Friday, 22 February 2019
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.


A police dog has successfully sniffed out an incredible haul of marijuana at a border crossing between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina near Metkovic.

Yesterday afternoon the border police stopped a VW Sharan with Montenegro number plates at the international border near Metkovic. The police had suspicions due to the unusual behaviour of the two people in the car, two men aged 33 and 50. The car was also pulling a trailer. The police therefore called the sniffer dog “Molly” and she successfully discovered a massive 60 kilos of top grade marijuana.

The two men, both Montenegrin citizens, were arrested and taken to the Dubrovnik Police Station. An incredible 118 packets of marijuana were densely packed in the car and weighed more than 60 kilos.

The latest Croatian city to be featured in the “Cities in 4K” series of videos is Šibenik on the Adriatic coast.

“A small gem in Croatia, the beautiful city Šibenik, was also on the travel list of Cities in 4K. This beautiful city is located in Dalmatia and known as a getaway to the Kornati islands. It is located at the Adriatic Coast,” state the creators of the new video.

Using drones, time-lapse footage and stunning special effects the video really captures the spirit of Šibenik.
Check out the video below

Plane tickets bought – check. Hotel booked – check. Passport ready – check. You’re ready for a holiday in Dubrovnik in the Adriatic sunshine.

But what are the unmissable attractions. Although we could probably list over a few dozen sights to see we have whittled it down (at least for this first list) to the top six.

From the iconic Dubrovnik City Walls to the golden Banje Beach and of course the tranquil island of Lokrum. Our top 6 unmissable attractions in Dubrovnik will help point you in the right direction.

Looking for a delicious hamburger and not sure where the best burgers in Croatia are. Well according to the popular website the best burgers in Croatia are in the capital Zagreb in the Submarine Burger.

“With travellers starting to think about shaking off the winter cold and hitting up Europe for their holidays over the coming months, Big 7 Travel has put together the list of the ultimate burgers so that you’re never stuck for a cheat meal fix again,” stated the website and out of the top fifty burgers in Europe the Croatian Submarine Burger came in at a respectable 26th position.

The top fifty burgers in Europe list was compiled using an online voting system through the website’s social media channels, of which they have 1.5 million subscribers, as well as online reviews and media coverage and travel blogs.

“They focus on super quality organic ingredients here, which you can taste in the end product. There’s a huge variety in the toppings and meats you can order, meaning you might never have the same burger twice,” wrote the website about Zagreb’s leading burger restaurant.

See the full list here


The renowned Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra has been featured in the popular BBC magazine “Music.” In the October edition of this monthly the Dubrovnik orchestra were highlighted with the program for 2019 and a season guide.

BBC Music Magazine is a monthly magazine. The first issue appeared in June 1992. BBC Worldwide, the commercial subsidiary of the BBC was the original owner and publisher together with the Warner Music Enterprises during its initial phase. The magazine reflects the broadcast output of BBC Radio 3being devoted primarily to classical music, though with sections on jazz and world music. Each edition comes together with an audio CD, often including BBCrecordings of full-length works. The magazine's circulation is 37,530.

Certainly great publicity for the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra.

Position – Personal Assistant

Location – Zagreb

Time period – 25th February to 27th February 2019

Description - I am a British businessman doing business across the region on this occasion in Zagreb. I would appreciate the assistance of a business assistant for a forthcoming trip to Zagreb from Monday 25th Feb until 27th Feb. Requirements are female, 25 -45, good English language skills, good IT and keyboard skills, full driving licence or good knowledge of public transport system, presentable appearance (smartly dressed).

Duties – assisting in getting around the city between British Embassy and various government agencies and buildings. Note taking at meetings, typing reports, solving IT hitches. A knowledge of MUP and MOD an advantage.

Payment - Around 5 hours per day 15 Euro per hour plus lunch

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Croatia, along with Hungary, is among the ten countries with the highest cancer mortality rate in the European Union, states a project by the Washington University.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on policy challenges and strategies against women’s cancers and related comorbidities, calling for stronger engagement in the fight against women's illnesses and for developing an EU-level strategy for equal access to health services for all women. "One in three Europeans develop some form of cancer during their life. About 600,000 women die each year as a result of cancer and 90,000 women die of breast cancer," said Italian MEP Daniela Aiuto.

She added that as many as 80 percent of women could survive breast cancer if it was diagnosed on time.

The resolution that the Parliament adopted recommends that a strategy is based on "collecting accurate and comprehensive cancer incidence/survival data disaggregated by sex in order to ensure that specific actions are targeted at cancer patients, while undertaking research, initiating preventive action against particular types of cancer, and providing access to accurate information, screening, diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and post-therapy support in order to guarantee medical healthcare."

The Croatian President opened a business forum with the country’s largest trading partner yesterday. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic opened the German-Croatian business forum in Berlin yesterday and was optimistic that German investment would continue to flow and in fact increase in Croatia.

"Economic relations between Germany and Croatia are very good, but there is a lot of room for improvement. This in particular refers to Croatian exports to the German market," commented the Croatian President.

And it isn’t only with the German market that Croatian exports are struggling, although with such an important partner the trade gap should be considerably narrower. However, it could be argued that the German companies have a massive advantage over their Croatian counterparts as they don’t have to deal with excessive taxes, corruption and overburdening levels of government.

The Croatian President tried to reassure businessmen that reforms were coming soon, most notably to the judicial and public administration. However, as the real power in Croatia lies in the hands of the Prime Minister and not the President these could just be seen as reassurances rather than confirmations of policies. "In this year alone, we will cancel or simplify several hundred administrative procedures and obligations, which will save businesses a lot of money and facilitate doing business," concluded the President.

German businessmen were quick to point out that the investment climate in Croatia needs changing if they want to attract larger investment. "We make up 99 percent of all companies in Germany, but we have almost no presence in Croatia. Something needs to change about that," said Mario Ohoven from the German Association of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses.

Germany is Croatia’s top trading partner, with the volume of their bilateral trade in 2017 standing at €5.2 billion, unfortunately the majority of this trade is flowing from Germany into Croatia.


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