Richie Prior

Grapevine 6th June 2017

Fighting Fit

Sean Pendry-4707Sean Pendry made his UK professional welterweight boxing debut last weekend at Bowlers in Trafford Park, Manchester. Before he left for his fight I went along to see him….

Sean had been living and working in Majorca for several years before he started to box, but once he had put on his gloves he didn’t want to take them off. “I’ve always been interested in the sport,” he told me, “and my granddad Paddy McGrath boxed so maybe it’s in the blood”. We were sat in the Shambala gym in Santa Ponsa. Around us were personal training and boxing classes going on. It was busy and Sean was quite preoccupied with making sure his medical checks reached the British Boxing Federation, if they didn’t receive them then hw wasn’t boxing. “What do you have to send them?” I asked. He replied, ”Brain scan, eye test…” “Oh, so you actually do get your head examined before fighting?” I asked with a twinkle in my eye. He didn’t get the joke.

Anyway, it’s a serious business. Four rounds of three minutes fighting comes at the end of months of preparation. Training twice a day with boxing practice every night with ex world Muay Thai champion Paul Hamilton as his coach.The last time I’d seen Sean fight was last autumn when he fought at the Pirates’ theatre in Magaluf. How had he developed since then I wondered. “I’m boxing now rather than fighting. Before I would have got in a bit of a scrap but now I’m boxing clean”.

Sean Pendry and Youssef Al Hamidi in the ring last weekend Photo credit Karen Priestley

Sean Pendry and Youssef Al Hamidi in the ring last weekend Photo credit Karen Priestley

It certainly paid off as on the Saturday night he fought Youssouf Al Hamidi and won! He Sean told me afterwards, “I had loads of support from family and friends and loads of messages from Majorca. I was quite taken aback by the amount of support I received”. What are his personal goals? “To keep consistent, to get more professional fights, to continue to be entertaining in the ring.”

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All of this takes effort, dedication and plenty of support from his sponsors (NautiParts, Heroes, Balearic Sea School, Innovention 3, Sports Bar 90, Radio One Mallorca, Zing Vodka, One Agency and Rob Boynes] who have all helped with paying for flights, medical checks, training, kit and clothing. Does he have any doubts? “No. Paul and Nestor my manager keep me very grounded. They keep me focused”. And the future, after he hangs up his gloves, will he stay in boxing? “Definitely. I’d like to do a lot of things, but I definitely want to coach and bring other people on like I have been. Boxing has already done a lot I have to give back for sure.”

Twelve long years

My husband Oliver and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary last week with a couple of special days. On the actual day (the 25th of May, so many people get married in May, I had no idea!) we more or less took the day off and spent it together. We went to the Hammam in Palma which we have been promising ourselves we would go and try out for a while, it was lovely. Not as big as I imagined but a nice experience anyway. And then we went for lunch at Patron Lunares in Santa Catalina. I’ve always wanted to eat there but not had the opportunity before and we really enjoyed it. The place was reasonably quiet given it was a Thursday lunchtime, and we had great service. The waiter really excelled himself when he brought our starter of “Rocket Squid” to the table without once sniggering or making any sort of joke. Take a peek at the photo and tell me what you think it looked like…. Anyway, after lunch Ollie and I went on a romantic date to Brico Mart to buy tiles, yes romance can be found wherever you look! Then on the weekend we cashed in a hotel voucher I had won in a charity auction and went up to Alcudia for the night. We don’t go north much for anything apart from work so it was nice to spend some time up there just relaxing. We ended up eating at quite a fancy place called La Terraza in Alcanada, and we can recommend the food there, it was gorgeous.


JpegWhilst Ollie and I were being love’s young dream our friends Richie Prior and Ayesha Wood were hard at it raising money for charity with the Radio One Mallorca Radiothon. A 24 hour challenge full of fun and a fair bit of emotion as well. This was their third year doing it and it was a great effort from the whole radio team as well with Bianca and Jo busy in the background keeping bids and donations organised and making sure people were putting their money where their mouths were. Phoenix Media Mallorca (aka Ollie and I) donated a family portrait session and that went for 200€ so we were really pleased with that. At the last count they’d raised just over 20,000€ so well done everyone who donated and helped out raising money for charities here on the island.

Gringos Bingo

Gringo Bingo -6716I went along to quite possibly the maddest event I have ever had the fortune to photograph on Sunday evening. Gringos Bingo is a new experience for the island as it’s a Bingo game with real prizes (such as an iPad and a Nintendo DS) and some quite crazy prizes (a life size cardboard cutout of Bruce Forsyth for example).


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The audience were really excited about it, with some of them dressing up as a pack of “Grannies” which was hilarious. Add in lots of dancing, a gang of fun loving bingo callers and entertainers, and possibly a sangria or two and you have a fun and different night out. The shows are every Monday night at the Pirates Theatre in Magaluf and you can get more information on

Meet Ups


So, I started a Facebook group ( Search for Mallorca Matters Meet Up) to help with coordination of information. So far we’ve had one official meet up in Palma. There will be a walk on Sunday June 4th at 10.30 around the back of Cala Fornells (meet behind the Petit Cala Fornell Hotel). It’s an easy, dog friendly walk for everyone to do, should be fun. Then there will be a Meet Up in Inca on June 27th, time to be decided. Join the group to stay informed.

Michael Bolton is coming to town

Michael Bolton Performs At St David's Hall In Cardiff

Michael Bolton is preparing for an unforgettable live concert at Son Fusteret when he will deliver hit after hit in his trademark soulful style in front of a packed audience. Grammy award winning artist Michael Bolton will be performing on the island on Saturday August 12th when he can be seen at Son Fusteret in Palma. The American singer and actor is visiting Mallorca as part of his Greatest Hits World Tour and he promises it will be a night out that his fans will never forget.
Michael’s achievements include selling more than 75 million records, recording eight top 10 albums and two number-one singles on the Billboard charts, as well as winning multiple American Music Awards and Grammy Awards. I am rather proud to say I will be taking the photos that night, swit swoo!

That’s all for now, check out for previous columns or my Facebook page if you want to send a message.

New Year’s Resolutions, Update

Last January, twelve months ago, I wrote about the New Year’s Resolutions of several people living in Majorca, and I promised them that I would follow up with them over the year. Did they keep the promises they made to themselves? Read on to find out.


Julia Ball

RESOLUTION: To open her dream business, a wedding dress shop

When I went to visit Julia she had just signed the lease on her shop. “I really want people to enjoy the process of choosing the dress so we will be doing the fittings in a downstairs lounge in my new shop. I am passionate about brides having the dress that they dream of wearing but at a reasonable price. We will be looking for REAL women, not stick thin models, but real looking women who want to model for us. I’m SO excited!”

MID YEAR UPDATE: “I have been open for a few weeks and it’s going okay, like all new businesses it will take a while however. I am happy with the progress and the contacts I am making and looking forward to working with some great people. I am extremely excited for the new 2016 collections which will be arriving between now and September. In the short time we have been open three dresses have already been ordered for next year (two bridal and one communion).  There is a new jewellery range arriving soon and also bespoke shoes. The plans for the future are very good and I am so excited!” Julia’s shop is on the same parade as the Alan Graham Charity shop in Cala Major. You can find her at Confetti Espania.

END OF YEAR UPDATE 2015: “My resolutions are still going great guns, as I said a new business will be slow to start but lots of interest and have three brides this weekend – Sunday, doing lots of fairs in UK, and I have a new designer from the UK for children’s communion gowns and party dresses, and also mother of the bride dresses that will be introduced later in the year. My 2016 resolutions are to make Confetti Espania known all over Balearic Islands and mainland, to get MPG up and running fully, and after going to see the Doctor this morning, losing 10kilos by the end of the year! I am in such a great place with everything now especially after putting the negative people that were in my life to the back of me and concentrating on positive and kind people. I’m loving living on the island!”



 Richie Prior

 RESOLUTION: To get fit again

 Crisps are his weakness so when met in January we went to Nice Price to take photos with them. During our conversation he polished off two packets.

MID YEAR UPDATE: “Oh joy! Surely it’s too hot for this! I would hope with all the sweating I’m doing I am actually losing weight! Mind you a few of the demon crisps have passed my lips I confess! ”

END OF YEAR UPDATE: ” Well if I’m honest I’m where I was this time last year. Christmas and New Year in the UK probably didn’t help! However I’m back on the no carbs diet and we are planning something for the listeners and presenters on the radio. I’ll let you know!” You can listen to Richie at



Diane Hughes

RESOLUTION: To stop drinking

Diane loves to cook; she’s very good at it as well. She’s also a great copywriter. When I went to see her at her apartment, where she had just had a brand new kitchen fitted, it looked great and I was very jealous. “I want to stop drinking wine Vic,” she told me, “I feel like if I do then I will be taking control of my health. It’s just so cheap to buy wine in Majorca, not like in the UK”.

MID YEAR UPDATE:” Uffff …. I’ve been rubbish.  In fact I’ve been worse than ever – it’s almost like my brain has had a rebel up and thought – how bad can you be!  Anyway, I think I’ve had an epiphany – and I think I am going to start again this week.”

END OF YEAR UPDATE: “The year finished up well. I’ve managed to stick to my resolution for five months and still going. Have decided I will continue to refrain from vino while running a bar as it could have serious effect on the profits. All good – this year’s resolution is to get fit! I plan to terrorize Javi in the gym next door to the bar just as soon as I get back from the UK.” Diane is now jointly running the Infuze Bar in Illetes, pop past and say hello!



Mathilde Recoque

RESOLUTION: To learn to play the guitar

Mathilde is from a large family. When she and her son went home for Christmas 2014 her sisters sat around the living room and played guitar for them. “I really wanted to join in; it’s so wonderful to be  able to play an instrument. I’ve promised myself by next Christmas I will be able to play along with them”. Mathilde has enlisted the help of a very talented musician, Benji, son of Tracey Evans to help her learn, and she also has her friend Charlie who is ready and willing to help her. I’m expecting at least a version of Smoke on the Water by Easter.

END OF YEAR UPDATE: My resolution for 2016 is to give up on ever setting new year’s resolutions in my life ever again!  I have bought myself a guitar stand to celebrate! And play. A little. At least more than this time last year.



Lesley Woodward

RESOLUTION: To write a blog about her creative process

Lesley is an artist specialising in embroidery and mixed media, creating collages using papers and fabrics – dyed, painted, stitched, or any combination of the above – usually layered and replete with elements of pattern. Having been inspired by the book `Share like an artist´ she decided to start a blog about her work.

MID YEAR UPDATE: “My New Year´s resolution is going along fine. keeping it up though not so much recently, but I am not stressed about that because I have found that having a Facebook  business page  for my work has become an extension of my sketch-book and I don´t get down to working in that all the time anyway. But it´s great to have it on line to refer to and add to. I am soooo glad I started it. As you know I was a bit daunted, but now I am more confident in working through the technical process. Recently I have had exhibitions in London and Deia and been a bit distracted, therefore have not had need to communicate as much on Facebook but that’s cool, I am really pleased that I started to store my work in an interactive way, I think it is an authentic extension to what I do”.

END OF YEAR UPDATE: “Last year´s resolution was to communicate my creativity. Which was successful. I opened a Business page on Facebook. This year´s resolution is not to procrastinate. So now I have to use my Facebook business page more frequently. I believe it will be much easier now I have a brill camera on my phone. I didn’t realise how easy it could be. Before my new phone I had to download from my camera and then onto laptop it took so much longer!”


Of the ten people I started with interviewing at the beginning of the year, four of them managed to achieve their resolutions. What made them successful and not others? Setting reasonable, achievable goals which are within your control is the key to making your resolution work. What have you resolved to change in your life this year? If you would like to be in the series of articles planned for this year then please get in touch.

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