Friday, 26 April 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.


It almost feels like spring came to Dubrovnik already – sun is shining, sky is clear and temperatures are rising. This Saturday was perfect for a walk around the Old City and many locals and tourists decided to take that opportunity. 

Everybody noticed that there was unusual number of ladies around and the explanation is simple – many ladies from the region decided to celebrate Women's Day in Dubrovnik. Yes it was on 8th of March, but it's never too late to celebrate!

The most successful music duo in the UK history is coming to Croatia this summer!

The electronic dance duo Pet Shop Boys will perform in Croatia for the first time in their long music career. They will hold a concert in the city of Zadar on the 12th of August 2017 as part of the Jazine Open Air 2017 music festival. It will be the band’s only concert in the region during their European tour and they will play tunes from their career as well as from their recent album ‘’Super’’.

From 1981 when Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe began their carrier in London, Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 50 million records worldwide and are listed as the most successful duo in the UK music history by The Guinness Book of Records. Three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, since 1985 they have achieved forty-two Top 30 singles and twenty-two Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart, including four UK number ones such as "West End Girls", "It's a Sin", and "Heart". Other hit songs include a cover of "Go West", "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" and "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" in a duet with Dusty Springfield.

At the Brit Awards in London in 2009, Pet Shop Boys received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2016, Billboard magazine named Pet Shop Boys the No. 1 Billboard Dance duo/group over the 40 years from the chart's beginning in 1976. In addition, the duo received NME's Godlike Genius Award in 2017.

Jacques Houdek will represent Croatia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv with the song My Friend.The song has been released about a week ago, but has been published on Eurovision Song Contest official Youtube channel just today.

''My friend'' is quite unusual, combining English and Italian as well as different singing styles. Its sounds like a duo but it isn't. That's why it has different reactions to it – some bow to the original concept, while the others are just not getting it.

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be held at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Semi-Finals will take place on Tuesday 9th May and Thursday 11th May, and the Grand Final will be held on Saturday 13th May.

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the longest running television shows in the world. It was on the 24th of May, 1956, that Europe saw the first ever Eurovision Song Contest. After all those years, the contest is one of the most typical European traditions.
Croatia didn't have much success on the Eurovision for a long time, but we'll see what happens this year.

The Croatia's Finest rebroadcast has started in more than 90 countries around the globe, reported the team in charge for this project a few days ago.

National Geographic Channel has started rebroadcasting the gastronomic travel documentary Croatia's Finest, which stars the British Masterchef winner Dhruv Baker, in China, Japan, India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Bahrain, the UAE and some other countries around the globe.

The broadcast of the first and only Croatian gastronomic travel documentary in English started on the Asian markets and even in some parts of Africa from the 1st of October 2016. When the show was presented to a potential audience of over half a billion people, it was among the TOP 10 watched shows on the National Geographic Channel Asia channel.

The Croatia's Finest includes 20 half-hour episodes that were filmed on some of the most beautiful locations throughout Croatia. On each of all those locations, Baker cooked in the open where no one has ever cooked before such as by the Sea organ on the Zadar waterfront. Baker's culinary creations, made of fresh local groceries, were inspired by original Croatian dishes.

Within the next three years more than half a billion people from 90 countries will be able to get to know Croatia better, its rich cultural heritage, natural beauties and supreme gastronomic offer which will be the biggest tourist promotion of Croatia and its products in the world so far.

Game of Thrones season 7 premiere date was revealed yesterday – the first episode will be aired on 16 July! It will be exciting to see the scenes filmed in Dubrovnik. In case you forgot, season 7 was supposed to skip King's Landing, but in December 2016 actors Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson or as in series – Cersei Lannister, Jamie Lannister and Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane were spotted in Dubrovnik

The date was revealed in interesting way, by Facebook Live video, which showed a giant block of ice, that was melted by fans commenting ''fire''.

This season will be only seven episodes long, as opposed to usual 7. Fans are getting more and more excited and we are too waiting impatiently to see the newest scenes from King's Landing.

A few days ago, the Association of Foreign Investors in Croatia (FIC) held their general assembly and presented results of the association in 2016.

The results showed a double increase of the FIC members in 2016 in comparison to the previous year, with a series of successfully implemented projects for improving the business and investment climate in the Republic of Croatia.

Burak Baykan, the regional director of the Dogus Group, was elected as a new member of the FIC Board. In the past seven years of its operations in Croatia, the Turkish Group has invested more than 250 million Euros in the country and employed around 350 Croatian citizens.

The Dogus Group started its investments in Croatia with acquisition of D-Marin Mandalina in the city of Sibenik, which was followed by acquisitions of D-Marin Dalmacija in Sukosan and D-Marin Borik in Zadar. The Group also entered in the ownership structure of ACI with a share of 10,87 percent. D-Resort Sibenik, which was opened in 2015, was the first greenfield investment of the Dogus Group in Croatia worth 25 million Euros.

Furthermore, the Dogus Group is the owner of the most exclusive and most awarded Croatian boutique hotel Villa Dubrovnik in the city of Dubrovnik. Currently, the largest project of the Group in Croatia is construction of the first five star hotel in the centre of Zadar, which will operate under the name Hyatt Regency Zadar Maraska. Upon completion of this project, the total investment amount of the Dogus Group in Croatia will rise to 350 million Euros.

In addition, the FIC assembly also announced a major investment gathering in June that will present the best examples of countries in the region for attracting foreign investment.

It's always interesting to get back to the past and to compare it to the present. That's why we love to see old footages from Dubrovnik. The recent one, published by Footagepro, shows the Old City back in 1971. It was shot by an Austrian filmaker while touring Yugoslavia.

The beauty of the Old City doesn't change during the years and almost 50 years back Dubrovnik looked as pretty as now. Movie was obviously made during the summer, but at the start or end of the season, since everybody have short sleeves on, but some are wearing their sweaters just in case. It's quite touristy and there are many people walking around. Green market is especially crowded but on the other hand, now iconic Banje Beach is almost empty – maybe it wasn't a good day for swimming. It's interesting to see the car parked right in front of the Rector's Palace! Prijeko Street is almost completely different because there are no restaurant tables and chairs, but there are many children just sitting around and playing. A view from Pile brings that special vintage feeling with all the old cars parked.

Nothing much to say, but – beautiful tour through the past.

Famous American stand-up comedian Pablo Francisco is coming to Croatia! He will have a show in Dom Sportova in Zagreb on 4th of May, as a part of his European tour.

His videos on Youtube have thousands of views and he has a great number of followers on Facebook.

This stand-up comedian is recognized for his humor of course, but also for vocal impressions of famous people including Jackie Chan, Aaron Neville, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Howard Stern, Casey Kasem, Keanu Reeves, Michael J. Fox, Jerry Springer, Don Lapre, Celine Dion, William Hung, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, and most notably Don LaFontaine (the Movie Voiceover King). He also does sound effects and character voices like Count Dracula (as a Spanish Radio DeeJay), Droopy Dog, Chris Rock, R2-D2, Kermit the Frog, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ozzy Osbourne, Ricky Martin, George Clooney, Dennis Haysbert, Anthony Sullivan, Christopher Walken, and Mr. Magoo. He also has a talent for beatboxing.

Not a bad choice if you need a good laugh. 

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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