Women in Sport

There’s a distinct and positive move for more coverage of Women’s sport and more Women being involved in Sports media right now. Something that’s been long overdue in my eyes. From a media point of view there are some great presenters including on TV Clare Balding, Gabby Yorath and Sue Barker who have the secret of make presenting look effortless. On Radio, Georgie Bingham, Laura Woods and Natalie Sawyer are presenters I listen to on a regular basis.

This week in print media saw the launch of The Telegraph Women’s Sport a stand alone 8 page pullout on Women’s Sport.

They say they’re making a commitment to transform the profile of Women’s sport and it’s visibility in the media with the launch of a major new editorial initiative.

Dina Asher-Smith the triple European sprint champion is one of the columnists and she said “Why wait? There’s no moment like the present. Why make it that we aspire to be better for the next generation? Why not the current one? I am aware that people with the same determination and drive are just not getting the same coverage. It would be selfish of me to not want to open the door and leave it open. There is not much point in having a platform without trying to use it to benefit the wider community.”

Another columnist is Judy Murray, the pioneering tennis coach and mother of grand-slam tennis champions Jamie and Andy, said that “the greater visibility of female role-models would inspire excitement and also called for more women to get involved with teaching PE and coaching sport.”

Also writing is Maggie Alphonsi, who played 74 times for the England women’s rugby union team, said that the initiative would “lead the way” and added that: “Times are changing – in 20 years’ time we will look back and think, ‘I can’t believe we were having this discussion’.”

So that’s the media but what about the sports themselves?

Sky Sports have dedicated channels for football, cricket, golf and Formula 1, so how long before they launch their own dedicated women’s sports channel?

Last weekend at the Wanda Metropolitano a record 60,739 fans turned up to watch Atletico Madrid V Barcelona. That’s a World record crowd to watch a Women’s football match. In fact it was a 99-year record that was broken. On 26 December 1920, and just under a year before the Football Association banned women’s football a ban that lasted 50 years, 53,000 people filled Goodison Park, with a further 14,000 reportedly turned away, to watch the famous Dick, Kerr Ladies beat St Helens 4-0.

Talking of Women’s football in the UK. This year for the 2019/20 season their Super league has their first ever title sponsor in Barclays. The 3 year deal is worth millions of pounds and will see the start of prize money. It is the biggest investment in Uk Women’s sport by a brand. 

A record nine countries have told Fifa they want to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup. Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa have formally declared their interest. A joint bid for the tournament could also be made by North and South Korea.

Other women’s sports we’ve started to see more regularly are cricket, rugby and golf, so the sea of change is happening and I for one fully support it. 

George Ezra has been forced to pay royalties from his smash-hit Shotgun after a little-known singer accused him of copying the tune.

Derek Ryan gets 7.5% of the income from the tune last year’s third best-selling song.

The settlement came after Irish singer Derek, 35, said the song was similar to his 2014 tune Flowers In Your Hair.

Millionaire George, 25, insisted he had never heard of Derek’s song before penning Shotgun in a Barcelona apartment. But his lawyers agreed to pay Derek royalties in a secret deal. A source said: “Shotgun put George back on the map, going three times Platinum in the UK and pretty much earning him his Best Male Brit. “Label bosses acknowledged a section of Shotgun has a similarity to the chorus melody of ‘Flowers”. I hadn’t heard this tune until I played it on the radio this week and you can’t deny there’s a definite similarity. 

“7 Rings” is a big hit for Ariana Grande but according to The New York Times, it’s an even bigger hit for Rodgers & Hammerstein.

“7 Rings” uses “My Favorite Things,” which was written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for the musical The Sound Of Music. And although 10 writers are credited on “7 Rings,”

Rodgers and Hammerstein, both of whom have been dead for decades, are getting 90% of the songwriting royalties.

A few weeks before its release, representatives for Grande and her label brought the completed song to Concord, the music company that has owned the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalogue since 2017. Concord asked for 90% of the song, and Grande’s people agreed without further negotiation.

Theodore S. Chapin, the executive who has managed Rodgers and Hammerstein’s copyrights for decades, says that Rodgers’ daughter Mary, who died in 2014, “would have thought this is pretty kickass.”

British Kebab awards this week. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it so I’m not sure if the rumour was true that it took place from 11.30 pm to 3am to make sure everyone turned up. Apparently when each award was picked up each winner was asked “do you want chilli sauce with it?” I’ll get my coat.

Do you like me remember England’s first million pound footballer? It was Trevor Francis in 1979 who left Birmingham City to join Nottingham Forest. So this was a landmark that was matched in the World of Pigeon Racing this week. Yes I kid you not! Armando the Lewis Hamilton of the bird world and was bought by someone in China. However he’s not going to race they’re putting him out to stud and apparently he has his own loft house suite, sorry!

Real Mallorca won only their third away game last weekend in Gran Canaria beating Las Palmas 2-1. They now lie 6th in one of the play-off places and entertain Real Zaragoza on Monday at 9pm at the Son Moix. Even better news for Atlético Baleares who beat their nearest rivals Villareal B by 1-0 to go 4 points clear at the top of their league. They are away this weekend playing Español B on Sunday at 12 midday. 

Disappointing results for my two this week and both by the odd goal. Jude my youngest had the long Friday night trip to Santanyi where they lost 2-1 and Jake the eldest by 3-2 against Salla A. After our away trip to the South east last week, you’d think a nice easy home game for my youngest this week. But no, just the small matter of Manacor on Saturday morning. Jake has an away game but locally in Palma against the team who are directly below them. Busy weekend for Dad Taxi as I’m also announcing the boxers into the ring in the big fight night at the Trui Theatre on Saturday night.

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.

Mallorca At The Top of Its Game!

Shall I mention BREXIT? No? Good!

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m always amazed that an island such as ours with a population of around 1 million a distance from north to south of 100 km and from east to west of 70 km can produce so many World class Sportsmen and Women. The current crop of talent includes the footballer Marco Asensio at Real Madrid, the Basketball player Rudy Fernandez at Real Madrid, Rafa Nadal the current World number 2 in tennis and Cata Coll the Spanish ladies under 17 goalkeeper who’s just won the World Cup in that age group. 

The reason I’m talking about this, last weekend the Moto GP season began in Qatar with 2 riders from Mallorca. Palma born Jorge Lorenzo is probably the more famous of the two. He was the 2006 and 2007 250cc World Champion, the 2010, 2012 and 2015 MotoGP World Champion. Apart from his three titles in the premier class, Lorenzo has also finished as runner-up on three occasions. In 2012, Lorenzo became the first Spanish rider to win multiple premier class titles, and with 67 career wins, he is sixth on the all-time wins list. This year he is riding for Repsol Honda. The lesser known of the duo is Palma born Joan Mir. Prior to moving up to the Moto3 world championship, Mir competed for two seasons in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in 2013 and 2014, finishing as runner-up (with three wins) in 2014. He contested the CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship in 2015. Mir won four of the first six races, but faded towards the end of the season, and ultimately finished fourth in the championship. Mir made his Grand Prix début in 2015 with Leopard Racing replacing an injured rider. In 2016 he competed full-time in the Moto3 World Championship with Leopard Racing. He finished the championship in 5th position as rookie of the year, scoring 144 points.

He remained for a second season in 2017 and completely dominated the class, taking 10 wins and finishing 93 points ahead of his nearest rival. Critics have compared him to legends such as Valentino Rossi and Marc Márquez. This year  he’s made the step up to Moto GP riding for the Suzuki Ecstar Team. Despite his lack of experience aged just 21 years old he managed to finish above his compatriot in 8th place to Lorenzo’s 13th at the first race in Qatar. Now I have to be honest I’m not a motor cycle racing fan but I am looking forward to the start of the F1 season this weekend. Sad news about the death of the Race Director Charlie Whiting this week. He had worked in F1 for the majority of his life and he was the guy you’d see starting each race. Condolences to his family and friends. This season starts in Australia on Sunday at 06.10 our time and 05.10 UK time. I might watch it on catch up or the highlights later in the day.

Uber has now revealed the most weird and wonderful items that have been left behind in their cabs and you won’t believe some of them are real. 

In particular, riders in London, Belfast and Bristol appear to the most forgetful, while unsurprisingly, Saturday is the day when most items are reported lost!

1. 45 pieces of fried chicken

2. Painting of The Last Supper

3. Fake skull

4. Nandos uniform

5. Five toilet rolls

6. A cat (yes, a real cat)

7. The script of Legally Blonde

8. Purple travel potty(unused)

9. Ukulele

10. Smoke machine

11. Herbs in a jar

12. Partial teeth dentures

13. Two vodka cranberry and 20 Sovereign Blue

14. An electric scooter

15. GCSE art project

16. Masonic apron

17. Panini maker

18. Pewter drinking tankard

19. SNES games console

20. A KFC meal

21. “Italian Panettone that’s a present for my niece” 

22. Return train ticket to Scotland

23. Vegan sausage roll

24. Bros poster

25. A tooth

A 1-0 home win for Real Mallorca last weekend meant they leapfrogged their opponents Real Oviedo into 7th place and 2 points off of the play-off places. They are on their travels this weekend visiting Gran Canarian side Las Palmas. After being relegated from La Liga last season they are having a disappointing season so far lying in 11th place on 41 points. A huge game for our other island based team Atlético Baleares in Segunda B group 3. Its first against second with just 1 point between them and Villareal B, I would imagine a sell out at Son Malferit on Sunday. If you can’t get a ticket then IB3 are showing the game 12 midday on Sunday. Differing fortunes for my boys last weekend. My youngest Jude played against the best team in his league Real Mallorca and lost 5-0. My eldest Jake played the worst team in his league Genova and won 9-1. They played another game on Wednesday night losing 2-1 to Poblense. Jude is away on Friday evening in Santanyi, yes that’s right just the hour drive there and back for Dad Taxi! Jake is at home on Sunday morning nestled nicely between the F1 and the Atlético Baleares game. 

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.

Do You Miss the UK?

We were back in the UK last weekend. I often get asked, do you miss it? Family of course and real ale, so it was great to see both our families and take in a couple of pubs too. When we picked up our hire car the girl said to us that when we return can we make sure we hand the keys back to a member of staff. Well that’s normal isn’t it? Apparently not, there’s been people posing as staff who’ve taken the keys and then stolen the vehicle. That’s happened 5 times to this particular firm since the new year! We stayed at the Bedford Swan Hotel run by former Mallorcan resident Malcolm Wyse and I can’t recommend it enough. 

A few weeks ago I mentioned I’ve started training. Last Friday marked the end of the first month. I want to say a big thanks to Paul Hamilton & all the guys at Club Esportiu Shambhala in Santa Ponsa for their help & encouragement. So now we step it up the Radiothon on May 10th & 11th and we would like you to sponsor me for every inch I can lose from my waist. Paul has the starting number since the beginning of February and at the Radiothon we will reveal the starting waist measurement and the finishing one. 

The Radiothon started 4 years ago when we set up the Jacques Sasson Foundation. Jacques the legendary former owner of Pirates who used to love doing charitable things. In the past it’s been a 24hr non-stop Show with me and my fellow presenters helping me throughout the day. So this year we thought we’d take it a little further so we’re starting at 07.30 Friday morning and finishing 19.30 Saturday evening. That’s 36 hours non-stop which should be challenging. Since we started we’ve raised just over 80,000€ so our aim is to pass through the 100,000€ mark. Charities that have benefitted since we started are, GOSH, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, Salvation Army, Shambala Foundation, Bloodwise, Calvia Lions, Help For Heroes, SOS Animal, Fundacion Nazareth, Club Vidalba, Asociacion Ondine and Feliz Animal Andratx.

This year we are raising money for;

Great Ormond Strret Childrens Hospital, London. A charity that along with Our friends at Pirates we have raised nearly 750,000€ and we have carried on supporting each year.

Son Espases Childrens Intensive Care Unit, Palma. Another that gets our support each year. 

Our new charities this year are, Asdica, A dynamic socio-educational project aimed at adolescents and young people with intellectual disabilities and their families in the Municipality of Calvià. 

Aspanob Created in 1987 by a group of parents who came together with the aim of improving the quality of life of all children with cancer and their families in the Balearic Islands.

Now we can’t do this without your help so they’ll be plenty of ways you can support us. You can sponsor an hour and come and join me in the studio, pay for a song to be played, challenge us to do something, buy raffle tickets, bid on an auction item, sponsor me on my weight loss or just make a donation. Remember even a euro can help make a difference. I’ll be telling you more leading up to the event. 

Controversy in the UK Wife Carrying Championships last weekend as the winners were not actually married. Surely that’s disqualification?  Well no apparently but Chris Hepworth was obviously feeling guilty so he asked his girlfriend Tanisha Prince to get married. The couple also won the race last year and will now go on to enter the world championships in Finland. Yes really!

Most couples opted to race in what organisers call the “Estonian hold” position, which involves the person being carried hanging upside down on the carrier’s back with their thighs dangling on to their chest. They had to clamber over hay bales, go up and down a hill and have buckets of water thrown in their faces while they raced over the 380m-course.

Talking of strange events the World Pasty Championships took place last weekend too. Each year, pasty-makers from around the Globe take part in this unique event to find the pasty champions of the world.

Professionals, amateurs, the young and the not so young come together at the Eden Project in a day of music and fun where Cornwall’s hero product is the unquestionable hero of the day. Now I love a pasty(not at the moment obviously!) but don’t give me any of these fancy flavours. The plain old traditional is the one for me. 

Real Mallorca could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Elche last weekend. Disappointing as they have been so good at home this season. Another home game this Saturday against Real Oviedo, kick-off at 16.00 down at the Son Moix. They lie in 9th place but the gap to the play-offs is a little wider at 5 points. Atlético Baleares battled to a 0-0 draw away in Olot last weekend and they are back on their travels again this Sunday against Ontinyent. They are though still top of the league 3 points clear of Villareal B with 11 games to go.

You might have gathered from above that due to the extended holiday my boys had the weekend off but we’re back to it this weekend with my youngest playing Real Mallorca and my eldest against Genova. 

Enjoy your long 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.

Can You Cope?

My Wife has gone back to the UK for a few days. Can you cope? I hear you asking. Well with 2 boys at school, playing football in the evenings and me working on the radio and at Pirates during the day let’s say its been an interesting few days. In fact it is a total military planned operation as one leaves for school just after 7am and the other doesn’t have be in until 9am. In between that I’m presenting a Radio Breakfast Show and helping in getting Pirates open for the first show on April 5th. Then one finishes at 2pm and the other at 4pm followed by homework classes and football training it’s full on. On the one hand it’s great to do some of the things I don’t normally do but on the other, we’re holding a street party for my Wife’s return. How long will it be before I get the “see I told you so!”

Last Friday we were invited to the opening of Palma Ice Bar. Now you won’t need me to tell you it’s cold but it’s a great new bar to visit in Palma as part of a day or night out. It is situated in the heart of La Lonja and takes “chill” to a whole new level.
Over 20 Tonnes of Ice has been used, harvested from the purest fresh water lakes of Norway. Naturally harvested Ice is much more translucent than artificially created ice. The bar operates at minus 7 degrees to maintain the ice and the Ice sculptures are based on iconic landmarks associated within Mallorca.
For more information go to http://www.palmaicebar.com.

Remember the Beano? Well Beano Comics asked 2,000 children to name their top rib-tickler and found the old ones were still the best ones.

The research also found 90% of kids reckon they are funnier than grown-ups, 33% picked up the best one-liners at school, 25% thought their mums told the worst jokes and 40% said their dads made them laugh the most, of course!

The poll was done to launch the Beano’s joke contest, which aims to get primary school classes to send their best gags to beano.com/jokes between April 1 and May 1.

The top 20 funniest jokes of all time, according to kids:

1. Why was the sand wet? Because the sea weed!

2. What do you call a blind dinosaur? Doyouthinkhesaurus.

3. What did the policeman say to his tummy? Freeze you’re under a vest.

4. Doctor, Doctor! Help, I feel like a pair of curtains! Pull yourself together then.

5. What’s the fastest vegetable? A runner bean!

6. What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? Frostbite!

7. What’s brown and sticky? A stick!

8. What do you call a blind deer? No eye deer.

9. Why should you be careful when it’s raining cats and dogs? You might step in a poodle!

10. Do you want to hear a joke about pizza? Never mind, it’s too cheesy.

11. Why is six afraid of seven? Because seven eight nine!

12. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Boo. Boo who? No need to cry, it’s only me!

13. What happens when an egg hears a joke? It cracks up!

14. What’s the best time to go to the dentist? Two-thirty!

15. What’s black and white, black and white, black and white? A penguin rolling down a hill.

16. Where do cows go for entertainment? To the moo-vies!

17. Doctor! Doctor! I keep seeing spinning insects! Don’t worry, there’s a bug going round.

18. What do you call a tiger at the North Pole? Lost!

19. What do you call a pig that knows karate? A pork chop!

20. How do footballers stay cool? They sit down next to their fans!

Can I add my own? A guy goes into a bakers and says I’d like to buy a wasp. The server says we don’t sell wasps, the guy replies why, you’ve got them in the window! I’m here all week. 

Real Mallorca’s away hoodoo continued last Friday as they threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 in the battle of the islands versus Tenerife. They now lie in 8th place, 3 points off of the play-off places. This Sunday they are at home to Elche and strong home form should hopefully see a Mallorca win. Better news for Atlético Baleares who remain on top of their group in Segunda B by 3 points after a 1-0 win against Barcelona B. Son Malferit was packed and there was still quite a few around when we turned up for my boys game later in the afternoon. They’re away in Olot this weekend and there’s 12 games left before they reach the play-offs. My two both played against Atletico Baleares last weekend who even at their level are still strong sides. My youngest was unlucky to lose 0-2 but my eldest got gubbed 6-0! A weekend off for them this weekend because of the holiday. 

Talking of which, The Day of the Balearic Islands (Día de les Illes Balears) is a local public holiday on the Balearic Islands on March 1st each year. This date commemorates when the Balearic Islands’ Statute of Autonomy came into effect on March 1, 1983. I’m all for celebrating events like this but do the kids need to be off on Thursday and Monday too? Remember they get 3 months summer holidays. Rant over!

Enjoy your long 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 and on the Spanish TDT TV service. 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.

There’s no Business like Show Business!

It was about 11 years ago that I interviewed the actress Pauline Quirke. We were talking about her long and very successful acting career which she had begun aged 9 years old with an appearance in Dixon of Dock Green. Our conversation turned to the academy which she had started in 2007 in her home town of Beaconsfield and at that time was beginning to open more. She said she discovered acting at the age of 9 when a couple of after-school clubs were formed by local teachers. One was Country Dancing, the other was a Drama club. Not fancying Country Dancing, Pauline joined the Drama Club and has not looked back since. I went home that night and told my Wife all about it and said it would be a great idea for her to open one here in Mallorca. For those of you that don’t know my Wife she has been dancing since she was 4yrs and went to a local dancing school in her home town in Bedford, England. She then went on to train at London Studio Centre in London, where she received a Diploma in Musical Theatre. From there she worked as a professional dancer touring with dance companies around the world which brought her to Mallorca. She became Captain Scarlet at Pirates Adventure where we met and married. We set up a meeting with Pauline and her husband Steve and after visiting some of the academies in the UK we decided it was perfect for Mallorca. It opened in February 2009 at the Agora school in Portals and celebrated 10 years with a great show last weekend. 80 Children performed Getting to know the Sound Of Music which was a great success and a culmination of lots of hard work from both the kids and teachers. 

The academy here has gone from strength to strength and that is down to the hard work and dedication from Rachael and her staff who provide the kids aged 4-18 years old with a superb grounding in musical theatre, comedy and drama and film and TV. She says “Every Saturday I look forward to seeing what our students will achieve next. We understand that every student is unique – they will have different talents, skills and performance levels. We will always encourage and make everyone feel at home. It makes me very proud to see our students grow in confidence, perform and ultimately learn new skills which they can use later in life.” The success here mirrors the academies in the UK who now number over 160 in 105 locations with some places having more than one. 

Someone who started her career at theatre school was Ariana Grande. As a young child, Grande performed with the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, playing her first role as the title character in Annie. She also performed in the musicals The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast. Her first big break came in 2008, when the 15-year-old landed the role of Charlotte in the Broadway production of 13, a play focusing on life growing up in New York City. The early role led to accolades, and Grande won a National Youth Theatre Association Award.

Fast forward to today and she has become the first artist since The Beatles to hold all three top spots on The Billboard Hot 100 chart.

She holds the number 1, 2, and 3 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart simultaneously, the first time since The Beatles in 1964. Her album. ‘Thank u, next’ also debuted at number 1 on the albums chart.

The pop star released the LP last week, just six months after her previous record, ‘Sweetener’.

Grande’s ‘7 Rings’ is at number 1 for a fourth week, whilst ‘Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored’ made its debut at number 2. ‘Thank u, next’, meanwhile, went to number 3 from 7. All three songs are taken from Grande’s number 1 album of the same name.

Between March and April 1964, The Beatles held the top three spots for five weeks, Number 1 was Can’t Buy Me Love,” Number 2 “Twist and Shout” and number 3 “Do You Want to Know a Secret,” Thus, the last time the honour was earned, the No. 1 song was about how “I don’t care too much for money; money can’t buy me love”; “7 Rings” finds Grande declaring “retail therapy my new addiction.”

Here in the UK she has 3 songs in the top 10 and currently holds the number 1 and number 2 places. She can’t seem to do anything wrong at the moment.

Remember the Smurfs? Nearly 3,000 people came together to break a world record for the most human Smurfs in one place.

In total, 2,762 blue-painted and white-capped participants met in Lauchringen on the Upper Rhine, Germany to break the record that had previously belonged to students in Wales and stood at 2,510.

Over the weekend, organisers were delighted to announce they had surpassed the old mark with children, adults and the elderly all taking part.

The Smurfs were created by Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford in 1958. It’s not known if the Police were heard saying “where are you all coming from?”(come on, tell me you didn’t sing the next line!)

We went to see Real Mallorca play last Sunday. The weather was glorious and actually the football was too. It’s a mystery to why they can blow teams at home and yet when they go away it’s a different story. In fact their home record is only bettered by 3rd placed Osasuna so why the problem away? I’m looking at a team that looks solid at the back, has a good defensive and creative midfield and with their transfer window signings up front they look dangerous going forward. Let’s hope they do the business in Tenerife on Friday night. With two home games to follow they could see themselves in the promotion mix. I mentioned Atlético Baleares last week and they are currently top of their league in Segunda B. This weekend they are playing Barcelona B who I’m sure will have plenty of promising youngsters on show. I know that at the time of writing the game had nearly sold out. It will be shown on IB3 here in Mallorca at 12 Midday on Sunday. 

Both my sons play Atlético Baleares in their respective age groups this Weekend. Jude my youngest on Saturday and Jake my eldest will play straight after the Barca game on Sunday. Would be great if the crowd hung around.

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 and on the Spanish TDT TV service. 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.

Do you like living in Mallorca?

We were asked this week to write about why we love Majorca for the papers special Valentines edition. I started writing and unfortunately then completely forgot so I thought I’d quickly add what I’d already written to this weeks column. 

Having moved here in 1990 I still get asked, do you like living in Majorca? Daft question really but to someone whose never lived here they don’t know any different. I’ve been lucky enough to travel around the World but for me nothing beats this Island. It definitely is an island of contrast and different people fall in love with different parts of the island. The Capital Palma has become one of the most popular weekend break cities with amazing architecture, boutique hotels, shopping, amazing food, and trendy bars and clubs. The mountains of the West are without doubt the most spectacular you’ll ever see. The beautiful bays of the North gives the Caribbean a run for their money and the caves and coves of the east coast make it a total island of contrast. Do I love Majorca? Totally!

I’m at the end of week 2 of my fitness regime. Last Friday I walked into the gym expecting an easy session as we’d worked hard all week. Paul says we’re going out today Richie. A nice leisurely stroll I thought until we reached the Santa Ponsa steps. For those of you not familiar with said steps, there are 600 of them and they run from the beach right to the top of the hill. Let’s just say it’s tough and just when you think you’ve got to the top there’s another level. Coming back down wasn’t easy either and I can’t say I’m looking forward to the next time.

All the hotel associations of Mallorca, Menorca Ibiza and Formentera have called for the Tourist Tax to be scrapped. So interesting to see that Edinburgh is one step closer to becoming the first city in the UK to introduce a tourist tax after the move was approved by councillors.

Plans for the transient visitor levy(Posh name)include a £2 per night room charge, an exemption for campsites, a cap of seven consecutive nights and investing an estimated £14.6 million every year.

Edinburgh would follow in the footsteps of European cities such as Paris and Barcelona and us here in the Balearics, while Bath and Oxford councils have also called for powers to charge visitors.

A recent public consultation indicated 51% of accommodation providers and 91% of residents supported the introduction of TVL.

The council estimates the proposals could raise between £11.6 million and £14.6 million per year. It doesn’t say as where the money raised will be spent as that is something that is questionable here but it’s an interesting development. 

Reddit the American social news website has asked its users to come up with the 20 best names for fantasy football teams this season and there’s some good ones here. 

• Chicken Tikka Mo Salah

• NoIngsMeeNoAyew . . . Zaha!

• Me, My Delph And I

• Show Me Da Mane

• Ctrl Alt De Laet

• Neville Wears Prada

• HuttonDressedAsLahm

• Michu At De Gea Ba

• You Petr Cech Yourself

• When Harry Met Alli

• Ospina Colada

• Men Behaving Chadli

• Obi-Wan Iwobi

• Willian Dollar Baby

• One Flew Over Lukaku’s Nest

• Game Of Throw-ins

• The Wizard Of Ozil

• Gylfi Pleasure

• Boom Xhakalaka

• Flying Without Ings

In our predictor league the best name in my opinion is 1-F-in-Fulham. 

Real Mallorca continued their poor away form with a 2-0 loss versus top of the table Albacete last weekend. They are in 9th place in La Liga 123 just 2 points from the play-offs and they have a home game this weekend against 18th placed Lugo. Kick-off is on Sunday at 12 midday. I must mention our other island based professional team Atlético Baleares who are currently in 2nd place in Segunda B just 1 point off of the top. They currently have 2 players on loan from the Premier League and the Championship. Sam Shashoua is a 20yr old attacking midfielder who joined Baleares last summer on loan from Tottenham Hotspur and 19yr old forward Ody Alfa joined from QPR in the January transfer window. It’s great to see these younger players over here. 

Another mixed bag for my boys this week, Jude my youngest got beat 4-1 but I must give a shoutout to my eldest Jake. You may remember last week I said Dad Taxi had an early start on Sunday to be in Manacor by 08.45. In fact it was still dark when we left and we knew we were in for a tough game against a team 15 points above us in the league. We were awarded a free-kick on the right hand side of the penalty area and as Jake is left footed the coach asked him to take it. He looked like he was shaping for a cross and I was shouting at him to have a shot. What transpired was a truly delightful strike that beat the keeper at the near post causing wild celebrations and earning us a 1-1 draw. He said to me afterwards that he was actually aiming for the other corner but to be honest you’d never had known. Luckily one of the Dads had recorded it and I shared it on social media. To date it has been viewed over 1300 times! Jude has a weekend off but Jake has a derby game against the other San Francisco team on Sunday so that will be an interesting one. 

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 and on the Spanish TDT TV service. 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.

Love is in the Air?

So last Friday I took the plunge and headed off to the Shambhala Gym in Santa Ponsa and my new trainer Paul Hamilton. I’ve decided to get some poundage off for the Radiothon Charities. A week later on my fourth visit I’m still alive, just! Paul’s a hard task master and a boxing trainer by profession so he’s definitely working with a heavyweight here. I’m not going to lie it’s been tough and made even tougher as I’ve got man flu too! No sympathy though so hopefully the results will come. I’ll be looking to get some sponsorship soon so stay tuned. 

Next week is Valentines for all you lovers out there. It is the second best dining out day of the year behind Mother’s Day and whether you celebrate or not, it’s still a massive day in our year. Over £650 million was spent in Britain in 2018, an increase of 5% on the previous year. The huge spend last year made Valentine’s Day the largest spending retail event in the first half of the year, overtaking Easter. But I stumbled upon this story this week, Poundland’s engagement rings have been snapped up by Brits across the country, with the budget retailer claiming to have sold 20,000 in just one week!

The pound shop’s “Bling Ring” range, which are marketed as so-called placeholder rings, caused a huge stir when they went on sale last month.

The cheap jewellery range divided the nation, with some saying it was perfect for couples looking to choose their rings together, while others said your partner should be picking the ring for you.

One poster said: ‘Is this not the best idea ever? Buy a cheap ring from Poundland to propose then go to the shop so you can pick a proper one together.’

But another commenter asked: ‘Why would anyone want to pick their own ring? Isn’t the point of it that the man you love has chosen it for you?’

The rings are being marketed as placeholders, so that the happy couple can go and pick out their real engagement rings together.

One person simply added: ‘Nothing says undying love like an engagement ring from Poundland.’ I say it every year but I love my Wife for 365 days so a card and flowers isn’t going to change that! And they say romance is dead. Actually my fellow writers and I have been asked to contribute to the Bulletins Valentines Day Special. I for one can’t wait for my old mate Frank Leavers contribution. Although he tells me I’ve got him all wrong. He’s the blue rinse pin up don’t you know!

Last week was billed as the greatest show in American Football but unfortunately unless you supported the Patriots(the winners) it was a big disappointment and certainly not worth staying up to 5am in the morning. I was just waking up as they were presenting the trophy relieved that I hadn’t put myself through it. 

If you remember I talked last week about the eventual losers the LA Rams who are owned by “silent” Stan Kroenke. He’s also the owner of my team Arsenal but our man Stanley doesn’t stop there. He also owns the Denver Nuggets of the NBA, Colorado Avalanche of the NHL, Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League, and the newly formed Los Angeles Gladiators of the Overwatch League.( no me neither) In fact I read up on it and I still don’t get it! Not a bad portfolio but Stan has this silent reputation which doesn’t go down well with the fans. Take Arsenal for example he now has a controlling interest in the club and told new Manager Unai Emery in the transfer window he could only get in loan players. This is a club that despite not being in the Champions League pulled in just shy of £150 million from TV and where they finished in the league last season. They also have the highest season ticket prices and we haven’t started on the stadium, shirt and shirt manufacturers sponsorships plus charging me £10 for a pie and a pint! Let’s not go into what I spent in the shop with my two who always want the most up to date shirts and new players names. Am I having a go at my Club? In short, yes because to say you can only get in loans and before that you gave Mesut Ozil £350,000 a week! By the way given to him by two men, Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis who no longer work at the club. Unfortunately football has gone beyond the ordinary fan and I think it’s a blessing I live here in Mallorca and can only go once or twice a year. I used to go to Highbury most Saturday’s when I was a kid and we used to get there at 1pm, pay £5 so you could make sure you got the place you always stood in. That’s all changed now, they are my team and I’ll always support them but more from the armchair here in a sunny, warm Mallorca. In fact me and the boys love going to watch Real Mallorca and mine and the boys season tickets cost less than the price I paid for 3 tickets to Arsenal v Burnley at Christmas. Interestingly Mallorca are also owned by Americans, Robert Sarver owns the NBA team the Phoenix Suns. Now I know the Mallorquines aren’t too happy that their club is owned by a foreigner. But in this case in my opinion you can’t knock them they’ve basically saved the Club from probably disappearing due to the total mis-management of previous owners some of whom were in fact Mallorquín. Their dream is to take the club back to La Liga and it might just happen this season, if not I’m sure they will reinvest for a stronger push next season. I hear that our centre half Raillo was part of a bid from Nottingham Forest on transfer deadline day and the club turned them down as they had’nt met the buy out clause in his contract. That to me shows ambition as they could have quite easily banked the 2 million on offer. A good win last Sunday despite going down to 10 men means they lie in 7th place just outside the play-offs with a difficult match away this weekend against the league leaders Albacete. Mixed fortunes for my two this week, Jude my youngest got a hard fought 2-1 win on Saturday but my eldest Jake got gubbed 5-0 at home. 

Just the small matter of being in Manacor on Sunday morning at 8.45 in the morning for my eldest, so Dad Taxi will be certainly earning his money!

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 and on the Spanish TDT TV service. 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.