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Message to Syria

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This week on the Sound Kitchen, host Clare Sharkey introduces you to a French/Syrian collaborative artistic project created for the people of Syria. You’ll hear the answer to the quiz about the Chinese yuan, the names of the winners, and of course, the new quiz question. So click on that little "Listen" button above, and join in!


Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday, at 6:15, 6:45, 14:45 and 16:45 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.

Fabulous news!
We have a shortwave frequency again! It’s 13725 kHz on the 22m band, and you can hear us between 6.00 and 7.00 UT every day. We’ve had reception reports from Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Japan, Latvia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the US, and although the frequency is “aimed” (or however that works) towards the African continent, give it a try. You never know … and be sure and send us your reception reports. Maybe we can get more time, which would be wonderful.

This week’s quiz: On 15 August, I asked you a question about the Chinese yuan – the Chinese government had devalued its currency that week. You were to write in with the percentage that the Chinese government devalued the yuan that week.

The answer is: On 11 August, according to the Financial Times, the yuan was devalued by 1.9 per cent. On 12 August, it was devalued by another 1 per cent, and on 13 August, again 1 per cent.

The winners this week are: Four RFI club members: Ishmael Kawanza from Windhoek, Namibia (Ishmael Kawanza cleverly sent his answer via text to the Sound Kitchen mobile phone – see below for how you can, too); Anis Kaouane from Skikda, Algeria; Zenon Teles, president of the Christian-Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Association of Listening DX-ERs in Goa, India; P Sivashanmugham, from Tamilnadu, also in India; and Muhammad Saleem Akhtar Chadhar, from Chiniot in Pakistan.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... You’ll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 19 October to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 24 October programme. When you enter, 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:


Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux


By text You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen mobile 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.

To find out how you can win an RFI Radio, wireless computer mouse, or Mp3 player, click here:

To find out how you can become a member of the RFI Listeners Club, or to form your own official RFI Club, click here:

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