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Looking back at World Cup 2018

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This week you’ll hear the answer to the question about the 2018 World Cup Winner. There’s an essay on the theme “This I Believe” by Mohammed Ibrahim from Cape Coast, Ghana, great music, and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!


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On this week's program, there is a "This I Believe" essay from listener Mohammed Ibrahim of Cape Coast, Ghana. You can read along with Ibrahim as he reads!

This week’s quiz: On 14 July, tension was high here in France, as we prepared for the World Cup final the next day. I asked you to send me the name of the winning team and the final score as soon as it was known, and …

The answer is: … it was us! France was the victor; we beat Croatia 4 to 2. What a match it was! The Croatians played really well, didn’t they? But finally, it was France that won its second World Cup – the first World Cup win was in 1998, when France won against the Football Gods, the Brazilians.

The winners are: Usha Hazarika, from the United RFI Listener's Club in Assam, India; Shahzad Shabbir, the president of the Pak France International Listeners Club in Sahiwal, Pakistan; A. K. M. Nuruzzaman, the president of the RFI Amour Fan Club in Rajshahi, Bangladesh; Lloyd N Toh, the coordinator of the Club RFI Monrovia in Liberia and RFI Listeners Club member Timothy Ofori from Kumasi, Ghana.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program:“I Could Write a Book” by Richard Rogers and Jerome Hart, performed by the Beegie Adair Trio; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”, and “Pick Yourself Up” by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields, sung by Gregory Porter.

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This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 8 October to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 13 October 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.

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Susan Owensby

RFI – The Sound Kitchen

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