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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll be treated to an “Ordinary Hero” essay from listener Rajib Kumar Mondal of Natore, Bangladesh. There’s the answer to the question about the new president of the French political party Les Républicans, 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.

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The RFI Listener Relations department is asking all you football playing radio fans to send photos for the “Ma RFI” web page (it’s in French). They want action photographs, not posed team photos. It’s a cool idea – players and playing fields from around the world. Send your action football photos to and I’ll send you the link to see the page with other football playing RFI radio fans. Don’t be shy!

A warm welcome to Audrey Iattoni (, who is your new contact person for all RFI Club business. Remember to copy me ( when you write her, so that I stay in the loop too.

The RFI Club photography contest is open! 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! Send your entries to and  Audrey already has the present for the winning club: a Cyber-shot Sony camera! The deadline for your photos is 15 February.

Here's the text of this week's "Ordinary Hero" essay by listener Rajib Kumar Mandal of Natore, Bangladesh.

This week’s quiz: On 16December, I asked you about a story on the RFI English website about France’sonce-dominant conservative party, Les Républicans. They took a rather awful beating in the last French presidential election, and are trying to make a come-back … on 10December, they elected a new party president, who they are hoping will do just that. I asked you to send in the name of the new president of the French political party Les Républicans. 

The answer is:Laurent Wauquiez. He is 42-years old, and as RFI reported, is a hard-hitting critic of centrist president Emmanuel Macron. Wauquiez says Macron is out of touch with rural France, is weak on security, and is too much in favor of closer European integration. It seems the idea of Les Républicans is to take the party farther to the right, and capture some of the far-right National Front voters. It seems.

The winners are: Biswanath Mandal, president of the RFI World Radio Club in Murshidabad, India; Solomon Fessahazion from Asmara, Eritrea; Rokeya Khatun of the Karatoa RFI Radio Listeners Club in Sirajgonj, Bangladesh; Usha Hazarika from the United RFI Listeners Club in Golaghat, India and RFI Listeners Club member Jean-Maurice Devault from Montreal, Canada.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Rimsky - Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”; Meghan Trainor: “All About That Bass”, performed by singer and bass player Kate Davis.

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 19 February to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 24 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

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