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British traditions at Wimbledon

This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about strawberries and cream at the Wimbledon tennis tournament. You’ll take a sonic journey to Mexico to mark the country’s Independence Day, join Paul Myers for “Listeners Corner” and groove to Erwan Rome’s “Music from Erwan.” All this plus the new quiz question, so click the “Play” button above and enjoy!

Hello everyone! welcome to The sound kitchen weekly podcast, published every Saturday – here on our website, or wherever you get your podcasts. You’ll hear the winners announced and the quiz question of the week, plus all the other ingredients you’ve become accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, unusual facts and news, interviews and good music…so make sure and listen every week.

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This week’s quiz: On July 8, I asked you a question about the Wimbledon tennis tournament. RFI English journalist (and co-host of Sound Kitchen) Paul Myers was there and wrote an article about Wimbledon traditions: “Strawberries and cream, grass and whites… where else but Wimbledon?” You had to send in the answer to this question: who is behind the strawberries and cream dish – who invented it, or who first put the two together – or so the legend goes.

The answer is, To quote Paul’s article: “…the theory goes that the combination became synonymous with the competition because spectators at the inaugural final were offered the duo as the event fell at the height of the strawberry season.

And this mix was chosen because Cardinal Thomas Wolsey – an influential figure at the court of King Henry VIII – served strawberries and cream together at a banquet for the king in 1509.”

In addition to the quiz question, there was the bonus question, suggested by Jayanta Chakrabarty from New Delhi, India: “What have you done that made someone happy? »

Do you have an idea for a bonus question? Send it to us!

The winners are: Nasyr Muhammad, member of the RFI Listeners Club, from Katsina State, Nigeria. Nasyr is also the winner of this week’s bonus question – congratulations, Nasyr!

Other winners this week are Samir Mukhopadhyay, a member of the RFI Listeners Club from West Bengal in India and Ms. Kamini Khatoon from Odisha in India, as well as English-speaking RFI listeners Malik Allah Bachaya Khokhar from the Sungat Radio Listeners Club in Muzaffargarh in Pakistan and Akherunnesa Gini. from Naogaon, Bangladesh.

Congratulations to the winners!

Here is the music you heard on this week’s program: “El Son de la Negra” by Blas Galindo, performed by the Mariachi Arriba Juarez ensemble; “Los Laureles” by José Lopez sung by Linda Ronstadt; “Consort Music” composed by Henry VIII, King of England; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolaï Rimsky-Korsakov; “The Cakewalk” by Children’s corner by Claude Debussy, performed by the composer, and “Sonnika/Patronba” written by Yahael Camara Onono and performed by the Balimaya Project with singer Mariam Tounkara Koné.

Do you have a musical request? Send it to

This week’s question… you must listen to the show to participate. After listening to the show, reread our article “After the G20, Macron goes to Bangladesh, Biden goes to Vietnam to strengthen alliances”, to help you answer.

You have until October 9 to take part in this week’s quiz; Winners will be announced on the podcast on October 14. When you participate, be sure to provide your postal address with your response, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your responses to:


Susan Owensby

RFI – Sound Cuisine

80, rue Camille Desmoulins

92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux



By SMS… You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen’s mobile phone. Dial the international access code for your country or “ + », then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your postal address in your text – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club member number.

To find out how to win a special Sound Kitchen prize, click here.

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