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Robin Hood to ease the January blues

By  Mark Thomas Jan 22, 2017

It’s that funny time of the year in Dubrovnik, the dead time, after the hangover of Christmas and before the jollities of St. Blaise. A time of recovery. It is neither here nor there. A time to prepare and a time to relax. We are caught in the middle of nowhere. A time when you really should be doing something, but then again the beds are so warm and inviting we don’t want to get up. Yes, I have the January blues!

Quality boredom, is how my wife explains it, I guess she is right, being bored sometimes isn’t a bad thing. However here is some relief from the boredom, a character clad in green will soon be running down through the streets of the town, yes Robin Hood is on his way. The set in the old harbour is done, and very fine it looks to. I was walking down there the other day and the wooden buildings seem to fit into the stone facades. They have even constructed a rather fancy wooden bridge structure around Posat. Makes it much easier to walk around and probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to leave it there after filming has finished.

“Seems a bit sad to me that all this hard work, all these man hours, will go to waste,” I commented to the man in charge of the set construction. “I mean after filming all of this will be torn down,” I added. He smiled, “true but what you have to understand is that all our hard work will be forever immortalised on film, we can look back and see it whenever we want.”

And now the Stradun is being turned into Nottingham. I have an observation. Why would you spend all that time and money to turn a Mediterranean city into a scene from medieval England? Wouldn’t it have been easier just to film it in England? Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining. I think it is great that the city will get all this international exposure; it just seems a little odd. I mean Robin Hood is famous for riding through acres and acres of lush green forests, something we don’t really have in great abundance.

Like I said I am not complaining, all of these film productions are heaven sent. We can probably link them all back to one common denominator, Game of Thrones. Yes, I know we had productions before we were catapulted with Kings Landing, but nothing on this scale. It fell out of the sky and landed on Dubrovnik. And just as we watched Game of Thrones from our couches and picked out the scenes from the city, in the future we will watch Robin Hood and chuckle as the hero of Nottingham Forest rides down the Stradun.

I can just see myself screaming at the screen, “Robin if you are looking for gold doubloons then OTP Bank is just on your left hand side.” Robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. In fact to be more precise Robin Hood didn’t steal from the rich and give to the poor – no! Robin Hood took the peoples stolen money back from an oppressive criminal government and gave it to the people who owned the money in the first place. We could do with more Robin Hoods! Or as Robin Hood would say “Rise and rise again until lambs become lions!”

And has anyone else seen the irony of Robin Hood refunding the poor in a city that is paralysed because the city budget hasn’t been passed. When the mayor announced that a further two or three locations would be used in filming, maybe he meant that the city council would be one of them, and that Robin Hood and his band of merry men would ride in and capture the budget. And then we will have the oddity of Friar Tuck strolling down the Stradun right next to the Franciscan Monastery. Maybe his fellow brothers, or should I say his little brothers, will invite him in for a glass of two of communal wine. Then we will have the two-metre tall giant, Little John, who will played by the 1.75 metres tall Jamie Foxx. And then Will Scarlet, who according to local legend in Nottingham, is actually buried in the Church of St. Mary, he will right at home in Sv. Marija.

That leaves the villain of the piece, the Sherriff of Nottingham. I wonder, I wonder, who could play the Sherriff of Nottingham, there are just so many local sheriffs to choose from that I can’t make up my mind. I will leave the final word to Robin himself, “keep your chin up, someday there will be happiness again.”

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