Friday, 18 September 2020
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 B&P (Brass & Percussion) septet of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra is preparing a completely new program for this Friday, September 18, which includes popular classics, film music and jazz. Arrangements for the concert were prepared by DSO trumpet player Damir Butigan.

The concert will be held in the atrium of the Rector's Palace starting at 9 p.m.

The B&P septet of DSO consists of wind instruments Džemal Cakić, Martin Hrćan, Toni Kursar, Damir Butigan and Ivan Kušelj, percussionist Alan Polzer and percussionist Karmen Pervitić. At this concert, the audience will be able to listen to a selection of famous classical works such as Bizet's opera Carmen, Nessun dorma from Puccini's opera The Troubadour, Brahms' Hungarian Dance no. 5, but also a selection of music from popular TV series and movies like Star Trek, M.A.S.H. and Pink Panther.

Tickets are on sale and available at the DSO office in Slanica (St. Dominic 9), at the Perla Adriatica agency in Ploče, in Luža, online via the system, as well as one hour before the concert in front of the entrance.

The concert will be held in accordance with the prescribed epidemiological measures and recommendations.


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In the last 24 hours, 250 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 2,108. Among them, 300 patients are in hospital, of which 24 are on a ventilator.

Unfortunately, over the last 24-hour period 2 more people have died due to the virus in Croatia.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 14,279 people have been infected, of which 238 died, a total of 11,933 have recovered, of which 243 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 8,756 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 242,886 people have been tested, of which 5,948 in the last 24 hours, the National Civil Protection Headquarters reported.


Due to the increased number of new cases of Covid-19 Germany has declared several other European countries and regions as risk areas and issued travel warnings, including two Croatian counties.

The Brod-Posavina and Virovitica-Podravina counties were added to the "red list", after five Croatian counties were already classified as risky.

The Robert Koch Institute published an updated list of areas at risk of spreading the infection on Wednesday, and the central criterion was that there were more than 50 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in an area in the past seven days, reports Večernji list.

As a reminder, the German federal government warned the population on Wednesday not to travel unnecessarily to Vienna and Budapest, classifying the Austrian and Hungarian capitals as a risk area due to the growing number of people infected with coronavirus.

"Due to the large number of new cases we warn against unnecessary, tourist trips to the federal state of Vienna," the German Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday night.

On Wednesday, Germany included the capital of Hungary, Budapest, in the "red zone", as it did recently for the Czech capital, Prague.


The Mediterranean Fair of Healthy Eating, Medicinal Herbs and Green Entrepreneurship will be held this year in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic, although the location has been changed as well as the opening hours.

“The fair is being held at a new location, specifically on the outdoor fields of the Dubrovnik Sports Hall, in Gospino polje. The change of location was made for safety reasons conditioned by Covid-19”, commented the organisers.

Due to the epidemiological situation, there will be no opening ceremony, and the opening hours of the fair are September 17, from 2 to 6 p.m., September 18 and 19 from 10 to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, September 20, until 2 p.m.


The Mljet National Park is celebrating its 60th birthday and as part of the festivities a special Open Day will be held. The Mljet National Park Open Days will take place between the 18 and 27 of September and visitors will be able to visit the Mljet National Park at promotional ticket prices of 50 Kuna for adults and 30 Kuna for children and students.

By purchasing a ticket through the web shop, visitors receive an additional discount on tickets, and children up to the age of seven enter for free.

The ticket includes a ride on an electric boat, a visit to the island of St. Mary in the heart of the Great Lake and an electric train ride.

Due to the epidemiological situation with Covid-19 masks are mandatory in all indoor areas of the Mljet National Park, both on board the boats and on the electric train.


Feeling adventurous? There are plenty of ways you can spice up the sex in your relationship. Read on to learn 5 hot sex tips to try with your partner.

Are you looking for ways to keep things exciting and bold in bed? Do you want to add a bit of spontaneity to you and your spouse's sex life? If so, then you need to look into different sex tips that can help you liven things up!

There's no one correct way to spice up your sex life. As long as you and your spouse take the time to talk about what interests you have and what turns you on, the rest will fall into place.

Like anything else in a relationship, sex is all about give and take. See below for several ways to get more adventurous in your sex life.

1. Be Brave Enough to Get Kinky

If you're being absolutely honest with yourself right now, there are sexual fantasies that you have in which you're too shy to share with your spouse. You're afraid that they'll tell you "no" or give you a weird look after you tell them.

However, that (more than likely) goes both ways. There are likely sexual fantasies they have that you didn't know about as well.

For that reason, you have to be prepared to get braver and kinkier to satisfy the needs and desires of both you and your spouse.

Start by setting a judge-free zone for conversation. If there's anything they desire that you're uncomfortable doing, then try to find an alternative option for it.

For example, if your spouse is interested in receiving a golden shower, but you're uncomfortable with doing it, then look into a whizzinator to meet in the middle. Be sure to look up the whizzinator price and details to learn more.

2. Fake an Affair

Commitment can be one of the biggest complications to your sex life. Your physical attraction to other people doesn't automatically disappear once you get married or become involved in a serious relationship.

Spoiler alert: that temptation will always be there. While sex is an important part of life, it isn't everything. Don't let it get to a point where you have an affair and complicate your relationship.

However, the idea of having an affair can be somewhat arousing. It's so wrong, but Hollywood movies would make you think it feels so right. If you find yourself more and more tempted to find out what that feels like, express it to your spouse/partner.

You can get all of the same feelings of an affair that leads to sexual pleasure at the end of the night by faking one with your spouse.

Plan a time for you and your spouse to go on a date and let your imaginations run wild. Be sure to create a backstory for the date. For example, maybe you've both left your "spouses" at home to meet up. Perhaps you work together and the night ends in a hotel room.

You'll have all the excitement and intrigue of this "affair" leading up to the date itself. It can result in you and your partner going places sexually that you never previously imagined.

3. Put Sex on the Calendar

This might seem counterproductive to spicing up your sex life, but it's actually quite the opposite.

Ask 10 people they're top complaints about their current sex life, and most (if not all) will tell you that they wish they had more of it. The best way to prioritize more sex for you and your partner? Put it on the calendar!

Imagine going to work in the morning, knowing that you get to have sex that night. It will also give you more opportunities to feel each other out, try new positions, introduce more role play, and so on.

Talk to your spouse about how many times they want sex each week. Then make the schedule fit it. The unfortunate reality in most relationships is, if you don't fill their sexual needs, then someone else will.

4. Research New Positions and Fantasies

Not everyone has a vivid imagination. If you and your spouse fall under that category, then there are still ways to become more adventurous in your sex life.

It's like feeling as if you want to spice up your sex life, but you just don't know how. Take the time to research different things such as sex games, sex positions, and sexual fantasies online.

Have you and your spouse research individually to find different things that you might be interested in. Write down any that you're particularly fond of, then list them off to the other later on.

5. Get Frisky in the Shower

If you and your spouse aren't taking showers together on a frequent basis, then you're missing out on some key time.

Think about it: you're both standing there in a steamy shower with your clothes already removed. You're only a sexy kiss away from spicing things up.

You can offer to hand wash the other person with soap, leading to some sexy kissing on the way. You can take turns pleasing each other while sharing the same showerhead.

The possibilities in the shower are endless. All it takes is being brave enough to make the first move!

Use These Sex Tips as a Starting Point

Oh, the places that you and your spouse will go sexually if you start by using these sex tips as a launching point.

The number one thing in spicing up your sex life is having the courage to speak up. Your spouse/partner can never fully please you if they don't know what your sexual fantasies are. Reiterate how important those are to them. Odds are that they'll enjoy it too!


Croatian airports have suffered drastic drops in passenger numbers this summer season, airlines have cancelled flights and Croatia is back on the red list for many European countries. But one airline that has bucked the trend is airBaltic. Whilst the vast majority of international airlines have cancelled, or at least postponed, flights to Croatia airBaltic have announced the reintroduction of flights from Riga to Dubrovnik and Split.

The Dubrovnik Times asked the airline why they had decided to take this move.

“Due to eased travel restrictions by the Latvian government, airBaltic has resumed weekly flights from Dubrovnik and Split to Riga, Latvia. Seasonal flights to both cities are planned to be performed until the end of October 2020 and resumed in spring 2021,” stated the airline to us. Adding that “Currently airBaltic performs direct flights from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius to various European business hubs and popular leisure destinations.”

With the Covid-19 pandemic creating havoc for travel how has airBaltic responded to the new safety measures.

“The safety and health of our passengers is airBaltic’s top priority. airBaltic has introduced strong health measures and the new flight operations follow the recommendations issued by authorities. All passengers on board of airBaltic aircraft are provided with a complimentary basic care kit consisting of a protective face mask and disinfection wipes,” commented the airline.

And in these ever changing times make advice would you give to passengers.

“Passengers are strongly suggested to check the travel regulations and airport restrictions on the official websites or with local embassies before travelling. Regulations are changing rapidly and vary per country, therefore always make sure you have the latest information to have a smooth journey,” concluded airBaltic.

According to the new flight schedule, AirBaltic will operate on the line Riga - Split from this Friday, September 18th, once a week until the end of the month. Direct flights on this line are announced even in October, also on Fridays, until October 23rd, when this line should stop operating for this year.

The company had made its last flight to Dubrovnik on August 20, and had cancelled all flights after that date. But from September 14, the connection between the two airports was re-established. Flights in the post-season should operate once a week, every Monday, until October 19th this year.

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Actress and model Eva LaRue is clearly having the time of her life on her Croatia vacation. Her Adriatic tour started in Split, move onto the island of Hvar and now she is swinging around with friends on the island of Korcula.

LaRue (53) and her friend, Nicky Marie, uploaded these photos of some fun in the sun on Korcula with the comment “And then there were 2!”

This isn’t the actresses first time in Croatia, she actually visited back in 2017, when the Dubrovnik Times caught up with her for an interview.

Known for her roles as Dr. Maria Santos on All My Children and Det. Natalia Boa Vista on CSI: Miami, LaRue has also starred in many blockbuster movies including RoboCop 3 and Lakeview Terrace.

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Fun in the Korcula sun - Photo Instagram 


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