Newsletter. Issue 2005-33. Sept. 01, 2005
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Gorgonio Lobo: A Centenary Birthday Tribute
Gorgonio Lobo was born in Uganda on 9 September 1905. He now lives in Parra, Goa and next week sees the grand family reunion with his children and grandchildren from literally across the globe for his 100th birthday. His is a remarkable life and he is fine form physically and mentally.
Gorgonio Lobo is the husband of the late Julia (Priscilla) Lobo. Father of Bertha/Bernard (Switzerland); Arthur/Shera (Australia);Judy/Terence (Australia), Alfred ( Canada ) and Sybil/Novarro (Canada). Grandfather of Severine, Charlene, Adrian , Lorraine , Vivienne, Keith and Conrad.
Gorgonio has written a brief and succinct autobiography and it is contained in the special GVUK supplement. Also in the supplement is a simple form to enable you to add your Congratulations by 8 Sept. Access the supplement by clicking here.

Lucy d’Abreu: Britains oldest person
31 Aug: The Independent (UK) … According to Guinness World Records, Britain’s oldest person is Lucy Victoria d’Abreu, born in India in 1892. She now lives in Stirling, Scotland, and claims her longevity is down to a "customary sun-downer of brandy and ginger ale".
[Lucy D’Abreu was born in Dharwar and attended St Joseph’s Convent in Belgaum).
For a profile of her see

Dr Francesca Cordeiro: Prize-winning glaucoma breakthrough
30 Aug: Evening Standard (London). Dr Francesca Cordeiro from University College has won $50,000 for her writing on glaucoma. She was awarded the prestigious Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Prize for an article which included information on a new technique to aid early diagnoses of glaucoma, before loss of vision occurs. Details at [Item contributed by Paul D’Mello]
31 Aug: UCL News. Dr M Francesca Cordeiro has been awarded the 2005 Lewis Rudin Prize in Glaucoma for her pioneering research on imaging retinal nerve cells … the $50,000 prize is awarded by The New York Academy of Medicine. Full text, 284 words at
Dr Cordeiro is ex-Saligao Goa, daughter of Ruffino & Lira Cordeiro of Bray, Berkshire, UK; sister of Lucinda and Mary Anne. She is married to Dr Raj Persaud.

Mombasa: Jennifer Colaço To Head Oshwal Academy
26 Aug: Coastweek (Mombasa). Jennifer Colaço, a graduate in Economics and Political Science, joins the Management Team at Oshwal Academy as the Head of the Senior School. Text at
Jennifer, was born in Mombasa, the daughter of Olga and late Leo De Souza and grand-daughter of Kenya pioneers, Romeo & Adelina Antao.She is also the niece of the late, and much loved Norton Antao of UK. She attended Star of the Sea Primary School (till Standard 4) and later to Fatima Convent Margao.
She is married to Gerson Colaco (teacher at the Coast Academy) and they have two children Lionel Colaco (currently studying Business Management at Middlesex Univ) and Charlene Colaco (A levels student in Mombasa).

UK: Rebecca Mascarenhas to open fourth restaurant.
25 Aug. Caterer & Hotelkeeper. Rebecca Mascarenhas, owner of London neighbourhood restaurants Sonny's in Barnes and the Phoenix in Putney, is opening a new eaterie in Abingdon Road, Kensington. Scheduled to open in early October, the restaurant will seat 100 and serve modern British food based on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Average spend is expected to be about £60 for two with wine. "We're going to be an everyday restaurant, not somewhere for special occasions," said Mascarenhas. She also owns a Sonny's restaurant in Nottingham.

New 'Nation' radio goes on air
29 Aug: Daily Nation (Nairobi). A new-look Nation radio will be unveiled this afternoon. Yesterday, the managing director of Nation Broadcasting Division, Mr Ian Fernandes, informed the listeners that the station had been deliberately off the air to prepare them for the new brand. For full text click here.
30 Aug: Daily Nation. A new-look Nation radio was unveiled yesterday evening. The Managing Director of Nation Broadcasting Division, Ian Fernandes said the new-look station would give new meaning to radio entertainment. For Photo and text click here.

Floyd Cardoz: Memories of Chowder
31 Aug. The New York Times. Just because it's hotter than 40 degrees outside doesn't mean that chowders are hibernating …
Floyd Cardoz, the executive chef at Tabla and the Bread Bar, grew up in Mumbai, and ate his first chowder there, at the age of 12. ''My mom made one for me,'' he said. In 2003, he started making chowder in the summer. His version is laced with coconut milk, cardamom, coriander and a bit of pasilla chili or chipotle. ''The cardamom works with coconut,'' Mr. Cardoz said. ''The sweetnesses play off each other, and the reason I like this dish is that I love coconut.''
For a GVUK profile of Floyd Cardoz see:


28 Aug: Croydon, UK. LUCY PAULINE MARTINS (ex-Nairobi). Daughter of Lily/late Alex Mascarenhas. Beloved wife of Plino. Mother to Lynsey and Neville. Sister to Angela/Ignatius and Melinda/Jeff. Sister-in-law to Suzette/Eric. Daughter-in- law of Mildred and late Joseph Martins. Aunt of Michele/Byron, Mia, Gemma, Alex and grand aunt of Aiden.
Funeral details will be displayed at when available. Condolences to
The funeral is on Tue 6 Sep. at 10.00am at St Columba's Church, 37, Queenhill Road, Selsdon, S Croydon CR2 8DW, followed by a short cremation service at Croydon Crematorium, Mitcham Road Croydon. No Flowers please, but donations will be accepted on the day to be shared between the Royal Marsden Hospital and St Christopher's Hospice.

26 Aug. Toronto. "REMY" MARIA De SOUZA (aged 81). Wife of the late Justin. Mother of Meena (Fabian Correia), Joe (Joyce), Sylvia (Gabriel Mascarenhas), and Stephen (Martha). Sister of Nasci Caldeira (Australia). Visitation on 28 Aug. at the Neweduk Funeral Home, Mississauga. Funeral Mass on Mon. Aug. 29 in Merciful Redeemer Parish at 10 a.m. Interment Assumption Cemetery. For photograph and full details click here.

25 Aug: Toronto. MARIA ANTONETA CARVALHO. (aged 88, ex-Mtwara, Tanzania). Wife of the late Sebastian Manuel Carvalho. Mother of Candida Coutinho, Hilary and Peppy Carvalho, Annie and Titus Remedios, Regina and Paul Coutinho, Augustine and Judith Carvalho. Funeral was on 29 Aug. Condolences to

24 Aug: Mauke, Cook Islands, South Pacific. ARTHUR DOMNIC FORTES (Ex. Min. of Water Devp. Moshi, Tanzania). Son of Lucia/late Placido Fortes. Husband of Victoria. Father of Joyce (USA), Charlene/Dominica, (New Zealand) and Des (Cook Islands). Brother of Desiderio/Olga (Cambodia) and Herbert/Josephine (Canada). Condolences to

22 Aug: Panjim, Goa. MRS. MARIA TEREZA PEREIRA E FERNANDES. Wife of the late Luis S. Fernandes. Mother of Esperance /Joaquim Rodrigues; Anna/late Danny Gomes; Santana/Isidore Braganza(U.K.); Milagrina /late Leo Braganza.

Aldona/Raia, Goa. JOSEPHINE FERNANDES (ex-Dar es Salaam). Relict of late Joaquim. Mother of Blanche/Edmund, Nascimento, Brian/Jessie, Nelly/Mario.

From: George Fernandes,
The family of Eulogio Fernandes (UK, ex-Mombasa) would like to thank all those who sent messages of sympathy, Mass cards, floral tributes and attended the funeral on 25 August. Eulogio Fernandes died on 20 August 2005.


Custodians of the past
25 Aug: Economic Times (Travel Special). The moment our car pulled up in the parking lot outside the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa we were assaulted with a barrage of body parts. Legs, hands, kidneys, hearts and other organs were thrust in our faces. 837 words.

Please Do Rain On Our Parade
26 Aug: Elliott Wave International (Georgia, USA) … there's only one place in the world that markets itself as a monsoon destination: the Indian state of Goa … according to a story in the Wall Street Journal, Goa has figured out that it's smart to market themselves to Arabs and other people who never experience rain. One travel posters says, "Come Feel the Rain." … Moral of the story: Wanting to go on a rainy vacation may seem crazy to most people but just right to those who live in a desert. For full text click here.

Mumbai/Goa/Lakshadweep cruises from Sept. 2005
28 Aug. Business Standard. Star Cruises, the popular Malaysia-based cruise company, is starting operations from India from September this year … the luxury liner SuperStar Libra (a 42,000 ton ship with 740 cabins and a passenger capacity of 1,480), will sail from Mumbai to, according to the cruise you pick, Lakshadweep or Goa. The cost of the cruise starts at Rs 3,600 per person for a shared cabin. 1009 words. For full text click here.

My holidays: Interview: Ann Widdecombe
28 Aug. The Sunday Times. Ann Widdecombe, 57, has been MP for Maidstone since 1987. In 1995, she was made minister of state, Home Office, with responsibility for prisons and immigration. She talks about her trip to Calcutta.“So, after three weeks I'd had enough of the heat and the squalor and I told my friend that I was off to Goa. That's European, after a fashion. I had a marvellous week in Goa. I know it's not like the rest of India, but in this case that was the attraction.”

Adventure tourism has potential to strike it big in India
1 Sep: World (Canada). The Mumbai-Goa route with virgin beaches, historical forts and scenic beauty of the Konkan belt can be popularised as a great driving experience.

SpiceJet's Red-Hot winter fares
1 Sep: The Economic Times. From 31 Oct 2005 to 31 Jan 2006, SpiceJet is making 9,999 seats available as 'Red Hot Specials' for Rs 999 per flight segment. These will be available through the internet for booking flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Goa, Pune and Bangalore. SpiceJet is at
Note: You can check fares for all internal Indian flights simultaneously at


GoaNet, started by Herman Carneiro in his teens, was 11 years old on 25 Aug. Check it out at

World Goa Day, Rene Barreto’s grand baby, was celebrated around the world on 20 Aug. and the ringing continues. This year Mozambique and Brazil joined the fray. The website is

From Felix D’Sa: Quebec Goan Association (QGA) members came out in fine force for the World Goa Day annual potluck picnic.The text description is at: For the photographs see:

GoaMog, one of Portugal's best portals on Goa was a year old on 20 August.

GOA NSW Sydney has published Newsletter 16 for August 2005 and is at

From Dom Martin: Please take a moment to read the petition for a commemorative Abbe Faria stamp on the occasion of his 250th Birth Anniversary. Please visit and extend your support.

Patricia Rozario is running in the Hydro Active Women's Challenge on the 4 Sept. in Hyde Park in order to raise at least £1000 for the work of CINI UK to improve the lives of poor and vulnerable women and children in India. Please follow this link to her online sponsorship page:


Goa State Film Festival in October
27 Aug: The Navhind Times. The Chief Minister, Mr Pratapsingh Rane, today informed the state legislative assembly that the Goa State Film Festival will be held in October, this year adding that the government would also provide help to the filmmakers in order to promote art and use the medium to convey social messages. For full text click here.

Goa seeks Central aid to remove ship
29 Aug. The Hindu. Goa has sought the assistance of the centrally administered National Institute of Shipbuilding and Designs (NISD) to study the process of re-tendering for the removal of M.V. River Princess, the dilapidated vessel that has been grounded off the famous Sinquerim tourist beach in North Goa's coast for over five years. 487 words. For full text click here.

Goa: Margao wakes up to the call of stray dog menace
30 Aug: Herald. Having ignored the stray dog menace in recent times, the Margao Municipal Council has suddenly realised the magnitude of the exercise in tackling the nuisance. Margao city is believed to be the home for about 5000 stray dogs.

Deteriorating finances a major concern for Goa
30 Aug: Business Line. While noting that Goa has admirably achieved a high level of development, both socially and economically, the State Economic Survey (SES) 2004-05 also reveals the scary side of "degeneration in its financial health". The main culprit has been the huge contingent of Government employees the State is saddled with. For full text click here.

Wipro may set up base in Goa
31 Aug: Business Standard. Goa may soon figure prominently on the national IT map with Wipro expressing desire to set up shop in the state. Its chairman Azim Premji, who was in Goa last weekend, also had a meeting 45-minute meeting with Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane. For full text click here.

Goa minister seeks 80% jobs for locals
1 Sep: Business Standard. In view of the growing number of unemployed youth in the state, Goa industry minister Luizinho Faleiro has asked all the industries to must give at least 80 per cent of the jobs to local Goans. For full text click here.

Goa to be permanent venue for the Film Festival
1 Sep: Asian Age. By Pamela D’Mello. For full text click here.

Keeping Assagao Clean
1 Sep: Navhind Times. Letter from Gervazio Peres. As the honorary advisor of the El Shaddai Charitable Trust, I want to make the authorities aware that we are deeply disturbed by the news that the Mapusa municipality, which is facing a garbage problem, has moved the government authorities to acquire land in Assagao for disposal of garbage produced by the town.


Estaquio Santimano who normally excels at sports news coverage has presented an informative article titled "Goa celebrates annual harvest festival with pomp and gaiety." Also, in another post, Estaquio explores issues relating to Intellectual Property following a recent national symposium on this theme at the Goa Institute of Management in Ribander. At its heart, the discussion has been about the move "from the free availability of knowledge to the advent of the Intellectual Property Regime (IPR) consequent to the commercialisation of knowledge."

In Goa, much discussion had taken place previously, on the planned Skybus project. Unfortunately, it did not take off for technical reasons. In its place, there is now a proposal for a Monorail transport system to connect Margao, Panjim and Mapusa.

For those avid Goan Voice(UK) readers who follow Goan tiatr closely, there is a substantial and informative article about Manuel de Santa Cruz and his significant contribution to tiatr.

The Sesa Goa Green Belt project plans to provide a Biodiversity Plantation in the vicinity of Goa University. The details provided so far, intend to "enhance the senses of vision, smell, touch and taste." Clearly, this is a garden in the making for all to enjoy.

Finally, yet another welcome quote on Goanet from Domnic Fernandes. "Remember that life's treasures are people, not things."

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


International Project: Panjim in the Year 2100
25 Aug. WorldChanging.Com. Goa 2100 Project seeks to transform Goa's capital city, Panjim, into an urban sustainability showcase … it calls attention to the fact that how people spend their time is a key element … the Goa 2100 model allows for more than adequate personal, leisure, household, and community time, in addition to the needs of work, childcare, education and many other factors. For text, 285 words, click here.
A fuller (4,602 words) description of the project is at:

Walk Will Help Children
25 Aug: The Citizen (Gloucester). Mary Earle is calling for support on a four-mile sponsored walk to help underprivileged children in Goa. The ramble will be on Sunday, September 18. All money raised will be handed to Jan Ugahi, a Goa-based charity, which helps children and women escape the shanty towns in the area. Anyone who would like more information should contact Ms Earle on 01452 383 376. For full text click here.

Portugal Exhibition: Paintings of Antonio Xavier Trindade.
25 Aug: Lusa. An exhibition of paintings by António Xavier Trindade goes on show in Portugal from 9 Sept to 21 Oct. at the Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes, Lisbon. Trindade (1870 – 1935) was of Portuguese origin and born in Goa. For details of him and the exhibition see:

Lock the gates, bar the door
26 Aug. Herald (Goa). By V M de Malar. Do you want to make some fast money? Check out, a reputed British internet portal for seniors. They promise a world-beating return on investment [on Goa property]. You can double your money in just two years … The reason we’re becoming an expatriate haven is because we are willing to hand over our land and resources for peanuts …If 50Connect is right, the Goan seller is a sucker, a dupe. We need to avoid the lure of short-term gain, to consider the rights of the future generations. 742 words.

Christie’s to Auction Nine Souzas

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27 Aug: Hindustan Times. Francis Newton Souza is among the artists featured at Christie's Asian art sales in New York, Sep 20-22. A strong and varied Souza selection includes landscapes, nudes and still-life. One of the highlights is "Girl with Hairpin and Girdle" that is estimated to fetch $80,000-100,000. Both gentle and yet highly suggestive, and blending European conventions with a compelling Indian motif, this painting is arguably one of Souza's most evocatively sublime depictions of the nude female. For text click here. For the auction details and thumbnails of the 9 paintings click here. For the FN Souza home page see The Tate Gallery in London is to have a solo Souza exhibition this Autumn.

Golden mile rocks to the party beat
27 Aug: Manchester Evening News … towns across the country are being linked with global fun hotspots … Brighton emerged as the new Goa for its new-age image and Newquay was twinned with Bondi Beach in Australia for its surfing culture.

UK: 'Racist' bomb attack aimed at Portuguese migrants
27 Aug: The Independent. Police are investigating an alleged racist attack against Portuguese migrant workers after an explosive device containing nails went off in a block of flats in Norfolk.

Book Review: Curry - The Spice of Life
27 Aug: The Guardian. Review of Curry: A Biography. By Lizzie Collingham. 336pp, Chatto & Windus, £16.99. Excerpt: In 17th-century Goa it was the visiting Portuguese who taught the local Indians how to make the exquisite egg and milk-based sweets that have since become part of the fabric of eating on the western seaboard. By way of reciprocity, the natives taught the Portuguese how to be clean: not previously known for their personal daintiness, the settling Europeans started lathering up and changing their pants with a regularity that amazed newcomers as they reached for yet one more helping of bebinka, a delicious mix of coconut milk, eggs and hunks of palm sugar.,6121,1557086,00.html

UK: Cricket: Players Needed To Join Goa Tour Party
27 Aug. Gloucestershire Echo. Cirencester Cricket Club's John Turton is looking for players to go on tour with him to Goa in February. He went there a few years ago and met Donwill Rodrigues who came over and played for Cirencester during the last two seasons. Turton's fortnight-long tour will involve four matches and the cost is £675, which includes all flights, hotel and cricket expenses. 126 words. For full text click here

Visit Delhi To Flatten Your Belly
29 Aug. Hindustan Times. An increasing number of UK's cosmetic tourists are visiting India for plastic surgery.,00430005.htm

Bahrain: Young Goans Club plans comeback
29 Aug: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain). A call has gone out to the public to help the 'homeless' Young Goans Club (YGC) get back on its feet. What was once one of the most popular expatriate social clubs in Bahrain is now in a desperate bid to revive its once thriving membership. 482 words.For full text click here.

Mumbai: Collapsing houses
30 Aug: The Times of India. Six people were killed and nine injured when Rassiwala Building at 2nd Marine Street, Dhobi Talao, crashed at about 12.40 am on Monday. An entire family- Jimmy Fernandes, his wife, son and mother-in-law-living on the first floor perished in the collapse.
31 Aug: Afternoon (Bombay). Joint funeral for Fernandes family. Click here
31 Aug: Afternoon (Bombay). Dhobi Talao is waiting for another explosion! Click here.

Foreign students are the competition
31 Aug: Bermuda Sun. …Under-educated Bermudians could be shipped overseas to countries where their physical labour will be welcomed. In so doing, they will be the same as the high-school graduates from Goa and Barbados and the UK who are shipped into Bermuda to provide the skills that our 47 per cent do not – and cannot – provide … The real competition is with all those public education systems in Goa and Barbados and UK and Canada and...It is the graduates from these systems who are steadily shipping – or being shipped - into Bermuda.

Lover found guilty of Goa murder
30 Aug: BBC. Adrian Duggan was found guilty of killing Catherine Campbell on Christmas Day 2003 in Goa. The court was told he stabbed her with a pair of scissors. The Herald newspaper reported that the defence claimed an unknown culprit had stolen some valuables and assaulted the couple. For text click here.
30 Aug: The Daily Mirror. Excerpt: Duggan emerged from the court in Panjim wearing a rosary and clutching a Bible. For text click here.
31 Aug: South Wales Argus. Murder trial unfair, says lawyer. 468 words.
31 Aug: BBC. Duggan was sentenced to life on Wednesday at the court in Panaji, Goa. Prosecutors said Duggan would spend the rest of his life behind bars although he is expected to appeal. 481 words.

Toronto: Restaurant Review: Fusion of Indian and French cuisines
1 Sep: Now Toronto. Mantra (31 Elm, at Yonge. Excerpts: … we opt for Goan spiced mussels steamed in tomato sauce with chick peas ($9), but are soon informed by our returning gracious server that the shellfish have turned … Goan fish and chips ($12) turns out to be three small, bright red, deep-fried unidentified fillets virtually devoid of spice, coupled with greasy matchstick fries.

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa

Sat. 3/9: Channel 4: 8.00pm (60mins) The Road to 9/11
What forces have had an impact on the structure and development of the Middle East over the last 80 years- and how have they contributed to rise in violence and religious extremism.

Tues. 6/9: Travel Channel: 10.00am (30mins) Zanzibar.
A series for travel and food lovers everywhere as Gène Bervoets tours the world, touching down in exotic and historical locations, cooking up local recipes and tasting some of the world's finest dishes. Gene’s quest for the ingredients of a chicken pilau begins in the tropical herb plantations at the centre of the island. Then it's off to buy fish at an auction, grab some vegetables (and a live chicken!) from the market and have a cup of herbal tea before the cooking (and partying) really begins!

Tues. 6/9: BBC 2: 8.30pm (30 mins) What the Ancients Did for Us
The Indians: From town planning to plastic surgery, metallurgy to yoga, the discoveries of ancient India have had a lasting impact on the modern world. Documentary.

Fri. 9/9: Channel 4: 9.30pm (30mins) Meet the Magoons
Around the world in Eaty ways: Nitin plans a variety of themed nights. 4th in this not so funny series.

Sat. 10/9: Travel Channel plus: 11am (30mins) Kenya.
Today we find Gène in Africa, keen as ever to discover local recipes and produce in the markets of Mombasa. He samples sweet potatoes and pili-pili on the beach and gets to try grilled zebra, impala and crocodile! There's also a flight over Mount Kilimanjaro, and the Masai Mara and a tour of the plains in search of some big game - but thankfully just as an observer, rather than a chef!

Sat. 3/9: BBC Radio 4: 1.10pm (40mins) Straw Poll
“Multiculturalism has never been so important”. Debate chaired by Nick Clarke.


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

Sun. 18 Sep. - Mon.19 Sep. Mini-Cruise Harwich to Southampton, All-Inclusive. £49 each. Buy your own tickets from the agent, Cruise Control, by 7 Sep. For details call 0870 890 2698 or click here.

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

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

Sat 8 Oct. Ballroom Dancing Bow Tie Charity Ball at Polish White Eagle Club, Balham, London SW17. Contact: Jacinto Fernandes 020 – 8542 5427

Sun 16 Oct. Uganda Reunion. 32nd Anniversary Uganda Reunion from noon to 7.00pm at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees, Grove, Streatham, SW16. Music by Maz N Co & fantasy Disco. Children's Magic Show, Raffle &Novelty Dances. Contact Christine De Souza Tel no: 0208 310 2332.

Sun 16 Oct. G.O.A. DOUBLES CARROM TOURNAMENT. (Ladies, Men & Children) Venue to be advised. Contacts: Richard Fernandes 020 - 8300 5347, Viju De Souza, 01784 430547, Lazarus Rato 020 – 8767 0342.


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