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Utopia … and a move towards it from Pakistan

By Susan Owensby

This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about Utopia. There’s a surprise from Pakistan, plenty of great music, and of course, the new quiz question. So click on that little “Listen” arrow above, and join in!

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.

Dossier: Pakistan General Election 2013

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, Kazahkstan, 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.

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This week’s quiz: On 21 November, I asked you about the word “Utopia”. I asked you to tell me what “Utopia” means and who invented the word, or more exactly, put two existing words together to create it. You were also to tell me when it was first used.

The answer is: Utopia means “no place”. The 16th century English statesman Thomas More is the person who coined the phrase, by putting together the Greek words for “no” and “place”. Utopia was the title of his 1516 book about a fictional island society in the Atlantic Ocean, which described an ideal society.

The winners this week are: Four RFI Club members: Mrs Pavai Babu from Coimbatore, India; Shamim Ahmed Sonju from Rangpur, Bangladesh; Samboujang Touray from Serre Kunda, The Gambia; Hans Verner Lollike from Hedehusene, Denmark and finally (ready to join up, Joseph?) Joseph Okao from Kampala, Uganda.

 Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 1 February to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 6 February 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


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