The Sound Kitchen

Extraterrestrials, lucky sevens, and a small Dutch island

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear listener responses to the question about talking to aliens from outer space. There’s a new RFI club to welcome, a birthday to celebrate, great music from Cuba, and surprising information about a festival on a little known Dutch island – and of course, the new quiz question. So click on that little “Listen” arrow above, and join in!

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday, at 6:15, 7:15, 14:45 and 16:45 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.

Fabulous news! We have a shortwave frequency again! It’s 9675 kHz on the 31m band, and you can hear us between 6.00 and 7.00 UT every day. We’ve had reception reports from Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the US, and although the frequency is “aimed” (or however that works) towards the African continent, give it a try. You never know … and be sure and send us your reception reports. Maybe we can get more time, which would be wonderful.

Club News: We have a new official RFI English Listeners Club! The entire RFI English service extends a very warm welcome to the RFI Seven Stars Listeners Club in Chiniot, Pakistan, and Muhammad Saleem Akhtar Chadhar, the president.

This week’s quiz: On 31 October, the quiz question came from listener Mitul Kansal from Haryana, India. Mitul Kansal wanted to know what you would say if you were to meet an alien from outer space.

The winners this week are: No ”correct” answer here, so we drew entries out of a box. The lucky winners are: RFI Club Member Muhammad Shamim S from Kerala State in India; RFI Club Member Muhammad Nasyr from Katsina State, Nigeria; Fatima Abiha, from Sahiwal, Pakistan (perhaps our youngest listener: Fatima is seven years old!); RFI Listeners Club member Mofizur Rahman from Sylhet, Bangladesh, and Ivan Carralero Rodriguez, the president of the RFI Club Cuba in Holguin, Cuba – who is celebrating his birthday today. Feliz cumpleaños Ivan !

There is a special prize for RFI club member Mitul Kansal – who is the president of the International Radio Listeners Friendship & Fraternity Club in Haryana, India – because he is the one who came up with the question.

 Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 11 January to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 16 Januarry program. When you enter, 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:


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


By text … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen mobile 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

To find out how you can win an RFI wireless computer mouse or Mp3 player, click here:

To find out how you can become a member of the RFI Listeners Club, or to form your own official RFI Club, click here:


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