Newsletter. Issue 2006-26. Jun. 29, 2006
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Who cares about carers?

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12 Jun: New Statesman (UK). Excerpts: … Rose Fernandes is a 45-year-old widow and mother-of-four whose youngest child, Crystal, 20, is severely autistic. Rose's mother, Maria Fernandes, aged 77, suffers from dementia, and she and Crystal live with Rose, creating a huge bill of care. Rose feeds, clothes, cleans and manages both of them around the clock …

She says, “The times when I feel like crying - that's when I have to watch out, because I know that I could go right over the edge. Recently I was feeling at the end of my rope and I said to my social worker: 'I think I'm going to have a breakdown. What would happen to us then? Who would look after Crystal?' He just looked right through me, though. No answer. People think that carers are like robots or machines and can carry on endlessly without a break. It's crazy." For full text, 2296 words, click here.
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To listen to Rose Fernandes in a BBC interview click here.
Rose Fernandes was born in Masaka, Uganda and lived in Kampala before the UK. She has developed alternative therapies for her daughter which has proved hugely beneficial. You can contact her by writing to

Fiona Dias: The new profit pick-me-up.
20 Jun: Financial Times (UK). Circuit City is the second- largest US consumer electronics retailer … "We really didn't think it would be this big," says Fiona Dias, Circuit City's chief marketing officer, recalling the launch of the in-store pick-up service in 1999 … Ms Dias at Circuit City has had other surprises, too. Last year the retailer saw a dramatic increase in "go-get" online sales. "On Christmas Eve, we had this torrent of people coming through the door for pick-ups," she says. 1267 words.
Bio: A native of Kenya, Fiona Dias joined Circuit City in 2000 as Senior Vice President of Marketing and was appointed President of Circuit City Direct in 2003. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and began her career as a financial analyst for Merrill Lynch. Prior to serving as a marketing executive with various consumer brand companies, Fiona earned her MBA at Stanford University. For more info about her click here.

Loretta & Antu Braganza (ex-Tanzania). Golden Wedding Anniversary
23 June: Loretta R. Braganza (nee Miranda) and Anthony (Antu) Mario Braganza, former residents of Bandra, Belgaum, Goa, Tanga, Dar es Salaam, Moshi, Tanzania and now residing in Massachusetts, USA celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Sat. June 23, 2006. They can be reached at telephone (508) 587-9348 or by mail at 20 Elmside Road, Brockton, Massachusetts. USA or

Canada: Mireille Gomes recognized for volunteer contributions
23 Jun: Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Seven young people will be honoured with the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers for their exceptional voluntary contributions that have changed communities across Ontario, Canada and around the world … Mireille Gomes of Mississauga for leadership to both the St. Peter and St. Paul Youth Group and for spearheading research in biomedical computing at Queen's University. Click here.
Mireille Gomes was born in Mumbai, India. She is the daughter of Randall and La-Rita Gomes.

New Zealand: Ruth DeSouza: Ethnic network to launch journal
26 Jun: Scoop (NZ). A year after the launch of the Aotearoa Ethnic Network, Ruth DeSouza and Andy Williamson are set to launch the AEN Journal. Providing critical discussion on issues facing ethnic communities, the AEN Journal features articles from New Zealand’s ethnic community and from overseas. …

AEN founder Ruth DeSouza says that the AEN Journal “is about communication; telling our stories, giving our views and having our say. It’s a place for smart and creative thinking, somewhere to raise issues and challenge assumptions”. Issue 1 is launched on July 3. It will be available on line at and is free. For full text click here.
Ruth DeSouza was born in Tabora, Tanzania and is the daughter of Edwin and Ivy DeSouza (ex Dar & Nairobi). Her family migrated to Nairobi in 1967 and in 1975 to New Zealand. For a profile of Ruth see

New Zealand: Sean D’Souza: Taking charge of margins
26 Jun: Stuff (NZ). Auckland marketing guru Sean D'Souza of PsychoTactics says all small firms should be regularly pushing on their pricing to discover exactly what the market will bear. He says the biggest mistake in business is to discount to get customers. It might seem an easy way to get more sales but it will just kill a firm's margins … Click here.
Sean was born in Bombay and traces his Goan roots to Assagao. He is the son of Winfred and Edmond; brother of Warner and Cherida. His hobbies are travelling & food. For his bio see

Robin takes his gloves off to good effect
26 Jun: The Weston & Somerset Mercury (UK). Weston entered their latest clash against Lansdown brimming with confidence … Within 10 minutes of the start it looked like the Weston wheels had finally ground to a halt as both openers, Robin d'Souza and Shabil Ahmed, found themselves back in the pavilion, d'Souza having spooned the first delivery of the innings straight to point. For full text click here.
Robin d’Souza was born in 1982 in Dubai and is a member of the Goa cricket team.

Swindon, UK: Students celebrate cultures
28 Jun: Swindon Advertiser. At Drove Primary School differences are a reason to celebrate. The school, along with four others, has made a DVD called From The Inside Out, which looks at what it's like to be a child from a different culture living in Swindon. Pupils filmed the entire DVD themselves and had overall editorial control. Children at the school speak 27 different languages, including Goan [sic] and Somalian … Photo showing Daisy Fernandes. Sian Gannon and Jufen Fernandes. Click here.

Edna Fernandes: Recoiling from a bruised past
29 Jun: The Pioneer. Book Review. Excerpts: Edna Fernandes' Holy Warriors examines the prevalence of 'fundamentalism' in Hindu, Muslim, Christian and even Sikh societies, in present day India. Fernandes is no respecter of fundamentalism anywhere, and she is as critical of fundamentalists among her own faith as she is critical of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Importantly, she does not take sides. Holy Warriors: A Journey Into The Heart Of Indian Fundamentalism, Edna Fernandes, Penguin, Rs 450. 543 words. Click here.


26 Jun: Siolim, Goa. ANTONIO FERNANDES. Husband of Eva, father of Leonora, Orlando, Felicia, Olencio, Jovita and Marylin. Will be missed by fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral in Siolim, Friday, June 30, 2006. [From Toronto Star 29 Jun}.

23 Jun: London, Ont. Canada. HILDA DIAS (aged 81, ex-Karachi). Beloved wife of the late Matthew. Much loved mother of Desmond/Paula, Trevor/Ann and Karl/Pascale. She will be fondly remembered as the Matriarch of the Pinto and Dias families and for her love of life and refined culinary skills. Funeral was on 28 Jun. Condolences to
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London: Goan Menu at Cuisines of India
The Goan Food Festival with Goan music by Derek & Daniel on Fri & Sat. has been extended to 30 July.
Cuisines of India, 24 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace, London SE19 1RX. Call Paul Barreto, 020 8761 1515


Goldshield is building two health centres in Goa
27 Jun: The Evening Standard (London). Medicines company Goldshield has racked up £1.65 million of legal costs over the year to 31 March in battling allegations of price-fixing and criminal charges of conspiracy to defraud the NHS. It had a £1 million legal bill the year before. Chief executive Ajit Patel will seek shareholder approval at next month's annual meeting for a company loan of £1 million to him and fellow director Kitri Patel to fund their personal legal bill. Goldshield is building two health centres in Goa, India. For text click here.

Goldshield Group PLC Annual Report 2006
27 Jun: Excerpts: Our new initiative of building "Wellbeing Villages" across India is well under way. These villages will cater for the Wellbeing of active people over the age of 50. Each village will have facilities including a hospital, nursing home, restaurants, shops, along with sports and leisure amenities … Our target customers will include people from various demographics both Indian and overseas.
… The last of the initiatives, Wellbeing Resorts, will target a new breed of medical tourist … The land, measuring about 810,000 square feet, to build the first dedicated resort of its kind in India, has been acquired in South Goa. This project is due to commence building by December 2006 and the first phase is expected to be completed by December 2007. It will house a Medical Centre, Spa, a Hotel and Leisure Facilities. Full text at (pages 7-8)


Monarch Airlines: Better Economy Class Seating On Goa Flights
20 Jun: Air & Business Travel News (U.K.). Monarch Airlines, is to reconfigure the cabin of its two long haul A330 aircraft. These traditionally operate on routes to Barbados, Calgary, Goa, Orlando and The Maldives. The economy seating has been reduced to 307 with an increased seat pitch between 31 and 33 inches and follows a similar and most successful reconfiguration of the airline’s short haul fleet.

Mehrotra enters cruise mode
23 Jun: Tradewinds (Norway). UK based Ravi Mehrotra has just launched his new pet project, Indian Ocean Cruises … Mehrotra turned his attention to cruiseships while attending a wedding in the Indian city of Goa in January 2004. He describes the former Portuguese colony and popular tourist destination as the "Venice of India". His idea, he says, is to connect Goa with the Indian-controlled Lakshadweep Islands … Conversion of the ship is expected to cost $3.25m, bumping up the total price to close to $9m … The 14-day holiday packages are geared towards higher-paying tourists and will cost around $2,400 to $4,000 per person. 674 words.

Goa is an Experience so Why Not Experience Goa?
23 Jun: TravelMole. Dr Wilfred de Souza, Hon. Minister of Tourism, Govt of Goa at an informative presentation in Sydney this week. Click here.

The taste of summer
24 Jun: The Times (UK). By Jill Dupleix … Luckily the world is full of genuinely wonderful things to eat and drink, and places in which to eat and drink them. Here are 50 of my favourites … Spicy Seafood in Goa: Britto's laidback beach shack on Baga Beach serves freshly caught fish. With sea views. Britto's (00 91 832 227 7331) …

Goa campaigns for family, up-market tourists
25 Jun: The Sydney Morning Herald. Goa is campaigning to improve its image and attract family and upmarket tourists … The equivalent of $A6 million bas been budgeted for the project … Goa has been a meeting point of races, religions and cultures of East and West over the centuries. It has a multi-hued and distinctive lifestyle different from the rest of India … Goan cuisine is a blend of different influences, the basics being fish and rice. 690 words. Click here.

India’s most laidback state
29 Jun: Manila Standard Today (Philippines). … Truly, life’s a beach in sunny Goa … Meander, soar, dream, that’s all I did in Goa … Goa is unique as it is distinctive … it is the only place where you can dine in traditional modso fish vindaloo alongside “chouricos,” Portuguese sausages. It is also where Christmas is celebrated with as much fervor as Diwali and temples and churches stand alongside each other with mutual reverence. To quote John Keats: “The spirit of tradition, the zephyr of the sea, Goa will always be paradise to me. Was it a vision or a waking dream.... ” 618 words. Click here.

Information on getting married in Goa (6 Replies)
Daily Mail (UK). Please, can anyone help me? I am planning on getting married next year in Goa. I have been trying to find info on the requirements for getting married there. Unfortunately I have spent two weeks trying to contact the High Commissions of India, based in London but no-one ever calls me back!
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Win a holiday to Goa
The prize is a seven-night holiday for two adults at the 4T Kenilworth Beach Resort in the enchanting and peaceful resort of Utorda in southern Goa – a secluded slice of paradise within easy reach of some spectacular sightseeing. Click here.

Competition: Holiday in Kenya
25 Jun: The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, in association with Airtours Holidays is offering an all-inclusive two-week dream holiday for two at Bamburi Beach hotel, Mombasa, Kenya. Competition closes July 31 2006. Click here.


Goa to get amusement park
22 Jun: ATE Online (London). Goa's Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has identified three sites, Baga and Vagator in North Goa and Colva in South Goa, for a planned amusement park… Proposals for an amusement park are not new though, as the government has been toying with the idea intermittently for a decade. Click here.

Goa tourism to have artificial showers on vessel
24 Jun: The Hindu. With unpredictable rains threatening to play spoilsport, the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has hit upon a novel idea of having artificial showers on board its river cruise vessel Santa Monica to celebrate the annual rural feast of Sao Joao on Saturday. Click here.

‘Harassment’ cuts short promising IAS career
25 Jun: NewIndPress. M Suryanarayana, an IAS officer, was forced to resign due to harassment meted out to him by Goa Chief Minister Pratap Singh Rane and his son Viswajit Rane. The sin he committed was he did not okay the proposal of the Ranes to sell away prized Tourism Corporation land, worth crores of rupees, to a private builder in violation of the corporation rules. 332 words. Click here.

Goa: Anti-Narcotic Cell to go high-tech
26 Jun: Herald. The Anti-Narcotics Cell of Goa Police has received some high-tech equipment and vehicles from the Narcotics Control Bureau, New Delhi, to make the cell more effective in combating drug trafficking. The spokesperson however, refrained from giving further details about the type of equipment.

Indian airports get scanners to check drug trafficking
26 Jun: Times of India. Scanners are to be installed at all international airports in India to catch drug traffickers in the wake of increased smuggling of narcotic drugs in the country … “Many tourists who come to Goa demand drugs. This demand has made Mumbai the most favoured destination for traffickers,” the official pointed out. According to the latest figures, 172 foreign nationals, including 41 Nigerians and 42 Myanmarese, were nabbed last year. 570 words. Click here.

Football: Goan Team targets Ghana’s World Cup coach
27 Jun: GhanaWeb. Churchill Brothers is trying to rope in Edward Ansah as the team’s coach this season. Ansah had represented Churchill Brothers in five National Football League editions since its inception in 1996. Churchill president Joaquim Alemao told Newsline over phone: “We are negotiating with three coaches now … The deal is expected to be finalised within the next two weeks.” Click here.

Taxi panel want digital meters dropped, serves ultimatum
27 Jun: Herald. The All Goa Rickshaw and Taxi Operators Association on Monday served an ultimatum on the government to either drop the decision to install digital meters for auto-rickshaws and taxis or face a morcha on the Assembly on July 18.

Goa monsoon leaves 11 European boats stranded
27 Jun: Yahoo. At least eleven European yachts have been stranded off the Goan coast for the last six weeks due to the monsoon. The yachts had arrived from abroad to participate in the Vasco de Gama Yacht Rally … the foreigners manning these vessels are having a ball in Goa. “Here the rain is warm, it is good. It’s better than the rains in Germany, which are cold and biting,” said Winfreit, a German. Click here.

Goa Institute of Management leaves its shell
28 Jun: After years of low-key existence, Goa Institute of Management (GIM) is springing into action. 1333 words. Click here.


Goa checks foreign land transfers. By Pamela D’Mello
21 Jun: Asian Age. The Goa home department says it has begun the process of examining some 200 land sale deeds purchased by foreign nationals in North Goa for Fema violations. Fema provisions, effective from 2000, permit foreigners with a long-term business visa and residing for 182 days in a year, to purchase property in India … The government’s move has already begun to create ripples in the real estate and hospitality industry, besides leading to considerable worry and anger among Western settlers here. Click here.

10 things I hate about India. By Claude Arpi
22 Jun. Rediff. Claude Arpi left France in the early 1970s to settle in India. He writes: here is my list of the 10 things I still can't 'digest' about India: 1. Power cuts. 2. Indian babus. 3. No access to historical documents. 4. Discrimination against the white tourist. 5. Paranoia about maps. 6. And photographs. 7. Politicians. 8. Neglect for the environment. 9. Traffic. 10. Corruption.
… Apart from the above, India is an incredible place and I have never regretted, even for one day, to have settled here. 1702 words. Click here.

Canada: Who we are, who we'll be. Special Report
24 Jun: Toronto Star. Excerpts: A new and detailed survey of Canadians gives new insight on our country and its people -- who we are, where we're from and how we live. The Saturday Star has produced a special report on our differing origins and shared future … A groundbreaking poll of Canadian immigrants shows a country pointed in a fresh direction. Our nation’s newest builders are younger, smarter, healthier and committed to Canada … Canadian immigrants feel great affection for this country, while maintaining strong ties to their native cultures … What's it like to be part of an ethnic minority in Canada? The experience may depend hugely on where you came from originally, what you look like, how the media view you and whether your ethnic community has a voice in the political arena … Discrimination, Unemployment are clouds on the horizon … Click here.

Portugal: Goeses em festa
24 Jun: Agência Ecclesia. A comunidade católica com origens em Goa (Índia) vai celebrar no próximo domingo, 25 de Junho, a festa em honra de Nossa Senhora do Perpétuo Socorro. 182 words. Click here.

Global investors park fund in Goan real estate.
24 Jun: The Tribune (India). By Shiv Kumar. Projects catering to well-heeled foreigners are a rage … property is being offered mainly to foreigners from the UK and other parts of Europe … local politicians and NGOs break their heads over the legalities of foreigners buying property in Goa … While the foreigners throng the beach belt, Indians are finding value in the interiors of Goa … But be warned: local residents known for their laidback attitude are developing a backlash against visitors … local industry particularly the mining lobby is quietly fanning sentiments against outsiders buying properties in Goa. 843 words. [info from Herman Carneiro’s post on GoaNet]. Click here.

The wheel thing
25 Jun: The Sunday Times. Book review: Magic Bus: On the Hippie Trail from Istanbul to India. This book reminds us that the origins of contemporary travel writing lie in the impulse of a generation of 1960s longhairs to head off for extended vacations on the Indian subcontinent … The least attractive person he meets is Geoff Crowther, one of the original eastern travellers turned Lonely Planet author, now holed up in Goa, where he is steadily drinking himself stupid. His memory for places shot, Crowther has turned into a sad embodiment of the adage that “if you can remember the 1960s you weren’t really there”. Click here.

Feni, Vidi, Vinci
25 Jun: The Economic Times. Virgin beaches, sea food and some real good feni - synonymous probably, with your great Goa holiday … though feni has a harsh fragrance that can sometimes deter a first timer, there's something homely about its taste that's very distinct … But today the drink has moved a long way from being a local drink available in Goa, to an international drink that represents Goa … Goan Feni has now entered the white spirit segment especially in USA and European Union … Goa has above thousand cottage industries that produce over 800,000 litres every year … a large amount of foreigners today, especially Russians, are trying it out with the local fish curry and rice. 481 words. Click here.

Karn Christensen takes her Dad on a Biking Odyssey
25 Jun: The Observer (UK). As long as I can remember, my dad has encouraged me to ride motorbikes … we embarked on a father-and-daughter adventure to ride Enfields from Goa to Kerala. Setting off with my 68-year-old Dad, on his first trip out of Europe … I saw him fumble through the gears while swerving not so elegantly around cows, dogs and children - and even elephants … Now, six months on he has tears of joy in his eyes when we remember the trip and always remarks: 'I want to go again.' It seems you're never too young, or old, for an adventure.

Bombay Catholics remember pastoral leadership of Cardinal Dias
26 Jun: Indian Catholic. With prayers and best wishes, Catholics of Bombay archdiocese said farewell to Cardinal Ivan Dias, who goes to Rome on June 26 evening to head the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples … 2,000 Catholics gathered on June 25 at St. Stanislaus School in Bandra, a suburb of Mumbai. A prayer-dance, songs and messages of congratulations highlighted the function. 639 words. Click here.

Of straight lines & curvy figures
26 Jun: Moneycontrol India. Wendell Rodricks’ clothes inspire poetry … He moved away from the hub of fashion in Bombay at his zenith, to live in the remote village of Colvale in Goa … The Wendell Rodricks signature style is unique in India, blending ancient Indian geometry with a relaxed Goan attitude … He is presently researching the history of Goan costume, as part of a programme that has involved interning at the National Costume Museum in Lisbon and the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. The designer aspires to open a museum in Goa, based on this research, to document and exhibit this undocumented facet of Goan culture … 709 words. Click here.
The Wendell Rodricks website is at

Book Review: Um Estranho em Goa by José Eduardo Agualusa.
27 Jun: Rascunho. A Stranger in Goa is a biographical novel by José Eduardo Agualusa. 432 words.

Maggie’s charity mission to Goa ends – for now anyway
28 Jun: The Carlisle News & Star. Grandmother Maggie May, 41, a Cumbrian social worker who gave up her year’s holidays and shelled out £1,600 to help needy children in Goa has returned home. She returned from a one-month volunteer trip to Goa, India, at the start of June and has already started planning her return. Now Maggie is aiming to raise £300 to buy a buggy for Teco, a 12-year-old boy who was born mentally and physically disabled … Maggie said: ““We saw some harrowing things. I just want to go back and help as much as I can.” 246 words. For photo and full text click here.

On the path of a missionary in Asia ... on a jet-ski
29 Jun: Today (Singapore). Five centuries after Francis Xavier became the first Christian missionary to reach Japan, one of his descendants is paying him an unlikely tribute -- crossing Asian waters on a jet-ski. Alvaro de Marichalar, a descendant of the celebrated Jesuit, on Wednesday sped into Tokyo Bay after becoming the first person to jet-ski 5,320 kilometers (3,300 miles) from China to Japan … The adventure, he explained, was his own 21st-century way of celebrating the 500th anniversary of Francois-Xavier's birth this year. 601 words. For photo and text click here.


Sao Jose or St John's Feast has received a surprisingly large number of interesting posts on Goanet. This relates to the history, practice and significance of the annual activity of jumping into wells.

Under the title of "Exclusive vegetarianism can lead to Fatal Diseases" we learn that extreme vegetarian eating among Indians can lead to hyperhomocysteinemia and high homosysteine levels resulting in diseases including strokes, heart attacks, diabetes and other fatal diseases.

Anyone interested in the early history of Goa/India at the time of the Portuguese arrival can find rich source material in accounts left by two contemporary Portuguese businessmen. These sources can be found in an English version in the Gutenberg (online) project.

In an article titled: "Should not anti-Brahminism stop?" an unusual point of view is expressed and developed which asks... "What, Brahmins as toilet cleaners, coolies, rickshaw pullers, priests earning less than Rs 150 a month? How is this possible, we always thought that the Brahmins were a rich, fat, arrogant community?" Find out more about this topic from Goanet.

There is a lot of new information on Goanet about exactly who may or may not buy/sell land in Goa. In one article, titled "Tourists upset as Goa Begins to Act over Foreigners' land deals" we learn that the Goa Home Department has begun the process of examining some 200 land sale deeds purchased by foreign nationals in North Goa for FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act) violations.

Finally, visitors to Goa may not have to wait too long for Goa-made Tamarind toffees. Currently, tamarind toffees are delicacies much enjoyed in Thailand where tamarind pulp is made into a toffee which has a sweet-sourish taste which appeals to Asian palates.

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UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa


Sat. 1/7: UKTV History: 7pm: 60mins) Ray Mear’s Bushcraft
The survival expert is in Tanzania, where he teams up with a Masai warrior to go on safari.

Sun. 2/7: Travel Channel: 11.30am (30mins) A Fork in Africa
Kenya. Pria Viswalingam meets the four main groups of people who live in Kenya, the Bantu speaking majority, the Indians who control the economy, the remnants of the white planters, and the Nilots, or Nomadic tribes. His journey takes him to Nairobi, the great Rift Valley and to the Masai Mara for a safari.

Fri. 7/7: Sky One: 8pm (60mins) Final Chance to Save
New series. Sanjeev Bhaskar visits India to discover why the Bengal tiger is nearly extinct.


Wed. 5/7: BBC Radio 3: 2.15pm (85mins) Music: Afternoon Performance.
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 3. Patricia Rozario (soprano).
(Another performance by her, in Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 7 is scheduled for 12 July).

Fri. 7/7: BBC Radio 4: 2.15pm (45mins) Afternoon Play
Church Ladies. Written by and starring Aileen Gonsalves (ex-Nairobi). About two Goan grandmothers in their church choir in Croydon, Surrey. Non-UK readers can listen live or listen again for 7 days after broadcast – go to
Aileen is the daughter of Pam & Donald Gonsalves. For the Aileen Gonsalves home page go to


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sat. 1 Jul. G.O.A. Ruby Golf Open 2006 – Golf Tournament at Traditions Golf Club, Pyrford Road, Woking, Surrey. First tee off at 12 noon. Further details from: Jacinto D'Silva 020 - 8723 1233, Menino Mascarenhas 01784 211832

Sun. 2 Jul. 30th Anniversary. Aldona Association (UK) celebrates the feast of St Thomas at Haringey Irish Centre, Pretoria Road, N17. Mass at 1.00pm. Music by Maz & Co. Fun for all: mandos, games for kids. Members £10.00; Non-members £12.00; Children (5 – 12) £ 5.00. Alfred Louzado 020 8737 7786; Kelvin Fernandes 020 8931 2943; Caroline Fernandes 020 8952 0435

Sat. 15 Jul. G.O.A. Ruby Summer Bash for 13 to 17 year olds. 7 pm to 11pm at ATC Hall, South Wimbledon. Disco – Say One Do One. Contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457, Alison Braganza 07799 586793, Rosy De Souza 020 - 8677 0390 or any member of the Social Committee.

Sat. 15 Jul. 3.30 P.M. Archbishop Lanfranc High School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Konkani Dramatic Association proudly presents Tiatr "TUMCHEA MOGA PASSOT" Written and Directed by the King of Tiatr, Rose Ferns. Producer Xavier Soares de Swindon. First European tour, with artistes from Goa. For tickets please telephone Judy on 0208 7632606 or 07949403741, Nina Pinto 0208 7670663 or Cornelius Monteiro 0208 6818716.

Sun. 23 Jul. G.O.A. Goan Festival in conjunction with Goan Organisations at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Starts with Holy Mass at 12.15 pm. Contact: Diego Pinto 020 – 8767 0663 Alfred Rebello 020 – 8337 8022. For stall applications: Bernie Gracias 020 – 8723 1322

Sun. 30 Jul. Tivimnenses Association. Annual Social. Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Commencing with Holy Mass at 12:30pm. Dancing to Maz & Co. Details from Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457, Ingrid De Souza 020 8005 3872, Savio Pereira, Helen D’Souza 020 8304 5585, Elu Pires 020 8654, Ronald Fernandes 020 8303 3386, Roland DeSouza 020 7485 7878. Email


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