Work, Rest & Play….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy Your Weekend!

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