Sunday, 21 July 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.


The tap water in Dubrovnik has been contaminated by the recent heavy rains and is not for consumption. Cisterns will be again placed around the city today with fresh drinking water.

It had been rumoured that the Dubrovnik public water system had been contaminated with the bacteria Escherichia coli or E. coli, but this has been denied by the Public Water Company.

After numerous tests on the water quality the water company stated that “"After the heavy precipitation the water is not drinkable.”

The Public Health Institute carries out monitoring of the public water supply in the entire Dubrovnik-Neretva County and in such situations, samples the water for human consumption in Dubrovnik's water network.

To conclude the water in Dubrovnik should not be consumed for the time being.

On the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared, the 30th of August, the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic spoke to the families of missing persons in Croatia in the city of Karlovac.

Still today there are 1,922 people missing from the Homeland War.

“The Great Serbia aggression inflicted a lot of wounds on Croatia, but the biggest one of all is the wound of the missing. We have repaired material damage, we have buried our victims with dignity and we can honour them, but the fate of the missing still remains unsolved. This is a moral debt we, as a country, owe to our missing and their families,” commented the president.

She emphasized that steps had been taken, but more were needed, with the Serbian President and that she would continue to insist on dialogue on this matter.

She said she would continue to insist on the fate of the missing as the key element of further dialogue and full normalisation of relations between the two countries, as well as Croatia’s support for Serbia’s joining the EU, because “the truth about the missing is a political minimum, and no one in Croatia should ever settle for less.”

The Croatian captain and Real Madrid midfielder has been awarded by UEFA as the player of the year!

At a gala ceremony as part of the draw for this season’s Champions League Modric won the award. Modrić was in lofty company with Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah the other two candidates in the three-man list.

It was a day of awards for Modric who also picked up the award as the UEFA Champions League Midfielder of the Season.

“I'm proud of this great prize. I would like to thank all those who voted for me, teammates and trainers. The biggest motivation in my life is my dad. He took me to my first training and taught to fight for my dreams. I owe it all to him,” commented Modric after collecting the award.

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An Austrian driver attempted to smuggle over the Croatian over 60 kilos of marijuana in 56 packages stowed in his car yesterday. A routine border check at the border between Croatia and Montenegro at 1.40 yesterday afternoon revealed a huge concealment of drugs in this 51-year-old Austrian's car.

With the help of police officers from the Gruda Police Station in Konavle the customs officers questioned the man regarding smuggling and searched the entire vehicle. What they found was 56 packets of marijuana and 5 packets of hashish, in total almost 63 kilos of drugs. The estimated street value of these drugs is 120,000 Euros.

Whilst searching the car the customs officers also discovered a “starting” pistol and two machetes.

Following the completion of the criminal investigation, the Austrian citizen was handed over to the detention supervisor of this Police Administration to await the court case.


You might be forgiven for thinking that another cruise ship had dropped anchor in front of Dubrovnik this morning, no this massive yacht is the seventh most expensive private yacht ever built at a staggering $286 million.

Radiant is the plaything of one of the richest men in the world Abdulla Al Futtaim an Emirati billionaire, owner of Al-Futtaim Group. He earned his wealth through operations in the automotive field, as well as retail and real estate. In May 2017, his net worth was estimated at $4.1 billion.


And when he is sailing in the Adriatic he does so in considerable style. Radiant is an impressive 110 metres in length and features swimming pools, helicopter, cinema, numerous Jacuzzis and a gym.

It is also “armed” to keep away prying eyes. It has on board sonic guns that, according to, would burst the eardrums of attackers as well as water cannons that would sink an approaching ship from 100 metres.




Radiant in Dubrovnik - Photos Mark Thomas

Could we see the end of daylight saving time in Europe? If the European Union listens to the citizens, then the answer would be an overwhelming “yes.” In a survey which asked citizens of the EU should we stop daylight saving time and stop changing the clocks twice every year a massive 80 percent of voters said yes.

The European Union organised an online survey from the beginning of June to the middle of August this year and a record 4.6 million people voted, the largest ever turnout for an EU survey.

All over Europe clocks are moved one hour forward on the last Sunday in March and then one hour back again on the last Sunday in October. The vast majority of the people who voted want summertime to be introduced all year round.

A European Commission spokesman said his colleagues would take time to analyse the results before they address the public with official findings.

Although the vote was not mandatory, the survey will certainly be taken into account in the Commission’s deliberations on proposing new legislation. Any changes will need to be approved by the European Parliament and EU member states.

There are mega yachts and then there are elegant, beautiful yachts, and this one certainly falls into the second category. Built back in 1937 the Malahne is a yacht with a rich history and today she dropped anchor in Cavtat.

When launched all those years ago the Malahne belonged to William Stephenson, a Yorkshire man who was intrusted by Frank Woolworth to operate the British version of the retail giant.

And then with the outbreak of World War II Stephenson offered his pride and joy to the British Navy, they accepted and the Malahne was pressed into service and she even saw action at Dunkirk. She survived the war relatively unscathed and saw a number of different owners before being bought by the film producer Sam Spiegel who used her as an office whilst he made Lawrence of Arabia. And then in the mid-seventies she made her movie debut as the location for the film The Last of Sheila, starring Dyan Cannon, James Coburn, James Mason and Raquel Welch.


In 1983 she passed into the hands of the of Saudi Sheikh Adel Al Mojil and he decided, rather unfortunately, to completely remodel her and turn her into a modern, sleek liner.

But in 2009 she was once again to shine in her former glory after being purchased by the yacht broker Nick Edmiston. She was almost completely rebuilt in a Cornwall shipyard and looked absolutely magnificent as she sailed in Cavat today.

The Erasmus exchange program is one of the greatest culture and character building programs that you can have in your whole life. The Erasmus Programme (EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is a European Union student exchange programme established in 1987. Erasmus+, or Erasmus Plus, is the new programme combining all the EU's current schemes for education, training, youth and sport, which was started in January 2014.

And the Dubrovnik – Neretva County is making the most of the Erasmus+ program. As one student commented “The youth of Croatia, at least the ones that I know, don’t know about the range of possibilities the EU offers, and if they have heard they aren’t aware just how much this experience will enrich their lives. If they were to get involved in the Erasmus+ program they would see how much they could learn, probably about themselves the most.”

But the Erasmus+ program isn’t only open to the younger generations. Through EU supported programs citizens of all ages can make the most of education, sport, travel and many more exciting opportunities.


The Erasmus Programme, together with a number of other independent programmes, was incorporated into the Socrates programme established by the European Commission in 1994. The Socrates programme ended on 31 December 1999 and was replaced with the Socrates II programme on 24 January 2000, which in turn was replaced by the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007–2013 on 1 January 2007.

One of the most useful parts of the Erasmus+ program is student mobility- Erasmus+ provides grants for a wide range of actions including the opportunity for students to undertake work placements abroad and for teachers and education staff to attend training courses.

So how can you find out more about the Erasmus+ program? Simple, visit the website of the Info-Centre for Youth of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which will offer you contacts and info on how you could study abroad as many students from the Dubrovnik – Neretva County already have.

The info-centre for youth of the Dubrovnik – Neretva County is a project from the Europe House Dubrovnik in partnership with the Dubrovnik – Neretva County and the University of Dubrovnik with the financial support of the Ministry for Demographics, families, youth and social politics.

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Europski dom Dubrovnik / Europe House Dubrovnik (EHD) was founded in March 1995 as a non-profit, non-party and non-governmental association. The founding goals were to affirm the concept of European unification, to inform Croatian citizens, especially young people, on the progress of European integration, to foster their understanding, tolerance and dialogue with the citizens of other states, and to promote Croatia through cooperation with foreign governmental and non-governmental organizations.

EHD organizes educational workshops, lectures, exhibitions, round tables, media campaigns, celebrations for Europe Day, international seminars and conferences. Besides releasing its own publications, EHD also collects and distributes publications on various aspects of European integration, in several European languages.

Association's activities are mostly youth-oriented. One of EHD's current programmes is therefore Regional Youth Info Centre. But the doors of Europe House Dubrovnik are open to foreign visitors of Dubrovnik, too, as the association organizes every summer free-of-charge mini courses of Croatian language. More information about the courses, which, after four seasons, became the landmark of the association situated in an easy-to-find environment of Nikole Tesle Street in Dubrovnik, you can find here.

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