Mallorca Genuine Promotion Contenders

A great week for Real Mallorca. I said last week “If Mallorca can get past both of these without losing, you’d have to say they are genuine promotion contenders.” They actually exceeded my expectations beating Logroñés 4-0 and then Almeria away 0-1. Both teams had won their previous six matches and Mallorca scored five goals and conceded none. 

In the Logroñés game they were helped by a handball sending off in just four minutes, which meant they dominated the rest of the game. Against Almeria in a tight affair, the winning goal was a “worldy” from Abdon Prats. An overhead kick that will be difficult to beat when the goal of the season awards are handed out. 

Last years La Liga Smartbank winners Huesca won the league with 70 points. In their 42 games they won 21, drew 7 and lost 14. They scored 55 goals and conceded 42 goals. Right now in their 16 games so far, Mallorca already have 35 points, so they are halfway to that total of Huesca already. Their record so far is played 16, won 10, drawn 5 and lost 1. They’ve scored 20 goals and conceded just 3 goals. 

It’s very tight at the top with Mallorca on 35 points, Espanyol on 33, Leganés 31. It’s still the three teams that were relegated last season that are the top three. They don’t play now until Monday evening against Castellón. 

Atlético Baleares conceded a 93rd minute equaliser last weekend against CDA Navalcarnero. Having retaken the lead in the 84th minute from “The Tank”(Vinicius Tanque) you would hope that they could close out the game. But right now they’re struggling for form and it wasn’t possible. They’re now in fifth place, 10 points behind the leaders Rayo Majadahonda. The coach Jordi Roger said this week “we need the support of the fans and we will do our best to get 3 points”. He’s a coach under pressure having not won a game since the opening one of the season. This weekend they’re at home to Las Rozas, kicking off at 12 midday at the Estadio Balear. Let’s hope for better luck this weekend. 

UD Poblense were 8 minutes from causing a shock against Real Madrid Castilla. However an equaliser scuppered their hopes of a first win of the season. However a draw is still a commendable result against Real Madrid’s second string of youngsters managed by their former legendary player Raul. This weekend they are away against CDA Navalcarnero, will that elusive first win come this weekend?

Much better news across the water on the White Isle of Ibiza. UD Ibiza maintained their 100% start beating Hercules by 1-0. In a tight affair it took then to the 93rd minute to break the deadlock. Head Coach Juan Carlos Carcedo said afterwards “The substitutions helped us to get to the last minutes of the match with plenty of options to find the decisive goal”. That’s 6 wins from 6 games, scoring 12 conceding just 1. This weekend they face Orihuela, who lie in second place 7 points behind. You’d have to say if they win that, they’re favourites to go to the next stage. 

Orihuela is where Peña Deportiva lost 1-0 last weekend. They lie in 5th place on 6 points and as I mentioned last week, the goals scored column needs filling up. Just one so far and if they want to progress they need to find the net. They are at home this weekend to CD Alcoyano.

In Tercera, Andratx still lead the way in Group A after a 1-2 win in Ibiza against SD Portmany. Manacor are 4 points behind with a game in hand after beating Soller 2-0. No games this weekend because of the holiday. 

In Group B, no game for Platges de Calvia last week meant they were joined at the top by PE Sant Jordi who beat Binnisalem 2-1. Like in Group A, there’s no games this weekend because of the holiday but next weekend it’s first against second as Platges de Calvia take on PE Sant Jordi. 

In Division Honor, Penya Arrabal were the only team to get a point last weekend, in a 1-1 draw with At. Villacarlos. Real Mallorca lost 0-2 at home to Club Esportiu Europa and San Francisco lost 1-0 away at UD Cornelia. Penya lie in 4th, Mallorca in 6th and San Fran 7th. This weekend there’s difficult matches for all of our teams. Penya are at home to the leaders Espanyol, Mallorca are away to Girona and the pick of the games is San Fran versus Barcelona. It’s a shame that fans won’t be allowed in to see that game but you can see it on the CD San Francisco Facebook page or on Barcelona TV. 

My eldest Son Jake’s team, San Francisco Cadete B came back from 0-1 to Patronato to win 2-1. They play them away this weekend in the return. Still no sign of a return to competitive matches for my youngest Jude in San Francisco Alevin A but there’s a possibility of a January start. 

Take care everyone. 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

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

It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas!

For most of us 2020 has been a year to forget. Normality hasn’t been a word commonly used this year or if it has it, it’s been known as the  “New Norm”. With that in mind it has slowly but dawned on us that our normal family Christmas isn’t going to happen. Ever since I moved here in 1990, Christmas has always been celebrated in the UK. I’m a firm believer it’s a time for families to come together and celebrate. Unfortunately it’s not going to be possible with all the problems that this year has brought. My Wife and I both have elderly Mothers and the risk for them is too great, even if we take a test before we go. Also we are quite a big family so getting us all together from all the different tiers is all but impossible. We also thought about all the things we like to do apart from seeing our families, like going to pubs, going to restaurants, watching football, going to the theatre, going to the cinema, visiting London, are all going to be difficult to do too. We have always said to ourselves that it would be nice one year to spend it here, so this is our year. I do bang on about how great this island is all the time, so I’m coming round to enjoying a festive time here. 

Whilst it will be tough not seeing our families we will be able to see them virtually through Zoom like we did every weekend when we did quizzes together during the lockdown. 

Last week we went out shopping and did the no IVA(VAT) day at the Mallorca outlets. We went earlier than last time but even in the daytime it was just as bad as going in the evening. We queued the best part of 45 minutes just to get into Nike and as we only had 2 hours because of the school run. We only managed 2 shops in 2 hours. At the weekend we went tree shopping. We felt that as this probably won’t be a yearly thing we would buy a real tree rather than an artificial one. We went to that garden centre opposite Carrefour on the Via de Cintura behind the Iberostar building. You know the one! They’ve just changed their name, well I say just, I don’t know when they did but I still can’t remember it. Anyway they have a great choice of trees, you pick the one you want and they wrap it in netting, making it easier to transport. 

It now has pride of place in our lounge and dare I say it “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

I’m enjoying going round looking for the things we would normally buy in the UK but trying to find them here. We’ve been sent a few things from the UK but the majority will be bought here. We live in Calvia where the Town Hall has come up with a great idea to help local businesses. Each person over the age of 16 who is registered at the Town Hall can buy a voucher for 10€ and when you go to spend it, it’s worth 20€. There are 2 per adult available. So basically they are giving you 10€ per voucher to spend with local businesses. The list of businesses can be found on the Town Hall website. 

I am fully aware that this Christmas will be a struggle for quite a lot of people here on the island. On the radio we’ve always done a Christmas appeal but this year more than ever we need your help. 

We are helping the Salvation Army by buying presents for the children, the Fundación Nazaret by buying all the children a gift card for Primark. Son Espases we are paying for a years subscription to Netflix that is used on the iPads in the Intensive Care Unit for Children. Age Concern we are buying supermarket vouchers that can be distributed to the people they are helping. For the Santa Ponsa Food Bank and Yachting Gives Back we are collecting food donations and buying more food. Finally, SOS Animal Mallorca we are helping with food supplies. 

Normally we would help around four charities but this year because of all of the problems we have tried to help as many as we can. 

Please deliver all donations to us at the Radio Station at The Wave House Hotel in Magaluf or at our drop off points around the island. Feel free to call me on 670 704 311 and I can always arrange a pick up. 

We can take money donations via our charity bank account and credit card or cash donations too. 

In the past two weeks a few people of a more mature age have come into the studio and donated money saying they would like to see it help others. You know who you are so thank you. That for me sums it all up and I know from all the charity work I’ve done on the island the people of Mallorca will always step up to the plate. 

If you know of anyone who is on their own please check on them to see if they’re ok and if they need anything. Christmas can also be a lonely and stressful time for some and it doesn’t take much to knock on someone’s door to check if they’re ok. 

Ultimately, Christmas is as much about giving as it is receiving. It’s embedded in our culture as a time where we give to those less fortunate than ourselves. 

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 

Top Of The League!


Real Mallorca start the weekend on top of league 2. They’ve been helped by the fact that Espanyol have lost their last two, at home to Girona and away at Leganés last time out. Last weekend they were held to a home 0-0 draw against fourth place Sporting Gijón. In the midweek they went away to Cartagena and won 1-2 to put them top of the league by 1 point to Leganés. Interesting that the three teams that were relegated last season from La Liga are now the top three in La Liga 2. Playing budgets and squad sizes have a lot to do with it. Espanyol have the biggest budget at 45,342€, Leganés at 26,704€ and Mallorca at 19,049€. 

The squad spending limit denotes the maximum amount that each club can spend during the course of the 2020/21 season following the winter transfer market, including spending on the first team in relation to players, the manager, assistant manager and fitness coach (registrable squad, as defined in Art. 38 of the Budget Preparation Rules) and spending on the reserves, the youth system and other areas (non-registrable squad, as defined in Art. 38 of the Budget Preparation Rules). So Mallorca are doing very well to be where are right now and long May it continue. This weekend they are at home to seventh placed Logroñés, who’ve won their last six games, so not an easy game. That’s followed next Thursday when they travel to fifth placed Almeria, who’ve won their last five. Almeria surprisingly have the second biggest budget in the league at 27,582€ and it will be a tough game. If Mallorca can get past both of these without losing, you’d have to say they are genuine promotion contenders. 

Atlético Baleares unfortunately are struggling right now. After their first five games, they’ve won 1, drawn 2 and lost 2. They are in sixth place eight points behind the leaders Rayo Majadahonda and it has to be said the new coach Jordi Roger is under a bit of pressure already. Having invested heavily in the squad in the summer, this is not where the owners envisaged they’d be. A 0-1 home loss last weekend to Sanse with the visitors scoring in the 87th minute. This weekend they’re away at CDA Navalcarnero who lie in second place in the league 

UD Poblense are struggling at the bottom of the league on 3 points. Struggling is probably a bit harsh as it was always going to be tough for them making this step up. Goals are hard to come with only 3 so far, yet they’ve only conceded 5 so they’re not getting gubbed in any of their games. A win would really boost the confidence right now, with Real Madrid B arriving on the island this Sunday. 

Across the water UD Ibiza are dominating their league. Five wins from 5 games, scoring 11 goals and conceding just one. They are already 5 points clear at the top. I watched them destroy Valencia B 0-4 on IB3 TV last weekend. This weekend they are at home to Hercules of Alicante who lie behind them in second place.

Peña Deportiva are more than holding their own with 6 points in their opening 5 games. They currently lie in fourth and whilst they’ve only conceded one goal, they’ve only scored one too! 

In Tercera Group A, top of the table Andratx lost their first game of the season to second placed Manacor. Meaning the gap between them is now 4 points and Manacor have a game in hand. 

It’s a little tighter in Tercera Group B, with Platges de Calvia at the top by 3 Points from PE San Jordi. With no game for Platges this weekend, San Jordi have a chance to join them at the top. 

In Division Honor the highest league in youth football, Penya Arrabal managed to get a 1-1 draw with Barcelona. I tried to go to the game but they were only accepting members or players family and had a capacity of 150. San Francisco lost a to and fro game 3-2 to CF Damm. Real Mallorca beat UD Cornelia 2-1. That leaves Penya in Fourth, Mallorca in sixth and San Fran in seventh. 

No game for my eldest last week but he has a game today at 16.45 against Patronato which you can see live on CD San Francisco’s Facebook page. 

Take care everyone. 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

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

Time To Get Back To Business

This week I’m looking at what can be done to kick start the travel industry in Majorca. Remember that the Islands tourism GDP is 44% and if you take into account all the third party businesses that support the industry then we are looking at closer to 85%. There aren’t many countries in the World that rely so heavily on just one industry, so there has never been a more important time. I’ve lived here for 30 years and worked in travel in some form or another for all of that time and although there’s been problems, they were nothing on this scale. In fact if you add, strikes, power cuts, ash clouds, recession, terrorist attacks, all together, I don’t think you’ll get close to the problems there are right now. I’ve always been a glass half full type and I can definitely see the green shoots of a recovery slowly but surely appearing. In the last week I have met with the Mayor of Calvia Alfonso Rodriguez and the President of the Mallorca Hotel Federation Maria Frontera. Both gave me reason for confidence moving forward but there is still a lot of work to be done.
The vaccine firstly brings hope, with each company fighting each other for the highest effectiveness percentage. They’re a bit like a London bus you wait eight months for one and in the end three arrive at the same time. Interesting that Quantas were one of the first airlines this week to come out and say that all international travellers on the airline will have to have the vaccination. Although Ryanair’s CEO has come and said that it will not work for short haul European flights. That remains to be seen but I wouldn’t be surprised that if you want to travel then some sort of health passport is going to be needed.
The Balearic Government have asked all international travellers arriving on the islands to provide a negative test taken in the last 72hrs. My understanding is that they’re pushing for all national arrivals to have to provide one too. There’s a lot of comments around saying that companies are profiteering on the price of a PCR test. I rang a UK chemist for a Spanish friend of mine this week. They quoted £110.00 for a test done 48hrs before a flight or £225.00 if just 24hrs before. Most flights right now are cheaper than the test but don’t be surprised if that comes down before next summer. The President of the Hotel Association said they are pushing for the much quicker and cheaper Anti-Gen tests, which look like they will come in soon. I wouldn’t be surprised if the airlines or Tour Operators got together to offer a deal on the test or possibly include it in their packages. It would be a great USP(unique selling point) if someone could make it pay. Some senior members of the tourist industry in Majorca called for money raised through the tourist tax be used to pay for PCR test for tourists. Which wouldn’t be a bad thing in my opinion. It probably doesn’t go with the sustainability message put forward but the jury is still out as to whether the money is going to the right places.
We’ve got to get across the positivity of travelling to the island out there quickly. The peak booking period in the UK is January so we don’t have long to get that Feelgood message out there.
If we can get the people here then we need to make sure we are ready to welcome them. I’ve said before with Easter falling early at the beginning of April then some businesses may decide to wait until the beginning of May. I feel the Government need to offer businesses deals to open. Tax breaks, social security breaks, IVA reduction would be quick ideas to get the island moving. Surely a business open, employing people and paying back something into the system is better than the paralysis we have right now? Remember some businesses when they do eventually open would have been closed for around eighteen months. You can’t expect them to try and pick up where they left off without a little bit of help. What you don’t want is the island open for business and half its businesses aren’t, as that will create negativity on Social Media, thus deterring future travellers from coming to us. We are in the same boat as all other destinations around the World so competition will be tough but we’ve got to come out fighting.
Majorca in my opinion is one of the best holiday destinations in the World. We’re an island with turquoise blue waters, secret coves, soft golden sands, lush green foliage, rugged mountains, picturesque villages, amazing cuisine, bustling nightlife and a vibrant capital city. We’re also an island in the Med only a couple of hours flight from most European cities. Rest assured that we are all working behind the scenes to get this island moving again so when you’re looking at holidays for next season, make #Majorca2021 your destination.
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 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 Could Go Top Today

CD Cardasser football ground after the devastating floods of 2018 but better news is on the horizon. See below.

A good 3-0 home win for Real Mallorca against Ponferradina the weekend before last took them to second place in La Liga Smartbank. Followed up by a battling 1-0 win at Girona. They are now two points behind the leaders Espanyol, who surprisingly lost on Friday night at home to Girona. Dani Rodriguez is their current top scorer with 5 for the season and he’s fourth top goalscorer in the league which is a great return for an attacking midfielder. Without doubt it’s their defensive record which is helping them, just 2 goals conceded in 12 games. If they win on Sunday they would go top. It will be difficult though as their opponents are third placed Sporting Gijón. 

Martin Valjent and Aleksandar Trajkovski have made history with their countries having qualified for next summer’s European Championships. Although they were unused substitutes in the play-off finals, the former’s Slovakia reached their second-ever European Championships courtesy of a 2-1 win over Northern Ireland in extra time, while Trajkovski and North Macedonia have qualified for the tournament for the first time in their history. 

Mallorca have been drawn away to Segunda B side CD Guijuelo in the first round of the Copa del Rey.

Their cup campaign will kick-off with a trip to the Estadio Municipal de Luis Ramos on the 16th of December. Founded in 1974 and having finished 9th in their division last season, it will be the first time they’ve  faced the team from Salamanca in their history. 

With the Copa Del Rey in mind, an amazing story for CD Cardasser over on the East of Mallorca. It is home to the “Love Island” Villa and 2 years ago the town suffered devastating floods. Their ground was completely wrecked as you can see above. They play in the third division here in Mallorca and a few weeks ago they qualified for the 1st round of the Copa Del Rey. Last week the draw was made and they drew Atlético Madrid at home! Their ground can only hold 600 spectators which is a shame as I’m sure a lot of people would like to watch the game. But might give them a squeak of an advantage over the team currently second in La lIga. 

In Segunda B Division it’s a mixed bag for all of our sides.

Atlético Baleares restarted training last week after 11 playing and non playing staff went down with coronavirus. They have followed  all the protocols and now they’re free to return. They haven’t played for two weeks but return to action today against UD San Sebastián Reyes. 

UD Ibiza continúe to dominate their league, four wins from four leave them four points clear at the top. This week they are away in against Valencia B.

UD Poblense are still battling away, drawing three of their first four games. Scoring goals seems to be the problem with just two so far but having only conceded three they are managing to pick up points. They have a difficult away game this week against Rayo Majadahonda. 

Peña Deportiva are holding their own in fourth place having only lost one of their opening four games. 

This weekends fixtures are;

Atlético Baleares v UD San Sebastián Reyes. Sunday 12 Midday

Rayo Majadahonda v UD Poblense Sunday 12 Midday

Valencia B  v UD Ibiza Sunday 12 Midday

Peña Deportiva v CF La Nucia Sunday 12 Midday

Real Mallorca v Sporting Gijón Sunday 16.00

In Tercera División group A, Andratx lost their first game at home to second placed Manacor but are still top four points clear. In Group B, Platges de Calvia lead by three points from second placed PE Sant Jordi. 

In Division Honor the highest league in Youth football, the local derby between CD San Francisco and Penya Arrabal took place last week. San Fran ran out 4-1 winners to take their first points of the season.  The league is currently being led by Girona, Penya are in third, San Fran in Sixth and Barcelona a surprisingly lowly eighth. 

My eldest son Jakes team San Francisco Cadete B haven’t got off to a great start losing home and away to Sollerense. Both close at 2-1 and 3-2 but hopefully they’ll win next weekend against Patronato. 

Take care everyone. 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

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

Schools Out But Not Just For Summer!

Last week I said I’d come up with some ideas to restart the tourist industry. There are two sides to this, businesses here on the island and businesses that bring people to the island. Firstly my attitude towards politicians and what they say has changed over the years. Particularly in the UK where they seem to change their mind like the weather. One in particular who really gets on my nerves is Michael Gove. He’s the man who played a heavy part in the leave campaign in 2016 with Boris Johnson and together they were going to make a bid for Johnson to become Conservative party leader, with Gove as the campaign manager, how could they fail? Well Gove withdrew his support on the morning Johnson was due to declare, and announced his own candidacy! Which he lost to the eventual winner Theresa May. Fast forward to October the 18th this year and Mr Gove was asked if ministers were going to enforce a two-week shutdown across England? The Cabinet Office minister answered: “No”. He added that the spread of the virus did not warrant short-term blanket restrictions “at the moment”.“It would seem an error to try to impose on every part of the country the same level of restriction when we know that the disease is spreading more intensively and quicker in some parts of the country,” he said.Just two weeks later and the country goes into full lockdown for a whole month!
What has this got to do with restarting the tourist industry? I can hear you saying. Well please bear with me as I just had to paint a little bit of a Michael Gove picture. In 2012 he changed the law on parents being allowed to take their children out of school in term time. It was a very controversial law at the time as it took away the flexibility that schools and parents had before. He said It is “wrong” for parents to take children out of school during term time to take advantage of cheaper holidays and there was a call for action to stop holiday companies “cashing in” by ramping up prices during the school holidays. He also said that the holiday industry should “look at itself in the mirror” and ask whether it was doing enough to help its customers. All this did was push the prices up even higher and who was he to say whether a parent could take their kids out of school in term time? In my opinion It should agreed by the teacher and the parents and based on their child’s attendance record and their school work. He added that parents should instead lobby their schools to change their term dates to allow pupils to go on holiday at different times, as the coalition Government had given them the ability to do. Which of course was totally impractical and so never got changed. If there was one thing that rang alarm bells here for me apart from the name Gove it was the word “coalition”. Coalition Governments in my mind are a waste of time, we have one here in Spain who are proving that. All that happens is you’re trying to pass legislation that one agrees with and the other doesn’t. If you remember at the time this was a Conservative/Lib Dem coalition and as always it was a complete shambles. In the 2010 general election, the Lib Dems had built their campaign around a pledge to abolish tuition fees. By the end of that year, however, they had tripled them instead. So much for looking after children’s education. The term time law came into force and the current situation for taking children on holiday in term time is as follows;You have to get permission from the head teacher if you want to take your child out of school during term time.You can only do this if:

  • you make an application to the head teacher in advance (as a parent the child normally lives with)
  • there are exceptional circumstances

It’s up to the head teacher how many days your child can be away from school if leave is granted.You can be fined for taking your child on holiday during term time without the school’s permission.When I first came to Mallorca in 1990 families used to come from May until October and there were still families coming through the winter too. That all changed after 2012 and if I’m honest not for the better. It means that families have to pay a lot more for a holiday in July and August than they would at any other time of the year. You can’t blame the Holiday industry as they have no choice but to charge what they do. Never has the saying “make hay when the sun shines” been more apt. The pandemic has changed a lot of people’s outlook on life and I believe this should be the time to reverse this law. There are many angles to this and I personally can’t see a negative. Most kids in the UK were off school because of the pandemic for nearly six months. Now the main reason for this was health but the statistics didn’t back up the reason. The infection rate and more important the mortality rate amongst children was very low and the risk minimal. But in the Government’s eyes it was ok to keep them away from school for that period of time. So if that is the case are we still saying that a 10 day holiday in term time is harmful to their education? A break particularly abroad offers a new culture, cuisine, language and the chance for families to bond away from their daily routines. I for one see it as an enhancement to their education. The other side to this, is a boost to industries that have suffered hugely in this pandemic. The holiday industry has been dented enormously with Airports, ports, Airlines, Tour Operators, cruise lines, car hire and all the third party industries connected to them struggling to survive. I’m sure all of these would rather see a greater spread particularly in family travel across the year rather than just crammed into July and August. There is no doubt that staycation UK holiday firms would benefit from this too. You try getting a cheap deal at a holiday camp or one of those forest camps when the kids are off school. This would be a massive boost to the economy in jobs, money to the exchequer and to be honest a Feelgood feeling all round, when the country needs it most. In fact I’m surprised nobody else has thought of it. Please pass it on if you have any Government connections. Holiday destinations like Mallorca would have to play their part too and as I’ve ranted too much about Mr Gove, I will bring that to you next week. 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 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

PCR Tests, Yes! But The Spanish No?

During a press conference at London’s “virtual” World Travel Market, the President of the Balearics Francina Armengol this week reiterated that unless someone can provide details of a positive test then they will provide a means of testing at the airports and ports. She highlighted the availability of hotels to accommodate visitors who test positive, something not offered by other Spanish regions.
From November the 23rd anyone arriving from what is deemed as a country with a high infection rate will have to provide a negative PCR test within 72hrs. To be honest that’s most of Europe except, guess who? Spain! So the Government on the one hand comes up with a great plan to ease the infection rate but on the other decides that even though they still have a major problem on the mainland you can still fly in and out, without any checks. I have a friend who constantly travels to and from the mainland and he said that last week he went to Barcelona and back without anybody checking on where he’d been or where he was going. Bearing in mind that Cataluña is in full lockdown how ridiculous is that? In fact that’s completely negligent of a Government particularly here that is on its knees and wanting a return of the tourism masses but completely by-passes checking on its own people. On the front page of the Ultima Hora on Friday it said that 12 of the seventeen autonomous regions in Spain have a higher infection rate than the UK and Germany. They must change that situation and have tests for all or you are never going to get rid of the problem. 
The President also welcomed advances made with the vaccine, confident that this will help to restart tourism in March next year. That’s all well and good as I said last week but my other comment was a lot of businesses may take the view that Easter falls too early and it would be better to save opening until the beginning of May. Having spoken to a number of people in Tourism since last week. The majority agree with that fact and therefore they will wait until May. I hope the Government is talking to businesses or plans to incentivise them to open. As you don’t want to bring people here and half the island is still closed. 
The other message came from the Tourism Minister Iago Negueruela who said that as well as intensifying health security, the Balearics’ tourism recovery strategy is based on reinforcing the commitment to quality, on family tourism and on the elimination of “tourism of excesses”I’m yet to get to the bottom of what that phrase actually means but I’m sure the Government think it’s getting rid of the younger people in Magaluf, Playa de Palma and San Antonio. Once again as I’ve said before deterring younger people to come is harming a long term love of the island. By all means set the laws in place of what the bars and clubs have to do and that people coming here need to abide by. And if you’re going to do all that then make sure it’s policed properly. I noted this week that the Mayor of Calvia said they were struggling to put a budget together for 2021. I do hope that doesn’t mean a cut back in services, especially the Police. If we’re going to manage this change then it has to be done properly with the right resources. 
So what is the “tourism of excesses”? All inclusive hotels? All inclusive cruises that come in on a daily basis? Beach clubs that shower champagne everywhere? Or people generally having a good time because they’re on holiday? Let’s be honest we’ve all been guilty of a little excess sometime, isn’t that what holidays are about? If it’s done within the rules then I personally don’t see a problem. I think the Government need to understand that. Even our own President likes a bit of excess “allegedly!”
Right now I’m not aware of what can and can’t be done in Magaluf next season. Although I’m meeting with the Mayor next week to discuss it. It will be interesting to hear what plans are in place to kick start a resort that for the majority, by the time April comes around wouldn’t have been open for 18 months! There are a lot of for sale or for rent signs around the resort which doesn’t look good. I keep saying it but for me it’s one of the best beaches on the island and given the right direction and resources can once again return to being one of the top beach resorts in the World. 
It’s been a good news week so let’s keep up that positivity. Next week I’ll have some ideas to restart the tourist industry. 
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 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

Reina the King

Atletico Baleares 1 Atletico Madrid B 1

Last weekend I went to see Atletico Baleares v Atletico Madrid B in another socially distanced game in the Segunda B.
They’d changed the seating arrangements from the last time and it seemed to work better. People were able to sit in all rows but one seat yes and one seat no. They made it even clearer with stickers on the chairs that couldn’t be sat on. There were more stewards, at least one in each section which was definitely better. 
IB3 were covering the game on TV which was great for all the supporters who couldn’t get in. My Son kept texting me saying he could see me behind the goal. I chose to sit there to get a different view of the game. 
Both teams had similar records going in to the match, played 2, won 1, lost 1. Madrid had lost last week to Dux Internacional 3-1. The team that Baleares beat 4-0 on the opening day. 
It was a very disappointing first half for Baleares. They didn’t force the Madrid keeper to make one save. They went behind in the 23rd minute when Nando hit a shot across Juan Carlos that went in off the far post.
It wasn’t a surprise to see two changes made at half time for Baleares, Alex Barrera & Baselga came on for Fito & Kako and they definitely got better. But still not forcing the Madrid keeper into too much work. In the 68th minute they brought on their English loan signing from Tottenham, Armando Shashoua. He brought a faster pace to their attacks and in the 88th minute “The Tank” Vinicius Tanque scored the equaliser which on the balance of play they deserved. Overall it was a disappointing game but if you play poorly it’s important that you try and get something out of it, which they did. 
The Club announced that after conducting Covid tests during the week, 11 members of the playing staff and non-playing staff have contracted the disease. All of the eleven were confined to their homes and only one had shown mild symptoms. All training was suspended and the club disinfected the changing rooms, offices, lockers and common areas in the Balearic Stadium, as well as their other stadium at Son Malferit. They have communicated the case to the RFEF and the health authorities and have asked for the postponement of their match of matchday 4, scheduled for this Sunday, November 8th in Valdebebas against Real Madrid Castilla. Which has now been granted. 
Real Mallorca couldn’t keep up their goal scoring feats of the previous two games in Zaragoza last weekend but they did manage another clean sheet. The game finished a disappointing 0-0, but In the words of coach Luis García Plaza “if you can’t win the game, take a point and move on.” They currently lie in third place, four points behind the leaders Espanyol and three points behind second placed Sporting Gijón. This Sunday at 18.15 they are at home to Ponferradina a team currently in eighth place, four points behind Mallorca. 
Congratulations to their goalkeeper Manolo Reina who has been voted the La Liga Smartbank player of the month for October. In six games he only conceded 1 goal and was the stand out candidate. 
Reports circulating this week the Mallorca are set to build a football academy at their training ground Son Biblioni. It will be built to house footballers to stay on site and the idea is based upon the Barcelona academy La Masía. 
There were draws for all our Balearic sides last weekend. No game for UD Ibiza last week as their opponents Alcoyano had a case of Covid. 
Real Zaragoza 0 RCD Mallorca 0
CD Atlético Baleares 1 Atletico Madrid B 1
CD Las Rozas 1 U.D. Poblense 1
SCR Peña Deportiva 0 Atletico Levante UD 0
You might remember a few weeks ago I talked about Carlos Vicens who was born here in Mallorca. After coaching at Llosetense and Santanyi here on the island,  he moved to work at Manchester City. This season he took over the running of the U18s side and last Monday they became the first City team to lift the FA Youth Cup for 12 years and in doing so, ended their agonising run of four final losses. 
This weekends fixtures are;
UD Poblense v Getafe B Sunday 12 Midday
UD Ibiza v Atzeneta Sunday 12 Midday 
Hercules v Peña Deportiva Sunday 12 Midday
Real Mallorca v Ponferradina Sunday 18.15
In Tercera Division here in the Balearics, Group A is being led by Andratx who have maximum points from their 3 games. In Group B Platges de Calvia maintained their unbeaten start with a 2-1 win over previously unbeaten Formentera. 
My eldest Son Jacob who plays for CD San Francisco Cadete B starts his league season today with a trip to Soller. After 8 months it’s great to restart the league. But huge disappointment for him this week as he got injured in training. We don’t think it’s too serious but he’s out as a precaution so he can play next week. It’s the first game he’s missed through injury and another lesson learnt. 
Episode 15 of A Kick in The Balearics is out later today 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. 
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am 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 

World Travel Market

Next week is the World Travel Market in London. Now this year it’s not your normal Travel Market where delegates go for a jolly up on our tax payer money. Sorry I meant for some serious meetings about the tourist industry for 2021. With the current situation in the World then people flying in to visit a confined space at the Excel Centre, London, obviously isn’t going to work. So it will be a virtual Travel Market, all online and they will try to address the impact the global health pandemic has had on the travel and tourism industry and discuss a road map to recovery, identifying the trends and innovation shaping the future of the industry and show people the path that lies ahead.
I will keep my eye on it as it will be interesting to see what message we as the Balearic Islands and more particularly Mallorca has for the industry. The main markets we need to focus on are the UK, Germany and our own Spanish market. Right now none of these three are in any position for travel but there needs to be a plan as it won’t be long before Easter is upon us next year. In fact Easter doesn’t fall favorably in 2021, as Good Friday is April 2nd. In any year Easter falling so early a lot of businesses would choose not to open, because after the rush of Easter and putting so many people on contract there’s always a lull in numbers. Some will be desperate to open as it will have been 18 months since their last opened their doors. But it might well be prudent to wait just one more month. It will be interesting to see what the Tour Operators, Airlines and Hoteliers decide to do as they are in no position to start opening and losing money straight away. I imagine the start for the majority will be Saturday May 1st 2021
I read with interest that the Government will meet the cost of performing rapid tests on tourists both foreign and Spanish arriving in the Balearics for next season. They will encourage people to take a test before they leave and show proof on arrival. If they don’t have one then they will be given one there and then and I imagine run the risk that if they fail that test they will be sent back. I’ve been critical of the Government here for not really coming up with anything throughout the season but this to me seems a good idea. 
Right now the focus must be to clear up the infection rate here between now and April. Although Spain as a whole doesn’t currently have good figures, the Balearics has the second lowest rate in the country. The 7 day cumulative incidence per 100,000 here is at 225.6. The Canaries are the best at 108.3 and the current worst region is Andalucía at 4,698.4. Figures were from November 5th. There are constant fears of another lockdown like before but I believe they are unfounded. What they are doing is giving each autonomous region the right to decide what is best for their situation which is the the right way to go. We also have the option of shutting our ports and airport before a full lockdown which of course wouldn’t really work on the mainland. 
Let’s face it wearing masks, meeting six or less people and being at home before midnight aren’t anything like what we went through in the spring. We can pretty much get on with our daily lives but we must take it upon ourselves to follow the rules if we want to get back to some sort of normality next year. I believe there will be a tourist season next year, tougher than before of course but something for us all to build on in the years to come. In a few years time we’ll remember this “Annus Horribilus” and not believe that we passed a whole summer without working properly. Be positive and remember to look out for other people who might be struggling more than you. 
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 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

Reading The Room

I sometimes wonder whether the people that work in Government actually have a grip on real life and think they are above the law. I’m talking both here in Spain and back in the UK. The UK had the situation earlier in the year of Dominic Cummings the Chief adviser to Boris Johnson breaking lockdown rules by driving from London to Durham with his family when everyone was told to stay at home. Over here in Mallorca the Balearic President Francina Armengol was “allegedly” seen out in a bar after the curfew time of 1am. Neither have resigned or fined as far as I am aware which I’m sure wouldn’t have been the case if it was me or you. 

Now there doesn’t seem to be many countries whose Governments have handled this Covid crisis well. But both the UK and Spain are two of the worst. 

Here in Spain, although tough I thought the lockdown was needed earlier in the year, but because of pressure to reopen particularly the economy we are now suffering a heavier second wave. In the UK they were slower to react so the recovery was slower but likewise pressure to reopen the economy has led to another heavier second wave. 

Another great saying is “reading the room” which once again I think neither Government has done in the latest news. In the Uk the Marcus Rashford and free school meals is a current hot potato(forgive the pun). They’ve already reversed it once so what made them think this time would be any different? 

Over here they’ve done something even worse in my opinion. Firstly it’s worth noting that here in Spain we are run by a coalition Government which never works. Each party are in it for themselves so a 100% agreement on anything hardly ever happens. The Government moved this week for a new state of alarm, different to the one before with the main element being a nighttime curfew of 12 midnight to 6am. That’s here in Mallorca and each region decides on their hours. 

Now they have asked for it to be extended to May 2021. Tourism in Spain as a whole accounts for 12% of the country’s GDP. But if you’re in a tourist region like us in Mallorca that number is a lot higher, 44% directly and 85% indirectly. So who in their right mind would want to extend it to May next year? Take it to the end of year fine and reset and see where you are. Remember that the peak holiday booking period is January so how many people are going to be put off coming here if there may or may not be a state of alarm in progress? The lunatics have taken over the asylum. Also give the people living here some hope because the negativity is overwhelming. I am aware that we can change our status like the Canaries have done but that is down to the rate of contagion. Don’t be surprised that the Canaries start having problems down the line with so many people wanting some warm weather. Although I do hope that’s not the case and they get through it. Our Government should be watching and even going there to get experience to bring back here. 

Smiling with Lloyd Milen the British Consul General to Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Aragon & Andorra

Compare and contrast all that to Lloyd Milen the British Consul General to Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Aragon and Andorra. I’ve met and interviewed him on many occasions and he always has great advice to pass on to our listeners. In fact the websites that they have are very useful and informative. 

http://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-Spain 

http://www.supportinspain.info 

The most important things for us to concentrate on between now and Brexit are. 

Register as a resident. 

Register for Healthcare.

Passport up to date.

Swap you UK Driving Licence for a Spanish one. 

Apply for your TIE identity card. 

Remembering that there are quite a few official holidays between now and the end of the year. So don’t leave it to the last minute!

Now I promise you this is not a blatant plug for my birthday next Wednesday but I wanted to tell you more about Brad Robertson and the amazing team at Save the Med. Their mission, to enable the Mediterranean Sea to recover its rich biodiversity and to thrive in harmony with prospering, environmentally conscious and proactive local populations. I met Brad after a mutual friend asked me to reach out to him as he was doing some great work on the island. I did and have interviewed him on many occasions. In 2018 we donated 3,719.62€ from our Radiothon to help the projects they had in place at that time. 

One of the projects they are currently working on is “Med Ghost Fads”. Each year, over 800.000 tons of illegal ghost gear enter the marine ecosystem, causing entanglement of hundreds of thousands of marine animals and seabirds and capturing over one third of the global fish catch. The project ‘Med Ghost FADs‘ aims to unite key actors and stakeholders to stop the alarming increase of ghost gear in the Mediterranean, a destructive fishing method which is threatening to reverse the positive effects of over 40 years of conservation work in the area. You only have to see some of the images to see the harm this is doing. Go to the Save the Med website for more information on that and all the other projects they have going on. 

They rely on grants, private investment support and donations. On Facebook you can choose a charity to donate to on your birthday and I thought they should benefit for mine. So if you can help that will be great. I am Richard Prior on Facebook. Thank You! 

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