Today in Mailbox: Ways to listen to our broadcasts, lost mail, Radio Prague's monthly competition. Listeners/readers quoted: Deblina Biswas, S J Agboola, Mary Krenek, Jaroslaw Jedrzejczak, Hans Verner Lollike.
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Now onto your mail. Deblina Biswas from India sent us this e-mail:
“On viewing my name as the Mailbox Prize winner on 24th of January 2015, my joy knew no bounds. On 24th January 2015 itself, I had sent you an e-mail expressing my best thanks and gratitude for selecting my entry as a Prize winner I had also requested you to forward the prize through Registered Air Mail. The e-mail was like a SOS on apprehension that the prize might be lost in transit. With a sorrowful heart I declare in the name of God that my first Prize from a prestigious International Broadcaster like Radio Prague has not arrived till this day.”
We are very sorry to hear that. International post seems to be getting ever more unreliable as far as our experience is concerned – with even registered parcels getting lost or delayed. We hope the replacement parcel reaches you safely.
S J Agboola from Nigeria sent us this complaint:
According to my records, you were one of the winners announced on July 13th 2008 and in February 2009 Catherine Agboola with the same postal address was selected winner of our monthly competition. In those days Radio Prague sent out three prizes each month, to a total of 36 winners a year. With only 12 winners a year since 2010 and well over a hundred listeners participating each month, you can count the probability rate of winning for yourself.
Today the name of another winner will be revealed, after we hear some of your answers to last month’s question:
Mary Krenek from the United States sent us this:
“Kokoschka had a passionate love affair with Alma Mahler that began in 1912. After several years, she rejected him, but he continued to love her throughout his entire life. One of his greatest works, ‘The Bride of the Wind,’ is a tribute to her. His poem ‘Allos Makar’ was inspired by this relationship.
“He volunteered for service as a cavalryman in the Austrian army in World War I and was seriously wounded. The doctors decided he was mentally unstable but he continued to develop his career as an artist, traveling across Europe painting landscapes.
“In 1978, he regained his Austrian citizenship. He travelled to the United States in 1947 before settling in Switzerland where he lived the rest of his life. His ‘Orpheus und Eurydike’ (1918) became an opera by Ernst Krenek.”
Deblina Biswas from India wrote:
“He was born on 1st March 1886 in the Lower Austrian town of Pöchlarn on the Danube. His father Gustav Joseph, a Czech, came from a well known family of Prague goldsmiths. His mother, Maria Romana came from the mountain region of Stynia.
Jaroslaw Jedrzejczak from Poland writes:
“Oskar Kokoschka was in Poland during WWII. In 1938, when the Czechs began to mobilize for the expected invasion of the Wehrmacht, he fled to the United Kingdom and remained there during the war. With the help of the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia (later the Czech Refugee Trust Fund), all members of the OKB were able to escape through Poland and Sweden.”
Hans Verner Lollike from Denmark wrote:
“Oskar joined the art academy in Prague against his father’s will where he developed his skills as an expressionist painter. His paintings were considered degenerate by the Nazis, so he decided to flee from Vienna in 1934, when Hitler took over, again in 1938 he fled to UK, where he stayed and became a citizen. Later in his life he settled in Switzerland.
Thank you for your answers and this time the prize goes to Mohammed Nazih from Morocco. Congratulations and here’s a new question for you for the coming weeks.
This time we’d like to know the name of the violinist and composer, born in 1795 in the East Bohemian town of Ústí nad Orlicí. He studied in Brno and Vienna where he subsequently became music director and professor at the university. For almost twenty years he lived in London. He finally returned to Vienna where he died in 1875.
Please send us your answers as usual to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15th. It is also the address for your questions, comments and reception reports. Please keep them coming. You can also leave your comments on our Facebook page. Until next time happy listening and take care.