Thursday, 08 December 2022
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

Have you heard of Klepetan and Malena? These two storks have been meeting year after year for the past 15 years on the roof of the elementary school in Brodski Varos. Klepetan, the most famous stork in Croatia, flew 13 thousand kilometres every year from South Africa and always returned to his nest with Malena, who has a broken wing. However, it seems that this great romantic story has come to an end this year as he hasn't returned to his waiting "Juliet." 

Klepetan would always come before March 30, mostly on March 24th, sometimes a few days late, but never in April. Therefore it seems that he is not going to come at all this year. Stjepan Vokic, the janitor who takes care of Malena, fears that Klepetan died during his journey.

This interesting and romantic couple, who have many fans in Croatia and across the world, have brought up 58 little storks over the years. These little ones would always leave with their father to South Africa. 

It’s interesting that the Serbian media published that Klepetan had returned to his Malena today, but sadly that didn’t happen. We still have hope that he’ll show up.

According to the Croatian Audio Visual Centre (HAVC), the AMC studios which is globally known for its popular TV series ''Walking Dead'' has started filming TV series ''The Terror'' on the Croatian island of Pag.

Filming of the 10 episodes of the AMC series ‘’The Terror’’ produced by Ridley Scott has already begun on the 3rd of April 2017; the first segment of filming will last through the 29th of April, whilst the series is to be broadcasted in autumn 2017.

Based on an adaptation of the bestselling novel by Dan Simmons, “The Terror” is a supernatural thriller, which tells the true story on the disappearance of a Royal Naval expedition crew in 1847 who were searching for the Northwest Passage.

The Franklin Expedition led by Captain John Franklin (Ciaran Hinds) and Captain Francis Crozier (Jared Harris) is frozen in the ice and stuck for two years with their nearest neighbour more than 800 miles away. A mysterious predator – a terrifying monster that stalks the ship and its crew in an uncertain and desperate game of survival, attacks their ship.

“The Terror” is written by David Kajganich (“True Story,” “A Bigger Splash”), who will also serve as co-show runner with Soo Hugh (“The Whispers,” “The Killing”). Executive producers are Ridley Scott (“The Good Wife,” “The Man In The High Castle”) and David W. Zucker (“The Good Wife,” “The Man In The High Castle”), Alexandra Milchan (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) and Scott Lambert (“Paranoia”) as well as Guymon Casady (“Game of Thrones,” “Steve Jobs”).

The production has employed 85 local technicians and crew, and 60 local extras.

It is interesting to note that through Croatia’s 20 percent filming incentive the production will benefit from a return of investment of the overall budget spent in the country. In the last five years of incentive scheme, 34 productions filmed in Croatia and spent nearly 400 million Kunas. Apart from the economic benefits, they also provided a global promotion of the beautiful locations in Croatia.

It is a well known fact that online shopping is the fastest growing business today. According to the latest data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics (HZS) almost 33 percent of respondents in the country shopped on the internet in 2016.

Following this upward trend, the Croatian company Auto Zubak recently presented an innovation of buying cars on the internet through its brand Neostar.

It is about a new way of buying used cars that could change the usual behavioural patterns of customers through two segments. Neostar.hr provides potential buyers with intuitive tools for viewing offers for used cars as well as a review of the cars themselves to the smallest detail. The website also enables a booking of a selected car, online payment and online agreement on car delivery to a home address.

This way of buying saves time and money, whilst many people who are looking for a quality used car will surely reach out for this innovative technology.

On the other hand, considering the fact that safe online shopping is one of the most important links in a change of buyers’ behaviour, Auto Zubak Neostar has introduced two innovations. On buying a car, apart from the car a buyer gets all insurances, two-year warranty and a free car service. This is an indicator that the company is sure in the quality of what they sell.

In addition, Autozubak saved the best for last – if you do not like a car that you have chosen and that has been delivered to your doorstep, you can return it within 15 days!

Weekend from 7th to 9th of April is reserved for gastro-days in Dubrovnik restaurants devoted to asparagus. This wild edible plant is harvested in early spring and is very nutritious and healthy. At the same time delicate and aromatic, asparagus is one of the favorite plants in gastronomy – it goes well with variety of foods such as eggs, meat, fish, rice, bacon and pasta. So don't miss this chance to taste specialties with this healthy wild treat prepared by Dubrovnik chefs.

In Dubrovnik you will be able to taste the dishes such as risotto with shrimps and asparagus, octopus salad with asparagus, Adriatic prawns on a bed of rice and asparagus, filet of fresh fish on the asparagus sauce, truffles, tuna fillets on a bed of asparagus with asparagus and eggs, veal stuffed with asparagus and mozzarella and other specialties. Participating restaurants are Domino, Eden, Gusta me, Klarisa, Kopun, Lajk, Mimoza, Orka, Orsan, Porat and Rozario.

According to an announcement, a popular European retail chain is opening its first two stores in Croatia this week.

On the 7th of April, the retailer Pepco will open stores at the Point Shopping Centre in Zagreb and at the Supernova Shopping Centre in Buzin. In the next few weeks, more stores will be opened at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Zapresic, as well as in the cities of Varazdin, Koprivnica and Slavonski Brod.

The retail chain PEPCO from Poland which offers shoppers clothes for the whole family as well as wide range of household products, also plans to open 75 more stores mainly in cities with over 10,000 residents in the next three years and employ more than 600 people.

‘’The Croatian market is very important to us and we expect that the interest of shoppers will open the way for entry in the Adriatic region. We are confident that the opening of our first Pepco store will only be a successful start of our long journey throughout Croatia’’, said Marcin Stanko, the director of the Operations for Central and Eastern Europe.

PEPCO began operations in Poland in 2004, and has since recorded great interest from customers with the business expanding into Central and Eastern Europe. Apart from Poland, PEPCO currently operates in several Central European countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. The retail chain employs more than 9,000 people with more than 700 stores in Poland and more than 1,000 stores all over Europe.

The popular European retail chain has already won numerous awards in the retail sector - the Forbes Diamond award and the Good Brand and Quality of Service Award.
Pepco is a brand owned by Pepkor, a South African investment holding company.

Over the past few years the city has attracted leading international film productions and this new photo exhibition presents images from the first Game of Thrones to be filmed in Dubrovnik in 2011 to the latest Robin Hood blockbuster.

Dubrovnik has a long and rich history as a location for international movies and serials. The stone walls, stunning landscapes and ancient streets have been seen by millions all over the world and famous stars of the silver screen have flocked to Dubrovnik, both for business and pleasure.

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Dubrovnik has always been an international city and blockbuster movies have brought a new dimension and a new audience. In recent years the city has experienced massive interest from film makers, starting with the HBO series Game of Thrones in 2011 and including Star Wars, Bollywood and Robin Hood. Historical dramas, sci-fi spectacles and musicals have all found their place and their dream location in Dubrovnik.

This exhibition presents the films and serials that have been filmed on location since Game of Thrones transformed the city into King’s Landing. Dubrovnik is truly - Hollywood on the Adriatic.

The Game of Films exhibition is open until the 15th of April and is open from Monday till Friday from 5.00pm to 8.00pm and entrance is free of charge. 

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In the first quarter of 2017 the average Croatian salary was 5.408 Kuna, which is one percent less than in the previous quarter – it’s reported by website MojPosao, within research MojaPlaća. That is around 725 Euro, 770 Dollars or 620 Pounds. The highest salaries were recorded in private companies with foreign ownership and were higher by 13 percent than average.

However, compared to the same period last year, the average salary was two percent higher. In addition to top management, which has 112 percent higher salary than the average, the highest paid professions are in the field of technology and development (76 percent more than the average), information technology (36 percent) and Human Resources (32 percent).
On the other hand, workers with the lowest average salaries are those in textile and leather industry, (lower by 43 percent than the average), workers in ancillary occupations (lower by 38 percent) and workers in the service sector (33 percent lower).

In the first three months of this year, men had an average of 11 percent higher salary than women, which is shows a small difference than the previous three months, when the difference was 12 percent. The men on average earn 5695 Kuna and women 5122 Kuna.

Numbers are here - in the area of Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 39.120 arrivals last month, which is 8 percent less than in March last year and 106.513 overnight stays or seven percent less than in March 2016. Lower numbers were expected, since the Easter holidays last year were in the period from 21st to 28th of March.
In the first three months of 2017 in Dubrovnik-Neretva County 71.566 arrivals were registered with 213.226 overnight stays. Compared to 2016  the number of overnight stays has increased by 6 percent.

The largest number of overnight stays was made by tourists from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United States, United Kingdom, Korea, France and Germany.

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