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The 'impossible' race across Antarctica

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about the recent race across Antarctica. There’s the listener mailbag, music by request from Heimer Sia - and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!


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“My Favorite Music” is our new musical segment on The Sound Kitchen. Until the end of February, we’ll listen to your favorite songs sung by a male singer. But it’s time to start thinking about our next adventure: your favorite song by your favorite band, coming up in March and April. Be sure you tell why the song and the band are important to you. Every week I’ll play one of your suggestions, and then we’ll change to instrumental, film, your children’s favorites … so to your pens! Write to me at, and be sure you include your city and country in your note – along with a link and a short translation, if you can. I think it is quite nice to share your favorite music as well as your thoughts about it – thanks to Daniel Singleton, the RFI English Head of Service, for the idea!

This week’s request is from RFI Listeners Club member Heimer Sia from Manila in the Philippines. Heimer requested"Kaleidoscope World" by Francis M. 

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This week’s quiz: On 12 January, I asked you a question about two incredibly courageous men who had just raced each other across Antarctica - coast to coast, all by themselves, with no dogs or wind filled kites to pull their provision carts. Thank heaven, they both made it to the end safe and sound. I asked you to write in with the names of the two men, and how many days it took each one to cross Antarctica, a 1500-kilometer journey.

The answer is: American Colin O’Brady, who made it in 53 days. His competitor was Louis Rudd from Britain, who made it in 56 days.

Both men leftthe Ronne Ice Shelf, a few miles out from the beginning of the Antarctic continent, on 3 November.

O’Brady made it to Leverett Glacier on 26 December after an amazing final sleepless, 32-hour burst. Rudd arrived a little more than 48 hours later.

Can you imagine? Almost two months alone, with nothing but white white white to see. Wow. 

The winners are: RFI Listeners Club member Arne Timm from Harjumaa, Estonia; M. N. Sentu, a member of the RFI Amour Fan Club in Rajshahi, Bangladesh; Ram Babu Kumar from Bihar, India; Subha Biswas from West Bengal, India and Fatematuj Zahra, a member of the Shetu Radio Fan Club in Naogaon, Bangladesh.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Stevie Wonder: “Sir Duke”; Rimsky-Korsakov: “Flight of the Bumblebee”; the traditional Mexican birthday song “Las Mananitas” sung by Pedro Infante y la Rondalla del Amor de Saltillo, and “Kaleidoscope World”, written and performed by Francis Magalona.

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This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 25 March to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 30 March podcast. 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

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