Newsletter. Issue 2006-20. May 18, 2006
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Peter Rodrigues: ex- Copper Kettle, Mombasa
11 May: Hornsby and Upper North Shore Advocate (Sydney, Australia). When restaurateur Peter Rodrigues started work in the hospitality industry in 1964 in Kenya, Africa, his first job was at the Mombasa Copper Kettle. Although his father wanted him to be an accountant, the youngster hankered for a more exciting lifestyle …
Mr Rodrigues delighted Hornsby residents by opening his newest restaurant, the Copper Kettle four months ago. Coming from a family from Goa he learnt the tricks of Goan cuisine a fusion of cooking styles from Portugal and India as well as influences from other visitors to Goa's sea ports. For full text, 307 words, click here.
Peter Rodrigues, was born in Tanga, Tanzania and left East Africa in 1968 for Goa and the Middle East. He emigrated to Australia in 1987. Check out his website at

New Clinton Indian restaurant adds Goan touch
27 Apr: the Gazette (Maryland, USA). Goa Palace Indian Restaurant co-owners Mateus Gonsalves and Francis Monteiro have kept the decor bright and uncluttered … Since arriving from Goa ten years ago, they have worked in Indian restaurants honing their skills … Gonsalves says what sets their cuisine apart from other Indian restaurants is the inclusion of Goan-style dishes. Click here.

Rebecca Mascarenhas: Sonny's of Nottingham shuts after 18 Years
4 May: Nottingham Evening Post. When it opened 18 years ago, it set a new standard for top quality dining in Nottingham. It later became an institution. But after several troubled years in an increasingly competitive market, Sonny's has shut its doors for good … Rebecca Mascarenhas, who owns Sonny's as well as three restaurants in London, declined to comment. In recent years, staff say she spent most of her time in London and was rarely seen at the Nottingham restaurant. Click here.

Vintages of India
17 May: The New York Times. As rare as the 1921 Chateau Haut-Brion might be, a dinner paired with wines from India might be even more uncommon. But there will be one, which will feature the chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and shiraz of Sula Winery, on Sunday at 6 p.m., with a menu by Floyd Cardoz, at Tabla, 11 Madison Avenue (25th Street). The cost is $175 including tax and tip: (212) 889-0660.
17 May: Times-Picayune (New Orleans). … Floyd Cardoz is the chef of the New York restaurant Tabla, arguably the country's premier high-end Indian restaurant. He'd visited New Orleans some months prior. "I couldn't believe that a city in this country could look worse than a city in a third-world country," the Indian born chef said. "I've walked through war zones, and I've never seen anything like what I saw in New Orleans."
For the GVUK Floyd Cardoz supplement see

Goan Festival at the Cinnamon Club, London
From Alison Braganza: This May the Cinnamon Club is celebrating Goan and Parsee cuisine with a special Festival menu. This includes Goan stir-fried prawns, seared mackerel in chilli sauce and layered Goan pudding Pricing: Set menu 2 courses £19, 3 courses £23 Phone: 020 7222 2555. Visit


Eve D'Souza: The chosen few
5 May: East African Standard (Nairobi). Showbiz stars rolled into the Carnivore grounds last Saturday for the Fanta Insyder Chaguo La Teeniez (Chat) Awards ceremony . In the radio section sexy Eve d'Souza won in the category for Favourite Female Presenter'.
For Eve D'Souza, who has held onto the award for the fourth year in a row, the situation was unexpected. "I didn't quite expect it this year hence my reason for showing up late at the awards. Mine was to rave and have fun but fortunately, this pleasant surprise came my way." For full text click here.
For a GVUK profile of Eve click here.

Rose Fernandes: Care Worn
5 May: Mirror (UK). One in eight UK adults cares for a sick or disabled relative or friend for no payment … they don't get adequate benefit or recognition and the majority suffer poverty, exhaustion and isolation … Rose Fernandes, 45, from Wembley, London, looks after her autistic daughter Crystal, 19, and her mother, Maria, 77 … “When Crystal was two my husband died … We came to the UK when Crystal was 10 … I also look after my mother who has dementia and I often feel near breaking point with exhaustion. I'm afraid of being ill because I don't trust social services to back me up. The care system is inefficient, badly organised and difficult to negotiate. I haven't had a break in three years. I had a care assessment in December but I've heard nothing for four months, despite phone calls. I'm not being listened to, which is stressful and makes me fear for Crystal's future.” Click here.

Ex-Mau Mau Set Date to File Case Against UK
8 May: The Nation (Kenya). Former Mau Mau freedom fighters will file a compensation case against the British government on October 20, Kenya Human Rights Commission boss Wanjiku Miano said yesterday … In a separate development, a Nairobi-based author, Ms Zarina Patel, denied claims that the Mau Mau war was fought by only the Kikuyu. "The war was waged by almost all Kenyans, including those from the South Asian communities such as Pio Gama Pinto, Malkan Singh and Yakub Din," she said.
For information about some recent Mau Mau films see and

Place at Eton for David Britto
10 May: The Huddersfield Daily Examiner (UK). David Britto, 13, has won a place at Eton. He currently attends the Summer Fields preparatory school in Oxford. Proud father Dr Darryl Britto, a consultant psychiatrist at the Nuffield Hospital in Huddersfield said, “David took the Eton entrance exam and he came 10th out of the original list of 900 people.” David's achievement means he is classed as a King's Scholar and also receives a partial scholarship to the £24,000-a-year school. 174 words. Click here.

'Sting' reporter defends methods
11 May: BBC. News of the World journalist Mazher Mahmood has defended his methods and denied "making up stories" at the trial of three alleged "dirty bomb" plotters. Dominic Martins, Roque Fernandes and Abdurahman Kanyare deny conspiring to possess a chemical and conspiracy to provide funds for terrorism. Mr Martins' barrister claimed Mr Mahmood was not interested in justice but was "only interested in his front page stories" … Mr Mahmood was led to the defendants by an informant, who can only be referred to as Mr B, who claimed he went to the newspaper after the police failed to respond to his warnings. 662 words. Click here.

Mahmood thought 'dirty bomb plot' was a set-up
17 May: Guardian (UK). News of the World investigative reporter Mazher Mahmood suspected an alleged plot to buy radioactive material for a terrorist bomb was so bizarre that a rival paper had created it, a court heard today … Mahmood was giving evidence at the Old Bailey in London during the trial of three men, Roque Fernandes, Abdurahman Kanyare and Dominic Martins, who have been charged under the Terrorism Act. … "When time progressed it became clear that these people were serious and dangerous criminals," he said … The trial continues. 643 words. Click here.

World Best Sellers Books
12 May: Associated Press Newswires. Nonfiction: India. No 7 "Holy Warriors: A Journey into the Heart of Indian Fundamentalism" by Edna Fernandes (Penguin Viking)
Edna Fernandes has been writing for The Times (UK) recently. For a listing of some of the articles, click here.

Arusha: Fay D'Souza is Miss Goa May Queen 2006
13 May: Arusha Times (Tanzania). Fay D'Souza has clinched the title of Miss Goa May Queen 2006 at a pageant organised by the local Goa community at the Arusha Institute on April 30. The competition attracted 15 aspirants for the title. (Photo by Khalifa Msuya)

In The Slammer
13 May: Vancouver Sun. Since his series, Godiva's, has been cancelled, Stephen Lobo, the show's sexy chef, has been looking for ways to express himself. So, he's taken to the stage. You can see him in Lyric Stage Company's presentation of Jesus Hopped the A Train -- a jailbird drama (Riker's Island, 23-hour lockdown wing, protective custody) until May 20 (8 p.m.) at Performance Works on Granville Island.
For a GVUK profile of Stephen Lobo click here.

Qatar: May Queen 2006
14 May: The Peninsula (Qatar). The Diplomatic Club in Doha was the venue of the May ball hosted by the Goan Welfare Association. A venue and occasion which found young of all ages making a bee line for the event. The event saw the crowning of the May Queen … The place abounded with a belle of beauties of Goan origin … The organisers, Goan Welfare association, have promised to donate the proceeds from the event to orphan children back in Goa. 600 words. Click here.

Celebrating moms everywhere Newcomers get chance to experience festive occasion
15 May: Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeggers celebrated Mother's Day yesterday -- some of them for the first time … Pamela Rebello, executive director of the India School of Dance, said the community looks forward to the annual celebration. "In many communities, Mother's Day is not celebrated but mothers are given a special place of reverence," Rebello said. "But it's still a good idea to celebrate Mother's Day because it gives everyone a chance to say 'thank you' and apologize, if necessary, for those occasions where they were not shown the respect they deserve."
For a photograph and profile of Pamela Rebello see

Francis Newton Souza: Bridging Western and Indian Modern Art
22 May: Outlook. Review of new book on Souza by Aziz Kurtha. Mapin Publishing, 212 pages, Rs 2,000. With 200 colour and 60 black-and-white photographs, the book is a visual treat … Kurtha’s portrait of Souza shows a troubled genius struggling with alcoholism and melancholy, especially during his down-and-out days in London and New York … Kurtha sets out to place Souza in the context of the history of western art: he juxtaposes his work with those who "inspired" him. 598 words. Click here.


16 May. Parra, Goa. GUILHERME T. LOBO. Husband of Martha. Father of Theresa/Tony (London), Maria/Luis, Shanti/Kennedy (Kenya), late Bernie, Rita/Freddy, Jo/Lizzie (Abu Dhabi), Tony (Kuwait), Johnny/Suzie, Fatima/Bevindo, Mary Jane/Severo, Linda/Xavier, Goretti/Simon.

8 May: Charlotte, NC, USA. DORIS CONCEICAO FERNANDES was born in Goa in 1919. She was wife of John Fernandes. A homemaker, she and her family moved to Charlotte in 1982. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, a seamstress, an incredible gardener who coaxed every variety of tropical trees to flourish.
In addition to her husband, with whom she celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary the day before her passing, she is survived by children, Agnes Gomes and husband Ross, Jacinto Fernandes and wife Veronica, Mario Fernandes, and Lygia Fernandes, all of Charlotte, and Peter Fernandes and wife Otilia of Bombay, India; grandchildren, Jonathan and Jeremy Gomes, Joshua and Joel Fernandes, all of Charlotte, Tiana Fernandes of Nairobi, Africa, Riana D'Souza, and Shawn Fernandes, both of Bombay; great grandchild, Shania D'Souza. From The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), 10 May 2006


Goa: Palolem
14 May: Expressen (Sweden). Full page Travel feature in Swedish, with photographs. Click here.

Centre agrees for direct flights
14 May: Herald. The Central Civil Aviation Ministry has agreed to a proposal from Goa government for allowing direct scheduled flights to Dabolim airport including from Europe and Gulf … Among the airlines which have shown interest to operate direct flights are Emirates, Condor, British Midlands, Virgin Airlines, Air Arabia etc.

Easy Goan
14 May: The People (UK). You won't stop smiling in Indian gem … there's tantalising curries with prawns the size of your fist, bustling markets packed with exotic goods and palm-fringed beaches where you can have a massage as a cow walks past. But what really makes any trip are the people you meet and it was no different in this sun-soaked paradise on the west coast of India. Within hours of landing at Panjim, my girlfriend and I were being treated to a beer and some interesting stories from ex-gangster Lenny. He was only 27 but he'd already served a couple of jail terms before opening a bar. 906 words. Click here.

Thomas Cook reveals holiday living costs 2006
17 May: M2 Presswire. Thomas Cook, the experts in travel and holiday money, today revealed the findings of its 2006 survey into the cost of living in the world's leading holiday resorts. The Thomas Cook Cost of Holiday Living Index surveys prices on typical holiday items across 25 popular destinations. The survey reveals that Goa remains the world's cheapest package holiday destination … * Total cost of living is the total cost of 15 typical items in that country. These are: pint of beer, bottle of beer, double spirit and mixer, litre of petrol, loaf of bread, litre of milk, can of coke, daily UK paper, suntan cream, three course meal, bottle of wine, ice cream, cup of coffee, a five mile taxi ride and a packet of cigarettes.
[I have a copy of the full survey and can forward it to anyone interested. Eddie Fernandes]

Ain't Goin' to Goa
18 May: Resident Advisor, Australia. The chakras of psychedlic trance fans are all out of whack at the decision to ban rave and trance parties in Goa . Dr. Wilfred D'Souza, Deputy Chief Minister of the state government. "We have banned beach parties after 10 p.m. We don't care about tourists who attend rave or trance parties. People better obey the directive." Click here.


Win a Trip to India
Bliss and Christian Aid. Competition closes on 23 May 2006. Click here.

Win a luxury holiday worth £5,000 to Kerala
GMTV. Competition closes 4 June 2006. Click here.

Win a Trip to India
Dhabba and Dakhin restaurants. Win a trip for 2 to India and visit the world famous Taj Mahal. The winner will be notified on 30 June 2006 by email & text. Click here.


Some Indians want 'Da Vinci' banned, one offers bounty for author
12 May: Ecumenical News International (Switzerland). Some Indian Christians are so incensed with the fictional blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code" they want the government to ban it and one Roman Catholic has offered a bounty of US$25 000 on the head of author Dan Brown, leaving other members of the faithful embarrassed by the reaction … Nicolas Almeida, a Catholic and former Mumbai municipal councillor, offered a reward of 1.1 million rupees ($25 000) for the head of author Brown, leading a Catholic journalist to compare Almeida to the Taliban. 400 words. Click here.

Some Goan Catholics against ban on Da Vinci film
13 May: Indian Catholic. Some people in Goa reacted to the controversial soon-to-be-released film The Da Vinci Code, saying the work does not merit a ban since a debate will only help it commercially. 404 words. Click here.

Shun Da Vinci Code: Archbishop Ferrao
13 May: The Archbishop of Goa and Daman Rev Fr Filipe Neri Ferrao has stressed the need for creating awareness among the people about the dangers that could result from watching the controversial film The Da Vinci Code set for release next week and felt that it would be better if the people refrain from taking part in the “blasphemous entertainment”. 191 words.

Everybody Loves A Good Ban
14 May: Hindustan Times. … By Vir Sanghvi. Christians had shown themselves to be astonishingly tolerant … But Nicholas Almeida has offered a reward of Rs 11 lakh to anyone who brings Dan Brown (the author of The Da Vinci Code) before him “dead or alive” … some liberals such as Bishop Agnelo Gracias have said that though they regard the central thesis of The Da Vinci Code as absurd, they are against banning movies on principle. 1588 words. Click here.

"Da Vinci" unites Indian Muslims and Christians
15 May. Metro Toronto. A powerful organization of Indian Islamic clerics promised on Monday to help Christian groups launch protests if the authorities did not ban the screening of the controversial film, "The Da Vinci Code." … In India, leaders of the two communities met politicians and police in the western city of Mumbai on Saturday, urging the authorities to stop the screening of the film … Several Indian Christian groups have said they would protest against the film, with one little known Catholic organization even calling on Christians to begin a fast until death. 388 words. Click here.

Goa govt demands ban on The Da Vinci Code
16 May: IBN. The Goa government has passed a resolution to ban the movie, Da Vinci Code and has also asked the Centre to impose a nationwide ban. 261 words. Click here.

India Puts Hold on 'Da Vinci Code'
16 May: Washington Post. The government Tuesday temporarily held up the release of the movie "The Da Vinci Code" in India after receiving complaints from Catholic groups, even though the national censor had cleared the film … But the Rev. Myron Pereira, a member of the Central Board of Film Certification panel that cleared "The Da Vinci Code" said there was no reason to reject the movie … India is home to 18 million Roman Catholics. 399 words. Click here.

Peddling pagan temptations. By Father Raymond J. de Souza
18 May: National Post (Canada). A confessor of mine once delivered himself of this sage aphorism: If there is not enough time to read the good books, there cannot be any time to waste reading the bad ones. I doubt he has read The Da Vinci Code. I haven't. Even if I thought it worth wasting the time, my taste in recreational reading does not run to thrillers comprised of anti-Catholic tall tales. For full text click here.

Indian Government clears Da Vinci Code for release
18 May, 15:50 IST. Daily News and Analysis. The government has decided to allow the screening of The Da Vinci code, albeit with a disclaimer and some cuts, sources said on Thursday. The film wll now release next week in India after the disclaimer is inserted and cuts are carried out. Click here.


Goa: Dirty linen sickens Hospicio patients
9 May: Navhind Times. Hospicio Hospital, the South Goa district hospital in the city, is facing a serious problem with respect to the provision of clean linen to patients as the 140-bedded hospital is without a linen washing or laundry department. 593 words. Click here.

BPOs, IT cos pick new hubs for growth
9 May: The Economic Times. The landscape of the Indian technology industry is undergoing a change. Now, some companies are realising that a large cluster or a huge concentration in a single location or region may be actually harmful, it leads to higher attrition, unfair competition for talent and puts a lot of pressure on the city's infrastructure. Wipro is venturing into cities like Mangalore, Vishakhapatnam, Mysore, Cochin, and Goa over the next couple of years. For instance, while Goa does not have a very large talent base, migration to Goa is much more likely from the metros due to its climate, beaches and international environment. Goa does not have many engineering colleges but has an educated workforce, which makes it more attractive for BPO companies rather than IT companies. 800 words. Click here.

Indian gov't approves FDI proposal
12 May: Asia in Focus. The Indian Government has cleared a Foreign Direct Investment proposal from Britain’s Goldshield Group Plc which will invest Rs 445 million in setting up a holding company in Goa for making downstream investments in real estate development projects.

German and Goa School Exchange Scheme
12 May: Nordwest-Zeitung.

Goa airport to get a facelift
13 May: Financial Express. Buoyed by the increasing tourist traffic in Goa, civil aviation minister Praful Patel, Goa deputy chief minister Wilfred D’souza and Vice Admiral GS Bedi met on Friday to discuss the modernisation of the Goa airport … Goa deputy CM further informed that international airlines like Emirates, Air Arabia, Condor (a subsidiary of Lufthansa) and Virgin Atlantic have already shown interest in operating flights from Goa. The passenger traffic, which was 1,265,410 in 2004-05, is likely to go up to 2,007,701 by 2012-13. Click here.

Property pitfalls for NRIs
14 May: Yahoo News. What are the basic steps to follow before investing in real estate in India? 825 words. Click here.

NYC against purchase of immovable property by foreigners in Goa
14 May: Navhind Times. Stepping up its opposition to the purchase of immovable property in Goa by foreign nationals of non-Indian origin, the Nationalist Youth Congress (NYC) today handed a memorandum to the State Registrar cum Head of Notary Services demanding that registration of sale deeds by such foreigners in Goa be stopped forthwith. 303 words. Click here.

Goa food fest sets palates rolling
14 May. Hindustan Times. Goa is the place where wine and food connoisseurs are flocking to these days for that once in a lifetime experience. Click here.

Goa softens stand on pre-marital HIV test
14 May: The Hindu. Goa Health Minister Dayanand Narvekar on Thursday softened his position over the proposed amendment to Health Act to make pre-marital test for HIV/AIDS mandatory, stating that the matter was still at a preliminary stage of discussion and expressed his willingness to take cognisance of the diverse public opinion over the issue. 330 words. Click here.

Mogachi Zor – first International Konkani film - to be released in Sept.
16 May: Herald. Mogachi Zor (Fountain of Love), a Konkani movie is written and produced by Socorrinhha D’Costa of USA. 40 per cent of the film shooting will be done all over Goa and 60 per cent at Niagara Falls, USA … This film will be the first Goan film in the international film market to circulate in countries like UK, Gulf, New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada and Portugal … the film is expected to be released on September 8.

200 Goans to get $10,000 each
16 May: Daily News & Analysis. Public notices will be issued shortly asking 200 Goans, affected by the Gulf war that broke out in 1991 after Iraq invaded Kuwait, to come forward to collect their compensation. The newly appointed NRI commissioner Eduardo Faleiro told reporters on Tuesday that the United Nations Compensation Commission had awarded the money but the Ministry of External Affairs had not been able to trace the 200 Goans. Click here.
For the list of prospective claimants click here.

Goans To Get Bible in Local Language
17 May: Indian Catholic. The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman has undertaken a US$4 million project to print the Bible in Konkani, the official language of Goa state … The 2,300-page hardbound translation in Roman script will have a retail price of 300 rupees but the archdiocese is selling it at half price for advance orders. Natives of Goa have waited 450 years to get the Bible translated into Konkani, even though Jesuits established Asia's first printing press there in 1556. 423 words. Click here.


Creating healthy identity
1 May: Montreal Gazette. Marie-Josee Richer is the principal partner of Prana, a company that makes vegan, organic snacks … During a three-year stay in India, Richer opened a vegan restaurant in the Goa region, a popular tourist destination. The eatery connected instantly with clients … On her return to Quebec, she and two fellow travellers launched Prana, a fledgling Montreal company making vegan, organic snacks and other foods. With its products now in 40 local stores and cafes, Prana has carefully selected its market niche and is slowly ramping up to sell to larger retailers. Photo and text at the link below. Click here.

Fundraisers get set for three peaks challenge
3 May. Bath Chronicle (UK). Four friends are preparing to climb the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in just 24 hours to raise money for the El-Shaddai orphanage in Goa … the group hoped to raise more than £1,400 to buy an ambulance for the charity. Anyone who would like to sponsor the group can call Alistair on 07737 093866. 322 words. Click here.

Canada: Buying kidneys overseas 'immoral,' bioethicist says
5 May: Edmonton Journal. A Calgary company is helping patients with failing kidneys buy new organs from live Pakistani donors, sparking a fierce debate about the ethics of paying cash for human body parts. Overseas Medical Services, a local medical brokerage, will arrange a speedy kidney donation and transplant surgery through Lahore-based Aadil Hospital -- for $32,000 US. 548 words. Click here.

£100,000 Target to set up a new school in the slums of Goa
8 May: Express & Echo (Exeter, UK). Charity workers Clive and Pat Baker, from Exmouth, have set a £100,000 fundraising target to provide a school for street children in Goa. They have so far raised about £18,000 towards the project in Goa through their charity, Novi Survat. Sponsors offering any financial help can contact the Bakers on 01395 276148. 414 words. Click here.

India trip inspires new venture for mum Emma
9 May: Evening Gazette (Teesside, UK). Single mum Emma Kelly has made a radical change in her life and became an entrepreneur. Less than six months after opening her first Emmabells shop - named after herself and four-year-old daughter Isabella she is thinking of opening a second and employing staff. Life swung round for the former hairdresser and holiday camp chalet maid after a six-month holiday in India. She went on a fabulous holiday in 2004 and spent seven weeks over the Christmas in Goa … during the trip Emma bought presents from local craft people and sent them home to save carrying them. She decided to sell beautiful gifts from India for a living. "My life has never been so fantastic," she said. 355 words. Click here.

He gave a new lease of life to orphans - but lost his own
11 May: Warrington Guardian (UK) … For 16 years, Andy Wilkinson and his wife Jan, of Patrivale Close, visited the orphans of Goa, taking them much needed money and provisions. But in November last year, Andy died of cancer aged only 47. In memory of Andy's tireless work for the orphans, mourners donated cash to the value of £2,100 to the orphanage and Jan has just returned from her first visit there alone to hand over equipment bought with the money … If you would like to donate money or provisions to help the orphans, contact Warrington Guardian reporter Sarah Harker on 434109. 382 words. Click here.

Cheers! Terry makes beer lovers' dreams come true
11 May: Warrington Guardian (UK). Having a pub in your own back garden seems the stuff of dreams. Terry Pearson is turning them into reality. He only launched his new business last week and is in negotiations to take his work to Goa … He is offering the chance for people to have their own bar built in their back garden. Click here.

What is Britishness?
15 May: BBC. An appreciation of "core British values" could be incorporated into citizenship classes in schools under proposed government plans. Will it help tackle extremism? Claude Moraes - Labour MEP says, "What is a British value? Well, we know there are some excellent things about living in Britain, but in identifying those things, it's notoriously difficult. People say things like fair play and so on but then realise that those things could be attributed to other European countries as well." Click here.

Lost in Translation
16 May: Irish Independent … If you are doing business abroad, a knowledge of local etiquette often needs to be combined with some knowledge of the language. When the Ford Motor company started to market the Ford Pinto in Brazil, they were unaware that 'pinto' is a Portuguese slang term for 'small penis'. Ford quickly changed the name to Corcel, which is the Portuguese for 'horse'.

Goa Property: How to land a bargain
17 May: Manchester Evening News. Marshall Retreat is an exciting development of villas and apartments on a rural site with its own swimming pool and gardens at Betalbatim Beach in Goa, India … One-bedroom apartments cost from £24,000 and completion of the development is due in December this year.
The property shown is available for less than £60.000. Click here.

Fulbright scholar to study effects of IFFI on local population
18 May: St Helena Star (Calif). Anthropologist Dr. Victoria Mukerji is to teach at Goa University for six months. The International Film Festival of India has just made Goa its permanent home with the goal of becoming the Cannes of Asia. The anthropologist in Mukerji is anxious to observe the effect of this event on the local population. "What impact is this high profile, globalized, celebrity attraction going to have on the local culture? And how is the indigenous culture going to effect this event?" Mukerji said. Click here.


An enlightening article by Joseph Zuzarte, titled: Of Goans, Indians, and Foreigners, Goa's racism and reverse-racism, is definitely well worth reading on Goanet. This article has appeared in Goanet-Reader which "welcomes contributions from its readers, by way of essays, reviews, features and think-tank pieces."

A new book: Abbe Faria, the Master Hypnotist Who Charmed Napoleon, has just been released on the 250th anniversary of his birth. His parents were from Candolim village in Goa. Goan Voice (UK) readers may well like to read about the life of this illustrious Goan in this new publication.

Do find out more from Ethel Da Costa about the Tourism Escapade. Ethel never fails to surprise readers with her unusual and original thoughts on a range of matters in her series Heart to Heart.

The recent further development on the topic of Galileo, Dan Brown and the Church has become an even livilier debate on Goanet than before. Definitely not to be missed.

So much has been written in the press about World Cup Football in recent weeks. But one would be missing much on this theme if one did not read "Rules for wives, girlfriends, fiances, mothers, sisters, daughters etc." This has been included on Goanet under the theme of World Cup Soccer Rules.

Finally, find out from Goanet, why there is a claim made that, "For more than a decade, China has been the darling of the global business community which fawns over its 'miraculous' growth. Now India is poised not only to shine, but even to eclipse China." This conclusion comes from Hugo Restall's substantial Wall Street Journal article: India's Coming Eclipse of China.

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UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa

Sun. 21/5: BBC 2: 9.00pm 60mins) World Cup Stories
France: Black, White and Blue: It was French football’s finest hour when in 1998 a multiracial team succeeded where all previous Gallic sides had failed – winning the World Cup – 68 years after Frenchman Jules Rimet first realised his vision for a global soccer tournament. Arsenal and French international player Thierry Henry features in this documentary.

Sun. 21/5: FilmFour: 8.00pm (120mins) Monsoon Wedding
Comedy/drama about an arranged marriage.

Mon. 22/5: Travel Channel: 5.00pm (30mins) Earthwalkers
Mumbai, India.

Mon. 22/5: BBC2: 6.30pm (30mins) Great British Menu
The battle to represent the South east begins. Chefs in competition are Gary Rhodes and Atul Kochhar. Atul is in London’s East end on the hunt for spices to compliment his crispy soft shell crab, crab salad and tandoor smoked spicy salmon mousse.

Tues. 23/5: BBC2: 6.30pm (30mins) Great British Menu
Atul opts for sea bass in coconut milk and ginger sauce with curry leaf potatoes

Tues. 23/5: BBC 2: 7.00pm (60mins) No Time for Tea at Raj TV
Documentary about Raja Khan's mission to launch his very own English language Asian TV station - Raj TV. …but Raja has a bizarre management style and his team of young Asian employees has almost no TV experience.

Wed. 23/5: BBC2: 6.30pm (30mins) Great British Menu
Chicken is at the top of the agenda for Atul, who needs it for his tandoori chicken with black lentil sauce.

Thurs. 25/5: UKTV: 01:00 (60mins) Get a New Life
Series offering advice on how to set up a new life abroad, with professional relocators Scott Huggins and Melissa Porter. Jo and Trevor Whyley want to swap Birmingham for the more tropical climes of Goa in India. Builder Trevor is dreaming of retirement but office manager Jo wants to set up a guesthouse. However, can she cut through Indian bureaucracy? They have a month to decide whether to make the move permanent. Repeat.

Thurs. 25/5: BBC2: 6.30pm (30mins) Great British Menu
Dessert course: Atul seeks out the world’s best chocolate for his passion fruit bhapa doi with dark chocolate mousse.

Fri. 26/5: BBC2: 6.30pm (30mins) Great British Menu
The judges choose between Atul Kochhar and Gary Rhodes

Fri. 26/5: Travel Channel: 9.30pm (30mins) A Fork in Africa
Pria Viswalingam presents this refreshingly positive and intelligent look at Zanzibar. Although officially part of mainland Tanzania, Zanzibar is culturally, politically and architecturally unique.


Fri. 26/5: BBC Radio 4: 3.45pm (45mins) This Sceptred Isle: Empire
Lord Curzon – Duty and Durbar. Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India had strong views on his role there, but there were some in India who felt that he was missing the point.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 21 May. G.O.A. RUBY THANKSGIVING MASS at 2.30pm at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, followed by a Cocktail Reception in the Amigo Hall. For catering purposes, entrance to Reception by ticket only. Members – Free, Guests - £2. Contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 or any member of the Social Committee

Sat 27 May. TIATR, TIATR, Goan Cultural Society proudly presents a Konkani Tiatr “SUKH” directed by Bella Fernandes. St Monica’s Hall, Green Lanes, Palmers Green, London N13 at 3.00pm. For details contact: - Bella – 02083721253, Ida – 020 8881 2921, Camilo – 020 8801 3637 & Gregg – 07931 753653.

Sun. 28 May. Cortalim Union celebrate the Feast of Saints of Philip and James, and the May Queen at the Irish Centre, Pretoria Road, London N17. Mass at 12.30pm followed by a social to 10pm. Music by Nite Life. Tickets: adults £10 (inc meal and a complimentary drink) 11-18 years £5 (inc. meal and a complimentery drink) and 2-10 year olds (meal only) £2.50, call Maria-0208-803-5146

Mon. 29 May.G.O.A. Ruby Outdoor Sports Festival. (incorporating Junior Football Tournament and Volleyball) at HSBC Sports Club, Lennard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1QW. Teams from Goan Organisations welcome. Contact: Richard Fernandes 020 – 8300 5347, Vincent Fernandes 020 - 8764 8780 / 020 - 8251 2737, Ian Remedios 020 - 8658 7769, Lloyd Lobo 020 - 8856 6018, Plino Martins 020 – 8657 8951

Sat. 3 Jun. G.O.A. Ruby Anniversary Ball at Wandsworth Civic Suite from 7.00 pm. Musical entertainment by Calibre and Say One Do One. Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 or any member of the Social Committee

Sun 4 Jun: Margao Union Feast of the Pentecost at St Edmunds Church Hall, Croyland Road, N9. Holy mass at 12.30pm followed by social until 8pm. Music by the fantastic sounds of NITE LIFE. Tickets include entry, snacks, buffet meal and dessert. £10 for 12 year olds- adults, £5 for 5-11 year olds and under 5s are FREE. Call LUCAS-0208-967 7471, GREG-0208-907-0545 OR XAVIER-0208-803-5146.

Sun 18 Jun. Siolim Union (London) celebrates the feast of St. Anthony of Padua at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Commences with Holy Mass at 12 noon followed by dancing to the music of Maz & Co. For tickets and further information please contact Eugene Fernandes on 0208 2400818, Edwin Athayde on 0208 6795514 or Derick Fernandes on 0208 3951084.


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