It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

You have to say that the Christmas lights in Palma are once again this year spectacular, particularly the ones in the Paseo de Born. There’s a definite Christmassy feel about Palma and with all the great shops, restaurants and bars to visit for both us who live here and those that are coming for a City break. Good news this week from Palma that the owners of the iconic bar Abaco have had a change of heart. Rather than turn it into a hotel they’ve decided to keep it as a bar and will reopen in January 2020. I visited before it closed and to be honest it was looking a little tired and needed a revamp. Looking forward to seeing it in the New Year.
Spotify the digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs have revealed the most streamed songs of 2019 and the decade in the UK.
The most streamed songs of 2019 are;
  1. Someone you Loved – Lewis Capaldi
  2. Bad Guy – Billie Eilish
  3. I Don’t Care – Ed Sheeran
  4. Vossi Bop – Stormzy
  5. 7 Rings – Ariana Grande
Perhaps a little surprised to see Lewis Capaldi at number one although he has had a phenomenal year including his debut album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, which topped the album charts.
The most streamed songs of the decade are;
  1. Shape of you – Ed Sheeran
  2. One Dance – Drake
  3. Rockstar – Post Malone
  4. Closer – The Chainsmokers
  5. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Second placed Drakes One Dance was played 1.7 billion times, but that
was dwarfed by Ed Sheeran‘s Shape Of You, whose 2.4 billion streams, made it the decade’s most listened-to track.
The end-of-decade charts are presumably skewed towards more recent songs because of the growth in Spotify’s user-base. The service had 7 million users in 2009, but now boasts 248 million monthly active users, of which 113 million are paid subscribers.
Exciting news this week that Lionel Richiewill be coming to Palma with his World Hello! tour on July 29th 2020 at the Plaza de Toros in Palma. Tickets are on sale at
The question is will you be saying Hello, Don’t stop the music, as we’re running with the night, while we’re dancing on the ceiling, all night long? Come on!
Real Mallorca were unlucky to lose 2-1 at home to Real Betis last weekend. After going 2-0 down in the first half it didn’t look good, but a penalty early in the second half set up a a grand stand last half hour. They were denied an equaliser though by a worldly display from Betis goalkeeper Joel Robles who was at Everton for 5 years but only played 42 Premier league games. Also by some sub standard finishing from Budimir and Lago Junior who both had good chances. 16,810 fans boosted by a good turnout from the Betis fans who brought the most travelling support so far from an away side this season. Mallorca have the small matter of Barcelona away on Saturday night. I keep saying it they need to start getting some sort of a result away from home so where better than the Camp Nou! I’ve organised a quick surprise trip for me and the boys to go and see the game. I’ve promised them an away game and it works out perfectly as Jude plays Saturday morning and Jake on Sunday lunchtime. So what better than a quick visit to Barcelona, giving us a chance to visit our favourite tapas bar in the World, Cervecería Catalana. A full report next week.
After spluttering for the last 3 games and taking just 2 points from a possible 9, Atlético Baleares got back to winning ways with a convincing 6-1 home win against Celta B. They are 3 points clear of Atlético Madrid B as they go into Sunday’s game away at UD Melilla.
No game for Jake last week but Judes team won 8-0 away at Patronato in Palma. In the last 3 games they’ve scored 24 goals and conceded none, so as the goalie he’s very happy. There’s a great scheme that’s been launched by the clubs here in Mallorca. Every game a parent from each club is delegated to represent the team in the stands making sure that nothing untoward happens. Now I have been known to get a little irate on the touch line every now and again, nothing serious but I’ve learned my lesson. I’ve decided it’s best if I have a problem to vent it in English as no one understands me.
Did we survive last week with my Wife away? Of course with a little help from Can Pedro but I did cook on Sunday night just so you know.
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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