Tuesday, 04 August 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

One of the world’s most inspirational events, a challenging race that brings enormous dose of fun and togetherness, will be held this year for the fourth time in a row.

The Wings for Life World Run is a running competition held on the first weekend of May since 2014 in order to collect funds for the non-profit organization Wings for Life. Its goal is to find a treatment for spinal cord injuries and paraplegia. Therefore, the foundation supports research and studies about spinal cord and spinal cord injuries financially.

As in the previous years, the Wings for Life World Run will gather together thousands of runners at 35 locations around the globe at the same time. This means that runners in Europe or Africa will run around noon, whilst participants in Asia and Australia will start the race in the afternoon or evening. On the other hand, the race in the Americas will start early in the morning or even during the night.

Croatia will also be part of this global spectacle; as in the last three years, the city of Zadar will host the race, which will start at 13:00 local time.  

The most important thing is that the race is open to all people, whether they are professionals or beginners who have never been to a race before. Everybody is welcome to be part of this unique event which brings together runners and wheelchair participants who will run side by side on the 7th of May.   It is interesting to note that the entry fee is donated entirely to the foundation, whilst the main sponsor Red Bull covers the costs of the event and broadcast it live on Red Bull TV.

Glasgow Airport has welcomed the launch of its latest new route as Jet2 commence direct flights between Scotland's largest city and Dubrovnik.

The inaugural flight departed from Glasgow Airport on 30 April 2017 with flights now operating every Sunday. The new Glasgow to Dubrovnik route is already proving hugely popular with leisure travellers looking to enjoy a cultural beach holiday with warm crystal-clear blue waters lapping historical ruins and even an ancient castle.

Dubrovnik’s Old Town is a Mecca for tourists who flock every year to take in the city’s extensive history. One of the best ways to see the Old Town is to walk the medieval city walls, which at 80 foot high at some points provide great views across terracotta rooftops, hidden monasteries and across to the coast.

The new route between Glasgow and Dubrovnik further cements Glasgow Airport’s position as Scotland's gateway to Croatia with direct flights to Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar. Glasgow Airports multi-award winning customer service, unrivalled choice of worldwide destinations and its central location with direct motorway access ensures the airport is the preferred choice for travellers from across Scotland including those in Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and beyond.

Jet2 compete head-to-head with Thomson Airways on the popular Glasgow to Dubrovnik route.

Steve Heapy, Chief Executive, Jet2 said: “Since our first flight took off we are not only increasing capacity year on year but we have also more than trebled our range of destinations from seven to 30. These developments really demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing our loyal Glasgow customers with unrivalled choice and flexibility when it comes to planning their next well-earned break. With our fantastic range of destinations, coupled with great flight times and award winning customer service, we are confident we have the right mix to cement our position as the leading leisure airline at Glasgow Airport.”

Already Scotland's gateway to the world and the nation's fastest growing airport, Glasgow Airport has enjoyed huge success in recent times establishing itself as one of Europe's fastest growing airports with new flights taking-off to over 30 exciting destinations including Brussels, Cape Verde, Dubrovnik, Frankfurt, Jamaica, Krakow, Lisbon, Madrid, New York JFK and Valencia - offering passengers over 1 million additional seats.

Jet2 flights from Glasgow to 32 exciting destinations including Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Faro, New York, Prague and Rome can be booked now through Air Glasgow ensuring you get the cheapest flights every time you book.

The most prestigious award in the museum world - European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) will be awarded for the first time in Croatia this year.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the EMYA ceremony will be held at the Mimara Museum in Zagreb on the 6th of May.

This year’s ceremony will gather around 220 participants from Europe such as Russia, Norway, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Croatia, and many others.

The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) was founded in 1977 under the auspices of the Council of Europe, with the aim of recognising excellence on the European museum scene and encouraging innovative processes that still have more traditional view of focusing exclusively on collections rather than on their use for the benefit of society.

A museum that contributes most directly to attracting audiences and satisfying its visitors with unique atmosphere, imaginative interpretation and presentation, a creative approach to education and social responsibility is awarded with the EMYA.

Apart from representatives of  the Council of Europe as a long time sponsor of this prestigious event, representatives of the Croatian Ministry of Culture, the city of Zagreb, the Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb, and the European Museum Forum, experts from several European countries, who already hosted the ‘’museum Oscar’’, will also participate at the EMYA 2017 ceremony in Zagreb.

Showing your butt, well, everywhere is a fast growing trend that has a lot of fans across the world. But it’s not enough to just show your butt – it’s appreciated if you photograph it and post it online.

One of the most famous Instagram profiles with these rather unusual photos ‘cheekyexploits’ published a photo from Dubrovnik two days ago and ‘earned’ over three thousand likes.

- Nothing to see here, just a butt out for a stroll – it’s written in the caption of the lady walking across Stradun during the night.


                  Photo by instagram profile cheekyexploits

An official release date has been announced for Star Wars IX and there seems a chance that Dubrovnik will once again star in the movie. Disney has stated that Star Wars nine (yet to be named) will hit the screens on the 24th of May 2019. The Last Jedi, the eighth episode of the Star Wars franchise, was partly filmed in Dubrovnik at the beginning of 2016 is set for release this Christmas.

And according to a statement from the former Mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, Dubrovnik could also make an appearance in the ninth episode of the popular sci-fi franchise. Dubrovnik will apparently “act” as the casino planet Canto Bight in the upcoming The Last Jedi and the former mayor believes that due to the excellent co-operation between the city and Disney that the ninth edition of Star Wars will once again come back to the city.

If this is true then we could soon see cameras and crew back on the streets of the city as the release date of the middle of May 2019 means that the production will have to start soon.

After two very successful sales in Lapad and Gruz, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board in collaboration with the City of Dubrovnik will organize third occasional sale of flowers and plants this year on Saturday, May 6th from 7.30 am until 4 pm in the Luj Soletic Park in Gruz.

On this occasion locals and their guests can buy seedlings. All of the flowers and plants at this sale will be offered at promotional prices.

After eight years, Subway is opening its outlets in Croatia again.

One of the world's largest and fastest growing franchises of fast-food restaurants first appeared on the Croatian market in 2006. It opened six restaurants at the time, however, as Croatia was not a member of the European Union, the price of foodstuffs that had to be purchased from certified producers, complicated the whole process and led to a very high price of the final product. Therefore, Subway was compelled to close all of its restaurants, which it did in 2009.

However, Croatia's entry into the European Union in 2013 significantly improved the situation, thus after eight years Subway has returned to Croatia and opened its first outlet at the Arena Centre in Zagreb.

Vladimir Hanula, a member of a successful Subway team from Slovakia, was selected as the Subway development agent for Croatia and will be running the outlet in Zagreb.

''I am familiar with work processes in Subway and I know that Subway has good results wherever it opens its outlets. Excellent business results in neighbouring countries are a great encouragement and a sign that this is the right time for Subway to open its doors in Croatia'', commented Hanula.  
The Subway restaurant at the Arena Centre in the Croatian capital is just a beginning of the Subway’s development in the country, as it plans on opening 19 more outlets throughout Croatia.

When it comes to fixing things around the house, I live following that old saying: „If your husband says he will do something around the house, he will do it. No reason to remind him every 6 months“.My wife doesn't see the humour in this.

Having our own company, especially one that takes us out of our home office so frequently during much of the year, we find ourselves having very little time to dedicate to various chores. Some of the more urgent ones we will find the time for, but plenty of things that need fixing which are not vital to our existence often end up waiting in a state of disrepair for a while before I get to them. There are so many other important things to worry about before directing my attention to the light bulb in the hallway or a door frame than needs a new coat of paint. However, I do find occasional joy in fixing things. It's one of the typical male earthly pleasures. You get to work on something that is usually very simple and demands enough of your attention to force you to forget about the other worries. Most of us enjoy these moments of complete surrender to a simple, time consuming task.

One thing that is as important to the whole thing as doing it properly, is losing your nerves when the task becomes too complicated, messy, or you simply realise you've made a mistake. Sometimes wives don't understand this (I'm not naming any names). They think we are suffering under pressure of the task at hand and our stress levels are increasing. This is not true. Shouting like a maniac and cursing the company that sold you the piece of furniture/electronics you are trying to make sense of is an integral part of the DIY experience. It's therapeutic. After an hour or two of cursing everything Swedish while putting together a piece of IKEA furniture which almost ends up looking as abstract as its name would suggest, I feel rejuvenated. While assembling this flimsy structure I have no worries in the world. No life problems can penetrate the vale of short-lived rage that washes over me every time I can't find the screwdriver I had in my hand a moment ago. It's what I do instead of getting massages and listening to ambient music during a bubble bath, or whatever it is that women do for the same effect.

I recently saw a video online of a new service business in New York, where you can pay to enter a furnished room and smash everything inside with various hammers, crowbars and similar tools. It seems like a fun enough experience, but perhaps a better idea would be to have things inside that need fixing. It is easy to break a ceramic vase and it will bring you some sort of short-lived release, but gluing the pieces back together takes you much longer and forces you to be careful, focused, and even mind your breathing if it’s delicate enough. Doesn't that sound like yoga?

Next time you hear your husband screaming from the other room while putting together a new piece of furniture, don’t be alarmed, he’s probably happiest he’s been that whole week. Unless he has power tools with him, then you might want to check in on him after all because those things are dangerous and some of us are really clumsy.


Bozidar Jukic, AKA The Restless Native, is a Dubrovnik local with too many interests to name them all, with writing being at the very top of the list. He is a lover of good food, music and film, and a firm believer in the healing power of laughter. His professional orientation is towards tourism and travel so it comes as no surprise he spends most of his time alongside Mrs. Jukic running their own local tour company. Their goal is helping travellers from all over the world get a more intimate experience of Dubrovnik and what it has to offer. To find out more about their work, visit their website or Facebook page.


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