Bad Santa II


In the last few weeks some of the UK’s top bands have announced tours of the UK and Europe in 2020. Queen, Simply Red and Simple Minds are bands that I grew up with and I’ve been lucky enough to have seen two of them live. Simple Minds are the only ones I haven’t seen but songs such as “Promised you a Miracle” “Don’t you forget about me” “Alive & Kicking” and “Belfast Child” would definitely mean I would go. The only problem with all these concerts is none of them are coming to Spain! Now I don’t just mean Mallorca but not even Madrid or Barcelona. Surely with the number of expats that live in Spain this is an oversight by the organisers? Using our very generous inter island discounts I’ve flown over to Barcelona to see Queen and The Stereophonics recently and wouldn’t hesitate to see any of those above. They are all covering all the major European cities but at the moment we are not included.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but following the demise of Thomas Cook, flights this month both to and from the island are really expensive. I couldn’t believe some of the prices quoted particularly from the so called “No Frills” airlines. With those prices they should be adding in the frills.

Pretty apt then that ‘I don’t believe it!’ has been voted the nation’s favourite catchphrase of all time.

The instantly recognisable saying from Victor Meldrew in ‘One Foot in the Grave’ scooped the top slot in a new survey looking at the popularity of catchphrases.

Meldrew’s phrase beat off competition from ‘Simples’ – made famous by the meerkats of Compare the Market, which came second. While, ‘Don’t panic!’ exclaimed by Lance-Corporal Jones in ‘Dad’s Army’ took third place.

The survey of 2,000 adults found more than half think the most popular expressions come from TV shows, with a fifth highlighting reality TV programmes as particularly effective.


1. I don’t believe it! – Victor Meldrew

2. Simples – Compare the Market

3. Don’t panic! – Lance-Corporal Jones/Dad’s Army

4. Lovely jubbly – Del Boy/Only Fools and Horses

5. I have a cunning plan! – Tony Robinson / Blackadder

6. To me, to you – Chuckle Brothers

7. I’ll be back – Arnold Schwarzenegger / Terminator 2

8. Nice to see you – to see you nice – Bruce Forsyth

9. Only me! – Harry Enfield

10. Rodney, you plonker! Del Boy/Only Fools and Horses

11. Cheeky Nando’s

12. How YOU doin’? Joey from Friends

13. Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once – ‘Allo ‘Allo

14. Computer says no – Little Britain

15. Garlic bread! – Peter Kay

16. Should’ve gone to Specsavers – Specsavers

17. D’oh! – Homer Simpson

18. Am I bovvered? Catherine Tate

19. The name’s Bond… James Bond – James Bond

20. Beam me up, Scotty – Star Trek

21. It is what it is – Love Island

22. Aha! – I’m Alan Partridge

23. What’s occurring? – Gavin and Stacey

24. I’ve started so I’ll finish – Mastermind presenter

25. It’s goodnight from me, and it’s goodnight from him – The Two Ronnies

A busy Saturday for Dad Taxi, my youngest Jude has a game in the morning and my eldest Jake late afternoon. Last weekend Jakes team travelled to Atlético Baleares with a little trepidation. Baleares were unbeaten and a team that’s expected to win the league and we had 5 players out through injury. Sometimes all those things that you think will go against you goes in the totally opposite direction. We scored fairly early and were under the cosh for most of the game but we held on and ran out 0-1 winners on their patch. Queue an all day celebration culminating in a family meal at Can Pedro in Genova.

Saturday evening I’ll be making an appearance as Bad Santa in the Gringos Bingo Christmas Special. If you’ve been promising yourself a night at Gringos there are only two to go. This Saturday and Halloween are the final shows of the season so get yourselves booked on by calling 971 130411 or to the website

Another disappointing weekend for Real Mallorca a 2-0 loss against fellow strugglers Alaves leave them in 19th place with 4 points from their opening 7 games. I hate to say it but Sunday’s game is the proverbial must win. Espanyol lie just above Mallorca in 18th place, kick-off is at 12 midday so a good time to watch a game and a Sunday lunch afterwards. Atlético Baleares went top of their league last weekend with a 2-0 win against Coruxo. This weekend they’re away at Racing Ferrol so hopefully they can keep their run going.

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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