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The Arctic route, listener letters, and birthdays, too!

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the quiz about the Arctic route. There’s the listener mailbag, a birthday musical request, and of course, the new quiz question. So click on that little “Listen” arrow 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, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Sierra Leone, 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 5 September, I asked you a question about Syrian refugees, and an alternative route which some asylum seekers are taking. This alternative route is called the Arctic route, and my colleague Jan van der Made reported on it that week. I asked you to tell me about this new route that some Syrian refugees are taking to enter Western Europe.

The answer is: The so-called Arctic route is via Russia. According to Paul Nesse of the Norwegian Refugee Council, who talked to RFI’s Jan van der Made, the refugees they are recording fly into Moscow, then take a train or a bus to Murmansk, which is very close to the border. The asylum seekers enter Norway at Storskog near Kirkenes, the only legal border crossing between the two countries. Nesse told Jan: “It requires some adaptation. What we do see is that for most people, once they get used to the differences and get acquainted with the language, it actually goes fairly well.”

The winners this week are: There are two winners from Bangladesh this week. One is Nazifa Mahajabin, a brand new RFI English listener and a brand new member of the Most Active RFI English Listeners Club for 2014–2015, the Kaptai RFI Fan Club, so ably headed up by its president (and very gifted gardener) Jahangir Alam Manto. Welcome Nazifa! Also from Bangladesh, from Nilphamaris, Saleh Likhon; Royse Cramton, from Oak Park, Illinois in the US; P Narendra, from the RFI Listeners Club Hyderabad in India; and RFI Listeners Club member Bina Rani Mondal from Murshidabad, also in India.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 9 November to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 14 November 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.



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