Sunday, 21 October 2018

“And when technology becomes more advanced human beings will have more time to enjoy life, more time to do the things they like to do, whilst technology takes the strain out of everyday chores,” I remember this text word for word. I was sitting on the wooden floor of the assembly hall in my school watching a documentary made about the future. Every month the teacher would roll out this massive boxy television, that for some reason was locked away in a metal box, and we would watch a special documentary made for schools. And yes we were sitting on the floor!

This one fascinated me – Visions of the Future. Now you have to realise that I was watching this documentary before mobile phone were even invented (yes I am that old) and before people had computers in their homes. But that sentence stuck with me. I had dreams of robots scurrying around me. We wouldn’t need to work because robots and computers would do everything. The lazy side of me was having an orgasm. Of course reality turned out to be the exact opposite.

Has technology meant we work less? No, quite the contrary.

All these devices that we have nowadays that are supposed to bring people closer together actually make people more introvert. Technology has proved to be anti-social. It is taking away the general chit-chat we would have with our communities. I can’t even have some banter with the lady behind the counter of the supermarket anymore! Yes, the self-service cash registers have come to Dubrovnik.

I first saw these about five years ago in England and was immediately alarmed. Instead of stacking all your goods on a conveyor belt and watching a friendly lady scan them and then exchange a few words whilst you paid the self-service tills make you do everything yourself. You scan the items, pack them in a plastic bag and then pay the computer, all very efficient but also distant.

“You scan and I will pack,” said my wife who is more experienced with these computerised tills. It seemed to be going well...beep...beep...beep...echoed the scanner as I searched for barcodes on the items. And then we hit a snag. However hard I tried one item just wouldn’t scan. Some dumb message kept repeating itself on the screen. “I have cancelled the item,” I said to the screen. I’m not sure why I was talking to a computer! Again and again I tried to scan this tin of tuna. “Let’s just leave the tin this bloody computer obviously doesn’t want us to have tuna,” frustration was building. I was on the verge of smashing the tin of tuna into the screen when an assistant turned up. “All you have to do is delete the item,” she added. Really! This bloody computer has been telling me that for the past five minutes! “Oh, it doesn’t seem to want to delete,” was her next sentence. Really! I could have told you that! She then whipped out some special key and reset the computer.

“Does that mean I will have to scan everything again,” I questioned looking down at a blank screen. “Yes, I am sorry there was obviously some error,” she replied. I thought this was an express check-out! So we started again.

The people next to us in the “normal” check-outs were smirking. And not only were they grinning at our dilemmas they were also getting their shopping processed much faster than we were. Technology had once again failed me.

So we started again...beep...beep...beep...and then I saw the tin of tuna. To scan, or not to scan that this is the question. It was then that out of the corner of my eye I caught the sight of a slightly elderly gentleman approaching the express self-service. He walked up slowly, like a panther stalking a herd of antelope, stopped about five metres before the tills and stared. He had the look on his face like he just stood in dog crap. Flared nostrils, raised eyebrows and squinting eyes. This was all new to me and he was not going to get too close. “How does this work?” he asked. I was about to start to explain and then I looked down at his basket, tuna in oil, tuna in salt water, tuna and sweet corn. “Err, not very well,” was my honest answer.

The first day of filming of Robin Hood: Origins in Dubrovnik was a full day, the cast, crew and extras were still filming as the sun went down over the ancient city walls.

Night time filming in the Old City harbour saw full scenes including Taron Egeron as the youthful Robin Hood and Eve Hewson as Maid Marion. It would seem that the crew were preparing for another day of filming in the harbour area as new cameras and equipment was brought onto the sets.

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A few days ago the Croatian government reported that it had received a 102 million Euros subsidy from the European Union for the construction of the LNG terminal on the island of Krk in northern Adriatic.

On this occasion, the Croatian Minister of Environment and Energy Slaven Dobrovic said that this was one of the most important energy projects not only at the national level, but also at the regional and European level, as it was proven with the EU decision on co-financing.

Dobrovic also added, ''This project will definitely give a significant impetus to the Croatian economy and industry, which will have the opportunity to develop new services, new skills and new technologies in the field of LNG''.

The funds approved on the 17th of February by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) coordination committee will cover 50 percent of the pre-construction study and almost 28 percent of the works.

The LNG terminal project worth 363 million Euros is intended for the construction a floating terminal off the island of Krk. Currently, the Croatian government is in the final phase of selecting a strategic investor, whilst the construction works are to begin in 2019.

Robin Hood: Origins is underway in Dubrovnik and this morning hundreds of extras and props filled the streets of the ancient city. Colourful costumes, magnificent horses and bows and arrows all brought a touch of Nottingham to the pearl of the Adriatic as the first day of filming saw a flurry of action.

Filming will last until the 6th of March so we can expect more sights in the near future. Both Robin Hood, played by Taron Egerton, and Maid Marion, or Eve Hewson appeared relaxed on set today.

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has introduced new direct flight from Amsterdam to Split in its new summer schedule for 2017. Therefore, the Dutch air carrier will operate flights to two Croatia's destinations from now on – to Zagreb and Split, thus make their capital city more accessible than ever before.

In the period of pre-season from the 22nd of April to the 2nd of July, and in off-season from the 9th of September to the 28th of October 2017, KLM will organize flights on Saturdays and Sundays with aircraft Embraer 100 with 90 seats.

In the middle of summer, from the 9th of July to the 31st of August 2017, KLM will increase the number of flights to six a week, as well as the number of passengers because the air carrier plans of flying Boeing 737 aircraft with available 132 seats.

''We would like to offer our clients more direct flights from Amsterdam to cities of their choice. Split seemed a logical choice because Croatia is a top destination and we have recognized the need for new flights and new destinations. However, this is an important decision for us because we have launched a direct flight to Split for the first time in our history'', commented Pieter Elbers, the president and director of KLM.

The first day of filming of the latest Robin Hood blockbuster started today in Dubrovnik and the sets were a hive of activity. Taron Egeron dressed as Robin Hood arrived with Eve Hewson, who plays Maid Marion, on set in the morning and almost immediately started filming in the harbour area in Dubrovnik.Taron Egerton and Eve Hewson exchanged a gentle kiss, although we have to add this was part of the scene.

Over a thousand extras are involved in the filming and the ancient city walls and harbour reassembled a scene from the Crusades. Horses thundered over the cobbled streets as the scene from Robin Hood took shape. Filming will last until the 6th of March and all of the main actors, apart from Jamie Dornan, are already in Dubrovnik. Jamie Foxx, or Little John, is also expected on set later this afternoon. This is the most expšensive film production ever to take place in Dubrovnik, with an estimated $100 million to be spent on marketing alone. 

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Photos - Ivana Smilovic / The Dubrovnik Times 

 

- We don't care if you are the Sheriff of Nottingham you can't drive this van down this road – is the conversation we hope these police officers were having with this van that drove down the Stradun yesterday carrying the director of the Robin Hood: Origins movie, Otto Bathurst.

The police officers did indeed stop the VIP van and asked the driver for his permits and papers, presumably all was correct as the police then waved the driver on with a smile. The van, with blacked-out windows, arrived on Sunday afternoon on the main street through the centre of the historic Old City to collect Bathurst, who was working on one of the sets.

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Angels of Dubrovnik

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We are all familiar with the wonderful deeds of Mother Teresa and think just how can someone be so generous and giving of their time. Well, we are lucky to have just such people right here in Dubrovnik who are equally giving. Whilst it would not be appropriate to compare their work to that of that amazing lady in India, it is fair to say that they display on a daily basis the same type of selfless devotion and love. They relieve the suffering of the homeless and abandoned cats of Dubrovnik.

As we all know, the city has more than its fair share of cats and unfortunately an ever increasing number end up on the streets. Due mainly to the selfish and heartless acts of their owners.

This is one of the great ironies of this town as it is the cats who made a major contribution towards ensuring that the city in its former mode as Ragusa, survived the centuries of plagues which ravished the city. Spread by fleas living on rats these plagues were the curse of all medieval cities with their confined living spaces and nonexistent sanitary systems. The cats were the front line shock troops in the battle to contain the spread of disease. Ragusa had a particularly bad problem in that it was at the hub of international trade between Europe and the Ottoman Empire and welcomed trading boats from all the major cities around the Mediterranean. By 1377 the problem was so bad that the city became the first in the world to implement quarantine legislation and in 1390 it established the first recorded permanent health office to enforce these new laws. At the core of this were lazarettos or quarantine stations which were first established on nearby islands and by 1466 a lazaretto was built a Dance near the old town. The problem of plagues extended to 1691 when the last urban plague struck the city.

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As a city which relies on tourism most locals forget the contribution cats make to its continuing success. There is no greater turnoff for a visitor than a seeing a large rat run between restaurants! Given the noble role cats have played, and continue to play, in the city's history one would expect that they would be given a great deal of respect, but alas this is not the case as it is in other cities. Take for example Istanbul. In medieval times it as Constantinople, together with Ragusa, were the greatest trading ports and relied heavily on its cat population to control rats. Today with a population of over 20 million and a cat population to match you might expect that the cats of Istanbul would be in dire straits. But to the contrary they prosper. Why, because they are respected and every second household leave food out for the feline population, many of whom look positively over fed. The respect they get for their useful contribution is enhanced by the old Muslim belief that Allah’s life was saved by a cat. The story goes that Allah was asleep and about to be given a lethal bite by a scorpion before a cat intervened and kill the scorpion.

There are a lot of stray cats in Dubrovnik - hundreds and hundreds and there only source of comfort comes from the ladies who go out in all weather to feed them. They do this using not only their own time but their own money and often have to take second jobs to pay for the daily food. How has it come to this? Because too many people in this town think that it is alright to simply drop a kitten or a cat on the street and, if they are lucky else try to look after it. The angels I describe simply can't cope anymore, there are too many cats out on the streets and it is time for people to take responsibility for their own pets. This extends to taking kittens to a veterinary hospital to have them spayed so the current situation can be brought under control.

The cats of Dubrovnik didn't let the city down in its time of need so it's time that we all take on the spirit of the Angels of Dubrovnik and stop abandoning these helpless animals.

The Wizard of Oz 

The first star selfie from the Robin Hood cast has appeared on social media. Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, or Little John, has published a selfie from Dubrovnik before the first day of filming of Robin Hood: Origins in Dubrovnik.

With the comment “Cat in Da Hat” Jamie wearing a funky hat the actor appears to have taken in a well-known Dubrovnik hotel. Filming starts today in Dubrovnik, with Jamie Dornan, Eve Hewson and Taron Egerton all expected to be on the first set.

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Although the utmost care has been taken to protect the historic facades and streets of Dubrovnik with the construction of the Robin Hood sets in Dubrovnik there has still been an inexcusable devastation.

Three square stone pillars that have stood at the end of the Siroka Street in the centre of the city have been removed to make way for filming and all that is left are three concrete scars. Siroka Street, or Wide Street in English, is one of the side streets off the Strdaun and the three stone pillars are recognisable landmarks, we can presume that this is a temporary measure, but it is still disturbing to see ancient sights removed for the sake of a movie.

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Siroka Street and its iconic three pillars - Photo Njuskalo.hr

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The pillars have been removed for Robin Hood - Photo Mark Thomas 

 

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