Leap Day

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Today is February 29th which means all you lovely ladies out there can propose to your Man. I read that Poundland had sold 40,000 engagement rings they said that was in preparation for Valentines. Maybe it was for this weekend? Sunday is a regional holiday here in Mallorca also known as the Day of the Balearic Islands (Día de les Illes Balears). It’s a local public holiday on the whole of the Balearic Islands, which happens on March 1st each year. This date commemorates when the BalearicIslands’ Statute of Autonomy came into effect on March 1st, 1983.
Billie Eilish and her Bond theme No Time To Die claims the biggest opening week for a Bond theme ever, scoring 90,000 chart sales, including 10.6 million streams to debut at Number 1. Adele’s Skyfall managed 84,000 chart sales in its opening week in October 2012, while Sam Smith’s The Writing’s On The Wall, for follow-up Spectre, achieved 70,000 in 2015.
Co-written by Eilish and her brother, Finneas O’Connell, as well as Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr, No Time To Die is only the second 007 theme to top the UK charts in the entire history of the 57-year-old film franchise, after Sam Smith, in 2015.
Two songs have come close to topping the chart; Duran Duran‘s A View To A Kill and Adele’s Skyfall each peaked at Number 2 in 1985 and 2012 respectively. Despite the latter winning an Oscar and a Golden Globe, Skyfall was denied Number 1 by Swedish House Mafia‘s Don’t You Worry Child, while A View To A Kill logged a frustrating three weeks at Number 2, held off the top by the might of Paul Hardcastle‘s 19.
Other chart entries are more surprising. Despite releasing two of the most memorable songs in Bond theme history, Shirley Bassey‘s Diamonds Are Forever and Goldfinger both failed to make the Top 10. Diamonds only managed to reach Number 38 in 1971, logging just two weeks in the Top 40 (six in the Top 100), while Goldfinger peaked at Number 21 in 1964.
No Time To Die is released on April 2nd.
I got up at 6am last Sunday morning to witness the “Gypsy King” Tyson Fury destroy the “Bronze Bomber” Deontay Wilder and win the WBC belt. Talk afterwards was a possible never been seen before World Heavy Title match up between Fury and Anthony Joshua to become the undisputed champion. Wilder and Fury had previously fought to a controversial draw in 2018, and in the contract for their rematch, both sides had the right to invoke a third fight, regardless of the result. Wilder says he will exercise it but there is also talk of him being offered step aside money to basically not fight and let Fury fight AJ. Considering according to most experts Fury won both fights easily on points it makes you wonder why Wilder maybe wouldn’t accept the cash not to fight. Either way some interesting negotiations ahead.
Sad to hear of the death of Manchester United legendary goalkeeper Harry Gregg. He made 210 appearances for the club and was sometimes referred to as the “Hero of Munich” for his actions in the Munich air disaster. When I was a teenager I went for a week long goalkeeping academy in Manchester hosted by the then Manchester United goalkeeper Gary Bailey. Bailey was coached at the time by Gregg and together they took the course. All I can remember at the time was him being a hard but fair coach. May he Rest In Peace.
A good point for Real Mallorca last Friday away at Real Betis means they’re still in the relegation places but have some much needed confidence going into Sunday’s home game against fifth placed Getafe. Ki Sung-yueng has signed for the club until the end of season. He’s played for Celtic, Swansea, Sunderland & Newcastle and played 110 times for South Korea.
Atlético Baleares won last weekend to go 5 points clear at the top of Segunda B Group 1. They’re away this weekend against Sporting Gijon B but the big game of the season happens next Sunday when they play second placed UD Ibiza. Tickets are on sale online or at the club for 15€ adults and 10€ (3-17 years).
Not a great week for my two, Judes team got gubbed 5-2 again and Jakes team got beat 3-0. To compound an awful weekend Jake managed to get sent-off in his game. He got booked for a foul and then 2 minutes later pulled a guys shirt and was red carded. Harsh? Yes but it’s all part of a learning curve for him, meaning he now sits out a 1 game ban. With Jude not playing this week Dad Taxi will have his feet up in front of the TV.
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!
Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com

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