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That clever but cunning snake

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday at 4:52, 6:22, and 7:52 universal time. You’ll hear the winners' names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you have grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day,” quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music, so tune in every Saturday! 

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Did you know there is such a thing as official RFI Clubs? Up until now, they have always been French clubs, but now we want to open them up to all our listeners … let’s show the French how involved in RFI the rest of the world is! You can either transform your existing radio club into an RFI Club, or create a brand new one.

Then, any time you plan special events – be they humanitarian, cultural, or sports-oriented; if you want to host an environmental programme or a day dedicated to health issues - RFI will help you with ideas and free promotional items for your members. If you are interested in either changing your radio club into an RFI club, or if you would like to create a brand-new RFI club, write my colleague Sébastien Bonijol in our Listener Relations department.

Sébastien Bonijol
RFI – Relations Auditeurs
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130, Issy-les-Moulineaux
France

Which leads me to another item of interest: the RFI Listener’s Club. Our Listener Relations department has decided that everyone can belong to the RFI Listener’s Club, but you will only be issued a membership number, not an identity card. Only members of an official RFI Club will have identity cards. As an RFI Listener’s Club member, you will still win a premium prize if you win a Sound Kitchen quiz. So no reason to not join – although having an official RFI Club is really far cooler.

If you only want to be a member of the general RFI Listener’s Club – that’s great, too! Just send me (or Sébastien) two identity photographs – and you can send them via e-mail, as jpeg files - along with the photos, send your full name, your postal mailing address, and if you have one, your e-mail address. You’ll receive an RFI Listeners Club number; include that number every time you enter a quiz, and if you are a winner, you’ll get a premium prize!

Nota bene: The RFI Listeners Club used to be called “Club 9516”. So if you are a member of the “Club 9516”, you are already a member of the RFI Listeners Club. Your “Club 9516” membership number still works – no need to reapply. Just include your membership number on your quiz entries.

Look at that beautiful link to the Sound Kitchen Listeners Cookbook! It actually happened! I’m very happy about it, and I hope you enjoy looking at it – and trying out some recipes. Please feel free to send in any comments you have, and we would love it if you’d send in photos – of you, and your completed dish. Don’t hesitate to use the “zoom” tool on countries where there are a lot of forks; that will separate them so you can read the titles easier. Click on the title, and the recipe will appear. 

Today’s question was read on 9 February, about the time of the Chinese New Year, which this year is the Year of the Snake. According to legend, the Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed the earth. Only 12 animals came to say goodbye, and to reward them, he named a year after each one, in the order they arrived. The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born influences his personality – they even say that animal is “the animal that hides in your heart”.

So what does a Snake person have hiding in his or her heart? Well, Snake people are supposed to be very smart, but cold and calculating. They are loners, and like to be in control. They are charming, have excellent manners, are seductive and fun-loving, but are also supposed to be selfish and conniving and capable of telling big fat lies … 

The winners this week are: Miss Xianjing Ma, from Maanshan City, Anhui Province, People’s Republic of China; Hans Verner Lollike, from Hedehusene, Denmark; Mrs. P. Chinna from the DW Listeners Club in Hyderabad, India; Muhammad Azam Nouman from North Karachi, Pakistan, and Samuel Francis from St. Catherine, Jamaica, who sent his answer in via SMS.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question is about Saint Patrick, as today is Saint Patrick’s Day and the Irish are celebrating. One of the St. Patrick legends is about an animal that does not exist in Ireland, because the saint supposedly chased them all into the sea. I want you to write in and tell me which animal that is, and here’s a hint: it’s a reptile.

Send in your answer by 22 April, and be sure and tune in on 27 April to see if you are one of the lucky winners! As always, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer … and, if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:

english.service@rfi.fr

or

Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
BP 9516
75016 Paris
France

or

By SMS … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen cell phone !!!!

Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text - and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Remember, it’s not just the quiz which wins you a prize. If your essay goes on the air, you’ll find a package in the mail from the Sound Kitchen. Write in about your community heroes – the people in your community who are quietly working to make the world a better place, in whatever way they can. I am still looking for your “This I Believe” essays, too. Tell us about the principles that guide your life … what you have found to be true from your very own personal experience. Or write in with your most memorable moment, and/or your proudest achievement. If your essay is chosen to go on-the-air – read by you – you’ll win an RFI radio!

Send your mini book reviews, your musical requests, your secret “guilty” pleasure (mine’s chocolate!), your tricks for remembering things, your favourite quotations and proverbs, descriptions of the local festivals you participate in, your weirdest dream, or just your general all-around thoughts to:

thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr

Include a phone number, so I can call you.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

All the best,

Susan

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