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Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every 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 be sure and tune in every Saturday.

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Did you know there is such a thing as official RFI Clubs? Up until now they have always been French clubs. But now we want to open them up to all our listeners … and open up we have! There are already nine brand new official RFI Clubs: in Kisii, Kenya, started by Mogire Machuki; in Dhaka, Bangladesh, started by Wali Ahad; in Ain Kechera, Algeria, with Ferhat Bezazel as president; and in Holguin, Cuba, started by Ivan Carralero. There are five new RFI clubs in India: in Murshidabad, with Mr Najimuddin as president; in Medinipur, with Dr S S Bhattacharya at the helm; in Hyderabad/Miryalguda, headed up by Mrs P Sreelatha Reddy; in Sainikpuri/Secunderabad, with Hari Madugula as president; and Sandeep Jawale has created an RFI Club in Maharashtra. Welcome one and all!

What about you? You can either transform your existing radio club into an RFI Club, or create a brand new one. Then, anytime you plan special events – be they humanitarian, cultural, or sports-oriented; if you want to host an environmental program, or a day dedicated to health issues - RFI will help you with ideas and free promotional items for your members. If you are interested in either changing your radio club into an RFI club, or if you would like to create a brand-new RFI club, the first step is to read the RFI Club Charter:

http://clubsrfi.blogs.rfi.fr/sites/clubsrfi.blogs.rfi.fr/files/The%20RFI_Club%20Charter.pdf

If you are willing to abide by the Charter, write to my colleagues in the Listener Relations Department and let them know. They’ll help you with the rest of the process.

Sébastien Bonijol
Chrystelle Nammour
RFI – Relations Auditeurs
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130, Issy-les-Moulineaux
France

Which leads me to another item of interest: the RFI Listeners Club. Our Listener Relations department has decided that everyone can belong to the RFI Listeners Club, but you will only be issued a membership number, not an identity card. Only members of an official RFI Club will have identity cards. As an RFI Listeners Club member, you will still win a premium prize if you win a Sound Kitchen quiz. So no reason not to join – although having an official RFI Club is really far cooler.

If you only want to be a member of the general RFI Listeners Club – that’s great, too! Just send me (or Sébastien and Chrystelle) your full name, your postal mailing address, and if you have one, your e-mail address. You’ll receive an RFI Listeners Club number; include that number every time you enter a quiz, and if you are a winner, you’ll get a premium prize!

Nota bene: The RFI Listeners Club used to be called “Club 9516”. So if you are a member of the “Club 9516”, you are already a member of the RFI Listeners Club. Your “Club 9516” membership number still works – no need to reapply. Just include your membership number on your quiz entries.

Look at that beautiful link to the Sound Kitchen Listeners Cookbook! 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.

Today’s question was read on 12 October, and was about the Nobel Prize in Physics, which had just been awarded. You were to send in the names of the physics prize winners, and why they won.

The answer is: Peter W. Higgs, of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and François Englert, of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium. And why? As Dennis Overbye wrote in the New York Times: “The two theoretical physicists suggested that an invisible ocean of energy suffusing space is responsible for the mass and diversity of the particles in the universe. The theory, elucidated in 1964, sent physicists on a generation-long search for a telltale particle known as the Higgs boson, popularly known (though not among physicists) as the God particle. The chase culminated last year with the discovery of this particle, which confers mass to other particles, at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, in Switzerland.”

Overbye goes on: “The Higgs was the last missing ingredient of the Standard Model, a suite of equations that has ruled particle physics for the last half-century … According to this model, the universe brims with energy that acts like a cosmic molasses, imbuing the particles that move through it with mass … Without the Higgs field, many elementary particles, like electrons, would be massless and would zip around at the speed of light. There would be no atoms and no us.” Now that’s something to reflect upon!

The winners are: Mr Muhammad Mehmood Bhatti from Lahore, Pakistan; Gull Zainab, the President of the RFI Lovers Club in Muzaffargarh, Pakistan; Nasser Blahi from Wasit, Iraq; Harout Marderossian from Burj Hamood, Lebanon, and Fardin Ahmed, from Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Congratulations, winners!

This week’s question is a literary one. One of the most prestigious French literary prizes is called the Prix Femina. It was founded in 1904 by 22 writers – who were all women. The jury is and has always been exclusively women, although the winners can be either women or men. This year’s winner is a woman – whom you have heard several times on the Sound Kitchen! And there is the question: who won this year’s Prix Femina, and what is the title of her winning novel? Here’s a hint: she was born in Cameroon but has lived here in Paris since the early ‘90’s, and calls herself an “Afropean”.

Send in your answer by 6 January, and be sure and tune in on 11 January to see if you are one of the lucky winners! As always, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer … and, if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:

english.service@rfi.fr

or

to our new mailing address:

Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux
France

or

By SMS … You can also 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 – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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. As listener Pramod Maheshwari said: “Just as small drops of water can fill a pitcher, small drops of kindness can change the world.”

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. If your essay is chosen to go on-the-air – read by you – you’ll win an RFI radio!

Send in 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, the book you are reading and what you think about it, or just your general all-around thoughts to:

thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr

Include a phone number, so I can call you.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

All the best,

Susan

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