Oh Santi Cazorla!

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I had a nightmare of my own on Halloween night. After leaving the house at 6.30am for my breakfast show, I went straight to the Pirates office for the final preparations for the shows. Both The Reloaded Mash up and Gringos were really busy and it was a great way to finish the season. I’d decided not to drive as I thought I’d have a couple of drinks but knew I had to be back up again Friday morning for the Breakfast show. I left the theatre at 1am and waited to hail down a taxi. After 5 minutes of nothing I decided to start walking as I thought I’d pass one on the way. I live quite near Nova Santa Ponsa so thought I’m bound to see one. I had tried calling them too but it’s well known it’s hard enough to get hold of them daytime let alone at 1 in the morning. I walked and walked and walked and not one cab went by. So I actually ended up walking the whole way. I took pictures as I thought no one will believe me and when eventually I got to bed around 2.30am the Wife said, “why didn’t you call me?” Probably as I already knew the answer came my reply!

Fat Man Walking i called it and it was good exercise as I’m on another keep fit push leading up to Christmas. I can’t believe I’ve never thought of this before but I’ve joined a gym near where my boys train in Palma. Jacob trains Mon, Weds, Friday and Jude trains Tues, Weds, Thursday so I’m normally sat in the cafe or in the cold watching and it can get a little boring. So I’m now at the gym killing time and listening to podcasts. To be honest it’s far more enjoyable and it’s keeping me away from the crisps.

This week I made a flying visit to Scotland on business. Trying to find flights wasn’t easy and I can now understand the problems people from north of the border have in trying to get to us in Mallorca. You won’t be surprised to know it was cold but Glasgow and Edinburgh are great cities to visit. I managed to fit in a morning radio breakfast show with my good friend Gus on Pulse Community Radio, Scotland’s number 1 Community Radio Station. Doing a regular traffic and travel update was unusual and I was pleasantly surprised at the number of people who had been to Mallorca and had visited Pirates.

You may remember a few weeks ago I was banging on about bands going on tour and not including Spain in their itinerary. Queen, Simply Red and Simple Minds had all announced tours but had not included Barcelona or Madrid. Well finally I’ve found a band that has included us and funnily enough I saw them in Barcelona 2 years ago. The Stereophonics have announced a 2020 Tour and will be taking in both Cities. I thoroughly recommend you go, as you forget that they’ve been around for more than 25 years. Songs such as “Dakota”, “Have a Nice Day”, “Handbags & Gladrags” “The bartender & the thief” and “Maybe Tomorrow” and many more will be played. They play Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid on Friday January 24th and Razzmatazz, Barcelona on Saturday January 25th. Tickets are on sale on their website.

Real Mallorca disappointed again at the weekend with a 3-0 defeat away in Valladolid. I don’t know what it is but unless they can reverse this trend of not winning away then they are a banker to go down. Last season they won away only 4 times and their last away victory was on April 27th at Malaga. It was their home form that got them into the playoffs and after losing both away legs in the playoffs they still got promoted. They are at home this Sunday against 8th placed Villareal and me and the boys are looking forward to seeing former Arsenal legend Santi Cazorla. Jude had a photo taken with him and his shirt in the dressing room when we got invited behind the scenes at Arsenal.

Atlético Baleares are looking imperious at the top of Segunda B Group 1, another victory on Sunday meant they’ve won 10 of their 11 games so far and have a 5 point lead at the top. This weekend they go away to play Athletico Madrid’s B team who are the team behind them in second place. So a huge game which could already determine the season.

Differing fortunes for my two. Judes team narrowly lost 3-2 and were unlucky not to get a point. Jakes team drew 1-1 against a team just above them, which means they’re now 5 games unbeaten. Jake’s playing away in Inca on Saturday and Judes team have an away game in Palma Friday night.

Thanks for all your birthday messages last Monday and as I’ve had a busy week we’ll be celebrating as a family on Saturday.

Enjoy your weekend!

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. . If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!

Feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com

Swing Low

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After last weeks dominant performance against the All Blacks, today is England’s chance to win the Rugby World Cup since the last time they did it 16 years ago. I spoke to the former Welsh Rugby Union & League legend Jonathan Davies this week on the radio. After his initial disappointment of Wales losing to South Africa last week he thinks England will win it. Let’s hope so it in what will probably be a tight game but hopefully not as nail biting as the last time when we won with a last minute drop goal from a Jonny Wilkinson. Unfortunately both my two have games Saturday morning so I won’t be able to watch but I’ll be following it online, which is sometimes worse as you can’t actually see what’s going on. It’s been a great tournament and Japan have been amazing hosts. One of the details I love is each team has a Japanese mascot with them and each of those kids has learnt the words to the National Anthem of the team they are stood with.
Last Monday was World Chocolate Day and we asked our listeners what their favourite bar was. Most people came back with more than one showing it’s still not lost its popularity. Now a clever parent has revealed the cunning trick she uses to ensure her chocolate treats remain untouched.
The mum, who is believed to be American, hides her chocolate in the freezer…..and disguises them in an innocent bag of vegetables.
She uploaded a photo of her genius idea on Facebook with the caption: “Let’s see the kids find this stash.” The post has been shared more than 54,000 times and had almost 3,000 reactions. Rest assured that’s a trick we’ll be trying in our house.
One of the reasons to set up the radio station was to make sure we helped local charities and the local community. This year, between now and the 15th of Decemberwe’re asking you to donate to the Radio One Mallorca Help a Mallorca Child Appeal.
Over all the years we have ran this campaign and with your generosity, we have been able to bring Christmas cheer to hundreds of children and pensioners on the island, plus enable Son Espases to make their Childrens ward child and parent friendly.
This year your donations will benefit:
The Salvation Army: Please donate new and used toys in good condition for children aged between 1 and 9 years old.  These will be wrapped and given to the children at a special Christmas Party.
Fundacio Nazaret: With your donations last year we were able to buy a voucher for every child, we aim to do the same again with your help.
Age Concern: Food donations accepted to make Christmas hampers for the Seniors across the island. Please just put something extra each week onto your shopping list!
Son Espases: Our connection with the Childrens ward and the childrens intensive care ward at Son Espases has enabled them to make positive changes to the area, we are currently involved in preparing a room for the parents of seriously ill children, so they can be closeby.
This year, to help raise more needed funds we are asking anyone who would like, to sponsor a day on the radio!
Starting 15th Nov to 15th Dec you can sponsor each weekday for your business, event, special promotion or even for a special person!
A promo will be made and air on the hour each hour 8am to 7pm and the presenters will talk about who is sponsoring each day during their shows.  You can even come into the studio on your day with a pre-arranged interview to talk about what or who you have sponsored for that day.
Minimum 100€ per day for sponsorship, it’s a great way to promote anything you want and all the proceeds go to great causes.
It’s a great cost effective way to advertise plus helps us raise even more funds for our Christmas Appeal.
Please help us to bring a smile to lots of faces this Christmas
A busy weekend of football for the boys and as luck would have it they’re both playing at home one after the other on Saturday. So an easy weekend for Dad Taxi, also I’ve set up my own Instagram account dad.taxi so give it a follow please. Real Mallorca living up to their annoying standards of beating Real Madrid one week and losing to bottom of the table Leganés the next. They can’t buy an away win and if they’re to survive they’re going to have to try and win a few. This week at the time of writing they’re playing Osasuna at home and they play Valladolid away on Sunday. Better news for Atlético Baleares who won again at the Weekend 4-1 and are 5 points clear at the top of Segunda B Group 1. They’re at home on Sunday against Real Oviedo B, 12 midday kick-off.
Enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. . If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!
Feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com

ZZ Stop!

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Two years ago this week Real Mallorca were playing Villarreal B in Segunda B Group 3, they won with a 51st minute goal from Lago Junior. Fast forward  and Mallorca are back in the top flight and last weekend were up against an unbeaten Real Madrid team and win with a goal from Lago Junior. Some people may point to the players missing for Madrid, Hazard, Bale, Kronos and Modric but they still had enough international talent out there including Courtois, Ramos, James and Benzema. Putting that into perspective against a Mallorca team that had 6 players that had played in Segunda B, Reina, Sastre, Raíllo, Gámez, Salva Sevilla y Lago Junior it was an amazing performance. So good in fact that 3 players, Gamez, Baba and Lago Junior made the La Liga team of the week. Lago Junior for his goal which he took really well, Gamez who moved from left back to right back to stop Vinicius who was giving Sastre the run around. But for me Baba was outstanding, bossing the Madrid midfield of Casemiro and Isco with an outstanding defensive midfield display. He’s 23 years old and has been with the club for 5 years coming through the ranks. I wouldn’t be surprised if the so called bigger clubs come sniffing at the end of the season. The atmosphere at the stadium was jumping with the 20,275 being Mallorca’s best so far and they weren’t disappointed. So much so hardly any left before the end, which quite a few normally do. The majority stayed to applaud the team off and cap what was a brilliant night. Onto bottom of the table Leganés this Saturday where there can’t be a better opportunity for them to pick up 3 away points. They also play at home this coming Thursday 31st, Halloween night against Osasuna, who have 2 former Mallorca players in their side in Brandon and Estupiñan.

Our other professional team and top of their league Atlético Baleares went away to second placed UD Ibiza. A scrappy game I’m told by our “Man in San An” with few chances and Baleares won with a second half goal from Gabbare. A good crowd of 3,500 with a good following from here who went away happy with Baleares now 5 points clear at the top.

My youngest Jude started his season with a 3-3 draw against his old team Calvia. It was good to see some of his old team mates, their parents and his old Manager Paco who really helped him in the early days. My eldest Jakes team remain unbeaten in 4 games after a surprising 7-0 win against a team just below them.

It’s 60 sleeps to Christmas and Tyson Fury is favourite to land the Christmas No.1 as he teams up with Robbie Williams to release a song. Fury announced on social media that he will be teaming up with the former Take That star to release a festive tune.

The Gypsy King posted a mocked-up photo on Instagram featuring him and Williams singing with Christmas hats on captioned: “Can’t wait till you hear this new Christmas song”.

On Twitter, he stated: “It’s happening guys Christmas #1”, with their track entitled “Bad Sharon” set to be released on November 22. What with singing and stepping into a wrestling ring, it looks less and less likely that he’ll step back into a boxing ring soon against Deontay Wilder.

It has instantly led to Williams being installed as the 4/1 favourite to land the prestigious Christmas No.1 single by Betfair for his effort with Fury.

Ed Sheeran and Lewis Capaldi are next in the running at 6/1 with the likes of Ariana Grande (8/1), Mariah Carey and Adele (both 10/1) also in the running.

Pirates presents Reloaded Halloween a twist for all ages on Thursday 31st October from 17.30. Pirates spooky spectacular is one of Mallorca’s most renowned events, this year expect to be haunted by some well-known creepy characters. Its fright night so there’s amazing prizes for those who come in the best fancy dress costumes! The best adult costume will receive 2 return flights from Palma to the UK(subject to availability) from Jet2 and the best child costume will get a year’s pass for all the Aspro parks(Western Park, Aqualand & Marineland) in 2020. Enjoy an evening with plenty of tricks and treats… a pre-show dinner with beer, sangria and soft drinks included throughout the evening followed by world-class entertainment with an evil twist!

That’s followed by Halloween Gringos, with dabbers at the ready, this is bingo but not as you know it! It is the ultimate night out for adults of all ages. Expect chaos, raves, dance-offs, funny prizes and big prizes!

Don’t confuse this as the traditional style of bingo – think nightclub and party atmosphere with music to suit all – from nostalgic tunes, old school anthems and present day bangers! There’s adult humour from the host and crazy characters to keep the audience entertained all night long. So what is all the fuss about?

The normal rules of bingo still apply, with some great prizes and then some bizarre prizes…but in between each game you’ll be up dancing as confetti fills the room. Even if you don’t win, you’ll get your fair share of laughs and a crazy party night at that. As it’s the last night of the season and it’s a public holiday the next day they’ve got an old school “lock in” so it could be an early morning. Not great for Breakfast Radio Show presenters!

If you need more information please go online to http://www.piratesadventure.com http://www.gringosbingo.com or call 971 130411.

Don’t forget to put your clocks back 1 hour tonight before you go to sleep!

Enjoy your weekend!

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. . If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!

Feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com

Here comes the rain again!

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We may have just about seen the last of the prolonged good weather. Judging by next weeks forecast grab any sunshine you can this weekend.

Adele’s “21” has been named as the UK’s most successful album of the 21st century. Announced to coincide with National Album Day last Saturday, a list of the country’s 20 best-selling albums over the past 20 years has been released.

The album, which features hits such as ‘Rolling in the Deep’ and ‘Someone Like You’, has sold over a million copies more than the second biggest-seller, Amy Winehouse‘s ‘Back To Black’.

TOP 20 ALBUMS OF THE 21st CENTURY

1 ’21’ – Adele (2011)

2 ‘Back To Black’ – Amy Winehouse (2006)

3 ’25’ – Adele (2015)

4 ‘X’ – Ed Sheeran (2014)

5 ‘÷’ – Ed Sheeran (2017)

6 ‘Back To Bedlam’ – James Blunt (2004)

7 ‘Spirit’ – Leona Lewis (2007)

8 ‘Crazy Love’ – Michael Buble (2009)

9 ‘No Angel’ – Dido (2000)

10 ‘White Ladder’ – David Gray (1999)

11 ‘The Fame’ – Lady Gaga (2008)

12 ‘Only By The Night’ – Kings Of Leon (2008)

13 ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’ – Coldplay (2002)

14 ‘Christmas’ – Michael Buble (2011)

15 ‘Life For Rent’ – Dido (2003)

16 ‘Beautiful World’ – Take That (2006)

17 ‘Hopes And Fears’ – Keane (2004)

18 ‘X&Y’ – Coldplay (2005)

19 ‘Scissor Sisters’ – Scissor Sisters (2004)

20 ‘Parachutes’ – Coldplay (2000)

So as last weekend and this week has been an international break in football, you get stuck for some good sport to watch. Japan seemed the best place to go with the Rugby World Cup and the Formula 1. I did find a couple of other events though, I’m not sure whether you can class them as “sport”

An Englishwoman has won the World Porridge Making Championship title.

Lisa Williams, from Suffolk, claimed the “golden spurtle” in the 26th annual competition, which is held in Carrbridge in the Highlands of Scotland. Just in case you don’t know the spurtle is a wooden Scottish kitchen tool, dating from the fifteenth century, that is used to stir porridge, soups, stews and broths.

The rod-like shape means that porridge can be stirred without congealing and forming lumps, unlike a spoon that would have a dragging effect during stirring, and the low surface area reduces the chances of porridge sticking to the instrument.

The title is awarded to the contestant deemed to have made the best traditional porridge using just three ingredients; oatmeal, water and salt.

Linda William’s winning recipe was made with half Scottish oatmeal and half pinhead oatmeal, along with Maldon sea salt. Ms Williams, who has entered the competition three times before, said the trick to the perfect porridge was to ‘keep stirring’

The judges(not the 3 bears I’m reliably informed)tasted more than 60 porridges throughout the day made by contestants from Sweden, Russia, France, Poland, Canada, Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, Belgium and Germany. Now I love a porridge but with salt? No thanks, golden syrup or honey for me.

The World Conker Championships has taken place despite play being delayed due to heavy rain, not quite sure why they didn’t move it inside?

Conkers are provided for each game and cannot be tampered with or reused.

There must be at least 20cm (8in) of lace between knuckle and nut.

Each player takes three alternate strikes at their opponent’s conker, with a game decided once one of the conkers is smashed.

If a game lasts for more than five minutes it is halted and each player will be allowed a further nine strikes

If neither conker is smashed, the winner is the player who hit the nut the most times during this period.

Jasmine Tetley, went on to claim the 2019 title after beating Andy Moore in the final. The event is said to have raised £420,000 since 1965 for the blind and partially sighted.

Definitely a Super Saturday of football today, my youngest Son Jude finally starts his competitive football season this morning. After nearly two months of training and friendly matches his team kicks off against of all teams Calvia. They are the team he left 2 years ago to join San Francisco so for him it’s a must win game. Jude is a goalkeeper and since he’s moved clubs he’s improved no end helped by the people in the club and a goalkeeping school called Porteros Pablo Roca. He was also lucky enough to meet former Real Mallorca and Israeli international goalkeeper Dudu Aouate this week who has seen him play and train as his Son plays at the club. Just 10 minutes of advice from Dudu was great for him to hear and hopefully he’ll take it onboard. Since the Summer he’s also worked on his fitness by going to the boxing classes at the Shambhala Gym in Santa Ponsa.  They say you have to be mad to be a keeper well my son has that in bundles!

My eldest Jacob drew last weekend away at the top of the league 1-1. So unbeaten now in three they’ll look to continue their good form on Saturday afternoon. Straight from those 2 games we’ll be off to the Son Moix to watch Real Mallorca v Real Madrid which kicks off at 9pm. These games are why we wanted to get back to La Liga. The opportunity for me and the boys to watch players such as Courtois, Ramos, Modric, Hazard and Bale(hopefully) close up is unbelievable and something we’re really looking forward to. Can Mallorca get a result against the team currently top of the league? They’re supposed to be playing rubbish but they’re top after 8 games and unbeaten. Let’s see, stranger things have happened. If you’re going my advice is to get there early as parking will be a nightmare.

Sunday will see our other professional team first placed Atlético Baleares against second placed UD Ibiza in Segunda B Group 1. Their ground Estadi Municipal de Can Misses holds 4,500 and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s full on Sunday. I’m expecting a full report from Martin Makepeace aka “Man in San An” on the radio and on his weekly blog.

With all that football going on I’m not sure I’ll have time to watch the Rugby World Cup Quarter Finals but I’ll be keeping an eye on the results. Come on England!

Enjoy your weekend!

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. . If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!

Feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com

Deal or No Deal?

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing the British Consul General Lloyd Milen who has been presenting a couple of outreach events on the island regarding Brexit. The Government message is deal or no deal we will be leaving the European Union on October 31st. The main message for people who live here are made up of 4 key points, Residency, passports, healthcare and driving licenses.

I’ve included a brief summary below.

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, any UK national arriving in Spain before the end of the implementation period will be able to register as resident in Spain under the current rules, and will have their right to residence in Spain protected for as long as they remain living here.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, any UK national residing in Spain before the date the UK leaves will be considered legally resident for a period of 21 months, irrespective of whether they currently hold a residency document.

After Brexit, the rules on travel will change. Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip. You’ll need to renew your passport before travelling if you do not have enough time left on your passport.

If there is a deal, nothing will change until the end of 2020. In this time you can continue to travel freely in the Schengen area with your UK passport. What happens after 2020 will form the next part of negotiations.

If there’s no deal, you must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland). If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.

If there is a deal and you are resident in Spain, your current rights on access to healthcare in Spain will remain the same as long as you remain a resident in Spain. If there’s no deal, the UK and Spain have each taken steps to ensure that people living in each country can continue to access healthcare as they do now until at least 31 December 2020

If you are resident in Spain, exchange your UK  license for a Spanish one. You can still use your Spanish licence in the UK for short visits or exchange it for a UK licence without taking a test if you return to live in the UK.

If you hold an old UK licence that doesn’t have a 10-year validity period, you must renew or exchange it for a Spanish licence once you’ve been a resident in Spain for 2 years.

All this information and more is found on the very useful  www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-spain

You can join the Facebook page Brits in Spain which keeps you up to date with all of this and this Wednesday at 17.00 they’ll be holding a Facebook live Q&A with the new British Ambassador Hugh Elliott.

I was asked this week to remind you that the annual British Legion Poppy Appeal begins this month. They provide support for members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families. By making a donation, you’re helping them to help those in need within the Armed Forces community.

Last week was the proverbial “must win” “6 pointer” for Real Mallorca against Espanyol and happily Mallorca came out 2-0 winners. It was a hot 12 midday kick-off and the 15,052 who came went away happy with 3 points. As Mallorca’s away form like last year is terrible, it’s imperative that they pick up points at home or the dream will die very quickly. There’s no doubt that being in La Liga is great for the island and the Club are definitely reaping the benefits.

Our other professional club Atlético Baleares are continuing their good form of last year in Segunda B Group 1. Seven games in they are top on 18 points having won 6 and lost 1. Closely followed by two teams from Ibiza, UD Ibiza and Peña Deportivo. Baleares are at home this Sunday at 12 midday against Sporting B and next week it’s a crunch top of the table clash away at UD Ibiza. I’ll have a closer look at that next week.

My eldest Son Jakes team San Francisco Cadete D team continued there good form after beating Atlético Baleares last week. Beating another undefeated team Collerense by 3-1. After going 0-1 down it didn’t look good but the boys battled back and ran out worthy winners. It’s an away game against the top of the league this weekend and another unbeaten team so let’s hope their form continues. My youngest Jude starts his long awaited league next weekend so that’s when the juggling properly starts for Dad Taxi.

Enjoy your weekend!

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.comon mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. . If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!

Feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com

Bad Santa II

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In the last few weeks some of the UK’s top bands have announced tours of the UK and Europe in 2020. Queen, Simply Red and Simple Minds are bands that I grew up with and I’ve been lucky enough to have seen two of them live. Simple Minds are the only ones I haven’t seen but songs such as “Promised you a Miracle” “Don’t you forget about me” “Alive & Kicking” and “Belfast Child” would definitely mean I would go. The only problem with all these concerts is none of them are coming to Spain! Now I don’t just mean Mallorca but not even Madrid or Barcelona. Surely with the number of expats that live in Spain this is an oversight by the organisers? Using our very generous inter island discounts I’ve flown over to Barcelona to see Queen and The Stereophonics recently and wouldn’t hesitate to see any of those above. They are all covering all the major European cities but at the moment we are not included.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but following the demise of Thomas Cook, flights this month both to and from the island are really expensive. I couldn’t believe some of the prices quoted particularly from the so called “No Frills” airlines. With those prices they should be adding in the frills.

Pretty apt then that ‘I don’t believe it!’ has been voted the nation’s favourite catchphrase of all time.

The instantly recognisable saying from Victor Meldrew in ‘One Foot in the Grave’ scooped the top slot in a new survey looking at the popularity of catchphrases.

Meldrew’s phrase beat off competition from ‘Simples’ – made famous by the meerkats of Compare the Market, which came second. While, ‘Don’t panic!’ exclaimed by Lance-Corporal Jones in ‘Dad’s Army’ took third place.

The survey of 2,000 adults found more than half think the most popular expressions come from TV shows, with a fifth highlighting reality TV programmes as particularly effective.

TOP 25 CATCHPHRASES

1. I don’t believe it! – Victor Meldrew

2. Simples – Compare the Market

3. Don’t panic! – Lance-Corporal Jones/Dad’s Army

4. Lovely jubbly – Del Boy/Only Fools and Horses

5. I have a cunning plan! – Tony Robinson / Blackadder

6. To me, to you – Chuckle Brothers

7. I’ll be back – Arnold Schwarzenegger / Terminator 2

8. Nice to see you – to see you nice – Bruce Forsyth

9. Only me! – Harry Enfield

10. Rodney, you plonker! Del Boy/Only Fools and Horses

11. Cheeky Nando’s

12. How YOU doin’? Joey from Friends

13. Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once – ‘Allo ‘Allo

14. Computer says no – Little Britain

15. Garlic bread! – Peter Kay

16. Should’ve gone to Specsavers – Specsavers

17. D’oh! – Homer Simpson

18. Am I bovvered? Catherine Tate

19. The name’s Bond… James Bond – James Bond

20. Beam me up, Scotty – Star Trek

21. It is what it is – Love Island

22. Aha! – I’m Alan Partridge

23. What’s occurring? – Gavin and Stacey

24. I’ve started so I’ll finish – Mastermind presenter

25. It’s goodnight from me, and it’s goodnight from him – The Two Ronnies

A busy Saturday for Dad Taxi, my youngest Jude has a game in the morning and my eldest Jake late afternoon. Last weekend Jakes team travelled to Atlético Baleares with a little trepidation. Baleares were unbeaten and a team that’s expected to win the league and we had 5 players out through injury. Sometimes all those things that you think will go against you goes in the totally opposite direction. We scored fairly early and were under the cosh for most of the game but we held on and ran out 0-1 winners on their patch. Queue an all day celebration culminating in a family meal at Can Pedro in Genova.

Saturday evening I’ll be making an appearance as Bad Santa in the Gringos Bingo Christmas Special. If you’ve been promising yourself a night at Gringos there are only two to go. This Saturday and Halloween are the final shows of the season so get yourselves booked on by calling 971 130411 or to the website http://www.gringosbingo.com

Another disappointing weekend for Real Mallorca a 2-0 loss against fellow strugglers Alaves leave them in 19th place with 4 points from their opening 7 games. I hate to say it but Sunday’s game is the proverbial must win. Espanyol lie just above Mallorca in 18th place, kick-off is at 12 midday so a good time to watch a game and a Sunday lunch afterwards. Atlético Baleares went top of their league last weekend with a 2-0 win against Coruxo. This weekend they’re away at Racing Ferrol so hopefully they can keep their run going.

Enjoy your weekend!

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.comon mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. . If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!

Feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com

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The picture above  is of the boys and I three years ago watching Real Mallorca in Segunda B and as you can see there wasn’t many people there. At the time the comments on Facebook were predictable “Really that empty?” “There were more punters in Primark yesterday!” “I see a lot of empty red seats, just like the Emirates!” Last Wednesday we went to see Atlético Madrid, there were just under 19,500 and not a red seat in sight. Mallorca unfortunately lost but to one of the best teams I’ve seen lately. They’re now in the relegation places having taken just 4 points from their opening 6 games. Something positive needs to come out of their game against Alaves away this Sunday. Better news for Atlético Baleares who won away last week by 1-0. They now lie in second place level on points with the top team Peña Deportivo. They have a home game this weekend against Coruxo.
My eldest sons team lost their first game 3-2 last weekend and have a tough match away at Atlético Baleares this weekend. It’s three weeks before my youngest starts his league programme but he has a friendly match this weekend.
It’s 88 sleeps to Christmas and Toy store Hamleys has revealed its top ten toys for Christmas and traditional brands such as Lego and Pictionary are back, but with a twist.
The toy retailer has also predicted the games that will encourage kids to “play, develop and grow”
Scruff-a-Luv’s My Real Rescue – £40
Coding Critters – £40
Pictionary Air – £20
Smart Pixellator – £70
L.O.L Surprise Chalet Dollhouse – £250
Poopsie Surprise Dolls – £50
Nerf Fortnite RL – £30
Oblique Drifter – £60
Lego Hidden Side, Paranormal Bus 3000 – £55
Linkimals, Smooth Moves Sloth – £35
I’ll let you look up online what they actually do, it’s beyond me!
Seeing Thomas Cook disappear this week was a real shock and awful news for the people holidaying with them and also the people that work for them. It’s also disastrous for the islands airport, hoteliers, transport providers, excursion providers and all the other small industries that were connected in some way. You’d be surprised about the knock on effect and the money owed. Now I’m sure other Operators will pick up the slack but you would rather they were still trading. I’ve been through this 30 years ago when ILG went bust and at the time I was wondering what would happen next. Out of that Sunworld was born which eventually became Thomas Cook through various guises. My words of comfort to the employees are, that other opportunities will come your way and be positive in what you can achieve in the future.
Angry holidaymakers have been raging at a 31-year-old salesman from Lancashire, because his name is Thomas Cook.
Mr Cook says “it’s a good job” he’s got a sense of humour as an avalanche of negative messages were sent his way on social media after the collapse of the holiday giant.
Some of the messages sound like the sender knows they are being ironic or making a joke, but not all of them do.
Mr Cook, received one message which said “Ruined my holiday now I’m stuck”.
While another simply said sarcastically: “Thanks for ruining my holiday.”
Other messages which may have been meant as pranks include “Mate, can’t believe you let all the lads down the way you did” and “Thanks for nothing fella”.
Mr Cook says he has found it all rather amusing, but does consider it harassment.
He said: “Obviously being called Thomas Cook has always been a rather funny joke and I’ve always been the butt of constant jokes.
“But that is until the company goes bust and I’m now being harassed by angry customers.
“It’s a good job I’ve got a sense of humour. I don’t use Facebook much but the notifications have gone crazy.”
If you are looking for a job please read on.
A travel site is recruiting a Guinness tester “to sample creamy pints in cosy pubs this winter”.
The dream role also brings with it a €22-an-hour wage.
The successful applicant will be provided with a ‘hit list’ of Dublin hostelries “known the island over for the quality of their pint”.
The list included celebrated haunts such as The Gravediggers, The Long Hall, Mulligan’s, The Strawberry Hall, Gaffney’s, Tom Kennedy’s and Toners.
The successful applicant will be required to visit each pub, order a pint, snap a photo (a phone is all you need) and write a 250-word review.
They’ve had over 4,300 applications in under 16 hours…..so good luck! Once you’ve downed the pints you’re going to need food so what about this?
Domino’s Pizza are on the hunt for someone to take on the role of their Chief Garlic Bread Taste Tester.
And honestly it sounds like a dream job – the only real experience you need is a “minimum of five years’ in garlic bread consumption” and you’ll be able to spend a day sampling the company’s delicious garlic breads and even get to try some new products.
If that weren’t enough you’ll also be paid for your time…and you’d have to move to Australia! (The job’s in Brisbane)
The job advert, shared on LinkedIn, explains: “You butter believe it! We’re looking for someone a little bit crunchy, but mostly warm and soft on the inside, to help taste test our World-Famous Garlic Breads at Domino’s Headquarters.”
It goes on to say that the ideal candidate will have “never met a carb they didn’t like”, “does not identify as a vampire”, “understands the perfect ‘crunch to softness’ ratio” and “is passionate about food, innovation and having fun”.
What more could you want?
Dad Taxi has an early 7.30am start Saturday for football and the weather looks great for the end of September.
Enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. . If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!
Feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com