Friday, 20 July 2018
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


The good news promotion surrounding the Croatian success at the 2018 World Cup in Russia just keeps on coming. The exploits of the team seem to have inspired the whole world. At The Dubrovnik Times we have literally been inundated with positive messages for the team and the coaching staff. But this latest story from South America surprised us all.

luka modric peru birth certificate

After Croatia dramatically knocked out England in the semi-finals of the World Cup a family in Peru were so impressed with the Croatian midfield genius and captain that they decided to name their new born son Luka Modric.

France may have won the tournament but Croatia have won the hearts of the whole world.

The family from Cajamarca, a city in the northern Andes in Peru, named their child after Luka Modric and a copy of his birth certificate was posted on Twitter as proof. Apparently there are already 870 people with the name Cristiano Ronaldo in Peru as well as 232 people named Lionel Messi. And now there is one Croatian name – Luka Modric.

The Croatian national football teams' efforts in the 2018 World Cup in Russia have certainly not gone unnoticed by the world's media.

Numerous articles, videos, photos and interviews have been published on the “Vaterni” and their dramatic campaign that saw them reach the final in Moscow against France.

This latest video has attracted quite a lot of attention on social media and is well worth checking out.

Croatia’s impressive 2018 World Cup campaign has certainly led to a stream of positive PR and pages of international media, but it seems it could also motivate foreign investment.

The Minister of the Economy, Darko Horvat, commented yesterday that interest in investing in Croatia was growing and that the football team’s success at the World Cup in Russia meant that the country was much better known around the world.

He said that Croatia had opened its doors to investments over the past few months and that this move could well mean the creation of between 10,000 and 15,000 new jobs over the next five years.

Responding to the journalists’ comments that it didn’t seem as if anyone was lining up to invest in Croatia, Horvat said: “You will see what will happen over the next months in that area.”

A reader of The Dubrovnik Times had a surprise this morning when you noticed this hammock swinging in the morning sunshine between Kupari and Srebreno in Zupa.

It would appear that a tourist doesn’t ned Airbnb or, just two relatively strong trees and he has his bed for the night. It is however against the Croatian law to camp “wild” and without registering yourself as a guest in the country.


Legendary England footballer and businessman David Beckham is currently on holiday in Croatia and Victoria has been having fun on Instagram.

David and Victoria have recently celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary and the happy couple have decided to live it up a little on the Adriatic coast. The family vacation, which appears to be in the north of the Croatian coast, has given the famous pair a chance to spend more time with their children, 19-year-old Brooklyn, 15-year-old Romeo, 13-year-old Cruz and 7-year-old Harper. And it certainly looks like a happy Beckham family from the joyous photos that have appeared on social media.

beckham family in croatia

One of the highlights of the family swim in the Croatian Adriatic was David slipping off a giant inflatable swan. Victoria uploaded this comical video onto her Instagram account with the comment "Embarrassing dad slide," and "No wonder they sailed off and left him!"

After renting a speedboat the family headed out into the sea and later the boys were spotted on jet skis.

Google will be out on the streets of Croatia this summer to update their Google Maps. From the end of July for two months the special Google cars will be covering many of the roads in the country and recording for their Google Maps “Street View” application which allows users a 360-degree view of all streets.

In a statement from Google they point out that they will do everything possible to protect people’s privacy. Once all the photos have been collected Google will use specially designed technology to blur people’s faces, number plates and other potentially sensitive information.

Luka Modric’s stunning goal against Argentina has been shortlisted by FIFA as one of the goals of the 2018 World Cup. And you the opportunity to help Modric win as the best goal of the tournament is decided by an online poll.

Croatian captain, Luka Modric, has already picked up one individual award for the World Cup in Russia, the Golden Ball for the best player at the tournament. And now he has the chance to pick up another with the best goal of the tournament.

In total 18 goals have been shortlisted and voting is open until Monday the 23rd of July.

Vote HERE to help Luka win the goal of the tournament

After her World Cup adventure the Croatian President is back to work with an official visit to Albanian tomorrow as part of a three-day visit. On Wednesday she will meet with her host, President Ilir Meta, when it is believed the pair will discuss co-operation and the future path of Albania towards joining the European Union.

On Thursday, the president will meet with Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama and Parliament Speaker Granit Ruci. Grabar-Kitarovic will also address the Albanian national parliament. And on Thursday she will also visit one of the most important ports for Albania, the Adriatic port of Durres. On this occasion she will present a project, which will include Croatia, Albania and Montenegro, on the problem of waste management.

The Croatian coastline has a particular problem with plastic waste originating in Albania being carried on currents and then choking beaches and ports. Grabar-Kitarovic brought up the issue of pollution in the Adriatic Sea when she met President Meta in Zagreb this January. Expanded details of how this trilateral agreement will function have yet to be released.




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