Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner

This past week I’ve been back in the UK visiting clients of Pirates. In 4 days we’ve been to Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Coventry and London. At the moment despite the fears of Brexit and the loss of Thomas Cook all the people we spoke to seem to be hopeful that 2020 will be a good year for tourism in Mallorca. Put it this way we visited clients that brought in over 750,000 people to the island this past year and are all looking to increase next year. You won’t be surprised to hear that the weather was cold, grey and wet. My test for realising Mallorca was a great choice to live is always to go on the tube in rush hour. Whilst it’s a great way to get around London rush hour is horrendous and I promise I’ll never moan about the traffic on the Via Cintura again. London, my home town was looking very christmassy and another must do is a beer in the Punch & Judy pub in Covent Garden watching the street entertainers. All in all a good few days but good to be home.
Less than a month to Christmas and we’ve begun to play festive tunes on the radio. Every year around this time we always seem to get a warning about a brussell sprout shortage. Sure enough The British Growers Association say they could be off the Christmas lunch menu this year due to a shortage of the vegetable grown in the UK.
Wet weather is being blamed as it’s making the harvesting of crops ‘very difficult’ and cauliflowers and cabbages are also being effected.
If the wet weather continues and the vegetables, part of the brassica family, cannot be saved, they may have to be shipped in from overseas. So no shortage then really.
A non-league match has got a spot-kick in history, for equalling English footy’s longest penalty shoot-out. Taunton Town and Truro City needed 34 kicks to settle their Southern League Challenge Cup tie.
After finishing normal time at 2-2 and extra-time at 3-3, the shoot-out ended 12-11 to Taunton with midfielder Jack Rice netting the winner.
The Somerset club’s chairman and groundsman Kevin Sturmey said: “It was mad, 34 minutes, 34 penalties and then I had to rebuild the penalty spot afterwards.
“We had two opportunities to win it on penalties 32 and 33 and missed both chances, one would have been signalled a wide at cricket.”
The shoot-out at Taunton’s Cygnet Health Care Stadium equals the English record set in 2016 when Chelsea’s under-23s beat Oxford United 13-12 after 34 kicks in the EFL Trophy.
But it falls well short of the world record for a penalty shoot-out.
That was set in 2005 when KK Palace beat Civics 17-16 after 48 penalties in the Namibian Cup.
Atlético Baleares lost only their second game of the season with a 1-0 reverse against Getafe B. A slight wobble after their amazing start and the gap between them and second placed Atlético Madrid B has narrowed a little to just 3 points. Hopefully they’ll get back to winning ways this weekend as they entertain Celta B at the Estadio Balear. You can buy tickets on their website.
No game last week for my youngest Jude but Jacobs team were up against the top of the league Es Raval from Santa Catalina. After winning their opening 8 games and scoring 88 goals we weren’t sure how we were going to do. But only losing 1 in 8 the boys were confident they could give them a game. After going 1-0 down in the first 5 minutes it wasn’t looking good. But slowly we started to get into the game and we were unlucky not to equalise on at least 2 occasions before half time. The confidence was high going into the second half and it was obvious that we were the first team to give them a game this season. We continued to put them under pressure and all we lacked was a goal. All that enthusiasm vanished when our defence decided to gift then a second goal. This new rule of a player being able to take the ball from the goalkeeper inside the area has caused lots of team’s problems this season, even my team Arsenal can’t seem to manage it. So our centre half got the ball and under pressure from the centre forward lost it and he scored. Two-nil down there was no way back, the boys heads went down and they went on to lose 4-0. So it wasn’t a gubbing like they’ve done to every other team but disappointing that we gifted them the game after being in it for so long. A week off for Jake this week, with Jude back in action on Saturday.
We’re then off to watch Real Mallorca who play Betis on Saturday evening. So bad is their away form they need to keep up their good home form. My Wife is away for the weekend so a trip to our favourite Can Pedro after the game could well be on the cards. Saves on the washing up!
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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Ian Wright, Wright, Wright

When an international break is announced in football I’m always looking for something to do at the weekends. With Real Mallorca not playing, me and the boys decided to go and watch Atlético Baleares play Real Madrid Castilla. They are doing very well in their league having only lost 1 game and we were looking forward to seeing what young players Real Madrid had.
I bought the tickets online for only 15€ and I was impressed with the website, in English and easy to navigate. They said the tickets would be emailed to me which was fine. Only they didn’t get emailed to me. I rang the club three times and each time they told me not to worry as there was a glitch in the system and they were sorting it. Worse case they said I could pick them up from the office at their other stadium which is by IKEA. I left it to Saturday morning as Jude had a game near there but when I got to their office it was closed saying they only open Monday to Friday. This I thought was strange as surely I wasn’t the only one with the problem? I tweeted them in Spanish but didn’t get a reply so decided to turn up on Sunday with the print out from my credit card statement.
Estadio Balear where they now play let’s say is working progress. The main stand on the playing side is finished but behind it still needs some work. The other three sides are completely open with lots of building work going on. So you walk into what is pretty much a building site but that’s not really a problem. We found the ticket office and they gave me my tickets so no drama. They have built a temporary stand behind the goal which is where we were. Real Madrid Castilla are managed by one of their former legendary players Raul. He spent the lion’s share of his career playing for Real Madrid and is the club’s second all-time top goalscorer with 323 goals in the 741 appearances. He is also the most capped player in the history of the club.
His supremacy can be estimated by the fact that he was recognised as the symbol of Real Madrid. Raúl won 6 La Liga titles, 3 UEFA Champions League titles, 4 Supercopa de Espana, 1 UEFA Super Cup and 2 International Cups. In 2003, he was appointed captain of the team and retained that position until his departure from the club in 2010.
The club are basically Real Madrid’s reserve team but in reality they are all youngsters trying to break into the first team squad. With Baleares top of the league we were looking forward to a good game as it seemed were the other 3,300 fans which as far as I’m aware was their biggest crowd of the season. Unfortunately it was a little disappointing with neither team playing that well and it ended 1-1.
It was good to have a look at Reading loanee Jordan Holsgrove who’s following the trend of young UK footballers coming abroad to play. He’s a Scottish U-21 international midfielder who looks to have settled into the team. Not sure how good his Spanish is but I’m going to try and interview him soon to find out more.
Baleares are away this weekend to Getafe B.
Real Mallorca having had a weekend off were back in action last night against Levante and despite playing probably their best away game so far this season they still lost 2-1. So that’s 6 away games in La Liga without a win and they’ve now not won away since April. Next Saturday they’re at home to Real Betis.
Last weekend saw a record crowd for a Women’s game in the UK as Tottenham hosted Arsenal in the North London derby. 38,262 turned up which surpassed the 31,213 that watched the Manchester derby at Etihad Stadium in September and was more than seven times higher than the record of 5,265 which stood prior to this season. A bit of a way to go to beat the Spanish women’s league, where 60,739 turned out to see Athletico Madrid v Barcelona earlier this year. Good to see after the success of the World Cup.
I’ve been lucky enough to meet 3 of the 12 Celebs in I’m a Celebrity get me out of here. Jacqueline Jossa and Andy Whyment have been to Pirates and I was lucky enough to meet Ian Wright at an Arsenal game. He obviously would be my pick to win and also my boys who have a personally signed shirt hanging in their bedroom.
I think you’d have got very long odds on Mauricio Pochettino being sacked after taking Spurs to the Champions League Final just 6 months ago. But it happened and Jose Mourinho is now in charge. As a bit of disillusioned Arsenal fan right now I’d have Pochettino tomorrow if we could.
Now his departure from Tottenham on Tuesday may have seemed a shock, but evidence suggests it was inevitable.
The Argentinian’s sacking merely means that the Ajax Curse has now run its full effect, now accounting for six managers in less than a year.
Every club the Dutch side faced in reaching the Champions League semi-final last season has now replaced their coach.
Group stage opponents AEK Athens, Benfica and Bayern Munich all have new men in charge, while knock-out rivals Real Madrid, Juventus and eventual conquerors Tottenham are all now under new stewardship. It’s a funny old game.
Good wins for my two last week Jude winning 7-0 and Jake winning 8-0. No game for Jude this week but Jakes team play the top of the league. Es Raval of Santa Catalina have played 8 games and won 8, they’ve scored 88 goals and conceded just 2! So are we in for a gubbing? Well as I said above strange things happen in football and I for one have every confidence in the boys who themselves are in a good run of form.
Dad Taxi on half wages this week.
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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Persona Non Grata

Not quite sure how this works so let me explain. I have lived in Mallorca since 1990, it’s what I know as home. I’m a proud Englishman but I’m registered as a resident here and I pay all my dues to the relevant authorities. Having lived here all this time, according to UK law I am ineligible to vote in an election there, fair enough you might say. However because I am just a resident here and not a Spanish passport holder I can’t vote in a Spanish general election either.

So because I’ve lived outside of my country of birth for more than 15 years and because I refuse to give up my passport I am basically persona non grata. Well that’s what it seems like to be honest.

Biggest sporting event of last weekend? Some might say the Liverpool v Manchester City game but a total curve ball was the KSI v Logan Paul boxing Match over in LA. Who? I hear you say. Talk to anybody under the age of 30 and they will tell you they’re probably two of the biggest You Tubers in the World. KSI currently has over 20 million subscribers to his channel. He came to Pirates a couple of years ago and my kids were beside themselves that I hadn’t told them. Logan Paul is his American equivalent. In August 2018 they fought in a white collar boxing event which as you’d expect was massive on You Tube. It ended in a draw but the hype and interest it created was huge. So much so that they managed to persuade the boxing promoter Eddie Hearn to take on their rematch which he did on the proviso that they got a boxing license, turned professional and trained properly. Both my sons follow these guys and as I’ve said before have also taken an interest in boxing, so this was something they were really looking forward to. Now being in LA it wasn’t supposed to start until the early hours of Sunday morning. In fact I actually woke up and watched it after totally dissing it all week with my Sons. There was quite a lot of “windmilling” going on but it was genuinely quite exciting. KSI eventually won a split judges decision. Eddie Hearn said it was the biggest pay per view boxing match of the year, even beating the Ruiz Jnr v Joshua heavyweight fight earlier in June. Watch this space to which celebrity is next.

It’s just 39 sleeps to Christmas and at this time of the year the roles are being handed out to budding Marys, Josephs and Gabriels across the land as schools organise their school nativity plays. New research shows the part we played or our children will play can say quite a lot about where we’ve ended up or where they will end up in life and starring isn’t always the best bet.

  • Mary – £39k salary, most likely to work in retail, strong social circle, extrovert, does yoga
  • Joseph – £38k salary, most likely to work in finance/ banking, enjoys shopping, has a good social life, has a good sense of humour
  • Gabriel – £40k salary, most likely to work in marketing and communications, likes to exercise, reads more than three books a month
  • Inn Keeper – £37k salary, most likely to work in manual labour industry (ie plumbing), plays chess, enjoys puzzles
  • Angel – £25k salary, most likely to work in healthcare, optimistic, likes puzzles and going to the cinema
  • Shepherd – £29k salary, most likely to work in IT, enjoys going to the cinema, likes to exercise
  • One of the Three Kings/Wise men – £26k salary, most likely to work in construction, repair and maintenance, enjoys gaming, most likely to enjoy birdwatching
  • Ox – £43k salary, most likely to work in advertising, likes to be the center of attention, does amateur dramatics, most likely to be a pessimist
  • Lamb – £20k salary, most likely to work in healthcare, enjoys yoga, most likely to be introverted
  • Donkey – £25k salary, most likely to work in IT, likes to garden, has a good social life, enjoys doing puzzles
  • Narrator – £24k salary, most likely to work in education, likes horse-riding and enjoys shopping

So as you can you should have been an Ox! Not quite sure who did this research, as as far as I can remember I was the Narrator and I don’t work in education and I’m not keen on horse riding or shopping.

Special mention this week to Moto Gp’s Jorge Lorenzo who’s just announced his retirement. Born here in Mallorca, he was World Moto GP Champion 3 times and brought a lot of joy to motorcycling fans around the World.

Real Mallorca recorded a great win last Sunday at a rainy Son Moix with a convincing 3-1 win over Villareal. Playing without veteran Salva Sevilla in midfield they seemed more mobile with all three of Baba,Febas and Rodriguez all outstanding. Japanese winger Kubo on loan from Real Madrid probably had his best game of the season culminating in a great third goal to seal the victory. No game this weekend because of the international break but they return on Friday 22nd away against Levante. Atlético Baleares drew 0-0 away at Athletico Madrid B halting their run of wins but still sees them maintaining a 5 point lead at the top of Segunda B Group 1. This weekend they are at home to Real Madrid Castilla, Madrid’s B team which is mainly their youngsters looking to break into the first team squad. The former Spanish and Real Madrid Legend Raul is their Manager. You can buy tickets for 15€ online and their website has an English option. Me and the boys are going along with Mallorca not having a game.

Both my boys had great wins last weekend, Jake won 6-0 & scored his first of the season & Jude won 9-0 and his first clean sheet of the season.

Dad Taxi off Saturday morning with Jude, Saturday afternoon with Jake and we’re all together Sunday to watch Baleares.

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 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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Oh Santi Cazorla!


I had a nightmare of my own on Halloween night. After leaving the house at 6.30am for my breakfast show, I went straight to the Pirates office for the final preparations for the shows. Both The Reloaded Mash up and Gringos were really busy and it was a great way to finish the season. I’d decided not to drive as I thought I’d have a couple of drinks but knew I had to be back up again Friday morning for the Breakfast show. I left the theatre at 1am and waited to hail down a taxi. After 5 minutes of nothing I decided to start walking as I thought I’d pass one on the way. I live quite near Nova Santa Ponsa so thought I’m bound to see one. I had tried calling them too but it’s well known it’s hard enough to get hold of them daytime let alone at 1 in the morning. I walked and walked and walked and not one cab went by. So I actually ended up walking the whole way. I took pictures as I thought no one will believe me and when eventually I got to bed around 2.30am the Wife said, “why didn’t you call me?” Probably as I already knew the answer came my reply!

Fat Man Walking i called it and it was good exercise as I’m on another keep fit push leading up to Christmas. I can’t believe I’ve never thought of this before but I’ve joined a gym near where my boys train in Palma. Jacob trains Mon, Weds, Friday and Jude trains Tues, Weds, Thursday so I’m normally sat in the cafe or in the cold watching and it can get a little boring. So I’m now at the gym killing time and listening to podcasts. To be honest it’s far more enjoyable and it’s keeping me away from the crisps.

This week I made a flying visit to Scotland on business. Trying to find flights wasn’t easy and I can now understand the problems people from north of the border have in trying to get to us in Mallorca. You won’t be surprised to know it was cold but Glasgow and Edinburgh are great cities to visit. I managed to fit in a morning radio breakfast show with my good friend Gus on Pulse Community Radio, Scotland’s number 1 Community Radio Station. Doing a regular traffic and travel update was unusual and I was pleasantly surprised at the number of people who had been to Mallorca and had visited Pirates.

You may remember a few weeks ago I was banging on about bands going on tour and not including Spain in their itinerary. Queen, Simply Red and Simple Minds had all announced tours but had not included Barcelona or Madrid. Well finally I’ve found a band that has included us and funnily enough I saw them in Barcelona 2 years ago. The Stereophonics have announced a 2020 Tour and will be taking in both Cities. I thoroughly recommend you go, as you forget that they’ve been around for more than 25 years. Songs such as “Dakota”, “Have a Nice Day”, “Handbags & Gladrags” “The bartender & the thief” and “Maybe Tomorrow” and many more will be played. They play Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid on Friday January 24th and Razzmatazz, Barcelona on Saturday January 25th. Tickets are on sale on their website.

Real Mallorca disappointed again at the weekend with a 3-0 defeat away in Valladolid. I don’t know what it is but unless they can reverse this trend of not winning away then they are a banker to go down. Last season they won away only 4 times and their last away victory was on April 27th at Malaga. It was their home form that got them into the playoffs and after losing both away legs in the playoffs they still got promoted. They are at home this Sunday against 8th placed Villareal and me and the boys are looking forward to seeing former Arsenal legend Santi Cazorla. Jude had a photo taken with him and his shirt in the dressing room when we got invited behind the scenes at Arsenal.

Atlético Baleares are looking imperious at the top of Segunda B Group 1, another victory on Sunday meant they’ve won 10 of their 11 games so far and have a 5 point lead at the top. This weekend they go away to play Athletico Madrid’s B team who are the team behind them in second place. So a huge game which could already determine the season.

Differing fortunes for my two. Judes team narrowly lost 3-2 and were unlucky not to get a point. Jakes team drew 1-1 against a team just above them, which means they’re now 5 games unbeaten. Jake’s playing away in Inca on Saturday and Judes team have an away game in Palma Friday night.

Thanks for all your birthday messages last Monday and as I’ve had a busy week we’ll be celebrating as a family on Saturday.

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 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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Swing Low

After last weeks dominant performance against the All Blacks, today is England’s chance to win the Rugby World Cup since the last time they did it 16 years ago. I spoke to the former Welsh Rugby Union & League legend Jonathan Davies this week on the radio. After his initial disappointment of Wales losing to South Africa last week he thinks England will win it. Let’s hope so it in what will probably be a tight game but hopefully not as nail biting as the last time when we won with a last minute drop goal from a Jonny Wilkinson. Unfortunately both my two have games Saturday morning so I won’t be able to watch but I’ll be following it online, which is sometimes worse as you can’t actually see what’s going on. It’s been a great tournament and Japan have been amazing hosts. One of the details I love is each team has a Japanese mascot with them and each of those kids has learnt the words to the National Anthem of the team they are stood with.
Last Monday was World Chocolate Day and we asked our listeners what their favourite bar was. Most people came back with more than one showing it’s still not lost its popularity. Now a clever parent has revealed the cunning trick she uses to ensure her chocolate treats remain untouched.
The mum, who is believed to be American, hides her chocolate in the freezer…..and disguises them in an innocent bag of vegetables.
She uploaded a photo of her genius idea on Facebook with the caption: “Let’s see the kids find this stash.” The post has been shared more than 54,000 times and had almost 3,000 reactions. Rest assured that’s a trick we’ll be trying in our house.
One of the reasons to set up the radio station was to make sure we helped local charities and the local community. This year, between now and the 15th of Decemberwe’re asking you to donate to the Radio One Mallorca Help a Mallorca Child Appeal.
Over all the years we have ran this campaign and with your generosity, we have been able to bring Christmas cheer to hundreds of children and pensioners on the island, plus enable Son Espases to make their Childrens ward child and parent friendly.
This year your donations will benefit:
The Salvation Army: Please donate new and used toys in good condition for children aged between 1 and 9 years old.  These will be wrapped and given to the children at a special Christmas Party.
Fundacio Nazaret: With your donations last year we were able to buy a voucher for every child, we aim to do the same again with your help.
Age Concern: Food donations accepted to make Christmas hampers for the Seniors across the island. Please just put something extra each week onto your shopping list!
Son Espases: Our connection with the Childrens ward and the childrens intensive care ward at Son Espases has enabled them to make positive changes to the area, we are currently involved in preparing a room for the parents of seriously ill children, so they can be closeby.
This year, to help raise more needed funds we are asking anyone who would like, to sponsor a day on the radio!
Starting 15th Nov to 15th Dec you can sponsor each weekday for your business, event, special promotion or even for a special person!
A promo will be made and air on the hour each hour 8am to 7pm and the presenters will talk about who is sponsoring each day during their shows.  You can even come into the studio on your day with a pre-arranged interview to talk about what or who you have sponsored for that day.
Minimum 100€ per day for sponsorship, it’s a great way to promote anything you want and all the proceeds go to great causes.
It’s a great cost effective way to advertise plus helps us raise even more funds for our Christmas Appeal.
Please help us to bring a smile to lots of faces this Christmas
A busy weekend of football for the boys and as luck would have it they’re both playing at home one after the other on Saturday. So an easy weekend for Dad Taxi, also I’ve set up my own Instagram account so give it a follow please. Real Mallorca living up to their annoying standards of beating Real Madrid one week and losing to bottom of the table Leganés the next. They can’t buy an away win and if they’re to survive they’re going to have to try and win a few. This week at the time of writing they’re playing Osasuna at home and they play Valladolid away on Sunday. Better news for Atlético Baleares who won again at the Weekend 4-1 and are 5 points clear at the top of Segunda B Group 1. They’re at home on Sunday against Real Oviedo B, 12 midday kick-off.
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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ZZ Stop!

Two years ago this week Real Mallorca were playing Villarreal B in Segunda B Group 3, they won with a 51st minute goal from Lago Junior. Fast forward  and Mallorca are back in the top flight and last weekend were up against an unbeaten Real Madrid team and win with a goal from Lago Junior. Some people may point to the players missing for Madrid, Hazard, Bale, Kronos and Modric but they still had enough international talent out there including Courtois, Ramos, James and Benzema. Putting that into perspective against a Mallorca team that had 6 players that had played in Segunda B, Reina, Sastre, Raíllo, Gámez, Salva Sevilla y Lago Junior it was an amazing performance. So good in fact that 3 players, Gamez, Baba and Lago Junior made the La Liga team of the week. Lago Junior for his goal which he took really well, Gamez who moved from left back to right back to stop Vinicius who was giving Sastre the run around. But for me Baba was outstanding, bossing the Madrid midfield of Casemiro and Isco with an outstanding defensive midfield display. He’s 23 years old and has been with the club for 5 years coming through the ranks. I wouldn’t be surprised if the so called bigger clubs come sniffing at the end of the season. The atmosphere at the stadium was jumping with the 20,275 being Mallorca’s best so far and they weren’t disappointed. So much so hardly any left before the end, which quite a few normally do. The majority stayed to applaud the team off and cap what was a brilliant night. Onto bottom of the table Leganés this Saturday where there can’t be a better opportunity for them to pick up 3 away points. They also play at home this coming Thursday 31st, Halloween night against Osasuna, who have 2 former Mallorca players in their side in Brandon and Estupiñan.

Our other professional team and top of their league Atlético Baleares went away to second placed UD Ibiza. A scrappy game I’m told by our “Man in San An” with few chances and Baleares won with a second half goal from Gabbare. A good crowd of 3,500 with a good following from here who went away happy with Baleares now 5 points clear at the top.

My youngest Jude started his season with a 3-3 draw against his old team Calvia. It was good to see some of his old team mates, their parents and his old Manager Paco who really helped him in the early days. My eldest Jakes team remain unbeaten in 4 games after a surprising 7-0 win against a team just below them.

It’s 60 sleeps to Christmas and Tyson Fury is favourite to land the Christmas No.1 as he teams up with Robbie Williams to release a song. Fury announced on social media that he will be teaming up with the former Take That star to release a festive tune.

The Gypsy King posted a mocked-up photo on Instagram featuring him and Williams singing with Christmas hats on captioned: “Can’t wait till you hear this new Christmas song”.

On Twitter, he stated: “It’s happening guys Christmas #1”, with their track entitled “Bad Sharon” set to be released on November 22. What with singing and stepping into a wrestling ring, it looks less and less likely that he’ll step back into a boxing ring soon against Deontay Wilder.

It has instantly led to Williams being installed as the 4/1 favourite to land the prestigious Christmas No.1 single by Betfair for his effort with Fury.

Ed Sheeran and Lewis Capaldi are next in the running at 6/1 with the likes of Ariana Grande (8/1), Mariah Carey and Adele (both 10/1) also in the running.

Pirates presents Reloaded Halloween a twist for all ages on Thursday 31st October from 17.30. Pirates spooky spectacular is one of Mallorca’s most renowned events, this year expect to be haunted by some well-known creepy characters. Its fright night so there’s amazing prizes for those who come in the best fancy dress costumes! The best adult costume will receive 2 return flights from Palma to the UK(subject to availability) from Jet2 and the best child costume will get a year’s pass for all the Aspro parks(Western Park, Aqualand & Marineland) in 2020. Enjoy an evening with plenty of tricks and treats… a pre-show dinner with beer, sangria and soft drinks included throughout the evening followed by world-class entertainment with an evil twist!

That’s followed by Halloween Gringos, with dabbers at the ready, this is bingo but not as you know it! It is the ultimate night out for adults of all ages. Expect chaos, raves, dance-offs, funny prizes and big prizes!

Don’t confuse this as the traditional style of bingo – think nightclub and party atmosphere with music to suit all – from nostalgic tunes, old school anthems and present day bangers! There’s adult humour from the host and crazy characters to keep the audience entertained all night long. So what is all the fuss about?

The normal rules of bingo still apply, with some great prizes and then some bizarre prizes…but in between each game you’ll be up dancing as confetti fills the room. Even if you don’t win, you’ll get your fair share of laughs and a crazy party night at that. As it’s the last night of the season and it’s a public holiday the next day they’ve got an old school “lock in” so it could be an early morning. Not great for Breakfast Radio Show presenters!

If you need more information please go online to or call 971 130411.

Don’t forget to put your clocks back 1 hour tonight before you go to sleep!

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 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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Here comes the rain again!

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

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

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


1 ’21’ – Adele (2011)

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

3 ’25’ – Adele (2015)

4 ‘X’ – Ed Sheeran (2014)

5 ‘÷’ – Ed Sheeran (2017)

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

7 ‘Spirit’ – Leona Lewis (2007)

8 ‘Crazy Love’ – Michael Buble (2009)

9 ‘No Angel’ – Dido (2000)

10 ‘White Ladder’ – David Gray (1999)

11 ‘The Fame’ – Lady Gaga (2008)

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

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

14 ‘Christmas’ – Michael Buble (2011)

15 ‘Life For Rent’ – Dido (2003)

16 ‘Beautiful World’ – Take That (2006)

17 ‘Hopes And Fears’ – Keane (2004)

18 ‘X&Y’ – Coldplay (2005)

19 ‘Scissor Sisters’ – Scissor Sisters (2004)

20 ‘Parachutes’ – Coldplay (2000)

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

An Englishwoman has won the World Porridge Making Championship title.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy your weekend!

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at 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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