Thursday, 20 February 2020
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 International White Cane Safety Day, which traditionally falls on the 15th of October ever year, was marked today in the heart of Dubrovnik.

In front of the St. Blaise Church members of the Association of Blind People from Dubrovnik arranged a special presentation in which children were blindfolded to highlight the problems that blind people have in everyday life.

The guide dogs were certainly the most important attraction for the children and the whole event was well organised and brought this important issue more publicity and education.

white cane day dubrovnik

After 24 days of filming on the island of Vis, the final film clap marked the end of ‘’Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’’ in Croatia.

The filming of the Croatian part of a new sequel of the popular romantic comedy hit from 2008, engaged more than 270 filmmakers and statists from Croatia. ‘’Mamma Mia’’ producers were extremely satisfied with their experience of filming in Croatia.

On the last day of filming on Vis, the director of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre Daniel Rafaelic paid a visit to the set and spoke to the producer Nicky Kentish Barnes who was full of great impressions.

‘’I am endlessly satisfied with the professionalism I saw on the set as well as in the preparations for the filming. Croatian filmmakers showed a significant level of professionalism and work that is fully complementary with foreign partners’’, commented Rafaelic.

The‘’Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’’ premiere is announced for summer 2018 with the original film crew - Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper as well as with Lily James, Josh Dylan, Jeremy Irvine, Alexa Davies and Jessica Keenan Wynn.

Diving Club Dubrovnik will organize the third cleaning of seabed this year, on Sunday, October 15th, from 10am to 12.30pm on the island of Lopud.

Divers from the Diving Club Dubrovnik, employees of Cistoca d.o.o. and volunteers of the local board of Kolocep will participate. Each year, as part of its regular ecological activities, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, together with the City of Dubrovnik and the Department of Communal Services and Local Self-Government, encourages and supports Diving Club Dubrovnik in their sea-cleaning operations.

Depending on the weather conditions, there should be one more cleaning action by the end of October.

Underwater cleaning operations are necessary and useful not only in the tourist season, but also after the summer, to make the Dubrovnik seabed and sea water as clean as it can be.

As a sort of introduction to the Good Food Festival that will be held in Dubrovnik from the 19th to the 22nd of October, the Fair of healthy food and homemade products will be opened on Monday, October 16th at Pile.

The working hours of the fair will be from 9 am to 8 pm every day, until Sunday, October 22nd.

Twelve exhibitors will participate at the fair on eight stands and will offer home-made products, traditionally prepared and ecologically grown.

As some of the most famous delicacies in the offer are the Slavonian kulen, cvarci, prikle, cheeses, honey, various liqueurs and wines.

With thousands of tourists that arrived on four cruise ships this morning, Dubrovnik was a hive of activity today. There was a certain summer feeling with the crowds, but especially with the weather – the sun was shining and temperatures went over 20 °C.

Since it wasn’t that hot (like for example in August) the hectic feeling of the busy city was missing and it was quite calm, even though it was crowded. Not bad for ‘’unlucky’’ Friday the 13th.

Check today’s atmosphere in our photo gallery.

Be careful on the roads as speed cameras are being introduced to the Dubrovnik region. The police speed cameras will be installed on eight different locations around the Dubrovnik – Neretva County, from Metkovic to Konavle.

Croatia already has speed cameras, 27 in total, placed on speeding hotspots from Split to Zagreb. However, the police have 58 different locations in which the housing for the cameras are located and are constantly moving the cameras around so that drivers don’t get used to the camera zones. The same process will be carried out in the Dubrovnik region.

So far these speed cameras have proved very successful in slowing down traffic in dangerous areas. And with the installation of cameras on the main coastal highway around Dubrovnik it should help to lower speeds on this busy road.

The International Nightlife Association has included the Dubrovnik nightclub Culture Club Revelin on their list of the world's top 100 clubs.

The International Nightlife Association has released a list of 100 of the best clubs in the world, which was directly voted by audiences and a professional jury. American and Spanish clubs take most of the spots on the top 100 list but Culture Club Revelin was placed in 77th position, great recognition for this Dubrovnik hotspot.

The award ceremony was held on the island of Ibiza and the PR Manager of the club, Marko Plavcic, commented “I would like to thank the entire team for creating and strengthening Revelin as a world brand and as a place where everyone can have a good time. We continue to work and prepare a great winter, and I'm sure the summer season for 2018 will be unforgettable.”


The Croatian company Include has announced its entry to the markets of Great Britain and Ireland with their Steora smart bench.

One of the leading European manufacturers of innovative solutions for ‘’smart cities’’ headed by a young innovator and an ‘’IT genius’’ Ivan Mrvos from Solin near Split, presented the Steora smart bench to the public at the Croatian Embassy in London on the 11th of October 2017. Many respected guests who are relevant to the field of renewable energy resources, technology and environment, as diplomatic representatives from other countries attended the presentation.

This is the first presentation of many that will be held within the pilot project ‘’Smart bench on a tour’’. The Steora smart bench will be touring Croatian embassies throughout Europe where it will be exhibited for a week.

couple sitting on smart bench


The main aim of the Include company is to increase its presence in 30 countries by the end of this year. The company currently employs 40 people and is the largest Croatian manufacturer of smart benches.

The Steora smart bench is a green invention ideal for cities, parks, airports, marinas, business and shopping centres. It includes batteries, which are powered by solar panels; they provide internet access and the possibility to charge mobile phones and laptops by USB charger. Steora also gathers data about air quality, humidity, city noise, displays advertising, and provides light at night.

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