Mesopotamia – and Salome!
This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about Mesopotamia. There’s listener (and cat!) news, a tribute to that naughty girl Salome, 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 15 June, I asked you to write in with the names of the modern-day countries where ancient Mesopotamia was located, as well as the names of the two rivers which nurtured it.
The answers are: The names of the rivers are the Tigris and the Euphrates – in fact, “Mesopotamia” means “two rivers” in Greek, as many of you noted. In today’s countries, Mesopotamia would cover most of Iraq, Kuwait, the eastern parts of Syria,Southeastern Turkey, and regions along the Turkish –Syrian and Iran – Iraq borders.
The winners this week are: Kamal Uddin from Murshidabad, India; Jobayada Aktar Jai - a member of the Nilshagor RFI Fan Club in Nilphamari, Bangladesh; Saleem Akhtar Chadhar, the president of the RFI Seven Stars Listeners Club in District Chiniot, Pakistan, and RFI Listener Club members Howard Barnett from Northampton, England and SJ Agboola from Ekiti State in Nigeria.
Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: "Year of the Cat" by Al Stewart and Peter Wood, sung by Al Stewart from the piano;“Por Una Cabeza” by Carlos Gardel; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and “Dance of the Seven Veils” from the opera Salome by Richard Strauss, performed by Erich Leinsdorf and the London Philharmonic.
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