Friday, 22 January 2021
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.


In the last 24 hours, 1,071 new cases of Covid-19 virus were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 5,908.

There are currently 2,390 patients are in hospital, of which 200 are on respirators.

Unfortunately, over the last 24-hour period a further 53 people have passed away.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 214,390 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 4,179 have died, a total of 204,303 have recovered, of which 1,009 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 17,448 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 1,041,678 people have been tested, of which 6,602 in the last 24 hours.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) has published a report on the devastating earthquake that hit the Sisak-Moslavina County with the epicentre near Petrinja last Tuesday.

According to EMSC, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the area on December 29 at 12:19 p.m., 47 kilometres southeast of Zagreb. The EMSC said in a report that seven people had died and more than 20 people had been injured. In addition, numerous buildings were damaged.

More than 291 earthquakes were recorded in the area within six days, and residents felt most of them, according to a report released by the EMSC. They add that the earthquake near Petrinja followed a strong earthquake of magnitude 5.4 that hit Zagreb in March, after which numerous subsequent earthquakes were also recorded.

The EMSC also published a map showing earthquake sites of magnitude greater than 2 in the six days following the main impact.


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The largest low-cost airline in the world, Ryanair, has announced a new route to Croatia in the summer 2021 flight schedule. From June 2021 Ryanair will connect Zadar on the Dalmatian coast with Naples. This will be the first time that the Irish airline has operated flights between these two cites, according to a report on Croatian Aviation. In fact, there have been no commercial flights between these destinations before, meaning the low-cost airline is going into uncharted waters.

The inaugural flight to Zadar will be on June 4, and flights will be operated twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays, giving passengers a great weekend-away option.

Flights between Naples and Zadar will be in operation until the end of September (September 27), during which time Ryanair will operate 34 return flights. In total, from the beginning of June to the end of September, this well-known low-cost airline will offer a total of 12,852 seats between Naples and Zadar.

Tickets are available for purchase on Ryanair’s website with prices for a single ticket starting at around 50 Euros.


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In recent days, aid has been arriving from all parts of the country and even abroad to the area of Sisak-Moslavina County and its surroundings, which was hit by a devastating earthquake on December 29.

And today the intervention team of Red Cross Dubrovnik arrived in Petrinja, a fully trained and educated team ready to act in crisis situations.

And on the Facebook page of the Red Cross Dubrovnik the team wrote “Our team has arrived in Petrinja...division of tasks...a part of the team went straight to the scene to help those in need in Graberje, Petrinja.”


The largest hotel chain in Dubrovnik, Adriatic Luxury Hotels, have shown their humanitarian heart and donated to the victims of the earthquake in Croatia.

“Sincerely sympathizing with many residents from the area of Petrinja, Sisak, Glina and other parts of Sisak-Moslavina County who were affected by the devastating earthquake, Adriatic Luxury Hotels, as always in such situations, shows solidarity and willingness to help in the form of monetary donations to those in need,” read an official statement from Adriatic Luxury Hotels.

They added that “A donation in the amount of 300 thousand Kuna was paid by Adriatic Luxury Hotels into the account of the State Budget for donations in the action "Assistance for reconstruction after the earthquake" opened by the Government of the Republic of Croatia for earthquake damage in Sisak-Moslavina County and other areas affected by devastating earthquakes.”

Bravo to Adriatic Luxury Hotels for donating to this very, worthy cause


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Hailstones rained down on Dubrovnik this morning! The changeable “four seasons in one day” weather that has dominated the skies over the wider Dubrovnik region in 2021 continued today with a hailstorm.

We have already had all types of weather this year, from dramatic rainbows to bright sunshine, and now it’s the turn of hail. And as temperatures are around 13 degrees currently in the city the hail melted relatively quickly, although it did cause some problems with traffic.

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In the last 24 hours, 696 new cases of Covid-19 virus were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 6,444.

There are currently 2,453 people in hospital across Croatia and 211 people on ventilators.

Unfortunately, a further 56 people have passed away due to the virus.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 212,958 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 4,072 have died, a total of 2,02442 have recovered, of which 1,142 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 18,299 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 1,02091 people have been tested, of which 5,611 were tested in the last 24 hours.


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Goodbye and never come back 2020! A new start and a much brighter future. So in a year to forget what do you remember? As we’re finishing this terrible year it’s time to find the silver linings in the black clouds of 2020. Let’s think pink!

A global pandemic, is just that – global. So with everyone in the same boat we saw lots of creativity in the face of adversity. Here is my list of the top fourteen (yes, it’s an unusual number but it’s been an unusual year) things to celebrate from this year, and they are in no particular order.

1) The planet had a chance to hit the refresh button and relax from our constant pollution. Remember the story that the Himalayas were seen for the first time in years from India. And closer to home the Old City breathed a sigh of relief as its stone streets weren’t crammed to overcrowding.

2) People explored the beauty around them rather than foreign destinations. “Staycation” was the buzz word in the travel industry this year. And once again the diversity of Croatia surprised me.

3) We all got a crash course in Zoom. The older members of my family drastically improved their tech skills, from Instagram to FaceTime, social distancing brought virtual reality.

4) Working from home is the new norm, and I have a feeling it’s here to stay. Dining room tables were converted into our offices and the commute was from the bathroom to the living room. Consequently, we spent much less on petrol this year. And wearing our pyjamas to work was liberating.

5) We learned the hard way to appreciate what we had until now taken for granted. It was a tough year for culture and we all realised that those concerts, dramas and exhibitions were an important part of life’s rich tapestry.



6) We all got a little retro. From drive-in cinemas, to drive-through restaurants and even board games. Yes, board games made a comeback as families connected around the table. Yes, there were fights, but there was also laughter, and I’m speaking from my own experience.

7) The online shopping culture accelerated, although Dubrovnik is still behind the curve. Some green shots of optimism sprung up as businesses thought outside the box.

8) Cleanliness! Again we were reminded of the importance of washing our hands.

9) Dubrovnik, again probably the hard way, learnt that it is far too dependent on one branch – tourism. Clearly one of the most fragile and unstable sources of income to be dependent on. Without tourists we can’t survive, and that’s not a healthy place to find yourself in.

10) Sport without spectators just isn’t the same. It’s like sex without foreplay. Sport unites us.

11) Our healthcare workers showed their incredible dedication and professionalism. These were the real heroes in this fight against the pandemic and they deserve all the praise that has been heaped on them. Hopefully they will be awarded and won’t in the future have to leave Ireland or Sweden to earn what a decent living.

12) We learned to cook! Well we had to time on our hands and instant access to recipes from leading chefs. From homemade bread to cakes, hopefully some of this knowledge will stick (and by stick I don’t mean to the pan as in my case).

13) Not only did we learn to appreciate the work of healthcare workers but we also realised just how difficult it is to home-school our children. Hats off to teachers for all their hard work.

14) And finally we survived! That’s the most important. 2020 throw a lot at us all and we survived. Yes, it will take some time to get back to normal life, whatever that means, but we got through it. We entered the darkest and longest tunnel and together we all pulled together and made it through to the brighter side. The strength that we have all acquired from this challenge will be a priceless tool in the future. We’ve been running in mud for a year and now the sight of asphalt is on the horizon. Imagine just how faster and easier it’ll be to run on a hard surface. We survived!

Happy New Year and may 2021 bring you hope, strength and prosperity!

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