Friday, 21 September 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.


Diving and jumping from the rocks around Dubrovnik might look exciting and attractive but it is extremely dangerous. Every year young tourists end up in the Dubrovnik General Hospital, with broken bones and even worse.

However, the need to prove their manhood means that every year more and more tourists take their life in their hands and leap into the Adriatic from overhanging rocks.

It is often the case that tourists who don’t know the sea crash into rocks which are just below the surface. This latest cliff jumper takes the level of stupidity to a new high.

The consequences of the mass emigration and the decreasing number of births is also visible in this school year, which begins in less than a week. Eight schools across the country have been closed while in 117 schools not one new pupil has enrolled. Out of the eight schools to close six closed because they didn’t have any pupils at all, whilst two closed because they will move to new premises, writes

And this alarming situation is affecting the whole country. Only in the Varaždin County and in the City of Zagreb is there no school in which no pupil is enrolled in the first grade.

Six schools in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County have no pupils enrolling this year for the first grade. With two being on the Elaphite islands and a further two in Konavle. These schools will not be closed but will continue to work with children from the second to fourth class.

“We are close friends of your country,” commented German Chancellor Angela Merkel after meeting with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic in Berlin today. Plenkovic is on the last day of a two-day official visit to Germany in which he held a long working meeting with Merkel.

Merkel added that Germany is cooperating well with Croatia in terms of migration, even though Croatia is still not part of the passport-free Schengen area. "You are doing a great job on the borders, and I wish to commend you for that," said Merkel.

Plenkovic said that Germany is Croatia's number one trade partner and added that some 2.5 million German tourists have visited the country since 2017. He also mentioned the role of Croatians living in Germany, who are well integrated into German society.

Plenkovic and Merkel said that Croatia and Germany will soon sign an action plan on strengthening political, economic and cultural relations.

These tourists to Dubrovnik had obviously just had enough of the summer heat and humidity and both lay flat out in a busy department store soaking up the cooling air-conditioning.

These two young tourists with backpacks as pillows were squeezed up against the wall on the first floor of the Minceta department store yesterday afternoon.

“It was a little unusual to see people sleeping in a busy store but quite clearly they were extremely tired,” commented an eye-witness to The Dubrovnik Times.


According to a new survey from the European Union Croatians are some of the most sociable citizens in Europe. A third of Croatians socialize and hang out with their family and relatives every day, whilst in Denmark this figure is only 3 percent.

Croatians have long had a reputation of being friendly and outgoing and it seems that this latest survey has confirmed this.

Eurostat, the statistical information institutions of the European Union, has released these latest figures showing that 30 percent of Croatians hand out with their relatives every day. The EU average is only 16.7 percent, whilst the highest ranking country, the most sociable country is Cyprus with 45 percent. At the other end of the list is Denmark with only 3 percent of citizens spending time together every day, Sweden with 6 percent and Austria with 7 percent.

Renata Langmannová, the former holder of the title “Miss Czech Republic”, has been loving life and the Adriatic Sea in Dubrovnik.

Langmannová (28), who since 2015 has been married to the famous MMA promotor in the Czech Republic and Poland, Ondrej Novotný, has been raving about the city on her Instagram profile. And as she is followed by almost 55,000 people it has turned out to be great promotion for Dubrovnik.

In 2006 she won the Miss Czech title and became one of the most popular Czech models. She currently works as a model for such high-end brands as Guess, Triumph and Lormar.

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Croatia’s most successful free diver, Goran Čolak, has spent this summer in Cavtat where he has been preparing for the upcoming tournaments this year, which start in Ibiza this autumn.

In addition to daily training sessions in Cavtat, he took the time to visit Dubrovnik and Trogir, where he made a series of underwater photographs with the statue of sculptor Valentino Valenta. The underwater cross in the sea near Trogir has long been a tourist attraction, and Goran did not miss the chance to get a snap with the famous statue.

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As Goran says, "The limits are where you put them in your head", which proves every new competition that goes with winning medals and scoring records. In addition to the Guinness World Record, which he has twice broke, Goran has beaten the Croatian record more than 30 times, and regularly returns home with winner medals from world and European championships.

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Goran in Cavtat

US Senator John McCain, former Vietnam prisoner of war, the straight talking Republican who was the presidential candidate of his party in 2008, a prominent critic of the current US president passed away on Saturday the 25th of August at the age of 81 after losing his fight against brain cancer.

Senator John McCain was no stranger to Croatia, in April 2017 in Opatija he first met with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and then just last year he came to Dubrovnik where he met with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

During his visit to Dubrovnik he said for Nova TV that "I came to meet with the Prime Minister and I am very grateful that we can work together especially in Afghanistan, our armies are connected, and this is a good excuse to visit one of the most beautiful places in the world."

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