Our Christmas Charities say thank you!

We got caught in the Gatwick Dronegate debacle last week. As we were flying on the Friday and Easyjet had cancelled all its flights on Thursday we felt we couldn’t take the risk. So we booked flights from Palma to Barcelona and the changed our Easyjet Palma to Gatwick flights to Barcelona to Luton instead. To be honest apart from the added expense the trip passed off without any other dramas. In fact we even had time to visit our favourite tapas bar Cervecería Catalana in the centre of the City. This meant we arrived back in time to go and see the Arsenal play and beat Burnley by 3-1. The cost of my ticket for that game was nearly as much as I pay for my season ticket at Real Mallorca. I won’t divulge the cost of food, drink and the merchandise but let’s just say I got fleeced. Good job we only go once or twice a year. We had a wonderful family Christmas between Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and as I write this we are travelling to Heathrow for our holiday in Florida. So expect a full report next week. 

Before we left the island we finished off our Charity campaigns. 

Radio is all about community so a massive thanks to everyone who helped us this year with our Help a Mallorca Child & Age Concern Campaigns. With all your donations we were able to provide toys for the under privileged children with the Salvation Army, toys for the Son Espases intensive care unit, a voucher for Decathlon for all the children at Fundacio Nazaret and food and Christmas goodies for Age Concern. Thank you for putting a smile on a lot of people’s faces this Christmas! All the charities sent me a thank you note which I have posted below.

I would like to thank Radio One Mallorca and all its listeners, supporters and readers of your column in the Daily Bulletin for being so wonderfully generous supporting the Christmas Hamper Appeal.

The response has been absolutely fantastic and exceeded all our expectations. Well done.

Our recipients will certainly be extremely happy with their goodies this Christmas, it makes all the difference to receive a little Christmas cheer to brighten one’s often dull monotonous life.

So a huge thank you for those that helped to make this Christmas that little bit more extra special.

You’re a gem Ritchie, keep up the good work you do supporting so many worthy causes, you don’t know who much it is appreciated.

May I take this opportunity in wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Best wishes

Jackie Codd Moore

President

On behalf of all the health team of the pediatric ICU in Son Espases which covers the whole of the Balearic Islands and of all the children that enter our unit. I would like to sincerely thank all the Radio One Mallorca listeners for the donations made, without which we could not carry out our projects. The goal is to optimise the care of seriously ill children and improve the comfort and care for their parents too. 

Thank you very much everyone, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Jorge Vallejo de la Cueva

UCIP Baleares

To the wonderful team and listeners of Radio One Mallorca.

Our words can’t express how thankful we are for your amazing support! 

Thanks to you, around 120 children will have a present this Christmas. Thanks to you, these parents won’t have to worry that their children will be giftless.

Please believe that our hearts are full of gratitude and joy.

We wish you all a very, very, very happy Christmas. May God bless you and your loved ones.

Marta Salvation Army

We would like to say a big thank you to all of the people at Radio One Mallorca and all their listeners for the very generous gift cards you bought all the children at Fundacion Nazaret this Christmas. 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year. 

Regards 

Antonia Maria Massip Coll 

Fundacion Nazaret 

Thanks again to everyone and we are already making plans for our Radiothon 2019.

Enjoy Your Weekend and can I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and prosperous new year! 

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 and on the Spanish TDT TV service. 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

A feast of Top 10’s

Slightly late this week as I was tied up trying to sort out our flights home after the drone problem at Gatwick. I’ll give you a full report next week as I’m still travelling while writing this. Suffice to say it’s turned ours and thousands of others Christmas plans into a complete nightmare.

I’ve searched around this week for a whole load of top 10 things that have happened over the year and some things that we’ll do over Christmas. 

The top 10 trending queries on search engine Google were.

  1. World Cup
  2. Meghan Markle
  3. Royal Wedding
  4. Black Panther
  5. Roxanne Pallett
  6. Fortnite
  7. Demi Lovato
  8. Ant McPartlin
  9. A Star Is Born
  10. Khloe Kardashian

The top 10 sporting events of the year were.

  1. The World Cup
  2. Wilder vs Fury
  3. Grand National
  4. Wimbledon
  5. Winter Olympics
  6. Ryder Cup
  7. Commonwealth Games
  8. Super Bowl
  9. Joshua vs. Parker
  10. Cheltenham

The top 10 grossing films of the year were. 

1. Avengers : Infinity War

Production Budget: $300 million Global Box Office: $2.04 billion

2. Black Panther

Production budget: $210 million Global box office: $1.3 billion

3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Production Budget:

Global Box Office: $1.3 billion

4. Incredibles 2

Production budget: $200 million Global box office: $1.24 billion

5. Venom

Production Budget: $100 million Global Box Office: $853 million

6. Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Production Budget: $178 million Global Box Office: $787.49 million

7. Deadpool 2

Production budget: $110 million Global box office: $737.7 million

8. Ant-Man and the Wasp

Production budget: $162 million Global box office: $621.9 million

9. Bohemian Rhapsody

Production budget: $52 million Global box office: $602.2 million

10. Ready Player One

Production budget: $175 million Global box office: $578.6 million

Ed Sheeran‘s ‘Divide’ tour has ended 2018 as the highest-grossing tour of the last 30 years. I went to see him in June at Wembley Stadium and you have to say whatever he did earn he thoroughly deserved it. Here are those top 10 grossing tours. 

1) Ed Sheeran. Gross = $432 million (£341.7 million). Tickets sold = 4,860,482

2) Taylor Swift. Gross = $345 million (£272.9 million). Tickets sold = 2,888,892

3) Jay-Z & Beyonce. Gross = $254 million (£200.9 million). Tickets sold = 2,169,050 

4) Pink. Gross = $169.2 million (£133.6 million). Tickets sold= 1,285,411

5) Bruno Mars. Gross = $167.6 million. (£132 million) Tickets sold = 1,290,438

6) Eagles. Gross= $166.0 million. (£131 million) Tickets sold = 1,290,438

7) Justin Timberlake. Gross = $151 million (£119 million) Tickets sold = 1,193,365 

8) Roger Waters. Gross = $131.3 million. (£103 million) Tickets sold = 1,448,771

9) U2. Gross= $126.2 million. (£996 million) Tickets sold = 927,034

10) The Rolling Stones. Gross= $116.6 million (£917 million) Tickets sold = 750,000.

The top 10 selling songs of the year were.

  1. Gods Plan by Drake
  2. One Kiss by Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
  3. Shotgun by George Ezra
  4. These Days by Rudimental, Jess Glynne & Macklemore
  5. This is Me by Keala Settle
  6. Perfect by Ed Sheeran
  7. Nice for what by Drake
  8. Paradise by George Ezra
  9. Feel it Still by Portugal the Man
  10. IDGAF by Dua Lipa

The top 10 of the most shazamed songs of 2018 has been released. For those of you not au fait with the app it will tell you the name of the artist and song if you point your phone at the Radio. 

1. “Solo”, Clean Bandit Feat. Demi Lovato

2. “X”, Nicky Jam & J Balvin

3. “One Kiss”, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 

4. “In My Mind”, Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino

5. “Perfect”, Ed Sheeran

6. “Leave A Light On”, Tom Walker

7. “Girls Like You”, Maroon 5 Feat. Cardi B

8. “Friends”, Marshmello & Anne-Marie 

9. “Flames”, David Guetta & Sia

10. “I Like It”, Cardi B & Bad Bunny & J Balvin  

Online retail giant Amazon has unveiled all the best selling items we have bought over the last 12 months.

1. All-new Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

2. Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion

3. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

4. FIFA 19 (PS4)

5. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo 6. Hozelock Seasons Multi Spray Gun

7. instax mini Film, 20 shot pack

8. Philips Hue White Dimmable LED Smart Bulb

9. Portable Luggage Digital Scale

10. The Greatest Showman [DVD]

We will spend on average an hour and a half playing games on Christmas Day and these are the top 10.

1. Monopoly 

2. Trivial Pursuit 

3. Scrabble

4. Cluedo

5. Pictionary

6. Pie Face 

7. Frustration 

8. Operation 

9. Kerplunk 

10. Buckeroo

These are the top 10 things we’ll argue about on Christmas Day.

  1. What to watch on TV

2. The Christmas dinner

3. Someone having too much to drink 

4. People constantly on their gadgets/ social media

5. Who is doing the washing up

6. The mess after the presents have opened

7. Trying to get new toys/ gadgets to work

8. Board games

9. The children moaning about their presents or not getting something they wanted

10. The children moaning about being bored

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and I wish you a happy and prosperous new year! 

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 and on the Spanish TDT TV service. 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

It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

The build up to Christmas remains unabated and the closer it gets the more Christmas songs we’re playing on the radio. These are songs that we’ve all grown up with but now because of the changes in our culture mainly due to our obsession with social media some people are saying the following songs are offensive. 

Baby it’s Cold Outside 

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

Do they Know it’s Christmas 

Grandma Got run over by a Reindeer 

Santa Baby

Fairytale of New York

Now I won’t go into detail as to why because to be honest I think it’s total B……s, but as I know ‘Fairytale of New York’ is one of the most popular Christmas songs I will let Shane McGowan of The Pogues explain. 

He insisted the lyrics don’t intend to offend and said: “I don’t want to get in an argument.”

There have been calls for the word “faggot” to be ‘bleeped’ from the song. However, most broadcasters have played the song uncensored.

The singer defended the lyrics by saying they were to be spoken by an “authentic” character who is meant to be “down on her luck”.

He said: “The word was used by the character because it fitted with the way she would speak and with her character. She is not supposed to be a nice person, or even a wholesome person.

“She is a woman of a certain generation at a certain time in history and she is down on her luck and desperate. Her dialogue is as accurate as I could make it but she is not intended to offend.

“She is just supposed to be an authentic character and not all characters in songs and stories are angels or even decent and respectable, sometimes characters in songs and stories have to be evil or nasty in order to tell the story effectively.”

He added: “If people don’t understand that I was trying to accurately portray the character as authentically as possible then I am absolutely fine with them bleeping the word but I don’t want to get into an argument.”

Does anybody seriously find these songs offensive?

The price of the tinned Christmas chocolates remain the same at £5 but the amount within them has reduced again, it has been revealed.

The standard size tub of Quality Street has been reduced from 750g to 720g and Celebrations tins have shrunk from 680g to 650g.

The company said the equivalent was three sweets but images of the shrinking tubs show handfuls have been removed in previous years.

Last year the largest drop was Cadbury Roses from 729g to 660g.

Chocolate lovers have said they are being hit by shrinkflation, the phenomenon of pack sizes falling while prices remain the same.

Customers this year joked by the time we reach 2025 the tins will fit in the palm of their hand and cost £8.

One of our UK listeners to the radio called Stuart Wood has just been to Mallorca on a few days holiday. Mainly to deliver to me the Walkers Christmas crisps collection. They include the following flavours, Brussels Sprouts, Turkey & Stuffing, Pigs in Blankets, Glazed Ham, Turkey & Stuffing and Cheese & Cranberry. Very nice they are too although the Cheese & Cranberry weren’t that great. 

I’m not sure why food producers have this obsession of trying to find a way of us eating Christmas dinner in other forms like the crisps above. I’ve found Christmas dinner sandwiches, Christmas dinner Pizzas, Christmas dinner pasties, deep fried Christmas dinners, Christmas dinner Yorkshire pudding wraps to name just a few. 

Back to Stuart Wood and his Wife Tasha who stayed at the new Melia hotel in the centre of Magaluf and he couldn’t praise it enough. The weather has been glorious, they ate and drank in the local bars and restaurants and saw the beautiful lights in Palma. He said the price he paid per day was cheaper than when he books a Travel Lodge on his travels to see his beloved Liverpool play.

Now talking of football fans saving money, did you hear about the Wolves fan who wasn’t too happy about the sky-high cost of a train fare to Newcastle a couple of Sundays ago so found an ingenious alternative.

Steve Horton was hailed a hero after he revealed on social media that he had travelled to the match at St James’ Park via Benidorm, as it was far cheaper than getting the train. A return ticket from Wolverhampton to Newcastle ahead of the Premier League clash would have cost around £114.

But a flight from Birmingham to Alicante was in the region £30, while a direct flight from the Spanish city to Newcastle he found for £15, making a saving of around £70.

The fan’s journey earned him lots of praise from fans on social media. It turned out to a great weekend for all Wolves fans, as they triumphed 2-1 against the Geordies in the very last minute.

Real Mallorca were unlucky to lose 1-2 at home to Malaga but it probably showed that the play-offs are going to be what they’re aiming for this season. They’re away at Sporting this Saturday evening at 20.00 and they’re next home game is next Friday the 21st at 21.00 against Gimnástic. The former team of the coach Vincente Moreno. There’s then a break until the 6th of January when they play Almería away and their next home game is the 13th of January against Deportivo La Coruña. My youngest Jude got a 2-2 draw away in Soller against a beautiful mountain backdrop but my eldest Jake lost 0-1 at home against Madre Alberta. Jude plays his final game before the new year on Saturday against Ferriolense, Jake has a difficult away game against Atlético Baleares on Sunday and a final home game against Viva Sports on Wednesday. Three much needed wins would be the perfect Christmas send off. 

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 and on the Spanish TDT TV service. 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

The Christmas Number 1….

I talked last week about the huge royalties made by writing a good Christmas song. There’s also the coveted position of the Christmas Number 1 that will be announced this year on Friday December 21st. The announcement of the UK Christmas number one has been a staple event in the festive calendar for over 60 years and is usually a milestone in a singer or bands career.

The XFactor winner used to dominate the Christmas number 1, in fact the first eleven winners of the show, Steve Brookstein, Shayne Ward, Leona Lewis, Leon Jackson, Alexandra Burke, Joe McElderry, Matt Cardle, Little Mix, James Arthur, Sam Bailey and Ben Haenow all reached the top spot with their winner’s singles. However that changed in 2015 when winner Louisa Johnson only reached number 9. In 2016 winner Matt Terry reached number 3 with a song written by Ed Sheeran. 2017 champions Rak Su released their song ‘Dimelo’ which for the first time featured other established artists, Naughty Boy and Wyclef Jean but could only make number 2.

This year’s X Factor winner, Dalton Harris. Since being crowned champion of the TV talent show last weekend has released his debut single, a cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Power Of Love’ but is only 4th favourite with the bookies.

The favourite for this year’s Christmas No. 1 has been revealed as Ariana Grande who is currently top of the chart, so she has another 2 weeks to survive. 

US singer Ava Max has been given odds of 7/2 to make a surprise ascent to the number one spot with her single ‘Sweet But Psycho’, while Lancashire’s Flakefleet Primary School are at 4/1 with their original charity song ‘Light Up’, which aids the Alzheimers Society.

Ariana Grande – 6/5

Ava Max – 7/2

Flakefleet Primary School – 4/1 

Dalton Harris – 5/1

Elton John – 15/2

Ed Sheeran – 9/1

Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson – 9/1 

Clean Bandit – 10/1

Ed Sheeran bagged the prize in 2017 for the first time with ‘Perfect’ beating Eminem’s ‘River’, Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ and Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas is You.’

Away from the Christmas number 1, Spotify has revealed its top 10 road trip songs. These are songs that have been downloaded the most in 2018 to put on Spotify playlists that have been created to listen to when driving.

1. Mr. Brightside, The Killers

2. Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd 

3. Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey

4. All Star, Smash Mouth

5. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen

6. Hotel California, Eagles

7. Seven Nation Army, The White Stripes 

8. Highway To Hell, AC/DC

9. Africa, Toto

10. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana

If I had to choose one it would be Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop til you get enough’ which was off his best album in my opinion ‘Off the Wall’ released in 1979.

I don’t watch many reality TV shows but I do like the Jungle. I talked about Harry Redknapp the other week and I still think he’ll win it. But what about Noel Edmonds? Came in after all the others, was Emperor so did nothing for a few days, ate reasonably well and slept on a proper bed. Left after 9 days to stay in the 5* Versace Palazzo Hotel and apparently is the highest paid star ever in the show at £600k. 

Deal or no Deal?

A movie based on the music of Prince is reportedly in the works, after the rights to use the singer’s legendary catalogue of songs was secured.

Universal Pictures has confirmed a deal with the music icon’s estate, although it won’t be a biopic of his life in the vein of recent releases such as Bohemian Rhapsody.

Instead, the film will focus on an original story that uses Prince’s songs to drive forward to the plot. The original idea was reportedly formulated by Prince’s estate and Universal after they agreed that a biopic had largely been covered by Prince’s 1984 movie Purple Rain.

Although specific details of the plot are yet to emerge, negotiations are believed to be underway with potential writers and producers who hope that the film can follow in the vein of successes such as Mamma Mia, which featured the music of ABBA alongside an original plot line.

The name Cata Coll may not mean a lot to you and up to last weekend, me neither. She is a female goalkeeper born here in Mallorca who has just won the U-17 World Cup for Spain beating Mexico 2-1. She has only been a goalkeeper since the age of 12 and currently plays for UD Collerense. She trains with Pablo Roca and his goalkeeping school where my youngest Son trains. And when I mentioned it to him earlier this week he casually remarked yes I’ve trained with her! An amazing achievement for her and local football, hopefully this leads to bigger and better things. 

A good away win for Real Mallorca last weekend, 0-2 in Reus. Means they are in 6th place, currently unbeaten in 7 and today they play 5th placed Malaga. One of the favourites to go back up they’ve stuttered of late only winning one of their last 5 games. Still a difficult match for Mallorca and should give us an idea of whether we can seriously consider them as promotion contenders. They lost in midweek to Valladolid in the Copa Del Rey by 4-2 on aggregate which wasn’t a surprise and to quote an old football saying, they can now concentrate on the league. Both my boys got gubbed this week, my youngest 4-0 and my eldest 8-0! The Manacor side my eldest played were very good with one of the boys on the books of Real Madrid. I joked about being in Manacor on a Sunday evening but it’s ridiculous for a team of his age to be playing at that time. We got home at 10.45! Hopefully better results to come this weekend with a trip to Soller for my youngest. At least the tunnel is free now! 

I must mention the North London Derby that my team Arsenal won by 4-2. A feisty game that was a great advert for the Premier League. As you can imagine I was very happy and I’ve been struggling to get hold of my friends from the other team from North London ever since. The ones I did get hold of though I’ve discovered have no sense of humour! In fact, we have a night out with two of them this evening so it should be lively. 

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 and on the Spanish TDT TV service. 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

Things that make you go hmmm…!

Nothing too much winds me up, but this week was full of them! I was told that you can’t say Merry Christmas anymore as it offends anybody that is not a Christian. Season Greetings is the PC way of wishing everybody a Merry Christmas now which is beyond me. Rest assured I know what I’ll be saying.

Pictures of David Beckham kissing his daughter on the lips this week hit the headlines and social media. Once again some people said they were offended by it, Piers Morgan came out on Twitter and said it was “creepy”. Really? I kiss both my boys on the lips and will continue to do so. What I want to do in my life I’ll do and if offends you don’t follow me on social media. That’s where the problem is, social media has opened our lives up to everybody seeing everything we do. We managed to live our lives before social media but I’m sure people would find it difficult now to do without it. 

I’m not a fan of Coronation Street and don’t watch it but apparently Sally one of the characters has been jailed. There are people coming out on Social Media saying they won’t watch it until again she’s released. Even one of the papers has come out with a campaign SOS, Save Our Sally! Forgive me to point out the bleeding obvious but it’s a soap! 

Palma City Council have said they’re pushing the owners of Palma airport AENA to close the airport at night to reduce noise and contamination. I am definitely of the opinion that our powers that be are anti-tourism. The Tourist Tax, the banning of all inclusive, the limiting of rental properties, the limiting of cruise ships and now this? Come on! I commented last week that Gatwick does it but although they’re an island like us they don’t rely on tourism like us. How many more blocks do this government want to put out there before we suddenly realise there’s no one coming on holiday?

There ends my moan. Now let’s get on as it’s the 1st of December and the countdown to Christmas has begun. 

We started to play Christmas songs on the radio yesterday and it’s the time of year that if you’ve written a successful Chrimbo tune then the royalties are going to roll in and it’s Port and cigar by the fire for you or if you’re more sensible on a beach in the Caribbean. Here’s the yearly royalties these guys earn.

  1. Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade £500,000
  2. Fairy Tale of New York by The Pogues £400,000
  3. All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey £376,000
  4. White Christmas by Bing Crosby £328,000
  5. Last Christmas by Wham! £300,000
  6. Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney £260,000
  7. Mistletoe And Wine by Cliff Richard £100,000
  8. Stop The Cavalry by Jona Lewie £120,000
  9. 2000 Miles by The Pretenders £102,000
  10. Stay Another Day by Tony Mortimer, East 17 £97,000   

Now another way to make good money over the festive period is to appear in a Pantomime. Dawn French is the biggest winner in panto land this year.

She is set to earn £220,000 for a five-week run in Snow White at the London Palladium. Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas is hot on her heels with a £160,000 pay cheque for her three-week stint as Mother Nature in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Liverpool Empire.

While Kim Woodburn is cleaning up as Snow White’s Wicked Queen at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre. She’ll get £30,000 for just over three weeks’ work.

Joe McElderry is getting £48k at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre.

Jimmy Osmond will take home £110k for Peter Pan at Birmingham Hippodrome

Les Dennis stars alongside Connor McIntyre as they play the Ugly Sisters at Manchester Opera House for £65k. Craig Revel Horwood will be an Ugly Sister in Cinderella at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking for £135k. They’ll tell you it’s tough but it’s a great gig.

A steady 1-0 home win for Real Mallorca against Numancia meant they are in the play-off places coming into this weekends fixture away against Reus. They have another away fixture against Valladolid in the last 32 of the Copa Del Rey next Wednesday the 5th. They lost the home leg 1-2 way back on Halloween night so it’s an uphill task to get through to the last 16. Differing results for my boys this week. Jude my youngest won 0-4 away so he was happy with the clean sheet but my eldest Jake lost 0-1 at home in a frustrating game that they should have won. A home game for my youngest this week against the team he nearly joined so he’s desperate for a win. My eldest plays at 7.15pm on Sunday night away in Manacor. Yes you read that right, Sunday 7.15 in Manacor, it’s nuts. Dads Taxi will be on double time this week.

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 and on the Spanish TDT TV service. 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

Call me Harry the S..t Shoveler!

In case you’re wondering how me and the 2 boys coped with my Wife being away for 3 days, well it was a breeze. But good to have her back!

I have hired cars at various different airports around the World for years but I found out something this week that I couldn’t believe. You can’t get a car at Gatwick after 11pm at night! Are we living in the dark ages? My flight lands at 22.35 in the North terminal and I have to get off the plane, through passport control get my luggage and then get to the South terminal in 25 minutes. Impossible right? I rang Hertz and the fella said “oh don’t worry they’ll be someone there till at least 11.30 you’ve plenty of time.” And what if I don’t make it in time? I enquired. Well you’ll have to wait until 6am when they come back he said. I checked all the other companies and they are the same. I know there’s a no fly rule over London from 23.00 to 06.00 but there is also a ‘shoulder period’ at either end of the night, with slightly less strict rules – that is 23:00-23:30 and 06:00-07:00. On average, Gatwick has 45-50 flights a night in the summer, and 18-20 a night in the winter. So there are flights coming in, so surely the car hire people can employ someone? 

The Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is having such a good time at the box office. In its third weekend in theatres the Queen film brought in another $15 million stateside, making it the second biggest music biopic in U.S. history.

The latest box office returns find Bohemian Rhapsody holding strong at No. 3 for the week, and it’s now brought in a supersonic total of more than $127 million in America since its debut. That places the film right behind 2015’s Straight Outta Compton, depicting the rise and fall of the gangsta rap group N.W.A and its members Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre, which took in more than $161 million. Walk the Line, the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic, now falls to third place. Being a Queen fan, you may remember I went to see them in Barcelona with Adam Lambert earlier in the year, I still haven’t seen it! 

I know I’m so far behind in fact writing this I’m only on episode three of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! But mark my words put your money on Harry Redknapp to win. Or Harry the s..t shoveler as he called himself the other night.

Biggest sporting story of the week apart from England beating Croatia? It has to be fartgate! Two professional dart players accused each other of farting on stage during a match in England this week, casting a cloud(sorry)of controversy over the tournament they were playing in. 

“It’ll take me two nights to lose this smell from my nose,” Dutch player Wesley Harms fumed after getting blown away(sorry) 10-2 by Scotland’s Gary Anderson at the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton.

Harms chalked up his foul play to a “fragrant smell”, which he deduced came from the Scotsman.

But Anderson, who has admitted to trumping during matches in the past , insisted he was innocent of this offence. 

A study of 2000 Brits has found that some of our previously popular things to do at Christmas are in fact not popular any more.

The Christmas traditions that are dying out in the UK

1. Go carol singing- (only 6% still do this)

2. Hide a silver coin in your Christmas pudding- 6%

3. Giving gifts to people who have helped you during the year (eg postman / milkman) – 8%

4. Roast chestnuts- 9%

5. Go to a carol service on Christmas Eve- 11%

6. Light a brandy-soaked homemade Christmas pudding- 12%

7. Have chestnut stuffing with your Christmas lunch- 13%

8. Hang mistletoe in your home- 14%

9. Hang holly and ivy in your home- 15%

10. Kiss/ or get kissed under mistletoe- 16%

11. Watch a pantomime- 16%

12. Make decorations by hand (eg paperchains, handmade baubles)- 16% 

13. Make a Christmas cake- 19%

14. Cook a gammon for Boxing Day- 21%

15. Have a real Christmas tree in your home- 22%

16. Leave a mince pie out for Father Christmas- 23%

17. Hang stockings over the fireplace- 24%

18. Go on a Boxing Day walk- 28%

19. Light candles for your Christmas table- 32%

20. Wear a Christmas jumper- 41%

21. Have a Boxing Day buffet- 41%

22. Place a fairy/star/other on top of your Christmas tree- 52%

23. Wear a paper hat to eat Christmas lunch- 53%

24. Have pigs in blankets with your Christmas lunch- 55%

25. Have sprouts with your Christmas lunch- 56%

I’ll be honest I love a traditional Christmas with the family and we do most of the things above.

A disappointing 2-2 away draw for Real Mallorca last weekend as they were winning 0-2. But at least they didn’t lose and are in 8th place right now. This weekend they play Numancia at home, kick-off at 12 midday on Sunday. My boys lost 1-0 and 2-0 respectively last weekend so we’re hoping for better things this Saturday and Sunday. In fact it’s definitely a Super Sunday this weekend. My eldest plays at 10.00, Real Mallorca v Numancia at 12.00 and Bournemouth v Arsenal at 2.30. The Wife wishes she was away this weekend too!

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 and on the Spanish TDT TV service. 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

Work, Rest & Play….

This past week I’ve been back in the UK, as I said last week for a bit of work, rest and play. Whilst it’s always nice to go “home” it’s always great to come back. A trip to the UK always is a reality check to what we have in Mallorca and no matter how much we moan we sometimes don’t appreciate how lucky we are. The trip started on Saturday with a surprise birthday for our boss Catherine at Soho House in London which she was totally unaware of. A rather late night was had but I made sure I was up early but not so bright on Sunday morning. Why? Well I didn’t want to miss my eldest sons football match back in Mallorca so I’d asked my Wife to FaceTime it for me. Lucky she did as he got a first half hat-trick in an emphatic win. Sunday was also Remembrance Day and London was full of military personnel making their way to the Cenotaph. It makes you feel proud and we should always remember the ultimate sacrifice others have made for our freedom. Sunday afternoon I was off to see my team The Arsenal play in the Premier League against Wolves. A fry up lunch and a good catch up with an old friend Steve was a good call. My ticket came courtesy of an old Redcoat friend Ian who normally travels from Newcastle to watch Arsenal home and away. However luckily for me he couldn’t make this game so left his ticket for me. My sons had asked me to get them something from the club shop which was absolutely heaving with people. You wonder sometimes how the clubs pay the wages to the players, well this place certainly helps. I counted at least 40 tills and they never stopped. Inside the ground there was a 2 minute silence for Remembrance Sunday which was impeccably observed and the club had invited over 100 military personnel who lined the pitch and received rapturous applause as they left. Whilst I love watching my team I also enjoy listening to the comments around me. Some of things you hear can’t actually been written here but there is sometimes no better humour either intentionally or not than a football fans. I was impressed with Wolves who to be honest should have won the game but with our new Spanish manager Unai Emery we are certainly now a team that never gives up and it was a game that we would probably have lost under Arsene Wenger. A 1-1 draw meant that’s 16 games unbeaten in all competitions. 

Monday we went to see Motown the Musical At the Shaftesbury Theatre in London. If you’re looking for a feelgood musical listening to the sounds of The Temptations, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross & Smokey Robinson, this is it. Highly recommended!

Can I say that between these events we were working! Visiting clients who sell tickets for Pirates. In all we visited London, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool and whilst its good to visit all these different cities it’s great to come home!

So what have I missed? Well nothing really I kept up to date with all the news while I was away. 

As far as Brexit goes, the bloke whose job it was to come up with a deal resigns over the deal he came up with! I’m saying no more as it is a complete mess.

Fans of the John Lewis Christmas advert are split over the decision to have millionaire Sir Elton John at its heart.

Critics have called the retailer’s 2018 campaign a ‘sell out’ and a ‘plug’ for the star’s farewell tour and his Rocketman biopic starring Taron Egerton, which is due for release next year.

But others including stars James Corden and Susanna Reid have praised it with some fans claiming it is the retailer’s ‘best ever’ Christmas commercial.

Many said its message that one present can change a life reduced them to tears. Others said the advert was more about Sir Elton John than about Christmas.

The £7million advert tells the tear-jerking story of his rise to fame and fortune from humble beginnings in Pinner, north London, where he was brought up by his mother Sheila and grandmother Rita.

It ends with a four-year-old Elton – then Reg Dwight – unwrapping his first piano on Christmas Day in 1951 then cuts back to the present say showing the emotional 71- year-old playing the same instrument in front of the tree.

It is followed by the slogan: ‘Some gifts are more than just a gift’ and the retailer has started marketing pianos for £800, the first time it has sold them for decades! Whilst I get it and quite like it, neither I as a kid or i Imagine any young kids out there either wanted or wants a piano for Christmas? 

Great win for Real Mallorca last weekend, 3-0 against Córdoba leaving them in 7th place in La Liga 123. Interestingly 7 points from the top and 9 points from the relegation places. They play Real Zaragoza away this weekend and their next home game is Sunday 25th of November at 12 midday. With my Wife away this weekend I am Dad Taxi again with one Son playing football Saturday morning and the other Sunday. I’m on cooking and cleaning duties which should be interesting. Plus the school run while I’m on the radio which could make for an interesting Monday and Tuesday morning!

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 and on the Spanish TDT TV service. 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