The F Word

This week I want to start with the F-Word. No, not that one but one that has all of a sudden become part of our every day vocabulary. Be honest and ask yourself if you had ever heard the word furlough before? If you’re not sure
a furlough is a temporary leave of employees due to special needs of a company or employer, which may be due to economic conditions at the specific employer or in the economy as a whole.
I criticised Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle on Facebook last week for furloughing their non-playing staff. Liverpool have since u-turned after all the flak they got which should be applauded. Fenway Sports who own Liverpool FC are worth $6.6 billion, Joe Lewis who owns Tottenham Hotspur is worth $4.7 billion and Mike Ashley who owns Newcastle Utd is worth $2.5 billion. So why should they be able to do it? Non playing staff at their clubs are receiving 80% of their salary through the government’s job retention scheme. It makes you wonder though if they’ve done it for financial needs or to get their playing staff to do something. It’s true that furloughing your non-playing staff isn’t a huge saving for the clubs but getting the playing staff to do something makes a huge difference. Football Players were singled by the Health Secretary Matt Hancock in answer to a question at a press conference, harshly in my opinion. When you think that BA, McDonalds, Virgin, Arcadia and Whetherspoons have furloughed their staff but no mention of RIchard Branson or Phillip Green, you wonder is the money going to the right businesses and people? Maybe they should have done a percentage figure based on their profits? Making bigger more profitable companies pay more.
Back to the football players who were getting a bad wrap. A lot of players have done things under the radar which hasn’t been reported. I agree they all should do their bit but we should remember that they pay up to 50% tax on earnings which goes towards the public purse. Most players live in the football bubble, which means being paid a lot, a house included and a sponsored car. All clubs have a player liaison officer who look after all their daily needs. I have a friend who used to do that job and left to build his own very successful business looking after players at lots of different clubs. They don’t live in the real world, they even have kids holding their hands and showing them where the pitch is on match days! It’s good to see something has now been done organised by Jordan Henderson called #PlayersTogether.
But others should be called out. What about the supermarkets? Most of them have seen huge percentage increases in sales, Tesco by 30% for instance. Surely some of that could be used by the NHS as the rise is only due to the lockdown. Amazon has seen a huge spike in sales also due to the lockdown.
Some good things are definitely coming out of the lockdown though.
Two giant pandas have mated for the first time in 10 years in a deserted Hong Kong zoo. Ocean Park theme park and zoo announced that Ying Ying and Le Le had decided to have sex on Monday.
Female Ying Ying and male Le Le had been showing signs that they were entering their mating cycles late on in March, and ended up acting on it for the first time in almost a decade.
Giant pandas are known among zookeepers to be very infrequent maters, so this was cause for celebration among the staff. Now they’re keeping an eye for signs of pregnancy in Ying Ying.
Spider-Man Star Tom Holland was at his local supermarket the other day when he realised he didn’t have a one pound coin for a trolley. He asked a homeless man sat outside if he could borrow a quid to do his shopping. The guy gave him the coin and off he went. On his way back out of the store Tom returned the pound to the Man and gave him £50 to thank him. His Dad was on the radio the other day saying he’s glad he brought his son up to do the right thing. Although most of the press were reporting it was £100 he gave, it was definitely £50.
Last Saturday’s Virtual Grand National raised more than £2.6m for NHS Charities Together. The computer simulated event staged after the actual race was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, was “won” by 18-1 shot Potters Corner.
Bookmakers paid out on the “winner” and are donating profits from losing bets.
Unbelievably though ITV had complaints from people asking why wasn’t the crowd social distancing? You couldn’t make it up!
Artists from the music world have pledged to do free concerts for NHS workers including, Oasis, well Liam definitely, Noel possibly. The Manic Street Preachers, Rick Astley, The Script, are a few I’ve heard of.
And finally Just a bit of info for everyone in the UK. A couple of weeks ago I managed to get a home delivery to my Mum aka the Duchess in time for Mother’s Day. I’ve since not been able to get one done through any supermarket as they all said nothing available till the end of the month. I went on to Tesco by chance this week and they’d released some times. So she now has a delivery in time for Easter. Keep trying and you’ll get that happy feeling I got. I also posted this on Facebook with loads of offers of help of which I’m truly grateful and also lots of great advice which has been a real help, so thank you.
Take care everyone and enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at 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!
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Lasagne Sandwich Anyone?

Lockdown day 21, yes 3 weeks since all this started. Days of the week are lost to me now, it’s just today, tomorrow and yesterday from now on. We even celebrated the loss of the hour when the clocks went forward last week.
It’s been a fun week on radio this week, where we’re trying our best to keep up your spirits. We discussed a lasagne sandwich that was posted online and we asked people to let us know their whacky sandwich fillings. We were inundated with answers so here’s the top 10 in no particular order.
  1. Peanut butter, cheddar cheese and marmalade.
  2. Crisps with salad cream
  3. Bubble and squeak, fried egg and fried mushroom.
  4. Curry pot noodle.
  5. Sausage and marmalade.
  6. Tinned tomato
  7. Haggis and mustard
  8. Steak, egg, cheese and BBQ sauce.
  9. Bovril and crisps
  10. Ham, mayo, cheese, tomato, Thai red chilies, guindillas, salt & vinegar crisps, coriander and avocado!
Something else that came out of this was something neither me or Ayesha had heard of before, a pie sandwich. Yes this actually exists. Every pie you could think of was mentioned and was given a couple of names. A pie barm or a Wigan kebab. You learn something new every day, well actually in this lockdown more than one a day.
The UK’s most popular coronavirus quarantine songs have been revealed with Gerry and the Pacemakers at number 1.
The Official Charts Company has collated the list by pinpointing the tracks that have had the biggest percentage increase in listens and purchases since the UK went into lockdown as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.
To specifically link the music to coronavirus, the songs chosen have to be over five years old and anomalies such as the spike in streams of Kenny Rogers (the country legend died last week) have been excluded.
Topping the list is Gerry and the Pacemakers track and Liverpool FC anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, which has become the unofficial anthem of solidarity through the current pandemic. The song has seen a 150% increase in streams, and was also played in tandem across a host of radio stations last week. It was an idea of a Dutch DJ called Sander Hoogendoorn from a radio station called 3FM. He asked all stations across the World to play the song at 08.45(CET), BBC radio 1 and 2 got involved as did over 180 stations in 31 different countries including us here in Mallorca.
Coming in second is the all-too-appropriate ‘Locked Up’ by Akon, while The Police‘s ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’ is the third most popular.
  1. You’ll never walk alone – Gerry and the Pacemakers
  2. Locked Up – Akon
  3. Don’t stand so close to me – Police
  4. Lost – Frank Ocean
  5. Lonely – Akon
  6. Move your feet – Junior Senior
  7. Imagine – John Lennon
  8. It’s the end of the world as we know it- REM
  9. Reach – S Club 7
  10. Everybody Hurts – REM
The summer of 1996, Britain was riding high on a wave of Cool Britannia, political change was in the air and a Girl Power revolution was about to hit.
All of that though paled into comparison as Euro 96 came to England, bringing hope and despair in equal measure. From Stuart Pearce’s penalty shoot-out redemption to the despair of Gazza’s outstretched leg in an inevitable semi-final penalty defeat to Germany.
Now, all those memories are about to come flooding back after ITV hub revealed it had unearthed all 31 matches from the tournament in its archive and will re-air them in May.
Paul Mortimer, Head of Digital Channels & Acquisitions, ITV said: “Nothing brings the country together like Euro fever, and with this year’s tournament postponed to 2021, we’re giving our audience a chance to relive one of the all-time great sporting events, Euro ’96. Thanks to the ITV Hub and ITV4, there’ll be no shortage of vintage football classics for fans to indulge in over the next few months.” Maybe this time Paul Gascoigne doesn’t agonisingly miss that chance in extra time against Germany and we go on and win it!
I’ll leave you on a lighter note, Good to hear Paul Chuckle from tv’s The Chuckle Brothers is recovering from being laid up with the Coronavirus. He’s been in self isolation so he didn’t give it to me to you!
I’m here in lockdown all week/month/year
Take care everyone and enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in
Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at on mobile
through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!         Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram or feel free to email him at

Harry Potter Binge

Lockdown Day 15, yes unbelievably we’ve managed 2 weeks. Just another 2 weeks to the next cut off date which is April the 12th. Will we be free to go about our business then? Who knows but let’s be honest whilst it’s tough we are doing the right thing for our own families, friends, neighbours and the whole population. We’re all in it together, so let’s do it right the first time otherwise we’ll be back to square one.
We’ve all been doing things we wouldn’t normally do in these times and last weekend my youngest Son Jude and I decided we’d try and get through all the Harry Potter movies. Playing all 8 movies back to back is 19 hours and 39 minutes so we’ve had to space it out a bit. We’re on to the sixth film right now and should finish this weekend. Whilst it made global superstars of the main characters, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Tom Felton, the franchise is studded with veritable legends of acting, with Oscar winners, legends of stage and screen and industry heroes throughout.
Notably RIchard Harris who played Dumbledore in the first two films and after his sad death was replaced by Michael Gambon. Alan Rickman as Professor Snape, Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid, Timothy Spall as Peter Pettigrew, Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, Julie Walters as Molly Weasley, Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange, Emma Thompson as Sybill Trelawney. My list could go on and on. I have been lucky enough to have met Rupert Grint and Tom Felton at Pirates in the past. Tom came to one of our Premieres and I even gave him a lift in the back of my car back to his hotel. Rupert Grint went to my old school, Richard Hale in Hertford. He came to one of the shows on a recommendation from Tom. We decided to leave it to the last minute before we sat him at the table to watch the show. I asked him if he wanted a baseball cap to cover up his very recognisable red hair. He declined and said he’d be fine. As the lights for the start of the show went down, in we went to sit at our seats. I kid you not but not one person recognised he was there. Maybe they did and didn’t believe it was actually him or maybe he used his wizardry on them!
Back to the films and there’s also the little cameos that you may not catch. Lesley Phillips whose catchphrases you may remember from the Carry On movies like “I say, ding dong” and “hello” he voices the sorting hat in the first film the Philosopher’s Stone. In the third film of the series, Prisoner of Azkaban, Lenny Henry was hired to voice a talking shrunken head called Dre Head aboard the Knight Bus. The €˜character€™ doesn€™’t appear in the books but in the film serves as a source of comic relief and directions for the bus€™ driver, Ernie, who is mute in the film but not in the books. Henry€™s wife of twenty-five years, Vicar of Dibley star Dawn French, also appeared in a more significant role within the film, playing the Fat Lady portrait that covers the entrance to Gryffindor Tower.
Lead singer of legendary British indie rock band The Stone Roses – Ian Brown – turns up in Prisoner Of Azkaban too for a very brief cameo.
When Harry gets to the Leaky Cauldron after blowing his Uncle’s sister up in a rage, he walks past a wizard reading A Brief History Of Time and absent-mindedly stirring a drink wordlessly. That wizard, is played by Brown.
He’s not the only musician to get a cameo. Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker turns up as frontman Myron Wagtail of The Weird Sisters in Goblet of Fire along with another member of Pulp and two members of Radiohead.
Hopefully we’ll get finished this weekend and move onto something else.
Great news for kids this week as Disney Plus was launched and is designed to be the exclusive home to stream theatrical blockbusters from Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, Disney’s own studio and National Geographic. It’s about 6.99€ a month here in Spain so I would imagine the equivalent in the UK.
Amazon Prime has made all episodes of Peppa Pig free to stream for bored families in coronavirus self-isolation. In The Night Garden and Fireman Sam will also be available at no cost to families.
Anyone wishing to stream the content doesn’t need an Amazon Prime account, they just need a regular Amazon one, which is free to create.
My Wife is watching The Crown which she didn’t see when it first came out.
Unsurprisingly I’m on BT Sport who have re-launched their film series so I’ve been watching football from back in the day. There’s a brilliant documentary on Jimmy Greaves who in his lifetime was an amazing footballer who battled alcoholism and then reinvented himself as a TV pundit. I used to love watching the Saint & Greavsie every Saturday lunchtime. Another one is Golazzo, a documentary looking back on early 90’s Channel 4 show with James Richardson. which was on every Saturday morning. Then every Sunday afternoon they showed a live game. A great watch. There’s loads more on there and worth a look.
Take care everyone and enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at 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!
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So how has your week been? Lockdown day 6 and blimey how things have changed since I wrote last Saturday. On that day we knew a lockdown was coming but not quite as severe as it’s turned out. We took the kids out for a long walk and said to them if we’re going to get through this then walks like this will pass the time away. Then on Sunday we learned that those walks were no longer possible as we were told not to leave where we lived. If we did want to leave then it was for either work, supermarket shopping or a visit to a chemist.
We’ve managed to get some home schooling for the kids along with what their schools are sending them to do online. The one thing they’re missing the most and if I have to be honest is what I’m missing too is their football. Jake trains Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s with a game on Saturday. Jude trains Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s with a game on Saturday. None of this is happening and if you said you can have one thing return to normal then it would have to be that.
I rang my Mum at the Weekend to update her on what was going on and I offered to do an online shop for her. She celebrated her 90th birthday in January and like most people of her age is very old skool and her first comment was “I’ve lived through a war you know!” She then said “shall I send my list in the post to you?” She was being deadly serious, but after much laughter we decided that she would make a list and I would ring back the next day. Which I dually did and off we went. I’d already set up an account with Tesco and the earliest delivery was one week. Now that might seem a long way off but it’s perfect as it’s also Mother’s Day. To be honest this was the first time I’d food shopped online and it was quite a pleasant experience. The only problem we had was which shower gel to choose as the one she wanted wasn’t in stock.
I never realised there were so many exotic bottles including sea minerals and black mint and cherry blossom and peony(no my neither)! The other great thing was I was able to add in a couple of Mother’s Day gifts in preparation for tomorrow. If you have an elderly family member, a relative, a friend or a neighbour that may need some help at this time then please do it.
We’ve done our very best on Radio One Mallorca to keep everybody entertained and updated during this past week. We are also proud to help in the 8pm applause for all our health workers by playing the Mallorca anthem La Balanguera. The anthem is an adaptation of Joan Alcover i Maspons (1854–1926) poem based on an ancient and popular Mallorcan children’s song. The music is a work by the Catalan composer Amadeu Vives and in November 1996 the Consell Insular de Mallorca made it the anthem for the Island. There’s been an amazing response across the island and thoroughly deserved.
Yesterday I interviewed the British Vice Consul General Lloyd Milen on the radio. The advice that came was keep looking at the official Government websites both here in Spain if you speak Spanish. Or if you don’t then go to in Spain and their Facebook page is Brits in Spain. Both contain everything you need to know about the current lockdown and they are updated daily.
Billie Eilish’s huge hit song ‘Bad Guy’ has been named the bestselling global digital single of 2019.
The US singer’s hit has topped the charts in more than 15 countries since it was released in March 2019, accumulating global converted sales of 19.5 million.
The hit, taken from her debut album ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?‘, was also Spotify’s second-most streamed song worldwide for 2019.
1. Billie Eilish, “bad guy” (19.5 million)
2. Lil Nas X, “Old Town Road” (18.4 million)
3. Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, “Señorita” (16.1 million)
4. Post Malone and Swae Lee, “Sunflower” (13.4 million)
5. Ariana Grande, “7 rings” (13.3 million)
6. Tones and I, “Dance Monkey” (11.4 million)
7. Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber, “I Don’t Care” (10.3 million)
8. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, “Shallow” (10.2 million)
9. Lewis Capaldi, “Someone You Loved” (9.1 million)
10. Halsey, “Without Me” (9.1 million)
It’s been an amazing year for Eilish who won the four big awards, Best New Artist, Song(for Bad Guy), Record and Album of the Year at the 2020 Grammy Awards. She also won best international female at the BRIT Awards and performed her new song No Time To Die from the new Bond film too.
No football to write about this week anywhere.
Wishing all you lovely Mums out there a beautiful day tomorrow and thoughts out to those who’ve lost their Mums too.
Enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at 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!
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Radiothon 2020

Well what can I say we are in what can only be described as a Worldwide crisis. I can’t remember anything as serious as this and while I still believe it’s been hyped up by the media, we are are in it now and hopefully somebody is going to find a solution.
The Radiothon was set up in 2015 when Jo from our office asked the Breakfast Show if they would consider broadcasting for 24 hours. This challenge was duly accepted and the Radiothon was born. For the first 2 years we helped raise money to help the Pirates Charity Premiere and their charities. When the Premiere stopped in 2016 we decided to keep the fundraising going by setting up The Jacques Sasson Foundation. Jacques will best be remembered for his invention of the Pirates Adventure show in Mallorca and employed Richie in 1994 and he has worked there ever since. In 2019 we decided to extend the hours of broadcasting from 24 to 36 hours starting at 07.00 on Friday morning and going all the way to 19.00 on Saturday evening and we managed to raise 25,363.11€. In 2020 this will again be the challenge for me and Ayesha from Friday May 15th to Saturday May 16th. Now we can’t do this without your help so they’ll be plenty of ways you can support us. You can sponsor an hour and come and join us in the studio, pay for a song to be played, challenge us to do something, buy raffle tickets, bid on an auction item or just make a donation. Remember even a euro can help make a difference. If you can help us by donating an auction or raffle prize we would love to hear from you.
The following charities have benefitted from our previous Radiothons;
2015:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, The Paediatric Ward of Son Espases Hospital, Salvation Army, Shambhala Foundation.
2016:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, The Paediatric Ward of Son Espases Hospital, Calvia Lions, Help 4 Heroes.
2017:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, SOS Animal Mallorca, Fundacion Nazareth, Club Vidalba.
2018:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, Asociacion Ondine, Feliz Animal Andratx.
2019:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, ASPANOB, ASDICA.
The total raised in our Radiothons so far is 106,200.59€.
This year’s Charities will be Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, Yachting Gives Back, Cancer Support Group Mallorca.
Great Ormond Street
Pirates and the Radio at a later date have been supporting GOSH for 15 years now.  So far we have raised nearly 750,000€ and in that time the money has been put to many different projects including a Pirates treatment room. More recently the money has been spent in four main areas: rebuilding and redevelopment of the Hospital; research (GOSH are currently embarking on a 5-year research strategy to target rare diseases in childhood); latest and replacement medical equipment; parent accommodation and support services for families and patients.
Son Espases Intensive Care Unit
We have been working with Son Espases for 5 years now and this year we are helping the only Child Intensive Care Unit in the Balearics. Our first donation to the Paediatric Ward of Son Espases Hospital was used the money to redecorate the doors of each room with cartoon characters making them look less like hospital bedrooms. Something we learned very early on our many visits to Great Ormond Street was the biggest challenge was to make the hospitals look less like hospitals so the children could relax. The second year we helped redecorate a new pirate ship-themed CAT scan in the Paediatric Department. Some 350m² of decorative vinyl wrapping gave Son Espases entry into a very select group of hospitals to implement such an idea, alongside the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York, the Hospital Municipal Jesus in Rio de Janeiro and Hospital San Juan de Dios in Barcelona. In each case they’ve proven that this fantasy décor creates a warm, inviting, relaxing atmosphere and reduces levels of anxiety – making life easier for patients and professionals alike. Over the last three years we have been helping the intensive care unit firstly with murals above the beds of the children. And for the last 2 years we have helped build a rest room for the parents of the children being treated by the intensive care unit.
Cancer Support Group Mallorca
Cancer Support Group Mallorca (CSG) is a registered association that was formed to help the expat community in Mallorca. Their aim is to help patients, carers and anybody who has been affected by Cancer. Their aim is to help you by, reducing stress, increasing your sense of control over your own life, improving your self-esteem, reducing loneliness, providing practical help.
Yachting Gives Back
Yachting Gives Back started a year ago as a food-raising campaign in which the yachting industry, including yachts, service companies and anyone else, could help to alleviate the serious problems of poverty and hunger in the Balearics. As well as food, Yachting Gives Back now collects clothes (adults and kids), bedding, toiletries, cleaning products and toys. They work with several local charities, including Associación Tardor, a social dining room serving 300 meals a day which has recently opened a new homeless shelter in Palma, Mallorca Sense Fam, a food bank which delivers foodstuffs to underprivileged families, Shambhala Fundación which works with vulnerable young adults and Joyron Foundation helping Mallorca’s children in need.”
Last Sunday the boys and I went to see Atlético Baleares against UD Ibiza in Segunda B Group 1. It was first against second so we were expecting a good game. The match in Ibiza was a tight game which Baleares won by 1-0 and this was similar. In fact the match was decided by two dreadful mistakes from firstly the Baleares goalkeeper in the first half and their left back in the second who spectacularly volleyed into his own goal. It was a great atmosphere amongst the 3,250 in attendance especially the 500 or so from Ibiza. Who went home extremely happy after they ran out 2-0 winners.
Real Mallorca achieved their first away win since last April with a 2-1 victory against Eibar. They’re still in the relegation places but with the suspension now of all football across Spain and the majority of Europe who knows what will happen next?
My youngest Jude lost 2-1 at the weekend and my eldest didn’t play. Not sure what we’re going to do this weekend as there’s no footie anywhere.
Keep safe everyone and try to enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One MallorcaBreakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at 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!
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Miley Cyrus

If I’m honest, I’m in the I think the Coronavirus while serious is being blown out of proportion camp. If I can add a little bit of light to the situation, amongst the Cockney community it is now known as the “Miley Cyrus”. The advice from the Prime Minister is ‘Don’t forget it is still the case that the single most useful thing we can all do is to wash our hands with hot water and soap, singing Happy Birthday twice’
Now that can get boring after a while so one helpful music fan, journalist Jen Monnier, from New York, decided as a ‘public service’ to come up with her own coronavirus playlist, which includes a handful of popular songs where the chorus takes around 20 seconds to sing. If it doesn’t, repeat it!
  1. Good as Hell – Lizzo
  2. Raspberry Beret – Prince
  3. Love on Top – Beyonce
  4. Jolene – Dolly Parton
  5. Africa – Toto
  6. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
  7. Lose Yourself – Eminem
  8. Unwritten – Natasha Beddingfield
  9. Heaven on Earth – Belinda Carlisle
  10. Karma Chameleon – Culture Club
Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football match 2017
Shrove Tuesday is best remembered for pancakes of course but if you live in Ashbourne in Derbyshire the town braces itself, battens down the hatches and prepares for a football match like no other. The centuries-old tradition of Royal Shrovetide football keeps the anarchic, brutal origins of the beautiful game alive, a world far removed from the pampered millionaires of the Premier League. It all kicks off at 2.00pm on Shrove Tuesday, with thousands congregating in the Shawcroft car park for the eagerly-anticipated “turning up”, when the ball is dropped from a plinth into the waiting hordes.
The ball is thrown into the air and into the ‘hug’ by the ‘turner up‘, a respected local person chosen to do the honour. Famous ‘turner-ups’ have included Prince Charles and The Duke of Devonshire.
Once play begins, a large number of players(we’re talking over 1,000 per team)try to move the ball to their goal by pushing against the opposition.
Your team depends on which side of the Henmore Brook you were born on: those born South of the Brook are the Down’ards, and try to goal the ball at the old Clifton Mill. Those born on the North are the Up’ards and try to goal the ball at the old Sturston Mill.
The process of ‘goaling’ a ball requires a player to hit the ball against their millstone goal three times. The scorer is usually elected en route to the goal and is typically someone who lives in Ashbourne. It is a huge honour to ‘goal’ the ball and the scorer often becomes a local celebrity.
The match continues until 10pm. If a goal is scored before 5pm, then a new ball is ‘turned up’ again and a new game started. If the goal is after 5pm then the game ends for the day.
Check it out online it’s completely nuts!
The World Pasty Championships took place at the Eden Project in Cornwall last weekend. There were eight categories in the Championships with the opportunity to enter a traditional Cornish pasty or an alternative savoury pasty.
Cornish Pasty – Company won by The Phat Pasty Co.
Cornish Pasty – Professional won by David Timmins from Cornwall
Cornish Pasty – Amateur won by Vanessa Farr from Bristol
Cornish Pasty Junior (15 and under) won by Daisy Lovejoy, aged eight, from Plymouth.
Open Savoury – Company won by Rowe’s Cornish Bakery with a chicken, leek, potato and onion pasty.
Open Savoury – Professional won by Nick Brown from Liskeard, Cornwall with a ham hock, cheddar and apple chutney pasty.
Open Savoury – Amateur won by Jan Micallef from Sheffield with a goat’s cheese, pear, shallot and walnut pasty.
Open Savoury – Junior (15 and under) won by Jodie Heath, 14, from Bodmin, Cornwall with a sweet and sour chicken pasty.
In 2011, the Cornish Pasty Association won a long campaign to gain European Union PGI status for the Cornish pasty which means that only pasty makers based in Cornwall who make pasties to the approved recipe are able to label their products as Cornish pasties.
If I see a West Country Pasty takeaway at an airport or a train station I’m stopping for the big traditional. None of that savoury stuff for me.
Also taking place last weekend was the UK Wife Carrying Championships. Dozens of couples took part in the 13th annual race, with a barrel of ale awaiting the winners at the finish line. The bizarre contest kicked off at 10.30am along the 380-metre course in Dorking, Surrey.
The rules state that those being carried can in fact be male or female but must weigh at least 50 kilograms with strict penalties for dropping your partner. Entrants must also only use one of the recognised holds which include the bridal carry, piggy-back, shoulder-ride and fireman’s carry.
But the most popular stance is the Estonian Hold which involves the ‘wife’ hanging upside-down on the carrier’s back with their legs crossed in front of their face. The couple who finish the race first win a barrel of local ale worth £150 – but this is not the only prize on offer.
The carrier who completes the course with the heaviest wife will win a pound of sausages. The oldest carrier will receive a tin of pilchards and jar of Bovril while the last placed duo will receive a ceremonial Pot Noodle and a can of dog food.
In addition the first-placed finishers will be asked to compete at the World Wife Carrying Championships in Finland.
The best kebab houses in Britain have been revealed, after hundreds of thousands of punters voted for their favourites.
At a glitzy award ceremony last night the winners were unveiled at the eighth annual British Kebab Awards, which celebrates the £2.8 billion industry.
Winners took to the stage triumphing in 16 categories, including Booker Makro’s Chef of the Year, Ace4Kebabs Kebab Van of the Year, Just Eat Best Delivery, and eight regional awards for recognising the best kebab restaurants across the UK.
Best Delivery went to the BBQ Grill in Chatham and the prize for Customer Satisfaction went to Birmingham’s Mount Nemrut Turkish Restaurant.
You can’t beat a kebab after a night out but the ones here just don’t taste the same as back in the UK.
Real Mallorca struggled to create a chance against probably the most boring side I’ve seen in a long while, Getafe. They were missing their top scorer Budimir, so when the teams were announced the immediate thought was where are the goals going to come from? And so it proved as Getafe won by 1-0. Attention turns to what can only be described as a must win for Mallorca away at Eibar on Saturday at 13.00. There’s a 5 point difference from Mallorca in third bottom and Eibar fifth bottom. A win would not only be Mallorca’s first but would drag Eibar into the fight. Next Saturday it’s the small matter of Barcelona at home. Tickets if not already sold out are close to being sold out. The most expensive ticket at 290€ is the same price as my season ticket! I went to the away game at the Nou Camp and hopefully the result will be better than the 5-2 gubbing we got there.
Atlético Baleares are still top of Segunda B Group 1 with 11 games to go by 5 points from UD Ibiza. This weekend they play each other in what could be a title decider. The boys and I are going along with our Man in San An who’s flying in from Ibiza. Kick-off is Sunday at 12 midday and you can get tickets online and if there are any left at the stadium before the game.
Jake was banned last week but his team won 7-0 and Jude didn’t have a game, so we took in a couple of other games instead to pass the time away. Let’s see what happens to them both this week.
Enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca
Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at 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!
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Leap Day

Today is February 29th which means all you lovely ladies out there can propose to your Man. I read that Poundland had sold 40,000 engagement rings they said that was in preparation for Valentines. Maybe it was for this weekend? Sunday is a regional holiday here in Mallorca also known as the Day of the Balearic Islands (Día de les Illes Balears). It’s a local public holiday on the whole of the Balearic Islands, which happens on March 1st each year. This date commemorates when the BalearicIslands’ Statute of Autonomy came into effect on March 1st, 1983.
Billie Eilish and her Bond theme No Time To Die claims the biggest opening week for a Bond theme ever, scoring 90,000 chart sales, including 10.6 million streams to debut at Number 1. Adele’s Skyfall managed 84,000 chart sales in its opening week in October 2012, while Sam Smith’s The Writing’s On The Wall, for follow-up Spectre, achieved 70,000 in 2015.
Co-written by Eilish and her brother, Finneas O’Connell, as well as Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr, No Time To Die is only the second 007 theme to top the UK charts in the entire history of the 57-year-old film franchise, after Sam Smith, in 2015.
Two songs have come close to topping the chart; Duran Duran‘s A View To A Kill and Adele’s Skyfall each peaked at Number 2 in 1985 and 2012 respectively. Despite the latter winning an Oscar and a Golden Globe, Skyfall was denied Number 1 by Swedish House Mafia‘s Don’t You Worry Child, while A View To A Kill logged a frustrating three weeks at Number 2, held off the top by the might of Paul Hardcastle‘s 19.
Other chart entries are more surprising. Despite releasing two of the most memorable songs in Bond theme history, Shirley Bassey‘s Diamonds Are Forever and Goldfinger both failed to make the Top 10. Diamonds only managed to reach Number 38 in 1971, logging just two weeks in the Top 40 (six in the Top 100), while Goldfinger peaked at Number 21 in 1964.
No Time To Die is released on April 2nd.
I got up at 6am last Sunday morning to witness the “Gypsy King” Tyson Fury destroy the “Bronze Bomber” Deontay Wilder and win the WBC belt. Talk afterwards was a possible never been seen before World Heavy Title match up between Fury and Anthony Joshua to become the undisputed champion. Wilder and Fury had previously fought to a controversial draw in 2018, and in the contract for their rematch, both sides had the right to invoke a third fight, regardless of the result. Wilder says he will exercise it but there is also talk of him being offered step aside money to basically not fight and let Fury fight AJ. Considering according to most experts Fury won both fights easily on points it makes you wonder why Wilder maybe wouldn’t accept the cash not to fight. Either way some interesting negotiations ahead.
Sad to hear of the death of Manchester United legendary goalkeeper Harry Gregg. He made 210 appearances for the club and was sometimes referred to as the “Hero of Munich” for his actions in the Munich air disaster. When I was a teenager I went for a week long goalkeeping academy in Manchester hosted by the then Manchester United goalkeeper Gary Bailey. Bailey was coached at the time by Gregg and together they took the course. All I can remember at the time was him being a hard but fair coach. May he Rest In Peace.
A good point for Real Mallorca last Friday away at Real Betis means they’re still in the relegation places but have some much needed confidence going into Sunday’s home game against fifth placed Getafe. Ki Sung-yueng has signed for the club until the end of season. He’s played for Celtic, Swansea, Sunderland & Newcastle and played 110 times for South Korea.
Atlético Baleares won last weekend to go 5 points clear at the top of Segunda B Group 1. They’re away this weekend against Sporting Gijon B but the big game of the season happens next Sunday when they play second placed UD Ibiza. Tickets are on sale online or at the club for 15€ adults and 10€ (3-17 years).
Not a great week for my two, Judes team got gubbed 5-2 again and Jakes team got beat 3-0. To compound an awful weekend Jake managed to get sent-off in his game. He got booked for a foul and then 2 minutes later pulled a guys shirt and was red carded. Harsh? Yes but it’s all part of a learning curve for him, meaning he now sits out a 1 game ban. With Jude not playing this week Dad Taxi will have his feet up in front of the TV.
Enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm
in Calvià, online at on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!
Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram or feel free to email him at