The Shape of Ed

I read this story with great surprise this week. Ed Sheeran has spoken about living with “crippling social anxiety” that means he can’t face rooms full of people.

Despite performing at stadium gigs around the world, he says he get claustrophobic and doesn’t like being in crowds.

He said “I don’t like large groups of people, which is ironic given I play shows to thousands of people.

“I feel claustrophobic and I don’t like being around many people. I have no problem with talking to people. But it’s when people film me and stare at me. It makes me feel weird.”

He said he has been working on the condition for eight years, and that it has been sparked by his worldwide fame, particularly with the surge in 2017 when Shape of You was released and the album Divide went platinum.

He also said he now goes on tour with four of his friends and has closed down his social circles to ensure he is closest to people he truly knows.

Sheeran said: “If I lived in central London and hung out with people, I wasn’t sure if they were friends with me because of me, or who I am.”

I’ve been lucky enough to see him twice in concert both here in Mallorca and at Wembley stadium last summer. I know from people within the music industry who say he is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and he looks after those four friends who keep him grounded. Strangely though I can relate to what he talks about as anyone that knows me knows that give me a microphone and I’ll talk all day. Whether it was the 1000 strong audience at Pirates or all the people that listen to my show on the radio I’ve never had a problem. But put me into a room full of strangers and expect me to start conversations, I can’t do it.

His music though is still breaking records if you pardon the pun, as he has just broken yet another streaming record.

He’s released his latest collaborative album ‘No. 6 Collaborations Project’, and it’s now been revealed that he’s racked up a whopping 69 million streams a month on Spotify, which is the highest going.

The new album features the likes of Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Khalid, Stormzy, Eminem, and many more.

I jokingly call myself Dad Taxi and to be honest I love taking my boys around the island for their football. But Parents who are sick of being treated like a free taxi service by their children can now charge them in chore time thanks to a new app. It tracks the miles completed like a real taximeter and allows the owner to make domestic tasks worth a certain amount of travel time.

The app can also send a receipt straight to a child’s smartphone and remind them what is owed.

If your kids still aren’t lending a helping hand around the house, you can even publicly shame them into doing so by sharing the receipts on social media.

Skoda launched the free app, which can also track past trips and the total number of journeys, earlier this week.

I’ve downloaded it and it wasn’t very well greeted by my two as you can imagine.

An online survey came up with the top 20 things that make you common and it got loads of comments on my radio show this week.  I got 6 out of 20 so I think that makes me partly common? Like the shower survey last week there’s a few strange ones in there. Newspapers as curtains, who has that? Maybe people that live on their own so they use The Independent(Sorry!)

Here are those 20 things that apparently makes us common;

Hot tub in the garden


Salad cream

Watching ITV

Newspapers as curtains

Drinking a cold drink out of a mug

The name Gary

Sausage rolls from Greggs

Leaving the house in PJs

Surnames as first names

Visible tattoos

Making your guests remove their shoes at your front door

Any item of household furniture or a shopping trolly in your front garden

Eating in the street

Sportswear worn as casual wear

Owning a caravan

Putting giant eyelashes on your car headlights

Ketchup on a roast dinner

More rings than you have fingers

Having loads of sugar in their tea

Snow Patrol’s ballad Chasing Cars has somewhat surprisingly for me been crowned the most-played song of the 21st Century on UK radio.

The seminal hit failed to reach number one when the Northern Irish rockers released it in 2006, but it gained a steady flow of popularity after featuring in shows including Grey’s Anatomy and a selection of high profile movies.

It took up a similar residency on the airwaves, staying in the charts for three years and it has become the most popular song of the last 20 years.

Second place went to Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling, while Pharrell’s similarly upbeat Happy came third.

Looks like a hot one this weekend and not so much sport as last Sunday which was great but still the climax to The Open Golf to watch on Sunday.

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 www.radioonemallorca.comon 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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