Monday, 22 October 2018
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.


Thanks to the quick intervention of firefighters from the Dubrovnik Fire Brigade a fire that broke out close to the Dubrovnik General Hospital was quickly extinguished.

At around 2.00 pm a fire broke out between the hospital and the helipad towards the sea. According to a statement from the Dubrovnik Fire Brigade three fire trucks and nine firemen attended the blaze and quickly put the fire out.

Around 100 metres squared of grassland was burnt in the fire.

There can be no doubt that Dubrovnik and Game of Thrones are eternally connected. The HBO series has motivated hundreds of thousands of international tourists to visit the pearl of the Adriatic. Souvenir shops, themed tours and even a visitor’s centre with an iron throne have all sprung up since season two when Dubrovnik was chosen as the location for King’s Landing.

And many of the fans of the series who come to Dubrovnik document their pilgrimage with photos, videos and blogs. This latest video certainly caught our eyes. Nuno Magalhães created this Game of Thrones inspired Dubrovnik video during a recent trip and we think it deserves a wider audience.

Check out the video below

Croatian electric car technology will be part of the first electric hypercar from the Italian company Automobili Pininfarina. "Rimac is to provide battery and drivetrain expertise, software, and hardware, in a contract worth up to €80 million, to Automobili Pininfarina in the development of their electric hypercar, the PF0," Rimac Automobili commented said on Friday.

The car that will be built in cooperation with Rimac, is the first Pininfarina signature vehicle, and will be revealed in 2019, the announcement said.

Rimac noted that "the contract marks a significant step for both parties, as Automobili Pininfarina secures an innovative, successful and highly proficient technical partner, whilst Rimac partners with an iconic brand and secures their first full-system series production automotive supply contract."

Break Time Croatia has teamed up with one of the world’s largest marine research institutes in a very worthy cause and you can get involved.

When someone places an order for a Sailor, Trogir, Istria or Adriatica nautical bracelet in our online shop, they can choose to engrave one of the marine animals that Blue World is working with: dolphin, sperm whale, sea turtle, shark or giant devil ray and we will donate 100% of the engraving price (minus the VAT) to the Blue World Institute.

“We are very proud and happy to announce our cooperation with the Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation (BWI), a prestigious organization that works to protect the marine environment in the Adriatic Sea,” commented Break Time Croatia.

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The Blue World Institute operates three programmes – research, education, and conservation. Their research focuses mainly on large marine vertebrates (dolphins and sperm whales, sea turtles, sharks and giant devil rays). BWI works from the Adriatic islands of Lošinj, Murter and Vis, with the local communities, and collaborate nationally, regionally and internationally to advance sustainable marine management and environmental sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin.

Engrave a dolphin, whale, shark, sea turtle or devil ray on your new Break Time nautical bracelet and help preserve marine life in the Adriatic Sea!

Over 50 million Facebook users, including The Dubrovnik Times Facebook page, have had a problematic week on the most popular social media site in the world after hackers exploited a hole in security to gain access to people’s accounts.

Facebook realised the breach in security on Tuesday in which 10 million accounts were hacked and they temporarily closed own a further 40 million accounts as a precautionary measure. Users that had potentially been affected were prompted to re-log-in on Friday.

According to information from Facebook the problem has been fixed and all affected accounts have been reset. The firm would not say where in the world the 50 million users are, but it has informed Irish data regulators, where Facebook's European subsidiary is based.

"Since we’ve only just started our investigation, we have yet to determine whether these accounts were misused or any information accessed. We also don’t know who’s behind these attacks or where they’re based,” commented Facebook in a statement.

Gale force northerly winds have once again ignited the forest fires in Peljesac and Metkovic and the fire brigade and army are again in action. A Canadair plane flew over the fires in Metkovic to help in the firefighting action and in Peljesac the fire brigade is on the ground fighting fires in the hills with help of Canadairs.

According to information from the Ministry of Defence the four Canadairs that were in operation above Orebic from September 25 to 27 dropped around 160 water bombs or about 950 tons of water in three days of operation in a total of 22 hours of flying time.

This years' celebration of the European Day of Languages in Dubrovnik took place in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik in front of the church of St. Blaise and featured over 100 participants and countless languages.

The program was prepared by Europe House Dubrovnik, a Dubrovnik based association, in cooperation with a number of educational institutions, associations and honorary consulates. Participants read, recited, sung and performed short plays – all in different languages. Even tourist joined in the celebration with a tourist from Canada playing a French classic on a harmonica and an American tourist reciting a poem in Namibian.

The celebration of European linguistic diversity is the first activity in this year's program of Europe House Dubrovnik within the Time to Move campaign, a Europe wide collection of events for young people, organized every October by the Eurodesk platform, aiming to inform young people about various mobility opportunities. As the knowledge of foreign languages enormously contributes to professional opportunities of young people in tourism, Europe House Dubrovnik and its partners mark with this program also the World Tourism Day (September 27).

About the European Day of Languages

European Day of Languages (September 26) was launched by the Council of Europe in 2001 aiming at fostering multilingualism and multiculturalism in Europe. Various events are aimed to draw attention of European citizens of the importance of learning foreign languages, at every age, through formal and informal education, and for a better intercultural understanding.





Zagreb has had direct connections to South Korea from the beginning of September with Korean Air linking the Croatian capital and Seoul.

So far the results have been better than expected with the South Korean airline reporting an impressive occupancy rate for all flights. There can be no doubt that Croatia is an “in” destination in South Korea, with the starting point being a popular Korean TV series that was filmed in the country and now riding the wave of positivity from the 2018 World Cup in Russia. And the airline is pulling out all the stops to attract even more passengers to Croatia with a series of promotional videos that are being shown through Korean on mainstream TV channels.

By promoting a new line with Zagreb, Korean Air has announced a promotional video "A Walk in Croatia" on its social networks, in which staff from Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split and Rovinj promotes this direct line with Croatia. The video has been viewed over 3 million times so far.

Korean Air is one of the world's top 20 airline companies, which in 2017 served more than 26 million passengers. This airline connects 125 cities in 44 countries on six continents; has a modern fleet of 175 aircraft and employs more than 20,000 professional personnel.

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