excess. She says foxes hunting in packs of four to six tear up rubbish sacks, chew into dustbin lids and spread mess along the street. "They are like chavs and have they nerve of the devil. They're almost humanised it's uncanny. They are out in the daytime. If a child gets bitten it will be a real scare, " she adds. Click here.

Time to sound alarm for equality
14 Oct. Black Information Link. Lee Jasper says abolition of the CRE risks wiping away gains over the last 20 years … After CRE campaigning, in 1994 the ceiling was taken off the amount of compensation that could be awarded in industrial tribunals. Since then there have been some substantial rewards: Don D'Souza, for example, a former employee of Lambeth Council, was awarded £358,229 in 1997 by the Employment Appeal Tribunal. For photographs and profile of Don D’Souza click here.

Canada: Ivor Carvalho: Immigration Consultant
15 Oct: Toronto Star. Excerpts: A project aims to provide skills training to 100,000 Africans a year, in part through the Canadian College of Business and Computers which is experiencing financial difficulties … Ivor Carvalho, an immigration consultant, said he has been waiting four months for $32,000 (U.S.) in refunds on behalf of eight Nigerian students who were accepted to the college but were refused Canadian study visas. "How many more cases are we going to have like this before they shut the college down?" he asked.
Ivor Aires Carvalho, is the founder of GOING GLOBAL – Canadian Immigration Consultants. He himself moved to Canada in 1991 from Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania where he was born. He is the Son of the late Anthony (Customs & Excise) and Rainda (nee D’Costa).
For the Company’s website see Check it out for a profile of him, description of the services offered, assessment form, links, etc.

Field Hockey: Tara & Joanna Fernandes
17 Oct: CSTV: com, NY. The 16th-ranked Boston College field hockey team topped Vermont, 3-1. … Tara Fernandes (Mississauga, Ontario) notched the assist. Fernandes served up another nice cross pass … Click here.
117 Oct:, NY. … Joanna Fernandes set the ball and MacDonald tipped the ball past Dartmouth goalie Lauren Balukjian. Click here.
Tara & Joanna are the daughters of Ed (ex-Dar-es-Salaam) & Shirley (ex-Uganda) Fernandes; brother of Wayne – all field hockey stars of Mississauga and ex-East Africa.

UK: Dr Joel Almeida: Day of Asian music
17 Oct. Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Excerpt: Holmfirth High School pupils are to get an education in Asian music. Asian musician Joel Almeida is visiting the school on November 7 to give a concert. Dr Almeida has recently been doing relief work in areas of India that were affected by the tsunami. Click here.

Pius D’Souza: Taste of paradise
17 Oct: Hood County News, Granbury, TX, USA. Banana trees, sugar cane growing near the beaten path. Pius D’Souza, manager of Granbury Inn and Suites, has landscaped the facility’s courtyard with banana trees, sugar cane and cypress wine plants …His trees are top-heavy with bananas. … For more information, call Pius D’Souza at (817) 573-2691. [Pius D’Souza is from Mumbai] Click here.

Country club gets new chef
18 Oct: Carlsbad Current Argus, New Mexico. The Riverside Country Club has acquired a certified chef for the next six months … Ignatius Miranda, whose first interest in cooking was sparked by his mother in Goa has been cooking professionally for 15 years. He was cited by Gourmet Magazine as “one of America’s finest chefs.” … Miranda has just been named the executive chef of the Sylvan Lake Resort in South Dakota after five years as an assistant chef. He will go back to South Dakota at the end of six months. Click here.
Ignatius is from Margao and has been in the US for 10 years. He was previously on a cruise ship.

Dr Francesca Cordeiro: A new way of looking at serious disease
18 Oct: The Telegraph (UK). Excerpts: Using a new way to peer through eyes, Dr Francesca Cordeiro has been able to see the decline of the human nervous system in unprecedented detail … Dr Cordeiro, a Wellcome Trust university lecturer and eye surgeon believes the method will lead to the early diagnosis of glaucoma and ultimately aid the diagnosis and treatment of dementia. 504 words. For a photograph and profile of Dr Cordeiro see GVUK issue 2005-33 or

Cliff Pereira: Filling in the gaps of Erith’s history
19 Oct: Erith News Shopper. Researcher Cliff Pereira has revealed a whole lot of Erith’s history. It has taken him four months of painstaking work to plug a gap in the town's history. Mr Pereira, 45, from Springfield Road, Welling, even found someone with his own surname staying at the Running Horses pub during the 1881 census … The exhibition runs until the end of December and the museum, in Walnut Tree Road, Erith, is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2.15pm to 5.15pm and on Saturdays from 2.15pm to 4.45pm. 615 words. Click here.
For Cliff Pereira’s profusely illustrated narrative on the Goans in the Port of London click here.


14 Oct: Finchley, London UK. Mrs BERNADETTE RODRIGUES (nee Pereira, ex Benaulim, Goa and Nairobi, Kenya). Married for 50 years to her loving husband Mr Santana Rodrigues, passed away peacefully in hospital. Loving mother of Martin/Theresa and Gaby/Helen, Loving grandmother of Megan.
Bernadette's wishes are that instead of flowers a contribution sent to to: Raynaud's & Scleroderma Association (please send a cheque or CAF voucher,(payable to Raynaud's & Scleroderma Association) to:Raynaud's & Scleroderma Association, 112 Crewe Road, Alsager, Cheshire, ST7 2JA. Funeral arrangements will be posted shortly. Condolences to

11 Oct: Manor Park, London. FURTUNADO DAMACIANO ALVARES. (ex Nachinola, Goa; born 1944 in Nairobi, Kenya). Husband of Jennifer. Father of Ferlin and Fabian. The funeral will be held at St Stephens Catholic Church, 146 Little Ilford Lane, Manor Park. London, E12 5PJ on Fri 21 Oct. with Mass at 11:00 am. Condolences to

9 Oct: Ottawa., Canada. GRACE DE SOUZA (nee Fernandes, aged 55) Daughter of Sonny Fernandes and the late Macarina Vas. Wife of Alfred De Souza. Mother of Matthew. Sister of Magnus (Fiona), Bert (Phil) and Godfrey (Ruby). Fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Funeral was on 15 Oct. [Alert by Felix D’Sa, Montreal]

7 Oct: Nairobi. LAWRENCE FIGUEIRA. The Funeral Service will be held at Consolata Church at 10am on Saturday 15 October followed by the internment.


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Indian aviation sector on a roll
14 Oct: Rediff. According to British Airways marketing manager (south Asia) Charles P Carneiro, the airline is looking to further enhance its presence in India. "We are exploring the non-metros including Hyderabad, Kochi, Goa, Thiruvananthapuram and Ahmedabad." Carneiro said.

Planned Karwar Naval airport to be accessible for civilian flights
14 Oct: Business Line. Excerpt: “Plans are also afoot to construct a Naval airport with access for civilian flights at the Karwar Naval base; this would make logistics planning much easier” [Don’t hold your breath … Ed.]. Click here.

The Complete Guide to Oriental Cruises
15 Oct: The Independent (London). Excerpt: Head for Mumbai which is a new hub for Star Cruises (020-7591 8225; Since September, the Asia-Pacific cruise specialist has been offering four-, two- and one-night trips calling in at Goa, Cochin and the Lakshadweep Islands. You travel on board SuperStar Libra, which has capacity for 1,480 passengers and offers much local flavour: you can eat at the Four Seasons European-style restaurant, but it may be more fun to sample the Taj Indian family restaurant or the Saffron vegetarian and Jain buffet " and then drop by the Bollywood karaoke bar and lounge. Four-night cruises cost from £475.

Have water, will fish
16 Oct: Daily News & Analysis, India. [Guide to fishing in Goa]. 1064 words. Click here.


Newspaper kiosks of Goa. By Lionel Messias
14 Oct: Business Line. Newspaper kiosks set up by a former schoolteacher in rural Goa are grabbing headlines. They have not only triggered a reading habit, but are also slowly leading a literary movement. 801 words. Click here.
*Lionel Messias is ex-Mombasa.

Passage to Indian a military style. By Simon Watson
17 Oct: ETS News (London). Indian Navy Ship (INS) Hansa was originally commissioned as a land base in 1961, at Tamil Nadu in southern India … With the liberation of the Portuguese enclave of Goa in 1961, the airfield at Dabolim with its 7,800 feet runway became available and in June 1964, INS Hansa moved in … Since then the airfield has grown dramatically and today, INS Hansa has become the Indian Navy’s premier airbase, employing some 2,000 naval aviation personnel and more than 1,000 civilians. The runway length has been increased to over 10,000 feet to allow 24-hour operations for military traffic and inclusive tour charters from Europe … The Indian Navy is going through a major expansion with new types of aircraft being inducted in the next five years increasing utilisation of airspace around Goa. 1176 words.

3rd Goa state film festival begins
17 Oct: WebIndia,com. Film actress Pooja Bhatt today called for subsidies to the film industry in Goa so that it could make more films. Click here.

Football: All roads lead to Goa
17 Oct: Daily News & Analysis. The 27th edition of the Federation Cup gets underway in Goa from October 19. The 14-day meet will see India’s top clubs with their top footballers grace the shores of Goa. This year the tournament is special. Zee Sports, a private channel is telecasting the whole event live.

Clean Goa Initiative.
17 Oct: Around 250 concerned citizens, activists and NGO representatives came out in support of the Clean Goa Initiative public march and demonstration at the Mermaid Gardens, Panaji, Goa, on Oct. 17. For full text and photos click here.

Goa To Be Permanent IFFI Venue
Oct. Express Travel & Tourism. Goa, which had hosted the International Film Festival of India for the first time in November-December last year, is to be the permanent venue for this annual festival. Click here.

India’s President proposes plan to transform Goa
19 Oct: Navhind Times. India’s President, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam today proposed a nine-point mission for Goa to transform Goa into the model state in the world by emphasising on public-private partnerships including through foreign investments to carry out these missions. Click here.

Child abuse charge against editor. By James Paes
20 Oct: Gulf News (Dubai). Women's and children's rights groups are up in arms against the editor of a leading English newspaper in Goa over the alleged molestation of a child domestic help . Reports said the accused was absconding after being charged . An official said, ""I interrogated the child myself in the presence of two children's rights activists and found her complaint to be genuine." . The accused has however dismissed the entire incident as a frame-up brought on by newspaper rivalry. 420 words. Click here.


The "Clean Goa Initiative" has taken off in a big way in Goa. Many individuals, including some celebrities, have put substantial effort into generating an enhanced environment in the State.

Football in Goa has always been popular but it is also increasingly so in other parts of India. Outstanding players from countries in South America and Africa now play in top Indian football clubs.

What is the World G.O.A.N. network? Well, it stands for Goan Organizations, Associations, and Non-profit NGOs working for a better future for Goa and Goans. Find out more about this network and how one might contribute to it.

Goa is going to be the first Indian state to set up a State Knowledge Commission. Hopefully, Goan Voice (UK) readers will want to find out a lot more about this and other innitiatives.

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


Christians Worldwide Urged to Fast, Pray for Equal Rights for Dalit Christians
14 Oct: The Christian Post. As the date for the Indian Supreme Court hearing on equal rights for Dalit Christians approaches, the head of a mission ministry with a strong presence in India is urging Christians around the world to join in two days of fasting and prayer next week. He is encouraging believers to fast and pray on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 17-18, as the upcoming court hearing has the potential to drastically change the condition of Dalit Christians. Click here.

The whole hog
14 Oct: Mumbai Mirror. Prashant Rajkhowa goes searching for the quintessentially Goan pork sorpotel and beef vindaloo in Bandra. Ever heard the saying, “If you throw a stone in Bandra, you’re likely to hit a Pereira, a pig or a priest?” Click here.

Bahrain: Jewel raid as family at church
14 Oct: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain). Burglars raided Marshal D'Souza’s house and stole cash and jewellery worth BD715 while he and his family were attending a regular prayer service at Sacred Heart Church in Manama. Mr D'Souza, from Goa, has been in Bahrain for the last 15 years. Click here.

130 faces of the £1m fraudster
14 Oct: Croydon Advertiser. A fraudster who used 130 false identities to con high street banks out of £1.1m has been jailed for five and a half years. Kanagaratnam Ganan, 33, of Lodge Road, Croydon, admitted defrauding banks out of vast sums of money when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Monday. Using false Indian passports, Ganan opened 500 bank accounts.
Officers found fake Indian passports as well as two bogus Home Office rubber stamps, one for Heathrow Immigration and one for airport departure at Goa. Click here.

U.S. Congress Highlights Human Rights Issues For Christian Dalits
14 Oct: The Christian Post. A special conference held at the U.S. Congress last Thursday addressed the human rights issues surrounding India’s caste system, expressing concern over the serious exploitation of some 200 million Dalits, particularly those following the Christian faith … Beneath India’s four main castes is a fifth group, the Dalits, more widely known as the "untouchables." Dalits are discriminated against, denied access to land, and forced to work in degrading conditions … The Indian government condones, ignores and in some instances, has even promoted massive catalogues of human rights violations … Concerning religious freedom, India has been condemned by the United States for discriminating religious minorities such as Christians and Muslims … Among the 25 million Christians in India, an estimated 18-20 million are Dalits. 879 words. Click here.

Spice helps to stop the spread of breast cancer
15 Oct: The Scotsman. Texas-based researchers found that curcumin, the main ingredient of turmeric, inhibits the spread of breast cancer into the lungs … The study, which was published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, reports that the spice appears to shut down a protein active in the spread of breast cancer. The non-toxic, natural curcumin repelled progression of the disease to the lungs Hotly tipped as healthy. Curries and other kinds of Indian food have long been suspected of having anti-cancer properties. The main reason is that, in many parts of the sub-continent, there are much lower rates of several types of cancers affecting the gut.

So what's cooking in New York? Nothing. By Sue Arnold.
15 Oct: The Independent (London). “my Armenian friend Rima who lives in Long Island has just started a new venture. She buys fresh spices from the market, grinds them up, sorts them into categories such as Moroccan tagine, Goanese fish curry etc, around half a dozen spices per category, packs them into tiny ethnic-looking sacks and sells them to Bloomingdales where they retail for around $40 a throw … they are selling like hot cakes … The New Yorkers aren't cooking any more - they arrange Rima's pretty little sacks in piles on coffee tables in the same way as they might assemble bowls of Fabergé eggs.

Bahrain: Goans stressed by heavy rains in state
16 Oct: Bahrain Tribune. Bahrain’s close-knit Goan community was working the phones yesterday, calling up relatives and loved ones back home as news of torrential rains and floods filtered to them. … Seville Moniz, a Bahrain resident, said he had been in touch with his family over the weekend and heard that people were not going to work for fear of being marooned at their workplaces. … Another resident Claude Fernandes has been following the news on the web site “Luckily, I have not heard of any tragedy or damage to homes and property,” he said. Click here.

Crashing mopeds in Goa
16 Oct: The Observer. Friends Emily Ostlere and Gemma Puplett “ We went to India in our gap year. On the first day in Goa we were told by our tour guide that going on a moped was hazardous. . . We made 'friends' with some locals who lent us their mopeds. I mistook the accelerator for the brake and crashed into a wall and my foot blew up to three times its size.”

Seeing America through an immigrant's eyes
16 Oct: Pensacola News Journal. Dinesh D'Souza was in Bombay, talking to a fellow Indian who wanted to emigrate to the United States. "I just want to go to a country where the poor people are fat," he told D'Souza. The remark shows one reason why foreigners might consider the United States either very attractive or very repulsive, said D'Souza, an author of several books about America and foreign policy. Click here.

Putting the soul in jazz
16 Oct: Malay Mail. India’s renowned jazz ensemble, Soul Yatra is making heads turn with their unique brand of jazz fusion. Click here.

That Cruising Feeling
16 Oct: Express Hotelier & Caterer. Excerpts: The Indian Hospitality industry faces a major challenge as it attempts to battle the staff poaching problem … Vikrant Usgaonkar, director-human resources, Radisson White Sands Resort, Goa, adds, "In Goa, the attrition levels are very high especially because of the cruise liners. They prefer the local staff as they are well versed in English and even have a natural accent." Click here.

East-Indians want Kaka Baptista’s efforts recognised
18 Oct: Afternoon (Mumbai). The East Indians in the city want to have the Bandra-Worli Sea Link named after Mumbai’s most famous East Indian - Kaka Joseph Baptista. Click here.

Hi-tech workers make 'curry rock'
18 Oct: BBC. Hundreds of thousands of hi-tech workers from India have come to the US in the past decade. A group of them have launched an east-meets-west musical combination that the musicians who made it dub Curry Rock. The title track of their first album follows an Indian worker through the entire process of acquiring a visa, travelling to America, and settling into life here.

New Zealand: Racism begins at home in Asia
19 Oct: The Australian. Winston Peters is to be New Zealand's new Foreign Minister. He thinks he will get on fabulously with Asian leaders because, like him, they think it is an outrageous mistake to let too many immigrants alter a country's ethnic make-up. Click here.

Help for the street kids of India
19 Oct: Berwick/Pakenham Cardinia Leader (Australia). When a motorcycle gang rode into St Margaret's School last Monday, it wasn't a sign the school had gone to the dogs. Riders brought a well-travelled scroll, which had already been through England, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and Japan, for students to sign. The project needs $430,000 to build two shelters for girls rescued from the streets of Mumbai (Bombay) and Goa. St Margaret's school had raised more than $10,500 this year.

Dubai : All-Goa inter-village football tournament.
For the current information, click here.

Canada: Catholic principals to get lessons on racism
20 Oct: The Mississauga News. The Catholic school board has agreed to implement anti-racism training for principals in response to human rights complaints alleging skin colour played a part in the suspension of some students. Click here.

Joan Rivers: Who are you calling a racist?
20 Oct: The Scotsman. The Radio 4 airwaves turned blue with a blazing row between New York comedienne Joan Rivers and Trinidad-born broadcaster Darcus Howe. Click here.

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa


Mon. 24/10: Channel 4: 8pm (60mins) Dispatches: Young Angry and Muslim
A British Pakistani Muslim drawing on his own experiences explores how the alienation of Muslim communities has contributed to terror attacks on the western world.

Tues. 25/10: BBC 2: 11.20pm (80mins) India Gandhi: the killing of Mother India
Even assassination couldn’t halt adoration for the woman who for nearly 20 years led the world’s largest democracy. Her story is an epic saga of betrayal and dynasty, family feuds and untimely deaths.

Wed. 26/10: BBC 2: 7.00pm (30mins) Bollywood: The Casting Couch
Reporter Tanya Datta takes an unprecedented, candid, behind-the-scenes look at the real lives of the rich and famous and uncovers a seedy sub-culture that reduces aspirant actors and actresses to sex objects.

Fri. 28/10: Channel 4: 1.50am (180mins) Kuch Naa kaho
Romantic comedy starring Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan. A young Indian- American returns to Mumbai for a wedding and finds himself at the centre of his mother’s match making schemes. In Hindi with English subtitles

Fri. 28/10: BBC 2: 4.00am (120mins) History: PHSE
Spit Game. The ways a young Asian girl and a black male are treated in hospital.

Fri. 28/10: ITV3: 7:00pm (120mins) Private Lives.
Three-part drama in which a former Scotland Yard detective is despatched to Nairobi to help set up a new criminal investigation unit.

Sat. 29/10: Channel 4: 1.55am (120mins) Raghu Romeo
Black comedy. Waiter Raghu is so obsessed with a TV soap opera star that he fails to notice that a dancer at the bar where he works has fallen in love with him. Starring new comer Maria Goretti. In Hindi with English sub-titles.


Thurs. 27/10: BBC Radio 4: 3.45pm (45mins) This Sceptred Isle: Empire
Trade with India. The East India Company was wily–nily taking on many aspects of government as it sought to boost its profits and extend its influence.

Thurs. 27/10: BBC Radio 4: 8.00pm (30mins) Club Class
Opus Dei. In the Da Vinci code they are ruthless villains with unlimited power and money. Opus Dei is one of the most mysterious clubs in the world. Simon Cox gains access to the the hidden world of Opus Dei to separate fact from fiction.

Fri. 28/10: BBC Radio 4: This Sceptred Isle: Empire
Clive of India. Clive’s military success and personal fame caused problems for both the East India Company and the government at home.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun 23 Oct: Colva Union, 32nd Anniversary of the Feast of Infant Jesus. Mass at 12.30pm. Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, Streatham, London SW16. Tickets: Adults £12.00; Children 12 and under £4.00. Contact: Bento Fernandes (020) 8672 0283; Arlene Fernandes (020) 8930 7679; Fiona Fernandes (01279) 432325 (after 9.00pm)

Sun 23 Oct. G.O.A. Snooker Singles Knockout Tournament. Entries by email to: Lazarus Rato 020 – 8767 0342

Sun. 30 Oct G.O.A. EGM/AGM commencing at 1pm at Archbishop Lanfranc School. Open to fully paid up members only.

Sun. 6 Nov. G.O.A. MASS FOR DECEASED MEMBERS at 1pm at ATC Hall, 192 Merton Road, South Wimbledon. Advance booking by 2nd November 2005 for the three course lunch (£6.50). Contacts: Alfred Rebello 020 - 8337 8022, Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663

Sun. 6 Nov. Nuvem Feast. White Hart Lane School, White Hart Lane, Wood Green, London N22 (opp the New River Sports Centre). Call Greg Carvalho 01245 261302 or Johnson Carvalho 020 8303 5822.

Sun. 20 Nov. Charity Dance (in aid of Osteoporosis Bone Disease) at Archbishop Lanfranc School from 12.30pm to 8.30pm. Music by: Mustang & Say One Do One. Admission: Adults £12 including food, Children 4 – 10 years £5. Contact: Irene Mendonca 020 - 8767 2762, Derrick Pereira 020 –8 952 8899, Cornelius Monteiro 020 – 8681 8716.

SOLD OUT! Sun. 20 Nov. Navelim Union Feast of Lady of Rosary - 25th Anniversary. The Silver Jubilee. SOLD OUT!

Sun 20 Nov. 2.30p.m. 78th Commemoration Mass for Ven. Fr. Agnelo De Souza at St. George's Cathedral, Westminster Bridge Road, Southwark. For details please contact Nina Pinto on 020 8767 0663.


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