Newsletter. Issue 2008-37. September. 11, 2008
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Rita Pereira is ready for Big Time
29 Aug: Leicester Mercury. Rita Pereira, from Belgrave, Leicester, a mother of three who was "born to sing" is heading the for the big time. She has already beaten thousands of others to get a place in the regional finals of Idol 2008…She will take to the stage in Wolverhampton in 27th Oct. 2008. Tickets for the regional final are on sale at £7.50. To book, call Rita on 0116 266 2792. 373 words. Click here.
Rita was born in Leicester. For her home page with more photos, MP3 downloads, bio etc. click here.
Rita will be interviewed on BBC Radio Leicester on Sunday 14 Sep. 11:00 – 12:00 noon – listen online.

Freida Pinto heads for Toronto, New York, London …
29 Aug: Times of India. British director Danny Boyle selected little-known Freida Pinto, 23, for the starring role in his film Slumdog Millionaire … it is now ready to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival (Sep. 10 and 13). After Toronto, Freida will go to New York to promote the film… Click here.

Freida Pinto in London on 30 Oct 2008
4 Sep: BBC: Slumdog will close London Film Festival on 30 Oct. 2008. Click here.

Canada: Hubert D’Mello: Because dogs aren't hot enough
30 Aug: National Post (Canada). Eight dosas to be downed in two minutes. That was the challenge faced by 12 competitors at the first Spicy Dosa-Eating Competition staged by South Indian vegetarian restaurant Udupi Palace… the restaurant owner Hubert D'Mello estimates the event will achieve its goal of $2,000 for charity … D'Mello plans to repeat the event next year. 373 words. Click here.

Five-year order for priest's harasser
30 Aug: Coventry Evening Telegraph. A woman who became obsessed with a Catholic priest has been given a five-year restraining order. Cheryl Burston, aged 48, of Coventry, became infatuated with Father Timothy Menezes, the priest at her local church, St Thomas More, and inundated him with e-mails, letters and gifts. She appealed against the conviction. But the appeal was rejected...She was also ordered to pay £400 costs for bringing the case back to court… 421 words.
For a photo of Fr Menezes click here.

Aaron De Souza: St Thomas More smashes GCSE record
31 Aug: Bedfordshire on Sunday. St Thomas More have smashed existing school records for examination success for the third year in succession, both at A-level and GCSE… Notable successes included Aaron De Souza, 5 A grades (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Further Maths at AS)…The great success of St Thomas More is attracting much media attention, with the school being featured in the local press and on Anglia TV. Click here.

Dr Ben Lobo: New guidelines allows patients to refuse medical treatments
2 Sep: Derby Evening Telegraph. Derbyshire-based doctor Ben Lobo has led a team of East Midlands experts to create national guidance for end-of-life care … Dr Lobo, who is director of clinical director for Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust, says that patients in Derbyshire's community hospitals have already started to benefit from his work… For text, 592 words and photo, click here.
For the Advanced Decisions To Refuse Treatment website click here.

Eve Menezes-Cunningham: Nice guys finish first
3 Sep: Lincolnshire Echo (UK). Why do some people appear seem arrogant in the workplace? … "Arrogance is very off-putting for other people," says Eve Menezes-Cunningham, head of confidence-coaching company, Apple Coaching… For text, 798 words. Click here.
The Eve Menezes Cunningham website is at She is the daughter of Tim Cunningham the poet and Alexandra nee Menezes, who is a psychotherapist professionally known as Maeja Raicar. For her website click here.
Alexandra was born in Nairobi and is the sister of Frank Menezes (London), Tony Menezes (Norway), Melita Figueiredo (London) and Angela Menezes (Goa).

Anjali D'Souza: Indian Inspirations
5 Sep: Red Hot Curry. 'Indian Inspirations' is a group exhibition by artists, Mari I'Anson, Caroline Jariwala & Anjali D'Souza. The show presents an eclectic and thought-provoking range of work, representing the rich colour and culture of India… The exhibition is on 26 Sep- 7 Oct 2008, 11am - 7pm at the M P Millennium Art Gallery, The Bhavan Centre, 4A Castletown Road, West Kensington, London W14 9HE. 466 words. Click here.
The Anjali D'Souza website is at

Lloyd Rayney granted hearing on Sept 19
7 Sep: The Sunday Times (Australia). Lloyd Rayney has been granted a court hearing on September 19 for legal argument in his phone-tapping case… Police allege the tap was designed to monitor calls involving his estranged wife, Supreme Court registrar Corryn Rayney…The Sunday Times understands Mr Rayney's application is expected to include arguments about the effect of media coverage on his ability to receive a fair trial… 190 words. For the background to the case click here.

Canada: Troy DeSouza: Candidates ready Island campaigns
7 Sep: Times Colonist (BC, Canada). Vancouver Island candidates had their campaign signs, speeches and ads ready to roll…Conservative candidate Troy DeSouza didn't bother waiting for today's election announcement. He leaped out of the gate Friday with a large newspaper campaign ad…DeSouza lost the 2006 election to Keith Martin…DeSouza placed third behind an NDP candidate… Click here.
For the Troy DeSouza homepage click here.

Laila Rouass boots out cheating hubby
7 Sep. People (UK). Laila Rouass has booted out Nasa Khan her millionaire husband after he played away with his first cousin. She won a restraining order at Epsom County Court last week to stop her hubby coming within 200 yards of her. Laila has previously told of her 12-year sexless marriage. They had divorced without consummating the marriage… 248 words. Click here.

Laila Rouass nets billionaire
7 Sep: The Sunday Mirror (UK). Laila Rouass, 33, is dating £1.5bn steel magnate Alexander Frolov, 44. A family member confided, "Her previous marriage ended horribly. Laila went to the doctor with back pains, only to be told she was six months pregnant…
For the Laila Rouass bio check out the GVUK supplement. Click here.

Australia: The boys are back
7 Sep: Sunday Herald Sun. Melbourne R&B outfit CDB broke up in 1997 and announced a month or so ago they were reforming… Gary Pinto has established himself as one of the country's greatest -- if not yet fully recognised -- solo singers and writers. De Silva has written and produced songs for Ricki Lee, Jessica Mauboy and Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Brad Pinto co-wrote hits with Mr Timothy and others and Williams has written for several artists. The Funk Sessions is released on October 11. CDB plays The Palms at Crown on Saturday. For the CDB website with bios, photos, videos, MP3 downloads etc, click here.

Seraphino Antao: Pioneer in Kenya Athletics
8 Sep: The East African (Nairobi). By Jackie Lebo. Between 1960 and 1964 Seraphino Antao was one of the world's greatest sprinters…a tall elegant, silver-haired man comes toward me - his Swahili is still good…He makes a great chicken curry, though he asks me not to mention it in case journalists start expecting him to cook when they come to interview him… 1432 words. Click here.
For the GVUK Seraphino Antao supplement click here.

UK: Video: Rose Fernandes: Carers costs to escalate
9 Sep: BBC News. The immigration restrictions are going to result in higher costs for carers. Rose Fernandes looks after a severely autistic daughter. If prices go up she will have to cut back. To see this segment advance to 9 min.10 secs of the programme after clicking here.
Rose Fernandes was born in Masaka, Uganda and lived in Kampala and now in Wembley, UK. For more about her click here.

Aileen Gonsalves: Shakespeare Youth Group Perform For Prince Charles
9 Sep: Press Association. The Prince of Wales met a group of budding young actors in Stratford-Upon-Avon as the Royal Shakespeare Company's first Youth Ensemble took to the stage… Aileen Gonsalves, director of the Youth Ensemble, said the students were selected because of their passion for Shakespeare as well as their acting ability… 301 words. Click here.
For Aileen’s photo and website click here.

Australia: David Sequeira: Fresh beat in artistic symphony
11 Sep: The Courier-Mail (Australia). A unique exhibition is tuned in to what will wow Brisbane's art crowd…For sculptor and painter David Sequeira, the two art forms are integrally entwined. ``I have been working with ideas of music for the past 10 or 15 years,'' the Canberra-based artist says…Sequeira has created new works for the exhibition. 606 words. The David Sequeira home page is at

Toronto: What’s On: Galleries: Brendan Fernandes
11 Sep: Toronto Star. Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (952 Queen St. W. 416-395-0067): "Dyed Roots the new emergence of culture" with … Brendan Fernandes is on display to Oct. 26 (reception tonight 7 p.m.). The Brendan Fernandes website is at

UK college honours Annalise D'Souza
11 Sep: Bahrain Daily News. An ex-Bahrain student has achieved the rare distinction of achieving six A-grades in her GCE A-Level examinations at Padworth College, Reading, England. She was also head-girl of the college… She is going to Nottingham University. "She will major in Psychology, and intends to become a health psychologist," said her father Alfredo D'Souza… 214 words. Click here.
Last year Annalise was crowned the July Rose. For a profile of her, click here.


9 Sep: Toronto. GERSON FONSECA (ex-Nairobi). Beloved husband of Claire. Loving father of Nikki DeSouza (Cled) and Karl. Devoted Papa to Michelle and Samantha. Visitation at the Glen Oaks Reception Centre on Friday. Funeral service at St. John of the Cross Parish, Mississauga on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. full details at the link below. Click here.

8 Sep: Mumbai. CLARA TOSCANO (aged 96). Wife of late Peter Paul Toscano. Mother of late Eufemio, late Lelis, late Zita, late Agnelo, Lourdes, Sapi & Stephen, Sennen & Joe, Cirilia & Wenceslaw, Sr. Zelia, Leo & Goretti, Edward & Lorna. Funeral on 10 Sep. I.C. Church, Borivali (W).

8 Sep: Calangute, Goa. FRANCIS XAVIER LOBO (SONNY). Retired Music Director, band leader ex Calcutta and Delhi. Father of Tony Lobo (UK). For the Times of India obituary click here.

7 Sep: Toronto. KEVIN PINTO [ex Moira , Goa; Burma & UK]. Will be sadly missed by his loving wife Lynette of 29 years. Cherished brother to Celine, Derek (Angela) and Ian (Christine)… Funeral Mass on Thu Sep 11 at 10:15 a.m. at The Transfiguration of our Lord Roman Catholic Church, Toronto. Private cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul would be appreciated. For full details click here.

7 Sep: Sutton, Surrey. MARGARIDA CLARA D'ALMEIDA (Ex Nairobi). Wife of late Nolasco D'Almeida of Southfields. Beloved mother/mother-in-law of Cedric & Merlyn D'Almeida of Sutton, Surrey. Funeral arrangements will be made later. Condolences to

6 Sep: Ottawa, Canada. DR LETA FERNANDES. Daughter of the late Jose Francisco Fernandes (Merces, Goa) and Lillian Fernandes (nee Coutinho, Mapuca, Goa). Wife of Mostafa. Mother of Hani & Hanna. Sister of Januario (Vilma), and Zulema (Glario). Leta spent her adolescence years in Mozambique and Portugal before emigrating to Canada in the early 1980's. She was a professor at the University of Ottawa. Funeral services to be held on Fri Sep 12 in Ottawa at McGarry's Funeral Home 315 Mcleod Street, Ottawa. Canada. Info from Felix D’Sa, Montreal,
For a profile or Dr Leta click here.

6 Sep: Verem, Goa. PETER COELHO (ex Dar-es-Salaam). Brother of Mariquinha DeSouza (late, Verem), Abelina Gonsalves (late, Chicago, USA), Joseph (Brampton, CA), Severine Mendes (Candolim, Goa), Sabin Rodrigues (Mississauga, CA), Josephine Coelho (Birmingham, UK) and Satir (Zanzibar, TZN). Peter was an avid soccer and hockey player in the 1950s and was captain of the Dar team that won the Gold Cup in 1953. Funeral is scheduled for Sept.13th.

6 Sep: Verem, Goa. CAETANO MONTEIRO (ex Kuwait). Beloved husband of Maria Piedade (PIDU). Loving father of Nicolas/Anucia, Angela/Roshan, Kevin/Polivia (All Kuwait). Grandfather of Linford, Linicia, Reeve, Ronan, Ruben & Ksenia.

5 Sep: Batim, Goa. DITOZA FERNANDES. Wife of late Baptista. Mother of Lourdina/Nuno (Swindon), Remedios/Nataline, Alex/Espy, Fr Paul (Pilar Society). Grandmother of Baptista/Steffie, Royston/Raina (Swindon), Daryl/Darren/Darrwyn.

4 Sep: Toronto. PARIS DULCIE PINTO (Born Karachi, 1953). Wife of Jim Hilborn. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 14 at 5 p.m. at Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East, followed by a reception to celebrate her life. Photo and full details at the link below. Click here.


Stephen Bennett Murder: Seedy Goa
31 Aug. Sunday Mercury… Amanda Bennett said, “If we can’t have justice and the Indian Police have closed their case then we are forced to investigate ourselves and let as many people as possible know what really happens in Goa,” she swore. “It’s a seedy place and there are a lot of dangerous people there,” she added. “There are British people out there who can’t be trusted, and anyone going out to Goa should be very careful,” she advised. Click here.

Stephen Bennett Murder: Girlfriend accuses Foreign Office of cover up
6 Sep: The Telegraph (UK). Stephen Bennett’s girlfriend, Kate Rea claims the Foreign Office "misled and lied" to his family… Miss Rea added: "They (the Foreign Office) are covering up for a police force, rather than warning other tourists of the dangers in Goa…” 326 words. Click here.

Homesick Brit gives police a tough time
3 Sep: Mumbai Mirror. Mark Steward, a 48-year-old British national picked up from airport for ‘suspicious behaviour’, he abuses cops, kicks cupboard demanding to go home… Steward says, “I was in Goa for a detoxification programme. There I met a girl who works as a receptionist… the food here is very spicy. I am desperate to munch on a burger…” Photo and text, 580 words. Click here.

Fiona cannot be summoned by welfare dept: Counsel
6 Sep: Zee News. Fiona MacKeown’s lawyer on Saturday said that his client cannot be served summons by Goa Women and Child Welfare Department on charges of neglecting her daughter as a case on the same issue is pending against her with the High Court. 261 words. Click here.

India: home stay network
7 Sep: The Observer. Across India, families are throwing open their houses and inviting tourists to stay. Gethin Chamberlain reports on an innovative home stay network which offers visitors an unbeatable insight into local life…1965 words. Click here.

Leisure boating looking up, marina at Goa likely by next year
7 Sep: Economic Times. Leisure boating and coastal cruising look set to gain momentum in the country with two Indian and a British company joining hands to set up a 'marina' in Goa which would cater to 400 boats. Click here.

Senior Moment
30 Aug: Times of India. Goa. Popular discount carrier, Air Deccan is now Kingfisher Red, after Vijay Mallya bought around 50% stake in the carrier and rebranded the airline. 331 words.Click here.


Going For Goals In Goa!
6 Sep: Leicester Mercury. An under-14s squad of 16 boys from city youth football teams will travel to Goa in October to take part in the Spice Jet Cup…The team will fly out on October 18 and come back on October 26. Photo and text, 412 words. Click here.

Army doc's death: Dad suspects murder
7 Sep: Times of India. With the army doctor Manu Yadav's father still insisting that his son was 'murdered in a well-planned manner', the police are now sending the viscera to ascertain whether it may point to murder. 380 words. Click here.

Konkani literature forges ahead
8 Sep: Times of India. The resurgence in Konkani literature, despite its suppression in the past has been phenomenal. In recent years, Goa has witnessed a surge in literary and cultural activities, related to the Konkani language, with a Konkani book being published every three days…491 words. Click here.

'Goa's corruption level alarming'
8 Sep. Times of India. Goa has an ‘alarming’ level of corruption, finds a study involving below poverty level families vis-à-vis their access to public services. 282 words. Click here.

No Naxalites in Goa
9 Sept: Herald. According to a report submitted by the Intelligence Bureau to the Union Home Ministry, Goa is one of the only six states in India that does not have a naxalite presence. This is in contradiction to what Opposition leader Manohar Parrikar had claimed, which was then echoed by Chief Minister Kamat, but refuted by the Goa police. 177 words. Click here.

Goa to stage biggest-ever chess event at Zambaulim
9 Sept: Navhind Times. Goa is set to stage the biggest ever chess event. Monginis 46th National B chess championship, conducted by Goa State Chess Association on behalf of All India Chess Federation will take place 15-25 September at Shri Damodar Saunsthan, Zambaulim. It will have 9 Grand Masters, 31 International Masters, 3 Women Grand Masters, 2 Women International Masters among the over 400 participants. 525 words. Click here.

Goa to make presentation before PM seeking special status
10 Sep: Goa will make a special presentation before Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in the next 15 days seeking special status for the state… Goa assembly had recently passed a resolution that the state should get special status to protect its unique identity. Click here.

Goa: Kids to go to school with laptops soon
10 Sep: Times of India. Kids in Goa could soon be going to school with laptops in hand with education minister Atanasio Monserrate announcing that 12,000 students will soon be given the machines costing about Rs 23,000 each. 168 words. Click here.

Goa’s very own Italian circle
11 Sep: Times of India. They dabble in pronunciations and dough as passionately as they sing, dance and exchange cultural nuances. Emanuela Carponi, the Italian teacher at Goa University is Director of the club … Fortnightly meetings have already started…The list includes Italian movies, literature, cuisine…Membership for two years: Rs 500. Contact: Dr Emanuela Carponi — 9326126801. Photos and text, 526 words. Click here.

Charles Correa: ‘Political parties are driving our land scams’
13 Sep: Tehelka Magazine. Charles Correa, 78, architect, activist and pioneer in Third World urban planning, is also angry. At the systematic way in which political parties are destroying Indian cities; at the smug inefficacy of NGOs that are doing little to save them…Goa, an honest society for hundreds of years, has become extremely corrupt in a breathtakingly short period — just over a decade... 1419 words. Click here.

Weekly Update
11 Sep: Times of India – Goa edition. Weather: Max = 26.5; Min = 22.5. Humidity 98%
Exchange rates £= 79.52; $ = 45:25; Euro = 63.87


Leicester: Police close streets as fans mob top film star
25 Aug. Leicester Mercury. Hundreds of screaming fans gathered to welcome Superstar Amitabh Bachchan to Leicester. The street had to be closed by police during his visit … Mr Bachchan was asked to become patron of the Silver Star Diabetes appeal by Leicester East MP Keith Vaz … Fans were ecstatic to catch sight of their film hero. Jasmine Fernandes managed to shake the star's hand…Her sons, Jake and Callum, aged 11, were also there… Dad Francis said: "It is amazing to have someone like this visit." 438 words. Click here.
For a slideshow (54 photos) click here.

Lisbon: Museu do Oriente: Traditional Goan Dances on 21 Sep.
2 Sep: Musica Total. Museu do Oriente, presents on 21 Sept at 11:00 am “Danças Tradicionais de Goa em família”. The activity is held in partnership with the Group Ekvat and Casa de Goa …Click here.

India's condom ring tone a huge global hit
7 Sep: Daily News and Analysis. A public health message that goes "condom, condom" is being downloaded the most all over the world… "It is a hit internationally. Nowhere in the world are we aware of a ring tone for a product," said Yvonne MacPherson, country director of the BBC World Service Trust…The ring tone can be downloaded free on the website The ring tone has been composed by Rupert Fernandes…764 words. Click here.

UK: Scandal of recycled rubbish ending up in India
7 Sep: The Sunday Mirror (UK). A TV investigative report has revealed the rubbish sorted for recycling by British families is being shipped 4,000 miles to India and dumped on farmland…It costs up to £148 to recycle a tonne of rubbish once it is separated but as little as £40 to ship it to India… The programme was broadcast on ITV1 at 8pm Mon. 8 Sep. For a synopsis click here.
To watch the programme (30 mins) online (before 8 Oct 2008) click here.

Terror of £3m drugs Gran's girl
8 Sep. Scottish Daily Record. The daughter of a drugs mule Gran was terrorised by anonymous calls from men trying to find her mum. Penny Stracey was baffled by the sinister calls asking, "Where is your mother?" - until she learned last week that 57-year-old Evelyn George had been jailed in Australia after carrying the drugs from Goa… 300 words. Click here.

Sex and the sari. By Kiran Desai
8 Sep: The Times (UK). A prize-winning author journeys to Andhra where generations of Indian families have been involved in the sex industry and from which few girls escape… About her neck, a Virgin Mary in gold. They are both Christian converts. “Do you go to church?” I asked. “How can we go to church?” they laugh. “We are prostitutes!” 2190 words. Click here.

Dinesh D'Souza: Help Obama's Half-Brother Move Out of His Hut
8 Sep: TownHall. The biggest scandal of the election campaign is the fact that Barack Obama's half-brother George lives in a 6 by 10 foot hut in the slums of Kenya…I invite people to send me small contributions…I will then contact the Obama campaign and offer them the money on the condition that they forward it to George Obama in Kenya… Photo and text, 740 words. Click here.

Now, Arab sheikhs want to create a Goa in Middle-East
9 Sep: Economic Times. The fascination for Indian ambience is getting ready-to-plant 20-25 feet trees to add to the grandeur of “designer backyards” of the cash-rich Arabs… the exports have been booming over the years… Landscaping business in Middle East and South East Asia has assumed mammoth proportions… 562 words. Click here.

Boost for Goan transsexuals becoming British citizens
9 Sep: The Times (UK). Balanced Migration is so called because it wants to create a rough balance between people going and people coming in…we could always permit a Big Brother type mega-vote on the BBC to follow the lottery draw, with the viewing public deciding a proportion of the winners and losers. It will certainly boost the chances of Goan transsexuals bcoming British citizens…. Click here.

Text + Videos: UK: New migrant worker rules outlined
9 Sep: BBC. The list of UK jobs likely to be open to workers from outside the EU has been unveiled as part of a new "points based" migration system. 1019 words. Click here.
For links to the official full reports click here.

Mumbai: Come September, come Bandra Fair
10 Sep: Daily News & Analysis. The Mount Mary fest beginning this Sunday has something for all—the devotees, the traders, the needy and the revellers… You have shops offering everything from food (including typically Goan sweets) and wares, to street plays, musical concerts and book readings as well as exotic candles…but model Carol Gracias, a resident of Bandra, says, “I used to go there as a kid. But I don’t go any more. It has lost its charm.” 406 words. Click here.


India: where Christians are a target for the religious murder mobs
6 Sep: The Times (UK)…So far 36 deaths have been recorded by the Catholic Church — compared with 16 by the state authorities, which have been accused of being complicit in the tragedy… Of the estimated 50,000 Christians forced to flee, most have little to go back to: more than 3,000 homes and 115 churches have been destroyed. 1190 words + comments. Click here.

Father Raymond J. De Souza: The sad plight of India’s flock
8 Sep: National Post (Canada)…There are 18 million Catholics in India — more than in Canada and England combined. The Church in India is vibrant…Certainly, the Church in Bombay is more vital and important to the shape of global Catholicism than the Church in Toronto or Montreal — a sobering reality for Canadians to consider. 802 words. Click here.

Video: Orissa asks, your God or mine?
8 Sep: CNN-IBN. Video report. For nearly two weeks Dalit Christians have been attacked in Orissa. 3m.55s. Click here.

Orissa: no peace for Christians even in refugee camps
9 Sep: Asia News. By Nirmala Carvalho. Even in the camps, the faithful find fundamentalists who coerce them to convert to Hinduism. Priests also threatened and abused…356 words. Click here.

Christians in India face prospect of more attacks by extremists
11 Sep: The Times (UK). Attacks on nuns, churches and Christian refugees across India are stoking fears that Hindu extremists are planning to target minority communities as the country prepares for a general election… 634 words. Click here.


A great deal has been written about the outburst of violence in the state of Orissa. So many Christian churches have been destroyed and deaths taken place. Surely, this kind of bigotry is unacceptable in any civilised country and the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh has denounced it in no uncertain terms. However, it becomes essential to understand the root causes of this kind of perennial communal violence in India as well as the role of the police in such situations. Many of these issues have been elaborated on Goanet and there will be more commentary to follow.

While the Goan Voice (UK) has a special accessible record of the Goans in Swindon, recently, others have taken an interest in the lives of our fellow Goans in that town and been good enough to write about them from a journalistic perspective. There are an estimated 8000 Goans in that "fastest growing economic zone" in the whole of the EU. It would be of much interest to hear from the Goan Swindonians themselves about their lives in the town but my personal pleasure in hearing these newcomers speak in Konkani at big Goan meets in London is a joy in itself.

From time to time, Joe in Goa informs us about those who provide frequent postings to Goanet. The largest number of contributors in August 2008 were Miguel Braganza (76), Frederick Noronha (71), and Mario Goveia (58). There were a total of 1778 posts that passed the moderators. The top 10 posters made up 35% of the posts and the top 25% made up 65% of the posts. However, I was able to detect that a surprisingly small number of UK Goans contribute to Goanet and I wonder why this may be so?

For those with a special interest in Brazilian and Portuguese songs and music, Gabriel de Figueiredo (from Melbourne, Australia) has provided details on how we may access them. For Brazilian music click here. For Portuguese muscic click here.

On the topic of "Why can't India develop world-class athletes?" we noted a fairly interesting discussion with particular reference to the outstanding performance of the Chinese at the 2008 Olympics. Now that the London 2012 Olympics are on the horizon, the views of GV(UK) readers are most welcome on how the British team might perform even better than they did in Beijing. More than anything else, assuming that several of us may actually witness the Games from within the stadium itself, could we not only encourage but actually sponsor promising young Goans to train hard and emulate our well known former Olympic track stars like Levy Pinto and Seraphino Antao?

Freddy Agnelo Fernandes in a recent post is highly critical of Goan politicians and has this to say: "I am sure I won't be wrong in saying our Goan politicians are the most corrupt, most arrogant, most non-performing and among the richest and from where have all those riches come from? And from the riches they get more and more powerful and arrogant." This is indeed just a fraction of the anger expressed and Freddy continues to say "the only way to stop them, is the mass movement, only the people who put them there at the pinnacle must bring them down: Are we Goans ready for this?"

Paulo Colaco Dias draws our attention to Karnataka State's expressed aim to incorporate Goa within itself. This is a theme that has surfaced before notwithstanding that Goa is a State in its own right within India. To read what the issue is really all about click here.

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By Lira Fernandes

ARTS: Afternoon Play. BBC Radio Four
Friday 12th Sep. 14:15 to 15:00. A Tiger for Malgudi. By RK Narayan. Now the companion of a Sadu, an ageing tiger looks back on his life. A rich evocation of Indian life in the 1970s, this comic narrative views human absurdities through the eyes of a wild animal.

DOCUMENTARY: The Desert Capitalists. BBC World Service Radio
Saturday 13th Sep. 10:05 to 10:30. How the Marwari trading caste from the deserts of western India has become a pre-eminent global economic and political force.

FILM: Guru. Channel 4
Monday 15th Sep. 01:35 to 04:20. Gurukant Desai an ambitious man rises from rags to riches. 2007.

COOKERY: Sizzle. Wedding TV
Monday 15th Sep. 15:30 to 16:00. Canadian chef Michael P. Clive helps Priya create a masala of British and Indian food for a special family meal.

DOCUMENTARY: Mary Magdalene - Saint Or Sinner? five
Tuesday 16th Sep. 20:00 to 21:00. Religious documentary focusing on the life and legend of Mary Magdalene.

GARDENING: Ground Force. UKTV Gardens
Wednesday 17th Sep. 21:00 to 22:00. India Special. Alan Titchmarsh, Charlie Dimmock and Tommy Walsh introduce a special edition of the garden makeover programme from Delhi.

TRAVEL: Globe Trekker. Travel Channel 2
Thursday 18th Sep. 23:00 to 00:00. Justine Shapiro journeys to India, the cornerstone of any backpacker's tour.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sat. 27 Sep. SE Goans Belgium day trip. Shopping, seaside, site seeing. Contact Sharon Pinto 01322400732

Sun. 28 Sep: Mapuca Feast at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey. Begins with Holy Mass at 12.30 p.m. Musical entertainment provided by Maz & Co. Tickets: Members: £11.00. Guests: £13.00. Children (under 12 years): £5.00. Dress Code: Jacket and Tie essential. For tickets and further information contact: Eusebio Pinto (Mobile) 07941 354756 or 020 8304 9089 (after 7 p.m.) or Freddie DeSouza (Mobile) 07956 649633.

Sat. 11 Oct. G.O.A. Black & White Ball at Colliers Wood Community Centre. Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457, Jacinto Fernandes 020 8542 5427

Sun 12 Oct: 35th Uganda Reunion. Archbishop LanFranc School, Croydon. Starts at 12 noon and ends at 7pm. Maz & Co are playing. Adults: £15; children: £5. Contact Christine DeSouza after 9 pm on 020 8310 2332.

Sun. 26 Oct. G.O.A. Trook Tournament. At ATC Hall, South Wimbledon. Contact: Jacinto Fernandes 020- 8542 5427

Sun. 26 Oct: Colva Union, 35th Anniversary of the Feast of Infant Jesus. St Boniface Catholic Church, 185 Mitcham Road, Tooting, SW17 9PG. Mass at 1.30pm in the main church followed by the Social in the Hall. Tickets: Adults: £12; Children up to 12 years: £5. For tickets contact: Arlene Fernandes 0208 930 7679; Agapito Gouveia 0208 648 0350; Ames Fernandes 0208 672 4753; Alfie Fernandes 07860 152 939; Bento Fernandes 0208 672 0283; Fiona Fernandes 07908 125 765; Hilary Dias 0208 672 5528; Rose DeSouza 0208 677 0390.


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