Saturday, 22 February 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 four donkeys from the island of Lokrum have found a new home, on Peljesac.

“They arrived five or six days ago, neat, healthy and fat. We received them at the request of the administration of the Public Institution Lokrum Reserve. They asked us to look after them as they were looking for someone who would take care of them professionally and well,” commented Miljenko Antunovic who is the new owner and has a family farm on Peljesac.

Yesterday, the director of the Lokrum Reserve, Ivica Grilec, said that donkeys had been moved to the farm for re-socialization, and that the plan was to rearrange the area where the donkeys used to be into an area for picnickers.

“They adapted quickly. It will be nice for them here, we will treat them the same as all our other donkeys, for the joy of us and visitors,” concluded Antunovic.

lokrum donkeys


Your post could soon be delivered by drone as Croatian Post has successfully completed its first drone delivery. In this first experiment from Croatia Post the postal drone flew from the mainland across the Adriatic to the island of Ugljan. According to information from Croatia Post the drone flew autonomously, at a speed of 35 km / h, for about 12 minutes, and successfully delivered its package.

This innovative new way of delivering post in Croatia is part of a pilot project with the Croatian company AIR-RMLD that deals with the development of commercial and industrial services using drones.

“Many postal operators began testing drone delivery a few years ago and noted some shortcomings. But with the added advancement of free-flying technology, the use of drones is being considered today even for the commercial delivery of shipments,” commented Croatia Post.

drone delivers mail in croatia


During the pilot project, the drone successfully delivered deliveries from Gaženica to Preko a dozen times, and it also flew by storm. The drone used in testing can carry loads of up to 200 grams, while flying completely autonomously in a pre-programmed route. The testing will show the possibilities of using a drone in the delivery of letters and parcels between post offices and indicate what the needs of Croatian Post are for this type of technology.

"Today, Croatian Post is testing smart solutions faster and more often than ever before - from augmented reality goggles, pallet-carrier robots to electric vehicles and drones. Our teams are engaged in artificial intelligence, robots, augmented reality, advanced data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT)," concluded Croatia Post. 

hrvatska posta drone



It sounds like a Sting song, message in a bottle. On the Croatian island of Vis a young boy found just that whilst playing on the beach. The bottle washed up on the beach and contained a message addressed to “Pirates.” Filip Bozic, aged 8, discovered the bottle and to his surprise found a handwritten message inside that read “Pirates – I wish you happy journeys from Mia from Croatia.”

The message was dated the 10th of January a full 15 days after Filip found the bottle on the island of Vis. It appears that the message was posted in the bottle by two sisters, Mia and Matea from Kastel Novi around 80 kilometres from Vis, but so far the sisters haven’t come forward.


Message in a bottle - Photo


This morning at around 9:00 am there was an intervention by firefighters in the historic core of Dubrovnik as smoke was spotted drifting between ancient buildings in a residential area. After spotting a large amount of smoke spreading around on the surveillance cameras, they headed to the scene and found a person burning weeds in their garden.

Clearly when the fire-brigade spotted the large and thick smoke rising from the Old City they suspected the worse and were quickly on the scene. Luckily it was a false alarm, but again it shows that such activities inside the Old City will soon attract the attention of firefighters and indeed citizens.


Excitement continues to build for Outlook Origins as the cult bass festival returns to its roots in the stunning Garden Resort in Tisno from July 30th to August 3rd 2020. It can now be revealed that joining the 13 tastemaking curators will be the heavyweight likes of Shy FX, dBridge, Fabio & Grooverider, Randall, Wookie, Youngsta, Hatcha, Breakage, Doc Scott, DRS, J.Sparrow, P. Money, 6 Figure Gang (aka Dobby, FAUZIA, Jossy Mitsu, L U C Y, Sherelle, Yazzus), Children of Zeus, Coops, Darwin, Horsepower Productions, Jah Shaka, N-Type and many more to come.

Outlook has built a world renowned reputation for focussing on the best in drum & bass, dubstep, grime, garage, reggae and beyond on its scene-leading sound systems. Returning to their roots in 2020 with a new and exciting format, the mission this year is to showcase the very best in the game, old and new, as curated by 13 bass heroes who are experts in their field and include Calibre, D Double E, DJ Storm, Flava D, Fliptrix, Goldie, Iration Steppas, Lenzman, Mala, Mungo's Hifi, The Bug and Zed Bias - with new addition Hybrid Minds, added to the list with this announcement.

Celebrating the foundations of Outlook Festival, this year’s addition is set at The Garden Resort for the main festival, open-air club Barbarella's for after-parties, and the iconic St Michaels Fortress for an all new opening concert. As such, the new look festival promises to be an imitate, personal gathering of friends and family who all have a shared love of bass and are long time devoted dancers.


The first wave of names is irresistible, with all the most vital names included from the worlds of drum & bass such as Shy FX, dBridge, Breakage, Randall, Doc Scott, DRS and Fabio & Grooverider, amongst others. Red hot grime, dubstep and bass talents are also well represented with El-B, Horsepower Productions, Hatcha, Youngsta, Wookie, Darwin, P. Money, J.Sparrow and 6 Figure Gang (aka cult collective Dobby, FAUZIA, Jossy Mitsu, L U C Y, Sherelle and Yazzus) as well as plenty more, with hip hop heads like Children of Zeus and Coops also lining up.

As well as further details of the beach parties, boat parties, after-parties and opening concert, the all important stage splits will soon be revealed as the countdown to this much anticipated chapter in the history of Outlook gets ever closer.

The Croatian tennis ace and winner of Wimbledon, Goran Ivanisevic, has become the first ever Croatian player to enter the prestigious Tennis Hall of fame.

In the 2020 generation, Ivanisevic joined the company of the Spanish Conchite Martinez.

Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez enter the Hall of Fame as grand slam winners, Olympic medal winners, Davis Cup and Fed Cup winners.

Ivanisevic received the most votes in the selection of fans, followed by Sergi Martinez and Jonas Björkman who finished third.

An earthquake rolled through the Croatian capital this morning at a little before nine o’clock. According to data from the Euromed Seismological Centre the earthquake was felt at 8.53 this morning and measured 3.3 on the Richter scale.

The epicentre was 29 kilometres northeast of Zagreb and 6 kilometres northeast of Marija Bistrica.

This morning’s earthquake was at a depth of 10 kilometres and some slight material damage has been reported.


The new director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board is Ana Hrnic. The new director of one of the most important positions in the city’s tourism industry was decided at the 14th session of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the vote was unanimous.

Ana Hrnic was born in 1983 in Dubrovnik, where she graduated from the American College of Management and Technology (RIT), where she received a bachelor's degree in management economics. Since 2003 she has been working in tourism and since 2015 has been a director at Gulliver Travel ltd.


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