Harry Potter Binge

Lockdown Day 15, yes unbelievably we’ve managed 2 weeks. Just another 2 weeks to the next cut off date which is April the 12th. Will we be free to go about our business then? Who knows but let’s be honest whilst it’s tough we are doing the right thing for our own families, friends, neighbours and the whole population. We’re all in it together, so let’s do it right the first time otherwise we’ll be back to square one.
We’ve all been doing things we wouldn’t normally do in these times and last weekend my youngest Son Jude and I decided we’d try and get through all the Harry Potter movies. Playing all 8 movies back to back is 19 hours and 39 minutes so we’ve had to space it out a bit. We’re on to the sixth film right now and should finish this weekend. Whilst it made global superstars of the main characters, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Tom Felton, the franchise is studded with veritable legends of acting, with Oscar winners, legends of stage and screen and industry heroes throughout.
Notably RIchard Harris who played Dumbledore in the first two films and after his sad death was replaced by Michael Gambon. Alan Rickman as Professor Snape, Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid, Timothy Spall as Peter Pettigrew, Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, Julie Walters as Molly Weasley, Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange, Emma Thompson as Sybill Trelawney. My list could go on and on. I have been lucky enough to have met Rupert Grint and Tom Felton at Pirates in the past. Tom came to one of our Premieres and I even gave him a lift in the back of my car back to his hotel. Rupert Grint went to my old school, Richard Hale in Hertford. He came to one of the shows on a recommendation from Tom. We decided to leave it to the last minute before we sat him at the table to watch the show. I asked him if he wanted a baseball cap to cover up his very recognisable red hair. He declined and said he’d be fine. As the lights for the start of the show went down, in we went to sit at our seats. I kid you not but not one person recognised he was there. Maybe they did and didn’t believe it was actually him or maybe he used his wizardry on them!
Back to the films and there’s also the little cameos that you may not catch. Lesley Phillips whose catchphrases you may remember from the Carry On movies like “I say, ding dong” and “hello” he voices the sorting hat in the first film the Philosopher’s Stone. In the third film of the series, Prisoner of Azkaban, Lenny Henry was hired to voice a talking shrunken head called Dre Head aboard the Knight Bus. The €˜character€™ doesn€™’t appear in the books but in the film serves as a source of comic relief and directions for the bus€™ driver, Ernie, who is mute in the film but not in the books. Henry€™s wife of twenty-five years, Vicar of Dibley star Dawn French, also appeared in a more significant role within the film, playing the Fat Lady portrait that covers the entrance to Gryffindor Tower.
Lead singer of legendary British indie rock band The Stone Roses – Ian Brown – turns up in Prisoner Of Azkaban too for a very brief cameo.
When Harry gets to the Leaky Cauldron after blowing his Uncle’s sister up in a rage, he walks past a wizard reading A Brief History Of Time and absent-mindedly stirring a drink wordlessly. That wizard, is played by Brown.
He’s not the only musician to get a cameo. Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker turns up as frontman Myron Wagtail of The Weird Sisters in Goblet of Fire along with another member of Pulp and two members of Radiohead.
Hopefully we’ll get finished this weekend and move onto something else.
Great news for kids this week as Disney Plus was launched and is designed to be the exclusive home to stream theatrical blockbusters from Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, Disney’s own studio and National Geographic. It’s about 6.99€ a month here in Spain so I would imagine the equivalent in the UK.
Amazon Prime has made all episodes of Peppa Pig free to stream for bored families in coronavirus self-isolation. In The Night Garden and Fireman Sam will also be available at no cost to families.
Anyone wishing to stream the content doesn’t need an Amazon Prime account, they just need a regular Amazon one, which is free to create.
My Wife is watching The Crown which she didn’t see when it first came out.
Unsurprisingly I’m on BT Sport who have re-launched their film series so I’ve been watching football from back in the day. There’s a brilliant documentary on Jimmy Greaves who in his lifetime was an amazing footballer who battled alcoholism and then reinvented himself as a TV pundit. I used to love watching the Saint & Greavsie every Saturday lunchtime. Another one is Golazzo, a documentary looking back on early 90’s Channel 4 show with James Richardson. which was on every Saturday morning. Then every Sunday afternoon they showed a live game. A great watch. There’s loads more on there and worth a look.
Take care everyone and 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


So how has your week been? Lockdown day 6 and blimey how things have changed since I wrote last Saturday. On that day we knew a lockdown was coming but not quite as severe as it’s turned out. We took the kids out for a long walk and said to them if we’re going to get through this then walks like this will pass the time away. Then on Sunday we learned that those walks were no longer possible as we were told not to leave where we lived. If we did want to leave then it was for either work, supermarket shopping or a visit to a chemist.
We’ve managed to get some home schooling for the kids along with what their schools are sending them to do online. The one thing they’re missing the most and if I have to be honest is what I’m missing too is their football. Jake trains Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s with a game on Saturday. Jude trains Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s with a game on Saturday. None of this is happening and if you said you can have one thing return to normal then it would have to be that.
I rang my Mum at the Weekend to update her on what was going on and I offered to do an online shop for her. She celebrated her 90th birthday in January and like most people of her age is very old skool and her first comment was “I’ve lived through a war you know!” She then said “shall I send my list in the post to you?” She was being deadly serious, but after much laughter we decided that she would make a list and I would ring back the next day. Which I dually did and off we went. I’d already set up an account with Tesco and the earliest delivery was one week. Now that might seem a long way off but it’s perfect as it’s also Mother’s Day. To be honest this was the first time I’d food shopped online and it was quite a pleasant experience. The only problem we had was which shower gel to choose as the one she wanted wasn’t in stock.
I never realised there were so many exotic bottles including sea minerals and black mint and cherry blossom and peony(no my neither)! The other great thing was I was able to add in a couple of Mother’s Day gifts in preparation for tomorrow. If you have an elderly family member, a relative, a friend or a neighbour that may need some help at this time then please do it.
We’ve done our very best on Radio One Mallorca to keep everybody entertained and updated during this past week. We are also proud to help in the 8pm applause for all our health workers by playing the Mallorca anthem La Balanguera. The anthem is an adaptation of Joan Alcover i Maspons (1854–1926) poem based on an ancient and popular Mallorcan children’s song. The music is a work by the Catalan composer Amadeu Vives and in November 1996 the Consell Insular de Mallorca made it the anthem for the Island. There’s been an amazing response across the island and thoroughly deserved.
Yesterday I interviewed the British Vice Consul General Lloyd Milen on the radio. The advice that came was keep looking at the official Government websites both here in Spain if you speak Spanish. Or if you don’t then go to www.gov.uk/living in Spain and their Facebook page is Brits in Spain. Both contain everything you need to know about the current lockdown and they are updated daily.
Billie Eilish’s huge hit song ‘Bad Guy’ has been named the bestselling global digital single of 2019.
The US singer’s hit has topped the charts in more than 15 countries since it was released in March 2019, accumulating global converted sales of 19.5 million.
The hit, taken from her debut album ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?‘, was also Spotify’s second-most streamed song worldwide for 2019.
1. Billie Eilish, “bad guy” (19.5 million)
2. Lil Nas X, “Old Town Road” (18.4 million)
3. Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, “Señorita” (16.1 million)
4. Post Malone and Swae Lee, “Sunflower” (13.4 million)
5. Ariana Grande, “7 rings” (13.3 million)
6. Tones and I, “Dance Monkey” (11.4 million)
7. Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber, “I Don’t Care” (10.3 million)
8. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, “Shallow” (10.2 million)
9. Lewis Capaldi, “Someone You Loved” (9.1 million)
10. Halsey, “Without Me” (9.1 million)
It’s been an amazing year for Eilish who won the four big awards, Best New Artist, Song(for Bad Guy), Record and Album of the Year at the 2020 Grammy Awards. She also won best international female at the BRIT Awards and performed her new song No Time To Die from the new Bond film too.
No football to write about this week anywhere.
Wishing all you lovely Mums out there a beautiful day tomorrow and thoughts out to those who’ve lost their Mums too.
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


Radiothon 2020

Well what can I say we are in what can only be described as a Worldwide crisis. I can’t remember anything as serious as this and while I still believe it’s been hyped up by the media, we are are in it now and hopefully somebody is going to find a solution.
The Radiothon was set up in 2015 when Jo from our office asked the Breakfast Show if they would consider broadcasting for 24 hours. This challenge was duly accepted and the Radiothon was born. For the first 2 years we helped raise money to help the Pirates Charity Premiere and their charities. When the Premiere stopped in 2016 we decided to keep the fundraising going by setting up The Jacques Sasson Foundation. Jacques will best be remembered for his invention of the Pirates Adventure show in Mallorca and employed Richie in 1994 and he has worked there ever since. In 2019 we decided to extend the hours of broadcasting from 24 to 36 hours starting at 07.00 on Friday morning and going all the way to 19.00 on Saturday evening and we managed to raise 25,363.11€. In 2020 this will again be the challenge for me and Ayesha from Friday May 15th to Saturday May 16th. 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 us in the studio, pay for a song to be played, challenge us to do something, buy raffle tickets, bid on an auction item or just make a donation. Remember even a euro can help make a difference. If you can help us by donating an auction or raffle prize we would love to hear from you.
The following charities have benefitted from our previous Radiothons;
2015:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, The Paediatric Ward of Son Espases Hospital, Salvation Army, Shambhala Foundation.
2016:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, The Paediatric Ward of Son Espases Hospital, Calvia Lions, Help 4 Heroes.
2017:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, SOS Animal Mallorca, Fundacion Nazareth, Club Vidalba.
2018:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, Asociacion Ondine, Feliz Animal Andratx.
2019:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, ASPANOB, ASDICA.
The total raised in our Radiothons so far is 106,200.59€.
This year’s Charities will be Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, Yachting Gives Back, Cancer Support Group Mallorca.
Great Ormond Street
Pirates and the Radio at a later date have been supporting GOSH for 15 years now.  So far we have raised nearly 750,000€ and in that time the money has been put to many different projects including a Pirates treatment room. More recently the money has been spent in four main areas: rebuilding and redevelopment of the Hospital; research (GOSH are currently embarking on a 5-year research strategy to target rare diseases in childhood); latest and replacement medical equipment; parent accommodation and support services for families and patients.
Son Espases Intensive Care Unit
We have been working with Son Espases for 5 years now and this year we are helping the only Child Intensive Care Unit in the Balearics. Our first donation to the Paediatric Ward of Son Espases Hospital was used the money to redecorate the doors of each room with cartoon characters making them look less like hospital bedrooms. Something we learned very early on our many visits to Great Ormond Street was the biggest challenge was to make the hospitals look less like hospitals so the children could relax. The second year we helped redecorate a new pirate ship-themed CAT scan in the Paediatric Department. Some 350m² of decorative vinyl wrapping gave Son Espases entry into a very select group of hospitals to implement such an idea, alongside the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York, the Hospital Municipal Jesus in Rio de Janeiro and Hospital San Juan de Dios in Barcelona. In each case they’ve proven that this fantasy décor creates a warm, inviting, relaxing atmosphere and reduces levels of anxiety – making life easier for patients and professionals alike. Over the last three years we have been helping the intensive care unit firstly with murals above the beds of the children. And for the last 2 years we have helped build a rest room for the parents of the children being treated by the intensive care unit.
Cancer Support Group Mallorca
Cancer Support Group Mallorca (CSG) is a registered association that was formed to help the expat community in Mallorca. Their aim is to help patients, carers and anybody who has been affected by Cancer. Their aim is to help you by, reducing stress, increasing your sense of control over your own life, improving your self-esteem, reducing loneliness, providing practical help.
Yachting Gives Back
Yachting Gives Back started a year ago as a food-raising campaign in which the yachting industry, including yachts, service companies and anyone else, could help to alleviate the serious problems of poverty and hunger in the Balearics. As well as food, Yachting Gives Back now collects clothes (adults and kids), bedding, toiletries, cleaning products and toys. They work with several local charities, including Associación Tardor, a social dining room serving 300 meals a day which has recently opened a new homeless shelter in Palma, Mallorca Sense Fam, a food bank which delivers foodstuffs to underprivileged families, Shambhala Fundación which works with vulnerable young adults and Joyron Foundation helping Mallorca’s children in need.”
Last Sunday the boys and I went to see Atlético Baleares against UD Ibiza in Segunda B Group 1. It was first against second so we were expecting a good game. The match in Ibiza was a tight game which Baleares won by 1-0 and this was similar. In fact the match was decided by two dreadful mistakes from firstly the Baleares goalkeeper in the first half and their left back in the second who spectacularly volleyed into his own goal. It was a great atmosphere amongst the 3,250 in attendance especially the 500 or so from Ibiza. Who went home extremely happy after they ran out 2-0 winners.
Real Mallorca achieved their first away win since last April with a 2-1 victory against Eibar. They’re still in the relegation places but with the suspension now of all football across Spain and the majority of Europe who knows what will happen next?
My youngest Jude lost 2-1 at the weekend and my eldest didn’t play. Not sure what we’re going to do this weekend as there’s no footie anywhere.
Keep safe everyone and try to enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One MallorcaBreakfast 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

Miley Cyrus

If I’m honest, I’m in the I think the Coronavirus while serious is being blown out of proportion camp. If I can add a little bit of light to the situation, amongst the Cockney community it is now known as the “Miley Cyrus”. The advice from the Prime Minister is ‘Don’t forget it is still the case that the single most useful thing we can all do is to wash our hands with hot water and soap, singing Happy Birthday twice’
Now that can get boring after a while so one helpful music fan, journalist Jen Monnier, from New York, decided as a ‘public service’ to come up with her own coronavirus playlist, which includes a handful of popular songs where the chorus takes around 20 seconds to sing. If it doesn’t, repeat it!
  1. Good as Hell – Lizzo
  2. Raspberry Beret – Prince
  3. Love on Top – Beyonce
  4. Jolene – Dolly Parton
  5. Africa – Toto
  6. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
  7. Lose Yourself – Eminem
  8. Unwritten – Natasha Beddingfield
  9. Heaven on Earth – Belinda Carlisle
  10. Karma Chameleon – Culture Club
Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football match 2017
Shrove Tuesday is best remembered for pancakes of course but if you live in Ashbourne in Derbyshire the town braces itself, battens down the hatches and prepares for a football match like no other. The centuries-old tradition of Royal Shrovetide football keeps the anarchic, brutal origins of the beautiful game alive, a world far removed from the pampered millionaires of the Premier League. It all kicks off at 2.00pm on Shrove Tuesday, with thousands congregating in the Shawcroft car park for the eagerly-anticipated “turning up”, when the ball is dropped from a plinth into the waiting hordes.
The ball is thrown into the air and into the ‘hug’ by the ‘turner up‘, a respected local person chosen to do the honour. Famous ‘turner-ups’ have included Prince Charles and The Duke of Devonshire.
Once play begins, a large number of players(we’re talking over 1,000 per team)try to move the ball to their goal by pushing against the opposition.
Your team depends on which side of the Henmore Brook you were born on: those born South of the Brook are the Down’ards, and try to goal the ball at the old Clifton Mill. Those born on the North are the Up’ards and try to goal the ball at the old Sturston Mill.
The process of ‘goaling’ a ball requires a player to hit the ball against their millstone goal three times. The scorer is usually elected en route to the goal and is typically someone who lives in Ashbourne. It is a huge honour to ‘goal’ the ball and the scorer often becomes a local celebrity.
The match continues until 10pm. If a goal is scored before 5pm, then a new ball is ‘turned up’ again and a new game started. If the goal is after 5pm then the game ends for the day.
Check it out online it’s completely nuts!
The World Pasty Championships took place at the Eden Project in Cornwall last weekend. There were eight categories in the Championships with the opportunity to enter a traditional Cornish pasty or an alternative savoury pasty.
Cornish Pasty – Company won by The Phat Pasty Co.
Cornish Pasty – Professional won by David Timmins from Cornwall
Cornish Pasty – Amateur won by Vanessa Farr from Bristol
Cornish Pasty Junior (15 and under) won by Daisy Lovejoy, aged eight, from Plymouth.
Open Savoury – Company won by Rowe’s Cornish Bakery with a chicken, leek, potato and onion pasty.
Open Savoury – Professional won by Nick Brown from Liskeard, Cornwall with a ham hock, cheddar and apple chutney pasty.
Open Savoury – Amateur won by Jan Micallef from Sheffield with a goat’s cheese, pear, shallot and walnut pasty.
Open Savoury – Junior (15 and under) won by Jodie Heath, 14, from Bodmin, Cornwall with a sweet and sour chicken pasty.
In 2011, the Cornish Pasty Association won a long campaign to gain European Union PGI status for the Cornish pasty which means that only pasty makers based in Cornwall who make pasties to the approved recipe are able to label their products as Cornish pasties.
If I see a West Country Pasty takeaway at an airport or a train station I’m stopping for the big traditional. None of that savoury stuff for me.
Also taking place last weekend was the UK Wife Carrying Championships. Dozens of couples took part in the 13th annual race, with a barrel of ale awaiting the winners at the finish line. The bizarre contest kicked off at 10.30am along the 380-metre course in Dorking, Surrey.
The rules state that those being carried can in fact be male or female but must weigh at least 50 kilograms with strict penalties for dropping your partner. Entrants must also only use one of the recognised holds which include the bridal carry, piggy-back, shoulder-ride and fireman’s carry.
But the most popular stance is the Estonian Hold which involves the ‘wife’ hanging upside-down on the carrier’s back with their legs crossed in front of their face. The couple who finish the race first win a barrel of local ale worth £150 – but this is not the only prize on offer.
The carrier who completes the course with the heaviest wife will win a pound of sausages. The oldest carrier will receive a tin of pilchards and jar of Bovril while the last placed duo will receive a ceremonial Pot Noodle and a can of dog food.
In addition the first-placed finishers will be asked to compete at the World Wife Carrying Championships in Finland.
The best kebab houses in Britain have been revealed, after hundreds of thousands of punters voted for their favourites.
At a glitzy award ceremony last night the winners were unveiled at the eighth annual British Kebab Awards, which celebrates the £2.8 billion industry.
Winners took to the stage triumphing in 16 categories, including Booker Makro’s Chef of the Year, Ace4Kebabs Kebab Van of the Year, Just Eat Best Delivery, and eight regional awards for recognising the best kebab restaurants across the UK.
Best Delivery went to the BBQ Grill in Chatham and the prize for Customer Satisfaction went to Birmingham’s Mount Nemrut Turkish Restaurant.
You can’t beat a kebab after a night out but the ones here just don’t taste the same as back in the UK.
Real Mallorca struggled to create a chance against probably the most boring side I’ve seen in a long while, Getafe. They were missing their top scorer Budimir, so when the teams were announced the immediate thought was where are the goals going to come from? And so it proved as Getafe won by 1-0. Attention turns to what can only be described as a must win for Mallorca away at Eibar on Saturday at 13.00. There’s a 5 point difference from Mallorca in third bottom and Eibar fifth bottom. A win would not only be Mallorca’s first but would drag Eibar into the fight. Next Saturday it’s the small matter of Barcelona at home. Tickets if not already sold out are close to being sold out. The most expensive ticket at 290€ is the same price as my season ticket! I went to the away game at the Nou Camp and hopefully the result will be better than the 5-2 gubbing we got there.
Atlético Baleares are still top of Segunda B Group 1 with 11 games to go by 5 points from UD Ibiza. This weekend they play each other in what could be a title decider. The boys and I are going along with our Man in San An who’s flying in from Ibiza. Kick-off is Sunday at 12 midday and you can get tickets online and if there are any left at the stadium before the game.
Jake was banned last week but his team won 7-0 and Jude didn’t have a game, so we took in a couple of other games instead to pass the time away. Let’s see what happens to them both this week.
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

Leap Day

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

Open Mind


I’ll start this week with this…..
‘I wanted to write something about mental health day last week but I was knee deep in work. And some days it’s hard to write your feelings if your not in the right place.
The last few weeks I’ve been in a really weird place… I find it hard to talk about it… I guess it’s anxiety and pressure of life… and when I actually reached out to someone they said I was draining. ‘I feel like this is why some people keep their emotions to themselves. I certainly hate talking about my feelings. And being a burden is my biggest fear… ‘I’m lucky to be able to pick myself up when things feel s**t. But what happens if someone can’t. Be nice to people. You never know what’s going on. Ever.’
Beautifully written, not by me but by Caroline Flack back in October.
When the awful news about Caroline Flack broke last Saturday, I don’t think anybody could believe it. She was obviously having problems but why? This was the girl who’d won Strictly Come Dancing, appeared in Chicago on the West End and was the presenter of one of TV’s biggest and most successful shows filmed here in Majorca.
Mental Health is a subject we all find difficult to talk about whether you’re suffering from it or not. A lot of people are blaming the media and social media, now they might have something to do with it but I think it’s a society problem that has grown over the years. For me it’s about educating the right things to say and do and we all need to be part of it. Not easy I know but we must try and prevent these awful events as they are happening all around us. If you don’t think you can open up to your family or a friend, in the UK there’s the Samaritans that can be called 24hrs a day, 365 days a year for free on 116 123. Here in Mallorca there’s a group called Open Mind Mallorca.
Their purpose is to spread amongst our community an awareness of illness of the mind, to reach out to friends who need a hand and to arrange help for individuals or on a group basis. They do an amazing job and Martin Bell does a feature on Diablo V’s show on Radio One Mallorca every Monday. Please whether it’s for you, a family member or a friend reach out as a kind word never hurt anyone.
After my rant last week about being fined for so called illegal parking, I have this week reluctantly paid the fine. I conducted a poll on Facebook and Twitter and the majority of people told me to appeal. But I also spoke to a couple of Police friends who said I am better off paying. The fine was 80€ but 40€ if I paid within 20 working days. If I appealed and lost I would lose my right to the discount so I paid which by the way you can do online. Although it meant that I was denied my last moan. It was pointed out to me last week that I was sounding like my colleague Frank Leavers, so that’s it now, I’ll leave all that to the blue rinse pin up. Lastly, since last week there’s been people parking there every day and no fines handed out. I’m done.
This week on the radio I interviewed two up and coming tennis players. I’ve followed Rhys and Murray Watters on social media through their Mum. Adrienne Watters is my football equivalent in tennis, she’s their Mum Taxi. The boys are 13 and 11 but have been playing tennis from a very young age. Originally from Edinburgh in Scotland the family decided 4 years ago that in order to enhance their tennis ability it would be better that they move here to Majorca. Quite an undertaking especially for the boys but they’ve adapted tremendously. They not only travel around the island playing tennis but have been to tournaments on the mainland and in Croatia. Rhys recently had his best result beating the number one in Majorca who is also the number 5 in Spain. One thing they haven’t done yet is play doubles together which might well come in the future. Rhys says his favourite player is Roger Federer and Murray likes Dominic Thiem. Keep your eyes on these boys.
A man who has stored a big snowball in his freezer since a ‘merry’ snowball fight 10 years ago is now selling it on eBay.
Lee Thackaberry has kept the snowball in a freezer bag and is surprised it’s survived a decade – and a house move.
Lee says he decided to keep it after hearing a news report about someone selling a snowball they’d kept for the same amount of time for £15,000.
Lee says he’s not expecting to match this huge sum, but remains hopeful despite the bids so far reaching £3.20.
After 3 straight defeats, Real Mallorca got back to winning ways with a deserved 1-0 victory against a very disappointing Alaves side. It looked like it might not be their day as a missed penalty from Salva Sevilla and a controversial disallowed goal for Dani Rodriguez. But after a header from Cucho Fernandez was brilliantly saved by the Alaves keeper, Cucho followed up to slam home the winner. All the other teams in the relegation area managed draws last weekend meaning Mallorca stay in the relegation zone but they’ve also closed the gap to Eibar, Valladolid and Alaves. Real Betis away for Mallorca last night in which they managed a 3-3 draw. Only their second point away from home this season. They have a home game coming up a week on Sunday against third placed Getafe.
Better news for Atlético Baleares who drew away last week 1-1 against Coruxo. They are currently 4 points clear of second placed Atlético Madrid B and five points clear of third placed UD Ibiza. More importantly they’re 17 points clear of fifth placed Coruxo now. With 13 games to go you would say a play-off place is secured now but first place is the aim as that gives them two chances of going up.
Not so good for my two lost last week, Judes team got gubbed 5-2 against Calvia his old team unfortunately and Jake lost 4-2 against Collerense. They’re both at home this week and Jake plays directly after Jude so an easy Saturday 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 atwww.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

No I’m not fine!

The weather is looking good and the island is showing signs of life again after our winter break. I say this because this week I received a parking fine, yes the fun Police are back on it looking for donations to their Christmas party! I’ve parked in the same place since November 1st with no problems and on Wednesday I returned to my car to see that yellow paper waving at me from under the windscreen wiper. They fined me for parking in a bay that’s reserved for coaches to drop off at the Sol House Hotel(or Trinidad in old money)which is actually closed right now. In fact if you can find a hotel that’s open and a coach that’s delivering punters right now then you’re a better man then me. Just to warn you as they didn’t take too kindly at me shouting my mouth off at their office. I was smugly told I could appeal but if I lost I would have to pay the full amount. Now you might say I deserve it, you parked where you shouldn’t. I’d reply with, if it was summer and the resort was buzzing I’d agree with you. Now I’m lucky if I bump into anyone on my way to and from the radio every morning and it’s been like that since the beginning of November. I’ve parked in the same place every day and not one day have I been fined, until Wednesday. For me it’s the underhand way it’s done. The bay was full of cars and every single one was fined. I went past on Thursday morning and not one car was parked there.
Last weekend was the Oscars and the film Parasite was the main talking point as it became the first foreign language film to be named Best Picture. That’s in stark contrast to the troubles of highly-criticised film Cats as it led the way at this year’s Razzies.
The awards, a tongue-in-cheek response to the Oscars, celebrates the worst of the year’s cinema.
After being critically panned and losing millions at the Box Office, Cats received 8 nominations at the Razzies – the most nominations received by one film – including ones for worst picture, screenplay and director.
James Corden, Judi Dench, Rebel Wilson and Francesca Hayward also received nominations for their acting roles. Oscar winner Dench was singled out for “looking suspiciously similar to The Cowardly Lion from Wizard of Oz.”
Other nominations at this year’s Razzies include ones for Rambo: Last Blood, The Fanatic and The Haunting of Sharon Tate.
The very first World Beer Mat Flipping Championships took place last weekend at the Ship & Shovel pub in Fareham Hampshire. Mats were sent flying as wannabe champions took part in two categories, the speed flip where entrants have to flip ten mats in a row as fast as possible, and the Master flip where they have to catch as many stacked mats as possible with one flip. The winner of the speed flip was a guy called Pedro Balthazar, he only came out to celebrate his birthday and left a champion with a time of 10.04 seconds. The Master flip champion was a guy called Luke Collier who managed to flip 65 mats at once. They raised £750.00 for a breast cancer charity, so well done to everyone who took part.
Last Saturday was another full day of football. Starting with my youngest Jude at Son Cladera, a tight game which his team battled back from 1-0 down to win 2-1. While waiting for his game to start I noticed the CEO of Real Mallorca was watching his own Son playing in a game. He plays for San Francisco, the same as my two but in the pre-Benjamin team. I’d interviewed Maheta a few years ago when Mallorca were in Segunda B and I was after another Interview. We had a good chat and I remember saying we must get 3 points on Sunday at Espanyol. He made a comment which didn’t really register with me at the time but after what happened this week it does now . He said “it will be really difficult as they(Espanyol) have spent 40 million euros in the transfer window and we’ve spent nothing, we’ve just got loans. He agreed that we’d get together for an interview as soon as he was able. Fast forward 3 days and the Club sacked him! It seems like someone needed to take the can for the clubs poor performances. Usually it’s the Coach but it looks like Moreno has been given a vote of confidence and to be honest I don’t think they should get rid of him. The club are working against the lowest wage bill in the league and it’s proving to be tough. Another away loss last weekend at Espanyol puts them in the relegation places on 18 points along with Leganés and Espanyol. Celta are 2 points above in 17th. Mallorca are at home today at 13.00 against Alaves who are in 14th on 27 points. Better news for Atlético Baleares who won 3-1 at home to go 4 points clear at the top of their league. They’re away this weekend against Coruxo from Vigo. It looks like March the 8th Baleares v UD Ibiza could be the title decider.
Talking of Baleares, my eldest Jacobs team played them on Saturday night. We knew we were in for a tough game as they were second in the league and we had beaten them 1-0 away earlier in the season. So it proved but the boys played probably one of their best matches of the year to win 2-0.
Another 3 games to cram in this Saturday, that’s three weeks in a row and Dad Taxi working overtime.
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