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It’s too darned hot!

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14 min

Are you one of this week’s lucky winners? Are you ready to try your luck on today’s quiz question? Click on that little “Listen” arrow above, and join in!


Hello everyone!

Welcome to the “new/old” Sound Kitchen. We’ve put the programme back together: instead of two smaller programs on two days, The Sound Kitchen is now one program on one day – Saturday, at 4:52, 6:22, and 7:52 universal time.

You’ll hear the winner’s names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you have grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music … so tune in every Saturday!

Just look at that beautiful link to the Sound Kitchen Listener’s Cookbook! It actually happened! I’m very happy about it, and I hope you enjoy looking at it – and trying out some recipes! Please feel free to send in any comments you have, and we would love it if you’d send in photos – both of you, and of your completed dish. Don’t hesitate to use the “zoom” tool on countries where there are a lot of forks; that will separate them so you can read the titles easier. Click on the title, and the recipe will appear.

Also, if you are interested in corresponding with other Sound Kitchen listeners, let me know. I’ll figure out a way to get you together – most likely through a special page on our web-site…

This week’s question was read on 30 June, and was inspired by a letter from my dear brother Pramod Maheshwari in Fathepur – Shekhawati, India. He had just written to tell me it was close to 50 degrees celsius in Fathepur, which made me wonder how many of you, who live in countries that get really hot, cope. I noted at the time that you don’t have to live in a sizzling hot country to feel as if you are hot, and I used Denmark as an example … the Danes idea of hot is surely different from yours and mine (remember, I come from Texas, where we have four seasons: almost summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas).

There were lots of great answers – most of them about water and hand fans - but, the winners are: Mr. Hans Verner Lollike, from Hedehusene, Denmark; M. Jean-Maurice Devault, from Montreal, Canada; Miss Usha Hazarika, from Assam, India; Mr. Kingsley Mensah, from Ghana, and Mr. Jan Muhammad Jiskani, from Sindh, Pakistan.

Congratulations, winners!

This week’s question is about Mission Commander Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon. As you know, he left us for Astronaut Heaven on 25 August, and I cannot stop thinking about him. Age has its advantages: I was fortunate enough to watch him take that “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”. Were you? This is a question for those of you out there “of a certain age”: where were you on 21 July, 1969, at 2:56 universal time? What were you thinking, and how did you feel, as Neil Armstrong left Apollo 11 and walked on the moon?

Since you have to be at least 50 to answer this question, I invite our younger listeners to send in a question which we old-timers can’t answer! OR – you can write an essay about what walking on the moon means to you, all these years later … and if your essay is chosen, you can read it on-the-air and win a radio!

So my dear age-mates, send in your answers by 8 October; the answer and the winners will be announced on the 13 October programme. As always, 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


By SMS … Now you can send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen cell phone !!!!

Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text.

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, your weirdest dream, 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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