Wednesday, 28 October 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.


Predictions about the Covid-19 pandemic in Croatia were laid out by the director of the Croatia Public Health Institute, Krunoslav Capak, with a look forward to the autumn and winter.

Capak said that the number of new patients is declining and that this can be seen through the larger number of tests. Although epidemiologists fear that in colder weather people will spend more time indoors, the winter holidays should look significantly different from the Easter ones.

“During Easter we had a quarantine, a lockdown. The message was to stay at home, practically all economic and social activities were closed except for the most necessary ones. Such a situation will certainly not happen again, we now know more about the virus and focus on the most effective measures. So I think Christmas will be much more relaxed than Easter, but we will have to stick to the measures,'' Capak said.

Epidemiological measures are still the only presentation for coronavirus, but this could end in the spring with the arrival of a vaccine.

''We can't expect wider vaccinations before spring. For me, that will most likely be the end of the coronavirus story. I hope that we will be able to achieve that in the spring. In my opinion, we cannot acquire this collective immunity before the end of spring next year, and fortunately the good news is that the vaccine could available by then,” Capak concluded.

In the last 24 hours, ten new cases of Covid-19 infection have been recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

These new cases include four males and two females from Dubrovnik (five of them have an epidemiological connection), one male and one female from Slivno (established epic connection), one male person from Metkoivć (established epic connection) and one male a person who does not reside in the area of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

Unfortunately, over the last 24 hours, a woman from Konavle (1955) has passed away.

Eight people have made a full recovery - three from Dubrovnik, two from Metković and three people who do not reside in our county.

15 people tested positive for coronavirus are hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital, of which two people are on a ventilator. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 13,765 samples have been analysed.

There are 347 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been no identified cases of violation of the self-isolation measure.

There are currently 9,257 people in self-isolation.


There is a Croatian saying that I have always followed, “I am not rich enough to buy cheap things.” Throw into the mix the English phrase of “you get what you pay for,” and you have my life motto.

Long gone are the days when you could actually fix something, or even take something to a craftsman for them to fix. From cars to washing machines and televisions, we live in a disposable society. Nobody probably even knows how to repair things anymore. And it’s more than suspicious that household objects have a tendency to explode as soon as the guarantee runs out. It’s as if they have been sabotaged. As in Mission Impossible “this microwave will explode in ten seconds.”

So when the vacuum cleaner finally bite the dust, when there was more sticking tape and super glue than actual vacuum cleaner left, there was no option than to upgrade. One quick point of advice – never Google vacuum cleaner, repeat never. For the next two days I was absolutely bombarded with adverts for bloody vacuum cleaners. With promises that “smart vacuum cleaners work so you don’t have to,” and “our new 3-in-1 cleaner will shine your home like never before.” One even promised to “cut my housework by half.” My twisted mind thought, that’s great I’ll buy two and put my feet up.

Our now half-dead cleaner had lasted for over 12 years. Off to the shops I went. “Which one is the best?” I asked the shop assistant as I was greeted with rows and rows of cleaners. “Well it depends on what you want from your cleaner,” she answered. “Clean floors, or am I asking too much,” I replied. Sometime in the last ten years vacuum cleaners had clearly gone through a revolution. Or more like a NASA inspired evolution. More lights than a Christmas tree, more buttons than a keyboard and more functions than a vibrator. Choices, choices! And even vacuum cleaners with Wi-Fi!

And the prices varied wildly, from - it’s so cheap it won’t last until the end of the week - to - you’ll have to sell a kidney to afford this. And what’s with the robot cleaners. “You can even control these with your mobile phone,” added the assistant.

If you put Smart in front of anything then it sounds…well, smart. “What about buying a brush and a dustpan,” joked a friend as he walked past clearly aware of my dilemma. Maybe I could buy a Smart Brush. In the same way that you guys use kalodont or maybe knauf or even selotejp, which are actually brand names rather than real names, the English use Hoover for vacuum cleaners. Hoover changed from a noun to a verb and was accepted into the Oxford English dictionary.

So when I saw the trademark Hoover I felt a subconscious attraction. That’s the power of marketing. Of course, there wasn’t one bloody Hoover but five, but at least I’d cut down my options. “Yes, that’s a good brand,” confirmed the patient assistant. “How important are decibels to you,” she asked. I wanted to answer “probably more important during sex,” but I shrugged my shoulders. “And it has a 3 year guarantee,” she smiled. So it’ll last three years and then roll over and die.

My new Hoover vacuum cleaner looked more like a mini space shuttle than something that would clean my floors. Unpacking it we soon saw that it had more connections and tubes than a blood transfusion device. “Are you sure this is a vacuum cleaner,” commented my mother-in-law as she rolled in laughter at us arguing over where each part went. Yes, it took as long to put the bloody thing together as it did for me to decide which one to buy and we still ended up with parts left over.

So just to ease my pain of losing half a day with a vacuum cleaner here is my favourite cleaner joke. My neighbour asked if she could borrow my vacuum cleaner. I said “sure as long as you don’t take it out of my house.”             

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In the last 24 hours, 212 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, meaning that the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 1,333.

There are currently 271 people in hospital positive for Covid-19 and 25 people are on a ventilator.

Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours 3 more people have passed away due to Covid-19.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 16,007 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 269 have died, a total of 14,405 people have recovered, of which 102 recovered in the last 24 hours.


It’s late September and with the arrival of autumn so the weather has taken a serious turn for the worse. Highs seas, stormy skies and rain have flicked a switch to end summer and already the winter jackets have been unfolded from the wardrobes.

The historic Old City of Dubrovnik today was a mixture of locals going about their business between the showers and tourists, although few and far between, soaking up the sights in the changeable weather.

The forecast for the weekend is for mixed weather with more rain and storms on the way. In fact, the City of Dubrovnik announced an extreme weather warning today, and you might be able to notice in the video below that the drain covers on the Stradun are upturned. Presumably this is to allow more rain water, or quite possibly flood water, to drain away. But if you are walking the Stradun please keep your eyes peeled and don’t come a cropper.

Hundreds and thousands of tourists were unable to experience Dubrovnik this summer, so why not take a virtual video walk through the heart of the old City of Dubrovnik with our video.

Check out the video below and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more Dubrovnik inspired videos


Given the announcements from the State Hydro Meteorological Institute about heavy rain and thunderstorms in the wider Dubrovnik area, which has already affected other parts of Croatia, the City of Dubrovnik has ordered the utilities and emergency services to be on a high level of readiness to carry out all possible interventions in a timely manner.

According to the forecasts, the weather in Dubrovnik today will be extreme, with gale force winds, intense and long-lasting precipitation followed by thunder and storms. These weather conditions can lead to torrential floods.

- Due to all the above, citizens are warned of increased caution and are recommended to act in accordance with the instructions of the competent services – state the City of Dubrovnik.

In the last 24 hours, 6 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

These new cases include two men and one woman from Dubrovnik (an epidemiological link has been established for one man), one woman from Ston and Opuzen and one woman from Metković (an epic link has been established).

Eight people have made a full recovery - three from Dubrovnik, one each from Metković, Ploče and Župa dubrovačka, and two people who do not reside in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

There are currently 17 people, tested positive for Covid-19, hospitalised in the Dubrovnik General Hospital, and 2 people on a ventilator.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 13,574 samples have been analysed.

There are 380 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 there are no identified cases of violation of the self-isolation measure.


In the last 24 hours, 223 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 1,226. Among them, 273 patients are in hospital, of which 22 are on a ventilator. Unfortunately, five people have passed away in the past 24 hours due to the virus.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 15,795 people have been infected, of which 266 have died. A total of 14,303 people have recovered, 192 of them in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 8,898 people in self-isolation. To date, a total of 284,449 people have been tested, of which 5,414 were tested in the last 24 hours.

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