Easter Football

Well what a washout Easter was! We were away, but the weather in Salou on the mainland where we were, was just as bad as it was here in Mallorca. What made it even more frustrating was the UK basking in temperatures of 25c, cue the newspapers with their “We’re hotter in Spain” headlines. 

My Easter football feast started on the Thursday where my youngest Jude was playing in a tournament in Marratxi. His team managed to win all three games and get to the final. At the end of each game they had a penalty shootout just to make sure that at the end there were 2 finalists. Out of the 9 penalties he faced he managed to save 4 making sure they went through with maximum points.

The problem was that he wasn’t going to be able to play in the final the following day as we all had to go to Salou for my eldest sons tournament. We had asked earlier if Jude had a tournament and we were told no but the club decided that his team would play at the last minute. We were a little gutted for him but there was nothing we could do. Anyway he was also looking forward to joining his elder brothers team who’ve adopted him as their third coach and mascot and he proudly sits on the bench. 

We flew to Barcelona that evening and drove to Salou. A few of things worth noting if you ever make the same journey. We booked our car online and as we have a years insurance cover for all cars we hire we booked the minimum insurance package. The guy at the counter tried to freak us out with all the jargon that we would have to pay out loads of money if there was a problem but to be honest this happens all the time and what we pay for the insurance is covered on our first car rental. Trying to get out of the car rental car park at Barcelona airport is a feat in itself as it’s not actually sign posted that well. Once on the road you need to be aware that there are tolls and they don’t tell you what you are paying beforehand so make sure you have change handy and if you don’t have any change make sure you go to a toll that gives change! We arrived in Salou and then tried to park. The authorities obviously know there’s a tournament in town as you have to pay to park in most areas and there’s a distinct lack of spaces. It took us 45 minutes to find a space that was then a 10 minute walk to the hotel.

Last week I told you what big business these football tournaments here in Mallorca are and that applies to any tournament you go to. The Mare Nostrum Cup in Salou started in 2000 and so this was it’s 19th year. 300 teams from around the World were about to compete in over 800 games of football in 3 days with over 5,500 players and supporters visiting the resort. 

Our expectations were that if we qualified out of our group it would be a great result. We had no idea of the standard of teams we were going to face so we were entering a little blind. Our first game on Friday morning was a tight affair with both teams pretty evenly matched and a 0-0 scoreline was the right result. 

We were also keen to find out how Jude’s team had got on in their final back in Mallorca. Unbelievably they managed to win 2-1 without him and won the trophy. They also gave the best goalkeeper award to Jude after his performances on Thursday. He was over the moon and so were we. The second game on Friday afternoon we were up against the supposed weakest team and we ran out deserved 3-1 winners. That meant our final game on Saturday morning would mean that the winner would qualify in first place. We would have to win as the team we were playing had scored more goals than us. Lots of nerves around amongst us parents but the boys seemed to take it in their stride. Like the first game both teams were evenly matched and it looked like we were going to draw and lose out of going through first. However in the very last minute we scored, cue ecstatic scenes on the pitch and in the stands. 

To win 2 games and draw 1 was a fantastic achievement for the team and way beyond our expectations. That meant we had a game Saturday afternoon at another ground and another unknown opponent. When we got to the stadium we noticed we were up against a team size wise bigger than us. It was a tough game and they kicked us all over the park but the boys stood firm and dug in. 

The game ended 0-0 so we were going to the dreaded penalties. I told Jake that if he was going to take one to make sure that he didn’t change his mind and hit it as hard as he could. I asked how many penalties for each team and was told 5. They scored first and we equalised 1-1, they scored their second and we equalised 2-2. Their third penalty was saved by our keeper Diego so then it was Jakes turn. As he was walking up one of the players shouted to me if he scores we’re through. What happened to the 5 penalties? It was actually 3 each and Jake could actually win it if he scored. At that point I couldn’t look, I knew he’d be devastated if he missed, so I went as far away as possible. I needn’t have worried he was as cool as a cucumber and slotted it home in the top corner 3-2! At that point I completely lost it and ran from where I was onto the pitch to celebrate with my Son and the team. Leaving an official trailing in my wake who was desperate to stop me, I made it to the celebrations. Without doubt one of the proudest and best moments I’ve had as a Dad. All was captured on film and can be seen on my Facebook page. The video has been viewed more than 2000 times and we’re still laughing and talking about it now. That meant we were through to the quarter-finals and we were going to have play another game that night. At this point the weather had deteriorated to wind and rain, so was not the best conditions for a football match. Whether or not it was the weather, tiredness or that they were playing a very good team we got gubbed 5-0, that team went onto lose in the final. The dream had ended,  but not without some great memories on the way. The boys had been brilliant and we couldn’t have wished for anything more. All I can say is if your son or daughter has a chance to go to one of these tournaments don’t hesitate to send them. Also if you have a chance to go too then go it’s great fun and good for your Spanish!

Whilst we were away Real Mallorca won 2-0 at home to move into 5th place, a play-off position and 6 points off automatic promotion. This weekend they are away to the team just below them Malaga. A point would be a good return considering Mallorca’s poor away form. Atlético Baleares won again to maintain their 7 point gap at the top of their league with 4 games to go. They are at home on Sunday against Valencia Mestalla. If they win and others around them lose they could be assured of 1st place and 2 bites of the promotion cherry. 

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.

Happy Easter!

Easter is open us which normally means the start of the Summer season. We’ve been open in Pirates for 2 weeks now and we are pleasantly surprised at how busy we are. If this is the sign of things to come then hopefully it will be a 

good summer. With Brexit now probably delayed until October 31st(Halloween, you couldn’t make it up!) this may relax more people to start booking holidays. 

I’m currently away in Salou where my eldest Son Jake has a football tournament. Tournaments of these type are big business and I know there are quite a few on the island at the moment. The Santa Ponsa Cup for under 10s and under 12s features teams from Manchester City, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla, Real Betis, Villareal and local teams from the island. This is a very well organised tournament that we went to watch a couple of years ago as it featured my friend from Ibiza Martin and his sons team. The finals attracted over a thousand people. The East Mallorca Cup is the previous named MECUP which has been transferred over from Menorca. This was the tournament my eldest played in last year and because of the problems encountered last year with the lack of hotels it has been brought over here. Menorca’s loss is Mallorca’s gain as this is a big tournament with teams from the under 15s, under 13s and under 11s age groups. Teams featured are Barcelona, Espanyol, Manchester City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Inter Milan, Schalke, lots of local teams and other teams as far and wide as Australia, Russia, Ecuador, Brazil, Japan, Mexico and India. It’s great for the local hotels, bars and restaurants with the influx of so many teams and their supporters plus an amazing opportunity for the Island to showcase itself to all these people too. If you get a chance do go and watch a few games as these are the stars of the future from different parts of the World. Professional players who have played in the tournament previously are Trent Alexander Arnold, Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, Neymar, Coutinho and Casemiro. 

Getting back to Easter.  Eggs have been associated with the Christian festival of Easter, which celebrates the death and resurrection of Christ, since the early days of the church. However, Christian customs connected with Easter eggs are to some extent adaptations of ancient pagan practices related to spring rites. The egg has long been a symbol of ‘fertility’, ‘rebirth’ and ‘the beginning’. In Egyptian mythology, the phoenix burns its nest to be reborn later from the egg that is left; Hindu scriptures relate that the world developed from an egg.

With the rise of Christianity in Western Europe, the church adapted many pagan customs and the egg, as a symbol of new life, came to represent the Resurrection. Some Christians regarded the egg as a symbol for the stone being rolled from the sepulchre.

The UK chocolate Easter Egg market is worth in excess of £220 million with sales growing every year as the choice of chocolate eggs in the shops expands with tempting new Easter delights being added to the range.

Cadbury Creme Egg is the most popular and over 500 million Creme Eggs are made every year with about two thirds of that number being enjoyed in the UK. 

Cadbury dominates the market with a more than 50% share and one in every three shell eggs sold is made in the Cadbury’s chocolate factory in Bournville, Birmingham.

Nothing for me beats a good old chocolate button Easter egg and hopefully I’ll be enjoying one(only one if my trainer is reading this) over the weekend. 

This is a great story and certainly brightened up my day when I read it. 

Britain’s dullest man has been voted for and was won by a man who collects beer cans. Nick West from North Somerset has over 9,000 unusual and rare tinnies and started collecting his prized possessions when he was just 16-years-old.

Others who were in the frame and apparently weren’t dull enough, which in most cases, in fact all cases isn’t true were. 

Stan Hardwick from Yorkshire collects lawnmowers and now has a 500-strong collection.

Tim Barker from Cumbria has amassed a mini army of more than 12,000 toy soldiers.

Kevin Beresford from Worcestershire is busy going round the bend – as he travels the country photographing roundabouts. Kevin, who is president of the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society, uses his pics to make calendars and books.

Neil Brittlebank is an avid collector of bricks. He has over 1,000, dating back to 1892.

Archie Workman, from Cumbria, is a drain-spotter! ‘I find drain covers so interesting. There’s a lot of history behind them. It’s interesting to observe the geometry of drains and how they interconnect.” He said. 

Retired doctor Simon Barley, from the Lake District, has an unusual handsaw hobby, and is a world authority on them, having collected 1,500 handsaws, completed a PhD and authored a book on the subject.

David Morgan from the Cotswolds must find the traffic cones calming as he has the world’s largest collection.

Maths teacher Andrew Dowd, from Manchester, has added up all the train stations in England, Scotland and Wales, and visited every last one of them! It took Andrew four years and 36,000 miles of driving to complete his visit of all 2,548 stations.

Please let me know if you know of anybody duller. 

Last weekend from a sporting point of view was certainly a good one. Lots of great football as usual but the F1 and the Golf eclipsed that. Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix which made waking up early on Sunday morning slightly more bearable than having a lie in. But probably one if the greatest sporting comebacks happened on Sunday evening when Tiger Woods rolled back the years to win his first major championship since 2008. Great for us in Europe who didn’t have to stay up too late as they’d started a lot early because of worries about the weather. 

Real Mallorca snatched a last minute equaliser at Numancia to gain a vital point in their promotion push. They currently lie in 5th place with 8 games to go and have a home game today, kick-off at 20.00 at the Son Moix. Atlético Baleares cemented their place at the top of Segunda B grupo 3 after beating 4th placed Cornelia by 2-0. Top of the league 7 points clear and 5 games to go with an away game this weekend against Levante. It’s looking good for them to finish first and have 2 cracks at the play-offs. 

My eldest Jake played Friday night last week and a 1-1 draw against the team in 6th place was a pretty good result. But even better for my youngest Jude whose team won 4-0 and a clean sheet put a big smile on his and DadTaxis face. 

Wishing you all a Happy Easter and 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.

Tiger on a Roll!

Did you pick the Grand National winner? A lot of us non-gamblers apparently didn’t as the odds weren’t great and we were looking for more value. Anyone who knows their horses though did as in their eyes he was a certainty. Owned by Michael O’Leary the Marmite owner of Ryanair who gave out free drinks on his flight back to Ireland. I wonder if they were still making you fit your bag into one of their baggage measures?

Last week I talked about people of a certain age not knowing what the number 1 in the charts is. Long gone are the times when it was measured by the number of single records sold. Now streaming is a huge part of the market and interestingly this week the British Phonographic Industry(BPI) has revealed the UK’s most-streamed songs based on the year they were first released, with the likes of Queen, Toto, Wham! and plenty of Christmas songs coming out on top.

The recording industry body revealed that 90 billion songs were streamed in the UK in 2018, which is an increase of 33.5% from 2017.

Queen were boosted after the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ is the most-streamed song from 1978, while ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was the most-played track from the entire 1970s, leapfrogging Earth Wind & Fire’s ‘September’.

Surprisingly, some of pop and rock’s biggest artists are missing from the BPI’s list – with no entries for the Beatles, Michael Jackson, ABBA, Madonna or David Bowie.

The most streamed songs by year are (figures are 2018 streams by millions):

2018: Drake – ‘God’s Plan’ – 147.4

2017: Keala Settle/Greatest Showman cast – ‘This Is Me’ – 114.7

2016: Bruno Mars – ‘Finesse’ – 54.7

2015: Sia – ‘Cheap Thrills’ – 26.5

2014: Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’ – 30.6

2013: George Ezra – ‘Budapest’ – 31.3

2012: Passenger – ‘Let Her Go’ – 22.5

2011: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘Can’t Hold Us’ – 26.3

2010: Foster the People – ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ – 21.0

2009: Miley Cyrus – ‘Party In The USA’ – 18.0

2008: Jason Mraz – ‘I’m Yours’ – 26.9

2007: Arctic Monkeys- ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ – 22.7

2006: The Kooks – ‘Naive’ – 26.9

2005: Kanye West ft Jamie Foxx – ‘Gold Digger’ – 21.2

2004: Mario – ‘Let Me Love You’ – 19.0

2003: The Killers – ‘Mr Brightside’ – 46.9

2002: Eminem – ‘Lose Yourself’ – 23.6

2001: Nickelback – ‘How You Remind Me’ – 11.4

2000: Linkin Park – ‘In The End’ – 16.8

1999: TLC – ‘No Scrubs’ – 22.6

1998: Goo Goo Dolls – ‘Iris’ – 20.1

1997: The Verve – ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ – 17.5

1996: Blackstreet ft Dr Dre – ‘No Diggity’ – 17.9

1995: Oasis – ‘Wonderwall’ – 34.1

1994: Mariah Carey – ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ – 39.0

1993: The Cranberries – ‘Linger’ – 9.7

1992: Radiohead – ‘Creep’ – 10.1

1991: Nirvana – ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ – 18.6

1990: AC/DC – ‘Thunderstruck’ – 12.7

1989: The Stone Roses – ‘Waterfall’ – 8.2

1988: Tracy Chapman – ‘Fast Car’ – 14.3

1987: The Pogues ft Kirsty MacColl – ‘Fairytale of New York’ – 29.4

1986: Chris Rea – ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ – 19.8

1985: Shakin’ Stevens – ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ – 21.0

1984: Wham! – ‘Last Christmas’ – 34.4

1983: Eurythmics – ‘Sweets Dream (Are Made of This)’ – 21.5

1982: Toto – ‘Africa’ – 32.1

1981: Journey – ‘Don’t Stop Believin” – 24.3

1980: Daryl Hall & John Oates – ‘You Make My Dreams’ – 24.8

1979: Paul McCartney – ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’ – 15.9

1978: Queen – ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ – 25.4

1977: ELO – ‘Mr Blue Sky’ – 26.7

1976: Fleetwood Mac – ‘Go Your Own Way’ – 20.1

1975: Queen – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – 29.8

1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd – ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ – 14.9

1973: Elton John – ‘Step Into Christmas’ – 21.6

1972: Stevie Wonder – ‘Superstition’ – 19.5

1971: John Denver – ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’ – 16.5

1970: Elton John – ‘Your Song’ – 12.5

1969: The Jackson 5 – ‘I Want You Back’ – 20.4

1968: Otis Redding – ‘(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay’ – 11.2

1967: Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ – 18.3

1966: The Rolling Stones – ‘Paint It Black’ – 9.9

1965: The Four Tops – ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ – 8.7

1964: The Temptations – ‘My Girl’ – 12.5

1963: Andy Williams – ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ – 12.3

1962: Sam Cooke – ‘Bring It On Home to Me’ – 5.1

1961: Ben E King – ‘Stand By Me’ – 16.2

1960: Etta James – ‘At Last’ – 6.8

If you not sure about streaming songs then ask your kids!

A bit worrying for me is a new survey of 1400 professions says that Radio presenters are second in the list of the most likely to be convicted for either speeding or drink driving. I’m not a big drinker but have been known to put the pedal to the metal, your honour. 

MP 21.1%

Radio Presenter 19.2%

Sales Director 18.9%

Managing Director 17.7%

Operations Director 17.4%

Bailiff 16.7%

Money Broker 16.6%

Company Chairman 16.6%

Surgeon 16.5%

Chartered Surveyor 16.3%

No game for Real Mallorca last week as the team they were playing went out of business a few weeks ago. An easy 3 points means they are in the play-off places in 6th. An away game versus Numancia this Sunday awaits and 3 points is a must against a team who are mid table. Atlético Baleares are at home to 4th placed Cornelia on Sunday. With 6 games to go they are still top by 4 points from Villareal B. Having drawn their last 2 games there’s a bit of pressure to get a win to cement that top place. 

Differing results for my 2 boys last weekend. Jude my youngest lost 5-2 and my eldest Jake drew 2-2 which was disappointing as they were 2-0 up. Let’s hope for better this weekend. Both have Easter tournaments coming up so let’s look forward to a trophy.

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.

A Real Pirates Adventure!

As you probably know I work for Pirates Adventure and I’m really proud to say that this year I’m starting my 25th year with the Company. I can still remember the great sense of excitement when the founder and then owner of Pirates Jacques Sasson asked me if I’d like to join the business. I was a holiday Rep, Pirates was my top selling excursion and I would guide it at every opportunity. With my former experience as a Redcoat at Butlins Jacques saw the potential of me working in the show and helping with the sales. It was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down and it’s been an amazing ride ever since. So many stories that I’m seriously thinking should be put into a book. Even today I still love the buzz of the new season and since the sad passing of Jacques, I have a great working relationship with his Daughter Catherine. She has driven the business to a new level and having seen this year’s show at the dress rehearsal on Wednesday I have to say this is one of the best I’ve seen. Last night was the opening night so get yourselves booked on, they open Wednesday and Friday next week. 

The inaugural Window Cleaning World Cup took place at the Cleaning Show at the Excel Centre in London a couple of weeks ago. 

Competitors were given nine litres of water and a 300mm squeegee and tasked with cleaning three office-style windows, with time penalties awarded to those who left smears.

Jeremiah Hickey from the USA beat competitors from across the globe, including Terry “Turbo” Burrows from Essex, who holds the current world record of 9.14 seconds, and Swedish champion Jimmy Strom, who came second.

Mr Hickey said he was “totally floored” by the victory. “To hear my name as the winner at the end, I was totally floored,” the 42-year-old said. “It’s different windows to what I’m used to, a different technique, so I’m really surprised.”

The competition was adjudicated by the Federation of Window Cleaners (FWC) and the Guinness World Records were also in attendance, but no new records were achieved. 

The Winners

1st Place – Jeremiah Hickey, USA, 17.02 seconds

2nd Place – Jimmy Strom, Sweden, 17.70 seconds

3rd Place, Darren Ansbro, England, 18.40 seconds

People of a certain age of which I’m certainly one couldn’t tell what song is number one in the charts at the moment. I just happen to work on a radio show so I do know that it’s currently Lewis Capaldi with the song “Someone you loved”. Now I’ve been banging on for weeks that Calvin Harris and The Rag ‘n’ Bone Man with their song called Giant should definitely be at number 1 but can’t get themselves over the line. Now I’m not for the minute saying that Lewis Capaldi’s song is rubbish far from it but there is a history of songs that didn’t get to number 1 because of songs that were in fact rubbish. I looked into it in more detail to find that some unbelievable tunes that didn’t make the top spot.

Angels by Robbie Williams could only make it to number 4, he just didn’t have the power to compete with Teletubbies say “Eh-Oh!”, which went straight in at number one on December 7th 1997. 

Wonderwall by Oasis, widely considered as one of the band’s most popular songs, peaked at number two on November 11th 1995. So what stopped them? Well, it was Robson and Jerome who were from the hit tv show Soldier Soldier with a double release of I Believe/Up On The Roof. 

Torn by Natalie Imbruglia, a song about a woman who thought she found the perfect man, only to find out he was Mr. Wrong all along. To say she is taking it hard is an understatement: she’s so upset that she ends up cold, shamed, lying naked on the floor. Released as a UK single on October 27, 1997, it went straight to number 2, where it stayed for three weeks held off by “Barbie Girl” by Aqua!

The Jean Genie by David Bowie, he may be one of the most revered figures in the music world but even David Bowie suffered his fair share of chart injustice and Jean Genie’s failure to make it to number 1 is a prime example. So who kept this legend off of the top spot? Jimmy Osmond and his Long Haired Lover from Liverpool, which stayed at number one for five weeks in 1972!

It’s the Grand National today the horse race that even non gamblers like me like to have a bet on, so how do you pick the winner? Over a third of adults pick their winner in the Grand National based on the horse’s name. So with that in mind I have to go for Captain Redbeard. The Bookie on my Radio Show gave me Rock the Kasbah and Jamie at The Winning Post in Magaluf who are open all day on Saturday to take your bets said Joe Farrell. Good luck and remember only bet what you can afford and when the fun stops, stop!

Another disappointing road trip for Real Mallorca last weekend losing 3-2 to relegation threatened Córdoba. Mallorca have the second best home record in the league, only beaten by Osasuna who are in first place. However it’s their away form that’s holding them back and they currently lie outside of the Play-offs in 7th place. This weekend it’s a home game against Reus who unfortunately have gone out of business meaning that great home form will be boosted by an automatic 3 points and if other results go their way they’ll be back into the play-offs at the end of the weekend. Atlético Baleares still lead their league by 5 points with 7 games to go after a 0-0 draw last week. This week they are away against Teruel, it’s squeaky bum time for the blancos y azules! 

My youngest Jude had a great 7-1 victory last Saturday and my eldest Jakes team were holding the third placed team Manacor to a draw only to lose 2-1 to a goal in the last 5 minutes, gutted! Let’s hope both get a win this time round. 

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.

Harry’s Heroes

Two weeks ago I asked should I mention Brexit, and agreed it was a no. But after events this week I’m sorry I’ve got to. 

What is obvious now that despite the vote to leave this a Remain Parliament who are trying to do anything to stop Brexit. 

Mays Deal: No

So they “take back control” & have 8 different votes on what could be the way forward & nothing gets a majority including No deal & a second referendum! You couldn’t make it up. Then despite losing they try and spin it by saying my alternative plan got more votes than yours. It’s like being back at school. 

The song goes clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am still stuck in the EU. 

Paper, Scissor, Stone, anyone?

I’ve always liked and admired Harry Redknapp. He’s a football man through and through. In fact the only time I didn’t like him was when he managed the other team from North London. I thought they got rid of him too quick to be honest and if they’d stuck with him he might well have taken them closer to the trophies they crave. As soon as I heard he was going into the jungle I immediately said that he’ll win it. Which he dually did. I read his autobiography on holiday at Christmas and nobody can tell a football story like Harry. One of my favourites was when he was at West Ham playing a pre-season friendly against Oxford City.

He says “The minute the match started, this bloke next to the dug-out started giving me earache. He wasn’t nasty. There was no foul language, but he did look a picture. He had a T-shirt on and shorts and every spare inch of him was covered in West Ham tattoos. He didn’t fancy Lee Chapman, our striker, one bit.

We ain’t got him up front again, have we Harry? Please don’t pick him, he’s a donkey. He’s useless. On it went, he wouldn’t leave me alone. I made two substitutions at half-time and one early in the second half and now we just had the bare XI. With that, we got an injury. I had no other option. I turned round to big mouth. 

You’ve got some old bunny, I said. Can you play as good as you talk?

I’m better than Chapman, he said. Right, I said. Get your gear on. He thought I was  joking. What do you mean? he said.  You’re playing for West Ham, I told him.

He came back, kitted up and stood on the touchline. Where do you play? I asked. Up front, he said.

Right, I said, we’ll soon see if you’re better than Chapman. And on he went. Oxford’s announcer came down and wanted to know who the sub was. Didn’t you watch the World Cup? I asked. That’s  Tittishev of Bulgaria. He scored three goals. Oh yes, he said, nodding wisely. I thought it was him.

Anyway, he scored. We couldn’t believe it. He ran round the field like he’d won the World Cup, we were killing ourselves on the touchline.

The lads all signed his shirt and he was in the paper the next day with the biggest grin you’ve seen. And he was right. That night, he was better than bloody Lee Chapman!”

I watched on TV last week Harry’s Heroes which was a programme where Harry took a load of footballers from the 90’s and tried to get them fit again to play a match against the old foe Germany. Some had kept themselves in trim but the majority had let themselves go and some were at risk of a heart attack or stroke. Before I saw this programme I had taken the plunge to get myself fitter but seeing this has made me even more determined to make sure I carry on. It’s a big wake up call for me and I’m lucky enough to have a great trainer in Paul Hamilton, the support of the Shambhala gym and being able to channel what I’m doing into raising money for our Radiothon charities. In case you didn’t catch what we’re doing we would like you to sponsor me for every inch I can lose from my waist. Paul has the starting number since the beginning of February and at the Radiothon we will reveal the starting waist measurement and the finishing one. Please see my contact details below.

Whilst I was reading Harrys book my Wife was reading Michelle Obama’s memoirs. “Becoming” is on track to become the best-selling memoir of all time.

The former First Lady released her book in November 2018 and it shot to the top of bestseller lists immediately, selling 725,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first day. And the sales just continue to soar.

According to her publisher Penguin Random House the book has sold more than 10million copies – including hardcover, audiobooks, and e-books – since its release and could take the record as the best selling memoir in history.

‘I’m not aware, in my personal experience with Penguin Random House, that we ever sold 10 million units of a memoir,’ Markus Dohle, Penguin Random House’s chief executive, said to the Wall Street Journal.

Becoming is a three part personal memoir goes through Michelle’s roots growing up in the South Side of Chicago, life as First Lady in the White House and her role as a mother raising daughters Sasha and Malia.

Great 3-0 home win for Real Mallorca on Monday night versus Real Zaragoza to move into the play-offs. They’re away to Córdoba this Sunday. Even better news for Atlético Baleares who won to go 6 points clear at the top of their league. They play at home this Sunday against Ebro. Last week I was talking about Women’s sport and last weekend Atlético Baleares ladies team got themselves promoted to the Women’s second Division. Mixed results for my two last week, my youngest Jude lost 5-0 in Manacor after a very early start Saturday morning. But my eldest Jake got a 1-3 away win in a relegation battle against Estudiantes. Let’s hope for 2 wins this weekend. 

Don’t forget the clocks go forward Saturday night into Sunday morning and it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday so hope you lovely Mums have a great day with your loved ones. 

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.

Women in Sport

There’s a distinct and positive move for more coverage of Women’s sport and more Women being involved in Sports media right now. Something that’s been long overdue in my eyes. From a media point of view there are some great presenters including on TV Clare Balding, Gabby Yorath and Sue Barker who have the secret of make presenting look effortless. On Radio, Georgie Bingham, Laura Woods and Natalie Sawyer are presenters I listen to on a regular basis.

This week in print media saw the launch of The Telegraph Women’s Sport a stand alone 8 page pullout on Women’s Sport.

They say they’re making a commitment to transform the profile of Women’s sport and it’s visibility in the media with the launch of a major new editorial initiative.

Dina Asher-Smith the triple European sprint champion is one of the columnists and she said “Why wait? There’s no moment like the present. Why make it that we aspire to be better for the next generation? Why not the current one? I am aware that people with the same determination and drive are just not getting the same coverage. It would be selfish of me to not want to open the door and leave it open. There is not much point in having a platform without trying to use it to benefit the wider community.”

Another columnist is Judy Murray, the pioneering tennis coach and mother of grand-slam tennis champions Jamie and Andy, said that “the greater visibility of female role-models would inspire excitement and also called for more women to get involved with teaching PE and coaching sport.”

Also writing is Maggie Alphonsi, who played 74 times for the England women’s rugby union team, said that the initiative would “lead the way” and added that: “Times are changing – in 20 years’ time we will look back and think, ‘I can’t believe we were having this discussion’.”

So that’s the media but what about the sports themselves?

Sky Sports have dedicated channels for football, cricket, golf and Formula 1, so how long before they launch their own dedicated women’s sports channel?

Last weekend at the Wanda Metropolitano a record 60,739 fans turned up to watch Atletico Madrid V Barcelona. That’s a World record crowd to watch a Women’s football match. In fact it was a 99-year record that was broken. On 26 December 1920, and just under a year before the Football Association banned women’s football a ban that lasted 50 years, 53,000 people filled Goodison Park, with a further 14,000 reportedly turned away, to watch the famous Dick, Kerr Ladies beat St Helens 4-0.

Talking of Women’s football in the UK. This year for the 2019/20 season their Super league has their first ever title sponsor in Barclays. The 3 year deal is worth millions of pounds and will see the start of prize money. It is the biggest investment in Uk Women’s sport by a brand. 

A record nine countries have told Fifa they want to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup. Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa have formally declared their interest. A joint bid for the tournament could also be made by North and South Korea.

Other women’s sports we’ve started to see more regularly are cricket, rugby and golf, so the sea of change is happening and I for one fully support it. 

George Ezra has been forced to pay royalties from his smash-hit Shotgun after a little-known singer accused him of copying the tune.

Derek Ryan gets 7.5% of the income from the tune last year’s third best-selling song.

The settlement came after Irish singer Derek, 35, said the song was similar to his 2014 tune Flowers In Your Hair.

Millionaire George, 25, insisted he had never heard of Derek’s song before penning Shotgun in a Barcelona apartment. But his lawyers agreed to pay Derek royalties in a secret deal. A source said: “Shotgun put George back on the map, going three times Platinum in the UK and pretty much earning him his Best Male Brit. “Label bosses acknowledged a section of Shotgun has a similarity to the chorus melody of ‘Flowers”. I hadn’t heard this tune until I played it on the radio this week and you can’t deny there’s a definite similarity. 

“7 Rings” is a big hit for Ariana Grande but according to The New York Times, it’s an even bigger hit for Rodgers & Hammerstein.

“7 Rings” uses “My Favorite Things,” which was written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for the musical The Sound Of Music. And although 10 writers are credited on “7 Rings,”

Rodgers and Hammerstein, both of whom have been dead for decades, are getting 90% of the songwriting royalties.

A few weeks before its release, representatives for Grande and her label brought the completed song to Concord, the music company that has owned the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalogue since 2017. Concord asked for 90% of the song, and Grande’s people agreed without further negotiation.

Theodore S. Chapin, the executive who has managed Rodgers and Hammerstein’s copyrights for decades, says that Rodgers’ daughter Mary, who died in 2014, “would have thought this is pretty kickass.”

British Kebab awards this week. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it so I’m not sure if the rumour was true that it took place from 11.30 pm to 3am to make sure everyone turned up. Apparently when each award was picked up each winner was asked “do you want chilli sauce with it?” I’ll get my coat.

Do you like me remember England’s first million pound footballer? It was Trevor Francis in 1979 who left Birmingham City to join Nottingham Forest. So this was a landmark that was matched in the World of Pigeon Racing this week. Yes I kid you not! Armando the Lewis Hamilton of the bird world and was bought by someone in China. However he’s not going to race they’re putting him out to stud and apparently he has his own loft house suite, sorry!

Real Mallorca won only their third away game last weekend in Gran Canaria beating Las Palmas 2-1. They now lie 6th in one of the play-off places and entertain Real Zaragoza on Monday at 9pm at the Son Moix. Even better news for Atlético Baleares who beat their nearest rivals Villareal B by 1-0 to go 4 points clear at the top of their league. They are away this weekend playing Español B on Sunday at 12 midday. 

Disappointing results for my two this week and both by the odd goal. Jude my youngest had the long Friday night trip to Santanyi where they lost 2-1 and Jake the eldest by 3-2 against Salla A. After our away trip to the South east last week, you’d think a nice easy home game for my youngest this week. But no, just the small matter of Manacor on Saturday morning. Jake has an away game but locally in Palma against the team who are directly below them. Busy weekend for Dad Taxi as I’m also announcing the boxers into the ring in the big fight night at the Trui Theatre on Saturday night.

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.

Mallorca At The Top of Its Game!

Shall I mention BREXIT? No? Good!

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m always amazed that an island such as ours with a population of around 1 million a distance from north to south of 100 km and from east to west of 70 km can produce so many World class Sportsmen and Women. The current crop of talent includes the footballer Marco Asensio at Real Madrid, the Basketball player Rudy Fernandez at Real Madrid, Rafa Nadal the current World number 2 in tennis and Cata Coll the Spanish ladies under 17 goalkeeper who’s just won the World Cup in that age group. 

The reason I’m talking about this, last weekend the Moto GP season began in Qatar with 2 riders from Mallorca. Palma born Jorge Lorenzo is probably the more famous of the two. He was the 2006 and 2007 250cc World Champion, the 2010, 2012 and 2015 MotoGP World Champion. Apart from his three titles in the premier class, Lorenzo has also finished as runner-up on three occasions. In 2012, Lorenzo became the first Spanish rider to win multiple premier class titles, and with 67 career wins, he is sixth on the all-time wins list. This year he is riding for Repsol Honda. The lesser known of the duo is Palma born Joan Mir. Prior to moving up to the Moto3 world championship, Mir competed for two seasons in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in 2013 and 2014, finishing as runner-up (with three wins) in 2014. He contested the CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship in 2015. Mir won four of the first six races, but faded towards the end of the season, and ultimately finished fourth in the championship. Mir made his Grand Prix début in 2015 with Leopard Racing replacing an injured rider. In 2016 he competed full-time in the Moto3 World Championship with Leopard Racing. He finished the championship in 5th position as rookie of the year, scoring 144 points.

He remained for a second season in 2017 and completely dominated the class, taking 10 wins and finishing 93 points ahead of his nearest rival. Critics have compared him to legends such as Valentino Rossi and Marc Márquez. This year  he’s made the step up to Moto GP riding for the Suzuki Ecstar Team. Despite his lack of experience aged just 21 years old he managed to finish above his compatriot in 8th place to Lorenzo’s 13th at the first race in Qatar. Now I have to be honest I’m not a motor cycle racing fan but I am looking forward to the start of the F1 season this weekend. Sad news about the death of the Race Director Charlie Whiting this week. He had worked in F1 for the majority of his life and he was the guy you’d see starting each race. Condolences to his family and friends. This season starts in Australia on Sunday at 06.10 our time and 05.10 UK time. I might watch it on catch up or the highlights later in the day.

Uber has now revealed the most weird and wonderful items that have been left behind in their cabs and you won’t believe some of them are real. 

In particular, riders in London, Belfast and Bristol appear to the most forgetful, while unsurprisingly, Saturday is the day when most items are reported lost!

1. 45 pieces of fried chicken

2. Painting of The Last Supper

3. Fake skull

4. Nandos uniform

5. Five toilet rolls

6. A cat (yes, a real cat)

7. The script of Legally Blonde

8. Purple travel potty(unused)

9. Ukulele

10. Smoke machine

11. Herbs in a jar

12. Partial teeth dentures

13. Two vodka cranberry and 20 Sovereign Blue

14. An electric scooter

15. GCSE art project

16. Masonic apron

17. Panini maker

18. Pewter drinking tankard

19. SNES games console

20. A KFC meal

21. “Italian Panettone that’s a present for my niece” 

22. Return train ticket to Scotland

23. Vegan sausage roll

24. Bros poster

25. A tooth

A 1-0 home win for Real Mallorca last weekend meant they leapfrogged their opponents Real Oviedo into 7th place and 2 points off of the play-off places. They are on their travels this weekend visiting Gran Canarian side Las Palmas. After being relegated from La Liga last season they are having a disappointing season so far lying in 11th place on 41 points. A huge game for our other island based team Atlético Baleares in Segunda B group 3. Its first against second with just 1 point between them and Villareal B, I would imagine a sell out at Son Malferit on Sunday. If you can’t get a ticket then IB3 are showing the game 12 midday on Sunday. Differing fortunes for my boys last weekend. My youngest Jude played against the best team in his league Real Mallorca and lost 5-0. My eldest Jake played the worst team in his league Genova and won 9-1. They played another game on Wednesday night losing 2-1 to Poblense. Jude is away on Friday evening in Santanyi, yes that’s right just the hour drive there and back for Dad Taxi! Jake is at home on Sunday morning nestled nicely between the F1 and the Atlético Baleares game. 

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.