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Somewhere over the rainbow

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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the prospective record-breaking rainbow in Taipei. There’s listener news, some great music, and of course - the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!


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RFI Clubs, take note: It’s almost time for the RFI Club photography contest! Audrey Iattoni has set the opening date for 15 January. 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 - which will 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 make us laugh!  You’ll receive an official notice with all the details this week – so start dreaming up your photo now. Audrey already has the present for the winning club: a Cyber-shot Sony camera!

This week’s quiz: On 9December, I asked you a question about rainbows: on 30November at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei, Taiwan, a potential record - breaking rainbow was spotted. You were to write in with the time the rainbow remained visible as well as the location and timing of the rainbow which holds the current record for longest visibility.

The answer is:The rainbow in Taipei lasted 8 hours 58 minutes.

The rainbow which currently holds the world record for longest visibility was set in Yorkshire, England in 1994. That rainbow lasted 6 hours.

The conditions that made the rainbow in Taipei last so long were a seasonal north-east monsoon that trapped moisture in the air, forming clouds; sunlight, and a relatively slow wind speed of 2.5 to 5 metres per second. It seems such atmospheric conditions are fairly common in winter in Taipei's Yangmingshan mountain range, where the campus is located.

The winners are: Maaz Bin Shahzad from the RFI Pak France International Listeners Club in Sahiwal, Pakistan; Sabana Akter from Naogaon, Bangladesh and RFI Listeners Club member Ralf Urbanczyk from Eisleben, Germany. There were two winners from India this week: Lutfunnesha Begum from the RFI International DX Radio Listeners Club in Murshidibad and Nafisa Najim, the president of the RFI Mahila Shrota Sangha Club in Hariharpara.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Fenton/Leach: “Sari”; Yip Harburg: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” sung by Judy Garland (of course!); Rimsky - Korsakov: “Flight of the Bumblebee” and “Symbol of Reality”, sung by The Gladiators.

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 12 February to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 17 February program. 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



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