Newsletter. Issue 2005-37. Sep. 29, 2005
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Gama Rose appointed Chairman of the Nairobi Stock Exchange
Sept 2005. GWS (Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi) Newsletter. Mirabeau Da Gama Rose has been appointed Chairman of the Nairobi Stock Exchange.

A Gem of Her Kind
23 Sep: Gomantak Times. By Ayesha Barretto. Excerpts: Gemma Fernandes aged 11 dances, sings and acts. She had appeared on TV and is lead singer for a band … Gemma spent most of her growing years in the UK. In 2001, her parents decided to move to Goa … soon Gemma learnt Konkani, Hindi and Gujarati … Atmaram Pilgaonkar cast her in the lead role of his new play and Doordarshan TV featured a monologue by her … Play writer Alfred Fernandes selected her for a cameo role for the All Goa Konkani Tiatr Competition. Lead by her older brother, Ashley, on the keyboards, Gemma has also formed a band, the Sunshine Band.
Mario her father says, “I have given up everything in England to spend quality time with my children and expose them to the right culture and heritage they belong to.” Gemma adds, “Be proud of your culture, heritage and language. And preserve it before it’s too late!” [Alert by Joel D’Souza]
Gemma’s father, Mario, was born in Kenya and is son of Ana and late Bernard (Leicester). He is the brother of Genny, Mathias, Fatima, Maria and the late Edgar Fernandes who was slain in Turkey in 1998 – see

Steven D’Souza: New Book – Made in Britain
Made In Britain -Inspirational Role Models from British Black and Minority Ethnic Communities.” By Steven D’Souza. ISBN: 0273706004. Prentice Hall, Sep 2005, 248 pages. £9.99. The aim of the book is to inspire all people, especially those within black and minority ethnic communities to see that positive inspirational role models exist- and that we each have potential that can be realised and can benefit others.
Steven D’Souza is the Diversity and Organisational Development Manager for Merrill Lynch Europe Plc. Previously he was with the Abbey banking group, Radisson Edwardian luxury hotel chain and the Windsor Fellowship Programme. For more biographical info click here.
All royalties from the sale of the book will go towards educational charities. More info. on the book and ordering link (£6.99 saving 30%) by clicking here.
Steven was born in London and is the son of Christine (Moira) and Silo (Saligao) D'Souza. You can contact Steven at tel. 07915602039, e-mail -

Canada: John Sequeira: prostate cancer survivor
20 Sep: Canadian News Wire. Excerpts: Eight-year prostate cancer survivor, John Sequeira, says, "I didn't know that regular check ups were necessary. If I could do anything differently, I would have visited my doctor regularly and taken a more active role in my health. Men should realize that cancer can happen to them. Don't ignore symptoms like I did and talk to your doctor about preventative measures you can take to protect your health."
Diagnosed and treated in 1998, John Sequeira is in good health and is an active volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society, reaching out to prostate cancer patients in particular. For full details and links to the Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. Click here.
John Sequeira, was in Kisumu, Kenya, and then in Abu Dhabi prior to emigrating to Toronto in 1971. He lives in Scarborough with his wife, Lydia and sons Steve & Kevin. He had a quadruple bypass the same time he was undergoing cancer treatment.

Manuela Albuquerque is "California Public Lawyer of the Year 2005"
23 Sep. Contra Costa Times. City Attorney Manuela Albuquerque has been named "California Public Lawyer of the Year 2005" by the California State Bar Association. Albuquerque is of Goan origin. The Portuguese missionaries required converts to Catholicism to change their Indian names to Portuguese ones. Albuquerque, who was raised a Catholic, owes her name to what she calls "this early form of cultural imperialism."
As a matter of cultural pride, she continues to wear a sari today, even in court. In 2000, she was instrumental in the arrest, conviction and incarceration of a prominent Berkeley real estate mogul who was transporting minor girls from India to Berkeley for sex. The City Council issued a congratulatory proclamation in her honor at Tuesday's session. 329 words. Click here.
City Of Berkeley Press Release Click here.

Les Rodrigues: Red tape delays move to solar
24 Sep: The Ottawa Citizen. Excerpts: A first-time visitor to Les Rodrigues' home would likely never suspect the endless frustration and significant loss of money his business has experienced over the last two years. The tall, soft-spoken man lives in a spacious L-shaped Kanata bungalow attempting to promote solar domestic hot water heating systems which provide a supply of heating energy to hot water tanks … His systems are not yet certified safe in Canada … Manufacturers and entrepreneurs expect testing to take several months.
Mr. Rodrigues, meanwhile, sits in a corner of his crammed basement and says he's tired of waiting. Once people buy the systems, he says, they pay for themselves. The cost ranges from $4,000 to $7,000. 931 words. Click here.
Les Rodrigues, was born in Nairobi Kenya, lived in Parklands, attended Technical High and Duke of Gloucester Schools and lived there till 1963. He graduated from the University of London, Queen Mary College and lived in England until 1982 after which he moved to Canada. He is married to Marguerite.

AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes shares his story at Enterprise Awards
24 Sep: Today (Singapore). Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) should dare to dream big said the chief executive of Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia, Mr Tony Fernandes, at the Spirit of Enterprise (SOE) Awards 2005. "By dreaming, you achieve all the things you want. Never take no for an answer. You can have fun taking on the big brands," said Mr Fernandes in his keynote speech … Mr Fernandes said he was not looking at the India market because he believed it was "not ready for low-cost carriers." He noted that the process for Indian locals to get passport and other documentation for travelling out of the country was more onerous than in many other places.

Wendell Rodricks: Unique Fashion Protest
27 Sep. The Telegraph (Calcutta). After wowing Calcutta with a gorgeous spring/summer line Wendell Rodricks was back with yet another stunner. Signature dreamy drapes in pristine whites defined the Goa-based designer’s White Wizard look for the forthcoming season… “It’s a very young and sexy collection for the global woman,” he said. Wendell’s finale was, however, a deviation from his style story of the evening, as the stylist used his creativity to fight for yet another cause. A black dress, paraded on the ramp by model Deepika Padukone, was made of plastic bags, as a protest against the deteriorating garbage situation in Goa, his home town … “The garbage disposal system in Goa has completely broken down in the past few months and the entire place is in a mess right now. This is shameful since Goa is a major tourist destination. The government must do something about it and mine is just a small endeavour to highlight the menace,” explained the designer.Click here.

An entrepreneur truly worth its salt
29 Sep: Economic Times. At 36 years of age, Francisco D'Souza has gone places. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, studied in Hong Kong, worked in Europe and the US, Cognizant's chief operating officer (COO) belongs to the 'been there, done it’ club. D'Souza, who happens to be one of the youngest COOs of a global IT services company, has been at the helm of Cognizant's India operations right from its inception in 1994. In this interview conducted in April, this young achiever says what it takes to be a young turk in India, Inc. [For the interview click here].

James D’Silva: Madonna’s Fitness Guru
29 Sep: Daily Mail. (London). Madonna rolls up in a chauffeur-driven car and disappears into a London gym for one of her twice-weekly sessions with a fitness guru James D'Silva. And then, while her driver waits on a yellow line, along comes a traffic warden to sign a parking ticket and slap it on the windscreen. Astonishingly this has happened more than 50 times, incurring a minimum total of £2,500 in fines. But Madonna, who is worth an estimated £235million, obviously feels it is a price worth paying. The 47-year-old has been visiting the basement studio run by James D'Silva, to be strapped to a wooden apparatus nicknamed 'the rack' which is believed to create a leaner figure. The driver has tried reasoning with the wardens and keeping the vehicle constantly moving backwards and forwards. Still the tickets keep coming. 'By keeping the car moving, the driver is actually occupying the same space over a period of time,' claimed a spokesman for Westminster City Council.
For a GVUK profile of James D’Silva see


28 Sep: Sydenham, London. IDA ALMEIDA (ex Nairobi). Sister of the late Stanley, the late Lydia, the late Nolasco, the late Rosana, Eva, Bella, the late Abe, Zia and John. Funeral details to follow. Condolences to

24 Sep: Calgary, Canada. VIOLET MARIE ANTOINETTE DIAS. (Aged 89). Wife of Dr. Vincent Dias. Mother of Vivian and Greta of Brampton, ON, Vernon and Jane of Calgary, AB, Virgil and Terry of Thousand Oaks, CA, Valerian and Giselle of Victoria, BC, and Victor of Red Deer. Daughter of Edith (nee D'Silva) and Thomas Moniz. Grandmother to nine children. Funeral was on 28 Sep. For photo and full details click here.

22 Sep: Kenton, Middlesex, UK. LEONORA NATIVIDADE TELLIS. (ex-St Jacinto Island, Goa and Arusha, Tanzania). Wife of late Luis Antonio Tellis. Mother of Rose/Mario (South Africa), Santana/Suresh, Rosa/Angelo, Anton(Tony)/Olga, Anna, Augustino (Salu)/Monica, Fernando(Caetan)/Maria. She was also a Grand Mother and Great Grand Mother.
Funeral service will be held on Thur, 29 Sept. at 10 am, at St William of York RC Church, 1 Du Cros Drive, Stanmore HA7 4TJ. Followed by burial service at Harrow Weald Cemetery, Clamp Hill, Stanmore. Condolences to

22 Sep: Woodford Green, Essex, UK. STELLA CORREYA (ex- Dar es Salaam). Wife of the late William Correya; mother of Brian, Keith, Colin, Myrtle and Trevor; mother-in-law of Ruby, Smita, Sue and Gerry. Grandmother of Lionel, Simon, Ryan, Ramona and Liam. Funeral arrangements to be announced later. Enquiries/Condolences to 07958 646 929 and
Funeral Mass will take place at 10.00am on the 30 Sep. at St Antonys Church, St Antonys Road, London E7, followed by burial at the City of London Cemetery, Aldersbrook Road, Manor Park, London E12 at 11.00am. Everyone is then invited back to St Antonys Catholic Club, 13 Upton Avenue, London E7 9PN

22 Sep: Velim, Goa. ROMALDINA JOSEPHINA MORAES E FERNANDES. Wife of Florence. Mother of Menino/Philomena (UK).

21 Sep: Pilerne, Goa. ROBERTINA PIEDADE LOBO. Wife of late Martin. Mother of late Renissa Lobo (London), Anthony/Alvera (London), Lena/Menino and late Norman Maria/David.

17 Sept., Neasden, London NW2. FLORIANO CARVALHO. (ex Nakuru, Kenya). Husband of Philu (Rita). Father of Anthony (Tono) The funeral service will be held on Thursday 29 Sept at 11am at the Church of St. Mary & St. Andrew, 216 Dollis Hill Lane, London NW2 6HE and thereafter at Willesden New Cemetery, Franklyn Road, Willesden, London NW10 9TE. Reception at the Church Hall of St. Mary & St. Andrew. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, Masses be offered for Floriano Carvalho OR donation to be made to Diabetes UK, 10 Parkway, London NW1 7AA. Condolences to:


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Kingfisher to fly Goa-Agra from Oct
26 Sep: Rediff. With a view to strengthening its presence in tourist circuits, Kingfisher Airlines is all set to introduce direct non-stop flights from Goa to Agra next month, thus becoming the first domestic airline to serve these cities.

How low can long-haul fares go?
26 Sep: The Independent. Excerpt: Tim Jeans, the managing director of the scheduled arm of Monarch Airlines, said: "We do a seat to Goa at £350 and to Cancun at £270. By any measure, that is low-cost. But the idea of long-haul tickets at £99 one way is not going to happen. The numbers don't add up. The fuel price alone means it costs about £70 per seat to fly to the Caribbean or Orlando."

British Airways reduces India to UK fares
27 Sep: Hindustan Times. British Airways has announced a special return economy fare of Rs 19,000 from India to the UK from October this year, besides reductions in all other classes. Passengers have the flexibility to return anytime within one year of their outbound travel. The low fares would be available for sale between September 23 and October 31 this year. The low fare offer would also be valid for Europe, USA and Canada. Click here.

Russia's Middle Classes Trip Out to Goa etc.
27 Sep: Travel Industry Wire (Canada). Click here.

Goa villages to be tourist hubs
27 Sep: CNN. Click here.


Indian Catholic Church unveils new HIV/AIDS policy
9 Sep: Ekklesia. Click here.

Destruction galore as rains continue to pound Goa
23 Sep: Herald. Torrential rains over the past two days disrupted normal life while causing floods and damaging property in various parts of the State. Click here.
23 Sep: Hindustan Times. Rains lash Goa, affect normal life, air traffic. Click here.

Oil Spill Pollutes Goa Beaches
24 Sep: The Telegraph (UK). Goa's white-sand beaches have been tarnished with black oil and tar balls "the size of pancakes", it emerged this week. The pollution has been reported on more than six beaches across the Indian state, including Majorda, Utorda, Bogmalo, Colva and Palolem. Dr Wilfred D'Souza, the tourism minister for Goa, said: "We are putting our people on the beaches to clean them. I have told the director of tourism that the team must have the beaches cleaned within two days." Click here.

Goa to set up cruise terminals
24 Sep: Business Standard. The Goa government intends to set-up several cruise terminals across the state. According to highly placed sources in the secretariat, the state government has issued global expression of interest for setting-up cruise terminals in Goa. Click here.

Politicians have selfish interests on Mopa issue
25 Sep: Herald. The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) members have discussed this issue in detail at the general body meeting and the general consensus is that the Navy has to be shifted out of the present Dabolim airport with the airport being retained as an international civilian airport.

Goa Government to clamp down on rave parties
25 Sep: The Hindu. The Goa Government has issued a stern warning, on the face of the upcoming tourist season, that it will not allow rave parties in the State. Held mostly in the coastal tourist belt of north Goa, with loud music till late hours in the night and alleged drug abuse, the rave parties frequented by foreigners, local youth and domestic tourists, are opposed by the local people. Click here.

Mangalore to host World Konkani meet in Dec
25 Sep: New Ind Press. An ad hoc committee has established the ‘Vishva Konkani Parishad’ (World Konkani Council). It was also decided to circulate the objectives and the draft Constitution among all Konkani organisations in different parts of the world and invite them to the first meeting of the World Konkani Council to be held in Mangalore on December 4, 2005. Click here.

Goa to target cruise liner tourism
26 Sep: Deccan Herald. Eyeing the potential of cruise liner traffic to the west coast, the Goa government has invited expressions of interest to set up its own terminals, independent of the one operated by the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT). Click here.

Sesa Goa share price spikes on takeover rumour
26 Sep: Metal Bulletin News Alert Service (London). By Gilbert Lobo. Shares in India's Sesa Goa are soaring on takeover rumours after the country's biggest private sector iron ore producer reported record profits in the year to March 2005 … Mitsui, the Japanese company that holds 51 percent of Sesa Goa, may be planning to sell its entire holding to a strategic buyer, according to a market rumour. Rio Tinto - the world's second-largest mining resource company - is a possible buyer, according to market speculation … The company operates mines in Goa and Karnataka, but hopes to secure mining rights in other states in these other states. 319 words.

Goa Cabinet okays draft IT policy
27 Sep: The Goa Cabinet today approved a draft Information Technology Policy aimed at making the State a potential IT hub by wooing industry through incentives and boosting employment. Click here.

Guardian Weather Pages
27 Sep: The Guardian (UK). Goa, received 341mm in the 72 hour period to 0300 on Saturday, easily beating the September average of 255mm.

Bullfight fans in Goa seek its revival
28 Sep: Asian Age. By Pamela D’Mello. Click here.

Preparations begin for Goa International Film Festival
29 Sep. Zee News. Click here.

Dengue, leptospirosis outbreak due to garbage problem: Amonkar
29 Sep: Navhind Times. Dr Suresh Amonkar, the former health minister said the failure of the government in disposing the state garbage and further dumping it indiscriminately along the roads has now created a situation wherein the epidemic of these diseases can spread in the state. For full text click here.

JGF expresses concern at steps to convert Goa as tourism enclave
29 Sep: Navhind Times. Click here.

Goa offers single window clearance for IT projects
29 Sep: Business Line. Click here


The canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz, a son of Goa, is clearly taking much longer than expected. Do find out about the many requirements for sainthood in the Catholic Church and the reasons why there may be some current obstructions in the process. Indeed, readers of the Goan Voice (UK) could play an important part in helping to make sainthood a reality in this particular case.

Do share a view with Ethel Da Costa that, "it's time to think and work towards developing a wholesome Goa." Ethel's introspective article on this theme is as good as her many previous Heart to Heart articles.

In his distinctive style, Miguel Braganza draws our attention, to Goan village life as something to be really experienced. This view is well exemplified by drawing on material on Ancestral Goa by Mahendra Alvares.

And finally, if Goan Voice (UK) readers, and others, have yet to see on Dona Paula beach, the ghost of a beautiful Portuguese woman who walks in the surf on moonlight nights--naked except for her strand of pearls, genuine fascinating advice is now available on Goanet so that one does not unnecessarily miss out on this apparition. But do hurry please!

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


Tanzania: Shaaban Robert – Pioneer of KiSwahili
22 Sep: The Express (Tanzania). Shaaban Robert, writer and poet was born in 1909, in Tanga … By profession he was a customs officer. Recognized by those above him for his hard work, he was cited as an example to others, which gave rise to envy on the part of his colleagues (Indians for the most part). By the time of his retirement in 1959 his fellow clerks were mostly black Tanganyikans and he no longer suffered the disdain of Goans, Sikhs etc.. For full text click here.

Dance-bar women transfer to Goa
23 Sep: BBC News. A rising number of women who worked in the banned dance bars of India's Maharashtra state are now in the vice trade in neighbouring Goa, police say. The ban on about 1,400 bars has affected more than 100,000 women. Many women working earlier in dance bars had taken to vice to earn a living … In Goa girls have been arrested while openly soliciting men … tourists from around India and abroad come to Goa with a lot of money. They look for fun..., which they are now getting through these girls… 380 words. Click here.
Bar Dancers Shift Base to Goa
23 Sep: Times of India. Excerpts: In the past two weeks, nearly 2,000 bar girls have forayed into the red light areas of Goa to cater to customers from foreign countries … beach tourism in Goa is going to get hotter this month. 318 words. Click here.

Integrating a divided Britain
24 Sep: The Guardian. A week that began with a warning of a further retreat behind segregated ethnic lines across Britain concluded with the launch of a new government commission for integration … residential and school segregation has got worse … America is not our dream but our nightmare … To combat discrimination is not enough.,11374,1577412,00.html

Piecing together the picture of child sex tourism
24 Sep: Daily Yomiuri (Japan). An Indian taxi driver calls tourists "the main frequenters of prostitutes in Goa." But he admitted that some of his fellow taxi drivers were part of the problem as some of them are known to rape prostitutes they drive to tourist clients at hotels. This was an account given at a meeting of ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) held in Katmandu in 2003. Participants discussed the problem of child sex tourism in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

International Literary Festivals.
24 Sep. The Times (London). Festival fever is spreading … Watch out in South America for Colombia in 2006. And in the sub-continent for Goa in 2007. This is a British phenomenon that is going global.

Toronto: Word on the Street Book & Magazine Fair, Sun. Sep 25, 2005
24 Sep: The Toronto Star. … Booth 232B - Goa-Raj-Books: The Sixth Night, a Canadian Goan novel by Silviano Barbosa.

DJ fights to the finish
25 Sep: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain). Barry Rutherford, alias DJ Barry One, a veteran DJ has beaten the odds and is on the road to walking again without crutches thanks to a new custom made prosthetic leg from a Bahrain clinic … He suffered serious damage to his legs after five motorcycle accidents in India. He is heading for Goa where he plans to open a disco named "The Hop". Click here.

Charles Hay Cameron: Living in Bombay. 1852
25 Sep. MidDay. Excerpt: Our cooks are invariably Portuguese; who, being Christians, are not troubled with scruples regarding the preparation, or, indeed, appropriation of their master's repasts; and, though ostensibly providing their own meat and drink, contrive to live luxuriously and gratuitously on the abundant remnants of an Indian table. These men often attain to great excellence in their profession; a skilful artiste is sure of commanding a good place and high wages; and thus both their cupidity and ambition are exercised to produce dishes, which the most refined epicures fresh from the "cuisines" of Paris and London need not despise. These people generally belong to the Portuguese settlement of Goa, whence they migrate in considerable numbers to Bombay, always unaccompanied by their wives and children, for whose provision they cheerfully doom themselves to voluntary exile, until the realization of a sufficient sum will enable them to indulge in a six-months' visit to their family and friends at home.

Francis Newton Souza – New records
26 Sep: The Telegraph (UK). The market for modern Indian paintings moved up another gear in New York last week when 25 artists' auction records were broken, mostly by newly rich Indian buyers. On Tuesday, Sotheby's claimed records for Husain and Francis Newton Souza, the Goan artist whose work is highlighted in Tate Britain's new displays. But the records did not last long. The next day at Christie's new records were set for Husain (£272,000) and Souza (£159,000). Click here.

Indians take to online shopping
26 Sep: Indian Express. Click here.

Omar Sharif to visit Goa in November.
27 Sep. The Times of India. Omar Sharif has promised to come to India in November for the Film Festival in Goa.

Their Puppy Love 'Goas' a Long Way
27 Sep. Grimsby Telegraph. Sally Blyth and Michael Lloyd were on holiday in Goa when they discovered puppy Rani at an animal rescue centre. They decided to bring her back to the UK on a special cargo plane. The pup will remain in quarantine near Doncaster until December. 359 words. Click here.

Steve Duggan: I won’t rest until justice is done
27 Sep: South Wales Argus. Steve Duggan vows never to rest until his brother is cleared of murdering his girlfriend. He says he is convinced of his brother Adrian's innocence - despite being jailed for life for the murder of his girlfriend Catherine Campbell in the holiday resort of Vagator, Goa. Mr Duggan says his brother has told him that the couple were the victim of a violent robbery at their guesthouse on Christmas Day, 2003. He says: "Adrian doesn't remember that much about it because he became unconscious.” Click here.
Did he get a fair trial?
28 Sep: South Wales Argus. Click here.

28 Sep: Financial Times. Excerpt: The most demanding recipe served at Chutney Mary is the Goan "xacutti" This curry contains chicken, coconut and 21 spices. "Most Indian restaurants that claim to offer this recipe just grind all the spices together and throw them into the pot at the same time," observes Namita Panjabi. "We grind them one by one for a total of about three hours, then add them to the pot one by one for an hour and a half, according to their different roasting times." Chutney Mary is at 535 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW10,

India woos women in IT
28 Sep: Contractor (UK). The US IT sector is being outpaced by archrival India in the race to attract more women into high-powered technology jobs notoriously dominated by men … In India female technicians are steadily narrowing the gap on their male rivals as the number one choice for new, intermediate or senior level expertise in the IT department.

Australia: Perth: Paul de Souza Bashing Case.
28 Sep. ABC News. The family of Paul de Souza who was allegedly bashed by an Englishman, has labelled comments by the man's defence lawyers at an extradition hearing in London "utter nonsense". Mr De Souza's mother, Liz, says defence claims that the extradition bid was politically motivated is a red herring. For full text click here.

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa


Fri. 30/9: Film: The Bourne Supremacy: 20:00 (120 mins). Sky Movies 5.
Matt Damon stars as Jason Bourne. The film opens with him enjoying the anonymity of Goan beach life with his girlfriend Marie (Franke Potente). There are some graphical and dramatic shots of Goa including a thrilling car chase. For the trailer, stills, synopsis, reviews etc. check the film website -

Sun. 2/10: Travel Channel: 1.00pm (60mins) Globe Trekker
Estelle Bingham in Kenya.

Tues. 4/10: Channel Discovery Home and Health Plus : 9.00am (30mins) DOCUMENTARY: Adoption Stories
Rennie and Castelino are adopting a young boy from India who, coincidentally, shares his father-to-be's name. The couple anxiously await his arrival.

Wed. 5/10: Channel Five: 7.15pm (45mins) King Cobra
The largest and venomous snake in the world, inconspicuously rules the lush jungles of southern India, but in reality is a surprisingly shy and reclusive creature. Cameras follow the cobra as it hunts, fights for its territory and seeks a mate.


Sat.1/10: BBC Radio 4: 7.45pm( 45mins) Air Mail
Every week an international writer reflects on the latest events - political, cultural and social - in their part of the world. Today Vinod Mehta looks at events making waves in India.

Thurs. 6/10: BBC Radio 4: 8.00pm (30mins) Hindu Lives
Caught between two cultures? Personal stories of three generations of British Hindus - in conversation with Krishnan Guru-Murthy exploring how they have come to terms with their multiple identities and with some of the practices passed down to them by their parents.

Fri. 7/10: BBC Radio 4: 10.00am (45mins) Woman's Hour
With Martha Kearney. Madhur Jaffrey, actress and doyenne of Indian cookery, describes the magical tastes of her childhood.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

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

Sun 2 Oct. 2.30 pm – 5.00 pm. Whist Drive. St Ignatius Church, 27 High Road, Stamford Hill, London N15 6ND. Event repeats on the first Sunday of every month and no reminders will be published. Contact Regina 020 8808 7091

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.

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

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. For further details contact: Greg Carvalho 01245 261302

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.

Sun. 20 Nov. Navelim Union Feast of Lady of Rosary - 25th Anniversary. The Silver Jubilee will be celebrated at Wandsworth Town Hall. For further details contact: Maurilio Mergulhao on 01634 389777; Sandra Fernandes-Allen on 020 8395 5462 or Amelia Gomes on 020 8861 2073.

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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