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

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