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Thursday, April 28, 2016



Tony on his standard 'Atlas' bicycle - 12V 2-beam headlight, horn, rear light, rear-view mirror, full chain cover and rear bracket with spring, riding along the perimeter of the newly constructed Municipal Market. Photo 1965, looking West. In the background: coconut tree-lined Mapusa/Panjim, Mapusa/Calangute Road, at an acute angle, partly visible Bodgeshwar Temple, and villages and hills of Canca and Parra in the distance. Memory of my teens.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Lighthouse at Port Credit - Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

“Every lighthouse knows
that when the giant waves come,
no one will help!
And when you know that no one will help you,
you fight more seriously!” 
~ Mehmet Murat ildan ~

Please read my poem 'The Stubborn Captain'.
by clicking above on the above or on the following link:

Thursday, April 14, 2016


 - A sound sampling of the village local quartet
playing on the porch of St. Anne's Church,
Parra, Bardez, GOA,
- one of the rare and fast-disappearing
brass bands of Goa.

Video by 'TonFerns'.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


While the cashew plant is native to northeast Brazil, the Portuguese took it to Goa, India, between 1560 and 1565. From there it spread throughout Southeast Asia and eventually Africa. The English name 'Cashew' is derived from the Portugese name 'Caju', its called 'Acaju' in Brazil, 'Merey' in Venenzuala, 'Cajuil' in Spanish and 'Decajou' in French. The cashew seed, often simply called a cashew, is widely consumed. It is eaten on its own, used in recipes, or processed into cashew cheese or cashew butter. The cashew apple is a light reddish to yellow fruit, whose pulp is processed into a sweet, astringent fruit drink or distilled into liquor and known in known in Goa as 'Caju Feni'. This photo is not from a farm or plantation, but from the 'El-Kays' garden in Parra, Goa.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

We ourselves must walk the path.

~ No one saves us but ourselves.
 No one can and no one may.
 We ourselves must walk the path. ~ Buddha

. (Photo by TonFerns - Parra -Goa)
Feb. 2016.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Flowers of Goa

"Some people grumble that roses have thorns;
I am grateful that thorns have roses.”

~ Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden ~

Saturday, April 09, 2016


The first St. Michael’s Church was founded by Fr. Barnabas in 1971 and was originally just a small chapel close to the British Air force base in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

In 1973 Fr. Barnabas shifted it into the British Officers’ Mess. The kitchen of the church was converted into the Parish House.

Father Barnabas was succeeded by Fathers Attilio, Edmund, Antonino, Felicio, Godwin and Angelo. The congregation increased along with the space to accommodate all of the parishioners.

It was during the tenure of Fr. Felicio Diniz as the Parish Priest in the early 1980's when I was an active member of the community centre. I had made the sign on my own accord out of plastic letters and a metal cross cast into Plaster of Paris. I handed over the plaque to Fr. Felicio who then had it fixed to the wall at the entrance of this church.

Now here's where the story about this plaque takes a different turn. Some years after I left Sharjah a magnificent new church was built nearby, and the old one was demolished. On my visit to Goa after many years my wife and I stayed with her sister Lourdes and bro-in-law Leo when we noticed this plaque in the show-case in their living room. I was greatly surprised as to how this piece of work would cross the Arabian Seas into Goa. Lourdes then related to me how she had salvaged it just prior to the time when the bull-dozers moved in for demolition of the old church.Thanks and kudos to Lourdes for saving and keeping this sign - a sure sign of the times - and a Sign of the Cross of more than 30 years ago.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Sunset in Mapusa - Goa

A moment, and its glory was no more. The sun went down beneath the long dark lines of hill and cloud which piled up in the west an airy city, wall heaped on wall, and battlement on battlement; the light was all withdrawn; the shining church turned cold and dark; the stream forgot to smile; the birds were silent; and the gloom of winter dwelt on everything.

~ Charles Dickens ~

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Coincidence of the Day - Today 7th April 2016


So strange that 2 years ago today Merle Haggard who passed away yesterday received a life time achievement award this day.

Merle Haggard received the Academy of Country Music's Crystal Milestone Award today on his 77th birthday - 6th April 2014. His first #1 hit was - I'm a Lonesome Fugitive in 1966. I bought a compilation C&W Album from Jashanmal & Sons in Abu Dhabi in 1968 that featured this hit. I was 21 years old.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Rest In Peace - Merle Haggard



One of my favourites,
Country Singer Merle Haggard
passed away Wednesday 6th April
on his 79th birthday.

I purchased a compliation
Country & Western Long Play Record
from Jashanmal & Sons Abu Dhabi in 1968
that had my all time favourite track on it.
It is called
I'm a Lonesome Fugitive.

A fugitive and lonely no more.
Heaven is now his home.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Chapel of Jesus of Nazareth, Siridao, Goa

Chapel of Jesus of Nazareth,
GOA - India

Photo of the Chapel of Jesus of Nazareth in Siridao, Goa, taken from Aldeia de Goa in Bambolim, a distance of approx. 3.5 km away. The white strip above the trees in the foreground and the rocky cliffs down below the chapel is the sandy Siridao beach.
 In the background across the River Zuari looking south/south-west are Sancoale Hills and new real estate, IT and industrial developments.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Amba River, Konkan Railway - Scenic Vistas

Amba River, Maharashtra, India

~ Train Journey on the Konkan Railway from Mumbai to Goa ~
12th February 2016
 An unforgettable journey.
 Daytime travel.
Board at Dadar, Mumbai, early morning,
 by evening reach Thivim, Goa.
 Scenic travel.
Panoramic vistas of the Western Ghats along the way.

Please click on the link below to see location.