Campeones!

Amazing reaction and reach from my blog last week. It literally went around the World from Spain, to the UK, Ireland, USA, Australia, New Zealand, France, Netherlands, Antigua & Barbuda, India, China, Sweden, South Africa, Hungary, Malta, France, Mexico, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden. Thank you for reading and sharing I really appreciate it. 

Mallorca is an island of approximately 950,000 inhabitants. If you compare it to a City in the UK then Birmingham is probably the closest, at approximately one million. 

It amazes me that an island of our size can produce so many world class sports people. It is a fact that Mallorca is one of the Spanish regions with most world-class sports stars per square metre. Our sporting facilities are second to none from football to tennis to swimming each town has at least one of these facilities amongst others. There are so many teams that come to train at our facilities. Including Team Sky in cycling in the North, the Great Britain swimming team at the Best Centre in Colonia de San Jordi and the Son Biblioni football training centre just outside Palma, which has played host to several teams including: Inter Milan, Chelsea, Hertha Berlin, Sevilla FC and the Spanish and German national sides.

I have yet to mention the jewel in the World of tennis academies situated in the town of Manacor. The Rafa Nadal Academy opened 4 years ago this month and has built a fine reputation across the World. Which leads me nicely onto the man who won his 13th French Open title and 20th overall last Sunday, step forward and take a bow, Mallorca’s own, Rafa Nadal. 

Probably our finest sportsman and greatest ambassador since he first won the French Open as a 19 year old back in 2005. Funnily enough he is coached by Palma born Carlos Moyá who won the French Open in 1998. It’s a tremendous achievement for Rafa and this week the Spanish government has announced the award of the Gran Cruz de la Real Orden del Mérito Deportivo (the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit) to him. He becomes only the second Mallorquín to win it after Joan Llaneras the cyclist who was born in Porreres. The Government in my view should ask Rafa to become an ambassador for the island as there isn’t a better person Worldwide who can help promote it is as an amazing holiday destination. With all the titles and money that he has won, I’m sure Rafa could live anywhere in the World. But he chooses to live in Porto Cristo on the East coast of the island. 

One to look out for in the tennis World is Jaume Munar, who was born in Santanyi. He is currently the 112th ranked player in the World and he trains at the Rafa Nadal Academy. At the French Open he was very unlucky to lose to the eventual semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas in 5 sets after being 2 sets up. There is high hopes for him in the future. 

Jorge Lorenzo was born in Palma, he won the 2006 and 2007 250cc World motorcycle Championships, and the 2010, 2012 and 2015 Moto GP World Championship. He retired last year with 68 career wins and he is sixth on the all time winners list. 

One to look out for in Moto GP is Joan Mir, born in Palma who has been riding motorcycles from the age of just 6 years old and hasn’t looked back since. In 2019 he started competing in the Moto GP World Championship riding for Suzuki and finished in 12th place. This season after three 2nd placed finishes he currently lies in 2nd place in the Championship and has a genuine chance to become World Champion.

I was lucky enough to see Marco Asensio from his debut playing for Real Mallorca. He was even at that time, head and shoulders above everyone playing in La Liga 2 in the 2013/14 season. He joined Real Mallorca from local club Playas de Calvia but it didn’t take long for the big boys to come knocking. It was a travesty for Mallorca to sell him to Real Madrid for just 3.5 million euros but he has gone on to win the Spanish League and Champions League twice. Not only that, he has played 24 times for Spain. He is without doubt currently the best footballer to come out of Mallorca and he is currently worth 40 million euros. 

I am closer to the football World so there are 4 Mallorca born players to look out for right now. 

Rafel Obrador is a left back who was born in Campos in the middle of Mallorca and has just moved to Real Madrid. The 16 year old signed a 5 year contract with Real Mallorca last October and has moved in a deal worth 3 million euros plus add ons. He was called into the first team squad 3 times last season in La Liga by former boss Vincente Moreno. He made his debut in the final game of the season when he came on as substitute in the final few minutes of a 2-2 draw. Madrid must have high hopes for him paying that sort of money for a 16 year old. 

Marvin Park is an attacking midfielder who made his debut for Real Madrid this season in the opening game of the season. Born in Mallorca, he joined Tranmere Rovers’ youth academy as a nine-year-old in 2009, and spent three years in the North West before returning to Mallorca and playing for Ciutat de Palma and Atlético Rafal. He then went onto develop at La Salle and Jonquet Penya Arrabal both in Palma, before Madrid snapped up the youngster in 2016, and Park has flourished at Los Blancos ever since. 

Pablo Ramon is a defender from Calvia, Mallorca who played previously for Son Caliu and in the CD San Francisco Division Honor 2017/18 team. He has just won the UEFA Youth League playing for Real Madrid beating Benfica in the final 3-2. He is currently being managed by former legendary player Raul.

Cata Coll is a goalkeeper who was born in Portol, Mallorca. She played previously for Sant Marcel, Cide, Marratxí and Collerense. She was bought by Barcelona last year and sent out on loan to Sevilla. She’s now back in Barcelona and looking to break into their first team. Whilst here on the island she was training at the Pablo Roca goalkeeping school where my youngest son Jude goes. She also trained with him a few times too. 

Rudy Fernandez is our most famous export in the World of Basketball. Born in Palma, he started his professional career in 2002 for DKV Joventut in the Spanish League. He moved to the NBA in America and played for the Portland Trail Blazers 2008-2011 and the Denver Nuggets 2011-2012. He then returned to Europe to play for Real Madrid and is still there today. 

I could go on as there are so many sports men and women who I haven’t mentioned but it is something to be very proud of and long may it continue. 

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 

We’re Back!

Real Mallorca continued their good run with a 0-1 away win against Lugo last weekend. It went pretty much to script with the strikers not scoring but the defence as strong as ever. The goal came from the penalty spot with Salva Sevilla slotting home. Five games in they lie in fourth place on 10 points and three points behind the leaders Espanyol. This weekend they’re away again against Mirandes, who lie in eighth place on 8 points. 

The Coach Luis García Plaza says he wants to see his side build on their good form against CD MIrandés this Sunday afternoon. 

Having recorded three consecutive victories and conceded just once so far this campaign, Plaza believes his side must maintain a high level of performance ahead of a hectic fixture schedule which will see them enter a period of five games in two weeks. 

“Winning always gives you confidence,” he told journalists via a remote video call. “When you win you also enter a spiral of praise and that can be dangerous too. The moment we let up just a little bit, we’re going to lose. That’s something we’ve been taught in this division.”

“We’re going to face a great team and that has done a great job to put together a squad with a lot of hunger. It’s an open team which is dynamic. We have to do things well or it will be difficult to get a fourth win. They’re going to demand a lot from us.”

Atlético Baleares start their campaign this coming Sunday at 12 midday against Dux Internacional de Madrid SL. 

They have been given permission to allow 1,000 fans into the ground with the following protocols;

The use of a mask at all times.

There will be gel available to the fans in various areas inside the stadium. 

The safety distance must be respected and celebrations that pose a health risk, such as hugs(that’s how they describe it!), should be avoided (unless they are members of the same family).

Considering the limitations imposed by the health and sports authorities, in order to fight against the spread of the virus, only 1,000 members will be allowed to enter. Please check with the club how this will be organised. For anyone that doesn’t get in they will be streaming the game via their website for 3€.

I am pleased to say that after 7 very long months my eldest Son Jacob will play his first game this weekend. They’re up against local rivals Penya Arrabal who have a couple of players who used to play in our team. We’re still friends with both sets of parents so it will be good to see them again. To have two very active boys locked at home and not able to play football has been tough but we’ve finally arrived back where we were, which we’re all delighted about. 

Fixtures to look out for this weekend. 

Penya Arrabal v San Francisco Cadete 16.00 Saturday 

Atlético Baleares v Dux Internacional de Madrid SL 12 midday Sunday 

Pena Deportiva v Villareal B 12 midday Sunday 

Episode 12 of A Kick in The Balearics will be out tomorrow on you tube and on podcast on too. We have launched on Spotify on Apple iTunes and on all smart speakers through the Tunein radio App. If you have any interesting stories on your local Balearic club then please get in touch and follow us on all social media. 

Take care everyone, I’m back tomorrow. 

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 

Enough is Enough!

As an Englishman living in Spain and working on a radio station I think I’ve got a fairly good idea of how the pandemic has been managed both in the UK and Spain. Let’s face it there hasn’t been many countries Worldwide that have come out of this well. Some did well through the first wave but are suffering now and likewise others who struggled early on are now doing better. Unfortunately both here and UK it looks like it’s been bad news all the way. 

On the 25th of April, you may remember I wrote a blog “Has it all been worth it?” At that point I just felt there was an over reaction and too much was being concentrated on this, leaving everything else to collapse. To be honest my view hasn’t changed. I’ve been wanting to write this follow up for weeks but I think now is the time.

Now I do realise there is a pandemic out there and we should do everything we can to protect people as much as possible. But I said it last time, I think we’ve gone too far. Age is the single most important factor predicting when coronavirus kills. Older people are more likely to die in general, and that effect is stronger with coronavirus: out of every 100 people who die, 88 are over 65. Only two out of every 100 people who die, are under 50

My deepest sympathies lie with anybody that has lost a family member or friend, it’s awful but if you want cold hard facts here then one day we will all pass away. Whether it’s from this virus, cancer, a road accident or thousands of other illnesses that are still killing just as many people on a daily basis. But you’re not hearing about that because the media has a total fixation with this pandemic. None of those other illnesses have gone away and in some cases they’re not being treated. Now I realise that’s not the case in all areas as I had comments from medical people last time. But it is fact that there are operations being cancelled or diagnosis of a problem is not happening because of the virus. 4.2 million people are waiting for NHs treatment with around half having waited longer than 18 weeks, this is three times as many as a year ago. GP’s made more than 30,000 fewer urgent referrals for cancer check ups in August compared with last year, while the number of patients waiting more than 13 weeks for a key diagnostic test in August was 239,920, which is 40 times more than last year.  

That’s just a couple known facts and there are many others, so why couldn’t the Nightingale hospitals in the UK have been kept open to deal with the latest wave? Freeing up the beds for patients with other illnesses? 

Oh yes the mothballing of Britain’s Nightingale hospitals, remember those? Some of which never treated a single covid-19 patient. It raised questions at the time about whether resources (estimated at £220 million) to fight the pandemic were disproportionately focused on building intensive care capacity. When it was clearly not needed.

Five emergency hospitals, with the capacity to treat almost 10 000 covid-19 cases, were opened at sites across the country for fear the NHS might be overwhelmed following scenes of northern Italian intensive care units swamped with seriously ill patients.

But such high demand for intensive care never materialised. Just 51 patients were treated at the 4000 bed medical facility situated in the refurbished Excel Centre in London’s Docklands. The others in Birmingham, Harrogate, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle and Exeter had just a handful of admissions.

I did see that Exeter was used for cancer screenings and Harrogate as a Radiology outpatient clinic in June and July. But why did this not carry on and why didn’t they extend it to the others?

Here in Spain, or more specifically the Balearic Islands, why were we all locked down when the major problems were in Madrid and Cataluña? That basically led to the islands such as ourselves to have the worst summer season on record. Since this all began in March the Balearic Islands with a population of 1.2 million has had 320 deaths. That’s 0.026% of deaths across the islands. As Islands, 85% of our GDP relies on tourism and you can imagine what that’s done to our number one industry. As we hit a second wave, Madrid is going into lockdown again but the majority of the rest of the country is not. Unfortunately that’s going to be too late for a lot of people. 

Ask yourself this;

Do you know someone who’s died from the virus?

Do you know someone who’s been very ill with the virus?

Do you know someone who hasn’t had the virus?

If the number in your answer to the last question is greater than the other two questions then you have to ask why were we locked down? 

Let’s take this a little further.

Do you know someone who has died in the last 7 months with something that wasn’t the virus?

Do you know someone who’s been furloughed because of the virus?

Do you know someone who’s suffering financially because of the virus?

Do you know someone who’s lost their job because of the virus?

Do you know someone who’s lost their house because of the virus?

Do you know someone who’s lost their business because of the virus?

Do you know someone who is suffering mentally because of the virus?

Do you know someone who has had their treatment of another disease delayed because of the virus?

I’m prepared to take a bet that the majority of people’s answers above are in greater numbers than the answers given in the first two questions about the virus itself.

So I’ll ask again why the lockdown?

The majority of you reading this live in a democracy. A democracy by definition is government through elected representatives. It is a form of society which favours equal rights, freedom of speech and a fair trial and tolerates the views of minorities. A healthy civil society requires responsible and active citizens who value the system of government and work towards a shared vision of civil life. At the moment I don’t know about you but i feel like we’re living under military rule. I’m not by any means advocating anarchy but I do sense a feeling that many more people are getting fed up with this. 

Am I an expert? No, but it seems even the experts don’t know what they’re talking about at times. How many u-turns have there been since all this began? Am I right? Maybe yes, maybe no, but what I do have is a measured opinion that we are all entitled to and I know what I would rather do. 

This virus is going nowhere. Even with a vaccine it won’t disappear, flu hasn’t so why should Covid? Let’s safeguard the vulnerable get on with our lives and follow consistent and sensible rules and ensure that the health care system is not overloaded. Anything else is a panic policy of fear of the unknown which achieves nothing.

Wash your hands, cover your face and keep the space. 

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 

Save Gunnersaurus!


Two wins in a row is not a sentence associated with Real Mallorca lately, but a 2-0 home win against Tenerife last Saturday meant that they climbed into 7th place in La Liga SmartBank. Same story as before the defence is strong but we’re struggling to score goals especially our front players. The goals were scored by centre half Martin Valjent and attacking midfielder Dani Rodríguez from the penalty spot. That’s Mallorca in 7th place with 2 wins, a draw and a loss in the first 4 games. I would have taken that at the start of the season but I’m still worried about where the goals will come from. 

That leads me nicely into the transfer market deadline. We’ve got rid of 2 players, Budimir and Stoichkov, that scored 29 goals between them last season and the forwards that have signed or are already in the squad, Abdon, Alegria, Ndiaye and Cardona that scored just 7! I actually think it’s been quite a good window for Mallorca and let’s remember it’s only 3 months to the January one. 

Segunda B starts next Sunday the 18th of October. 

Atlético Baleares v Dux Internacional de Madrid SL

Penya Deportiva v Villareal 

The following week Sunday 25th of October.

UD Ibiza v CF La Nucia

Ud Poblense v UD San Sebastián de los Reyes

Kick-off times to be confirmed and games to be played behind closed doors as far as I know.

Atlético Baleares drew 1-1 with Penya Deportiva, Penya also lost to 1-0 to UD Ibiza. UD Poblense will play Real Mallorca B this Saturday the 10th at 17.00. They have permission for 1,000 people at a cost of 10€ per person. 

The TV channel Prime has a second series of “Six Dreams” out, which follows the fortunes of people involved in La Liga. Series 2 was released on October 2nd and I’ve just started watching it. I never saw Series 1 which involved players Saúl Ñíguez at Atlético Madrid, Iñaki Williams at Atlético Bilbao and Andrés Guardado at Real Betis. The President of Eibar, Amaia Gorostiza, the Sporting Director at Girona, Quique Cárcel and the coach at Sevilla, Eduardo Berizzo, 

This seasons series follows players Santi Cazorla at Villareal, Aritz Aduriz at Atlético Bilbao and Borja Iglesias at Real Betis. Coach, Paco López at Levante, Director General at Atlético Madrid Clemente Villaverde, and the Chief Executive Officer at Real Mallorca Maheta Molango. It’s absolutely fascinating and well worth a watch. It’s in Spanish which is great if you’re learning the language but also has English subtitles. As soon as I finish series 2, I’ll be watching series 1. 

Congratulations to 19 year old Palma born Adrian Turmo who played here in Mallorca for Penya Arrabal. He came on as substitute for Girona against Fuenlabrada in La Liga SmartBank at the weekend. 

Real Mallorca player Rafel Obrador born in Campos in the middle of Mallorca has moved to Real Madrid. The 16 year old signed a 5 year contract last October and has moved in a deal worth 3 million euros plus add ons. He was called into the first team squad 3 times last season in La Liga by former boss Vincente Moreno. He made his debut in the final game of the season when he came on as substitute in the final few minutes of a 2-2 draw. 

My team Arsenal signed Thomas Partey from Atlético Madrid on the final day of the season. What has gone under the radar is that he was at Real Mallorca on loan in the 2013/14 season. He played 37 games and scored 5 goals. Without doubt it’s a great signing and everyone I speak to tells me he’s a beast of a player. Talking of Arsenal, their loveable mascot Gunnersaurus was sacked  this week after 27 years of service as part of the club’s latest Covid-19 financial cuts. Which I thought was a poor decision. 

Jerry Quy, who has played the role of the dinosaur mascot since its establishment in 1993, has been let go.

Arsenal have felt the absence of fans more than most with the club more reliant on their match-day revenue, and as such Gunnersaurus’ role is no longer deemed essential. The mascot ‘worked from home’ like the rest of the nation during the Covid-19 lockdown. His loyalty to the club even reportedly led to him missing his brother’s wedding in order to attend a home game.

During lockdown the iconic Gunnersaurus suit was kept at Quy’s home, leading to several pictures of the mascot ‘working from home’ – which even involved a Zoom call with other football mascots.

Since this story broke the club have rightly got pelters for the decision. Mesut Ozil has come out and said he will pay his wages as long as he is at the club. Which if the club had their way he would have been off in the transfer window. Nice gesture from Ozil, although the cynic in me thinks he’s done it for PR as basically he’s sat on his backside earning £350k a week. So it’s small change for him. A Go Fund Me page called Save Gunnersaurus has so far raised an impressive £11,614. 

Episode 11 of A Kick in The Balearics will be out tomorrow on you tube and on podcast on too. We have launched on Spotify on Apple iTunes and on all smart speakers through the Tunein radio App. If you have any interesting stories on your local Balearic club then please get in touch and follow us on all social media. 

Take care everyone, I’m back at the 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 

Risk and Reward

Most people who know me would say I’m probably not a risk taker and on the whole I would agree. But when I look back on my life, I’ve had my moments. It probably all started when I completely flunked my exams. I was pretty good at school but hated revision. I was too busy playing in the school rugby, football, basketball and cricket teams. At the weekends playing for my Youth football team and my town team of Ware FC, who I made my debut at 15 in the Isthmian League. So I decided to go back and do another year and resit the exams I failed. It became apparent that it would be a total waste of time, a teacher said “it might be worth you getting out and discovering the World Prior.” 

Anyone who knows me will tell you I have a peculiar personality, give me a microphone and I’ll talk to thousands with no problem. Put me in a room of people I don’t know and I really struggle. I can’t tell you why but I’ve been like it for years. It all started not long after I left school, as a shy 18 year old I applied to become a Butlins Redcoat. Much to my parents surprise I got the job and off I went to Saltdean near Brighton. My Mum said I’d last a week and I ended up staying four years and I made my way up to Chief Redcoat. After four years I’d had enough and decided to follow In my Dads footsteps and become an Estate Agent. I hated it. After about 9 months I bumped into an old Redcoat mate who asked me what I was up to. He said he’d been working as a holiday Rep and I should apply as it was just like being a Redcoat but you had to sell excursions too. So I did, I got the job and l was packed off here to Mallorca, that was 1990. Once again my Mum wasn’t sure. By now I was far more confident but this was moving to another country. Four years I was a Rep and had the time of my life. My favourite excursion was Pirates, so much so that the boss and complete legend, Jacques Sasson offered me a job. But it meant leaving my ability to travel more, stay in the same place and join a company which at the time was 95% Spanish. Fourteen years I was in the show and helping with sales and once again had enormous fun. I met my Wife Rachael who played Captain Scarlet and we married in 2005. I left the show in 2007 to spend more time with my then 1 year old Son Jacob and to work behind the scenes in the show. In 2008 and 2010 I ran the London Marathon for Great Ormond Street. Now I’m a bit of a fat lad so doing that was tough but I finished. Doesn’t matter if the bin men were telling me to hurry up! 

Since coming off the stage there’s been two occasions that I’ve had to fill in for a few days in the show. Could I still do it? Well I managed, let’s put it like that. But keeping up with the younger acrobats 10-15 years later wasn’t easy, but I loved it. The best thing was that my kids got to see me in the show after only ever watching me on a DVD. 

In 2011 I decided to set up the radio and that has been a real roller coaster but once again great fun. Working on the radio and particularly the Charity work we’ve done has been the most rewarding and when I look back we’ve been asked to do some pretty crazy and risky things. More importantly though this was risk but with reward as we were raising money for charity. Some of them with my co-presenter Ayesha and some without.

As a Pirate I had long hair for the show so one of our radio challenges was to have it all shaved off. We did it on stage at Europe Day and it got loads of donations. 

Do you remember those blow up assault courses that used to be in the sea? Well Ayesha and I were challenged to run against Des and Gordon from the Drive show. They cheated like you can’t believe, Ayesha smashed It, me the fat lad struggled and I’m sure I did my meniscus in my knee that day. That raised 200€.

We were challenged to swim with the sharks at Palma Aquarium for comic relief. Bearing in mind I’ve never dived before this was a tough one. As we got to the top of the big tank you could see their fins swimming around. Have you fed them yet we asked nervously, no we’re waiting for you to finish first was the reply! Blimey that wasn’t the answer we were expecting. We did it though and raised 2,250.00€. 

The boys at AVIT Marine, one of our advertisers thought it would be funny to ask me to wear a Spurs shirt for the whole of one of the Radiothons and another year to support them in their remaining games of the season. Remember I’m an Arsenal fan so it couldn’t be any worse. That raised 1,825.00€. 

On our last show of one year on the radio before Christmas we were challenged to run into the sea. So on a freezing December day we did it fully clothed and raised 100€ to add to our Christmas Appeal.

I was asked by one of the listeners to do a full body wax. I agreed everything apart from the Crown Jewels! I’d never done it before and it was painful to be honest but after while I got used to it. That raised 850€.

That brings me nicely onto this years challenge. Stewart from The Aviation Centre contacted us to ask if we would like to go up in a helicopter? As always Ayesha was up for it but I wasn’t so sure. I’ve developed a fear of heights not majorly but enough to not really want to go up in a helicopter. We decided to put it up as a challenge and raised 250.00€, to make me go. On the day we met Stewart at their office at the Son Bonet Aerodrome which used to be the international airport many years ago. He gave us a safety demonstration and off we went. As we approached the helicopter he asked if we would the doors removed? What! Are you mad? I said, with Ayesha laughing in the background. We settled on one door to be taken off so Ayesha sit by that one and I could sit by the closed one. We took off and headed out to the South West. I can’t deny it’s an amazing feeling and the views are spectacular. Stewart said he’d flown helicopters all over the World but nothing comes close to Mallorca’s scenery. We flew over where I lived and then up the west coast. Anyone that knows Mallorca will say that the west coast is the most beautiful part of the island. But seeing it from the sea makes it all the more amazing. We landed for lunch, that’s not a phrase you say every day! Lunch was at the luxurious hotel Son Brull just outside Pollensa and very nice it was too. Then it was back to the helicopter for a run back through the centre of the island over the Cúber and Gorg Blau reservoirs which are currently at 60% capacity the highest they’ve been in years. 

Stewart was great and good fun which immediately put me at ease. I thoroughly recommend you giving it a go. They offer Private and Commercial licenses plus pleasure flights or Heli lunches. With Christmas coming up it might make a great present. You can find them on http://www.theaviationcentre.com or call or what’s app Stewart on (0034) 638 603 197. 

A risk taker? Maybe not, but It’s been fun. I wonder what’s around the corner? 

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 

A Goal and a Win!

Finally Real Mallorca scored a goal and went on to win their first game of the season last Sunday. A goal from Dani Rodriguez in the 85th minute over a 10 man Sabadell team was pretty much the only highlight of a very dull game. In a way I’m glad we haven’t been allowed in the ground for the past two games as let’s face it the games have been like a dog with fleas. Nevertheless it’s gets them off the mark and hopefully a bit of confidence going forward. I talked about the lack of goals last week without Budimir playing. Alegría played in the first game and Abdón has started the last two but neither have troubled the onion bag. I noticed this week Alex Lopez is back at the club after a years loan with Extremadura. Why not put him in or at least on the bench? He did ok when he was with us in Segunda B and Segunda last time out. The really strange thing is that we’ve loaned out Pablo Valcarce to SD Ponferradina who are in the same league and guess what, he’s scored 2 goals in 3 games! Another name in the frame is Angel Rodado, who’s currently playing at UD Ibiza. He was a Mallorca B player scoring 17 goals in Segunda B in the 2016/17 season. In 2018 he was given a free transfer to UD Ibiza where he’s been banging in goals for fun, scoring 68 goals in 2 seasons. There’s no news of what will happen with Budimir right now. We’re less than a week away from the transfer window closing with as far as I know no movement yet. But Mallorca have been busy in the market. 

This past week they’ve signed Argentinian left back Braian Cufre from Velez Sarsfield on a 4 year deal for 1.2 million euros. Spanish winger Jordi Mboula has arrived in a 1.7 million euros 4 year deal from Monaco. And Brazilian winger Murilo de Souza has arrived on a 1 year loan deal from Braga with an option to buy. 

Going out is Pablo Chavarría who has left on a free transfer to Malaga. Also Yannis Salibur has gone on a free to Turkish club Fatih Karagumruk. 

After this Saturday’s game against Tenerife at 18.15, Lago Junior (Ivory Coast), Martin Valjent (Slovakia), Ante Budimir (Croatia), Aleksandar Trajkovski (Macedonia) and Iddrisu Baba (Ghana) will go and join their respective countries squads. 

Atlético Baleares have built a temporary stand at the North End of their stadium to match the one at the South end. The Club has 1,900 season ticket holders currently and with the new stand, there’s capacity for 4,000 people. They’ve signed Ferran Corominas from the Indian Super League on a free transfer. “Coro” has played 241 games in La Liga for Espanyol, Elche and Osasuna. 

UD Poblense have currently just over 700 season ticket holders. They are preparing for the XLVIII Trofeu Agricultura on the 10th of October against Real Mallorca B.

Ud Ibiza won their latest friendly in La Manga against UCAM Murcia by 2-1. They’ve released a new video campaign for season ticket holders.

Peña Deportiva will travel to UD Ibiza this coming Sunday the 4th at 12 Midday behind closed doors. In their last 2 friendlies they lost to Villareal B 2-0 and drew 1-1 against CD Roda. 

In local football I tweeted the Balearic football federation (FFIB) this week to ask why the younger age groups of Alevin, Benjamin and Pre-Benjamin have been told that they won’t start their football matches until January. It seems a strange decision that they’ve allowed them to go training this week but won’t allow them to play games for another 3 months. With schools having gone back with seemingly little problems so far and other countries like the UK have allowed kids of all ages to return to football. I checked with a few people back home who manage kids teams and they say they do have protocols in place but they are playing games. Over here the ban seems a bit extreme to me. 

So I tweeted the Federation to find out why. They said they wanted to protect the younger ones and they were being guided by the Health Administration. 

Cata Coll was born in Portol, Mallorca. She’s played for Sant Marcel, Cide, Marratxí and Collerense, here in Mallorca. She was bought by Barcelona last year and sent out on loan to Sevilla. She’s now back in Barcelona and looking to break into their first team. Whilst here on the island she was training at the Pablo Roca goalkeeping school where ny youngest son goes. She also trained with Jude a few times too. Another success story for the islands local football teams. 

Episode 10 of A Kick in The Balearics will be out tomorrow on you tube and on podcast on too. We have just launched on Spotify on Apple iTunes and on all smart speakers through the Tunein radio App. If you have any interesting stories on your local Balearic club then please get in touch and follow us on all social media. 

Take care everyone, I’m back at the 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 me on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

Charity Begins at Home

They say that charity begins at home and that may well be the case this winter. But this year there’s going to be a major problem on the island and we all need to do what we can to help others too. We’ve had a summer season that has never really got off the ground and the seasonal workers that normally work 6 months to get their PARO(unemployment benefit) for the winter aren’t going to get it this year. There is still at the time of writing not a clear way forward for everyone on the ERTE(furlough) scheme either which is a worry.

One of the charities we helped at the Radiothon were Yachting Gives Back, who have launched a food-raising campaign in which the yachting industry can help to alleviate poverty and hunger in the Balearics. They collect non-perishable foodstuffs & hygiene products and deliver them to those in need via local charities.

This has been extended to the help from the local community including me and my boys who along with loads of other volunteers were at Eroski in Bendinat last Friday Saturday and Sunday. We covered the hours of 9-11am Saturday morning and between all of us we managed to collect 13 trollies over the weekend all filled with essential foods for struggling families. 

I really enjoy doing it and there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing that trolley fill up with things that you know will help others. And given to you by people that you’ve spoken to when they’ve come in. It’s also good for my boys to see, help and understand that there are families here on the island that do need our help. 

The charities that benefit are, Associació Tardor and Mallorca Sense Fam (Mallorca Without Hunger) who both deliver foodstuffs to those in need and the Shambhala Fundación who work with vulnerable young people

In the Asociación Tardor social canteen they try to meet the vital needs of people in extreme poverty. Currently, hundreds of meals are served in the social canteen and they also assist people via the Family Care Centre and Cas Vicari Food Bank. People are given shelter, breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, psychological care, social technical attention, job guidance and a decent place to visit to try to normalise their situation.

Founded in 2009, the mission of Mallorca Sense Fam and its many volunteers is to help deliver food (both non-perishable and fresh), baby food, personal hygiene and household products to improve the quality of life of people in poverty and to make the people of Mallorca more aware of the seriousness of the problem.

The youth of today is the prosperity of the island of tomorrow. In Shambhala they are carried away by their aspirations. That they are not bound by the circumstances. 

The Shambhala Foundation seeks to assist, help and promote the vulnerable young people of Mallorca who lack opportunities, education and / or guarantees. The Foundation will assist and support young people to reach their full physical, intellectual, social and educational potential through participation in four integrated programmes. 

Speaking to Nick who’s idea it was to set all this up, he said that anybody from anywhere on the island who needs help can visit these charities. He also said it would really help to have a few more volunteers on the supermarket food collection roster. So if you can spare a couple of hours for the next one, 9th to 11th of October, please contact him on 619 117 937. 

Even before the problems of this year there was always a winter poverty problem. Every Christmas we’ve been helping on the radio with the Radio One Mallorca Help a Mallorca Child & Age Concern Appeal.

Over the years we have ran this campaign, with your generosity, we have been able to bring Christmas cheer to hundreds of children and pensioners on the island. We’ve helped The Salvation Army, Fundación Nazareth, Son Espases and Age Concern amongst others. 

Already I’ve been offered toys and money donations and we are now in the process of looking at what we can do and who we can help this year. We must try and build a community spirit this winter and help as many people as we can to get through it. One thing I’ve learned about this island is how generous the people are so hopefully we can count on your support again this year. 

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 

Luis Sitjar 75 years old

The Luis Sitjar stadium where Real Mallorca used to play their home games was 75 years old on Wednesday. The picture above is the very first team that played there, it was against Xerez and Mallorca won 3-0. They played there until 1999 when they moved to their current stadium. The B team carried on playing their games there until 2007 and then it fell into disrepair. In 2014 demolition work was started and completed in 2015. 

After last weeks defeat at home to Rayo Vallecano, Mallorca went to Barcelona to play favourites for promotion Espanyol. They had won 3-0 at home the previous week and Mallorca had lost 1-0 at home. Not forgetting our previous coach Vincente Moreno was now in charge of Espanyol. If you had said you can have a draw before the game I would have bitten your arm off. As it was they came out with a 0-0 draw. To be honest it was a fairly dull game but what Mallorca did show was the ability to shut a team out, something they couldn’t do last season. They’re still missing a centre forward to put the ball into the net as Budimir didn’t travel as his head has been turned by interest from Valladolid. The coach has said he only wants players who are 100% focused on playing for the team. Mallorca signed Budimir from Italian club Crotone where he’d been in and out of the team and his previous best scoring season was 2015/16 in Serie B where he got 16 goals. The only other double figures he reached was last season where he got 13 in La Liga. Valladolid have offered around 4.5 million euros, he has a buyout clause of 15 million euros which was inserted into his 4 year contract when Mallorca paid 2.2 million euros for him last season. Remember he signed the contract and now he’s sulking because they won’t let him go. Which totally winds me up about footballers, you’ve got a contract with a team that took you from obscurity and onto the big stage. So why not repay that faith by playing for the team that’s paying your wages and if a team comes in with your release clause then we’ll let you go. There’s a word I could use but I won’t. I liked what our coach said at the press conference. “Valladolid’s coach said that Budimir would be ideal for him, well he is ideal for me too!” He’s currently training on his own to get back up to speed after the International break. It’s a catch 22 situation for Mallorca with just under two weeks left of the transfer window. Let him go for less than his clause or keep him against his will? As the days pass by the chance of finding another striker are harder and I think they’re going to need to find one as Alex Alegría and Abdón Prats have shown they’re good squad players but not number 9 starters.

Couple of interesting little stories from the game. This particular Protocol I imagine is in all Spanish professional football but there’s no showers for the players after the game. The Mallorca players were taken back to their hotel in Barcelona and they showered there. 

Congratulations to Mallorcan born Antonio Sanchez, the 23 year old central midfield player who made his debut for Mallorca last weekend. He’s been with the club since the age of 12, he’s been on loan at Poblense, Baracaldo CF and Mirandes and last week he made his first team debut coming on as sub for Alex Febas. Just goes to show that hard work and patience works in the end. 

Atlético Baleares drew 0-0 in their latest friendly against Ucam Murcia. Centre back Cristian Perez has joined the club on a free transfer. He has played 162 times in Segunda B with Badajoz and Cornelia.

UD Poblense will play CD Ibiza Islas Pitiusas for the Trofeu Ibizkus this coming Sunday the 27th at 16.30. They’re allowing 1,000 fans in with a 10€ entrance charge and the gates will open one hour before the game. 

UD Ibiza won their first pre-season game against Peña Deportiva 2-1 in Santa Eulalia. Hector Martinez a 21 year old left back has joined the club on a 2 year deal from Merida. Jose Antonio Pardo has joined from Extremadura on a 1 year deal. The 32 year old centre half has plenty of experience in the lower leagues. They are currently in La Manga where last night they defeated Real Murcia 2-0. They play tonight against CD El Ejido and UCAM Murcia on Saturday. 

Penya Deportiva after their loss to UD Ibiza will play Villareal B tomorrow at 19.30 and CD Roda at 11.00 on Sunday. They’ve signed two players Aaron Sanchez a winger from Depor Fabril and another winger Ioan Yakovlev from Arandina.  

As far as local football is concerned, Marvin Park made his debut for Real Madrid on Sunday night. The midfielder born in Mallorca, joined Tranmere Rovers’ youth academy as a nine-year-old in 2009, and spent three years in the North West before returning to Mallorca and playing for Ciutat de Palma and Atlético Rafal. He then went onto develop at La Salle and Jonquet Penya Arrabal both in Palma, before Madrid snapped up the youngster in 2016, and Park has flourished at Los Blancos ever since. 

The highest league in junior football in Spain is Juvenil Division Honor. Mallorca have 3 teams in Group 3, Sub Group A, Real Mallorca, Penya Arrabal and CD San Francisco, the club where my boys play. They haven’t got it easy this year though as in their group are, Barcelona, RCD Espanyol, FC Girona, UE Cornellà, CE Europa, AT. Villacarlos and CF Damm. They start on November 1st. 

The FFIB(Federación de Futbol de Islas Balears) have said that Juvenil, Cadete and Infantil games should begin at the end of October. They will be split into Sub-Groups of 10 teams meaning 18 games to play. Each team will play each other back to back, as in home one week and away the following week. That will be followed by a weekend off. Meaning that if ever there was a breakout of Covid it will be confined to just 2 teams. 

Alevin, Benjamin and Pre-Benjamin will not begin until January 2021 and this will depend on what the Government decides. 

Episode 9 of A Kick in The Balearics will be out tomorrow on you tube and on podcast on too. We have just launched on Spotify on Apple iTunes and on all smart speakers through the Tunein radio App. If you have any interesting stories on your local Balearic club then please get in touch and follow us on all social media. 

Take care everyone, I’m back at the 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 

Remember These?

July the 15th 2016 probably wouldn’t be a date you’d remember for any particular reason. So let me jog your memory. Low Cost Holidays collapsed and went into administration. The administrator, claimed that there were  approximately 27,000 customers on holiday at the time and 110,000 who had booked trips but were yet to depart. 

Lowcostholidays didn’t have an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (ATOL), because in 2013 it moved its business to here in Mallorca.

Under the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s ATOL protection scheme, if you book a flight with accommodation and/or car hire, or in some cases a flight on its own, with a UK travel firm, if the firm that organises your travel goes bust you can continue your holiday if abroad or get a refund if still in the UK. However, this protection didn’t apply in this case.

Lowcostholidays had a “limited warranty”, with just €1.2 million (around £1 million at current exchange rates) set aside to compensate customers who booked both flights and accommodation. Divided between all the 137,000 affected customers, that amounted to a paltry £7 per booking. How did they get away with it?

What about October 2nd 2017? The day Monarch Airlines collapsed. The failure of Monarch, the largest British airline to go bust, affected nearly 900,000 passengers in total. It marooned more than 100,000 tourists abroad, prompting what was billed at the time as the country’s biggest peacetime repatriation. Monarch’s problem was it was it was neither one thing nor the other. It was not really a package holiday airline, nor was it really a low-cost airline. 

September 23rd, 2019? Can you see a pattern here? It was the date that Thomas Cook, the Worlds oldest travel company went bust. At that time it had debts of $2.1 Billion. They employed 21,000 people who overnight were out of work. Hundreds of thousands of travelers were left stranded across the world. The UK government launched its latest largest ever peacetime repatriation to bring 150,000 passengers home. There were 600,000 passengers in total across the World that were stranded. There were a huge number of businesses directly or indirectly affected by their demise with many owed thousands of euros. Thomas Cook had stopped settling its bills in the Balearic Islands from August 20th, even earlier in some cases, telling suppliers it could not part with any cash until mid-October for “operational reasons”. The real murky thing in all this was staff jetted from Majorca to London with £5.3million hours before the travel giant’s collapse, it was alleged. The cash was allegedly raked in from 20 hotels in the Balearic Islands and flown back to Britain by private jet, Spanish newspaper Ultima Hora reported. 

So why did I bring these stories up? 

Well it covers a tour operator, an online travel agent, an airline and all three were major players in Mallorcan tourism. It shows that even pre-Covid how difficult the travel industry has become in the last 4 years. Think about the losses incurred by airlines, hotels, car hire companies, excursions and all related industries with these companies disappearing. That’s tough and I haven’t even talked about 2020!

Interestingly a couple of stories broke this week that link to the stories above. 

Thomas Cook are now making a comeback! Yes just a year after leaving debts left, right and centre, the firm which said “don’t just book it, Thomas Cook it!” are back. From being a traditional Tour Operator they’ve reformed as an Online Travel Agent(OTA) which was exactly what Low cost holidays were. How have they been able to do that just a year after going under? The Thomas Cook brand, including the ‘sunny heart logo’, and website were bought from the liquidators by Chinese firm Fosun last year for £11 million.  Fosun who just happen to be one of the major shareholders in the company formerly known as……yes you’ve guessed it Thomas Cook! They were one of the companies that decided not to pump more money into the ailing business. 

Not sure how the people that were owed money are going to take this, it will be interesting to see. 

OTA’s as they’re known have become very popular in the travel industry. You may have heard of “Dynamic Packaging” which is how these firms operate. So rather than buying a package holiday these firms buy the flight, hotel, transfers and sometimes car hire separately. 

Where these firms have struggled particularly in these post COVID times is in refunds. The biggest problem is the flights as airlines will leave cancellations until the last minute. This has been highlighted more this week by another couple of OTA’s On The Beach and Love Holidays. Both are unhappy about ABTA’s insistence on full refunds for package holiday makers. Basically because of the constantly changing position of the Government which meant they were struggling to get the airlines to refund money. So they’ve resigned from ABTA.  Both insist that this will not affect customer holidays and they are fully covered by ATOL.

The travel industry right now is not in a good place and is looking for those green shoots of recovery. I’ve met with a few Operators these past 2 weeks and I’m detecting slowly but surely they’re confident of it returning. As I’ve said I’m always glass half full, so let’s hope that the plan our Government are obviously taking so much time on is going to be a good one(I’m not holding my breathe by the way) and 2020 will be put to bed and 2021 comes back with a huge bang. #Mallorca2021

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 

Mallorca Lose

A disastrous start to Real Mallorca’s season last weekend as they lost 0-1 at home to Rayo Vallecano. I was very confident going in as they’d had such a good pre-season. Maybe I should have been more cautious against a team who’d finished 7th last year in La Liga 2. Also they were managed by Andoni Iraola who looked like he was coming to Mallorca in the Summer. Maybe we picked the wrong one? Bit of a strange line-up with Salva Sevilla and last years top scorer Budimir on the bench. Maybe Budimir was on the bench as he’d been on International duty but that didn’t stop centre half Martin Valjent. Or maybe as more likely his head has been turned by interest from Valladolid in La Liga. If we do lose him we are going to have to find someone who can put the ball in the onion bag. Just the small matter of Espanyol away this weekend managed by our former manager Vincente Moreno. Never has there been a better time to get an away win but against a team that beat Albacete 3-0 last weekend won’t be easy. Kick-off is at 4pm on Sunday. Two players have left the squad, Sergio Buenacasa has left for CF Hercules and Pablo Valcarce has gone to CD Ponferradina. The Segunda B and Tercera division will begin on October the 18th. As we said before it’s all change into how the leagues are being played. Segunda B starts in October and the first phase finishes on March 14th 2021. After that it gets a bit confusing so I’ll leave it there for now.Atlético Baleares will kick off their season on October 18th with a home game against Inter de Madrid.
Ud Poblense beat them 2-0 in their traditional opening season friendly “Trofeu Casa Miss”. Something that went under the radar was that 1,000 fans were allowed in to watch the game. Their ground holds 8,000 people so that’s just over 10% allowed inside. I hope that’s a sign of things to come. Atlético just played today(Wednesday) and lost 1-2 against CF Hercules. Brazilian centre forward Vinicius Tanque has just signed from Cartagena who he helped get promotion to La Liga 2 last season. I’ll let you guess his nickname. Scottish U-21 international Jordan Holsgrove who was on loan at Atletico Baleares last season from Reading has signed a two year deal for Celta. He will play for their B side in Segunda B group 2.
UD Poblense after that impressive win over Atlético Baleares will open their league campaign against Athletico Madrid B away on October 18th.
UD Ibiza will play Atlético Levante UD away in their first game of the season on October the 18th. Their pre-season games run like this; September 20th, 19.00 v Peña Deportiva, behind closed doors. 
They then go to La Manga where they’ll play; Sept 23rd, 19.30 v Real Murcia, Sept 24th, 19.00 v CD El Ejido 2012
Sept 26th, 10.30 v Ucam Murcia Back in Ibiza on Oct 4th, 12.00 v Peña Deportiva.
The Consell de Mallorca have offered families here in Mallorca a subsidy aimed at granting aid to help with the expenses arising from the registration of children and young people between the ages of 6 and 16 in extra-curricular sports activities.Here is the link;
https://seu.conselldemallorca.net/es/ficha?key=54862&fbclid=IwAR0uI0HXuY5BcJwb_Gq4TbMq_gEEeFdT8C3AaiJvqz1sNxOILy7XsXoHl28
Applications for subsidy can be submitted from September 15th 2020 until October 30th, 2020, or until the budget runs out. They must be presented to,

Rosa M Guillén Ripoll
Head of the Sport Development Section Department of Tourism and Sports Insular Sports Management Ca l ‘ Ardiaca road, 5. 07010 Palma

Episode 8 of A Kick in The Balearics will be out tomorrow on you tube and on podcast on too. We have just launched on Spotify on Apple iTunes and on all smart speakers through the Tunein radio App. If you have any interesting stories on your local Balearic club then please get in touch and follow us on all social media. 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