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Andrew Ede
Andrew Ede

Background in business publishing. Started an online blog about Mallorca in 2005, which went daily in 2007, covering culture, environment, history, politics, tourism and more. Became a regular contributor to the Bulletin in 2010 before joining the staff a few years later.

Majorca

What's on in Majorca: 14-20 November

The fair of fairs, the most important of Majorca's fairs - Inca's Dijous Bo - is this Thursday. Much of it gets started on the Wednesday (Dimecres Bo), when there will be some late-night partying in local bars as well. Other fairs are in Llubi (devoted to honey) and in Caimari, Selva, where they say the olive oil is the best you can get; hence, it's the olives fair. Musically, a blast from 30 years ago as Queen Forever relives the Wembley concert of 1986 at Palma's auditorium this Friday.

Andrew Ede 13/11/2016 00:00

Majorca

What's on in Majorca: 7-13 November

Two big autumn fairs in the north of the island this coming weekend. Muro has its pumpkin fair and the highly anticipated pumpkin competition and Pollensa has its artisan fair, which is bigger still this year. There is also the autumn fair in Es Capdellà, Calvia. In Inca on Saturday there is a Night of Fire, with four demons gangs plus batucada drummers. One of the greats of flamenco singing, José Mercé, is at Palma Auditorium on Saturday.

Andrew Ede 06/11/2016 00:00

Majorca

People pressure, promotion and Pollensa ice-cream: the week in Majorca

The budget for tourism promotion was reduced, the level of human pressure was revealed, hotels were in congratulatory mood and an ice-cream kiosk closed.

Andrew Ede 06/11/2016 00:00

Politics

Balearic PSOE deputies defy party line as Rajoy becomes prime minister

The final vote was 170 yes - made up of the PP, Ciudadanos and Ana Oramas of the Coalicion Canaria - with 111 no and 68 abstentions.

Andrew Ede 30/10/2016 00:00

Majorca

Time, tourist tax and holiday prices: the week in Majorca

The Balearics didn't want to turn the clocks back, there were different estimates of tourist losses because of the tourist tax, the price of holidays was increasing, and there was good news about unemployment, though it was questionable how good that news really was.

Andrew Ede 30/10/2016 00:00

Majorca

What's on in Majorca: 31 October-6 November

The third of Inca's fairs takes place this weekend. Art in the streets as well as an art market which combines design and craft. Also gastronomy and a good deal of music and dance. Marratxi's autumn fair is on Sunday, and Puigpunyent has a craft beer show on the same day. At Palma Arena there is the annual weddings fair, Nupcial, from Friday to Sunday. The Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival starts on Thursday. And it's Bonfire Night on Saturday.

Andrew Ede 30/10/2016 00:00

Majorca

What's in Majorca: 24-30 October

Inca's second fair this coming weekend, Porreres has its fair with a focus on local produce, Port Adriano has another street food festival, and in Paguera there's a weekend of artisan craft. In Can Picafort, demons will be on the prowl on Friday night as part of the Saladina Art Fest.It has been confirmed that the Oktoberfest in Palma can continue; the health and safety issues have been resolved. This Thursday, there will be a special artist appearing, and the event will now continue until 31 October, when there will be a Halloween special.

Andrew Ede 23/10/2016 00:00

Majorca

Corruption, attempted murder and holiday prices: the week in Majorca

Corruption allegations were firmly back on the agenda and Palma town hall was at the centre of them. A celebrated lawyer was pressing a charge of attempted murder. Hoteliers were saying no to UK tour operator requests for prices to come down.

Andrew Ede 23/10/2016 00:00

Majorca

What's on in Majorca: 17-23 October

A big week for fairs. The first of the four Inca fairs is this weekend. As usual it has an enormous array of different elements - ecology/sustainability; a wine night; gastronomy; music and more. Elsewhere, there are fairs in Campos, Consell (demons on Saturday night), Felanitx and Santanyi. On a musical note, the Balearic Symphony Orchestra starts its new season on Thursday. Palma's Oktoberfest begins, also on Thursday, and Tapalma 2016 gets under way on Wednesday.

Andrew Ede 16/10/2016 00:00

Majorca

People, planes and poverty: the week in Majorca

Significant population growth - resident and tourist - was being forecast. The "saturation" arguments were now including seaplanes. It was time for winter tourism talk. And the poor were very much still with us.

Andrew Ede 16/10/2016 00:00

Majorca

Appalling and all-including: the week in Majorca

Police had to deal with the grim and the nasty but provided a hero. There was rain and there was the tourism minister talking all-inclusives, holiday rentals and tourist tax.

Andrew Ede 09/10/2016 00:00

Majorca

What's on in Majorca: 10-16 October

Fairs in Algaida and Llucmajor this weekend. In the case of Llucmajor on Sunday it is the fourth and final fair (notwithstanding the mini-fair on Monday next week). The Llucmajor Show is also on; it starts on Friday. Algaida's fair is on Saturday: artisan and "alternative" products plus more. The last days of Santa Ponsa's Oktoberfest: it finishes on Wednesday. On Sunday, a day of music and attractions at Puerto Alcudia's Hidropark. The headlining act is Love of Lesbian, one of Spain's leading indie-rock bands.

Andrew Ede 09/10/2016 00:00

Majorca

What's on in Majorca: 3-9 October

The Legends Cup ATP Champions Tour event is at Palma Sport & Tennis Club for four days from Thursday. Llucmajor has its next fair on Sunday. There is a good deal of gastronomy knocking around, such as Cala Ratjada's fresh fish weekend that starts on Friday and Puerto Soller's fishy fair on Saturday.

Andrew Ede 02/10/2016 00:00

Majorca

Tourist tax, rentals, ice-cream, prostitutes: the week in Majorca

The hoteliers federation's challenge to the tourist tax was accepted, Airbnb was in the firing-line, police were being dismissed, the ice-cream saga of Pollensa continued and Calvia was no longer taking prostitutes to court.

Andrew Ede 02/10/2016 00:00

Majorca

What's on in Majorca: 26 September-2 October

Autumn's here and so are Majorca's fairs. This coming week there are fairs in Alaro, Alcudia, Esporles and Llucmajor. There is also a major fair of different types of music at various locations in Palma from Wednesday. Santa Ponsa's Oktoberfest starts on Thursday. And Cala Ratjada's fireworks display, postponed from the summer fiestas, is on Wednesday.

Andrew Ede 25/09/2016 00:00

Majorca

Tourist limits, rain and fatalities: the week in Majorca

The tourist tax and tourist limits were again the focus of debate, a shopping complex opened, plastic bags were on the agenda, it rained, and two more people lost their lives on Majorca's roads.

Andrew Ede 25/09/2016 00:00

Majorca

What's on in Majorca: 19-25 September

The grand festival of sport at the Rafa Nadal Sports Centre on Sunday. Nadal, John McEnroe, Barcelona and Real Madrid football veterans in action. Cala Millor tourist fiestas run all week. Main events are from Friday to Sunday, including the "night of fire" (demons and fireworks) on Sunday. Binissalem has a demons' spectacular in the early hours of Saturday, and its wine fair is on Saturday and Sunday.

Andrew Ede 18/09/2016 00:00

Majorca

Turning off water and another road tragedy: the week in Majorca

The water crisis meant that beach showers were being turned off. Palma's mayor insisted there was no tourist "saturation". Jaume Matas had struck a deal. And a drunk driver ended a father's life.

Andrew Ede 18/09/2016 00:00

Majorca

What's on in Majorca: 12-18 September

Binissalem has its grand grape battle on Saturday, the same day as Bunyola has its underwear run and party. Palma's Night of Art is this Saturday, and Esporles has three days of culture in the form of circus, theatre, food and more. UPDATE - Cala Millor's tourist fiestas start on Sunday.

Andrew Ede 11/09/2016 00:00

Majorca

Water crisis, tourism awards and fraud: the week in Majorca

The water shortage sounded ever more serious and tourism was being blamed for it. Sustainability was receiving prizes. Fraud was stalking the all-inclusives of Majorca.

Andrew Ede 11/09/2016 00:00