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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the quiz about the marine reserve in New Zealand. There’s news from the RFI Clubs, the listener mailbag, great music, and of course, the new quiz question. So click on that little “Listen” arrow above, and get into this kitchen!


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, Germany, 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.

Club News: We have five new official RFI English Listeners Clubs! Welcome to
the Radio France International Online Visitors Club in Sahiwal, Pakistan, Amir Jameel, president; the RFI Web Visitors Club in Mailsi, Pakistan, Abid Hussain Sajid, president; the Golden DX Club in Murshidibad, India, Siddhartha Sarkar, president; the RFI Listeners Club in Jamshedpur, India, S B Sharma, president, and the Nilshagor RFI Fan Club in Nilphamari, Bangladesh, Shahanaj Parvin Sathi, president.

To find out how you can create an RFI Club or transform your existing listening club into an RFI Club, go to the link at the bottom of this page.

This week’s quiz: On 3 October, I asked you a question about New Zealand. That week, the country’s Prime Minister John Key told the UN about plans to turn a huge area of the South Pacific - about the size of France - into a marine reserve.

The area to be protected is a 620 thousand square kilometer stretch of the South Pacific, and it contains the 10 kilometer - deep Kermadec trench, one of the deepest ocean trenches in the world, which is rich in sea-life. Living there are whales, dolphins, endangered turtles and sea birds.

Fishing and mining will be banned in what Prime Minister Key called "one of the most geographically and geologically diverse areas in the world."

My question to you was: what will this sanctuary be called?

The answer is: the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary

The winners this week are: Two RFI Listeners Club members: Ralf Urbanczyk from Eiselben, Germany and Father Steve Wara from Bamenda, Cameroon; Naz Parvin from Dhaka, Bangladesh; Humphrey C Phiri from Lusaka, Zambia, and Radhakrishna Pillai N from Kerala, India.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 7 December to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 12 December program. 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 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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