A Real Pirates Adventure!

As you probably know I work for Pirates Adventure and I’m really proud to say that this year I’m starting my 25th year with the Company. I can still remember the great sense of excitement when the founder and then owner of Pirates Jacques Sasson asked me if I’d like to join the business. I was a holiday Rep, Pirates was my top selling excursion and I would guide it at every opportunity. With my former experience as a Redcoat at Butlins Jacques saw the potential of me working in the show and helping with the sales. It was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down and it’s been an amazing ride ever since. So many stories that I’m seriously thinking should be put into a book. Even today I still love the buzz of the new season and since the sad passing of Jacques, I have a great working relationship with his Daughter Catherine. She has driven the business to a new level and having seen this year’s show at the dress rehearsal on Wednesday I have to say this is one of the best I’ve seen. Last night was the opening night so get yourselves booked on, they open Wednesday and Friday next week. 

The inaugural Window Cleaning World Cup took place at the Cleaning Show at the Excel Centre in London a couple of weeks ago. 

Competitors were given nine litres of water and a 300mm squeegee and tasked with cleaning three office-style windows, with time penalties awarded to those who left smears.

Jeremiah Hickey from the USA beat competitors from across the globe, including Terry “Turbo” Burrows from Essex, who holds the current world record of 9.14 seconds, and Swedish champion Jimmy Strom, who came second.

Mr Hickey said he was “totally floored” by the victory. “To hear my name as the winner at the end, I was totally floored,” the 42-year-old said. “It’s different windows to what I’m used to, a different technique, so I’m really surprised.”

The competition was adjudicated by the Federation of Window Cleaners (FWC) and the Guinness World Records were also in attendance, but no new records were achieved. 

The Winners

1st Place – Jeremiah Hickey, USA, 17.02 seconds

2nd Place – Jimmy Strom, Sweden, 17.70 seconds

3rd Place, Darren Ansbro, England, 18.40 seconds

People of a certain age of which I’m certainly one couldn’t tell what song is number one in the charts at the moment. I just happen to work on a radio show so I do know that it’s currently Lewis Capaldi with the song “Someone you loved”. Now I’ve been banging on for weeks that Calvin Harris and The Rag ‘n’ Bone Man with their song called Giant should definitely be at number 1 but can’t get themselves over the line. Now I’m not for the minute saying that Lewis Capaldi’s song is rubbish far from it but there is a history of songs that didn’t get to number 1 because of songs that were in fact rubbish. I looked into it in more detail to find that some unbelievable tunes that didn’t make the top spot.

Angels by Robbie Williams could only make it to number 4, he just didn’t have the power to compete with Teletubbies say “Eh-Oh!”, which went straight in at number one on December 7th 1997. 

Wonderwall by Oasis, widely considered as one of the band’s most popular songs, peaked at number two on November 11th 1995. So what stopped them? Well, it was Robson and Jerome who were from the hit tv show Soldier Soldier with a double release of I Believe/Up On The Roof. 

Torn by Natalie Imbruglia, a song about a woman who thought she found the perfect man, only to find out he was Mr. Wrong all along. To say she is taking it hard is an understatement: she’s so upset that she ends up cold, shamed, lying naked on the floor. Released as a UK single on October 27, 1997, it went straight to number 2, where it stayed for three weeks held off by “Barbie Girl” by Aqua!

The Jean Genie by David Bowie, he may be one of the most revered figures in the music world but even David Bowie suffered his fair share of chart injustice and Jean Genie’s failure to make it to number 1 is a prime example. So who kept this legend off of the top spot? Jimmy Osmond and his Long Haired Lover from Liverpool, which stayed at number one for five weeks in 1972!

It’s the Grand National today the horse race that even non gamblers like me like to have a bet on, so how do you pick the winner? Over a third of adults pick their winner in the Grand National based on the horse’s name. So with that in mind I have to go for Captain Redbeard. The Bookie on my Radio Show gave me Rock the Kasbah and Jamie at The Winning Post in Magaluf who are open all day on Saturday to take your bets said Joe Farrell. Good luck and remember only bet what you can afford and when the fun stops, stop!

Another disappointing road trip for Real Mallorca last weekend losing 3-2 to relegation threatened Córdoba. Mallorca have the second best home record in the league, only beaten by Osasuna who are in first place. However it’s their away form that’s holding them back and they currently lie outside of the Play-offs in 7th place. This weekend it’s a home game against Reus who unfortunately have gone out of business meaning that great home form will be boosted by an automatic 3 points and if other results go their way they’ll be back into the play-offs at the end of the weekend. Atlético Baleares still lead their league by 5 points with 7 games to go after a 0-0 draw last week. This week they are away against Teruel, it’s squeaky bum time for the blancos y azules! 

My youngest Jude had a great 7-1 victory last Saturday and my eldest Jakes team were holding the third placed team Manacor to a draw only to lose 2-1 to a goal in the last 5 minutes, gutted! Let’s hope both get a win this time round. 

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.

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