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The 6 November Sound Kitchen winners

Audio 06:08
10 min

Are you one of this week’s lucky winners? Today you’ll hear who won the quiz about the Greek prime minister’s surprise. Click on that little “listen” arrow above and join in!


Hello everyone!

You’ve surely noticed by now we’ve been experimenting with the Sound Kitchen recipes … on Saturdays, at 5:16 universal time, tune in to hear if you are amongst the week’s winners. The winners' names are here on our website, too. Look for Short Features / Sound Kitchen Winners.

Tune in on Sundays, at 4:22, 5:52 and 7:22 universal time, for the quiz question ... and whatever else is cooking up in the Sound Kitchen.

This week’s question was read on 6 November and was about Greece, which was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. The European Union had come up with a bailout package and it looked as if everything was heading in the right direction … but, to everyone’s surprise, Greek Prime Minister (now former prime minister) George Papandreou made a surprise announcement.

I asked you to tell me what that surprise announcement was. The answer is … a referendum. Papandreou proposed a referendum to see if Greek citizens were willing to accept the bailout plan, which required austerity measures to be put in place.

So the answer is: a referendum. By the way, the referendum never took place, and Papandreou is out. There is a coalition government in power and the new Greek prime minister is Lucas Papademos, the former vice-president of the Central European Bank. And there are widespread strikes in Greece against the austerity measures; most recently by doctors and pharmacists.

This winners this week are: Miroslav Siles from Kosice, Slovakia; NPK Pillai from Maseru, Lesotho; Toryila Shawon from Benue State, Nigeria; Paul Tilok from Murshidibad, India; and Gyani Kumar Chowdhary of the City Listener’s Club in Barnal, Punjab state, India.

Congratulations, winners!

This week’s question is about a birthday, that of South Africa’s African National Congress, the ANC, founded 100 years ago. The ANC is South Africa’s governing party and has been since the first post-apartheid elections in 1994. But the ANC was not always called the ANC … the name was changed in 1923.

My question to you is, what was the original name of the ANC, founded on 8 January, 1912, in Bloemfontein, South Africa?

Send me your answer by 13 February; the answer and the winners will be announced on the 18 February programme. Be sure you send your postal address in with your answer … and be sure and tell me if you are a Mr. or a Mrs. or a Ms. or a Miss – I don’t want to get it wrong!

Send your answers to:
Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
BP 9516
75016 Paris

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner … send in your musical request and dedication for your sweetheart!

And remember, it’s not just the quiz which wins you a prize. If your essay goes on the air, you’ll find a package in the mail from the Sound Kitchen. Write in about your community heroes – the people in your community who are quietly working to make the world a better place, in whatever way they can.

I am still looking for your “This I Believe” essays, too. Tell us about the principles that guide your life … what you have found to be true from your very own personal experience. Or write in with your most memorable moment, and/or your proudest achievement.

Send your mini book reviews, your musical requests, your secret “guilty” pleasure (mine’s chocolate!), your tricks for remembering things, your favourite quotations and proverbs, descriptions of the local festivals you participate in, or just your general all-around thoughts to:

Include a phone number, if you can. I’d like to call you and put you on-the-air … and send you a thank-you gift for participating.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!

All the best,

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