Friday, 03 April 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.


One of the symbols of Zagreb, the Grič cannon, that marks noon with a blast that echoes over the capital every day, will not fire until further notice.

"After the recent earthquakes, the firing of the Grič cannon and the resulting vibrations further annoyed the citizens of Gornji Grad, so from March 28 until the situation calms down, the firing of the Grič cannon has been suspended," stated the City of Zagreb.

The Grič cannon is one of Zagreb's landmarks. The marking of noon began on the 1st of January 1877, and in the past the firing of the Grič cannon was stopped only at the end of the First World War.

The cannon was originally housed in the building of the Hydro-meteorological Institute, and today it is located in the Lotrščak Tower in Gornji grad.


The number of cases of coronavirus in the Dubrovnik- Nerevta County remains the same as yesterday with 43 reported cases.

13 patients are hospitalized, 3 were previously transferred to the respiratory centre of the Split Hospital and their condition is difficult but still stable, and two people have made a full recovery.

"As for the measures, I would like to say that I am very pleased with how our citizens are following all the measures, there was one small exception to self-isolation. I would also like to acknowledge our health professionals in the fight against coronaviruses, as well as everyone else, the police, inspection, local government units, the Red Cross and volunteers,” added the Prefect of the Dubrovnik – Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavic.

It was also pointed out that a total of 330 samples have been sent from the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, of which 43 are positive and they are currently awaiting the results of 33 more samples.


We all need a little inspiration, and indeed distraction, in these troubled times and what better way to inspire us than the beauty of nature.

The beautiful Trsteno Arboretum published this photo on their Facebook page showing a buzzard caught in flight over the gardens. A truly glorious photo.

The common buzzard is a medium-to-large bird of prey which has a large range. The species lives in most of Europe and extends its breeding range across the Palearctic as far as the Russian Far East, north-western China and north-western Mongolia.


There are 1,011 people in Croatia infected with coronavirus with 48 new cases reported today. At the regular press conference, the Croatian Minister of Health, Vili Beros, confirmed that there are 48 new cases in the country bringing the total of cases to 1,011.

He also added that unfortunately another person has died from the virus bringing the total of fatalities to seven. Currently 35 people are on respirators throughout Croatia and in a positive note 88 people have recovered.

"There is no relaxation of measures, no relaxation," concluded the minister.

The fact that we have half the number of infected people today than compared with yesterday is an extremely favourable situation and we want to keep it that way, said the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak.


The built landscape of Europe has been sculpted by thousands of years of war and reconciliation. Kings and Queens, Vikings and Romans, Christians and Moors, all have built castles and forts with the strength of their workers’ hands. But over the centuries, many of these magnificent castles have fallen into ruin. Some were abandoned after suffering war damage, while others just fell out of use.




Budget Direct chose seven of the most unique ruined castles of Europe and, working with a team of designers and architects, created a series of architectural renders and reconstruction animations that bring them back to their former glory, and one of these castles is in Croatia.

The seven castles included in this project are - Samobor Castle in Croatia, Château Gaillard in France, Dunnottar Castle in Scotland, Menlo Castle in Ireland, Olsztyn Castle in Poland, Spiš Castle in Slovakia and Poenari Fortress in Romania.

As efforts to contain the effects of the COVID-19 crisis ramp up, millions of people across the globe are stuck at home. This project offers a slice of escapism and much-needed armchair travel inspiration, and this is certainly worthy of grabbing your attention.

Samobor Castle was built between 1260 and 1264 by the Czech King Ottokar II of Bohemia who was then in a war with the Hungarian King Stephen V. The castle is situated on a 220 metre hill. Over the centuries, the stone fortress, built on solid rock, has had many owners. Interestingly, some of them were often in conflict with Samobor’s residents. In 1902, the deserted castle became the property of Samobor for 5,293 korunas.



The Samobor Castle is an iconic landmark that dominates the whole area. Well done to the team at Budget Direct for these brilliant project and check out the video below to see the steps that they went through to bring this popular castle back to its former glory.

samabor castle before 2020

Samobor Castle before the reconstruction

samabor castle after 2020

And the castle returned to its former glory 

Check out all of the reconsturtions here

It’s important to give your mind a workout whilst stuck at home. Grab the rest of the family and try these 40 general knowledge questions to get those grey cells working. From geography to politics your brain will get a good dusty.



What is the longest river in Europe? Who is the airport in Liverpool named after? Simple and tough we’ve mixed them all in our isolation quiz.

Let us know how you get on and good luck!

The flagship airline of the UK, British Airways, has announced that it will suspend 36,000 employees due to the negative effects of coronavirus on business. British Airways, owned by International Airline Group (IAG), announced on Tuesday that it was temporarily suspending all flights from Gatwick, the UK's second busiest airport due to coronaviruses.

The travel and tourism industry has been hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic and the airlines are at the sharp end of this industry. The UK airline, Flybe, has already gone bankrupt and EasyJet have grounded their entire fleet. And now the BBC reports that one of the most prestigious airlines in the world will suspend 36,000 jobs, the airline has reached a broad agreement with the industry union Unite and will include an immediate job suspension of about 80 per cent of cabin crew, ground staff, engineers and those working at the company headquarters.

The aviation sector has been hit hard by the spread of coronaviruses worldwide, which has led many countries to introduce travel restrictions.


The coronavirus crisis has left the cobbled streets of Dubrovnik echoing to the sound of silence. The Stradun would normally be packed, the side streets bustling with cafés and restaurants and the roads already busy. Today the picture is very different.



The vast majority of people are at home, following the instructions of the authorities, Dubrovnik resembles a ghost town.

Check out this video sent to us clearly showing the empty streets -


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