Calling all Martians
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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the quiz about India’s Mars Orbiter Mission. There’s listener letters, great music, and of course, the new quiz question - so click on that little “Listen” arrow above, and join in!
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.
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 11 brand new official RFI Clubs: in Kisii, Kenya, started by Mogire Machuki; in Ain Kechera, Algeria, with Ferhat Bezazel as president, and in Holguin, Cuba, started by Ivan Carralero. There are five 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 in Maharashtra, created by Sandeep Jawale. There are now three clubs in Bangladesh: in Dhaka, started by Wali Ahad, in Rajshahi, with Salahudin Dolar as president, and our newest club, in Kaptai. It’s called the Kaptai RFI Fan Club - and it’s headed up by Jahangir Alam. 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:
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.
RFI – Relations Auditeurs
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
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.
The Sound Kitchen Listeners Cookbook has been published! It is a lovely little book and I am quite pleased. Many thanks to everyone who contributed. We are going to use it as a prize for the quiz, so let me know if the cookbook is what you would like for us to send to you if you win a quiz.
Today’s question was read on 22 February. I asked you about India’s MOM, or the Mars Orbiter Mission, which was launched into orbit last November. Also called the Mangal-yaan ( “Mars – Craft” in Sanskrit), the satellite is on its way towards Mars, and I asked you to send in the date upon which the Mangal-yaan is expected to reach its destination.
The answer is: 24 September, 2014.
The Mangal-yaan is India’s first interplanetary mission, and if it is successful will make the Indian Space Research Organization the fourth space agency to reach Mars, after the Soviet space program, NASA, and the European Space Agency.
The winners are: Sebbar Rkia from Essaouira, Morocco; RFI member Solomon Fessahazion, from Asmara, Eritrea; Girdharilal Kaga from Rajasthan, India; Shajadur Rahman, from Sirajganj, Bangladesh, and Mallam Modu Mulima, from Borno State, Nigeria - who sent his answer via SMS – see below for information on how to send your answers to the Sound Kitchen cell phone.
This week’s question is about French politics. The French went to the polls last Sunday 23 March for municipal elections; the second round is tomorrow 30 March. Here in Paris we will also be voting for mayor – none of the candidates in the capital city won the required 50 percent on the 23rd. I want you to write in with the name of the two candidates up for the job of mayor of Paris – as well as the name of the party each represents.
Get your answer in by 26 May and be sure to tune in on 31 May 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:
To our new mailing address:
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
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 or a box set of world music CDs, edited by RFI!
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:
Include a phone number, so I can call you.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
All the best,
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