Thursday, 01 June 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.


Last year in Croatia 500 people became new millionaires whose wealth exceeds a million dollars or seven million Kunas.

According to the London-based consulting firm Knight Frank there is currently a total of 11,900 millionaires in Croatia, which is an increase of 4 percent over 2015. And if you compare the figure to ten years ago there has been a 30 percent increase in the number of millionaires in the country. The British consultants also pointed out that the wealthy list in Croatia is slightly slowing down and that over the next decade there will only be a 10 percent increase in the number of millionaires.

The number os “super rich” whose fortune exceeds 30 million dollars in Croatia is 120 and that number is the same as last year. And the “ultra rich” or people whose wealth exceeds 100 million dollars is 11, which is the same as last year.

The film production company “Pakt Media” who were involved in the Robin Hood: Origins filming in Dubrovnik organised a cleaning of the harbour in yesterday. The old harbour was the location of the first set to be built in the city and was one of the largest and most intricate sets.

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On the final day of filming of Robin Hood in Dubrovnik, on the 6th of March, the set was “burnt down” in a dramatic scene. Of course the set wasn’t actually burnt down it was a mixture of special effects and controlled explosions.

The harbour was cleaned by Pakt Media, with the assistance of the Poklisar restaurant and the public cleaning company, and divers cleaned the seabed. The Dubrovnik Diving Club spent most of the day cleaning the seabed and today the local boats, that were moved for filming, will be returned to their original positions.

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Uber and students at the Vern University will cooperate on the development of the UberBOAT service in Croatia, which is intended for better maritime traffic connection among Croatian islands and better quality of transport service for tourists in Dalmatia.

UberBOAT represents a new service, which will be offered to all users of the UBER digital platform in Croatia starting from this summer. It is about transport of users by speedboats ordered by an Uber application along the Adriatic coast. The transport will be operated by existing operators – small businesses and companies already registered for the necessary activities, with all licences, permits and insurance. Therefore, VERN students will have the opportunity to actively participate in the development of entirely new service, which will be complementary to the needs of Croatia's tourism.

Apart from direct impact on the tourist season, better connection and integration of islands, this service represents a key precondition for improving the quality of life on Croatian islands in all segments, especially in terms of the labour market, education and health care.

''What is the best way to organize business for entrepreneurs in order to prepare them for this innovative service? How to optimize the workforce, vessels supply and services to maximize income? These are just some of the questions that the VERN students will be able to answer through this real business challenge. We believe that the knowledge they will acquire will be quite relevant in today's business world, whilst the best of them will have the opportunity to do practice at Uber and afterwards apply for a regular job'', commented Davor Tremac, the general director of Uber for South Eastern Europe.

It almost feels like spring came to Dubrovnik already – sun is shining, sky is clear and temperatures are rising. This Saturday was perfect for a walk around the Old City and many locals and tourists decided to take that opportunity. 

Everybody noticed that there was unusual number of ladies around and the explanation is simple – many ladies from the region decided to celebrate Women's Day in Dubrovnik. Yes it was on 8th of March, but it's never too late to celebrate!

The most successful music duo in the UK history is coming to Croatia this summer!

The electronic dance duo Pet Shop Boys will perform in Croatia for the first time in their long music career. They will hold a concert in the city of Zadar on the 12th of August 2017 as part of the Jazine Open Air 2017 music festival. It will be the band’s only concert in the region during their European tour and they will play tunes from their career as well as from their recent album ‘’Super’’.

From 1981 when Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe began their carrier in London, Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 50 million records worldwide and are listed as the most successful duo in the UK music history by The Guinness Book of Records. Three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, since 1985 they have achieved forty-two Top 30 singles and twenty-two Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart, including four UK number ones such as "West End Girls", "It's a Sin", and "Heart". Other hit songs include a cover of "Go West", "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" and "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" in a duet with Dusty Springfield.

At the Brit Awards in London in 2009, Pet Shop Boys received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2016, Billboard magazine named Pet Shop Boys the No. 1 Billboard Dance duo/group over the 40 years from the chart's beginning in 1976. In addition, the duo received NME's Godlike Genius Award in 2017.

Jacques Houdek will represent Croatia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv with the song My Friend.The song has been released about a week ago, but has been published on Eurovision Song Contest official Youtube channel just today.

''My friend'' is quite unusual, combining English and Italian as well as different singing styles. Its sounds like a duo but it isn't. That's why it has different reactions to it – some bow to the original concept, while the others are just not getting it.

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be held at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Semi-Finals will take place on Tuesday 9th May and Thursday 11th May, and the Grand Final will be held on Saturday 13th May.

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the longest running television shows in the world. It was on the 24th of May, 1956, that Europe saw the first ever Eurovision Song Contest. After all those years, the contest is one of the most typical European traditions.
Croatia didn't have much success on the Eurovision for a long time, but we'll see what happens this year.

The Croatia's Finest rebroadcast has started in more than 90 countries around the globe, reported the team in charge for this project a few days ago.

National Geographic Channel has started rebroadcasting the gastronomic travel documentary Croatia's Finest, which stars the British Masterchef winner Dhruv Baker, in China, Japan, India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Bahrain, the UAE and some other countries around the globe.

The broadcast of the first and only Croatian gastronomic travel documentary in English started on the Asian markets and even in some parts of Africa from the 1st of October 2016. When the show was presented to a potential audience of over half a billion people, it was among the TOP 10 watched shows on the National Geographic Channel Asia channel.

The Croatia's Finest includes 20 half-hour episodes that were filmed on some of the most beautiful locations throughout Croatia. On each of all those locations, Baker cooked in the open where no one has ever cooked before such as by the Sea organ on the Zadar waterfront. Baker's culinary creations, made of fresh local groceries, were inspired by original Croatian dishes.

Within the next three years more than half a billion people from 90 countries will be able to get to know Croatia better, its rich cultural heritage, natural beauties and supreme gastronomic offer which will be the biggest tourist promotion of Croatia and its products in the world so far.

Game of Thrones season 7 premiere date was revealed yesterday – the first episode will be aired on 16 July! It will be exciting to see the scenes filmed in Dubrovnik. In case you forgot, season 7 was supposed to skip King's Landing, but in December 2016 actors Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson or as in series – Cersei Lannister, Jamie Lannister and Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane were spotted in Dubrovnik

The date was revealed in interesting way, by Facebook Live video, which showed a giant block of ice, that was melted by fans commenting ''fire''.

This season will be only seven episodes long, as opposed to usual 7. Fans are getting more and more excited and we are too waiting impatiently to see the newest scenes from King's Landing.

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