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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the recent lunar occultation. There’s “On This Day”, some great music, and of course - the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!


Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday at 6:15, 7:15, 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.

For our DX enthusiast friends: Our shortwave frequency is 11905 kHz on the 25m band, from 06.00 to 07.00 UT every day. We’ve had reception reports from Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, 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.

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We want you to call us! We have a phone number you can call to leave us a message, so we can hear your voice! Just call, give your name, your country, and a short message - something like “I love RFI”, because of course you do – and we can put you on-the-air! The number to call is: + 33 1 84 22 96 00.

RFI Clubs, take note: As most of you know, Chrystelle in the Listener Relations department has gone off to pursue new adventures, but before she left she urged Sebastien and I to challenge you to a Club Contest. We decided on a humorous photography competition. This is what you have to do: take a photo of your entire club membership with the RFI banner, doing something in the kitchen, or something to do with cooking … and … make us laugh! So put on your silly thinking caps, get out your pots and pans or whatever you choose, and get all your club members in the photo with the RFI banner … and take a funny picture! You'll recieve an official notice soon with all the details, but you can start thinking about it now.

It’s time to cast your vote for the 2017 RFI PrixDécouvertes (“Discovery Prize”), our annual prize given to a young musician. When you click on the link above, you’ll see photos of the 10 finalists. Click on their photos to hear their music, and then once you have chosen, click on “Je choisis” (“I choose”). You have until 29 October to cast your vote.

This week’s quiz: On 23 September, I asked you an astronomy question. Earlier that week there was a lunar occultation, which is when the moon passes in front of a faraway celestial object and temporarily blocks its light.

I asked you to name the planets the moon passed in the lunar occultation on 17/18 September (depending on where you live).

The answer is: Venus, Mars and Mercury. As a bonus, the moon also blocked the light from Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo, a few hours after it passed Venus.

The last time the moon slid past three planets within 24 hours was on 5 March 2008 (when it was Mercury, Venus and Neptune). The next time will be in 2036, according to the journal EarthSky.

The winners are: Samia Arshad from the RFI Pak France International Listeners Club in District Sahiwal, Pakistan; Dietmar Wolf from Hammelburg, Germany; Mrs Bithi Khaton of the Lolona Listeners Club in Naogaon, Bangladesh and two RFI Listeners Club members: P Sivashanmugham from Tamilnadu, India and Michael Cunningham from Queensland, Australia.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Bach: Violin Concerto in a minor, BWV 1041, 1st movement (Allegro moderato), performed by Arthur Grumiaux; Anthony Newley / Leslie Bricusse : “Feelin’ Good”, sung by Nina Simone; Rimsky-Korsakov: The “Flight of the Bumblebee”; Dizzy Gillespie: “Salt Peanuts”

Have a musical request? Write me and let me know!

This week’s question: You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 13 November to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 18 November 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.

To find out how you can win a special Sound Kitchen prize 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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