Monday, 19 August 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

Croatia has the fewest number of students travelling outside of the country to study in the whole of The European Union. Analysis has been carried out by the EU statistical body, Eurostat, and it shows that in 2017 only a mere 2.9 percent of all Croatian students in 2017 actually decided to travel out of Croatia to study, making Croatia the lowest in the EU.

Students from Luxembourg topped the survey, with a whopping 46.7 percent deciding to leave their home country to study at university. Whilst Cyprus was second with 23.1 percent, followed by Austria with 17.2 percent and the Czech Republic with 12.5 percent. The EU average was 8.1 percent, meaning that Croatia with only 2.9 percent was well below the average.

 

Somebody has translated a text, typed it, printed it and finally hung it on a public wall and yet nobody in this process noticed that one of the words of the sign was spelt wrong.

This new sign was recently hung in the Old City to inform pedestrians (yes, pedestrians and not pederstrain) to keep to keep moving and not to stop and cause unwanted crowds. However, clearly the spellcheck wasn’t working that day and now a new sign will be required.

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The Beatles Revival Band is one of the biggest European tribute bands, founded in 1994 in the Croatian city of Rijeka and this weekend they are coming to Dubrovnik.

Behind them are hundreds of concerts in Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. This tribute band performed at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool, from which the Beatles themselves started to conquer the world.

The Beatles Revival band will perform live on the Fountain Square in Babin Kuk on the 24th of August and entrance is free of charge. This weekend’s concert kicks off at 9pm.

For anyone who has walked down the Stradun, strolled along the promenade in Cavtat or in fact been anywhere in Croatia the headline that Croatians are one of the biggest coffee drinkers in the world probably won’t surprise you.

Croatians consume up to six kilos of coffee per person per year, which puts them on the 20th place in the ranking of the biggest coffee consumers in the world.

According to a survey conducted by the GfK agency in 2012, 80 percent of Croatians aged over 15 drink coffee every day.

For more than ten years, the “Croatian Heritage Foundation Dubrovnik” has been organizing meetings in the summer in Dubrovnik, and this summer was no different.

Through this project, Dubrovnik citizens with a New York address began to help their hometown, by providing financial contributions to the people most in need of help in Dubrovnik, the sick and socially disadvantaged, and by participating in the restoration of sacral buildings.

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This meeting of Dubrovnik ex-pats brings together not only the diaspora from America but from all over the world, and all with a love for the hometown city.

In addition to the humanitarian importance of the event, it is also an opportunity for socializing, getting to know each other, sharing experiences and arranging cooperation.

After introductory remarks by the President of the Foundation, Maja Mozara, the meeting was welcomed by a representative of the Dubrovnik Club in New York Noris Penezic Boccanfuso, who handed over the donation to two Dubrovnik citizens in need of help, donated the donations to the people of Dubrovnik in need of Ivana Schwartz and Orsat Ivankovic and to the Church of St. Blaise in Ston. Mr. Frano Sesjak from Germany donated money for the rehabilitation of young Konavle citizen Nina Đivanović.

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Cavtat is certainly catching some media attention this year, along with all the mega yachts that have been constantly dropping anchor in the waters around the picturesque seaside town.

The latest international press attention for Cavtat comes in the form of an article on one of the most popular and most read news websites in the UK, the Daily Mail.

In an article entitled “Be a late sunseeker: The weather has turned in Britain, but it's still hot in the Med and beyond - with plenty of last-minute deals,” along with Grenada and Montenegro, Cavtat get a write-up.

“Cavtat is a quiet seaside town on the Adriatic in the south of Croatia, a short bus ride from the beautiful medieval walled city of Dubrovnik (13 miles away). This is a place to relax in the sunshine and enjoy the local tavernas as well as its two sandy beaches,” write The Daily Mail.

Fancy a free Croatian cruise taking in the sights of Split and Dubrovnik? Well a UK based cruise company if offering a free cruise holiday to one lucky person and they’ll even pay you £500 to do it!

Cruise Croatia is offering one lucky person the chance of a lifetime, to cruise down the Croatian Adriatic coast from Split to Dubrovnik, and along the way you’ll get to sip some of the best wines that Croatia has to offer and taste some local delicacies.

Launching in 2020, their yacht will travel on a seven-day cruise from Split to Dubrovnik, and guests will get the chance to explore the thousands of islands of this picture postcard perfect region.

To apply all your need to do is apply on the website of Cruise Croatia and give them an honest reason why you should be the one enjoying a Croatian cruise next summer. Participants must apply before the 4th of September this year, so get your skates on.

 

It has been a warm, no, an extremely hot week in Dubrovnik with temperatures in the mid-thirties and the news that has proved popular is celebrities holidaying in the Dubrovnik sunshine.

Here are the top five most read stories of the week, a look back at what was hot in the August sunshine.

 

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