Friday, 14 June 2024
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.


Dubrovnik was well represented at the biggest night for Croatian football in recent years. A group of dedicated Croatia fans from Dubrovnik made sure that Dubrovnik was in the front row of celebrations from the stadium in Nizhny Novgorod.

Four friends, Hrvoje, Pavo, Mate and Marin, all from Dubrovnik sent these photos of their Russia adventure. “Today is beautiful to be Croatia. Thanks to the team and we will be with them till the end,” commented the Dubrovnik supporters.

Croatia dominated Argentina in front of 45,000 fans in Nizhny Novgorod last night in the second group game of the 2018 World Cup. Goals from Ante Rebic, the captain Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic saw Croatia crush the South Americans 3 – 0.

“We travelled by car to Tivat in Montenegro and then flew directly to Moscow where we were for two days and then arrived in Novgorod by train. Everyone wants to have a photograph us: Russians, Argentines, Moroccans, Japanese. People, in general, all Russians are really friendly,” commented the friends.

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The IT industry in Croatia continues to top the highest salary list. In March this year the average net salary in Zagreb was 7,302 Kuna or around 990 Euros. However, average salaries in the computer and electronics industry were almost that figure at 12,799 Kuna or 1,734 Euros.

According to date released by the Zagreb development and strategy bureau wages in the Croatian capital were up by almost 5 percent in March this year compared to the same month from 2017.

Most of the highest paid jobs are in the IT industry in the capital, telecommunications were the second highest paid jobs at 11,535 Kuna, financial services at 11,252 Kuna and crude oil and gas extraction close behind at 11,230 Kuna.

At the other end of the scale the lowest salaries were seen in metalworking, an average of only 3,662 Kuna and garment manufacturing at 3,936 Kuna.

Austrians love Croatia. According to new figures just released by the Austrian National Automobile Club Croatia is the number one destination in the world for Austrian tourists.

The survey, which was carried out in spring this year with more than 800 participants, showed that Croatia was the favourite destination, followed by Italy and Spain.

Austrians have arrived in Croatia in large numbers this year, in fact 440,000 have visited the Adriatic coast already this year, and have achieved 1.8 million overnight stays. The number of Austrians holidaying in Croatia is 6 percent up on 2017.

Traditionally the north of Croatia and the Istrian peninsular are the most popular holiday spots for Austrians. However, there are more and more visiting the south of the country as the number of airlines flying directly between the two countries are increasing.

Austrian tourists generate around 8 percent of Croatia’s annual tourist traffic, coming in third after tourists from Germany and Slovenia.

It wasn’t only the Croatian football team that shone in the Russia sunshine at the World Cup yesterday. Two Dubrovnik sisters stole the show as they arrived at the stadium in Novgorod, Adriana Durdevic and her sister Antonela Durdevic Bujak.

The Dubrovnik beauties were shopping in the official World Cup shop and were the centre of attention for the waiting media. Adriana is the girlfriend of Croatian striker Duje Caleta.

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Adriana and Duje in Dubrovnik before the World Cup 2018 - Instagram 

On the occasion of marking the Anti-Fascist Struggle Day, which is a national holiday in Croatia, a delegation of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County headed by the deputy prefect Žaklina Marević laid the wreath at the Memorial Tomb of the People's Liberation Army fighters at the Boninovo cemetery this morning.

A wreath on this occasion was also laid by representatives of the City of Dubrovnik, headed by the councillor Zdenko Medović.

Anti-Fascist Struggle Day is a national holiday and celebration in Croatia. It is celebrated on June 22, as it marks the beginning of the uprising of Croatian anti-fascist Partisans against German and Italian occupying forces, that started with the forming of the First Sisak Partisan Detachment on June 22, 1941 near Sisak, Croatia.

Oh what a night for Croatian football. Argentina, one of the favourites to win the World Cup, were brushed aside by Croatia last night in a 3 – 0 win.

And the whole country was awash with red and white squares, from Zagreb to Dubrovnik, as the goals flew in. The Sunset Beach in Lapad was one of the many bars and restaurants that rolled out the big TV and hundreds gathered to watch the big game.

The party went on well into the early morning hours with fireworks, singing and car horns filling the night sky.
Check out the atmosphere from Sunset Beach in Dubrovnik from Zeljko Tutnjevic.

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Croatia dominated Argentina in front of 45,000 fans in Nizhny Novgorod last night in the second group game of the 2018 World Cup. Goals from Ante Rebic, the captain Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic saw Croatia crush the South Americans 3 – 0.

From the very beginning of the match Croatia were on top and completely suffocated Lionel Messi and the rest of the Argentine midfield. In fact, in the first half Argentina failed to have a shot on target. Argentina looked nervous from the start and Messi was well marked all game. This was their biggest defeat at a World Cup since 1958 and the future in the competition now hangs in the balance.

Following their opening 2 -0 win over Nigeria Croatia now sit on top of group D with 6 points and look almost certain to win the group and progress into the later stages.

This was Croatia’s first win against South American opposition having lost their previous four encounters at past World Cups. 

Roma and Bosnia and Herzegovina star striker Edin Džeko is in party mode in Dubrovnik and presumably watching the 2018 World Cup from the city. The leading goal scorer was spotted in the Dubrovnik night club Culture Club Revelin hanging out and partying with his friends.

The busy summer schedule at Revelin is well under way and this Friday the world famous DJ EDX will play a set in the clu which is sure to raise the roof.

Džeko is certainly not a stranger in Dubrovnik, he often visits Dubrovnik and has a group of close friends in the city.

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