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So what is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda anyway?

By Susan Owensby

This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.There’s the announcement of the winning entry for the RFI Club Photography contest, great music, and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!

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Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club members! Vakindu Philliam from Kampala, Uganda; Mithila Yeasmin from the Wave Surfers Association in Rajshahi, Bangladesh; Subha Biswas from Murshidabad, India; Benson Mutoko from Nairobi, Kenya; Kimera Isadore from Kampala, Uganda; Ariful Islam from Sirajgonj, Bangladesh, and from the Gambia: Sainey Cham from Brikama, Mahmud Jallow from Sinchu Sorie and Sheikh Abdul Gerdrie, originally from Freetown, Sierra Leone but living in Tanji, Kombo North.

So glad you have joined us!

You too can be a member of the RFI Listeners Club – just write me at english.service@rfi.fr and tell me you want to join, and I’ll send you a membership number. It’s that easy.

A warm welcome to Audrey Iattoni (audrey.iattoni@rfi.fr), your new contact person for all RFI Club business. Remember to copy me (thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr) when you write her so that I stay in the loop too.

RFI Clubs: Thanks to all the clubs who participated in the RFI Club photography contest. The winner is the Seven Stars Listeners Club in District Chiniot, Pakistan. Muhammad Saleem Akhtar Chadhar is the founder and president. Congratulations Seven Stars! The Club has won a Sony Cyber-shot camera. It wasn’t easy for the judges as there were so many lovely photos, which you can see on the brand-new RFI English Clubs Facebook page as well as The Sound Kitchen and RFI English Facebook pages. Many thanks to the judges, all from RFI: Hodi Saleh, Kevin Colin and Daniel Singleton, the Editor-in-Chief of the English service.

This week’s quiz: On 13 January, I asked you a question about Chinese architectural history. That week French president Emmanuel Macron had been on a state visit to China, which started at the beginning of the ancient Silk Road. He and his wife visited the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and I asked you to send me the name of the city where the pagoda is and in which year it was built.

The answer is: The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is in Xi'an, in the Shaanxi province. It’s a Buddhist pagoda, built in 652 during the Tang dynasty. According to our friend Wikipedia, one of the pagoda's many functions was to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler Xuanzang.  

The winners are: Miss Reepa Bain from Chhattisgarh, India and Priyanka Paul, the president of the RFI Women’s Club in Murshidabad, India; Ms. Samsun Islam Mou, a member of the RFI Amour Fan Club in Rajshahi, Bangladesh; RFI Listeners Club member Ogban Ethothi from Cross River State in Nigeria, and from Kumasi, Ghana, John Kennedy Adzomani.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, D. 929, “Andante con moto”, performed by the Beaux Arts Trio; Rimsky - Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”; Lady Gaga: “Bad Romance” performed by Postmodern Jukebox (yes, that is tap dancing you heard in there!).

Have a musical request? Write me and let me know! thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr

This week’s question: You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 26 March to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 31 March program. 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 a special Sound Kitchen prize 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