Monday, 19 April 2021
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.


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 120 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours (47 determined by a rapid antigen test). This represents the third worst day for new cases in the county since the pandemic began.

These are 32 people from Dubrovnik and Metković, 17 from Ploče, 11 from Konavle and Župa dubrovačka, four from Kula Norinska, three each from Dubrovacko Primorje and Ston, two each from Blato and Vela Luka and one each from Opuzen and Orebić. and Slivno.

A total of 49 males and 71 females were infected, and 87 had an established epidemiological link.

One woman from Dubrovnik (born in 1932) died.

87 people made a full recovery - 48 from Dubrovnik, 12 from Župa, nine from Metković, four from Ploče and Ston, three from Konavle, two from Opuzen and Orebić and one each from Dubrovacko Primorje, Kula Norinska and one person without residence in the area of our county.

In the last 24 hours, 399 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 51,782 samples have been analysed.

There are currently 754 cases of coronavirus infection active in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, of which 436 in the wider Dubrovnik area (Dubrovnik 247, Konavle 70, Župa dubrovačka 102, Dubrovačko primorje 12 and Ston five cases).

70 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Five patients require intensive care, of which four are on invasive and one on oxygen.

There are 1,382 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there was one violation of the self-isolation measure (at the border).

The headquarters of the Civil Protection of the county continues to appeal to citizens to adhere to all prescribed measures by the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia.


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 46 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours (ten determined by a rapid antigen test).

These new cases are 22 people from Dubrovnik, nine each from Konavle and Župa, two each from Blato and Ploče, and one each from Korčula and Metković.

A total of 26 males and 20 females were infected, and 36 had an established epidemiological link.

One male person from Konavle (born in 1929) died.

54 people made a full recovery in the past 24 hours - 30 from Dubrovnik, ten from Župa, four from Konavle and Metković, two from Dubrovacko Primorje, and one each from Korčula, Opuzen, Orebić and Ploče.

In the last 24 hours, 228 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 50,948 samples have been analysed.

There are currently 669 cases of coronavirus infection active in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, of which 487 in the wider Dubrovnik area (Dubrovnik 300, Konavle 61, Župa dubrovačka 107, Dubrovačko primorje 11 and Ston eight cases).

59 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Six patients require intensive care, two of whom are on invasive ventilation, one on non-invasive, and three on oxygen.

There are 1,215 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, 11 violations of the self-isolation measure (eight at the border) were recorded.


The most shocking interviews of all time! Really? The UK was rocked by what was revealed! Really? The Royal Family shuddering after the most open interview ever! Really? Yes, all these headlines were used to describe the Meghan and Harry’s chat with Oprah Winfrey. I just added the really, as I wasn’t really shocked at all.

I mean what did you expect Meghan to say?

Of course, there were some disturbing revelations, such as the racial issue and her wanting to take her own life, and these should and must be taken seriously, but apart from that it was exactly what I expected them, or rather her, to say.

Shocking, well no. Was it more shocking even that the Frost/Nixon interviews back at the end of the 1970’s, probably not. Was it even more shocking than princess Diana’s famous interview in 1995 which contained the line “there were three of us in this marriage.” Again not really. I’m not sure what people expected her to say?

Oprah did her job impeccably, as she always does, and asked all the right follow up questions, but apart from the race issue and suicide issue there wasn’t anything ground-breaking.

And actions always speak louder than words. And the young Royal couple have made their feelings completely clear with the actions they’ve already taken.

Was the UK rocked by the interview? Again not so much. The vast majority of public support has taken the side of the Queen and the Royal Family, in fact I haven’t spoken to anyone who supports Meghan. This was to be expected.

There was humour, of course English sarcastic humour, mixed in as well. An online “GoFundMe” account was set up to pay off the $11 million mortgage the couple have on their California ranch. Apparently, it wasn’t done as a joke, I have other thoughts. Anyway the account was shut down after only £78 was collected.

And on the BBC news they asked for a passer-by to comment in London, he replied in typical London style, “Did she expect she’d be a princess from a Disney movie?”

A survey taken after the interview showed that the popularity of both Meghan and Harry had fallen, whilst on the other hand the Queen’s popularity had risen. In fact, the survey showed that she is still, by far, the most popular royal. Am I surprised, not at all. It would seem in fact that the rest of the world are more shocked by the interview than the Brits. A massive 80 percent gave their support for the Queen, whilst only 31 percent have a positive opinion of Meghan.

One line from the interview did surprise me, and it kind of answered the whole story. “I grew up in LA and you see celebrities all the time, this is not the same,” said Markle admitting that she hadn’t really known about much about the Royal Family.

Was she then unprepared? Make your own judgements. Was she then a little naïve? Again make your own conclusions. So again, was I shocked with what followed, well not really.

The Queen herself once said “It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained.”

And when she suggested that the British press were always digging into their lives I even found myself sounding like Homer Simpson “D’Oh!”

And history would suggest that Americans and the British Royal Family just aren’t a good combination. Remember what happened when Edward VIII met a divorced American. Probably, if Oprah was around in the 1930’s she’d have interviewed them as well.

And indeed, both these American ladies have a Dubrovnik connection, both have been here on holidays, Wallis Simpson in 1936 and Meghan in 2014. In fact, Meghan wrote a blog about her time here (I’m guessing that Wallis Simpson didn’t) saying that ““Stroll the marble Stradun, taking in the magnitude of your beautiful setting – fortress walls, local cafes and restaurants line pedestrian old town and the Lindjo dance group performs folk dancing on an open-air stage in the summer.”

Of course, this blog, along with all her social media were taken down after she became a member of the Royal Family. That I did expect! So one of the most hyped interviews for years was, at least for me, all hype and little content. This approach might indeed work with their new surroundings but back on the island Harry’s from it has had the opposite effect.

Read more Englishman in Dubrovnik…well, if you really want to 


Dubrovnik is a photographer’s dream, let’s face it you can throw a camera in the air and capture a stunning photo. And every day Instagram is filled to overflowing point with some absolutely blasting of the pearl of the Adriatic.

We have selected this week our top five “Spring is here” photos from Instagram. Check out our top five inspiring Dubrovnik Instagram photos from last week and keep sending us your own photos and videos of the region. We just love your feedback!

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A mass vaccination against Covid-19 is being organized today in the Sports Hall in Gospino polje. 500 doses of vaccine are available, and another 290 through family medicine surgeries on the islands, in Konavle, Župa, Ston and Janjina. The vaccination process today is with the AstraZeneca vaccine, and by 6 pm, about 800 residents of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County should be vaccinated.

“The response is good, every 20 minutes we have arranged 30 people so they do not wait in front of the hall or when they are vaccinated, because after vaccination they have to stay in the hall for 15 to 20 minutes before they go home. There are no crowds, and this method proved to be good for last week's vaccination,” commented the director of the Health Centre, Branko Bazdan.


The Hungarian online travel agency conducted a survey among Hungarians, in which a fifth of respondents expressed a desire to visit Croatia this year, which along with Hungary is one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the market, the Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB) reported on Wednesday.

"Most Hungarian tourists come to Croatia individually, because it is a familiar, close and easily accessible destination to which they gladly return. The data from this survey is extremely positive because they give some optimism for the summer tourist season from the Hungarian market," said the director of the CNTB Representation in Hungary Ivana Herceg. Data from that poll, as Herceg reports, also showed that 66 percent of Hungarians are planning a trip this year.

The results of the survey were reported by many Hungarian print media and internet portals, including the portal, which published the results of the survey in an article entitled "The wish of Hungarians is more of the Adriatic, less of Lake Balaton".

The online agency, which conducted the survey, is one of the most important partners of Croatian tourism in the Hungarian market, and is the largest online travel agency in the country.

In 2019 more than 215,000 overnight stays of Hungarian tourists in Croatia were realized through their platforms, while in 2020, slightly more than 50,000 overnight stays were realized, said Herceg.


ÖBB, the Austrian rail company, is expanding its offer and starting a new seasonal night train connection from Vienna and Graz to Split on June 18, 2021. In the future, passengers will be able to travel to the Croatian coast overnight in a climate-friendly and comfortable manner and even have transport their car or motorcycle with them.

The new night train is scheduled to run twice a week on the Bratislava - Vienna - Graz - Split route from mid-June to mid-September.

The long drive to the holiday destination with family or friends can in future be replaced by a climate-friendly and pleasant train journey. The transport of cars and motorcycles is possible from Vienna to Split and also from Bratislava to Split and back.

Tickets for the night train are available from 29.90 Euros in a seated car and from 69.90 Euros per person and in a comfortable sleeping carriage. These can now be booked online in the ÖBB ticket shop at

The train tour operator ÖBB Rail Tours also has holiday packages on offer for the new night train destination. For example, customers have the option of booking a package tour including a train journey Vienna - Split - Vienna with seat reservation and a one-week stay in the Porta Adriatica apartment in the centre of Split. This offer is available, for example, from 331 euros per person without meals.


The twelfth annual "Global Greening" of Tourism Ireland was a record in terms of the number of Croatian cities and municipalities that participated and the number of locations in the entire country. The Irish National Day, St. Patrick’s Day, was once again celebrated in Zagreb, Rijeka, Zadar, Split, Pula, Dubrovnik and Varaždin. And this year Hvar and Oriovac joined the initiative for the first time.


Dubrovnik joined in the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations by lighting the Small Onofrio Fountain at the end of Stradun in the Old City of Dubrovnik green from 7:00pm last night.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said “2021 marks the 12th year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and each year I am delighted to see so many attractions and landmark sites wishing to get involved and to mark St Patrick’s Day. More than 70 million people around the world claim links to the island of Ireland and St Patrick’s Day is a truly unique opportunity to reconnect them with their heritage.”



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