Wednesday, 21 August 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.


Mayor of Dubrovnik Andro Vlahusic and councilor for administration for the mayor's office Igor Deranja met with the director and executive producer of the film "Robin Hood: Origins" Otto Bathurst and E. Bennett Walsh, as we have written last week. Jutarnji list brings more details about the meeting.

Apparently, Vlahusic has told a legend to Bathrust and Walsh that connects Dubrovnik and Robin Hood, or more precisely, king Richard I. According to that legend, when Richard the Lionheart was coming back from Jerusalem, his ship got into a terrible storm. Richard prayed to God and made vow that if he survives, he'll make a cathedral at the first calm harbour. Even though that happened on Lokrum, clever people from Dubrovnik made him build it in the Old City. Because of the ransom and the Crusades Richard was broke and the legend says that Robin Hood helped him, so the people from Dubrovnik should actually have to thank him for the cathedral.

- They liked this story so much that the director offered me to help them with the script. I told them that I would rather act and we made a deal that I'll appear in the movie – said Vlahusic.
In that case the mayor will join the cast made of big celebrities: Jamie Foxx, Taron Egerton, Eve Hewson (daughter of Bono Vox) and possibly even Jamie Dornan, known as Mr. Grey from Fifty shades of Grey.

So far confirmed filming locations include a part of Stradun, City Port, the street of St. Dominic and the area under the bridge at Ploce. Setting the set design will begin in December, and the shooting will take place during three weeks in February and March.

Six months ago in the small city of Solin near Split a small recycling plant was opened under the title ''Corporate responsibility for the clean world''.

This is the first such project in Europe that was launched by the Hotel Park from Split for recycling used hotel soaps and by thorough processing making them brand new for further usage.

Interestingly, all this work has been modestly done by 46 educated persons with disabilities in a unique model of working centre for recycling soaps.

Few people could have guessed that this project would have such an impact on the world of tourism business which put its initiators on the prestigious list for the tourism reward ''The Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2016'' which will be awarded this November in Paris.

This award is recognition of the world tourism industry whose 40 renowned managers and experts in marketing from all over the world select those who will find themselves on a pedestal as representatives of the tourism profession that nurture exemplary achievements in the field of care for the environment and people.

Even though the warmer summer days are behind us the Adriatic Sea is still warm enough to enjoy, with temperatures measured yesterday at 21 degrees Celsius. And according to the latest research by the Department of Environmental Protection and Nature the sea is not only warm but it is also clean. The 115 beaches of the county were tested to make sure that they comply with the requirements of the “Regulation on the Quality of Bathing Water.”

From the 115 beaches in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County 107 passed with the highest rating, excellent quality rating. The sea water quality in Veliki Žali passed with good quality, whilst the beaches of Villa Dubrovnik and Park Gjivović in Dubrovnik, the Hotel Osmine in Plat, Broce and Supavo in Ston and Portina and Ušće u Ploče.

Croatian president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic will meet with the Queen Elizabeth II in London for the first time. Her husband Jakov will also be present. 

The conversation should take about 45 minutes and apparently they won't talk about Brexit, but about the general political happenings in the world.

When it comes to visiting the Queen, there are some special rules. The Queen must be addressed with ''Your Majesty'', accompanied with the direct contact with eyes. Later in conversation she must be called ''Madame''. President Grabar-Kitarovic doesn't have to bow, since she's a head of state and they are at the same rank, but the first gentleman will bow slightly and shake hands with the Queen.

This meeting is happening seven months after a two-day visit to Croatia by Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as a part of their tour of the region. The visit had no political dimension, but was focused on strenghtening the connection between two countries and their citizens.

While the daily temperature in the Sibenik area these days measuring around 15°C, the sea temperature is much warmer, around 21°C. Nevertheless, the river Krka is certainly a few degrees colder, but these brave tourists visiting Croatia didn’t seem to mind.

''We are freezing, but everything is great because we are in Croatia'', the beautiful Kimmi Stacey wrote on her Instagram profile, after she had taken a dip with her friends in the river Krka a few days ago.

According to her posted photos, Stacey who lives in Hawaii, but is currently in Germany as part of the student exchange program, has already visited many European cities from Amsterdam to Paris. But she is thrilled with Croatia.

''Hawaii, you have competition! Croatia is a magical place'', wrote the young Hawaiian girl under photos which show her and her friends in their swimming costumes on a deserted beach in Split and Veli Drvenik where they tried out in diving.

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Dubrovnik artist and captain, Stjepko Mamic, received a pleasant surprise this week when the French broadcaster Voyage TV (FOX) asked him if they could record an episode in his studio in Dubrovnik.

“In each city they visit the producers chose a place and person that best represents their city,” explained Mamic. “When they arrived to film in my art studio they were very relaxed and we had lots of fun,” we added.

This special report about Dubrovnik will be released on French television in two months time and is sure to create interest on the French market for 2017.

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The weekend of rain was only a taster of what was to come as a week of unsettled weather is predicted for Dubrovnik.

Rain, storms and south winds are forecast for Dubrovnik this week as the summer sunshine comes to a close. Highs will reach 20 degrees this week with Thursday and Friday expected to be the warmest and clearest days of the week.

Next weekend also looks like wet and windy with storms and heavy downpours predicted. Certainly not a week to be without your umbrella.

Thanks to the record breaking figures of all Croatian airports this year, air carriers already operating over Croatian skies have announced more flights in the near future.

From next year Norwegian Air Shuttle airline will be introducing two additional weekly rotations on the route Split – Helsinki.

The Norwegian airline Norwegian Air Shuttle in their summer timetable for 2017 has announced the reinforcement of the route between Split and Helsinki. The existing three rotations a week every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday will be reinforced with two additional rotations every Wednesday and Friday. A total of five rotations a week will connect Split to Helsinki every day except Mondays and Sundays.

The line will begin to operate from the start of the summer season flight schedule, i.e. on the 28 of March 2017, which means that compared with this year's season the next one will begin with operations two weeks earlier.

Aircraft operating on this route will be the Boeing 737-800 from the company's fleet daughter company the Norwegian Air International which is registered in Ireland.

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