Thursday, 20 June 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.


Fingers crossed this could be the last day of foul weather in Dubrovnik for the foreseeable future. The city awoke to a rather strange cover of fog as the start to May continues with unusually poor weather.

The historic Old City of Dubrovnik is almost hidden from view as the mixture of low cloud and heavy mist make for a real pea-souper. However the forecast for tomorrow and for the rest of next week is for more settled weather and – wait for it – sunshine. The forecast predicts temperatures around 26 degrees all week so once again we will be able to hit the beaches.

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The Croatian Air Force base in Zemunik near Zadar has officially started the flight training of Croatian pilots on the new combat helicopters Kiowa Warriors that were donated by the US government last year.

In July 2016, five out of sixteen OH-58D Kiowa Warrior military helicopters were delivered to Zemunik, whilst the remaining eleven helicopters and all spare parts and equipment arrived in December 2016 aboard the US military transport aircraft C-5 Galaxy.

For the time being five American instructors have been training eight Croatian pilot instructors. Their training is to be completed by the end of November this year, when the trained instructors will begin the training of other Croatian pilots. The full operational capability of the helicopters should be reached by next year.

On this occasion, the Croatian Minister of Defence Damir Krsticevic, the US military envoy Brigadier Robert Mathers and other guests attended the training.

''These helicopters will enable our armed forces to reach new capabilities. They are part of the $500 million worth strong support and assistance segments we received from our strategic partners'', commented the Minister of Defence Damir Krsticevic.

The US military envoy Brigadier Robert Mathers said that he wanted to visit the Croatian air base himself to see that the US donation was put into usage in order to serve common interests and security. He also emphasized that American instructors praised the team of Croatian pilots as some of the best they have worked with.

''I'm pleased because we are developing military cooperation and sharing the same values and priorities not only in Southeast Europe, but worldwide'', commented Brigadier Robert Mathers.

Almost ninety percent of the tourists that visit Dubrovnik come by plane, but we wonder what percentage comes by tractor.

This photo was taken near the Pile entrance into the Old City of Dubrovnik and we can’t help thinking that it took these tourists quite some time to reach Dubrovnik. Travelling at an average speed of around 30 K/ph this tractor has probably tested the nerves of a few drivers in the Dubrovnik region.

The popular British chef Gordon Ramsay is well known for his brutally honest comments of food and photos of food people share on social networks.

This time he fiercely attacked the popular Balkan dish ''burek'' (pastry made of thin dough filled with cheese or meat). Zlatan Sakanovic, obviously a native from the Balkan region with a home address in the US, posted his photo of burek on Twitter and asked the big chef, ''Hey Chef Ramsay, what do you think about my cheese burek?''. Ramsay shortly commented ''Giant turd''.

Ramsay's comment triggered a fierce debate on Twitter, as well as a large number of ''likes'' and ''retweets''.

''Come on, shut up, you have no idea'', or ''I've just lost respect for you'', and ''What's wrong with you, man?!'' were just some of the polite comments of fans of ''burek'' on Twitter.

Although Ramsay's comment referred to the appearance of this traditional dish, which is also very popular in Croatia, many people were offended by the chef’s negative commentary.


Does a burek really look like a gaint turd? 

Weekend ahead of us brings great experiences for all those that are lucky enough to be in Dubrovnik. Folklore performances of the great Croatian folklore ensembles will be held in the heart of historical centre on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, May 13th, you’ll be able to enjoy the performance of Folklore Societies Slavonija and  Sv. Juraj in front of St. Blaise church at 11 am.

On Sunday, May 14th, another great performance will be held by Folklore Societies Matija Gubec and Seljacka sloga in front of St. Blaise church at 10.30 am.

Don’t miss this weekend full of tradition in Dubrovnik, organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. 

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Jacques Houdek performed on the second semi-final night of Eurovision as a Croatian representative with the song 'My Friend' and got into the finals of the most popular European music competition that will be held on Saturday in Kiev.

 - Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for voting for Croatia and me tonight! We entered the finals!!!! I can not be happier - Jacques wrote on Twitter after hearing the happy news.

Reactions on his performance on the social media were divided. Some were admiring his vocal skills, some were surprised with the concept of the song, while others were pulling jokes.  

Last night, along with Croatia, the other nine countries that passed to the finals were: Bulgaria, Belarus, Hungary, Denmark, Israel, Romania, Norway, Netherlands and Austria. In the first semi-final night Moldova, Azerbaijan, Greece and Sweden, Portugal, Poland, Armenia, Australia, Cyprus and Belgium were placed into the finals.

Now we just have to wait and see what happens on Saturday. Croatian representative will perform 13th, which will hopefully turn out to be a happy number for Jacques!

Millions of dollars worth of high-end sports cars has blasted into Dubrovnik. Gran Turismo Adriatica 2017 has arrived this year in Dubrovnik bringing Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches, McLarens amongst others. The tour started four days ago in Prague, and these expensive toys have visited Salzburg, Zadar and Mostar before rumbling into the pearl of the Adriatic.

This is not a tour for the most frugal, with two tickets costing a staggering 3,800 Euros. A total of eight nights in five-star hotels all along the Adriatic coastline down to Montenegro, as the organisers state “a good story to tell your grandchildren.” It had been rumoured that Jeremy Clarkson was to be in the rally after he was spotted two days ago in Zadar filming for “The Grand Tour” along with Richard Hammond and James May, however this turned out to be only a rumour. 

- Seen a show called Game of Thrones? We bet you have. There is a reason why they shoot it in Dubrovnik. You will understand when you get here. Kings Landing. This night we stay in Hilton hotel and have dinner in Dubrovnik old town – wrote the organisers of Gran Turismo Adriatica on the official website.

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Even though Dubrovnik is gripped in unusually chilly weather for this time of the year it obviously hasn't stopped some people from baring the winds.

The best views of the ancient Old City of Dubrovnik are from the top of the Srd Mountain, which rise to 432 metres above sea level, and what better location for a bikini photo shoot.

Rio Soul Beachwear featured this photo today on their social media site and it certainly caught our attention, we just love the view from Srd! These handmade bikinis are crocheted, yes probably not the best choice for diving into the Adriatic Sea.

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