So my headline last week was “Its Coming Home” and it certainly is in many ways!
Did you like me sit there on Tuesday night and think oh no not penalties again. I’ve lived through Germany in 1990, Germany again in 1996, Argentina in 1998, Portugal in 2004 and 2006 and Italy in 2012. And to top it all off we were on ITV a channel where we’d won only 1 World Cup knockout game and that was against Trinidad & Tobago. In the words of Private Fraser from Dads Army “We were doomed!”(one for the teenagers)or in other words we didn’t stand a chance did we! Even my 2 boys who haven’t gone through the hurt too much were despondent. We’d conceded a last minute equaliser against a team who’d done nothing all game but basically try and cheat their way to a win. Their tails were up too as they’d had the better of extra time and we looked dead on our feet. The one thing I hadn’t counted on was the intense planning the England team had done in the eventuality of a penalty shootout. Gareth Southgate has certainly done his job in meticulously planning how this England team perform in whatever task they are given. He’s certainly changed a lot of people’s opinions and all of a sudden we look a different team. Back to that shootout, my nightmares returned once Jordan Henderson had missed, but luckily the next Colombian hit the bar and then Jordan Pickford made a stunning save. Apart from Henderson all the other spot-kicks were top class and it was left to Eric Dier to score the winner. We’ve never screamed so loud when the ball hit the net, even my Wife joined in as Love Island had been delayed! To get that monkey off our backs was truly amazing, although I did have to watch it again on ITV +1 and then the highlights on BBC1 to be sure.
I talked last week of a record tv audience who watched the England v Panama game well that was beaten again on Tuesday night. A peak of 23.8m an 80% audience share, which was the highest TV share since the Olympic Closing ceremony in 2012.
A 1 minute peak of 24.4m for the Dier penalty, the highest peak for live sport since England v Portugal in Euro 2004 which was 24.7m. I’m sure that will be broken again today at 16.00 our time for Sweden in the quarter finals. I imagine it’s going to be another tough but possibly dull game with few goals. I fancy us to win 2-0 and to reach the dizzy heights of a World Cup semi-final. It’s Coming Home!
Last Monday night I was watching a compelling match between Belgium and Japan. Belgium having come back from 2 goals down to draw 2-2 so I was preparing for extra time. When one of my boys came running out of their bedroom saying Belgium had scored. How was that possible? I said, it’s a corner to Japan and we’re in the last minute. Ten seconds later the ball is in the back of the Japanese net and I realise our tv in the lounge is about 30 seconds behind the one in their bedroom, don’t you hate that! So off to bed I trudged to be greeted by the Wife watching Love Island. Now I talked about it last week being the most successful ITV2 show ever but to be honest I’ve never watched it. Without doubt it’s great publicity for the island but are these people for real? I know a lot of you are hooked by it and it’s harmless of course but one couple is called Jack and Dani, I’m going to leave it there(If you’re not sure phone a Southern friend!)
Congratulations to George Ezra the singer/songwriter who scored his first UK chart number 1 last week. Following up from songs, “Budapest”, “Blame it on me” and “Paradise”, he made it to number 1 with “Shotgun”. I found out this week that he was born in Hertford where I went to school.
Having got to number 1 he may only last one week as a song has hit the download charts with a vengeance this week. Remember I said It’s Coming Home, well Baddiel & Skinner and The Lightning Seeds’ Three Lions has reached an all time streaming high this week, according to Spotify.
The music streaming service took to Twitter to announce the song was played over 450,000 times through their platform on the day of England’s victory against Colombia. It is also top of the iTunes store outselling both George Ezra and Clean Bandit.
After passing the halfway point of 2018, the top 20 biggest selling albums of the year so far have been revealed. It should come as no surprise that the runaway success of the soundtrack to ‘The Greatest Showman’ sees it sitting comfortably at the top of the list, but there are also high rankings from new albums from George Ezra, Post Malone and Arctic Monkeys.
As the Official Charts Company reports, ‘The Greatest Showman’ has shifted a massive 931,000 copies across physical and digital combined with streaming equivalent sales. In at the second highest-selling is Ed Sheeran with ‘Divide’, having sold a massive 346,000 in 2018 alone, having also topped 2017’s chart.
The top 20 biggest-selling albums of 2018 so far are
1. ‘THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING’- VARIOUS ARTISTS
2. ‘DIVIDE’ – ED SHEERAN 3. ‘STAYING AT TAMARA’S’ – GEORGE EZRA 4. ‘DUA LIPA’ – DUA LIPA
5. ‘BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS’ – POST MALONE 6. ‘THE THRILL OF IT ALL’ – SAM SMITH 7. ‘HUMAN’ – RAG’N’BONE MAN 8. ‘TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO’ – ARCTIC MONKEYS
9. ‘REVIVAL’ – EMINEM
10. ‘BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA’ – PINK 11. ‘THE ARCHITECT’ – PALOMA FAITH 12. ‘X’ – ED SHEERAN 13. ‘REPUTATION’ – TAYLOR SWIFT 14. ‘GOLDEN’ – KYLIE MINOGUE 15. ‘CAMILA’ – CAMILA CABELLO 16. ‘GLORY DAYS’ – LITTLE MIX 17. ‘CURTAIN CALL – THE HITS’ – EMINEM
18. ‘TIME FLIES – 1994-2009’ – OASIS 19. ‘THE VERY BEST OF’ – FLEETWOOD MAC
20. ‘STONEY’ – POST MALONE
I had a bit of fun last weekend on Facebook when I posted a picture of the family with our passports and asked the question, passports ready but where are we going?
Here are some of the destinations suggested.
UK, Russia, Qatar, Florida, Formentera, Bognor Regis, Cornwall, Scotland and North Yorkshire. It was in fact a wind up as we like I’m sure many others here on the island don’t venture too far out from where we live. Last year we visited friends in Porto Cristo and enjoyed ourselves so much we decided to go back. We always ask our friends what it’s like on “the dark side” and they tell us to bring our passports so we did! I have to say sometimes you need to get out there to appreciate what a beautiful and diverse island we live on. I remember saying all those years ago as a Rep how diverse the island is, I can still recite those words today. “From the mountains of the West, to the bays and beaches of the North, to the caves and coves of the East and the nightlife of the South it really is an island of contrast.
Those of you that know me know I like a crisp or three. So when I read this story I thought about clearing the shelves. Fears are growing the crisp could be the next food to be in short supply as Britain is hit by a produce ‘crisis’.
A leading UK crisp firm says the ‘Beast from the East’ cold spell that struck Britain earlier this year has caused chaos with the country’s potato crops, made worse by the current heatwave.
It comes as a CO2 shortage is wreaking havoc with other foodstuffs, causing stocks of beer, fizzy drinks and even crumpets to run out.
Soft drinks firms, brewers and cider makers cannot operate without carbon dioxide which is used to put the fizz into their products.
Alex Albone, co-founder of Pipers Crisps, said the subzero temperatures in February and March were the cause of the problem and companies face having to import crisps from abroad, although he added Pipers would only do that ‘virtually over my dead body’.
Should I start panic buying?
What a weekend of sport coming up, the World Cup, Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix and remember Its Coming Home!
Enjoy Your Weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca, online at http://www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone, Android, The Tunein Radio App and on the Spanish TDT TV service. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!
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