Saturday 28 January 2012
The 20 November Sound Kitchen winners
By Susan Owensby

Are you one of this week’s lucky winners? Today you’ll hear who won the quiz about the new Italian Prime Minister. 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 20 November, and was about Italian politics. At that time, there was a lot of turmoil in the country due to the economic crisis - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was forced to step down, and Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano had just appointed a new Prime Minister.

My question to you was: what is the name of Italy’s new Prime Minister?

And the answer is: Mario Monti. Monti is a well-respected economist, and most of the country’s political parties, including Silvio Berlusconi's, approved his nomination. He introduced a 59.8 billion euro austerity package; it’s a mixture of spending cuts and tax rises, with the aim of balancing the budget by 2014. Measures include sales of state property, a freeze on public-sector salaries until 2014, and measures to fight widespread tax evasion.

The winners this week are: Mr. Jean Forget of Attleboro, Massachusetts; Ralph Okhiria, from Kano State, Nigeria; Robert Ibari from Nairobi, Kenya; Arif Bankapur, from the Bellary Radio Listener’s Club in Karnataka, India, and last but not least, Sultana Begum, from Sirajganj, Bangladesh.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question is a cultural one, about Chinese New Year – festivities are underway right now. Which animal is the symbol for this year? 2012 is the Chinese Year of the … ?

Send me your answer by 27 February; the answer and the winners will be announced on the 4 March 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:

english.service@rfi.fr

or

Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
BP 9516
75016 Paris
France

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:

thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr

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,

Susan
 

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