Wednesday, 18 September 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

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The floating office of one of the richest men in the world has been at anchor in front of Dubrovnik for the past few days. The superyacht Aviva, which at 100 metres long and with the capacity for 16 guests, is the property of UK businessman and owner of Tottenham Hotspur FC, Joseph C. "Joe" Lewis. With her vivid colours and striking lines the Aviva has certainly been grabbing people’s attention.

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Joseph C. "Joe" Lewis (80) is a British businessman, investor, and art collector who currently lives in New Providence, Bahamas. His total wealth is estimated at $US5.3 billion, and he is listed as the 248th richest person on Forbes’ List of billionaires. Forbes reports that Lewis is the sixth wealthiest person in the UK. So far Lewis hasn’t been spotted in the city.

Among his vast business empire, which includes 200 companies in 50 countries, he also owns over 85 percent of the English Premier league club Tottenham Hotspur. In the past he has also owned stakes in other football clubs such as Rangers F.C., Slavia Prague, AEK Athens F.C., Vicenza and FC Basel.

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Joe Lewis (left) with Daniel Levy at Tottenham Hotspur 

Aviva acts as Lewis's personal mobile office, he has been known to live on Aviva for months at a time. Refitted on at least two occasions since her 2007 launch, the yacht houses Lewis's personal art collection. For tax reasons the luxury yacht is registered in the Cayman Islands.

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aviva luxury yacht

Apart from rescuing lost and injured tourists, hikers, climbers and all of those who properly equipped or completely unequipped set sails (read, feet) on discovering Croatia's natural beauties, the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) has once more confirmed their title ''The Communicator of the Year''.

Whilst others pour their money, often state budget money, into hiring a whole army of PR experts, two of the HGSS members Christian Nikolic and Jadran Kapovic administrate the HGSS social media profiles by themselves.

The HGSS posts are informative but with an obvious dose of sharp cynicism. ''It is very simple – we are part of the people. This kind of communication common people understands much better than dull notices or technical announcements. People in Croatia are swamped with unclear messages every day, however, ambiguity in our work (search and rescue) leads to victims, both material and personal. Besides, we have succeeded in want we wanted; we attracted people's attention, provide them with a clear message and they took us seriously'', explained members of the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) last year.

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Over the past few days HGSS tweeted several informative-humorous messages such as the sign with a crossed out flip flops with an additional message ''Dear tourists, NO means NO'', alluding to mountaineering amateurs who decide to explore mountain tops wearing inadequate clothes and beach shoes.

A month ago after a successful rescue of two tourists from the Czech Republic who climbed a medieval fortress while a strong northern wind ‘bura’ blew, HGSS posted ''Dear tourists, we told you. Google bura. It is not a joke!''
Considering the extreme heat over the past few days, they also advised tourists on their profile by writing, ''Dear tourists, it’ll be extremely hot in Cro next week, mainland especially. Hydrate! Drinking alcohol isn’t hydrating. It's getting drunk!''

Recently HGSS referred to the global bizarre trend known as Cheeky Exploits, which implies taking a photo of one's naked background. ''Dear tourists, before you set off on Cheeky Exploits, please check where you stand. You do not want us to find you with your pants down''.

The summer is well and truly sweltering in Dubrovnik this year. Over the past ten days the city has seen constant temperatures in the mid thirties and spotting a cloud in the sky has proved impossible.

Today the midday temperature in Dubrovnik reached a mercury-breaking 36 degrees and if you were looking to cool off in the Adriatic Sea think again.

The temperature of the Adriatic Sea in Dubrovnik reached an incredible 26.5 degrees! In other words the sea in Dubrovnik was warmer than the air temperature in London (21 degrees), Paris (21 degrees), Vienna (28 degrees) and Kyiv (26 degrees).

One of the hottest topics in Dubrovnik was again under the spotlight today as the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, visited the beach in the Bay of Lapad to meet with representatives of the investors.

During the tour the mayor was personally assured that the final works on preparing the beach facilities are under way and that the grand opening of the new beach area is imminent.

The representatives of the investor met with the mayor and explained the horticultural layout that is currently being implemented in one of the areas within the beach area. It was also announced that at the end of the main season tens of olive trees older than 30 years-old will be planted which will give a new dimension to the overall layout of the entire area.

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Restaurant nearly ready for business

A technical inspection by the City of Dubrovnik was held on Tuesday, July 11th. The investor was ordered to complete the process of obtaining the necessary approvals and documentation that the investor is obliged to obtain as soon as possible. Then a technical review will be repeated and access to the usage permit will be made in order to make the beach accessible to citizens and tourists.

"The beach in the Lapad bay is three times bigger than the previous one and I am convinced that it will enrich the overall offer of bathing and recreational facilities and ensure the quality of Dubrovnik’s tourist product," said Mayor Mato Frankovic, adding that the new beach will be fully open to citizens and visitors. Entrance to the beach will be free of charge.

"I expect all concession holders to behave in accordance with the issued permits and concessions, and that they in no way obstruct the rights and freedoms of citizens of the City of Dubrovnik," the mayor said on this occasion.

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Guests at the four-star Hotel Kompas in Dubrovnik had a rather rude awakening this morning as a fire broke out in a machine room meaning they had to be evacuated.

Three fire engines, with eleven fire-fighters were on the scene quickly as the fire was noticed at 7.55 in the engine room on the outside perimeter of the hotel.

Ten minutes after the alarm was raised the fire brigade was on the scene and the fire was extinguished within 15 minutes. Due to the large amount of smoke from the fire guests were evacuated for their safety. It is believed that the fire broke out in the electrical installations.

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Tourist and hotel companies always compete to provide their guests with the best and quality service. Nowadays it means the use of advanced and innovative technological solutions.

Last year the Croatian hotel company Arena Hospitality Group introduced a unique ''digital key'' service, which, through specially developed mobile application, enables opening of electronic locks in hotel rooms and apartments with smart phones.

This year the company has launched a new ''handy'' service for guests. Upon arrival at one of the Arena Hospitality Group hotels, a mobile device on a special ''docking'' (charging) station will be at guests' disposal in their rooms and apartments. The mobile device offers several options free of charge such as unlimited international and local calls, internet access, destination tour guide, the phone number of the reception on a speed dial and information on emergency services.

The mobile device comes with a ''handy'' operating system as a custom version of Android that enables customizing of language settings in accordance to guests' preferences.

The Arena Hospitality Group company implemented this service with the Tink Labs Limited company from Hong Kong and their branch office in London. After the implementation of the new service in the hotels Park Plaza Arena and Park Plaza Histria in Pula, by the end of 2017, the same service is to be introduced in eight hotels of the Group in Germany and Hungary.

The 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival hit the ground running last night with a spectacular performance of Carmina Burana. After the grand opening of the festival on Monday the Carla Orff piece Carmina Burana in front of the St. Blaise Church in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik.

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The Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Academic Choir Ivan Goran Kovačić, all under the direction of conductor Ivan Josip Skender, lit up the Dubrovnik night sky with a moving and atmospheric performance that was completely sold out.

The international team of musicians consisted of Owen Willets, the Austrian coloratura soprano Nicola Proksch and baritone Nikola Mijailović.

The concert was also enjoyed by the executive director of the IMF, Christine Lagarde.

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Carmina Burana imf director

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