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What you think of New Caledonia’s referendum

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about the referendum in New Caledonia. There’s “On This Day”, music chosen by Lucas Mondu from Tarime Mara, Tanzania – and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!


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This week’s quiz:On 10November, my friend and producer Alain Bleu had to do the show for me – you think my voice is bad now, I had absolutely no voice that day. So dear Alain stepped up to help, and he asked you a French political question. There had just been a referendum in New Caledonia, a group of islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean, which is part of the French Republic.

The referendum was held to determine if New Caledonians wanted independence, or wanted to remain part of France. Alain asked you what the New Caledonians decided – independence, or to stay French?

The answer is:To stay in the French Republic. It was a pretty close vote, though. The French loyalists won by 56.4 %.

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Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program:“Tea for Two” – also called “Tahiti Trot” - by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar, arranged by Dmitri Shostakovich; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee” and “Siri Yangu” by Lady Jaydee.

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