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Royal souls and royal babies

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This week on the Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear a tribute to Nelson Mandela and the answer to the  royal baby quiz. Did you win? Are you ready to try your luck on the new quiz question? Click on that little “Listen” arrow above, and join in!

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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 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 be sure and 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 … and open up we have! There are already nine brand new official RFI Clubs: in Kisii, Kenya, started by Mogire Machuki; in Dhaka, Bangladesh, started by Wali Ahad; in Ain Kechera, Algeria, with Ferhat Bezazel as president; and in Holguin, Cuba, started by Ivan Carralero. There are five new RFI clubs in India: in Murshidabad, with Mr Najimuddin as president; in Medinipur, with Dr S S Bhattacharya at the helm; in Hyderabad/Miryalguda, headed up by Mrs P Sreelatha Reddy; in Sainikpuri/Secunderabad with Hari Madugula as president; and Sandeep Jawale has created an RFI Club in Maharashtra. Welcome one and all!

What about you? You can either transform your existing radio club into an RFI Club, or create a brand new one. Then, anytime you plan special events – be they humanitarian, cultural, or sports-oriented; if you want to host an environmental program, 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, the first step is to read the RFI Club Charter:

http://clubsrfi.blogs.rfi.fr/sites/clubsrfi.blogs.rfi.fr/files/The%20RFI_Club%20Charter.pdf

If you are willing to abide by the Charter, write to my colleagues in the Listener Relations Department and let them know. They’ll help you with the rest of the process.

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

Which leads me to another item of interest: the RFI Listeners Club. Our Listener Relations department has decided that everyone can belong to the RFI Listeners 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 Listeners Club member, you will still win a premium prize if you win a Sound Kitchen quiz. So no reason not to join – although having an official RFI Club is really far cooler.

If you only want to be a member of the general RFI Listeners Club – that’s great, too! Just send me (or Sébastien and Chrystelle) 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!

Slideshow Mandela

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.

New Year’s Resolutions: It’s not too early to reflect on your New Year’s Resolutions! Send them to the Sound Kitchen to share with one and all – there’s a little present for those of you who do. While you’re at it, think about your Valentine’s Day requests, too!

Today’s question was read on 26 October. I asked you about the British royal baby, who had just been christened. You were to send in the name of the church where His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge was christened and say how many godparents stood beside him.

And the answer is: The Chapel Royal at St James's Palace in London with seven godparents! The Anglican Church tells you how many godparents you must have (which is three), but it doesn't say how many you can have, so … why not? Seven is, after all, a very nice number.

The winners are: Subhankar Basak from the Shortwave World Radio Listeners Club in Burdwan, India; Sebbar Salah from Agadir, Morocco; Abdulai Saiku Bah, from Durban, South Africa; Muhammad Waseem Dar, from Karachi, Pakistan, and Ms Resha Prakash, from Kathmandu, Nepal.

Congratulations, winners!

This week’s question is about Madiba, Nelson Mandela, of course. On Tuesday his memorial service was held, and attended by just about everybody but you and me. I want you to tell me where his public memorial service was held, and why that place is significant. You must also name at least five heads of state who attended.

Send in your answer by 20 January, and be sure to tune in on 25 January 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

to our new mailing address:

Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux
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. As listener Pramod Maheshwari said: “Just as small drops of water can fill a pitcher, small drops of kindness can change the world.”

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 in 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, the book you are reading and what you think about it, 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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