Monday, 25 October 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Qatar Airways has recently announced plans to code share with Vueling, the Spanish airline carrier on 67 routes, some of which are in Croatia.

The Qatari carrier, which owns a 20 percent share of International Airlines Group (IAG), will add its flight numbers and designator code onto services from both Barcelona and Rome to Dubrovnik and Split operated by the group's low cost carrier from Spain. In the upcoming winter season Vueling, which has previously operated only seasonal flights to Croatia, will maintain flights from Rome to Dubrovnik. On the other hand, Qatar Airways will continue to maintain ten weekly flights from Doha to Zagreb.

The new code share agreement, which builds upon the interline agreement signed between the two carriers in October 2014, is already effective and bookings can be made via Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Our new code share agreement with Vueling Airlines will allow even greater opportunities for passengers across Europe to connect to the global Qatar Airways network''.

Many towns in the world have the same tradition: ''locking'' your love with a lock at the public place, putting your names on it with a date and throwing the key away to show that your love will last forever. Even Dubrovnik has a special spot for lovers! At Boninovo, few minutes away from Dubrovnik, there is a fence that became a romantic place quite late. Somebody has put a first lock on it just a couple of years ago and now it's covered with those little signs of affection.
But, of course, there are always unique ways to say 'I love you' and to be special. We bumped at one just walking by the fence. There they were, screaming to be seen: two bras, brassieres, however you want to call them.
- Look at this sweetheart! – yelled one tourist to her loved one laughing. He seemed to be more interested in the bras than all the other locks out there.
- Lesbians – he concluded and they went straight ahead without putting a lock. Well, that really could be a sign of love of the same sex couple. Or it was a challenge or a way to remember a great night out. Or... Who knows. We would love to hear the story!
We found some interesting locks too, because not all of them are just names and numbers. Sadly, we couldn’t find the one that was there a year ago. It just said, shortly: ‘’Die of cholera’’. And they say the romance is dead...

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In spite of the thunder and lightning today in Dubrovnik with the occasional downpour the weather forecast for the rest of the week is for sunshine and temperatures in the low thirties.

The early morning and rain and thunderstorms in Dubrovnik today will be the last rain we will see in the region for the next seven days. According to the mid-term weather forecast Dubrovnik can expect a stabilisation of weather and clear blue skies.

Temperatures tomorrow will again be in the low thirties with 31 degrees predicted and that pattern will continue until at least Saturday.

And according to the specialised website AccuWeather.com Dubrovnik could well be in for an Indian Summer. “Surges of warmth from Africa and the Mediterranean will be frequent throughout the autumn season, leading to above-normal temperatures across southern Spain, southern and central Italy and the southern Balkans,” states the website. They add that northern Europe will be wet and windy in autumn.

Temperatures in Dubrovnik are expected to remain stable, at around 30 degrees, until the middle of September.

In its five years of existence on the world festival scene the Dimensions Festival in Pula has become an ultimate destination for insightful music lovers from all around the world. Uncompromising selection of performers, stunning Adriatic scenery and friendly atmosphere make this festival known as one of the most influential electro-funk music events in the world.

This year the British trip hop cult group Massive Attack will open the 5th Dimensions Festival on one of the most beautiful world stages in the open - Pula Arena - on the 24th of August.

After five years of a 'discographic silence', this year the musicians from Bristol have been pretty active in the musical and visual field. At the beginning of the year they released the EP Ritual Spirit which gathered a large number of former associates led by Tricky, whilst by the end of July they released three new songs as an announcement for their new album. Almost all songs are accompanied by exceptional video works produced by eminent producers featuring the Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett, Rosamund Pike, the supermodel Kate Moss etc.

As the group is well known for its performances that are both visual spectacles and politically and socially conscious events, Massive Attack will arrive in Pula with their own large production support, an impressive video wall and visual effects. Around 27 technicians and managers will accompany nine musicians of the world famous British group.

The festival will also feature some of the biggest names as well as young talented performers of the international techno, house, disco, bass, jazz, funk and soul music scene.

After the opening the Dimensions festival will take place at the Monte Christo fortress and will last until the 28th of August.

These British tourists to Dubrovnik proved that Brexit and political correctness come a poor second to humour, well poking fun at the Germans to be more precise.

This painted van was seen parked in Lapad after having been driven from England; we can only presume that their journey took them through Germany as well! The camper van also advertises camping with a website address, but again we presume that the German market isn’t their main point of call.

The message on the back of the van “Where would we be without a sense of humour? – Germany.

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One of the natural symbols of Mlini, near Dubrovnik, a plane tree dating back to 1743 was damaged in the recent high winds. A large branch broke off and was left swinging dangerously in the wind, reports the news site Zupcica.hr. The branch broke on Friday night and due to the risk to the public the Zupa fire brigade have cordoned off the area.

The plane tree, which is located next to the St. Roko Church, is one of the main attractions of Mlini and is the focal point of countless photos from tourists every year. The branch that broke was eight metres above the ground. Unfortunately due to the number of cars in this small side road that have almost blocked the road the fire brigade were unable to immediately react and cut the branch off completely. Another problem is that the Zupa fire brigade don’t have platforms that can reach the branch so they will call in help from another local fire brigade. Until the branch is cut off members of the public have been asked to be careful and keep their distance.

Celebrites have been coming to Croatia for years but this summer has turned our country into the real celebrity magnet! After Bono Vox, Reese Witherspoon, The Black Eyed Peas and many more, the new celebrity is cruising the Adriatic – MC Hammer. He has published many photos and videos from the yacht on the social media, showing his fans that he's having a great time.

- Loving and Living Life. Adriatic Sea. Worlds Fastest Yacht and my friends. We good. Salute – it's written in the caption of one photo.

In case you didn't know, MC Hammer is an American hip hop recording artist, dancer, record producer, entrepreneur, spokesman and actor. He had his greatest commercial success and popularity from the late 1980s until the late 1990s. Remembered for his rapid rise to fame, Hammer is known for hit records (such as "U Can't Touch This" and "2 Legit 2 Quit"), flashy dance movements, choreography and Hammer pants. Hammer's superstar-status and entertaining showmanship made him a household name and hip hop icon. He has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

The patron saint of Dubrovnik, St. Blaise, has protected the historic city for many centuries, but now it seems he has a new role in life, a beer holder.

The large stone statue of the Dubrovnik saint on the front of the Dubrovnik Cathedral now features a glass bottle of beer. As the statue is quite a way off the ground whoever gave the saint a beer had quite a climb. And as the cathedral is opposite a busy restaurant it can be presumed that the prank was carried out in the early morning hours. To make matters even worse the hand in which the bottle was jammed was damaged in the Homeland War and the three fingers were destroyed by shrapnel. These fragile three fingers are now forced open to hold a bottle of local beer.

We can only hope that the bottle of beer is removed quickly and that St. Blaise can return to protecting the city and not holding beer bottles.

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