Sound of Buttons Nets Briton Dh80,000

DUBAI - Eighty thousand dirhams all for a pile of buttons. That was what the Tomblins walked away with last morning after they guessed the Dubai 92 Secret Sound was actually RJ Catboy putting his hand into a pile of buttons.

By Preeti Kannan

Published: Wed 29 Apr 2009, 1:42 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:25 AM

“We are absolutely delighted to have won Dh 80, 000. We realise we have been very lucky. This couldn’t have come at a better time. It is a life saver,” said an ecstatic Ben Tomblin, a British IT professional, who has been in Dubai for over nine years.

The Tomblins are the first to win such a significant amount on the popular Secret Sound contest on Virgin Radio, which has been on air for the past few years. Last year, expatriate Andy Jones won Dh 64, 000. This year’s contest, which ran for a total of four weeks, saw thousands of entries.

RJ Catboy, who co-hosts the morning show with Geordiebird, records sounds that people can relate to and plays it on air. The stakes normally increase by the week and this year it started at Dh 10, 000.

It was after receiving a text from the radio station informing him he had been chosen to speak on air that Ben and his wife started thinking seriously about the possible sounds.

“After numerous text messages, I got a call from them on Sunday morning and I immediately rang my wife and we decided to start working on it. I usually am nearly at work by 8 in the morning. But, on Monday, I deliberately didn’t drive and was at home when their call came. After I gave the answer, there was an agonising pause before I heard the music and realised I had won” says Ben, who will receive a cheque for exactly half the amount and shopping vouchers for the remaining half. The couple plan to use the money to set up a small business of their own.

“We try and use everyday sounds that people have heard. The sound of buttons seemed like a really nice noise and we recorded it,” says Catboy, adding, “It (Dh 80, 000) is a lot of money. We could have given away cars or other prizes. But I think money is what people need now since we are all tightening our bills.”

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