Saturday, 19 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.


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 16 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the last 24 hours.

These new cases of Covid-19 in the county include seven men and four women from Dubrovnik (four men and four women have an epidemiological connection), one man and one woman from the borough of Župa, two women from Vela Luka on the island of Korčula and one man who does not reside in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

On a positive note seven people have made a full recovery - three from Dubrovnik, three from Kula Norinska and one from Metković.

22 people tested positive for Covid-19 are hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital, and two are on a ventilator.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 10,655 samples have been sent for analysis.

There are 595 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours no case of violation of the self-isolation measure has been determined.


Due to the postponement of wedding ceremonies due to the Covid-19 pandemic the wedding industry has been left without millions of Kuna in revenue. And one of the city’s worst hit is Dubrovnik, writes RTL.

Last year over one hundred foreign weddings were held in the most romantic city on the Adriatic, this year that number has plummeted to nine! Last year, 13 wedding dinners were held at the Lovrijenac Fortress, but this year only one local couple has paid the 30,000 Kuna required to have this Dubrovnik fortress as their romantic location.

Ines Nanić, the owner of one of the leading wedding planners in the city, Dubrovnik Event, stated for RTL that “Last year we had 32 clients, for this year we had 34 clients announced, of which, unfortunately, we actually had zero."

Whilst Tihana Hrnić, head of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Registry Office, commented on the number of foreign weddings this summer that “Three marriages of British citizens, two Poles and there was one Austrian and one German. We have announcements of two more Polish married couples in the future, but I'm not sure they will be able to come."

Weddings have found themselves at the front line of safety regulations for Covid-19, with the number of guests limited. The economic loss from foreign weddings in Croatia is considerable. It has been reported that the average cost of a foreign wedding in Dubrovnik comes in around 30,000 Euros.

Nanić stated that "At least two billion Kuna was earned in the Republic of Croatia through weddings last year. So this year we are talking about a loss of a minimum of that amount.”


After a summer of celebrities in Croatia, one of the most beautiful women in the world, model and actress Joan Smalls (32), arrived on the Dalmatian coast.

This stunning Victoria Angel came to Croatia after previously enjoying Italy and Greece. Joan boasted photos from the Adriatic on social media and posed in a miniature bikini on board a yacht.

The model arrived in the company of her friend and stylist Badr Amajjar, who revealed on Instagram that she was in Split. Smalls is originally from Puerto Rico, and is the first Latin American model to represent the famous cosmetics brand Estée Lauder.

In 2013, Joan appeared on the list of the world's highest paid models by Forbes magazine in eighth place with earnings of more than three million dollars. In addition, she has been named one of the most beautiful women in the world several times and highlighted as one of Victoria's most successful angels.


In the last 15 days, the number of hospitalized people infected with coronavirus has jumped by as much as 110 percent in Croatia, writes Jutarnji list, stating that the trend of the increasing number of serious cases is worrying.

Although the real numbers may not seem so huge, as there were 135 patients in hospitals due to Covid-19 on August 21 and 283 on September 4, the trend is a serious concern, the newspaper writes.

The number of active cases in the same period jumped by 47 percent. On August 21, there were 1,841 people with Covid-19, and on September 4, 2,703 people.

And on August 21, the share of hospitalized in the total number of patients was 7.33 percent, and as of yesterday, that share was up to 10.5 percent.

In line with the increase in the number of sick and hospitalized, the number of deaths also increased, this time by 15 percent in the same period, from 169 to 195.

Such figures and percentages are not surprising given that Croatia has been recording negative trends for days, even breaking its records in the daily number of new Covid-19 cases.


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 25 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County over the past 24 hours.

These new cases include 7 males and 8 females from Dubrovnik (of which 2 males and 4 females have an established epidemiological link), 4 males and 3 females from Metković (of which 1 male and all females have an established epidemiological link), 1 a male person from Opuzen who has an established epidemiological connection. And 1 female person from the borough of Župa who has an epidemiological link and one person who does not reside in our county.

One a positive note 10 people have made a full recovery in the county - 4 from Dubrovnik, 1 from Konavle, 2 from Metković and 3 people who do not reside in our county.

There are currently 20 people tested positive for Covid-19 hospitalised in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 10,453 samples have been sent for analysis.

There are 571 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours no case of violation of the self-isolation measure has been determined. The headquarters of the Civil Protection of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County continues to appeal to citizens to adhere to all prescribed measures by the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia.


I could have entitled this column “Living with Menopause,” but you might get the wrong idea.

There is turbulence in the Thomas household. There are almost hourly hot flushes and mood swings like a rollercoaster at top speed. My wife recently read an article “How will I know when I am in menopause.” I answered, no need to read that, you are. Whichever way you look at it; biology was much kinder and forgiving for men than women.

Firstly, your “plumbing” is considerably more complicated than ours. We basically have a “main drain” and that’s it. You girls have a labyrinth of tubes and things down there. Apart from growing hair our pipes don’t change much. Yours go through all kinds of stresses. You have post and pre and during symptoms. You girls are struggling with PMS whilst we are writing an SMS. The only men that really know what’s going on down there have a dr. in front of their names, because they are gynaecologists.

Let’s be honest, if men got pregnant and carried babies, human kind would have died out with along the dinosaurs. Again we got the good deal. We get the fun part of pregnancy and you ladies have the pain. And just as you think it’s all over…BOOM! Along comes another bloody change. You ladies change more than a chameleon!

“I’m not moody am I!?!” said my wife in a raised voice. Now here is a quick tip for all the men reading (and a note to self) there is only one answer when this question is raised. A calm and believable “No, not at all.” Any other answer is the wrong answer. Don’t hesitate (as I did) don’t try to change the subject or even look down at your feet. A firm “No,” is the only way out of this dilemma.

I remember my mother saying that she was “going through the change” or women’s problems” when menopause came around. Clearly I had no idea what she was talking about. In fact, all I can remember is that she took some tablets called Hormone Replacement Therapy or for short HRT. Which is exactly why I had a terrible shock the first time I turned on the television in Croatia! HRT = Hrvatska Radio Televizija or Croatian radio Television. Going through the change – was she going to grow horns? What was this change that required HRT?




And then “the change” struck closer to home, to the person lying next to me in bed. “Oh, it’s hot in here,” was the first sign. Especially as the bura was blowing. I became suspicious.

Google was my port of call. Symptoms include - Hot flashes and/or night sweats – check. Trouble sleeping – for me or her? OK, probably her – check. Mood swings – huge check. Trouble focusing – again check. All roads led to Rome. I am kind of used to mood swings. As my English friend, who is also married to a Croatian, says “every day is a white-knuckle ride, you just hold on and ride the storm.” It’s that Mediterranean temperamental spirit. But mood swings were being multiplied. One moment Dr Jekyll and the next Mr Hyde. In fact, the book is entitled – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – strange was the key word now.

On/off/on/off pepped the air-conditioning unit in the lounge, I actually felt sorry for it, as hot flushes came and went. Sitting in what was basically a fridge with windows and doors (or our living room) my wife said “of, it’s so boiling in here.” A penguin could have walked in front of the TV and asked to borrow a scarf. And in the dark of night suddenly the window gets thrown wide open, normally with the comment of “I just need some air.” Yes, things are turbulent in the Thomas household indeed. I Googled more, but it seemed like the more I read the more confused I was. How? What? Why? And really? And another piece of advice (another note to self) be careful when you start Googling these things. There is a fine line between women’s health topics and porn.

I typed – What can a man do when a woman has menopause – the first result said run! And then result number two said - How to help her transition through menopause – which again led me through a weird and wonderful maze of phrases and words I’d never heard of before. Another Pandora’s box. After once again thanking my lucky stars that I was born a man I decided to follow one seemingly straight-forward piece of advice, “The whole process is uncomfortable, for starters, so a little empathy would be nice.” Empathy is my route.                       

The National Civil Protection Headquarters issued a statement Saturday with the latest data on the epidemiological situation in the country.

In the last 24 hours, 311 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today has reached a total of 2,771.

There are currently 285 patients are in hospital (2 more than on Friday), of which 19 patients are on a ventilator (4 more than on Friday).

Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours two more people have passed away due to the virus, meaning that now the death toll in Croatia has reached 197.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 11,739 people have contracted Covid-19, of whom 197 died and 8,771 recovered (241 more than on Friday).

There are currently 9,109 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 187,851 people have been tested, of which 3,939 in the last 24 hours.


Dubrovnik is a photographer’s dream, let’s face it you can throw a camera in the air and capture a great image. And every day Instagram is filled to overflowing point with some absolutely stunning images of the pearl of the Adriatic.

We have selected our top five just as a weekend pick-up. Check out our top five spirit lifting Dubrovnik Instagram photos from last week and keep sending us your own photos and videos of the region.


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