UK: Rebecca Mascarenhas (ex-Mombasa)
– Saint Rebecca of Barnes
26 Oct: The Evening Standard. By Fay Maschler. Excerpts:
Rebecca Mascarenhas, owner
of Sonny's in Barnes and The Phoenix in Putney, has
brought her successful formula of food with a modern
sensibility, served in stylish surroundings, to Kensington.
The address 11 Abingdon Road - now doubles as the name
… Wine lists at Mascarenhas's restaurants are
always a source of excellent bottles … Open daily
noon-3pm and 6-11pm. As from next week, also breakfast
from 8am and afternoon tea. Set lunch and early-evening
supper £12.50 for two courses. A la carte, a meal
for two with wine, about £90 including 12.5 per
cent service. 11 Abingdon Road, W8 (020 7937 0120).
For full text and photo, click
From the Independent (UK). “Rebecca
Mascarenhas, better known as Saint Rebecca of Barnes
for her work in bringing edible food to the good people
of SW13 through restaurants such as the long-serving
Sonny's, has been a player of some consistency.”
In 1975 Rebecca Mascarenhas played
the part of Nurse Chatterjee in BBC’s Play For
Today: Through The Night. In 1980 she was Princess Ayallah
in Thames Television’s Jukes of Piccadilly.
From Goan Voice UK, 11 May 2001: Rebecca
Mascarenhas, who owns four fashionable restaurants was
the guest judge on BBC 2 TV Masterchef on 8 May 2001.
Rebecca Mascarenhas was born in Mombasa,
daughter of the late Sonny and Carmen (nee Freitas);
brother of Vernon (who owns a farm in Surrey and was
featured in GVUK 2005-26). The family emigrated to Norwich,
Norfolk, in 1967. She named her restaurant chain after
her father. For more info about Rebecca Mascarenhas
|UK: Robert De Souza, principal research
analyst at Gartner
13 Oct: CRM Today.
"Companies in Germany, Spain and Portugal plan
the largest IT budget increases for 2006 followed by
the U.K. and Scandinavia," said Robert
, principal research analyst at Gartner.
For full text click
Robert is currently based in Egham, Surrey. He was born
in Nairobi, Kenya but has lived almost his whole life
in the UK. He is the son of Hubert and Carmella De Souza
formally of Nairobi; brother of Charmaine De Souza.
He traces his Goan roots to Tivim. For a profile of
Robert and a list of his recent reports click
|For links to more information about Robert
De Souza click
|UK: Laila Rouass
16 Oct: The News of
the World revealed that Laila
Rouass has landed a lead role in Freebird, a
new British film opposite Quadrophenia star Phil Daniels.
Laila, 30, famous as superbitch Amber Gates in the hit
TV series, Footballers Wives, will play Phil's character's
28 Aug: Mail On Sunday.
Feature article, 1,576 words, on Laila Rouass. Excerpts:
Laila’s exotic good looks come from her Goan-Moroccan
parentage … she grew up in Brick Lane, the eldest
of seven children … Her parents and sister still
live there and Laila spends a lot of time in the area
… “Brick Lane is so cosmopolitan - it has
a real buzz about it,” she says. “I still
like to spend time there at weekends.”
She lives in Chelsea Harbour, which is something of
a celeb enclave. Her neighbours include Robbie Williams
and Sir Michael Caine. For a GVUK profile of Laila Rouass
Canada: Melville D’Souza
20 Oct: St. John's Telegram (Newfoundland). By Bernard Adey.
Excerpt: While in Francois, we met an amazing character, Mel
D'Souza. He is originally from Africa but now lives
in Brampton, Ont. Mel bought a house in Francois and spends
a number of months there each year. He writes for the Downhomer
and does all he can to promote the community and the southwest
Writer/cartoonist Mel D’Souza, firstname.lastname@example.org
was born in Dar es Salaam in 1937 and worked in Caltex 1953-71.
He is married to Lineth and they have two children, Helen
and Gillian. He had been in Canada since 1971 and traces his
Goan roots to Saligao. Fred Noronha has written about him
and provided links to some of his illustrations – click
UK: Rudy Lobo:
Chief Operating Officer, Regus
21 Oct: The Daily Telegraph
(UK). Rudy Lobo has been
named as Chief Operating Officer of Regus.
Rudy joined Regus fourteen years ago and re-assumed
the role of Group Finance Director in Oct. 2003 prior
to his latest appointment. As well as driving Group
performance, Rudy's new role will see him responsible
for commercial operations, human resources and for directing
Regus’ IT and e-business strategy.
Rudy is also a Director
and Trustee of the Charity Great Causes Limited. Previously
he was Finance Manager and Group Company Secretary of
Medicom International Ltd, a publisher of medical journals.
For more information about him, click
Acclaimed soprano Patricia Rozario
21 Oct: Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Excerpts: This weekend,
the presence of noted soprano Patricia
Rozario will change the reputation of Cappella Romana
… Rozario lives in London but was born in Bombay …
she was awarded an OBE four years ago … she has made
more than 30 recordings of his music … A descendant
of a family long connected to Goa, Rozario grew up in a highly
Westernized family. For full text, 539 words, click
21 Oct: The Oregonian. The stratospheric soprano. 539 words.
24 Oct: Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Rozario's voice made the
evening. Excerpts: Rozario has a voice of exceptional beauty:
creamy and crystalline in timbre and a wonderfully even register
… singing with verve and accuracy, Rozario traversed
Tavener's score with seeming ease and dramatic emphasis. 397
here. For a GVUK profile of Rozario see http://goanvoice.org.uk/supplement/PatriciaRozario.html
Steve D’Souza: Book Review:
Made in Britain
21 Oct: Black Britain, UK. Made in Britain is a new inspirational
book written by Steven D’Souza
and Patrick Clarke; two professionals who are successors of
the community … Steven D’Souza is an accomplished
speaker and writer on diversity issues … Made in Britain
has now sold an estimated 7,000 copies and is now in all good
book shops. Click
For details of the book and photograph of D’Souza see
GVUK issue 2005-37. You can contact him at tel. 0791 560 2039,
e-mail - email@example.com
Dr Joel Almeida: From Mainstream
Jazz To Beyond
21 Oct: Bath Chronicle. On Sunday night we have a rare treat
– the Guardian jazz critic has called Dr JSM "breathtaking,"
describing the music as "virtuoso displays sometimes
difficult to credit to mortal beings" … Dr JSM
is comprised of three musicians: Goan songwriter and performer
Dr Joel Almeida; Selvaganesh,
hand percussionist from John McLaughlin's Shakti; and vocalist
Manesh, who trained with India's most revered singer, MS Subbulakshmi.
24 Oct: The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Dr Joel Almeida:
Music treat and a personal tsunami battle. For Dr Joel Almeida
who brings his Asian musicians to the Holmfirth High School
on Monday, November 7, the fight against the tsunami is personal.
The doctor/musician who lives in this country has just returned
from tsunami relief work in India. Click
|Francis Newton Souza
22 Oct: The Spectator
(UK). FN Souza is an interesting
case in point. Indian-born, he came to England in 1949,
subsequently living in New York and India. His particular
brand of spiky and distorted figuration has its admirers,
but its appeal has remained fairly restricted until
now. In the new hang at Tate Britain, Souza is designated
an 'important artist' and accorded a whole room, and
the NPG, ever ready to follow the Tate's lead, has included
him in this show. A shame that Souza didn't live to
see his promotion: for one of his political interests
it would have been highly amusing.
The photograph showing Souza with his daughter, Anya,
was taken in Souza’s former apartment in Hampstead,
Keith Vaz: Anger at Asylum Policies
24 Oct: Leicester Mercury. Keith Vaz
has presented a petition signed by 2,500 people to the House
of Commons protesting at plans to abolish the right of appeal
to visitors, including foreign students and workers, after
their applications to stay in Britain have been rejected.
|Dr Joaquim Goes: Dead fish pile
up on Omani coast.
25 Oct. Gulf News (UAE).
Huge quantities of dead fish have washed ashore on the
eastern coast of Oman … Dr Joaquim Goes, a scientist
at the US-based Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences,
feels the phenomenon could be due to anoxic waters or
waters that promote blooms of toxic algae. Goes and
his team have carried out research on global warming
and its effects on marine life in the Arabian Sea. The
Bigelow Laboratory is working with Sultan Qaboos University.
For full text click
Dr Joaquim Goes was
born in Nairobi, his parents being the late Octaviano
Goes and Idalina dos Merces Goes. He is married to Helga
Gomes. For the GVUK profile on Dr Goes click
For more info about Dr Goes click
26 Oct: Toronto. NELSON D'SOUZA Husband to
Dolly. Father to Glenn (Sharon), Derrick (Sandra), Audrey
(late Vincent), Debbie (Hubert), Karyn (Chris), Bert and Joe
Visitation: Fri Oct 28 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm:
Simple Alternative Funeral Home, 1057 Brock Road, Pickering.
Funeral Mass on Sat at 12 p.m. from St. Dunstan Roman Catholic
Church, 3152 Danforth Avenue. For photo and full details click
20 Oct: Wembley, Middlesex,
HA9 8EQ. FRANCISCO DIONISIO FERNANDES
(Aged 85, Ex Nairobi, Kenya, born in Benaulim, Goa).
Husband of Carmelina Fernandes. Father of Berta/Mariano,
Joaquim/Conceicão, Anthony/Rosy. Grandfather
of Giuliano and Jarzinho, Baby Jussara, Antonia and
Funeral Arrangements: Reception into Church: Thu. 27
Oct. at 7.00pm.
Funeral Mass: Fri.
28th Oct at 12.00 noon. Reception into Church and Funeral
Mass at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 339
High Road, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 6AG. Burial at Alperton
Cemetery, Clifford Road, Wembley, Middlesex HA0 1AF.
Thank You from the Pereira Family
Re the Death on 18 Sept. 2005 of MARIA BERTHA PEREIRA
(nee ALFONSO, ex-Uganda & Mombasa): Gustav Pereira, Rowena/Robin,
Edgar, Sabina Alphonso and family would like to express our
sincere appreciation for thoughts, kindness and sympathy shown
at our time of sorrow. They mean a great deal to us.
Goa: Holiday Apartment for Rent
One bedroom S/C air-conditioned Holiday Apartment. Superb
location overlooking the sea, between Miramar and Dona Paula.
Car with or without driver available if required. Tel. (London):
079 3088 0584 or 020 8841 1280 or e-mail Ffelixita@aol.com
Monsoons and Tattoos in Goa. By Robin Esrock
22 Oct: Vancouver Sun. Excerpts: The Goan government, a
banana republic on the verge of ripening, is shutting down
parties and shifting the tourist scene from modern trance
hippies to charter tours. The result: No music in the beachfront
cafes past 11 p.m., high-level corruption, more organized
crime and a feeling of paradise lost among the expats …
A doctor from the Israeli Special Forces arrived to "escort"
an Israeli home after he lost his mind on LSD, running around
naked and making a general nuisance of himself. There are
hundreds of Israelis in town … Indians here have names
like Angela Rodriguez and Carlos Gracias … On $10
a day I lived like a king … For a 422 words summary
For the full report, 2,476 words, and 30 photographs, click
For the account of Bombay and the train journey to Goa click
Slow train to Goa
23 Oct: Sunday Telegraph (UK). One way to get to know India
is by taking a luxury train tour. Linsey Wynton is enchanted
by the glamorous Deccan Odyssey. Click
Internal Indian flights to Goa Peaks
26 Oct: Economic Times. One of the busiest destinations
this Diwali, going right up to the New Year, is Goa. “Goa
is very hot and tickets are sold out from mid-December right
up to the first week of January,” said Manoj Chacko,
who heads sales at Kingfisher Airlines. Fares may go up
further if demand keeps increasing at the current rate,
sources said. Click
Chartered flight arrivals in Goa rising
27 Oct. Economic Times. Goa tourism industry is expecting
a big jump in chartered flight arrivals this season. Dabolim
airport will be allowing night operations from this season.
Frommers Goa Website:
Excerpts: Anjuna Beach became a rocking venue for party
demons and naturalists who would sell their last piece of
clothing at the local flea market for just enough cash to
buy more dope and extend their stay … A living museum
of colonization, Goa is a rich amalgam of Portuguese and
Indian influences … Dotted among the palm groves and
rice fields are dainty villas bearing European coats of
arms … Goa is colonized every winter by white-skinned
tourists here to indulge in the rather commercialized trance
culture … Come for at least 3 days, and you may end
up staying for a lifetime… Check out the many sections
of the Goa Guide. Click
GOA NEWS HEADLINES
India: Panel set up for airspace
21 Oct: Sify.com. A panel, headed by Civil Aviation Minister
Praful Patel, has been constituted to resolve issues between
the civilian and military aviation operators and streamline
management of the Indian airspace. There are several airports
in the country, where civilian air traffic is on the rise,
but restrictions on air operations for civilian purposes exist
… The airport at Panaji in Goa is operated by the Indian
Navy … Problems faced by the civilian operators include
the timing of operations, the air corridor through which the
aircraft should fly, parking areas, air traffic control and
management and night landing, sources said… http://sify.com/finance/fullstory.php?id=13969015
Goa bites the pharma pill
21 Oct: Business Standard. The Goa government after the much-publicised
campaign to attract the IT sector is now eyeing pharma industries.
But the condition of small-scale industries which have already
ventured into the pharma sector in the state is pathetic.
Flooding of spurious drugs from other states has dogged the
pharma business in the Goa for a long time. Click
The Goa Garbage crises
22 Oct: WorldChanging (Weblog). We hear a story from Goa,
where human waste was traditionally disposed of in "pig
toilets", open-sided outhouses where human waste became
pig food. Unfortunately, this environmentally friendly model
doesn't work in five-star hotels, and there's insufficient
space in Goa to bury this human waste. So the waste is transported
by trucks into rural areas, and dropped in villages. But villagers
have started stoning these trucks as they arrive, and the
garbagemen now need to be protected by armed guards. [A rather
implausible view - Ed,] http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/003666.html
Goa Film Festival: Iffy about it
23 Oct: Indian Express. After Locarno, Toronto and London,
it’s IFFI in Goa. The location is different but the
films won’t be. Click
Goa: Two students drown off Colva
beach and four others hospitalised
24 Oct: Herald. Tragedy struck a group of medical college
students when two of their colleagues drowned off Colva beach
and four of their colleagues are battling for their lives.
Goa: Pollution board chief favours
advanced disposal methods
25 Oct: The Hindu. Goa turning into a dumping ground for hazardous
waste. The State produces 9,000 tonnes of industrial waste
a year Local bodies just spend 5 per cent on waste management
… Goa, which is regarded as a paradise on the west coast,
is becoming a dumping ground for hazardous waste. Click
Goa: IFFI: Raring To Go
25 Oct: Hindustan Times. The International Film Festival of
India promises a cinematic feast to whet the appetite of film
Goa: St Cruz folks take to streets
25 Oct: Herald. Thousands of people, cutting across all boundaries
of religion, caste, creed, politics, age and sex, marched
through the streets of Panjim to protest against the decision
of the State government to include areas from Santa Cruz Constituency
and other villages in the PDA.
Fashion show to rock Goa soon. By
27 Oct: Asian Age. Charmaine Shackelton gets her second all-Goa
fashion show ready to roll this weekend. Her event "L’affaire
Xtraordinaire" combines fashion, music and dance. Click
Tension runs high at Parra prayer
27 Oct: Herald. Over 2000 people were denied the opportunity
to attend a three-day evangelistic prayer meeting at Parra,
after police surrounded the venue and prevented them from
entering … some Hindu organisations, including the members
of Sanathan Prabhat, had strongly opposed the event …
The Hindu groups threatened to take law into their hands and
stall the event. http://oheraldo.in/node/5815
RECENT ITEMS OF PARTICULAR
INTEREST ON GOANET. BY CORNEL DACOSTA
Two substantial articles have appeared recently on Goanet.
Both are fascinating and informative in distinct ways. Firstly,
read Ramnath G. Naik's article about "Social damage
done by Goa's language controversy and the conspiracy behind
it." Secondly, read Domnic Fernandes's insightful article
on the theme of how entertainment revolved around Mother
Nature in the past. This is followed by a shorter article
on the Munz (Girdle). As always, Domnic excels in generating
interest in quite unusual topics.
Have we heard about the Konkani plays and films by Prince
Jacob? If not, an account of his work, and indeed, of other
Goan celebrities in the world of entertainment are featured
well on Goanet.
More details can be found at the Goanet archives at http://www.goanet.org
Or to subscribe to Goanet, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
IN THE NEWS
Exploring India's complex cuisine
18 Oct: Orlando Sentinel. Chef Desmond D'Souza, 49, a native
of Mumbai, India, has lived in the United States for 25 years.
As president of the Central Florida chapter of the American
Culinary Federation, he is an important influence on the local
culinary scene, but he has a particular affection for his
native cuisine. He is the new owner of Clay Oven restaurant,
1275 S. U.S. Highway 17-92 in Longwood. For photo and full
Life after Pi
20 Oct: Jerusalem Post. Yann Martel has won the Booker Prize
for his bestselling novel Life of Pi which not only won Britain's
top literary honor, but it's been translated successfully
into over 30 languages. "I wrote Pi at a point of crisis,"
he relates. " I went to India planning to concentrate
on my next novel, which was to be set in Portugal. Unfortunately,
the novel died in my imagination. I thought of returning to
Canada, but stayed instead to enjoy Goa, and soon opened my
mind and my heart to where I was.” Click
Our Sparkling Passion
21 Oct: The Express (London). Christina Bowden, 40, a press
officer for John Lewis, lives with her daughter Grace, eight,
in south London. She has collected rings for years and has
more than a hundred. She says, “My favourite rings are
the ones that remind me of special occasions. For my 40th
birthday last year, I went to Goa and bought some beautiful
rings. One has little purple stones set in a chunky silver
base - it's very modern. Another is a big purple flower made
Is Christ Visiting India's Oppressed
21 Oct: Crosswalk.com, VA, USA. 1610 words. Click
HIV shame brings spike in suicides
23 Oct: The Toronto Star. The deaths of a 34-year-old taxi
driver and his 22-year-old wife in the coastal town of Vasco
da Gama in Goa baffled relatives and neighbours and made newspaper
headlines as police failed to find a motive. The truth emerged
when forensic specialists at Goa Medical College sent blood
samples from the couple and the six-month-old fetus of their
daughter for HIV tests … all three samples turned out
to be HIV-positive - the couple had committed suicide. Click
UK: Afro-Caribbean and South Asian
communities rage war against each other
24 Oct: The Guardian. How tension in a Birmingham suburb erupted.
Excerpt: It began as a whisper, an inflammatory rumour that
gained horror and currency each time it was told. It was said
that after being caught shoplifting, a [black] girl of 13
or 14 had pleaded for leniency, but had been raped by between
three and 25 Pakistani men in a suburban beauty store. Click
For the current developments, click
Plastic bags are a scourge of the
26 Oct: The Guardian, Excerpts: the plastic bag's days may
be numbered. … in March 2002 Bangladesh became the first
country to ban them outright … restrictions now apply
in Goa and some other Indian states … Kenya is expected
to ban them, after Wangari Mathaai, the 2004 Nobel peace prize
winner, linked plastic bag litter with malaria. Last week,
France said that the bags would be completely banished after
2010 … The UK, however, stands firmly in the "do
nothing" camp. Full text 1.624 words at
Leos on a mission of mercy
26 Oct: Evening Herald (UK). Two young men from Saltash are
planning a charity trip to Goa in India next February - and
they need your help. Saltash Leos Club member Matthew Coot,
17, and club president Kevin Stephens, 23, plan to start up
a news Leos club with one of the Goa Lions clubs which are
twinned with Saltash Lions … The duo will be joining
Saltash couple Sue and Colin Russell, who flew out to India
yesterday, and will be spending up to seven months there.
For more details of Kevin and Matthew's trip, or to sponsor
them, contact Kevin on 01752 846597 or Matthew on 01752 847542.
307 words. Click
UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa
Sat. 29/10: BBC 2: 10.00am (90mins) Saturday Kitchen
Antony Worrall Thompson is joined by Reza Mahammad, Manju
Malhi and Vicky Bhogal for a morning of delicious Indian food.
Madhur Jaffrey pays a visit to the home of an amateur chef
to help plan a dinner party menu.
Sat. 29/10: UKTV Food: 9.30pm (30mins)
The Naked Chef
Home made chicken & fish curries with lemon pickle, coriander
dip and lemon rice.
Sat. 29/10: UKTV Drama: 10.10pm (110mins) Film: White
Film drawn from real events, about a group of British aristocrats
living in Kenya's Happy Valley during World War II.
Tues. 1/11: BBC 1: 11.50pm (30mins) Karma Lives
As the UK's Hindus celebrate Diwali, a cross section of the
community reveal how their faith has helped them make sense
of modern life.
Fri. 4/11: Channel 4: 12.00am (65mins) Documentary:
A look at the Hindu festival through the eyes of Glaswegian
Fri. 4/11: Channel 4: 1.15am (165mins) Film. Ab Tak
A pacey crime drama. A maverick Mumbai policeman makes almost
as many enemies among his colleagues as he does in the criminal
world. In Hindi with English subtitles.
Sat. 5/11: Channel 4: 1.45am (160mins) Film. Saathiya
Polished romantic drama. A young couple's hopes of a happy
marriage are dashed when their parents argue about issues
of class. In Hindi with English subtitles.
Sat. 29/10: BBC Radio 3: 11.20pm (100mins) Hear and
Tom Service presents the City of London Sinfonia's special
Hear and Now Studio Concert recorded at Cadogan Hall. With
Patricia Rozario (soprano). Conducted by Sian Edwards.
Sun. 30/10: BBC Radio 4: 7.45pm (45mins) Tales from
1/5: Condolence Visit. A series of stories based
in a Bombay apartment building. Daulat is determined to grieve
for her husband in her own way without the interference of
family and friends.
Wed. 2/11: BBC Radio 4: 2.15pm (45mins) Afternoon
Mixed Blood. A young British Asian woman whose life
begins to unravel when she is faced with the possibility that
her real father may actually be white.
for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon
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.
Sun. 27 Nov. 5.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy.
Konkani Mass will be celebrated
at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High
Street, Cranford, Middlesex
Sun. 4 Dec. G.O.A.
FEAST OF ST FRANCIS XAVIER at 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
FOR LATER EVENTS SEE http://www.goanvoice.org.uk/