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Nasser Blahi of Wasit, Iraq
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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear a “This I Believe” listener essay from Nasser Blahi of Iraq. There’s the answer to the quiz about Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, the new quiz question, and great music. 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!

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.

The Sound Kitchen Listeners Cookbook has been published! It is a lovely little book and I am quite pleased. Many thanks to everyone who contributed. We are going to use it as a prize for the quiz, so let me know if the cookbook is what you would like for us to send to you if you win a quiz.

Valentine’s Day Dedications: Treat your Valentine to a Sound Kitchen Valentine’s Day Dedication! Send me your beloved’s name and a message for her/him, and we’ll try to get it on the air! Don’t wait!

Today’s question was read on 14 December. I asked you about Nelson Mandela’s public memorial service, which took place earlier that week, on 10 December. You were to tell me where the service was held, and why that location was especially significant. I also asked you to send in the names of at least five heads of state who attended.

The answer is: the FNB stadium in the Soweto area of Johannesburg in South Africa. The FNB stadium was a significant choice because that is where Mandela gave his first speech when he was released from prison in 1990 and it is also where he made his last public appearance, during the 2010 World Cup.

As for heads of state, you could name just about anyone because just about every head of state was there. Most of you put US president Barack Obama at the top of the list, along with Cuba’s Raul Castro – probably because Obama shook hands with Castro (!). Most of Africa’s heads of state were there, and most of Asia’s, and Europe’s, and Latin America’s … it would have been harder to have asked who wasn’t there!

The winners are: Jahangir Alam from Rangamati, Bangladesh; Huguette R M Simmonds from Rodez, France; Humphrey C Phiri from Lusaka, Zambia, and two RFI Club members: Mr Ralf Urbanczyk from Eisleben, Germany and Richard Wasajja from Kampala, Uganda.

Congratulations, winners!

This week’s question is about the Grammy awards, held this past Sunday in Los Angeles. Send in the names of the artists who won in the World Music category – who won Best World Music Album at the 56th Grammy awards this past Sunday? Hint: it was a tie.

Get your answer in by 10 March, and be sure to tune in on 15 March 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 or a box set of world music CDs, edited by RFI!

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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