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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Goan Proverbs & Sayings

Goan Proverb 48

Proverb: Damao ganvant khuim goddo rupian meuta.

Liter. Trans. :  In Daman a horse can be bought for a rupee.

Application: To evaluate or put a price on something unattainable or beyond one's reach or capability. To estimate, praise or wish for something that is very far away. Daman, a former Portuguese enclave is far away to the North from Goa.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Goan Proverbs & Sayings

Goan Proverb 47

Proverb: Panelichea nibaan muskak udok.

Lit. translation: The creeper gets water, but the Moringa (drumstic) tree also benefits.

Meaning and application: In Goa the drumstick tree growing for years mainly along the perimeter of the backyard fence rarely receives water other than rain. No one pays any heed or attention to it, but the vegetable growing next to it receives more care, attention and water. In the bargain the drumstick tree benefits for the watered soil next to it. It applies to humans whereby advantage of something is taken when it is in fact meant for someone else.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Goan Proverbs & Sayings

Proverb 46.

Proverb:  Munxeak paktte lailear to suknnem zainam.

Lit. Trans.: If you attach wings to a human being, he does not become a bird.

Meaning and application: To pretend to be someone that one is not. To do something when it is obvious that one's pretensions are clearly visible.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Goan Proverbs & Sayings

Proverb 45.

Proverb :  Bhim toxem Foll.

Lit. Trans.: Like seed, like fruit.

Meaning and application: Reap what you sow.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Goan Proverbs & Sayings

Proverb 42

Proverb: Mojea kannank vainguim bandunk sodhtai?

Lit. Trans.: Are you trying to tie brinjals (aubergines) to my ears?

Meaning and aplication: Are you trying to fool me? Are you trying to pull a fast one on me? Do you think I am a fool to fall for your tricks.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Goan Proverbs & Sayings

Proverb: Zogzogta tem soglench bangar nhoi!

Lit. Trans.: Something that shines is not all gold. 

English proverb: All that shines is not gold.

Application: Things should not always be taken at face value.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Goan Proverbs & Sayings

Proverb: Mog asslear unn vhode ghanttar pautat.

Lit. Trans.: If there is love, hot puffs can reach over mountains.

Meaning and application: If there is a will there is a way.

Or if we love someone, or love something that we do in our lives, we can do what at fidst seems impossible.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

R.A.F. Radio Station, Sharjah, UAE.

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R.A.F. Radio Station, Sharjah, UAE.

Before the days of FM92 Radio transmission in the UAE, the pioneering expatriate folks who worked and lived there tuned their FM radio to music transmission from the ARAMCO oilfields base in Saudi Arabia. The definitive 3 stations were: Light Music on 100, Classical on 96 and Popular on 88 MegaHertz.

The only other radio program transmission was done by a FM Station in Sharjah in the early 1970's after the base of the British Royal Air Force closed down its radio transmission on Medium Wave.

One of my favourite hits songs of that era was "Those were were the days" sung by Mary Hopkin. As I reminisce today they were indeed fabulous days. Also popular tunes were 'Sound of Silence' by Simon & Art Garfunkel and 'Lily the Pink' by The Scaffold.