So that’s it we’ve left the European Union. How do you feel, any different? No me neither and to be honest it remains to be seen what happens. Personally I would if I could have voted remain but now it’s here I’m of the opinion you should embrace it and get the best out of it. We are too often guilty of looking at the negative instead of the positive. It doesn’t affect me as I’m living here but the more upbeat people are the better it is for our tourism industry.
This week I interviewed Lloyd Milen the British Consul General for Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Aragon & Andorra on the radio.
My first question was leading up to Brexit, what you should do?
The three main things to do are;
Register as a resident in Spain.
Register for healthcare as a resident in Spain
Exchange your UK driving license for a Spanish one.
We talked about tourism in general and we’re both agreed that Spain will still be the number one choice for British holiday makers and long may that continue.
Speaking of holidays we’re already more or less decided where we’d like to go at the end of this year. It seems a long way off but it’s good to have something to look forward to.
With that in mind the top 10 most annoying travel snaps on social media have been revealed. How many are you guilty of?
1. Hot dogs or legs Guilty
2. Boastful captions, such as ‘my Monday is going better than yours’ Guilty
3. Poses in bikinis/swimwear Not Guilty
4. Pictures of drinks Guilty
5. Poses on pristine beaches Guilty
6. Sun lounger poses Guilty
7. Pictures on the plane – out of the plane window, or if you are travelling in business class Guilty
8. People posting images long after they return Not Guilty
9. Official shoots with a professional photographer Guilty
10. Sunsets or sunrises Guilty
Me? I’m guilty of 8 out of 10!
A lot has been said this week about the devaluing of the FA Cup. Teams playing weakened teams, fans not filling stadiums, games at times that don’t suit supporters has all been mentioned. Now the one thing that has fuelled such a global interest particularly in our game is television and the TV companies are themselves just as guilty of devaluing it too. Look at the line-up of pundits on Gillette Soccer Saturday last week, nothing like it is on a Premier League weekend and on the BBC Gary Lineker didn’t present Match of the Day. Now I have nothing against the people that stepped in but you reap what you sow. The most damning thing though for me about devaluing the FA Cup is they put the 5th round draw on The One Show on BBC1. This week on one of the shows was “Matt Baker and Alex Jones are joined by legendary singer Lulu, whose On Fire tour is ending with a special show at the London Palladium, and Shakespeare & Hathaway stars Jo Joyner and Mark Benton. Plus we celebrate the refuse workers who saved a woman’s £20,000 life savings from the landfill.” Seriously whats all this got to do with football and more importantly the most revered cup competition in the World! No wonder Jurgen Klopp is sending the kids to play Shrewsbury Town whilst he swans off to the sunshine.
It’s a massive weekend of sport for all you armchair fans. The Australian Open Tennis Finals, The Six Nations Rugby, and a full programme of football.
This weekend also sees one of the Worlds biggest sporting events the American SuperBowl. The Kansas City Chiefs will play the San Francisco 49ers in Miami on Sunday with the kick-off at 00.30 here and 11.30 in the UK. Demi Lovato
will sing the National Anthem and Jennifer Lopez
will perform at half time. This year a 30-second half time commercial will reportedly cost between $5 million and $5.6 million.
Americans consume more than 100 million pounds of chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday alone. For those of you playing along at home, that’s more than 1.25 BILLION individual wings. They chow down on more than 11.2 million pounds of potato chips(crisps to you and i) on Super Bowl Sunday, even for me that’s a lot of crisps. Followed closely by 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips for all your guacamole and salsa needs and 4 million pounds of pretzels.
Speaking of guacamole, they’ll eat more than 8 million pounds of guac on the football holiday. That’s a LOT of avocados! Experts estimate hungry football fans will finish off more than 14 billion grilled hamburgers nationwide too.
Arsenal’s latest signing Pablo Marí started his career here at RCD Mallorca. He was born in Valencia but came through Mallorca’s youth system and ended up playing 66 games for Mallorca B & 2 games for the first team between 2010-2013. Mallorca fans will remember him for missing a last minute header last season for Deportivo in the Play-off win.
Real Mallorca’s awful away form continued last weekend with a 3-0 reverse at Real Sociedad. 0-0 at half time they looked comfortable and probably had the best of the first half. To concede 1 minute into the second half wasn’t ideal and the game went from bad to worse. This makes this Saturday’s
home game against Valladolid a proverbial “must win”. They lie 4 points above them and by beating them they drag them into the relegation fight. There’s been a call for the fans to get outside the ground at 16.30 on Saturday
to build the atmosphere for both teams. A bit like the Deportivo play-off game spurring our boys on and putting the fear of god into the opposition. Kick-off is at 18.30.
Atlético Baleares got back to winning ways last weekend after a blip the week before. They are joint top with Atlético Madrid B with UD Ibiza 2 points further back. They are away this weekend to the bottom team Sanse this weekend. Two weeks ago I told you they had resigned Sam Shashoua from Tenerife on loan until the end of the season. This week Tottenham revealed that his brother Armando has also joined Baleares on a short term loan until the end of the season.
He managed five goals in 14 youth games for the Lilywhites this season and he’ll be eager to impress in Spain en route to returning to North London a much more polished player come this summer. They both join on loan Reading player Jordan Holsgrove and it’s great to see so many UK players over here.
No games for my two last weekend and to be honest I was a bit lost as to what to do. All change this weekend, Jude kicks off at 09.00 against top of the league Penya Arrabal, Jake kicks off at 13.30 against second in the league Genova. So difficult games for both and then onto Real Mallorca, meaning Dad Taxi has a busy day.
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 www.radioonemallorca.com
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