Fantastic weather at the moment with temperatures reaching as high as 26c in Palma, pretty good for February.
Something I found out this week courtesy of Mr Lee the Barber, who by the way is a great barber in Magaluf but make sure you book as he’s very busy. Those of certain age may remember as song called “Black is Black” by a band called Los Bravos. The band was an amalgamation of two pop groups, Los Sonor from Madrid and The Runaways from Majorca. The single was released in 1966 and made number 2 in the UK and number 4 in the USA. The band was created here in Majorca when they all met in a club in Cala Mayor. Pablo Sanllehi who was born in Barcelona, was the bands drummer and since the swinging sixties has settled back here on the island. So chatting to Lee as you do while having your haircut he mentioned that next door to his Barbers is Med Ped and the owner is none other than Pablo himself.
If anyone could rely on the hand of God to provide a crucial goal, it would be the Church of England’s first official football team, founded by an ex-professional from Iran who is now a priest in Sunderland.
The newly-formed Archbishop of Canterbury FC will be made up exclusively of priests. They are already in talks to play international fixtures against sides from the Vatican and the Lutheran church in Germany.
So obviously they’ll play at Vicarage Road and use Mitre footballs but who should be in the team?
1. Nick Pope
2. Jesus Navas
3. Owen Archdeacon
4. Victor Moses
5. Christian Dailly
6. Jose Fonte
7. Ángel Di Maria
8. Ian Bishop
9. Simon Church
10. Gabriel Jesus
11. Steve Pugh
Manager: Gary Monk
Apparently they’ll come out on the pitch to Jerusalem sung by Charlotte Church.
Lots of fallout from the BBC licence fee and it’s cost rising from £154.50 to £157.50 at the beginning of April. From June 1st free licences for the over 75’s is being taken away, which has proved to be very unpopular. In 2016, the government said the fee would rise in line with inflation every year for five years from 1 April 2017.
The latest increase comes amid debate around the future of the licence fee, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that it needs “looking at” and they’ve also considered whether failure to pay the fee should cease to be a criminal offence.
The problem for the BBC is that the younger generation isn’t watching TV anymore. They’re are cheaper things to watch such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and You Tube which is free. Look at the costs below;
BBC Licence fee cost £154.50 (£13.13/month)
Amazon Prime cost £95.88 (£7.99/month)
Netflix cost £71.88 (£5.99/month)
You Tube cost free
My sons hardly ever watch the Beeb unless it’s Match of the Day, otherwise for them it’s You Tube.
The football club that both my boys play for is called CD San Francisco and they are based in Palma. They are the only club in the Balearics to play in Division de Honor Juvenil. The División de Honor Juvenil is the top level of the Spanish football league system for youth players 18 years old and under. It is a team that both my boys are striving to play for when they get to that age. They play in a league of 16 teams including Barcelona, Espanyol, Real Zaragoza and Real Mallorca to name a few. This Saturday they are playing Barcelona who are currently top of the division with San Francisco in 11th. The kick-off is at 16.30 at Real Mallorca’s training ground at Son Biblioni where San Fran play their home games. It’s a great opportunity to see some of the World’s top youth players in action.
Back to action for my two last week saw Judes team lose 2-1 to top of the league Penya Arrabal and Jake lose 2-0 to second in the league Genova. Jude is away this week against Son Cladera and Jake plays Atlético Baleares at home with the kick-off at 20.00 on Saturday night!
Talking of Atlético Baleares, they are at home this Sunday against Pontevedra, kick-off at 12 midday. They won away last week and with other results around them going their way, they are currently 3 points clear at the top.
Disappointing result last week for Real Mallorca not helped by a totally inept referee. Luckily still not in the relegation places as there are 3 worst teams than us but we need to start winning games.
Here’s my thoughts on the team.
1.Reina: solid & passionate as always.
2.Sastre: awful game seems to have gone backwards.
21.Raillo looked untroubled throughout until he went off injured which is a worry. 24. Valjent: Along with Raillo solid. 3. Agbenyenu: Man of the match for me, our best defender & attacker! 8. Sevilla: great player but at 35 the years are catching up. 12. Baba: solid display our best midfielder. 14. Rodriguez: will always put on a display, unlucky with the disallowed goal. Not sure why they took him off. 11. Junior: frustrating for me always takes the easy option, puts more effort into his Instagram. 22: Budimir: our top scorer, tried to get himself into the game but lacked service. 29. Hernandez: On loan from Watford. Now am I missing something here? Gave the ball away constantly. We’re in February and as a striker he still hasn’t scored! Subs: 5. Campos: came on for the injured Raillo. As much as he’s a legend at 37 he’s too slow & that showed for the goal. 26. Kubo: replaced Rodriguez, needs a run in the side, for me should be getting in ahead of Junior. 7. Pozo: on loan from Sevilla, replaced Sastre & looked good. I’d start him next week. This Sunday they’re away at bottom of the table Espanyol . Let’s pray for that first away win. #ViscaMallorca
Enjoy your weekend!
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