Liam ‘The Bull’ Jones

Boxer Liam Jones came on my radar in October last year. My two boys had been doing some conditioning work with a local trainer called Paul Hamilton at the Shambhala Gym in Santa Ponsa, Mallorca. Liam was also training there but even a layman like me could see he was a cut above the rest. Paul told me at the time that he was pretty special and had the potential to be a future champion. 

A bold statement but Paul has extensive knowledge in this field. After a career which took him all over the world competing against some of the best Thai Boxers. Paul began passing on some of his vast knowledge to a small group in a homemade gym in his back garden in England 30 years ago. As time passed and his reputation as a coach grew Paul went on to open DBMA at a new gym on Albert Hill in Darlington in 1998, it was there that he also founded Albert Hill Amateur Boxing Club using his pro-trainer professional boxing licence. 

Seven years ago Paul decided it was time to retire to the sun and he moved to Mallorca with his wife Simone. He couldn’t keep still though, so he kept his hand in doing some personal training sessions and also helping local kids with some boxing classes. Which is where he discovered Liam. 

Liam is from the Rhondda Valley in Wales and has been coming to Mallorca on and off all his life as his parents have a place on the island. He first entered a boxing gym at the age of 11 and his inspiration was watching the Rocky movie. Floyd Mayweather is the boxer he admires the most and he hopes one day to emulate him. He’s a softly spoken guy but don’t let that fool you, this boy can punch. 

He’s had three professional fights in Mallorca so far and he’s won them all. Paul felt it was time to test him even further and applied for a licence to become a British boxer. Liam has been training hard for a few weeks now and has been sparring with Spanish champion José Del Rio also known as El Niño and two professional boxers from the UK.

This is a big step for Liam but Paul thinks he’s ready. It’s a step up from four rounds to six rounds too so the training has been tough. I have to say after interviewing him on the radio last week he looks in peak condition. He is fighting one of the UK’s best journeyman boxers called Jamie Quinn, who’s had over 100 pro fights in his career. Now he may not win many of his fight’s, but ask anyone in the boxing game about him and they will instantly speak his name with due respect and praise. So it’s a good test for Liam who is gradually climbing the boxing ladder.

His fight is this coming Saturday in Oldham and is sponsored by Spanish company Javier James Real Estate, the first Mallorcan company to sponsor a bout at a UK boxing event. Liam is also sponsored by Cardiff Steel, Watches of Wales, Motor Connect, Sam Dry Lining, Rdx and Boxraw.

There’s a good crowd of people travelling from Mallorca to see Liam in action and there’s a lot who can’t make it will be hoping he returns with a victory. Paul tells me there’s a chance it may be shown on You Tube, so keep in touch with him on Social Media for the link. 
Mallorca has a habit of producing great Sportsmen, Rafa Nadal, Marco Asensio and Jorge Lorenzo to name a few. Wouldn’t it be great to have a Welsh born but adopted Mallorcan boxer become a champion of the World.

Let’s Get Ready To Rumble!

Sport I would say is probably my favourite past time and for those that know me, it won’t surprise you to know that football would be top of the list. I’m a massive Arsenal fan who’s been lucky enough to see them win the Premier League and FA Cup. Since I’ve been in Mallorca I have become a fan and season ticket holder of Real Mallorca. In fact I would have to say my best moment in football so far would have to be seeing them beat Deportivo La Coruña in the Play-offs to reach La liga. I do of course follow my boys around the island playing football which is where the name Dad Taxi came from. There’s nothing better than watching your own kids playing a sport. 

I do watch other sports too, cricket, F1, Rugby would be ones I look out for but over the last couple of years I’ve suddenly started to watch a lot more boxing. I don’t know why, maybe because I have done some ring announcing and watched some fights live but i’m definitely more interested now than before. I’ve been lucky enough to interview Nigel Benn and his Son Conor Benn, who used to live here on the island. Conor grew up watching Pirates which he always reminds me of when he visits the show. I watched his Dad train once after he retired, he was still frighteningly good then and not someone I would want to step into the ring with. Check the size of his fist in the photo compared to mine. I also did an event with Joe Calzaghe where we did a Question and Answer session with the audience. Known as ‘The Italian Dragon’ Joe was the former two-weight world champion who left behind a perfect 46-0 record when he retired in 2008. Unlike a startling majority of his peers, he has never felt the need to come back, knowing that he had nothing left to prove. 

Many sportsmen find giving up their sport is tough as they are suddenly out of the limelight and in particular boxers find it difficult to adapt. Which is why you see so many of them trying to return after they are well past their best. 

I used to think Tyson Fury was very arrogant and not someone you would instantly like but my attitude to him has changed over the years. I remember him out on the strip in Magaluf a few years ago and he’d become overweight and someone who liked to party. All of a sudden in 2017 he decided that being an alcoholic and taking drugs was not what he wanted to be at the age of 29 and he decided to return to the gym. I also watched a documentary on his comeback and saw him as someone who was still fighting his demons but was also helping others fight theirs too. The rest as we now know is history, he lost ten stone in weight and regained the Heavyweight Championship of the world by defeating Deontay Wilder in a thrilling trilogy. 

Last weekend at Wembley in front of a record 94,000 people he defeated the mandatory challenger Dillion Whyte and decided enough is enough and retired. But has he? 

I can’t believe that he wouldn’t want to become the undisputed, undefeated and possibly the greatest heavyweight of all time and fight the winner of Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk fight which is scheduled for July. If he does retire you have to totally respect his decision but I wouldn’t be surprised if he took that fight. Listening to an interview with the promoter Frank Warren this week, he believes it could make upwards of two hundred million pounds. 

I bumped into Welsh born local boxer Liam Jones last week in Pirates. You may remember I wrote a piece on him and have interviewed him on the radio. His career as an undefeated Professional is still going well. Speaking to his trainer Paul Hamilton this week he told me his next fight may well be in the UK and he’s also scheduled to fight on a televised event in Marbella towards the middle of the year. I’ll keep you posted on how he is doing. 

Take care everyone and enjoy the weekend. 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.00-10am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com 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! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

The End Of The Mask

How refreshing it is to see everyones faces again after we ditched face masks this week for more or less the first time in two years. It’s long overdue in my opinion and another sign that we are getting back to normality. The funny thing is I don’t know how many times since Wednesday I’ve got out of my car walked away and went back for my face mask. 

More and more businesses are reopening and as long the weather starts doing what it’s supposed to do then we can all start to do what we do best. I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago but with more and more businesses opening the problem of staffing is becoming more acute. After  two years of being on furlough some people don’t want to work anymore. And then if they do want to work it’s not actually during the hours you need them for. The problem will be that the lack of staff will make the service suffer and that’s not good for Spain as a holiday destination. I’ve spoken to many businesses and they’re all saying the same thing. Spain needs to do an employment deal with the UK that works both ways. I am interviewing the UK Ambassador to Spain Hugh Elliott on the radio on Tuesday May 3rd at 09.30 and it’s a question I need to ask. 

The tourist tax is not the most popular thing this Government has brought in during its time in office. The tax was introduced to help inject funds into conserving the environment and to make tourism more sustainable for the islands ever-increasing population in the high-season. The problem was some of the projects you would have to question if the money was well spent. Now remembering that the island has had two very fallow years, maybe now was the time to take a year out and let the island and its businesses get back on their feet. However if you thought the tourist tax was excessive then listen to this. 

Venice is set to bring in a €10 entry fee from June in a bid to control the number of tourists entering the historic city.

Under a six-month pilot scheme being rolled out ahead of the first full tourist season since before the Covid-19 pandemic, visitors will have to book to enter the Italian city, and pay a fee worth up to £8.30 – depending on how busy the city is on the day.

If successful, the charge could be a permanent fixture from January next year. The scheme will also put a limit on how many tourists enter the city each day.

Venice’s mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, called the scheme a ‘difficult experiment’ that was ‘the first in the world’ of its kind.

Plans to introduce an entrance fee were first touted in 2018 as a solution to reduce the masses of tourists who visit every year.

While that figure reduced dramatically over the last two years, the recent Easter weekend saw more than 125,000 people flood(no pun intended) back into its narrow streets and famous squares.

English football fans sometimes get a bad rap and in a few cases it’s deserved. This week however one group of fans decided to put their usual rivalry to one side. Step forward Liverpool Football Club. You may have read this week that Cristiano Ronaldo sadly lost his twin Son at birth. During their game with Manchester United on Tuesday the Liverpool fans did their own emotional tribute. In the 7th minute of the game (Ronaldo wears the number 7) all the fans stood up, applauded and sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Class. 

Real Mallorca produced an awful performance at the weekend against Elche where they were rightfully gubbed 3-0. But on Tuesday night they managed to turn that around and defeat bottom of the table Alaves 2-1. They lie two points clear of relegation with five games to go. They play Granada and Rayo Vallecano at home which are winnable but they have Barcelona, Sevilla and Osasuna away which are not easy. I’m hoping that they can survive which is undoubtedly good for local football and tourism too. 

Take care everyone and enjoy your Weekend! 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.00-10am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com 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! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

Happy Easter!

Easter looks like it’s going to be positive for the island. Headlines spotted in the Bulletin this week were;

‘Easter flights near 2019 numbers in Palma’

‘85% of Mallorca hotels are open for Easter’

‘Taxi drivers benefitting from Mallorca’s good Easter.’

‘Car hire firms booked out for Easter.’

I’d like to add one that hadn’t yet made it into the news as it was last night.

‘Pirates Adventure sells out their opening night!’

Reports I’m seeing and reading about the summer season are encouraging, so long may it continue. 

One thing I think has helped the numbers is the return of the Easter football tournaments. The biggest is over on the East coast called the East Mallorca Cup. Clubs have arrived from all over the World including USA, Brazil, Japan, Australia, UK and all over Europe. Teams such as PSG, Liverpool, Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich to name just a few have sent squads from their U-11’s, U-13’s, U-14’s and U-15’s. All the teams are staying on the East coast and it’s a definite boost to the local economy. My youngest Sons team are playing at Sant Llorenc Des Cardasser. The stadium was devastated by the flash floods in October 2018, but it has been rebuilt and in December 2020 they hosted Atlético Madrid in the Copa del Rey. I think my sons team must have been inspired as on Thursday they beat Espanyol 1-0. 

The Santa Ponsa Cup is another tournament being held down in the Calvia region. Smaller than the East Mallorca Cup but still boasting 48 national and international teams. Including, Sevilla FC, Real Betis Balompié, València FC, FC Barcelona, Nàstic de Tarragona and RCD Mallorca. The international teams include Maccabi Petah-Tikvah FC, Bologna FC, SK Sturm Graz and lots of local ones too.

The Mayor of Calvià, Alfonso Rodríguez Badal and the Deputy Mayor for Sports, Eva Serra highlighted the importance of this event in its two aspects, Sport and tourism. The area will receive around 1,000 overnight stays per day over 5 or 6 days. My nephew and his girlfriend are staying in the Rey Don Jaime which is right opposite the ground in Santa Ponsa and it was full of visiting teams. 

I mentioned Atlético Madrid above and I’ve watched them twice over the last week. Once was live last weekend against Real Mallorca, when they hardly managed a shot against a team threatened with relegation. In fact it was probably a good time to play them as it looked like they had one eye on their Champions League Quarter Final against Manchester City. Mallorca ran out 1-0 winners and three much needed points. Meaning they are out of the relegation places for now. 

Watching on TV on Wednesday night, it was a totally different team who were using the phrase “dark arts” to its full potential. They were kicking, punching and even head butting at one point trying to rile the City players. It didn’t work and City went through. I’m sure some sort of sanction will be served on the club because for me their behavior was unacceptable. It does mean though we now have two English teams and two Spanish teams left in the semi-finals. 

I wanted to end this week on the Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz wedding. They and their families have received a lot of stick this week for the extravagance of the event in the wake of the war in the Ukraine and the cost of living crisis in the UK. Why can’t people just be happy for them? It’s not their fault they chose to get married at this time and that they come from very wealthy families. If it was my son or daughter I’d want him or her to have the best wedding I could afford, regardless of outside influences. It’s been reported so heavily because of who they are and the media know it. What didn’t get widely reported at the time was they had asked all guests to donate to CareOrg(which aids relief in Ukraine) in lieu of wedding gifts and that David and Victoria Beckham had pledged £1 million to provide immediate aid to the people of Ukraine. Probably still not enough in some peoples eyes. 

Happy Easter to you all. 

Take care everyone and enjoy the sunshine!

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.00-10am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com 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! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

Summer 2022

Summer 2022 is upon us and for those businesses that have been closed and managed to survive for two years it’s a huge relief. Some are already open, some will be opening for Easter and the rest will be open from the 1st of May. Already though there are problems with people getting here and once they are here businesses on the island are struggling to find staff.

It’s been awful for the travel industry over the two years and I’ve seen endless news reports of airports and airlines struggling. But it seems that they’ve been caught off the mark with staff shortages. I totally understand that employing someone is a cost to a company and you don’t want to employ them to do nothing but surely they must have known that Easter would be a busy period? There are questions to be asked here as flights get cancelled and people queue for hours in security. The companies are trying to blame Covid for staff shortages but that can’t be true. It’s a lack of staff in general and I think it’s a hangover of paying people to do nothing on the furlough for the last 2 years. It’s become harder to entice them back into the labor market and with Brexit it’s become harder to employ people from the EU. Flights being cancelled is I’m sure something that airlines don’t want to do but you can bet your bottom dollar that with the price of fuel right now, the less sold and less profitable routes are the ones that have bitten the dust. 

Over here we have a similar problem. I’m already hearing of queues at the airport security both arriving and leaving. The last thing we need after the last 2 years are negative headlines. The Government’s U-turn on unvaccinated Brits this week created more confusion and derision in the papers. Why are they dithering? Let the people come, let us get on with our work and the country will see the benefit. The Spanish unemployment rate is currently around 12% at just over 3 million. Here in Mallorca at the end of February when the furlough ended there were just under 85,000 unemployed. We had the largest drop in the whole of Spain in March which is encouraging from the outside but that hides a lot of the problems. Businesses are encouraged to employ Spanish people which is fine but if they don’t fit the criteria of what you need, what are you supposed to do? Employing Brits without a TIE identity card is impossible, as it is trying to get one, so a lot of people have looked at Ireland. I think both the EU and the UK need to thrash out an agreement on employing each other’s people as right now it’s clearly not working in both senses of the word. It can be done look at what they’ve done for the Ukrainian people, quite rightly by the way. It’s taken a war to show that a compromise can be found. 

Pirates opens next Friday the 15th of April properly for the first time in 2 years. We are quite lucky that we have a lot of loyal and hardworking staff returning and it’s good to have them back. That’s followed by Wednesday and Friday the following week and into May. Prices are cheaper than in 2019 and the show still includes the meal and soft drinks. The doors open at 5pm with the show starting at 6pm. It finishes around 8pm so it’s not too late for the kids no matter where you live on the island. Our Reloaded show opens on Friday April 22nd at 9pm and Gringos Bingo the following Saturday April 30th at 9pm. There are lots of new things to enjoy including our outside terrace for a drink before the show and the bars inside have doubled in size to make our drinks service quicker. I’ve been lucky enough to see the rehearsals and the stuff they’re going to be doing is mind blowing believe me. 

Come and pay us a visit, it will be a pleasure to welcome you all again and believe me you won’t be disappointed. 

Take care everyone and enjoy your Weekend! 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.00-10am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com 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! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

Radiothon 2022

In 2015 Jo from the radio office asked Ayesha and I on the Breakfast Show if we would consider broadcasting for 24 hours for Charity. The challenge was duly accepted and the Radiothon was born. For the first 2 years we raised money to help the Pirates Charity Premiere and their charities. When the Premiere stopped in 2016 we decided to keep the fundraising going by setting up The Jacques Sasson Foundation. Jacques will best be remembered for his invention of the Pirates Adventure show in Mallorca, he employed me in 1994 and this year I have very proudly become MD of the company. In 2019 we decided to extend the hours of broadcasting from 24 to 36 hours starting at 07.00 on Friday morning and going all the way through to 19.00 on Saturday evening. The money that we raise each year is equally divided amongst our chosen charities. 

The following charities have benefitted from our previous Radiothons;

2015:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, The Paediatric Ward of Son Espases Hospital, Salvation Army and Shambhala Foundation.

That year we raised, 18,100.20€.

2016:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, The Paediatric Ward of Son Espases Hospital, Calvia Lions and Help 4 Heroes.

That year we raised, 24,474.18€.

2017:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, SOS Animal Mallorca, Fundacion Nazareth and Club Vidalba.

That year we raised, 23,384.60€.

2018:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, Asociacion Ondine and Feliz Animal Andratx.

That year we raised 14,878.50€.

2019:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, ASPANOB and ASDICA.

That year we raised 25,363.11€.

2020: Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, Yachting Gives Back and Cancer Support Group Mallorca.

That year we raised a then record 30,948.82€.

2021: Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Rehabilitation centre for Children, Yachting Gives Back, Santa Ponsa Food Bank and SOS Calvia.

Last year we broke our record and raised a staggering 33,217.02€!

This year our chosen charities are;

Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital

Every day, around 600 children and young people from across the UK arrive at GOSH. Every day, doctors and nurses battle the most complex illnesses, and the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs. And every day is a chance for you to make a difference.

This extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support to give seriously ill children the best chance to fulfil their potential. 

Our relationship with GOSH goes back to 2004 from my work with Pirates. I have “run” the London Marathon twice for them raising £10,867.00.  With the donation from last years Radiothon, we are proud to say we have now raised 763,185.10€ and in that time the money has been put to many different projects.

Son Espases

We have struck up a great relationship with our local public hospital in Palma. Our work with them has been in the pediatric department and the children’s intensive care unit. Covid has meant that our project to build a new rehabilitation unit for Children has been delayed but we are close to finishing. The money raised in previous years has helped decorate an MRI scanner and it’s room. The doors of the pediatric ward with cartoon characters. A brand new waiting room for parents with children in the intensive care unit and lots of other smaller projects. We have a meeting shortly to confirm what we can do this year. 

Cancer Support Group Mallorca

Their aim is to help patients, carers and anybody who have been affected by Cancer. By reducing stress, Increasing their sense of control over their own life, Improving their self-esteem, reducing loneliness and providing practical help.

The founder Krista Hyer sadly passed away earlier this year. I interviewed her on many occasions and I admired the extraordinary work she did. With that in mind we feel it would be a fitting tribute from us to include them in our fundraising this year. We are looking forward to working with Bronwen and Rebecca and helping them in any way we can. 

Help For Ukraine 

None of us can comprehend what this country and its people are going through and hopefully this awful war will end soon. When it does there will be an awful of rebuilding to be done and we would like to help with that. 

The total raised in our Radiothons so far is 170,366.43€ and we can only do this with your fantastic support. 

This year we have two targets, one is to pass through the 200,000€ barrier and two if possible is to beat last year’s record total. 

How can you help us to achieve our goals and help our charities?

You can sponsor an hour of the Radiothon and be on air with us.

Challenge us to do something for a donation.

Challenge yourself to do something for donations.

Offer an auction or raffle prize.

Bid on our auction.

Buy a raffle ticket.

Request a song for a minimum of 5€.

Or you can Just Donate!

I’ll keep you updated as we get closer to the event which will start Friday June 3rd and finish Saturday June 4th.

Take care everyone and enjoy your Weekend! 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.00-10.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com 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! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

Mallorca Surely The Best Option

You have to ask yourself if you were going to decide on where to go on holiday right now, Mallorca must rank high on the list. Why? Well with all the trouble going on in Ukraine I imagine most people will want to be as far away from the trouble as possible. The Western Med will definitely look more appealing than the Eastern Med right now. With only three weeks to go until Easter the island is slowly but surely waking up again. Remember though this for most isn’t after a winter off but two whole years off. Last Wednesday which was March 23rd was the day two years ago that Boris Johnson announced a full UK lockdown basically sounding the death knell of travel at that time. In Mallorca we were already in lockdown, at the time still thinking that it wouldn’t be for too long. However the announcement in the UK started to make a lot of people think that this actually be more serious than we had previously thought. 

Now we are coming out on the other side it’s important that we don’t shoot ourselves in the foot by Unions calling strike action here, there and everywhere. Yes I understand it’s tough right now with fuel prices, electricity prices and rises in food costs. But we’ve now got an opportunity to work and I’m sure nobody wants to go back to a lockdown. We must be encouraging people to come and visit our beautiful island again. The information I’m seeing and hearing is very positive and it seems that we will have a busy season on the island. It’s up to all of us to grab that opportunity and get back to what we are all good at. Last week I spoke to all our returning artists at Pirates. It was so positive to see the crew back on stage and excited to start performing again. Slowly but surely we are re-employing people and I’m really pleased to see so many returning despite us being closed for 2 years. Our loyal customer base too has sent us loads of messages of support and their congratulations on us returning. I can’t wait to see that opening in show in three weeks on a day that couldn’t be any better, Good Friday.

There was positive news yesterday that the planned transport strike has been averted which will hopefully now mean no food shortages which I started to see this week. It was good to hear though that some businesses were looking at local suppliers to provide them with what they needed rather than imports. That I’m sure is a godsend to those suppliers and long may it continue. 

One thing we can’t control is the weather. What’s going on? When I was a Rep, one of the questions you used to get was “what have you done to the weather?” As if it was my fault it was bucketing with rain. It’s funny how so many people that listen to the radio in the UK have been texting and saying how nice their weather is right now there. Well all I can say is enjoy it while it lasts as one thing for sure is Mallorca will be hot, sunny and busy this summer. 

I interviewed a couple of Ukrainian refugees this week on the radio. These people have been kindly taken in by people here on the island. My feeling was that although they were hugely grateful for that help, they really would prefer to be back in their own country. I do hope that will be the case in the weeks and months to come. A huge shout out to the guys at OmniAccess on Parc Bit in Palma who also came into the studio with Nick from Yachting Gives Back. They have very generously given 12,000€ to Nick to buy essential food and medical supplies on a monthly basis. Nick does tremendous work for the needy on the island and he has thrown his support behind helping the refugees too. Next week I will announce details of our Radiothon which will be including help for Ukraine as part of our fundraising this year. 

Real Mallorca sadly sacked their coach Luis Garcia Plaza this week. A run of six games without a win was the final straw for the owners. His love for the club and especially its supporters was undeniable and that showed in his emotional last press conference. His finest moment was undoubtedly getting promotion back to La Liga and I hope the new man Javier Aguirre who started training on Thursday can get a tune out of the players in the last nine games. 

Don’t forget the clocks go forward on Sunday. I certainly won’t my son has a game in Manacor kicking off at 09.30. Meaning he has to be there at 08.15! Dad Taxi certainly earning his money this weekend. Also remember it’s Mothering Sunday too! 

Take care everyone and enjoy your Weekend! 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.00-10am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com 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! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

It’s long overdue that football had a fit and proper, ‘fit and proper person test’  

Just under a year ago I wrote a piece about football ownerships and how the Americans were taking over the Premier League. This was linked to the failed attempt by some of Europe’s biggest clubs to start the European Super League. The link I was making at the time was that Americans don’t understand how we have promotion and relegation in our leagues as in America it doesn’t happen. And this was precisely how they’d planned it to be in this new European competition. As we know it was a complete farce and only lasted a few days. 

At the time I didn’t talk too much about Chelsea’s ownership. The link they  had to the Americans was that their Chairman Bruce Buck was an American. Football fans are a funny bunch and yes I include myself in this. In a way that as long as there is success on the pitch the ownership is forgotten about. Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003 and turned them into a very successful winning team by spending millions on players and managers to gain success. Most people outside of Chelsea thought it was unfair but would have accepted it if it had of been their club and Chelsea fans revelled in the glory. What changed is that despite all denials, Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine and all the Russian oligarch’s suddenly became personas non grata. Abramovich allegedly has close ties to Putin and although denied, he has been very quiet since his statement of intention to sell Chelsea. Since then it seems he has been moving around trying to move his assets away from the UK. Now I don’t want to get into the ins and outs but the doubt is definitely there. I do feel sorry for the people at Chelsea who’ve worked there all their lives for the love of the club and not the people in power. Also whoever is running the show right now completely got the room wrong when they asked for their FA Cup tie this weekend to be played behind closed doors. “Sporting Integrity” was the reason as Chelsea weren’t allowed any fans at the game. Maybe Middlesbrough, their opponents should have gone back and said in the name of “sporting integrity” can you drop most of your million pound squad and play the youngsters against our two bob outfit(no offence) but it’s utterly ludicrous from Chelsea. So ludicrous that after they asked it in the morning, they dropped it in the afternoon. 

Bids for those interested in buying Chelsea closed yesterday so let’s see what happens. 

Gary Lineker tweeted this week “It’s long overdue that football had a fit and proper, ‘fit and proper person test’ for potential owners of football clubs. An independent regulator is probably the only way to do this.”

Fans at my club Arsenal for a few years had been asking for Russian Alisher Usmanov to take over. He sold up his shares and sunk some money into Everton and that’s now gone because like Abramovich he has had his assets frozen. 

Look at Newcastle, the new owners are the Saudi Public Investment Fund and despite their denials this is basically run by the Saudi Government. The same government that the UK sells military arms to and that has executed 81 men in one day this past week. 

It’s a complete mess and needs looking at but nobody right now seems to care. In the words of the legend that was Jimmy Greaves “It’s a funny old game”. Probably not in the eyes of the Ukrainian people. 

As always the people of Mallorca are showing their support to those suffering due to the war happening right now in the Ukraine. There is a group set up to coordinate with the Ukrainian Church to help place as many people as they can who are arriving here from their war torn homeland. This is more important than ever now as the original hotel taking refugees is now full. It can be for short term, as in 1 month or more, a room or anything you can offer.

Please email tracy@experience-mallorca.com or get in contact with Ayesha 616 441 201.

You can also help by donating towards flights, for those who are unable to make it by land. If you are donating for flights, please make a note on the donation and email Tracy so she is aware. 

The Ukrainian Church is still in need of supplies, most importantly food and medicine.

Don’t forget Ayesha 616 441 301 and Richie 670 704 312 will come to you to pick up any supplies if you are unable to make it to the new drop off point at the fire station is C/ Gremi Picapedrers 1, Polígono Son Castello, Palma. 

Thank you for all your support Mallorca you are as always amazing.

Take care everyone and enjoy your Weekend! 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.00-10am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com 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! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

The Good And The Bad

I’m pleased to say that the people of Mallorca have stepped up and the help for the Ukrainian Church has been amazing. I visited twice last weekend and at that time they said no more clothes as they’d been inundated. By the time we’d reached Monday they had been offered space at the Fire station in Son Castello industrial estate, Palma as quite clearly their church wasn’t big enough. I’ve been twice this past week to deliver things that have very kindly been donated by various different people. I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated something. I can’t mention everybody as there is so many but you know who you are. Suffice to say that the people who were volunteering at the drop-off points were very grateful for everything that was being delivered.  At the moment they need more than anything food and medical supplies. Every Saturday they are sending a lorry to the Poland/Ukraine border. 

The address for the fire station is C/ Gremi Picapedrers 1, Polígono Son Castello, Palma. 

A year ago this week we witnessed “that interview”. Come on you remember the one where Oprah Winfrey gave the former royals Harry and Meghan a free shot at the royal family. 

Now I can remember the shock and fallout in all the press at that time but gradually when you took each accusation by it’s merit it all started to fall apart. 

I don’t know if it’s me but aren’t they a bit quiet at the moment? 

More importantly which if any of their so called “bombshell allegations” have actually been shown to be true, exaggerated or unverifiable.

I’ll give you a few examples. 

Their secret wedding, which was actually a rehearsal. Disproven.

Archie has birthright to be a prince, but was denied due to the colour of his skin. He is not entitled to be an HRH or a Prince due to rules set out more than 100 years ago by King George V. He will be entitled to be an HRH or Price when Charles accedes to the throne. Disproven.

Archie wouldn’t get 24/7 security because he wasn’t a Prince. If they had stayed as working Royals no problem but by not wanting to be “working Royals” and moving to another country, security experts deemed it to be unworkable. Disproven.

Meghan claimed she’d not seen her half-sister Samantha for 20 years. Samantha said, “I’ve got photos of us together throughout our lives, the most recent from 2008”. Disproven.

Harry was cut off financially. Money was given to the couple by Charles after they announced they didn’t want to be Royals. Disproven. 

Meghan never researched the Royal family prior to joining. I couldn’t find anyone who believed what she said particularly in this day and age. You can’t disprove but it’s sounds exaggerated. 

They said they witnessed racism in the monarchy. This was denied and since then nothing has been proved. Unverifiable 

No help for mental anguish. Once again this was denied and I find it very hard in this and age that no help was as offered and if it wasn’t why didn’t someone shout from the rooftops? Unverifiable.

Remember this was a couple that said they wanted out of public life because of press intrusion but then courted it at every opportunity that suited them. The interview was recorded which meant they probably knew what was coming and had answers prepared. Taking into account that Oprah Winfrey was a guest at their wedding. They signed mega money deals with Spotify and Netflix, hardly keeping a low profile. At the time the message from the Royal family was “While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.” 

The Queen herself has kept a dignified silence whilst also dealing with the sad death of her husband, the fallout from Andrew and her own health problems. 

The silence for me is enough but I’d love to see Piers Morgan do a follow up interview!

Take care everyone and enjoy your Weekend! 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.00-10am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com 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! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

Help For The Ukrainian People

Let’s go back four years to the 26th of May 2018. The biggest European club football cup competition the Champions League and Real Madrid were playing Liverpool in front of 61,561 fans. It was a final remembered by a couple of howlers from the Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius and an extraordinary overhead kick from Gareth Bale. Real Madrid ran out 3-1 winners which meant that Zinedine Zidane had won the Champions League for the third time in a row. He became one of just three managers, alongside Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelloti to win the European Cup three times, while also becoming the first coach to win the trophy in three consecutive seasons. On the 31st of May, five days after the Champions League final, Zidane announced his resignation as Real Madrid coach, citing the club’s “need for change” as his rationale for departing. 

What is far more significant than any of the above was that final was played at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine. 

Who would have thought that less than four years later, Ukraine and in particular Kyiv would be being bombarded by its neighbours, Russia. In my opinion an act of total madness from Vladimir Putin has put the world at risk of a Third World War. I don’t think I’ve seen such a worldwide condemnation of an act of aggression like this. We’ve had the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan, that in their own rights have been questionable but this defies comprehension. A United Nations resolution this week saw 141 countries vote for Putin to withdraw his troops. There were 35 countries that abstained and just 5 that voted for Putin. They were Russia themselves, Belarus, North Korea, Syria and Eritrea. Hardly a list of stable nations in that short list. 

Putin has made a point of making Russia look like the good guys around the World by hosting some of the largest sporting events in the last 8 years. In 2014 they hosted the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The Russian F1 Grand Prix has been an annual motor racing event held at Sochi Autodrom – a permanent circuit built around the Olympic Park in Sochi. In 2018 just 19 days after the Champions League final that I mentioned above they hosted the World Cup Finals. 

However it seems that behind the scenes he has been planning this war for a very long time.

Are we really in a situation in 2022 that some power crazed crackpot can hold the world to ransom? Having just got through two years of Covid this is just what the world doesn’t need right now. Without doubt they are bombing innocent victims and he should be made to pay a heavy price. With the advent of drones, satellite images and social media it is very easy to see the atrocities he is committing. So how long will it last? I hope not too long and finishes in a way that is a victory for the Ukrainian people. You can’t but admire their bravery in all of this. Put yourself in their shoes, it doesn’t bear thinking about does it. I hope too that the Russian people will eventually see through the propaganda and be brave enough to stand up against this evil regime. 

At Pirates we are in touch with our 5 Ukrainian artists who were given permission to work for us last Friday, the day after the war started. They live in the central part of the country so at the beginning they were away from the attacks. When we spoke to them towards the end of the week, tanks had started to arrive in their area. Of course they don’t want to leave their families behind and would rather leave with them. We are working with the authorities to make this possible but as you can imagine it’s not easy. Vladislav, Yurii, Andrii, Vladisylav and Denis, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this very stressful time. 

2000 Ukrainians live in Mallorca and through their Church, they are trying to send supplies back to Ukraine right now.

The Ukrainian Church in Palma is open from 9 am to 8 pm daily for donations (clothes and food mainly) solidarity and prayers for the people still in the Ukraine.

I went to the church yesterday evening and it was heartwarming to see so many people donating and helping. 

The list of items they desperately need are as follows..

preserved food, coffee, medicine, anaesetics, antibiotics, material for bandages and tourniquets, anti-inflammatories, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, gauze and dressings,

sleeping bags, blankets, water heaters, leather gloves, rucksacks, travel bags, cables, electric saws, generators, binoculars.

Ukrainian church: Carrer de Bartomeu Xamena 26, 07610, Playa de Palma. 

They appreciate and welcome your support.

If you can’t get there please contact me and I will arrange to get things picked up. 

Take care everyone and enjoy your Weekend! 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.00-10am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com 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! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com