Here comes the rain again!

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We may have just about seen the last of the prolonged good weather. Judging by next weeks forecast grab any sunshine you can this weekend.

Adele’s “21” has been named as the UK’s most successful album of the 21st century. Announced to coincide with National Album Day last Saturday, a list of the country’s 20 best-selling albums over the past 20 years has been released.

The album, which features hits such as ‘Rolling in the Deep’ and ‘Someone Like You’, has sold over a million copies more than the second biggest-seller, Amy Winehouse‘s ‘Back To Black’.

TOP 20 ALBUMS OF THE 21st CENTURY

1 ’21’ – Adele (2011)

2 ‘Back To Black’ – Amy Winehouse (2006)

3 ’25’ – Adele (2015)

4 ‘X’ – Ed Sheeran (2014)

5 ‘÷’ – Ed Sheeran (2017)

6 ‘Back To Bedlam’ – James Blunt (2004)

7 ‘Spirit’ – Leona Lewis (2007)

8 ‘Crazy Love’ – Michael Buble (2009)

9 ‘No Angel’ – Dido (2000)

10 ‘White Ladder’ – David Gray (1999)

11 ‘The Fame’ – Lady Gaga (2008)

12 ‘Only By The Night’ – Kings Of Leon (2008)

13 ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’ – Coldplay (2002)

14 ‘Christmas’ – Michael Buble (2011)

15 ‘Life For Rent’ – Dido (2003)

16 ‘Beautiful World’ – Take That (2006)

17 ‘Hopes And Fears’ – Keane (2004)

18 ‘X&Y’ – Coldplay (2005)

19 ‘Scissor Sisters’ – Scissor Sisters (2004)

20 ‘Parachutes’ – Coldplay (2000)

So as last weekend and this week has been an international break in football, you get stuck for some good sport to watch. Japan seemed the best place to go with the Rugby World Cup and the Formula 1. I did find a couple of other events though, I’m not sure whether you can class them as “sport”

An Englishwoman has won the World Porridge Making Championship title.

Lisa Williams, from Suffolk, claimed the “golden spurtle” in the 26th annual competition, which is held in Carrbridge in the Highlands of Scotland. Just in case you don’t know the spurtle is a wooden Scottish kitchen tool, dating from the fifteenth century, that is used to stir porridge, soups, stews and broths.

The rod-like shape means that porridge can be stirred without congealing and forming lumps, unlike a spoon that would have a dragging effect during stirring, and the low surface area reduces the chances of porridge sticking to the instrument.

The title is awarded to the contestant deemed to have made the best traditional porridge using just three ingredients; oatmeal, water and salt.

Linda William’s winning recipe was made with half Scottish oatmeal and half pinhead oatmeal, along with Maldon sea salt. Ms Williams, who has entered the competition three times before, said the trick to the perfect porridge was to ‘keep stirring’

The judges(not the 3 bears I’m reliably informed)tasted more than 60 porridges throughout the day made by contestants from Sweden, Russia, France, Poland, Canada, Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, Belgium and Germany. Now I love a porridge but with salt? No thanks, golden syrup or honey for me.

The World Conker Championships has taken place despite play being delayed due to heavy rain, not quite sure why they didn’t move it inside?

Conkers are provided for each game and cannot be tampered with or reused.

There must be at least 20cm (8in) of lace between knuckle and nut.

Each player takes three alternate strikes at their opponent’s conker, with a game decided once one of the conkers is smashed.

If a game lasts for more than five minutes it is halted and each player will be allowed a further nine strikes

If neither conker is smashed, the winner is the player who hit the nut the most times during this period.

Jasmine Tetley, went on to claim the 2019 title after beating Andy Moore in the final. The event is said to have raised £420,000 since 1965 for the blind and partially sighted.

Definitely a Super Saturday of football today, my youngest Son Jude finally starts his competitive football season this morning. After nearly two months of training and friendly matches his team kicks off against of all teams Calvia. They are the team he left 2 years ago to join San Francisco so for him it’s a must win game. Jude is a goalkeeper and since he’s moved clubs he’s improved no end helped by the people in the club and a goalkeeping school called Porteros Pablo Roca. He was also lucky enough to meet former Real Mallorca and Israeli international goalkeeper Dudu Aouate this week who has seen him play and train as his Son plays at the club. Just 10 minutes of advice from Dudu was great for him to hear and hopefully he’ll take it onboard. Since the Summer he’s also worked on his fitness by going to the boxing classes at the Shambhala Gym in Santa Ponsa.  They say you have to be mad to be a keeper well my son has that in bundles!

My eldest Jacob drew last weekend away at the top of the league 1-1. So unbeaten now in three they’ll look to continue their good form on Saturday afternoon. Straight from those 2 games we’ll be off to the Son Moix to watch Real Mallorca v Real Madrid which kicks off at 9pm. These games are why we wanted to get back to La Liga. The opportunity for me and the boys to watch players such as Courtois, Ramos, Modric, Hazard and Bale(hopefully) close up is unbelievable and something we’re really looking forward to. Can Mallorca get a result against the team currently top of the league? They’re supposed to be playing rubbish but they’re top after 8 games and unbeaten. Let’s see, stranger things have happened. If you’re going my advice is to get there early as parking will be a nightmare.

Sunday will see our other professional team first placed Atlético Baleares against second placed UD Ibiza in Segunda B Group 1. Their ground Estadi Municipal de Can Misses holds 4,500 and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s full on Sunday. I’m expecting a full report from Martin Makepeace aka “Man in San An” on the radio and on his weekly blog.

With all that football going on I’m not sure I’ll have time to watch the Rugby World Cup Quarter Finals but I’ll be keeping an eye on the results. Come on England!

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

Deal or No Deal?

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing the British Consul General Lloyd Milen who has been presenting a couple of outreach events on the island regarding Brexit. The Government message is deal or no deal we will be leaving the European Union on October 31st. The main message for people who live here are made up of 4 key points, Residency, passports, healthcare and driving licenses.

I’ve included a brief summary below.

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, any UK national arriving in Spain before the end of the implementation period will be able to register as resident in Spain under the current rules, and will have their right to residence in Spain protected for as long as they remain living here.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, any UK national residing in Spain before the date the UK leaves will be considered legally resident for a period of 21 months, irrespective of whether they currently hold a residency document.

After Brexit, the rules on travel will change. Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip. You’ll need to renew your passport before travelling if you do not have enough time left on your passport.

If there is a deal, nothing will change until the end of 2020. In this time you can continue to travel freely in the Schengen area with your UK passport. What happens after 2020 will form the next part of negotiations.

If there’s no deal, you must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland). If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.

If there is a deal and you are resident in Spain, your current rights on access to healthcare in Spain will remain the same as long as you remain a resident in Spain. If there’s no deal, the UK and Spain have each taken steps to ensure that people living in each country can continue to access healthcare as they do now until at least 31 December 2020

If you are resident in Spain, exchange your UK  license for a Spanish one. You can still use your Spanish licence in the UK for short visits or exchange it for a UK licence without taking a test if you return to live in the UK.

If you hold an old UK licence that doesn’t have a 10-year validity period, you must renew or exchange it for a Spanish licence once you’ve been a resident in Spain for 2 years.

All this information and more is found on the very useful  www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-spain

You can join the Facebook page Brits in Spain which keeps you up to date with all of this and this Wednesday at 17.00 they’ll be holding a Facebook live Q&A with the new British Ambassador Hugh Elliott.

I was asked this week to remind you that the annual British Legion Poppy Appeal begins this month. They provide support for members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families. By making a donation, you’re helping them to help those in need within the Armed Forces community.

Last week was the proverbial “must win” “6 pointer” for Real Mallorca against Espanyol and happily Mallorca came out 2-0 winners. It was a hot 12 midday kick-off and the 15,052 who came went away happy with 3 points. As Mallorca’s away form like last year is terrible, it’s imperative that they pick up points at home or the dream will die very quickly. There’s no doubt that being in La Liga is great for the island and the Club are definitely reaping the benefits.

Our other professional club Atlético Baleares are continuing their good form of last year in Segunda B Group 1. Seven games in they are top on 18 points having won 6 and lost 1. Closely followed by two teams from Ibiza, UD Ibiza and Peña Deportivo. Baleares are at home this Sunday at 12 midday against Sporting B and next week it’s a crunch top of the table clash away at UD Ibiza. I’ll have a closer look at that next week.

My eldest Son Jakes team San Francisco Cadete D team continued there good form after beating Atlético Baleares last week. Beating another undefeated team Collerense by 3-1. After going 0-1 down it didn’t look good but the boys battled back and ran out worthy winners. It’s an away game against the top of the league this weekend and another unbeaten team so let’s hope their form continues. My youngest Jude starts his long awaited league next weekend so that’s when the juggling properly starts 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 at www.radioonemallorca.comon 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

Bad Santa II

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In the last few weeks some of the UK’s top bands have announced tours of the UK and Europe in 2020. Queen, Simply Red and Simple Minds are bands that I grew up with and I’ve been lucky enough to have seen two of them live. Simple Minds are the only ones I haven’t seen but songs such as “Promised you a Miracle” “Don’t you forget about me” “Alive & Kicking” and “Belfast Child” would definitely mean I would go. The only problem with all these concerts is none of them are coming to Spain! Now I don’t just mean Mallorca but not even Madrid or Barcelona. Surely with the number of expats that live in Spain this is an oversight by the organisers? Using our very generous inter island discounts I’ve flown over to Barcelona to see Queen and The Stereophonics recently and wouldn’t hesitate to see any of those above. They are all covering all the major European cities but at the moment we are not included.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but following the demise of Thomas Cook, flights this month both to and from the island are really expensive. I couldn’t believe some of the prices quoted particularly from the so called “No Frills” airlines. With those prices they should be adding in the frills.

Pretty apt then that ‘I don’t believe it!’ has been voted the nation’s favourite catchphrase of all time.

The instantly recognisable saying from Victor Meldrew in ‘One Foot in the Grave’ scooped the top slot in a new survey looking at the popularity of catchphrases.

Meldrew’s phrase beat off competition from ‘Simples’ – made famous by the meerkats of Compare the Market, which came second. While, ‘Don’t panic!’ exclaimed by Lance-Corporal Jones in ‘Dad’s Army’ took third place.

The survey of 2,000 adults found more than half think the most popular expressions come from TV shows, with a fifth highlighting reality TV programmes as particularly effective.

TOP 25 CATCHPHRASES

1. I don’t believe it! – Victor Meldrew

2. Simples – Compare the Market

3. Don’t panic! – Lance-Corporal Jones/Dad’s Army

4. Lovely jubbly – Del Boy/Only Fools and Horses

5. I have a cunning plan! – Tony Robinson / Blackadder

6. To me, to you – Chuckle Brothers

7. I’ll be back – Arnold Schwarzenegger / Terminator 2

8. Nice to see you – to see you nice – Bruce Forsyth

9. Only me! – Harry Enfield

10. Rodney, you plonker! Del Boy/Only Fools and Horses

11. Cheeky Nando’s

12. How YOU doin’? Joey from Friends

13. Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once – ‘Allo ‘Allo

14. Computer says no – Little Britain

15. Garlic bread! – Peter Kay

16. Should’ve gone to Specsavers – Specsavers

17. D’oh! – Homer Simpson

18. Am I bovvered? Catherine Tate

19. The name’s Bond… James Bond – James Bond

20. Beam me up, Scotty – Star Trek

21. It is what it is – Love Island

22. Aha! – I’m Alan Partridge

23. What’s occurring? – Gavin and Stacey

24. I’ve started so I’ll finish – Mastermind presenter

25. It’s goodnight from me, and it’s goodnight from him – The Two Ronnies

A busy Saturday for Dad Taxi, my youngest Jude has a game in the morning and my eldest Jake late afternoon. Last weekend Jakes team travelled to Atlético Baleares with a little trepidation. Baleares were unbeaten and a team that’s expected to win the league and we had 5 players out through injury. Sometimes all those things that you think will go against you goes in the totally opposite direction. We scored fairly early and were under the cosh for most of the game but we held on and ran out 0-1 winners on their patch. Queue an all day celebration culminating in a family meal at Can Pedro in Genova.

Saturday evening I’ll be making an appearance as Bad Santa in the Gringos Bingo Christmas Special. If you’ve been promising yourself a night at Gringos there are only two to go. This Saturday and Halloween are the final shows of the season so get yourselves booked on by calling 971 130411 or to the website http://www.gringosbingo.com

Another disappointing weekend for Real Mallorca a 2-0 loss against fellow strugglers Alaves leave them in 19th place with 4 points from their opening 7 games. I hate to say it but Sunday’s game is the proverbial must win. Espanyol lie just above Mallorca in 18th place, kick-off is at 12 midday so a good time to watch a game and a Sunday lunch afterwards. Atlético Baleares went top of their league last weekend with a 2-0 win against Coruxo. This weekend they’re away at Racing Ferrol so hopefully they can keep their run going.

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.comon 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

Loyal Supporters!

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The picture above  is of the boys and I three years ago watching Real Mallorca in Segunda B and as you can see there wasn’t many people there. At the time the comments on Facebook were predictable “Really that empty?” “There were more punters in Primark yesterday!” “I see a lot of empty red seats, just like the Emirates!” Last Wednesday we went to see Atlético Madrid, there were just under 19,500 and not a red seat in sight. Mallorca unfortunately lost but to one of the best teams I’ve seen lately. They’re now in the relegation places having taken just 4 points from their opening 6 games. Something positive needs to come out of their game against Alaves away this Sunday. Better news for Atlético Baleares who won away last week by 1-0. They now lie in second place level on points with the top team Peña Deportivo. They have a home game this weekend against Coruxo.
My eldest sons team lost their first game 3-2 last weekend and have a tough match away at Atlético Baleares this weekend. It’s three weeks before my youngest starts his league programme but he has a friendly match this weekend.
It’s 88 sleeps to Christmas and Toy store Hamleys has revealed its top ten toys for Christmas and traditional brands such as Lego and Pictionary are back, but with a twist.
The toy retailer has also predicted the games that will encourage kids to “play, develop and grow”
Scruff-a-Luv’s My Real Rescue – £40
Coding Critters – £40
Pictionary Air – £20
Smart Pixellator – £70
L.O.L Surprise Chalet Dollhouse – £250
Poopsie Surprise Dolls – £50
Nerf Fortnite RL – £30
Oblique Drifter – £60
Lego Hidden Side, Paranormal Bus 3000 – £55
Linkimals, Smooth Moves Sloth – £35
I’ll let you look up online what they actually do, it’s beyond me!
Seeing Thomas Cook disappear this week was a real shock and awful news for the people holidaying with them and also the people that work for them. It’s also disastrous for the islands airport, hoteliers, transport providers, excursion providers and all the other small industries that were connected in some way. You’d be surprised about the knock on effect and the money owed. Now I’m sure other Operators will pick up the slack but you would rather they were still trading. I’ve been through this 30 years ago when ILG went bust and at the time I was wondering what would happen next. Out of that Sunworld was born which eventually became Thomas Cook through various guises. My words of comfort to the employees are, that other opportunities will come your way and be positive in what you can achieve in the future.
Angry holidaymakers have been raging at a 31-year-old salesman from Lancashire, because his name is Thomas Cook.
Mr Cook says “it’s a good job” he’s got a sense of humour as an avalanche of negative messages were sent his way on social media after the collapse of the holiday giant.
Some of the messages sound like the sender knows they are being ironic or making a joke, but not all of them do.
Mr Cook, received one message which said “Ruined my holiday now I’m stuck”.
While another simply said sarcastically: “Thanks for ruining my holiday.”
Other messages which may have been meant as pranks include “Mate, can’t believe you let all the lads down the way you did” and “Thanks for nothing fella”.
Mr Cook says he has found it all rather amusing, but does consider it harassment.
He said: “Obviously being called Thomas Cook has always been a rather funny joke and I’ve always been the butt of constant jokes.
“But that is until the company goes bust and I’m now being harassed by angry customers.
“It’s a good job I’ve got a sense of humour. I don’t use Facebook much but the notifications have gone crazy.”
If you are looking for a job please read on.
A travel site is recruiting a Guinness tester “to sample creamy pints in cosy pubs this winter”.
The dream role also brings with it a €22-an-hour wage.
The successful applicant will be provided with a ‘hit list’ of Dublin hostelries “known the island over for the quality of their pint”.
The list included celebrated haunts such as The Gravediggers, The Long Hall, Mulligan’s, The Strawberry Hall, Gaffney’s, Tom Kennedy’s and Toners.
The successful applicant will be required to visit each pub, order a pint, snap a photo (a phone is all you need) and write a 250-word review.
They’ve had over 4,300 applications in under 16 hours…..so good luck! Once you’ve downed the pints you’re going to need food so what about this?
Domino’s Pizza are on the hunt for someone to take on the role of their Chief Garlic Bread Taste Tester.
And honestly it sounds like a dream job – the only real experience you need is a “minimum of five years’ in garlic bread consumption” and you’ll be able to spend a day sampling the company’s delicious garlic breads and even get to try some new products.
If that weren’t enough you’ll also be paid for your time…and you’d have to move to Australia! (The job’s in Brisbane)
The job advert, shared on LinkedIn, explains: “You butter believe it! We’re looking for someone a little bit crunchy, but mostly warm and soft on the inside, to help taste test our World-Famous Garlic Breads at Domino’s Headquarters.”
It goes on to say that the ideal candidate will have “never met a carb they didn’t like”, “does not identify as a vampire”, “understands the perfect ‘crunch to softness’ ratio” and “is passionate about food, innovation and having fun”.
What more could you want?
Dad Taxi has an early 7.30am start Saturday for football and the weather looks great for the end of September.
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!
Feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com

Captain Jake

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Lots of good feedback from last weeks blog especially about Rafa Nadal being an Ambassador for the Island, always good to hear your thoughts.

Last Friday night Real Mallorca played Athletico Bilbao in La Liga. We made our usual way to the ground about an hour before Kick-off. On a good day I can leave my house, park and be in my seat within half an hour. Well last Friday wasn’t one of those good days. Somebody in their wisdom had decided that Palma Futsal who play directly next to Mallorca’s stadium should be playing at the time when all the Mallorca and Bilbao fans were arriving for the game. You might ask how many people were actually watching the Futsal game, 2-300? I asked the same question, although I thought more, judging by the traffic and the distinct lack of parking. There were actually 3,000 people there! On top of the 16,591 fans making their way to the Son Moix there was total gridlock. I’ve never seen the car park outside the stadium so full but they were still letting cars in which was nuts and not very helpful. We left the house at 19.45 and sat in our seats at 21.10 missing the first 10 minutes and judging by what I saw we weren’t the only ones. Maybe the powers that be might need to think again if there are any fixture clashes in the future. The game itself only really sprang to life in the last 10 minutes. Mallorca had a couple of golden chances to win with shots from Lago Junior and Salva Sevilla before that but to be honest I was disappointed with Bilbao who at that the time were in second place. Mallorca were awarded a penalty in the 83rd minute with some great trickery from the new boy on loan from Real Madrid, Take. Up stepped local hero Abdon Prats who’d only just come on, only he failed to even hit the target. I said a couple of weeks ago after our loss to Real Sociedad, if you’re not going to win a game don’t lose it. In the 92nd minute Bilbao were awarded a penalty after the referee, who was rubbish all game decided via VAR that a Mallorca player had handled in the area. One of the big problems with VAR both here and in the UK is none of the spectators know what’s going on. All you can see is the Ref with his finger in his ear, holding play up. They need to put the decisions on the big screens so everyone can see. If it’s clear cut it’s fine but I think they’re more scared of the marginal decisions and what atmosphere it could create.

Mallorca are away this weekend at Getafe, a game that they could at least draw. Atlético Baleares got back to winning ways by beating Sanse last weekend 3-2 to move into 4th place. They’re away this weekend at Pontevedra on Sunday.

Keeping on the football theme my eldest Jacob begins his season today playing for San Francisco Cadete’s. It’s been a long pre season and the boys are ready to get going. Last week the team and coaches voted on who should be the team Captains. I say Captains as they have more than one elected just in case the nominated one is on the bench, injured or away. I am really proud to say that Jacob was given the number one captaincy meaning if he’s on the pitch he’s Captain. He’s worked really hard in the summer and in pre-season on his strength and fitness and it’s paying off. Naturally he was overjoyed to tell us the news as we were to hear it.

We think we have problems in the UK with Brexit. Our Spanish friends I hear are weary of voting in what will be their fourth election in 4 years. The last one was April 28th and since then rival parties can’t come to any agreements to form a Government. Good luck at the next one. If you didn’t know, we can’t vote here and I can’t vote in the UK. Bonkers isn’t it. Then again so is most politics.

A lot of people I know use TripAdvisor as a way of substantiating where they are looking to visit. I don’t like it to be honest as you’re never sure whether what they are saying is true. They have produced their own transparency report and of the 66 million reviews submitted in 2018, one million were fake reviews. It makes you wonder how many false ones actually got through?

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.comon 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

Rafa the Gaffer

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For me you won’t find a better Ambassador for our island than Rafa Nadal. Last weekend he won his 19th Grand Slam tennis title by winning the US Open. The 33-year-old has thrived at the highest level on the ATP Tour for 15 seasons, achieving numerous milestones along the way. The one thing he has not lost on his long run at the top is his love for Mallorca. Straight after winning the title last Sunday night, he was on a plane and back to the island. He posted on Instagram “happy to be back home” from his terrace in Porto Cristo. I’ve said it before but why don’t the Government use him to promote the island around the World? They did before but for me the campaign wasn’t right. Hopefully they’ll look again and as the World Travel Market in London is coming up in November maybe now is the time.

Am I missing something or are the stories about the next James Bond being a Woman and the fire service dropping Fireman Sam totally bonkers? Firstly the 007, well the clue is in the name surely? He’s James Bond, not Jane Bond, he’s a fictional character and if you want a female secret agent let’s ask someone to come up with one.

Fireman Sam has been axed as a mascot for a fire brigade over fears he could put women off joining.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service said the children’s TV character was outdated and did not reflect the message it wanted to achieve.

The decision follows complaints by staff and members of the public. Surely this is PC gone mad?

I asked the listeners on the radio their thoughts and I was more interested in what the women felt and everyone thought it was mad.

102 sleeps until Christmas and I’ve been told that supermarkets are already stocking mince pies and Christmas puddings back in the UK. A story that always does the rounds this time of year is the size of the chocolate tins and the fact they are shrinking. Quality Street, Roses, Celebrations and Heroes will be the go to chocolates again this Christmas. Last year Nestle’sQuality Street were sold in shops in a 698g tub, but this year shoppers will be offered a 650g one. Similarly, this Christmas, Cadbury’sHeroes and Roses tubs will go from 660g to 600g.

The price of these sweets will vary depending on where you buy them, as most supermarkets will have their own offers on during the holiday period.

But no matter the price, you’ll still be getting less chocolate than before.

The owner of a pub in Worcestershirewants to set a bizarreworld record by gathering together the largest ever number of people called Nigel.

The pubowner, who is called, you’ve guessed it, Nigel, wants to celebrate the existence of proud Nigels across the UK at the world’s first ‘Nigel Night’ to be held in his pub, The Fleece in Bretforton.

Fifty-six-year-old Nigel Smith was outraged to discover that there were no children born in the country recently that were given the name Nigel.

In honour of, or perhaps to draw attention to the lack of Nigels in Britain today, he decided that it was time for them all to stand up and be counted.

However, he meant that literally as well as figuratively. He wants them to actually be counted.

So, on 28 September at about 7pm, the world’s first and only ‘Nigel Night’ will commence in his 600-year-old pub and anyone who can prove their name is Nigel will be entitled to a free drink.

Of course, the pub will still be open to people who aren’t called Nigel, but any non-Nigels will have to identify themselves as such by wearing a badge. Spread the word to all the Nigel’s you know.

A creditable 0-0 draw last night for Real Mallorca against second placed Atlético Bilbao. Both teams missed penalties in the last 10 minutes and to be honest the game was ruined by the referee and VAR. I’ll talk more about it next week. 

La Liga will be available to watch on UK television for the next three seasons on Premier Sports, it has been announced.

Spain’s top flight has signed a three-year deal with Premier – who also have Serie A, Eredivisie and Scottish rights – with match coverage available on the Premier Sports 1 & 2 channels from this weekend.

Furthermore, Premier Sports have also agreed to a dedicated new 24/7 La Liga channel, starting in January 2020. You’ll need to check with your provider for the cost.

Atlético Baleares are at home this Sunday against Sanse a team from San Sebastián. Kick off is at 12 midday at their new stadium. They need to bounce back from their first defeat of the season against Rayo Majadahonda last weekend. A quiet weekend for Dad Taxi as neither of my boys have got a game after covering the whole island last weekend. My Wife is away so it’s the 3 amigos together this weekend and probably a few meals out.

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.comon 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

Back to School!

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September, definitely my favourite month, it’s cooler, less busier on the roads, although you still can’t park anywhere, you can get a taxi when you want one and getting a reservation in a restaurant is a little bit easier.

Last Monday was “National Stand In Front of a Door In Your School Uniform and Upload A Photo To Facebook Day.” for pretty much the whole World apart from us parents here that have kids in public school. We’re still counting down the days. If you hear a collective cheer around 9am on Wednesday it’s all the parents as they drop their kids off finally. I’ve talked long and hard about the summer school holidays being far too long and you’ll be hard pushed to find a Spanish or English parent that doesn’t disagree. I think the schooling here is great and both our boys go to Spanish schools but 3 months off in the summer is too long.

My two have kept themselves busy by starting boxing this summer. Not that we want them to fight, as they do enough of that with each other, but it’s great for fitness and discipline. In fact they’ve both carried on despite returning to football training.

We were in Montuiri again last Monday for a friendly match with my eldest Jake. They turned out in a kit that was white shorts, white socks and a camouflaged shirt. It sounds awful but to be honest it looked great.

Happy Mondays star Bez will compete on Celebrity Mastermind, and his specialist subject is… beekeeping!

The rocker, 55, who left school with no GCSEs, is said to be “delighted” to use the BBC1 quiz to show off his knowledge.

Bez is famed for shaking his maracas with the Salford chart-toppers, whose biggest hit was Step On, featuring the classic “twisting my melon” lyric.

He will appear alongside ex-footballer Darren Bent, top florist Elizabeth McKenna and Line of Duty’s Maya Sondhi. Contestants answer questions on a specialist subject, followed by a general knowledge round.

I just happen to be going to the airport on Sunday to pick him up as he’s appearing at Gringos on Monday night. You may recall him coming earlier in the year and he had such a good night he’s coming back. He’s great fun and we’re looking forward to seeing him again.

Gringos has been a huge success this season and if you don’t know, this is bingo but not as you know it! It is the ultimate night out for adults of all ages. Expect chaos, raves, dance-offs, funny prizes and big prizes!

Don’t confuse this as the traditional style of bingo – think nightclub and party atmosphere with music to suit all – from nostalgic tunes, old school anthems and present day bangers! There’s adult humour from the host and crazy characters to keep the audience entertained all night long. So what is all the fuss about? The normal rules of bingo still apply, with some great prizes and then some bizarre prizes…but in between each game you’ll be up dancing as confetti fills the room. Even if you don’t win, you’ll get your fair share of laughs and a crazy party night at that.

Call 971 130411 to get your tickets and don’t forget we’re celebrating Christmas Gringos on October 5th and Halloween Gringos on October 31st.

The return of World Gravy Wrestling Championships a couple of weeks ago saw intrepid wrestlers don their finest fancy dress and go head to head in two-minute bouts in a giant pool filled with more than 1,000 litres of sticky, salty gravy.

The ever-popular event, which began in 2007, is hosted by the Rose n’ Bowl in Stacktseads, Rossendale and this year attracted more than 1,500 spectators.

Over the years it has raised more than £30,000 for East Lancashire Hospice and charities of the competitors’ choice.

Those seeking gravy-soaked glory are awarded points on a number of factors, including who has the best moves, the best costumes, and who gets the biggest laugh out of the crowd. The winner of the men’s competition was returning champion Joel Hicks, while Skye Penty claimed the 2019 crown for the women.

Not sure I would have had the Sunday roast that weekend!

The 34th annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships, an event that Lonely Planet described as one of the top 50 “must do” things from around the world was held on Sunday 25th August 2019 in Llanwrtyd Wells. Over 160 participants from Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Eire, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden and USA

The current World Champion and World Record holder Neil Rutter, who achieved a time of 1 minute 18.82 seconds in the 2018 championships breaking the previous World Record of 1 minute 22.56 seconds set in 2014 by Kirsty Johnson from Lightwater in Surrey, mounted a successful defence of his title but failed to break his own record with a time of 1 minute 21.78 seconds. The Ladies Champion was Betsy Creak(not made up) with a time of 1 minute 42.22 seconds and the Overseas Champion was Ian Maclachlan from South Africa with a time of 1 minute 38.75 seconds.

The rules are;

You get one of two bogs assigned at registration, this is not negotiable.

You must snorkel 2 lengths of the bog (110 meters in total) and touch the turn post above the water level.

You are only allowed to swim soggy paddle with arms, no breast stroke or front crawl. You must swim with your face in the water but can look occasionally to adjust direction.

You may use fins but no mono-fins.

You can’t use webbed gloves or full face snorkel masks.

Don’t be slower than 2 minutes for the first length of the bog. Otherwise you cannot continue the second length. Let me know if you fancy it next year.

Dad Taxi earning my money this weekend with a trip to Campanet and another one to Palma for the boys friendly games. No game for Real Mallorca as it’s International weekend but Atlético Baleares play away on Sunday.

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.comon 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