Wednesday, 29 November 2023
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.


It seems that in Croatia there is a growing trend amongst young people - not flying out of their family nests! Over 50 percent of young people aged 25-34 still live with their parents, or more precisely 58.7 percent – Jutarnji List reports.

It seems that men are more hesitant when it comes to moving out, since 70 percent of them still live with their parents. On the other side – 47 percent of young ladies made the same choice.

While many young people would say that is hard to move out because of financial troubles, it's interesting to know that 62.8 percent of those who still live in their family nest have a full-time job. The percentage of unemployed young people still living with their family is 24.7 percent, while students take 7.5 percent.



The Libertas flag is once again on the roof of Africa! The team from Dubrovnik reached the summit of Kilimanjaro yesterday and placed the Croatian flag and the Libertas flag on the top of the 5,895 mountain, the highest point in Africa.

Sixteen members of a Croatian expedition from Dubrovnik, all keen recreational walkers and climbers, left Dubrovnik just after New Year on the 2nd of January.

Even though the weather conditions weren’t favourable, rain has been falling for most of the climb, the team made it to the top, above the clouds.

Well done to all the team!



Croatia has long been proven as a hit tourist destination attracting people from all around the planet with its rich and stunning nature, culture and history.

The last two record-breaking tourist seasons brought Croatia not only excellent tourist figures but also great promotion thanks to many celebrities who visited the country.

Apart from famous musicians and actors, one of the richest people in the world today has been visiting Croatia for years, especially one Croatian town on the Dalmatian coast.

Even though Croatian tourists often neglect Skradin, Bill Gates named it ‘’his ideal place for summer holidays’’.

Over the last few years, the town of Skradin in the Šibenik-Knin County has been experiencing its Renaissance and becoming the hot spot for many world stars and travellers. The town that has long been hidden from the public eye has become a place to visit and admire its beauty and history.

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Bill Gates on holiday in Skradin - Photo Jutarnji List  

Skradin is located near the Krka River and at the entrance to the Krka National Park. The main attraction of the park, Slapovi Krke (Waterfalls of the River Krka) is a series of waterfalls, the biggest of which, Skradinski buk, was named after Skradin.
It is also interesting to note that the most significant archeological site Bribirska Glavica is located only 15 km from Skradin, also known as Hrvatska Troja (Croatian Troy).

Skradin is absolutely teeming with wonderful sights and picture perfect views, thus, if you find yourself touring the Šibenik-Knin County be sure to visit, explore and enjoy this hidden gem on the Croatian coast Bill Gates loves so much.



The Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is currently visiting Turkey.

The main reason of Grabar-Kitarovic’s one-day working visit to this country is her meeting with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

As stated by the Presidential Office, main topics of talks between the two presidents will be the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Southeastern Europe as well as relations between the European Union and Turkey but also the role of Ankara in controlling the refugee crisis.

The most interesting topic for Croatia is surely the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croats living in that country require the change of the electoral law and equality before the upcoming elections in October 2018.

During the meeting in Ankara, Grabar-Kitarovic and Erdogan will discuss the possible trilateral meeting of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey, which would take place within the first three months this year.

The Turkish President Erdogan paid a visit to Croatia less than two years ago.



The talented young dancer from Rijeka - Maja Keres continues to make foreign successes. Maja is one of the few Croatians who had a chance to collaborate with the world's biggest stars, including Fergie, Justin Bieber and Rob Thomas. Her latest success is dancing in the newest video of Justin Timberlake – Filthy.

-I can’t put in words how happy and thankful I am to have gotten a chance to work on this music video by my favorite artist in the whole world – Justin Timberlake! Everybody who knows me know what and how much this means to me – Maja wrote on her official Instagram profile and said thanks to all those that helped to turn her dreams into reality. She also added that this is an unique opportunity to check out her behind with her permission.

Maja also shared some 'behind the scenes' photos.
-Beyond honored to work with all of the people pictured, but also a huge thank you to everybody behind the scenes for treating us like queens!!- it's written in the caption. It's clear to see that Maja is more than overwhelmed with her experience.

And she sure has the right to! 'Filthy' collected over 14 million views in just four days. You can see Maja dance in the video below.

Mate Rimac, the founder and the CEO of Rimac Automobili is to complete a new car with the help of the Croatian super computer Bura.

As one of the leading players in the world of high-performance electric cars, Rimac signed an agreement with the University of Rijeka at the beginning of December 2017 on using the super computer called Bura whose performances are necessary in finishing the development of the latest electric super car.

After presenting the improved version of Concept One electric car last year, the second Rimac's car Concept Two, as one of the largest global hits, will be presented at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show in March this year.

The Concept Two electric car will have 1384 HP with a top speed of around 400 km/h. Despite all these fascinating features and the price of soaring 10 million Kunas, it is expected to be sold in ten times more copies that the actual Concept One.

As daring as it sounds, such sales growth is surely not unexpected considering the fact that ten copies of Concept One have been sold so far. The production volume of Concept Two will be twenty copies a year.



Did UFOs pay a visit to the Croatian capital Zagreb the other day? It remains to be seen. Or not?

A few days ago, a reporter from a local TV station in Zagreb wanted to capture a beautiful sunset over the Croatian capital and was more than surprised when she examined her photo.

As soon as the reporter enlarged the photo to get a better frame, she noticed an unusual lighting formation among the clouds.

Posting the photo on her Facebook profile, she started an avalanche of comments with some claiming that the strange formation was birds, combat aircraft from Slovenia or drones, whilst some claimed that UFOs paid a visit to Croatia.

What actually flew over Zagreb, no one knows for sure, but as the popular line at the end of the title sequence in the TV show ‘’The X-Files’’ reads, ‘’The Truth is Out There’’.



In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were five traffic accidents, of which there were four with injured persons in which one person was seriously injured and five drivers with light injuries while one traffic accident had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 398 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 187 measures taken due to speeding, 17 measures due to improper stop and parking, 43 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 10 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 48 due to improper overtaking.





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