Consistency Is The Key.

Real Mallorca are struggling. Yes I know they are top of the league but if we’re honest since they beat their promotion rivals Almeria four games ago they’ve stuttered. They’ve won two, drawn one and lost one but the wins were a struggle and so was the draw on Saturday night. The defeat worryingly, was in no doubt against possible automatic promotion outsiders Sporting Gijón. The only thing keeping them at the top is the inconsistency from all the other teams around them. In fact when you look at the last five games amongst the top five, Mallorca are the most consistent! 

  1. Real Mallorca 61 points, last 5 games DLWWW
  2. Espanyol 58 points, last 5 games WDDDW
  3. Almeria 56 points, last 5 games LDWWL
  4. Leganés 53 points, last 5 games LWDLW
  5. Sporting Gijón 52 points, last 5 games DWDDW

So anyone who can find consistency is going to find themselves promoted. Mallorca’s problem is lack of goals and their current top scorer Amath, is out injured. When I say top scorer that highlights another problem, Amath has scored just 8 goals. The leagues top scorer is Djurdjevic of fifth placed Sporting Gijón who has scored 20 goals including two against Mallorca last week. Raul de Tomas of second placed Espanyol has 16 goals and third placed Almeria have two scorers ahead of Amath, Sadiq has 14 and Corpas has 11. 

Mallorca don’t have that Man who can stick the ball regularly into the onion bag. Abdon has 7 but blows hot and cold. Marc Cardona who arrived as part of the loan deal for Budimir to Osasuna hasn’t fired, he’s only got 1 goal. Alvaro Giménez who arrived from Cadiz on loan in the January window has also only got 1 goal, a penalty against Cartagena. 

On the plus side, they have the tightest defence in the whole league. They’ve only conceded 16 goals in 30 games and that may well help their promotion push. 

Segunda B has arrived at its next stage. This where it gets confusing so I’m going to try and explain. The new divisions of Spanish football will look like this.

Tier 1: La Liga run by the National Professional Football League (20 teams)

Tier 2: Segunda Division run by the National Professional Football League (22 teams)

Tier 3: Primera Division run by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (2 x 20 teams)

Tier 4: Segunda Division run by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (5 x 18 teams)

Tier 5: Tercera Division run by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (18 x 18 teams)

This as far as i can work out  is what if facing our teams. 

UD Ibiza are in with a chance of getting into the Segunda Division.

Peña Deportiva are in the play-offs for relegation to the Segunda division RFEF.

Atlético Baleares are in the play-offs to stay in the Primera Division RFEF.

UD Poblense are in the play-offs for relegation to the Segunda division RFEF. 

In Tercera there are two rounds of matches to go. This weekend and then after Easter on the 11th of April. The teams in the promotion places to go to the play-offs of the RFEF Segunda  in Group A are, Ibiza Pitiusas, Andratx and Constancia and in Group B, Platges de Calvia, SD Formentera and PE Sant Jordi. 

In Division Honor, CD San Francisco and Real Mallorca battled out a 1-1 draw, which was no good to either team as CF Damn leapfrogged them both to finish in the final place for the Champions Cup phase. It means San Francisco, Real Mallorca and Penya Arrabal all face a battle in the play-offs to remain in the Division.

I’ll have further news on the youth football from the U-11’s downwards at the weekend. 

Take care everyone. 

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 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 

Why Risk 5 Days Of Easter For 5 Months Of Summer?

They say that a year is a long time in anything, so how are we going to measure this one? I remember our Head of HR speaking to us in the office at Pirates on Friday March 13th, yes it was Friday the 13th! She said you need to go home and don’t come back to the office until I say. I think we all thought at the time it would be a couple weeks or a month at max. Here we are a full year later, still waiting for that phone call. 

So what has happened in a year? Well here are the numbers;

Balearic Islands Population: 1,149,460

Positive Cases: 56,777

Recovered: 54,986

Deaths: 757

% of deaths against Balearic population: 0.06%

% of Mallorca population fully vaccinated: 3.21%

Figures taken from the IB Salut and Caib websites. 

I think we all know the way forward back to some sort of normality is the vaccine. Whilst our rate of vaccinations has been poor at best, it wasn’t helped this week with the so called problems with Astra Zeneca. Spain was one of the countries that halted their programme despite The World Health Organization, Europe’s drug regulator and the International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis saying that they should carry on. 

A statement from Astra Zeneca said, “More than 17 million people in the European Union and the U.K. have received a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, with fewer than 40 cases of blood clots reported as of last week. 

The pharmaceutical giant said that across the EU and U.K. there had been 15 events of deep vein thrombosis and 22 events of pulmonary embolism reported among those vaccinated.

This is much lower than would be expected to occur naturally in a general population of this size and is similar across other licensed COVID-19 vaccines.

The European Medicines Agency has also said that the data available so far showed that the number of blood clots in vaccinated people is no higher than that seen among the general population.

There was talk this week that Italy, France and Germany used it as a political move brought about by a Brexit sulk. Seriously? So they’re prepared to put their own people and economies at risk because they are sulking? It’s totally ridiculous and shows what a complete mess the EU have made of their vaccine rollout. 

Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary Jones insisted that Germany and France would be costing lives by banning the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. While speaking to host Susanna Reid, Dr Hilary argued there was no evidence to suggest this vaccine caused blood clots. He listed a wide list of groups that had found no evidence of any link between the vaccine and the blood clot. The physician took particular issue with the decision as he insisted the “vaccine actually protects from blood clots.”

The question I would ask is, Why stop it? Why can’t we be given the chance to make our own decision? I said this before about the virus itself. Given the choice of what has happened over the year, I would prefer to be given the chance to work and take the risk as the numbers just don’t add up for me. Slowly but surely they have admitted their mistake and are restarting their programmes. It’s ironic or maybe moronic that those three countries are seeing an increase in infections again. Apparently we will restart the vaccinations here next Wednesday having totally wasted 10 days. 

Our numbers are without doubt dropping, which is good, but as the Uk are proving the vaccine makes a massive difference. What is a little worrying is the push for Easter opening via Germany. It means the Germans can come as long as they have a negative PCR test but the Spanish are not able to travel into parts of their own country. You might think that is all ok but I’ve had several UK people tell me that they’ve been through customs without having to show their negative test. I do hope this doesn’t come back to bite us on the you know where! I’ve said this before too, why risk 5 days of Easter for 5 months of Summer? The jury is out. 

All the while, countries like Turkey, Greece and Croatia are quietly going about their business and are looking to open at the beginning of May. 

Speaking to travel people I know, bookings remain solid, predominantly from August and favouring the Eastern Med. Bookings for Mallorca remain low and although there is an increase that’s because they’re starting from such a low base. But there is an appetite to extend the season beyond the end of October. 

This is all a balancing act, so let’s hope it all goes well without a hitch. April 12th is the key date in the Uk, when the Global Travel Task Force reports back on the practicalities of restarting International travel. 

We had a meeting at Calvia Town Hall this week with the Deputy Mayor and the Director General of Tourism. It was very positive and they share the same sentiments as some of the things written above like the season will be stronger from June and there could well be an extension to the season. 

Things are more positive and we should be too. 

Take care everyone and 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 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 

All Change At Atlético Baleares

A big upheaval at Atlético Baleares this week as their Coach Jordi Roger left the club by mutual consent. If I’m honest I’m surprised it hasn’t happened before as results just haven’t been good enough. However their 3-2 defeat at Las Rozas last weekend was the final straw. Baleares were 0-2 to the good and let their opponents come back and steal the three points. That means that they won’t make it into the promotion play-offs and if they’re not careful they may end up in the relegation play-offs. Midweek, they decided to take on Xavi Calm who was Assistant Coach to Jordi Roger. Birmingham City fans may remember him as he worked for them in the 2019/20 season. Today is the Balearic Derby, Poblense v Atlético Baleares, the last game just before Christmas saw Poblense beat Baleares 2-3. Last weekend they could only draw 1-1 with Navalcarnero meaning a win for them today is essential. 

Real Mallorca struggled to overcome lowly Cartagena last weekend before eventually winning 2-1. It looked like a draw until VAR gave Mallorca a penalty that most people had missed. The penalty was converted with aplomb by Alvaro Giménez and hopefully that gets him on his way to scoring a few more since joining on loan from Cadiz. 

A tough game today against fifth placed Sporting Gijón who were unlucky not to leave Mallorca with 3 points rather than 1 point when they came to the island back in November. They’ve not lost at home this season and Mallorca haven’t lost away so a good game is expected. They’re on a good run of 7 games without defeat, winning 4 and drawing 3. Mallorca have won all three games since losing to promotion rivals Espanyol and it seems they’re winning and getting the points without playing great football. A good sign, but it would be good to see them click back into the form of early season. They currently lie 5 points ahead of Almeria and Espanyol who could only draw 2-2 at Mirandes last night. In fact they only rescued a point with a 95th minute equaliser. 

UD Ibiza won their league last week and go into the play-offs looking like they’re back to their form of earlier in the season. 

Peña Deportiva got their result of the season by going to second placed Alcoyano and winning 1-2. That more or less cements their place in the same league next season. 

In Tercera Group A, Andratx still lead the way from CD Ibiza in second and Manacor in third. These are the three teams currently in pole position for the promotion play-offs with two games to go.

In Tercera Group B, Platges de Calvia lead from Sant Jordi and Formentera. However Platges lost their first game of the season losing to second placed Sant Jordi 2-0. There’s a four point gap to Real Mallorca B so it looks like they are the three that will move into the play-offs.

In Division Honor, no games this week. 

Matches return in youth football next weekend for Infantiles, Cadetes and Juveniles. The younger players still aren’t able to play and will have to wait until April 9th for a decision. Which is utterly ridiculous. 

Take care everyone. 

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 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 

What Happened To Free Speech?

Quiet week on the news front! 

The pandemic was relegated to the third story on the news headlines this week. So there must have been some pretty huge news stories when you consider it’s been exactly a year this week when this nightmare started. No I’m not talking about Piers Morgan resigning, although I am going to comment on that soon or our President here in Mallorca telling us we’re going to have a better year than last year! 

It was all about that interview. Now I was going to leave this story alone after writing about it last week but I couldn’t leave it now it has become more intriguing. To be honest, I fell asleep about halfway through, as I did find it a bit boring as most of the juicy stuff had already been leaked out. 

It was all too staged for me, as I said it would be and Oprah “Nothing is off limits” Winfrey wasn’t anywhere near hard enough and for me was actually fawning to both of them at times. Imagine if that was conducted by Andrew Neill, Jeremy Paxman or even Piers Morgan! Yes I’m coming to him in a minute. But none of them would have suited the narrative the couple wanted to portray. 

The two serious allegations were racism and mental health which in my opinion needed to be answered by the Royal family or “The Firm” as Meghan called them. The statement from the Palace was simple and straight to the point. “While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.” I said last week that there are two sides to every story and it would be wise to wait before we condemn. That in my opinion is not them hiding but dealing in the way they know how and to try and stop the tit for tat that has already started. 

We live in a democracy that entitles all of us to our own opinion and that for me is refreshing. I conducted a poll on Facebook to find out which team you believed. Team H&M or Team Royal Family. It came out 70/30 in favour of the Royal family. 

There are already cracks starting appear in the accusations made by the couple. Conflicting stories are coming out about a lot of subjects covered. I won’t go into detail but these are easily found online.

The “pre-wedding”, that was actually a rehearsal.

Her half sister she claimed she hadn’t seen in 18 years. 

Royal protocol and Archie not becoming a Prince.

Press holiday parties at the Palace.

Friends saying she knew all about the Royal family.

The family cut them off financially. 

Security cut because Archie wasn’t a Prince. 

The negative press headlines that were shown were mostly foreign media.

Don’t we all speculate on how a baby is going to look? It’s the context of what is said and how it is said that is important. None of us were there so we’re relying on what we’re told. Meghan had said that it had been raised with her several times. Harry said that it had been raised with him once, at a different time from Meghan. So who is right? 

On the mental health issues and the accusations of bullying, you have to ask yourself, where was Harry? Didn’t they confide in each other? Surely this would have come out earlier if it was a constant thing? 

Monday morning it all kicked off on Good Morning Britain, with Piers Morgan saying, that he didn’t believe anything she said. Now I’m not a supporter of Piers, in fact I’ve sent him some tweets disagreeing with him on some of the things he’d said during the pandemic. But on this occasion I did. To then be told by your bosses to apologise as they’d had over 40,000 complaints and apparently one was from Meghan herself! He was probably left with no other option but to resign. How come they can make all these uncorroborated claims but if he disagrees he needs to apologise? He quoted Churchill saying, “Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like. But if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.” I totally agree and we are all becoming frightened of saying what we believe, in case we get the social media pile on from the keyboard warriors. I’ve had it but to be honest I ignore it. 

Back to Piers, this is precisely why people tuned into the programme to watch him berate a politician or any other subject he didn’t believe in. Whether or not you agreed with him, you can’t deny it wasn’t great TV. 

He was never going to be your run of the mill interviewer, he left that to everyone else. He said the things that the man in the street wanted to hear. I’m sure he’ll be back very soon, what’s ITV’s loss is somebody else’s gain. There’s a new TV news channel launching with Andrew Neil for instance but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see him move into radio. 

After our President Armengol had told us the ground breaking news this week that “We can have a much better season than last year!” 

I’ll add one word here, Sherlock and you can do the rest.

But more importantly to add some facts into her words, that she probably needs to be aware of, that the UK Transport Minister Grant Schapps said on GMB this week after Piers had gone.

1. April 12th: when the Global Travel Task Force reports back on the practicalities of restarting International travel. 

2. May 17th: The earliest date that anyone can legally travel abroad. 

3. How well vaccinated are the destination locations. 

As of today in Mallorca, 2.57% of the total population has been vaccinated. 

With that in mind it’s good to hear that people are starting to be contacted about the vaccine here. I don’t think it’s a bad thing that Spain have decided to use the AstraZeneca vaccine only on people aged 18 to 55 years of age. This is the majority of the working population and the quicker we(yes I am under 55) get vaccinated the better. 

If the above dates don’t move we could be welcoming holidaymakers from the UK by the beginning of June. 

Take care everyone and 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 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 

Without Youth Football, There’s No Professional Football

Good news this past week that Youth football is coming back from March 15th with matches returning for Infantiles, Cadetes and Juveniles. My eldest will restart on the 28th away in Manacor which he’s really pleased about. Still no decision yet about the younger ones which includes my other Son, with the Alevines, Benjamines and pre-Benjamines, being told they’ll have to wait. There seems to be a lot of dithering about the younger age groups which is utterly crazy. They’ve been back at school and training since September but the authorities say they will make a decision at the end of the month. The frustration amongst parents, who’ve paid for their children to play is easy to see and more importantly the kids are chomping at the bit. Also the clubs are struggling and have launched a campaign called SOS Football Base. Basically they’re saying without youth football they’ll be no professional football.

Real Mallorca are in action against Cartagena today, with kick-off at the Visit Mallorca Estadi at 18.15. Currently lying in 18th, their league position doesn’t reflect their current form, they’ve only lost one in the last five. A win would put Mallorca 6 points clear of second placed Espanyol who could only draw 1-1 yesterday. There’s 15 games to go and Mallorca need to keep winning their home games and not losing away. It’s a very inconsistent league this year, so it’s important that they continue this form and hopefully pull away. Automatic promotion will remove them from the lottery of the play-offs and will also give them time to assess their squad before the challenge of La Liga. Two years ago after finishing the play-offs, they only had a few weeks to get themselves prepared and the squad wasn’t strong enough. I heard a little rumour there is a possibility of fans getting back into the stadiums before the end of season. That would be amazing if promotion is on the cards. 

Atlético Baleares look to have blown their chances of making the play-offs. A creditable 1-1 draw with top of the table San Sebastián last weekend, was followed by a disappointing 0-0 draw with Navalcarnero midweek. With three games to to they are 5 points behind the team in third place, which would put them in the play-offs. It’s a must win game today away at Las Rozas. 

UD Poblense got a creditable 1-1 draw away at Real Madrid Castilla. And there lies the problem for them, too many draws. Of their 15 games, they’ve drawn seven. If they could have converted a few of those to wins they would definitely have saved themselves. They still can starting with Navalcarnero today, but it looks unlikely.

UD Ibiza have made the play-offs but need to get rid of their current indifferent form. They’re at home to Orihuela today. 

Peña Deportiva will need to keep their current good form going. They are mid table and if they can stay there that will be a great season. A difficult away game at second placed Alcoyano today. 

In Tercera group A, Andratx lead the way by four points from Ibiza Pitiusas. Ibiza do have a game in hand. 

In Tercera group B, Platges de Calvia lead Formentera by five points with a game in hand. 

In Division Honor Penya Arrabal will have to beat second placed Barcelona and third placed Girona to avoid the relegation play-offs. There’s two big games left, Barcelona v Espanyol to decide who finishes top and Real Mallorca v San Francisco, with the winner making the play-offs for the Champions and the losers the relegation play-offs. 

Take care everyone. 

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 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 Royal Rumble

This week I thought I’d look at something I wouldn’t normally comment on but as the story gets bigger and bigger, I feel I need to say something before the event actually happens. I’m talking about this coming Sundays Harry and Meghan interview with Oprah Winfrey. Firstly I’m not going to criticise their decision to leave Royal life, as that is entirely theirs and If they want their privacy, I hope they live happily ever after. Secondly I’m not a Royalist, ok I admit it I went to the Queens Silver Jubilee celebrations in London in 1977 with my Mum and Dad. So don’t hold that against me. I do believe though the Royal family add a lot to the UK economy through everything they do. 

I really like Harry as he was the one that didn’t conform, a rebel if you like and the so called Man in the street could relate to him. I think the public and the press were happy that he’d met someone to live his life with. 

What is eating at me though is that although Harry and Meghans decision to leave was to remove themselves from public life as they felt the press were intruding in their lives on a daily basis and they wanted privacy. It actually isn’t going to work. Personally I think it makes it worse for them as you can be guaranteed that the press will now go to extraordinary lengths to get news or stories on them. You may say that’s wrong but don’t forget that sells newspapers as it’s what we the public want to read, although we may deny it.

The agreement was that there would be a 12-month review of their duties following their so-called Megxit in January last year when they announced plans to “step back” as senior members of the British royal family and become financially independent. March 31st was the date agreed but this was brought forward as it became clear they wanted out. 

The statement from the Palace said “Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service. While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”

A spokesman for the couple replied “As evidenced by their work over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role.”They added at the end a dig at the Palace statement, “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.” Why say it? 

Bearing in mind the big thing here was privacy, the pair have since inked exclusive deals with Netflix and Spotify, launched a podcast named after their son who they wanted to protect and then encouraged their Son to speak on it. Remember they hate press intrusion but set up a photo shoot to announce the news to the press that she is pregnant with their second child. Harry was told that he couldn’t lay a wreath or get anyone to lay one on his behalf at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday as he was revoking all his Royal duties. The next thing you see are pictures of the couple at an LA Cemetery laying a wreath and there just happens to be a cameraman there. Those pictures are then seen all over the World. 

Now we’re looking at two interviews, one he does with James Corden on the Late Show on top of an open topped double decker bus in the middle of Showbiz land Los Angeles. And to top it all off they arrange an interview with probably the biggest talk show host in the World, Oprah. 

This is a couple that on the one hand hate press intrusion but court it on the other. For me it’s hypocrisy at its highest level. 

In one of the clips of the interview, Oprah says “nothing is off limits” but remember this was a recorded interview so if you don’t think the majority of it was agreed beforehand you’re naive. If “nothing is off limits” do the interview live. Then you’ll get the true story, not the well rehearsed answers, sound bytes and facial expressions. She’s an actress by trade remember, will this be one of her finest performances? It’s no coincidence that this was recorded before they were stripped of all their Royal patronage’s and now you read because of that it’s been extended from an hour and a half to two hours. So did they add other more damning  stuff in afterwards?

In excerpts I’ve seen so far he says it’s been “unbelievably tough” and she says “if that means losing things, there’s been a lot lost already”. Hang on, it might have escaped you but there’s been a pandemic on for the last year. People have lost family, friends, businesses, jobs, houses and in some cases their minds but for you guys it’s been tough? Leaving the UK for their 14 million dollar mansion that has 16 bathrooms sure sounds tough to me. Let me think back too, as this is the same Man who at the age of 12 walked behind his Mothers coffin. Now that’s tough. He said it was something that no child should be asked to do but later confessed he was glad he did. This is also the man who served 10 years in the army including two terms in war torn Afghanistan fighting the Taliban. That’s even tougher and those two things alone would definitely be tougher than press intrusion in my eyes. So was he pushed into it by Meghan? That I will leave you to decide.

In another clip she accuses “the Firm” as she calls the Monarchy, of perpetuating falsehoods. The Firm? Sounds like the Mafia with the Queen in the Al Pacino role. I know we’re in the land of Hollywood but it’s all getting a bit too much. 

It is going to get ugly. Both sides are playing tit for tat and nobody is going to win. No hang on a minute those awful press people are, you know the ones they despise but are feeding them the stories. It’s like who can come up with the most damning accusation. They say she was a bully to her staff and she accuses them of racism. It’s not going to end well. 

The worst of it all is that it’s coming out now. Firstly in front of the Queen who at 94 years old, has served the country so unbelievably since 1952 and probably doesn’t need this right now. Secondly the illness to the Duke of Edinburgh who is in hospital having had heart surgery. It’s totally disrespectful in my opinion. 

But remember she has form with family problems after the very public fall out with her Father. Coincidence? I’ll leave that with you. 

I’ve given you my take of the story but I thought it would be good to give you an American side to see what their reaction was. Fifteen years ago we lived in Miami for 3 months with the Pirates Show. I’ve since kept in touch with our PR Manager José Boza and his Wife Marielena Boza who is a Logistics Consultant. When we were in Miami a couple of years ago we met up for dinner. It was a subject that Jose said I should speak to Marielena about as she was the best person to speak to. We had a great Zoom conversation this week and here are a few of her thoughts. 

She said immediately that they are both well liked and Americans look at them as their Royal couple. The James Corden interview was received well as they hadn’t really seen much of them. It was good to see Harry as a normal person, not in his Royal mode. She was surprised that they’d chosen to get interviewed as they’d kept themselves to themselves and hadn’t done much else apart from announcing the pregnancy. Oprah though was the obvious choice as they are neighbours in Santa Barbara. They can understand why the interview hasn’t been well received in the Uk because they wanted out of the public eye. Although she says this is the first time they have been seen in the States for a while. She thinks afterwards they’ll go back to their charity work as that’s what they have been doing before. Her understanding is that the UK press are horrible and he made the decision to take them away from it all to America where the press don’t intrude as much. You can see from Marielena’s comments that there seems to be more love and affection for the couple Stateside. 

I’m sure that would still be the case in the UK if all this hadn’t blown up in the way it has. I’ll leave you to form your own opinion. I’m sure the makers of The Crown are rubbing their hands and sharpening their pencils. 

Take care everyone and 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 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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Mallorca Back On Track

Real Mallorca bounced back from the disappointment of losing to Espanyol with a 2-0 home win against their other promotion rivals Almeria. A penalty from Abdon and a great team goal converted by Salva Sevilla gave them the points. Then last night they got a hard fought 0-1 victory at Logroñés. The only goal of the game came from Antonio Sanchez in the first half and it continues their remarkable record of not having lost away so far this season. 

Next up is a home game against Cartagena next Sunday at 18.15. 

Atlético Baleares according to their coach Jordi Roger have 5 games left, which equates to 5 finals. They start this weekend away at the leaders San Sebastián and next Wednesday they play Navalcarnero at home. All must win games if Baleares want to move into the next round of games where they will have a chance of promotion.

It’s a big ask but they’ve proved they can live with the best but need consistency. 

UD Poblense got a creditable 1-1 draw away at Real Madrid Castilla. Madrid fielding Mallorcan born Pablo Ramon and Menorcan born Xavier Sintes, two players I talked about earlier in the season. UD probably need at least a win and a draw from their last three games.

UD Ibiza have worryingly hit a sticky patch at the wrong end of the season. Their last four they’ve won one drawn one and lost two. They have three games left and they will of course definitely progress but they need to get back to what they were doing earlier in the season. 

Peña Deportiva’s form has gone the other way. In their last Five games they’ve won two and drawn three and look to have maintained their position in the league. One more win should see them do it. 

In Tercera Group A, it looks like a fight between Andratx and Ibiza Pitiusas for the top spot. Andratx drew 2-2 away at Manacor yesterday, giving Ibiza a chance to close the gap to just one point if they can beat Genova today. 

In Tercera Group B, Platges de Calvia are still the team to beat. They’re five points clear of the chasers with a game in hand. Good to see Formentera in second, followed by Real Mallorca B. 

In Division Honor San Francisco got a 92nd minute winner last week to avenge their defeat in Menorca against At. Villacarlos. They play top of the league Espanyol today, who are just three points clear of second placed Barcelona. The last game of the season sees Barcelona v Espanyol! 

In youth football there’s still no confirmed date for a restart of games. The new restrictions say there can now be contact in training, which to be honest is ridiculous as how do you think they were training before? Hopefully something will be sorted next week. 

Take care everyone. 

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 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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Light At The End Of A Very Long Tunnel

After nearly a year there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t know about you but the announcement from Boris Johnson actually gave me a lift. In two weeks time it will be a whole year since this nightmare began and to actually be able to look forward to something is a real fillip. 

I don’t know anybody who said last March, well that’s us stopping for a whole year! All you doom mongers out there who bang on about how can he name dates, well you may be right but it’s given a lot of people a little hope for the future. Many people have struggled throughout this and an offer of change for the better is a good thing. Most people I’ve spoken to have been buoyed by the news and all of a sudden of travel and holidays are back on the menu. 

I spoke to a couple of people in the industry this week to see what destinations were doing well. 

Andy Brewer, Sales Manager at Blue Sea Holidays said, “the current winners are Tenerife, Crete, Corfu, Lanzarote and Rhodes.

By and large Spain hasn’t seen the surge in bookings that the Eastern end of the Med has seen although there has been an increase.

Almost all bookings are August onwards with a few June and some July.

The uptick whilst very welcome will probably peak at current level (which is still way down on what would be considered normal at this time of year) until such time as there is a more formal announcement of a beginning.

What the new protocols for travel are (ie quarantine, vaccine passports etc) will have a huge bearing on what sort of summer we will see –  Spain so needs to get a move on.

Everyone is so much more positive than a week ago and that’s great news.”

Nicky who works for Tui told me “I would say Turkey, Spain and Greece are doing well. Cruises are really popular but the cruise industry like land based holidays don’t know when they will be able to start again. Canaries is really popular for winter as always and people are tending to book from July onwards hoping that all be be ok to travel by then. 

Majorca is always the most popular Spanish destination with September and October still a top seller for families that want a short flight and not too far from home.”

So what’s the news our end?

I am actually going to praise our Government in a back handed kind of way. Albeit they were to blame in the first place. To take credit for the numbers coming down because of the restrictions they’ve put out there is a bit much considering they created the problem in the first place. I saw a headline from the President saying “we’ve brought the numbers down by 49%”, when you were the ones who had got them that high! After the debacle of the holidays early December, Christmas, New Year and Three Kings, they finally got their act in order. So to be honest it was inevitable firstly the numbers would rise and by bringing the restrictions in they would fall. I think this is why they are now being over cautious and relaxing the restrictions slower. They have finally realised that a long term plan has many more advantages than a short term one. I have said before that Easter should be forgotten about. We know now that international travel won’t happen particularly from the UK but we really shouldn’t risk National travel either. I realise this is tough for all of us but we must look to the Summer. This island will struggle to exist properly without it. I have spoken to bar owners, shop owners, restaurant owners and lots of people in the travel industry and every single one of them see the vaccine as the key to Mallorca working this Summer. 

Take care everyone and 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 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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Five Teams In The Hunt For Promotion

Real Mallorca couldn’t turn their dominance into goals against their promotion rivals Espanyol last week. It was a case of not taking their chances when their opponents did. The guilty player was Amath who in the first half missed two guilt edged opportunities. It was more of a surprise given that he’d scored in the last three games. He did redeem himself in the second half with an equaliser but a defensive error by the normally dependable Valjent gave Espanyol the victory. Mallorca finished last Weekend on top by 2 points from Espanyol and Almeria who lost at Leganés. Yesterday Espanyol went top after beating Sabadell. The game of the weekend is today at 16.00 when Mallorca take on Almeria. For me it’s a must not lose game for Mallorca. Obviously a win is great but a draw puts them ahead of Almeria on a head to head basis after they beat them 0-1 away. Two other teams have crept back into the race for the automatic promotion places, Leganés and Sporting Gijón. They are both on 46 points just 5 points behind second placed Mallorca and 6 points behind the leaders Espanyol. It’s squeaky bum time! 

Frustrating for Atlético Baleares as their games last weekend and this weekend were called off after a Covid outbreak. They will now host San Sebastián next Sunday the 28th of February and Navalcarnero the following Wednesday March 3rd. Both games kick-off at 12 midday. 

An agonising 90th penalty left UD Poblense pointless after they’d fought back twice against Rayo Majadahonda, eventually losing 2-3. There’s four teams at the bottom on 12 points so they need to try and get something out of todays away game at Real Madrid Castilla. 

A dominant 3-0 win against Valencia Mestalla got UD Ibiza back to winning ways and cemented their position at the top of their league. They’re away at Hercules today.

A fantastic 0-1 result for Peña Deportiva away at La Nucia. A home game today against Orihuela and a win could go a long way to helping them to maintain their position in the current league. 

In Tercera Group A it looks like a fight between Andratx and Ibiza Pitiusas. Andratx lost 0-1 at home to Constancia and Ibiza won 0-2 at Collerense. Third placed Manacor could only draw 2-2 with Portmany.

In Group B it doesn’t look like anybody are going to catch Platges de Calvia at the top. They are nine points clear at the top from Real Mallorca B and PE Sant Jordi. 

In Division Honor San Francisco avenged their defeat from Menorca’s  Atlético Villacarlos with a 92nd minute winner. Of our other teams Penya Arrabal play Real Mallorca today in a crunch game. 

Still no confirmation of a return of youth football but it still looks like the weekend of the 6th and 7th of March for Juvenil, Cadetes and infantil. But no date yet for the return of Alevin, Benjamin and pre-Benjamin. 

Take care everyone. 

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 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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SOS Turismo

For me it’s a damning indictment for this Government here in the Balearics that on an island that depends pretty much on tourism, we are still none the wiser whether we’re going to get a Summer Season here or not. Last Friday a Facebook campaign started called SOS Turismo. A week later they have just over 28,500 members. The Government have said whilst they recognise the group they’re not sure whether it’s the right message to send out. What are people supposed to do, after eighteen months of nothing just sit and wait? 

SOS of course is a universally known cry for help, Save Our Souls. 

But to be honest it could be;

Save Our Season

Save Our Summer

Save Our Sanity

Monday apparently is D-Day in the Uk when Boris says whether Brits can go on holiday. Nicola Sturgeon the Scottish First Minister has already said it’s unlikely that Scots will be allowed abroad this summer. The problem with all these announcements is nobody really has a clue what the future holds. The only thing you can hang your hat on is the vaccine and the quicker it gets rolled out the better. 

Which means that the country or destination that get themselves sorted are going to be ahead of everyone else. 

The graph below shows you the latest data. 

This appeared in the Bulletin this week, make sure you read and read again the paragraph I’ve highlighted. 

Tourist Groups say the Greek Islands of Crete, Kos and Rhodes are currently topping the list of preferred destinations for summer holidays and were extremely popular last year too.

“Last year these three islands registered higher levels of activity than Spanish tourist destinations, including Mallorca and it looks like the same thing will happen in summer 2021, if the current health conditions persist,” they said.

Turkey is also positioning itself as a competitive destination for Mallorca this year, particularly the coastal area of Antalya.

UK and German Tour Operators, including Jet2, EasyJet Holidays, Alltours, FTI, Schaunsland and DER Touristik point out that the situation changes from week to week.

But one thing they all agree on is that Mallorca will monopolise summer reservations as soon as the Covid infection levels improve and they stressed the need for Spain’s vaccination campaign to get underway as quickly as possible when vaccines arrive from pharmaceutical companies that have signed contracts with Brussels. 

Which means we should be busting a gut to get the vaccination programme started! 

The National Government has said no favoritism. I get that but with no other industry of any note on the islands surely we should be at the front of the queue? Remembering that we are just 2.5% of the overall Spanish population. 

Spain’s largest industries by annual output are textiles and apparel, food and beverage, metals, chemicals and shipbuilding. Tourism is also a significant contributor to the country’s economy. Spain’s foreign-tourist industry is the second largest in the world.

The industry’s contribution to gross domestic product tumbled to between 4% and 5%, according to estimates from Funcas think-tank analyst Maria Jesus Fernandez, from a 12% share in 2019. I dread to think of the numbers here. 

The other problem could be the “Red list countries” if Spain does get included our regional Government needs to be lobbying now to get us removed. As an island destination none of the Balearics or Canaries for that matter should get included. Remember they were talking about it last year? But nothing was agreed. It seems to have been forgotten and it’s something that should have been agreed when we had the opportunity. 

As everyday passes it’s another day less for businesses to open. 

It’s good to see the numbers going down and things slowly returning to normal. But we all need to keep our vigilance and hope that the vaccines arrive in time for us all to enjoy a summer season. 

Take care everyone and 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 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