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French Voter Turnout … did you get it right?

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to the “new/old” Sound Kitchen. We’ve put the programme back together: instead of two smaller programs on two days, The Sound Kitchen is now one program on one day – Saturday, at 4:52, 6:22, and 7:52 universal time.

You’ll hear the winner’s 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!

I have more wonderful news! “The Sound Kitchen Listeners Cookbook” will finally become a reality. A month later than first announced, but the web team promises it will be ready, in the on-line version, this month, June. Next step: the printed version … and I won’t give up! In the meantime, if you sent in a recipe, try to send in a photo of your completed dish, and of course, of yourself!

This week’s question was read on 13 May, and was about French voter turnout. I asked you to send in the percentage of the French population registered to vote, who cast their ballot in the second round of the presidential polls on 6 May.

And the answer is: 80.34 %. 51.62% of those votes went to François Hollande, 48.38 % to Nicolas Sarkozy.

The winners this week are: from Pakistan: Mr. Ahmed Aqeel in Karachi; Mr. Ali Inam, in Lahore, and from Sheikhupura, Mr. Ahmed Adnan. From Ekiti State, Nigeria, Mr. S.J.Agboola, and from Goa, India, Mr. Zenon Teles, for the Christian-Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Association of Listening DX-ERS.

Congratulations, winners!

This week’s question is a sporty one, and to mix my sports metaphors, a double - header: I want you to write in with the names of the winners of the French Open Tennis Tournament. Who won the Women’s Singles, and who won the Men’s Singles?

Send me your answer by 16 July; the answer and the winners will be announced on the 21 July programme. Be sure you send your postal address in with your answer … and be sure and tell me if you are a Mr. or a Mrs. or a Ms. or a Miss – I don’t want to get it wrong!

Send your answers to:


Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
BP 9516
75016 Paris


By SMS … Now you can 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.

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.

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:

Include a phone number, if you can. I’d like to call you and put you on-the-air … and send you a thank-you gift for participating.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

All the best,


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