Wednesday, 15 August 2018
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.


The 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival will feature a Grammy award winning pianist on Monday the 6th of August. Danil Trifonov will perform in the atrium of the Rector’s palace this Monday and tickets are still on offer.

Trifonov, who won a Grammy this year for the Best Classical Instrumental Solo, has a unique style that has been described as impeccable technique with a tender touch. He also won the 2016 Artist of the Year Award handed out by Gramophone magazine, and this concert should be a real treat for the Dubrovnik audience.

Trifonov will perform a selection of Chopin pieces, and the concert is scheduled to start at 9.30pm.

More details on how to purchase tickets can be found at the festival’s website.

Legendary supermodel Naomi Campbell is soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine in a luxury yacht in Dubrovnik.

The London born model and actress seems to be loving life on the Adriatic, she has been sea kayaking, swimming and of course has been spotted checking out the shopping in the Old City of Dubrovnik.

She is in the company of French actress Farid Kheld and her family and French designer Vincent Darre. Spotted in an elegant black dress in Dubrovnik last night Naomi (47) is staying on the luxury yacht “Atlantic Yacht” which is currently on anchor in the Bay of Zupa.


It is the most popular toy in the world and the largest travelling exhibition of Lego will open this Saturday in Zagreb.

More than 100 Lego models, from famous film stars and pop singers as well a 7-metre long Batmobile made from nearly a million Lego bricks, will all feature in this exhibition which is rather cunningly entitled “Invasion of the Giants.”

The exhibition will be held at the Zagreb Fair from the 4th of August until the end of September and entrance fees start from only 30 Kunas.

Among the most spectacular models never before seen on display in Zagreb will be a 7-metre-long model of the Batmobile made out of 900,000 bricks, complete with a life-size statue of Batman, his cave, and parts of Gotham City. On display will also be an 11-metre detailed scale model of the famous passenger ocean liner Titanic.

The new Peljesac Bridge could well get a name fitting of its importance to Croatia. A movement and proposal from Denis Pavel from the Traffic Safety Association and a Dubrovnik police officer has suggested to the Croatian Minister of Transport, Oleg Butković, that the Peljesac Bridge be named Oliver Dragojevic.

"We owe so much because Oliver is certainly the greatest singer, he brought together all Croatians, and the bridge will bring together two parts of Croatia," commented Pavel on the Facebook page of the Association.

Could one of the largest fast food restaurants in the world soon be opening a branch in Dubrovnik? McDonalds have been ever expanding in Croatia and over the past few years there has been numerous rumours that they plan on opening a restaurant in Dubrovnik.

The American fast food chain opened their first restaurant in Croatia, in the capital Zagreb, back in 1996 and since then have been slowly but surely expanding all over the county. Until now the furthest south that McDonalds has expanded has been Spilt.

However according to unofficial rumours the restaurant chain has finally found a location in Dubrovnik which suits their requirements. It is believed that the first McDonalds restaurant in Dubrovnik will open in the Gruz suburb of Dubrovnik and that works could begin this autumn and winter with the restaurant opening in the Spring of 2019. The location is in an area with a high footfall of both locals and tourists and would seem to make good business sense. So far these reports have yet to be confirmed by McDonalds in Croatia.

Croatia is the first country in the Adriatic region offering Google Pay for payment in stores and on all Google platforms as of August 1, Google Adriatic said on Wednesday.

"This is a safe, fast and simple way of paying via a mobile app, combining the services of a virtual wallet and Android Pay, which provides users with a better paying experience," Google Adriatic representatives said.

The service means that users need no physical payment card, with transactions hapening via a smartphone app. Google is unveiling the service in cooperation with PBZ (Privredna Banka Zagreb), and at launch the service will be supported by PBZ online banking and the Visa Inspire card. There are plans to cooperate with other Croatian banks as well.

The service is now available via Android smartphones and there are plans to enable it for iPhone and other banks' clients as well.

Google Pay is currently available in 20 countries around the world. Google Adriatic said they chose Croatia to be the first country in the region to launch it in because of its progress, growth and the country's potential, owing to the widespread use of smartphones, the Internet, and forms of contact-less payment, the company said.

Tears and song filled the streets of Split as the city gathered to remember and show their respects for the legendary singer and songwriter Oliver Dragojevic. Tens of thousands of citizens lined the main promenade in Split, and in spite of the heatwave and soaring temperatures, showed their love for the greatest ever Croatian musician.

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Split says farewell - Photo CROPIX

Born in Vela Luka on the island of Korcula, Dragojevic grew up and spent most of his working life in Split. And the city showed just how much he meant to them yesterday. A special commemoration was held in the Croatian National Theatre in the morning. An emotional ceremony that was attended by the Croatian President, Kolinda Grabra-Kitarovic, and the Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic. The day before the government had declared that the 31st of July would be a National Day of Condolence, meaning that flags all over the country were flying at half-mast.

Dragojevic passed away on morning of the 29th of July at the age of 71 after losing his battle against lung cancer.

And then in his beloved Split the bells of the St. France Church sounded at around 7.00pm and the casket made its way slowly along the Split promenade. Tears and song, flowers and candles, the outpouring of sadness and love towards their favourite son was visible and moving.


The casket was then taken on-board a waiting catamaran where, with a myriad of other ships of all shapes and sizes, it made its way to Vela Luka. Two warships from the Croatian Navy waited for the catamaran in the middle of the Adriatic and the whole crew paid their respects by lighting flares for the fabled singer.

His funeral will be held in his hometown and birthplace, Vela Luka, today at 18.00.

The picturesque seaside destination of Cavtat is well-known for its spectacular sunsets.

The popular path that leads around the peninsular is traditionally busy with tourists and locals snapping photos as the sun sets over the Adriatic. And the last day of July was no different. 






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