The Judgement

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I was sat on my terrace this week contemplating that it was August and normally this would be the worst month of the season. Not in a bad way but in Pirates we’d be doing around 10 shows a week. The weather would be boiling hot and I’d be tired after my early morning radio breakfast shows and late night shows at the theatre. Also I would be a stranger to my family who I’d only see on fleeting occasions. But I would live off of the buzz of being busy. Fast forward twelve months and what a difference. I am still doing the radio but as you know the show isn’t open so my days and nights are my own. It’s a really strange feeling and whilst it’s great to spend some quality time with the family, I’m not one to sit around. If I’m honest I’d prefer to be working and it’s still very frustrating not being able to work at Pirates or to have been given the chance to.
With that in mind I visited the organiser of the concerts in Port Adriano on Thursday as there seemed to be some negative social media feedback on them being able to have concerts this year in the port. Whilst I at first found it frustrating to see, I knew that if they were able to organise something like this they would do it to the best of their ability and within the protocols they were given. I had been in the port on Saturday evening picking up a pizza after watching my team Arsenal win the FA Cup. It was good to see it so busy and like a normal night in August. I know the businesses in the port were also pleased with the opportunity to make some money. Back to Thursday and I was shown the arena which was still set up from Saturday’s show and was impressed with what I saw and heard. They were given a capacity of 1,000 people. All bookings were given designated seats for their group, these were then socially distanced from the next. When booking online the organisers called to check to see that all the people in the group were from the same social bubble. Everyone was asked to wear masks although they didn’t have to wear them whilst drinking. Drinks were served at the seats by waiters and waitresses. There was no dancing and you could only move around if you were going to the toilets. People were asked to arrive at specific times to avoid there being too many people at the entrances at the same time. All in all a successful night enjoyed by 750 people as they had decided to sell less than the capacity to avoid any problems. You could say a good trial for things to move forward in other areas.
I said to the organiser that my beef wasn’t with him as he had proved to me that it was possible to do. But we at Pirates wanted that same opportunity. You don’t have a show and a business that runs for 35 years if you don’t know what you are doing. That’s the frustrating part of this whole season and I know we’re not the only ones. We’ve been dragged into this “excessive tourism” law when in reality we didn’t need to be. I note that permission has now been given to the organisers of “Mallorca Live” for concerts in August and September which happens to be on the same road as Pirates. Once again my understanding is that they have a capacity of 1,000 and will have to adhere to the same rules as those in Port Adriano.
I hope that the organisers will get this right because it will no doubt help all of us going forward. But I’m going to say it again, why are we not being given the same opportunity? You might say the concerts are outside and Pirates is inside. We always knew that we would probably have to work at a reduced capacity we just needed to know what that number was. Everyone would need to wear masks and there would be a need to socially distance different groups. Remember that virtually every person that has travelled to Mallorca has arrived on an aeroplane. You couldn’t get much closer to that many people.
The other problem we are dealing with is what the Government call “Excessive Tourism” and that they don’t want that kind of holidaymaker.
I looked up the word “excessive” to see its actual meaning. The Oxford English Dictionary says “More than is necessary, normal, or desirable.”
I think we all have at one time, especially when we were younger had “more than is necessary” so does that make us all bad people?
On Tuesday I interviewed the World famous DJ Judge Jules. For almost three decades he has led the way in the world of dance music. Since kicking off his career behind the decks in 1987, he has ticked every box, as a DJ, producer, promoter, A&R, radio presenter, taste-maker and, more recently, a music specialist lawyer. I’ve been lucky enough to interview him on a few occasions and I’m always impressed by his views on pretty much any subject.
He is about to embark on doing four socially distanced gigs around the UK. Where a group of people from the same social bubble will be put in a squared off area and allowed to dance in that area only. They’ll be waiter served their drinks and will only be allowed to move if they want to go to the toilet. So very similar to what we saw here on Saturday in Port Adriano except dancing will be allowed.
We also talked about the future of the nightlife and clubbing scene both here and in Ibiza. I’ve taken out a couple of the many interesting things he said.
“It remains to be seen if the Balearic Government see that the Club culture is part of the tourism of excess and if they do then Ibiza will have a major problem on their hands.”
“I urge the Balearic Government to go out and see what other countries and tourist destinations are offering before they start making judgements on what they have.”
“The Youth market have a much greater spending capacity than families. They don’t have mortgages, kids, school fees etc. whereas the under 25’s have much more money to spend.”
It was a fascinating interview but as we drew to a close he said something that I hadn’t really thought of before. But when I thought about it during my 30 years here it’s true and the Government are prepared to throw that all away.
“Most of my friends had been to Magaluf in their teenage years. They loved it so much you could fast forward five years and they were coming back and staying in a four or five star hotel. Fast forward another five or ten years they were renting villas with their families and all of a sudden they are the clientele that the Government wants. You need to give people a taste of what your tourism product is at a relatively early age and hope that it ignites that blue touch paper. They then become bonded and emotionally attached to that location for the rest of their lives.”
You can watch the full interview on the Radio News Hub You Tube channel it is also on my personal Facebook page.
If there was to be a group of people to look at a way to move Magaluf forward then I’d have Judge Jules on it every day.
I’ll repeat what I said two weeks ago, set the rules, make people accountable for their actions, police the resort properly and you might just be surprised that you’ve got a resort that appeals to all. Not only that you’re still offering the opportunity for the resort to survive for another 50 years.
Take care everyone and enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online atwww.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

Manager Merry Go Round

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Just over two weeks since the season has finished and finally the Manager situation at Real Mallorca has been sorted. Well the fact that Vincente Moreno has left the club for Espanyol. It’s not clear right now what compensation was paid, one million euros was the release clause with Mallorca holding out and Espanyol not wanting to pay anything. It seems that a compromise was found probably half of the money as neither club wanted it to drag on more. The attention is now on Mallorca and who they employ.
Pep Luis Marti might have been in the frame. Their former player and Captain who played 316 times for the first team and Mallorca B and had surprisingly just been fired by Girona after getting them to the play-offs. It might have not gone unnoticed though that Pep was in charge of Deportivo La Coruña who capitulated in the play-offs against Mallorca, losing 3-0 in the second leg and 3-2 overall. All this was immaterial as on Monday Leganés the other team relegated from La Liga appointed him as their new coach.
So who’s in the frame for Mallorca? Well last week Andoni Iraola arrived at Palma airport apparently to talk to the bosses. The former Athletico Bilbao and New York City player whose only coaching experience is for AEK Larnaca and Mirandes. He took the Spanish side to 11th in La Liga 2 last season but more notably to the Copa Del Rey Semi-Finals. He’s young and obviously fresh but does he have enough experience?
Atlético Baleares have replaced Manix Mandiola with Jordi Roger Ceballos who has managed Cornelia and Real Linense in Segunda B. Real Linense were in seventh place in Segunda B Group 4 when the lockdown came and was subsequently cancelled.
UD Ibiza have replaced Pablo Alfaro with Juan Carlos Carcedo. He is most notably known as the man who has been number two to Unai Emery. They’ve been together at Almeria, Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Paris Saint Germain and Arsenal. With Emery taking over at Villareal, Carcedo has decided to go out on his own.
Pena Deportiva have got rid of their coach Raúl Casan and are looking for a new one. Perhaps surprisingly as they formed so well in the play-offs.
UD Poblénse were unbeaten in the Tercera division up to the lockdown and defeated Real Mallorca B 2-1 in the play-offs to earn their promotion. Congratulations came from all parts including the former Real Mallorca, Wigan Athletic and Eibar player Ivan Ramis who was born in Sa Pobla.
A great story for Segunda B is a team called Atzeneta UE, managed by former Valencia player David Albelda. Hailing from Atzeneta del Maestrat, newly promoted to 2B, Atzeneta UE are the team with the smallest population (1,271) ever to play at this level in Spanish football.
I’m pleased to say me and my good friend Martin Makepeace in Ibiza have released episode 1 of A Kick in the Balearics. It’s our weekly Zoom and podcast normally out every Wednesday. We’re covering all football in the Balearics including all local football too. My two Sons play for CD San Francisco at Cadete and Alevin level. Jake the eldest starts pre-season next Mondayfor Cadete B and Jude will start towards the end of August for Alevin A. As a goalkeeper Jude has just restarted working with Pablo Roca who runs a very good goalkeeping school here in Mallorca. Martin’s boy Dani plays for SD Portmany Infantil A as a goalkeeper. So we want to cover local football as much as we can. If your Son or Daughter plays for a club and you know they’re looking for players from Juvenile to pre-Benjamin, please get in contact give us all the details and we will share with our listeners and on this blog. Also if you’d like us to feature your club get in touch too.
You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and You Tube.
Take care everyone, I’m back at the Weekend.
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online atwww.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

Thank You!

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Let’s start this week with some good news. We have received thank you messages from our 4 charities from the Radio One Mallorca Radiothon.
Nick From Yachting Gives Back said, “Huge thanks for your support. These funds will allow us to do a great deal to help people in need and will be put to very good use. That would be a brilliant result in any circumstance but in these times it really is outstanding so well done all round.
I know better than anyone how much effort it takes to raise such sums, and how many kind individual donations are involved, and I look forward to posting updates on FB to show where the money has been used.”
My sons and I have done two food collection Saturday’s at Eroski since the Radiothon. They’re always looking for volunteers to help so please contact them via their website or Facebook. It’s only for two hours and gives an enormous help to Asociación Tardor who do all the cooking of the meals.
Laura from Great Ormond Street said, “We at GOSH are absolutely ecstatic to receive the Radiothon’s incredible donation.
This gift will make an enormous difference at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and help the hospital continue the world-class care it’s renowned for. The money you have collectively raised will go towards funding pioneering research, hospital redevelopment, life-saving equipment and family services.
 I wanted to share some examples of how the money raised makes an incredible difference at GOSH:
  • It could cover the costs of a GOSH family apartment for 6 months, enabling parents to stay close by free-of-charge while their child is in hospital
  • It could fund a member of our play team for ten weeks, bringing fun to the hospital and helping children cope with their illness
  • It covers the cost of 2 vital signs monitors, crucial for keeping a close eye on the condition of every patient at GOSH
Please do pass on an enormous thank you to everyone who very generously donated to the Radiothon this year. With the Radiothon’s support Great Ormond Street Hospital can continue to provide a brighter future for seriously ill children.”
I am very proud that the money raised for Great Ormond Street has passed the 750,000€ barrier. Having been there from the start with the Pirates Premieres and visited the hospital on numerous occasions, we can’t thank you enough.
Krista and Rebecca from Cancer Support Group Mallorca said “CSG Mallorca would like to give a massive thanks to Radio One for the money donated to our charity,  we are so grateful that you made us beneficiaries of the money raised at your Radiothon this year. It is so selfless of you to devote so much time and energy to raising money for ourselves and the other worthy causes that you donated the money to. We will ensure to put the money received to good use, it will help us with the general running and expenses of the charity, as well as to provide cancer patients with the specific care they need. We are hoping that from September we will be able to open our drop in centres again in Son Espases and Son LLatzer, and we hope to finalise our agreement at Manacor hospital and negotiate one with Inca hospital, so will be looking for more volunteers to cover those areas, if anyone in the North or East is interested in helping please contact us.”
After interviewing both Krista and Rebecca, the message is to spread the word that they do exist and are always on hand to help people here on the Island.
Last week I went for a meeting to discuss the donation to Son Espases. I met with Maria Hernandez Coronado the Sub Director of Medical Services and Juan Carlos González, the Head of Communication. They are going to send me a list of projects in the UCI for children and the pediatric ward too. We will then make a decision on where we think the money should go.
Thanks again for an amazing effort in helping us, as you can see from above this is helping a lot of people in lots of different ways.
Last Saturday evening we were sat on the roof terrace of Can Pedro restaurant in Genova celebrating our Son Jude’s 11th birthday. When all of a sudden my phone lit up with messages. It couldn’t be Arsenal losing as that game was on Sunday, so what was it? The final nail in the coffin of this years tourist season here in Mallorca had been announced by the UK Government. All travellers who were in or going to Spain would have to quarantine for two weeks upon their return.
They weren’t even giving you a few days grace, it was happening at midnight. Utterly mad and I don’t know anybody who can understand the decision. Even their own transport secretary had just arrived in Spain. Surely the Cabinet were talking to each other?
These were the official numbers up to the 23rd of July, since the pandemic started. This was taken from the official Government website (GOIB)
Mallorca: Active cases: 86, recovered cases: 1812, deaths: 204.
Ibiza: Active cases: 9, recovered cases: 193, deaths: 13.
Menorca: Active cases: 9, recovered cases: 86, deaths: 12.
Formentera: Active cases: 8, recovered cases: 7, deaths: 1.
The current numbers in Mallorca taken on Thursday 30th of July from the Ultima Hora are, 52 in hospital, of which 6 are in intensive care and 234 are self isolating at home and being looked after by the Primary Care Centre.
With those current numbers, why the UK Government wouldn’t discuss air corridors for the Balearics is beyond me. The only thing I can think of is something has happened at the Brexit negotiations and Spain are playing hardball with a part of the agreement. I’m surmising of course, but how quickly it was rushed in I can’t see another reason.
One of the papers though this week was reporting that with Britons potentially avoiding a holiday abroad this summer, “staycations” could boost the national economy by £3.7bn. That could be another reason. In fact while I’m writing this I’ve heard a traffic report in the UK of a 20 mile queue on the M5 heading into the West Country. That’s basically from Palma to Inca!
According to the Metro this week, just one person has been fined for breaching quarantine rules after arriving from abroad, new figures from England and Wales show. The data from the National Police Chiefs’ Council comes after British holidaymakers in Spain were told they would have to self-isolate for 14 days after returning to the UK. Under the new foreign arrival rules, only one fine has been issued by Lincolnshire Police. It was one of only eight coronavirus related fixed penalty notices handed out in England in the two weeks to July 20th with none in Wales.
It’s a sad state of affairs and the fallout for the tourist industry on the island could be catastrophic. Lots of people have worked very hard to get their businesses open only for it to be cruelly taken away.
2020 has so far been a year to forget, hopefully we can look forward to better times ahead.
Take care everyone and enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11http://www.radioonemallorca.com.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!
Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com

Finding Solutions….

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Big thanks to everyone who read, liked, shared & commented on my column and blog last week. It was seen and read in all of these different countries.
UK, Spain, Ireland, USA, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Germany, Australia, France, Denmark, Luxembourg, Andorra Mexico, Malta, Sweden, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, Russia, Poland, Saudí Arabia, Norway, Netherlands, Kuwait, Singapore, Jersey, Austria, Portugal, Slovakia, Italy, Vietnam, Belgium, Thailand and China. It was one of the most read columns and blogs I have ever written. It just goes to show what an important subject the story of Magaluf is and judging by the positivity I saw in the comments, a lot of people care about it’s future.
Let’s be clear there is a whole lot more to Mallorca than a street in Magaluf and I urge you to get out and discover the whole of the island. But there is a problem in that street that needs solving and I don’t believe by closing the street you’ve solved the issue. Words are not enough, plans are needed and right now there doesn’t seem to be too much coming from the powers that be.
The main plan i understand is to make the resort more family friendly and less appealing to the younger market. I still believe the two can go hand in hand and you also need to think that in the low season families from the three main source markets are banned from taking their children out of school during term time. So to have younger holiday makers in the shoulder months wouldn’t be a bad thing.
In 2019 Mallorca received 11,869,977 passengers. 4,182,626 were from Germany, 2,425,356 were from the UK and 1,597915 from Spain.
In 2013 Michael Gove of the UK government introduced a ban on term time holidays, previously school heads could allow up to ten days at their discretion, supported by a system of fines for parents who break the ban. There’s a £60 fine per child, rising to £120 if not paid within 21 days with a threat of prosecution for non-payment and penalties of up to £2,500 or three months in jail.
In Germany, school is compulsory so it is illegal for parents to take their kids out of school before their vacation officially starts. A truancy fine can be as high as €1,000. Parents must apply for an exemption with the school headmaster in order to legally take their kids out of school before the start of the holidays.
In Spain, School holiday dates are published by schools and local communities well in advance, thus allowing parents plenty of time to schedule family holidays. Normally, you aren’t permitted to withdraw a child from classes during the school term, except for visits to a doctor or dentist, when the teacher should be informed in advance.
So our three main markets won’t be filling the resort with families during the low season. I know that pre-school children come particularly in May but not enough to fill a resort.
What about asking Governments to relax the rules on not allowing kids to travel during term times? Before 2013 this was the case and do we believe that kids suffered in their education? This is not about encouraging truancy this would be an agreement between parents and teachers who let’s face it are the people who should decide not a Government Minister. If the child has a good attendance record and is not behind in their work in my view they should be encouraged to go away. Seeing new countries, experiencing new cultures, hearing new languages and tasting different cuisines should be part of their education.
This would boost the economies of all countries in a time when it is needed most. Not to mention the travel and hospitality sectors that are on their knees right now.
As we hopefully move towards a vaccine for COVID, there is lots of talk about how long the travel industry will take to recover. There hasn’t been to my knowledge such a huge impact on all aspects of travel in my lifetime. There was of course 9/11 in 2001 and also the ash cloud in 2010 but these had more of an impact on the aviation industry than other sectors. Also stricter security measures were put in across the World very quickly and the terrorism seemed to be linked more to the US, so consumer confidence returned quicker particularly in Europe. This is a different Worldwide problem and according to the experts will take longer to solve.
Here in Mallorca we have a great advantage, we’re an island in the Med only a couple of hours flight from most European cities and the longer passengers are on a plane, the thought is, that there is a greater risk to infection. So there’s definitely an argument that, if you’re going to take a risk on Covid, you’d rather do it on a flight that’s only two hours long.
Remember Mallorca is a safe destination, in the whole of the Baleares there have been 2,326 cases equal to 0.86% of the total number of cases in Spain. Also there have been 224 deaths in the Baleares equal to 0.78% of the total number of deaths in Spain.
Going back to my point about the younger people above. They are according to statistics less at risk of catching and dying from COVID. So a short haul flight, that’s cheaper and closer to home suddenly looks really appealing. Trips to Thailand, Bali, USA, Australia and New Zealand will probably be off limits for now, so a trip to Mallorca looks very attractive.
I was on the beachfront in Magaluf last Saturday evening and to be honest you could have been anywhere in the world. It is beautiful and suitable for people of all ages.
So why is their a push to discourage the younger people to come? Right now our travel industry here needs all the help it can get and according to the bar, cafe owners and staff I’ve spoken to. That’s the ones that are left open by the way, it feels more like North Korea than a holiday resort in the Med. I’m hearing also that these strict rules have been applied elsewhere. I’ve heard of police being heavy handed in Portals Nous, Santa Ponsa and El Toro in places that to be honest should be left alone to do what they do best.
Back to Magaluf, set the rules, make bar owners accountable for their actions, police the resort properly and you might just be surprised that you’ve got a resort that appeals to all and doesn’t make the headlines of the tabloids every week.
Take care everyone and enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11http://www.radioonemallorca.com.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!
Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com

Onwards & Upwards…

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Real Mallorca ended their season with a 2-2 draw against Osasuna. They played a mixture of squad players and normal starters and ironically they got a point. They have given it a go which was good to see but their relegation was down to a few factors.
Conceding 65 goals made them the worst in the league.
Collecting just 6 points away from home.
Hardly any top flight experience in the squad.
Playing behind closed doors definitely affected the team.
On Tuesday the club held a press conference which everybody believed would reveal the future of coach Vincente Moreno. Instead all we got was “we want him to stay”. He is contracted to 2022 and has a one million euro release clause that his suitors Espanyol and Alaves do not want to pay. If Mallorca fire him they would have to pay up his contract and forfeit the release clause so they’re hanging on. Not an ideal scenario as the club plan to return from their break on August 12th, with the La Liga 2 beginning on September 12th.
Of the first 11 that played in the penultimate game against Granada here’s my assessment of what they will do next season.
Reina: Has a contract until the end of next season. Will probably stay.
Lumor: End of loan, returning to parent club Sporting CP.
Valjent: Just signed a new contract to the end of the 2022. Possible move.
Raillo: Just signed a new contract to the end of the 2024. Will probably stay.
Pozo: End of loan, returning to parent club Sevilla.
Baba: Has a contract until the end of 2024. Possible move.
Sevilla: Has a contract to the end of next season. Will probably stay.
Rodriguez: Has a contract until the end of 2023. Will probably stay.
Take: End of loan, returning to parent club Real Madrid.
Budimir: Has a contract until the end of next season. Possible move.
Hernandez: End of loan, returning to his parent club Watford.
Four of the team Lumor, Pozo, Take Kubo and Cucho Hernández have gone back to their parent clubs after their loan deals expired and I don’t see any returning. Of the remaining seven players I’d say Budimir, Baba and possibly Valjent could be the only players to move if a bid came in for them. There is still a good core of players that were part of the consecutive promotions and it remains to be seen what happens to the rest of the squad and who they bring in. The club said they were keen to keep investing in the youth system which is good to see. It’s good for local football and the club know that it could be where future money in transfer fees will come. Two players in particular have been promoted to the first team squad from their Juvenil team. 15 year old attacking midfielder Luka Romero and 16 year old left back Rafael Obrador. Both look good prospects and are under long term contracts.
If you look at the relegated teams from last season all have finished in the top half of La Liga 2. Rayo Vallecano finished 7th, Girona 5th and Huesca finished Champions. In fact Huesca also conceded 65 goals in their relegation from La Liga, so Real Mallorca have a good chance to bounce straight back.
Atlético Baleares blew their chances of automatic promotion against Cartagena. In a game of few chances both teams cancelled each other out and it was no surprise that it ended 0-0 after extra time. After 3 penalties each were successfully scored, both Sam Shashoua and Jorge Ortiz missed theirs, so they lost 4-3. Such is how the play-offs work here they do have another opportunity as they now join the teams who finished second,third and fourth in their respective leagues. They will now have to win three games to claim the final play-off promotion place. Starting this Thursday at 20.00 v Cornelia. The team that surprisingly beat UD Ibiza 2-1 at the weekend. I saw UD Ibiza play and beat Atlético Baleares just before the lockdown and thought they looked really strong. Better news for Ibiza’s other team Pena Deportivo who beat Marbella 2-0 and now go on to play CD Castellón also on Thursday at 22.00.
Real Mallorca B who were relegated from Segunda B to Tercera when the first team were relegated to Segunda B three years ago, have the chance to return this weekend when they play Poblense in Santanyi on Saturday at 21.00. It’s a great opportunity for the younger players to get greater experience at a higher level earlier in their career.
Finally this week, me and the Man in San An, Martin Makepeace have decided to do a Balearic Football zoom/podcast. It will take into account Real Mallorca, Atlético Baleares, Ud Ibiza, Pena Deportivo, plus all local football too.
We need a name so feel free to make a suggestion.
Take care everyone, I’m back at the Weekend.
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online atwww.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

Magaluf, RIP?

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A band from Paisley in Scotland called Stealers Wheel can for me perfectly sum up what has happened this week here in Mallorca. There’s a line in the song that goes “clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right here I am stuck in the middle with you”.
Firstly we had the mask debacle. Do we have to wear them or don’t we? If I’m honest I’m still none the wiser. Government policy started to change as there were reports of a sudden rush of hotel cancellations. Who in their right mind wants to where a mask on holiday? It’s only a mask you say, yes I agree but it didn’t go down too well with prospective holiday makers. As long as I have my trusty wind instrument with me, I know I’m safe. Then after the much publicised events on the Punta Ballena over the last few days the Government have decided to close the whole street. Oh and a couple of surrounding streets too since that seems to have gone under the radar. So does this mean the death knell for Magaluf as a party resort? Possibly, as the authorities have made it quite clear that “excessive tourism” as they call it is not wanted. There has been a concerted effort by the Government and hoteliers to change the image of the resort. Since 2012, Melia Hotels, one of the biggest hotel chains in the area, have been working on a long-term plan to transform that perception of the resort. Eight years later, and after investing more than 250 million euros along the way, what has changed? Thanks to the ripple effect on the rest of the industry, almost 70% of hotel beds in Magaluf are now in 4 and 5-star hotels, well above the average for both Mallorca and Spain.
That’s eight years and without doubt the hotels are impressive but what about the rest of the resort? There has definitely been a drive to get more quality restaurants, bars and retail outlets into the area and in parts that has been successful especially along the seafront. But what about the rest of the resort? I didn’t see the restaurants and shops busy at the Meliá flagship hotel Innside Calvia beach last year, which right now is sadly all closed up. Costa Coffee has now closed both of its outlets in the area. How many more will give up the ghost after this disastrous summer? Is this what Melia and the other hoteliers signed up to?
So what’s the plan now? I’m interested to know what the Mayor and Calvia Town Hall think about what’s going on. They’ve been on the whole quite quiet in all of this. Surely an empty resort isn’t good for the image and they’re standing as one of the richest councils in Spain is right now going to take a massive dive.
I still think Magaluf beach is one of the most beautiful on the island. For me it’s undeniable, though as I walk down the beach front today most of the beach bars and restaurants are shut. It’s July, this place should be buzzing, it’s a very sad state of affairs.
Personally I’m all for keeping the island safe and COVID free, none of us want to return to a lockdown. But are we seriously saying that just one breach of the rules actually leads to a closedown of whole areas? Judging by the comments I’ve had from people the closedown fits the agenda and that’s a dangerous precedent to set. This has been media led and the Government have caved in. So are we saying that if a similar breach happened on the Paseo Marítimo or Santa Catalina the whole area will be shut? I’ll leave you to make up your own mind. Remember this is every business on the strip not just the bars. How can that be fair? You’re taking away peoples livelihoods here that have nothing to do with “excessive tourism”. If you want to change something then surely it’s better to talk to the people directly involved in it? Get their opinions and listen to the concerns. The powers that be were constantly told that the prostitutes and muggers were ruining the resort but nothing was done about that. There was definitely no talking when the excessive tourism bill was passed, in fact it took most by surprise. Then there was the famous map of businesses that were in the “excessive zone” and businesses that weren’t. In fact you could have one side of a street that was in the zone and another which wasn’t. All the Lawyers I’ve spoken to said it’s wrong it should be all or nothing. Many businesses though were willing to embrace it but most haven’t been given the chance. There’s a lot of good people in this town who if given the chance could help in the way forward but as usual are not given a voice.
I’ve lived and worked in and around Magaluf for 30 years so I think I have at least half an idea of what I’m talking about. When I arrived in 1990, families and young people mixed with hardly any problems. I worked as a holiday rep in the hotel Guadalupe and in the same week I could sell 100 tickets to family Pirates and 100 tickets to adults only Pirates. The resort and the Punta Ballena existed then as it does now. At night families went to their bars and the younger people headed to the strip. In fact maybe I’m not the right person. Successful businesses are now listening to their younger employees and setting up middle management teams. It’s something we set up in Pirates last year, to give our employees the chance to progress within the company but also these guys see things in a totally different way to how we do. We found it very rewarding. Look at our governing representatives and ask yourself are these the right people to move this resort and island forward?
As I write this I’m on my way to a meeting in Palma with the Mallorca Tourist Board. They asked me to do an interview with the Daily Telegraph about Magaluf and I asked if we could meet up too. I’ll update you next week.
I understand things change but if it’s going to be for the better there needs to be a plan, so whoever is in charge here call a meeting let’s get round a table and get this resort moving again. Last week I said #Mallorca2021 let’s add #Magaluf2021.
Take care everyone and enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca
Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11http://www.radioonemallorca.com.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!
Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com

D Day for Mallorca

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Make sure you check out the video of me and Gerry Armstrong talking about the climax of the Spanish football season. It’s available on the Radio News Hub You Tube page and on my Facebook page.
With 2 rounds of games left to go, everything could be decided in La Liga today. Real Mallorca need to win both of their games to stay up. At home to Granada tonight and away against Osasuna on Sunday. Both are winnable but I’m not sure whether it will be enough. It’s two from Mallorca, Leganés, Alaves and Celta. You can see from the fixtures below who has the easier and hardest tasks. Speculation in the papers is that the coach Vincente Moreno is off at the end of season to join relegated Espanyol. Something he has swerved this week when asked but didn’t deny it and said they were concentrating on the Granada game.
“We have to win, and depending on what the others do, we’ll have one last chance [to stay up] and we’ll hold on to that with all our might. We’re facing a great team which this year has been strengthened with important players. Granada CF’s season is no coincidence.”
“I am convinced that if we win this game, we’ll have one last chance and then a thousand things can happen. When more than one person hasn’t expected something to happen, we’ve accomplished things. We have a lot of people behind us who dream of the team staying in La Liga. We’re going to leave everything out there to make it happen”.
Reflecting upon the season as a whole ahead of the crucial fixture, Moreno says he can’t fault the players for their effort over the course of our first season back in La Liga for six years.
“The players have put everything into this,” he continued. “We haven’t had any luck at certain times, and that’s complicated everything. I can’t blame the players at all. We’re going to fight for it and see if we can have a happy ending.
“It’s the most important moment of our career because it’s the last. Without what we’ve achieved in the past, we wouldn’t be here now. We don’t want to let a lot of people down. We have all our energy to achieve our goal.”
I also asked the press officer at Mallorca about the speculation around Moreno, his reply was “no idea!” If true it’s a little sad as I thought he might give it another go after bringing them up before. I can only assume he’s been offered more money.
La Liga remaining fixtures.
Eibar v Valladolid(18.30)
Barcelona v Osasuna
Celta v Levante
Getafe v Atlético
Mallorca v Granada
Betis v Alavés
R. Madrid v Villarreal
R. Sociedad v Sevilla
Athletic B v Leganés
Valencia v Espanyol
Valladolid v Betis(18.30)
Alavés v Barcelona
Atlético v R. Sociedad
Espanyol v Celta
Granada v Athletic Bilbao
Leganés v R. Madrid
Levante v Getafe
Osasuna v Mallorca
Sevilla v Valencia
Villarreal v Eibar
Congratulations to Cadiz CF who have been promoted to La Liga for the first time in 15 years. One more from Huesca, Almería, Zaragoza or Girona for the second automatic place and then the last place will be via the play-offs.
This weekend it’s the Segunda B play-offs. Saturday it’s Castellón v Logroñés at 22.00, followed by Athletico Baleares v Cartagena on Sunday at 22.00. Both games are being played at La Rosaleda, the home of Malaga. The winners go up to La Liga 2, the losers will join the winners of the following games for one further place.
Sat 18th UD Ibiza v Cornelia
Sat 18th Marbella v Pena Deportiva
Sat 18th At Bilbao B v Badajoz
Sun 19th Sabadell v Atletico M B
Sun 19th Barca B v Real Valladolid B
Sun 19th Cultural Leonesa v Yeclano Deportivo
Hopefully Baleares do it without joining the next lottery of games. UD Ibiza have a great chance of going up too. That would mean that if Mallorca do get relegated then there will be three Balearic teams in La Liga 2. I’ve said it before that will be great news for the islands, especially grass roots football.
Take care everyone, I’m back at the Weekend.
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online atwww.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

 

#Mallorca2021

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Dear Friends
Following the news from the Balearic Government, BOIB 112, published on the 20/06/2020 that no Salas de Fiestas will be allowed to open here in Mallorca this Summer. We unfortunately have to take the decision that Pirates Adventure, Pirates Reloaded and Gringos will therefore not be open.
This is clearly a very difficult decision for us to make however we understand that this is the correct decision taking into account the situation caused by COVID-19. Now is the time for us to act responsibly above any other consideration putting the health and safety of all customers and staff first.
Having worked constantly for 35 years this is one of the hardest decisions we have had to make but rest assured we are now working harder than ever to make 2021 our best season ever.
Once a Pirate always a Pirate!
That was a message we sent out to our 120 staff members, our customers and to the people that sell our tickets ten days ago. As you can imagine it was heartbreaking for everyone but not to be given the opportunity to open has been difficult to take. Not only do they tell you can’t open but you have to make a contribution to the social security costs, really? I’ve spoken to owners of bars, cafes, restaurants, hotels, excursions and nobody is happy at the way this is being handled. The more and more this goes on the more and more I think we’re being sold down the river.
I’ve travelled around the island this week and all I see is things closed in resorts that would normally be packed at this time of year. Yes there are small pockets of places that are busy but they’re few and far between.
Take Magaluf for an example, Pirates, Western Water Park, Katmandu, BCM and MCP all closed. A few hotels and bars are open but the majority of the resort is shut. I was contacted this week by the Mallorca Tourist Board if I would do an interview with the Daily Telegraph as there was a journalist staying on the island. Of course no problem I said. I did tell her that I was worried about the summer and would people be disappointed if they came and saw lots of things closed down. But I was positive about next year as I believe that we can all come back bigger and stronger and we should push the message #Mallorca2021.
I know there are lots of great things to see around the island but you’re going to have to hire a car to see them. Like last weekend we went to a restaurant called Ca’s Patro March just outside Deià. A place I’d seen many of my friends go to but never been myself. We were invited by friends and I can’t recommend it enough. You drive down a twisty windy road till you get to the parking and if you’re lucky you’ll get a place and make your way down to the bay. There you’ll find a rocky beach, beautiful blue waters and two restaurants. We went to the one on the left of the bay which apparently was featured in the drama The Night Manager. You have to book a table either at 13.00 or 15.00. My recommendation is book for 15.00, firstly you should get a parking spot from the people that are leaving the early sitting and secondly you’re not rushed to leave for the people arriving at 15.00.
The service was a little slow but that made us enjoy it even more and it was a great afternoon. We even managed to clamber over the rocks to get into the sea after eating. We’ll definitely go back.
Having trumpeted that Mallorca is open for business a few things have happened this week that have put a spanner in the works. Scotland have announced that all people travelling to Spain will have to quarantine on their return. That wasn’t in the plan. As has been the case if an outbreak occurs both here or in the UK there has been a local lockdown. So why didn’t Nicola Sturgeon look at certain regions in Spain and their record on COVID? Spain’s overall cases 253,000, Balearics 2,228 so 0.08%. Total Deaths 28,396, Balearics 224 so 0.07%. Think you’re going to be safer here than there! All of a sudden Newcastle has become Scotland’s favourite airport.
Another change is the obligatory use of masks as of Monday. I for one find them very uncomfortable especially in the heat. But it’s to prevent the disease spreading and creating a second wave we’re told. Ok so why now and not when the lockdown first occurred?
Face masks are not mandatory for children under 6, at the beach, at swimming pools, when carrying out sports activities, or at work unless people are working in public spaces or there is public access. So kids under 6 are suddenly immune? They were locked up for 6 weeks in the lockdown! So all those other exemptions mean the disease doesn’t spread there?
It will be mandatory to wear a mask on terraces, except when eating or drinking. How are you going to police this?
People who are unable to wear face coverings for health reasons are exempt.
Until now face masks were only mandatory in commercial establishments or when social distancing of 1.5 metres was impossible.
Anyone caught without a mask will be fined €100. You can see this going horribly wrong and turning into a complete negative especially for tourists.
Why would anyone want to come on holiday and where a face mask? I know I wouldn’t and I’ve had a few people contact me saying that was the straw that broke the camels back for them. So they have cancelled their holiday.
I’ve seen this week that July and August is going to be really busy with up to 5 million tourists arriving. Sounds great doesn’t it? Yes it does until you actually drill down into the detail. Some of these aren’t coming to Mallorca they’re in transit to another destination but more importantly 4.21 million came in July last year and 4.28 million in August. So we’re looking at 50% of last years arrivals in the supposedly busiest time of the year. Given that number are businesses being offered 50% off of their taxes or social security payments to take staff on?
Another problem with there being a restriction on bars and nightclubs are closed all together. There are more and more illegal parties and botellones(outside street parties) happening all over the island. People still want to party so instead of allowing venues to open and keeping people in specific areas, you’ve created a situation that’s probably worse and the police are struggling to cope. It would have been done properly by these establishments like BCM, Tito’s, Social Club and MCP and if it wasn’t then you could fine them and close them down. But not to be given an opportunity smacks of what I’ve talked about before, they don’t want the nightlife, so what use is a glamorous 4 or 5 star hotel without a resort to go with it?
I have a meeting with the Mallorca Tourist Board next week and I know I’ve been critical of them in the past but I want to help as in my opinion nothing beats this island.
Not to be deterred I’m looking forward to next year, I’ll enjoy all the other great offerings Mallorca has for now and help spread the message of #Mallorca2021.
Take care everyone and enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11http://www.radioonemallorca.com.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!
Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com

Four Cup Finals

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Real Mallorca have four Cup Finals coming up starting tonight at home to Levante at 19.30. Then it’s onto Sevilla away on Sunday at 22.00. A week today it’s Granada at home with kick-off not yet announced and finally it’s Osasuna away on Sunday the 19th. You could say that Levante, Granada and Osasuna are mid table and have nothing to play for so they’re winnable. Sevilla away will be difficult as they are pushing for Champions League. But also the temperature there will be very hot even though the kick-off is at 22.00, daytime will be touching 40 degrees centigrade.
Last Fridays 3-0 loss to Athletico Madrid mean they are deep in the mire and are six points from safety. Celta look to have saved themselves now so it looks like it’s 2 from 4, Mallorca, Leganés, Eibar and Alaves.
Mallorca continue with their very impressive advances in Social Media with the news that having become the first club worldwide to give the naming rights to its stadium to contribute to the recovery of the COVID-19 crisis, the Visit Mallorca Estadi initiative has reached over 740 million people across 916 publications according to data collected by Kantar Media.
The transition of the stadium from Son Moix to Visit Mallorca Estadi earlier in June has been in partnership with public insitutions including the Consell de Mallorca and the Ajuntament de Palma, in addition to several private businesses ranging between Air Europa, Borbalán, Federación Empresarial Hotelera de Mallorca, La Liga, OK Group, Molcaworld, Palau de Congressos de Palma and Roc Hotels. This united front will work together for the next 12 months to promote the region alongside the visibility the common brand of the stadium offers.
The kick-off time has been announced for Atlético Baleares v FC Cartagena on Sunday 19th of July at 22.00 at the home of Malaga FC, La Rosaleda. They have already played a couple of warm up games beating Real Mallorca B 1-0 and Felanitx 3-0.
Take care everyone, I’m back at the Weekend.
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online atwww.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 2020

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It’s been two weeks since the Radiothon so I thought I’d give you an hour by hour account of what actually happened. This has been a difficult year for many people so far and therefore we felt it would be difficult to beat last years total of 25,363.11€. Preparations had gone really well. We had every single hour sponsored, we had 15 varied and amazing auction prizes(the most we’d ever had) and over 50 raffle prizes(once again the most we’d ever had). So that was already over 100 companies or individuals who’d stepped up to help us. Now was the time for us to get the message out there for people to help in any way they could.

7am, Hour 1: We were greeted by Grieg and Sam from the newly reformed Anchor Bar San Agustin. Now if you’re going to be broadcasting for 36 hours the last thing you want is alcohol particularly in the first hour and remember it had only just gone 7am! These boys were having none of it as we were made to taste test some non-alcoholic beer against alcoholic. Non-alcoholic beer has come a long way since the 1980’s when I grew up with Kaliber. Suffice to say we got the test wrong and if that wasn’t enough the boys brought in some of their special shots and all this before most people were awake.

8am, Hour 2: Mark Racine from Electro Marine who have been based in Mallorca for the last 25 years and have established themselves firmly in the power generation and DC distribution market for boats of all sizes on the island. Mark had kindly brought in sausage rolls and a banoffee pie which was just what we needed after drinking first thing. He is a regular listener to the station and had brought a great list of songs.

9am, Hour 3: A2 Dental Portals. Anna comes from Orlando Florida which is always a great starting point of conversation. She’s moved around various different countries including Germany, Poland and Spain. She obtained her Degree in Dentistry in Valencia (UCV) and then returned to Germany where recognized her degree in order to be able to practice there as an Dentist. After a year, missing Spain, she moved to Mallorca and fell in love with the island. We also talked about the new protocol in place for dentists which as we know are always very clean but are doubly so now.

10am, Hour 4: The guys from Pelion Consulting, who are Yacht privacy and maritime cyber security specialists, couldn’t make it in but it gave us a chance to start playing requests that people had asked for. There was also a steady stream of people very kindly dropping in food and drink to help us along.

11am, Hour 5: Nicky Landymore had literally launched her website the night before called Nicky’s Healthy Lifestyle. Her goal is to help as many people as she can worldwide to learn simple daily healthy habits that lead to a sustainable healthy lifestyle & body confidence. A very interesting chat considering we’d already drank alcohol and eaten cakes and sausage rolls that morning. Nicky is very passionate about her work and someone worth talking to about improving your health, lifestyle and confidence.

12 Midday, Hour 6: unfortunately Debbie from the Boathouse in Palma couldn’t make it but she sent in some songs for us to play which we did with other requests we were getting throughout the day. We also had delivered an amazing case of wine kindly donated by Isabel and James from Revival in Son Bugadellas which we immediately put up as an auction prize.

1pm, Hour 7: The guys at Nauti Parts had just got a massive delivery of Seadoo Jet Skis so they couldn’t get in but said they’d come later. They sent in some songs too and we had a delivery of cakes very kindly baked by one of our oldest listeners, 78 year old Ida. Who doesn’t look a day over 50 by the way.

2pm, Hour 8: Bosuns Locker were running around really busy and set us a full list of songs culminating in You’ll Never Walk Alone for Scouse Ian. Jeanine from Es Jardi restaurant kindly called in with a voucher for dinner for two. We’d also asked Paul from Key West in Palma Nova to set up a bar outside, because the hotel was shut and we wanted people to be able to have a drink. Also the guys from a Cancer Support Group Mallorca popped in to say hello and delivered us a beautifully baked cake by another listener the lovely Helen O’Pitt.

3pm, Hour 9: The guys from Crocodile Properties came in to chat about the housing market and how they were looking for new listings. We also had a visit from the Tatasu Turf Cutters and Universal Náutic who were a golfing team that had won last years Pinmar Golf. Part of their prize was to donate money to charity and they’d very kindly chosen us. What followed was totally unbelievable as their donation was 4,575€! Massive thanks to Ady, Martin, Christian, Steven, Leon and Paul. To be honest that was a great lift to us and gave us the momentum to push on. We now believed we could possibly beat last years total.

4pm, Hour 10: Everybody knows the Corner Bar in Palma run by Matt and Penny. It’s a great meeting point and a great bar to spend the night in too. We had a great hour with them playing a great list of songs.

5pm, Hour 11: Byron from Something Borrowed is an all round good bloke. They supply anything for weddings, parties and any other celebration. I used them for a friend of mines wedding and I can’t recommend them highly enough. He is also a DJ and is always sending me music especially the long songs that we wanted to play through the night.

6pm, Hour 12: Helen and Sam from Delicioso had bought in some of their delicious food and a challenge for us to make a cocktail. Mine unfortunately wasn’t as good as Ayesha’s according to the judges. Good fun with the girls and a good hour of music.

7pm, Hour 13. A third of the way through! Helen and Ian from Real Homes have been big supporters of the radio and are always very generous when it comes to anything involving charity. Unfortunately Helen was in the UK but we spoke on the phone. Ian was in the studio though and he was making us his now traditional Rum and cokes to give us a lift. There was a great atmosphere with people milling around the studio, office and the terrace outside.

8pm, Hour 14: Guillermo from Paella Lover is one of the most passionate foodies I know. He’s from Valencia and that means he makes the best Paellas. He very kindly gave us a prize of a cooked paella for 6 to raffle off in his hour too.

9pm, Hour 15: Meg from Stick No Bills was such an interesting person. They are the number one destination for vintage and retro poster art and retro travel poster design. When the war ended in Sri Lanka in 2009 Meg, a former insurgency/security risk analyst, and her husband Phil; an advertising photographer and tsunami survivor, wanted to ‘be the change they wanted to see in the world’ by doing something good for the country and good for them; something original and uplifting that would raise positive awareness about this remarkable island’s rich heritage and stunning natural beauty all around the world. Go to their website or visit one of their galleries to see their amazing collection.

10pm, Hour 16: A couple of our regular listeners Phil and Jaimee took this hour and we chatted and played songs. Last year they bid and won the cruise that we had as an auction prize.

11pm, Hour 17: Lizzie Graham from Natura Cavall had come especially from Manacor to see us which was lovely. She and all the gang there had just completed a 19 day horse ride around the whole of the island. Which to my knowledge had never been done before and they were raising money for the Allen Graham charity.

12 Midnight, Hour 18: Golf pro Peter Ledwidge had told us he couldn’t make it as he was organising a golf tournament that day and it happened to have a free bar. Surprisingly though he made it sober and we had a great chat about golf. Peter knows his stuff and is a great golfing coach too.

1am – 6am, Hours 19 – 24. Were sponsored by Tot Fruti, La Casita Del Mar, ThreadWorks Palma, Premier Design & Build, DreamMakers and Calvia Vet. Unsurprisingly these guys didn’t make it in but we plugged them all and played the songs they asked for. This is what we call the witching hours where it’s just us, it’s dark and you’re tired so it’s hard to keep awake. Lots of people had sent us loads of long songs including Neale Pilkington, Stuart Wood, Stuart Bray and Byron Leversuch.

7am, Hour 25: Paul from Wow yachts brought us champagne and orange juice to wake us up a bit. The sun was up now so we were back in the groove and looking forward to a busy day.

8am, Hour 26: Kev and Lara from El Toro Foods had very kindly brought us in some breakfast. We had a good chat about their new place in Santa Catalina market and Kev’s escapades as a boat captain.

9am, Hour 27: Craig from Palma Jump brought some amazing cookies that his wife had kindly baked. With their facility not yet open because of the lockdown we were looking at all their plans for getting open.

10am, Hour 28: Nick and Charles from Premier Pools & Gardens had brought us in an eating challenge. There were five cakes that all had different flavorings in them that we had to guess. The fish one wasn’t great! Big thanks to the lovely Helen O’Pitt for helping with that, we love you Helen!x

11am, Hour 29: Stuart at Bray Marine is a regular listener and always sends us a good list of music. We talked about the current state of the yacht brokerage and charter industry as Stuart is also a Captain. Nick from Yachting Gives Back popped in to give us an update on the charity and thanked everybody for all their help.

12 Midday, Hour 30: Mr Lee the Barber popped in between appointments and we hit on a great idea for next year. He’ll actually set up a mobile barbers to do haircuts while you wait. Can’t believe we hadn’t thought of it before.

1pm, Hour 31: Andy from Liquid Nano blinded us with all the science that goes into all their products. You should look them up because right now with hygiene high on everyone’s agenda they’re a must. The boys from the brand new cocktail bar Origin came in with some unbelievable cocktails for us to try. They open this week so I recommend you pay them a visit on Son Matias beach.

2pm, Hour 32: It was the first time that the boys and girls from the PQ Academy had got together since the lockdown began in March. They treated us to some monologues and songs. They’re a very talented bunch and I hope they will be able to put on their Fame show that I know they’ve worked so hard on.

3pm, Hour 33: Elissa and Mikey from the World of Wine had very kindly set up a bar outside and weren’t short of takers! Mikey sent in a great list of songs and we tried to fit in as many as we could. Always good to chat with them about what’s the go to wines this year.

4pm, Hour 34: Simon from the Meat and Fish Society unfortunately couldn’t be with us as the boat he’s cheffing on was in Croatia. He did though organise a great list of songs for the whole hour. He was listening with all the crew in Croatia along with the owner of the boat a certain Roger Taylor, yes him of Queen fame! Simon also very kindly doubled up his auction prize as we had two bidders who were battling all afternoon. Thank you Simon!

5pm, Hour 35: Hugh Jones from the HSJ clinic was in and we talked about all the treatments they offer in their clinic in Bendinat. He had a real mixture of great music during his hour.

6pm, Hour 36! Tony and Sammi from Deep Blue Sea Training were our final guests and we chatted about all their courses as they had just reopened after the lockdown. It was completely manic in the studio now and bids were coming in left, right and centre. At 6.55 we said our thanks to everyone that had helped us and it all got a bit emotional as we gave out the total. Unbelievably we’d reached 27,586.50€ beating last years record of 25,363.11€. We knew that we still had some more money to collect but could we break 30,000€?

Since then we’ve caught up on our sleep and collected all the raffle tickets and money. Yesterday we drew the raffle and all the winning tickets are on our Facebook page and webpage. After collecting everything I am delighted to say we raised 30, 948.82€! Which is 7,737.20€ each to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases children’s intensive care unit, Cancer Support Mallorca and Yachting Gives Back.

We are blown away as we are in such difficult times right now, so thank you to each and everyone of you that helped us.

Take care everyone and enjoy your weekend!

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11http://www.radioonemallorca.com.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!

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