Wednesday, 18 September 2019
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.


Living in Dubrovnik through the summer might have its challenges, overcrowded streets, traffic jams and lack of parking spaces, to name just three, but the sounds of music from café bars, restaurants and night clubs seems not to bother to many residents.

The City of Dubrovnik has commissioned a survey that sought to determine citizens' attitudes toward the time limit for playing music outdoors. More than half of the respondents said that there should be a limit for playing music outdoors, 55 percent, and the relative majority (40 percent) stated midnight as the preferred time of restriction.

The survey was conducted by the Ipsos Plus agency, on a random and representative sample of 679 adult respondents residing in the City of Dubrovnik, from the 15th to the 18th of this year.

When asked in the survey if music should be turned off at either 11.30pm or at 12.30am just over 70 percent of the people asked said at half past midnight. The survey covered the whole of the City of Dubrovnik and encompassed the Old City of Dubrovnik.

“It is true that we are a little surprised with the results,” commented the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic. “When you look at the results from citizens of the Old City when asked what time music should be allowed in public spaces the results were 50/50. Which goes to show that we have the possibility to satisfy both sides.”


July 2019 temperatures were the hottest ever recorded globally, said the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirming earlier observations by the European Union.

“Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded. The record warmth also shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows,” the agency said.

According to the NOAA, the average global temperature in July was 0.95 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average of 15.8 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest July in its records, which go back to 1880.

The previous hottest month on record was July 2016.

“Nine of the 10 hottest Julys have occurred since 2005-with the last five years ranking as the five hottest,” the NOAA said.

Alaska had its hottest July since it began keeping records in 2005, several countries in Europe saw new temperature records, and it was also the hottest month ever across Africa as a whole.

Average Arctic sea ice meanwhile set a record low for July, running 19.8% below average, and surpassing the previous historic low of July 2012 according to an analysis by the National Snow and Ice Data Center using data from NOAA and NASA.

Average Antarctic sea ice was 4.3 percent below the 1981-2010 average, making it the smallest for July in the 41-year record.


Croatia has the fewest number of students travelling outside of the country to study in the whole of The European Union. Analysis has been carried out by the EU statistical body, Eurostat, and it shows that in 2017 only a mere 2.9 percent of all Croatian students in 2017 actually decided to travel out of Croatia to study, making Croatia the lowest in the EU.

Students from Luxembourg topped the survey, with a whopping 46.7 percent deciding to leave their home country to study at university. Whilst Cyprus was second with 23.1 percent, followed by Austria with 17.2 percent and the Czech Republic with 12.5 percent. The EU average was 8.1 percent, meaning that Croatia with only 2.9 percent was well below the average.


Somebody has translated a text, typed it, printed it and finally hung it on a public wall and yet nobody in this process noticed that one of the words of the sign was spelt wrong.

This new sign was recently hung in the Old City to inform pedestrians (yes, pedestrians and not pederstrain) to keep to keep moving and not to stop and cause unwanted crowds. However, clearly the spellcheck wasn’t working that day and now a new sign will be required.

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The Beatles Revival Band is one of the biggest European tribute bands, founded in 1994 in the Croatian city of Rijeka and this weekend they are coming to Dubrovnik.

Behind them are hundreds of concerts in Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. This tribute band performed at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool, from which the Beatles themselves started to conquer the world.

The Beatles Revival band will perform live on the Fountain Square in Babin Kuk on the 24th of August and entrance is free of charge. This weekend’s concert kicks off at 9pm.

For anyone who has walked down the Stradun, strolled along the promenade in Cavtat or in fact been anywhere in Croatia the headline that Croatians are one of the biggest coffee drinkers in the world probably won’t surprise you.

Croatians consume up to six kilos of coffee per person per year, which puts them on the 20th place in the ranking of the biggest coffee consumers in the world.

According to a survey conducted by the GfK agency in 2012, 80 percent of Croatians aged over 15 drink coffee every day.

For more than ten years, the “Croatian Heritage Foundation Dubrovnik” has been organizing meetings in the summer in Dubrovnik, and this summer was no different.

Through this project, Dubrovnik citizens with a New York address began to help their hometown, by providing financial contributions to the people most in need of help in Dubrovnik, the sick and socially disadvantaged, and by participating in the restoration of sacral buildings.


This meeting of Dubrovnik ex-pats brings together not only the diaspora from America but from all over the world, and all with a love for the hometown city.

In addition to the humanitarian importance of the event, it is also an opportunity for socializing, getting to know each other, sharing experiences and arranging cooperation.

After introductory remarks by the President of the Foundation, Maja Mozara, the meeting was welcomed by a representative of the Dubrovnik Club in New York Noris Penezic Boccanfuso, who handed over the donation to two Dubrovnik citizens in need of help, donated the donations to the people of Dubrovnik in need of Ivana Schwartz and Orsat Ivankovic and to the Church of St. Blaise in Ston. Mr. Frano Sesjak from Germany donated money for the rehabilitation of young Konavle citizen Nina Đivanović.



Cavtat is certainly catching some media attention this year, along with all the mega yachts that have been constantly dropping anchor in the waters around the picturesque seaside town.

The latest international press attention for Cavtat comes in the form of an article on one of the most popular and most read news websites in the UK, the Daily Mail.

In an article entitled “Be a late sunseeker: The weather has turned in Britain, but it's still hot in the Med and beyond - with plenty of last-minute deals,” along with Grenada and Montenegro, Cavtat get a write-up.

“Cavtat is a quiet seaside town on the Adriatic in the south of Croatia, a short bus ride from the beautiful medieval walled city of Dubrovnik (13 miles away). This is a place to relax in the sunshine and enjoy the local tavernas as well as its two sandy beaches,” write The Daily Mail.

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