Thursday, 21 January 2021
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.


A huge waterspout skimmed over the Adriatic near Dubrovnik this afternoon in dramatic form. This amazing video was sent to us by a reader and clearly shows the sheer size and power of the waterspout.

The weather in Dubrovnik over the past few days has been extremely cold with even snow falling on the city as temperatures dropped into the minuses. This latest weather phenomenon certainly catches the eye.

In fact, such waterspouts, tornadoes that form over water, aren’t that rare in Dubrovnik but this one today was particularly impressive.

Check out the video sent to us and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos


Just a few days ago Dubrovnik was in the middle of a snow storm with real feel temperatures down to -7 degrees, but clearly this winter chills haven’t stopped everybody from diving into the Adriatic for a swim.

This photo was sent to us by a reader yesterday and shows a swimmer on the iconic Banje beach in Dubrovnik. Even though highs yesterday barely reached 5 degrees the sea temperature is considerably warmer.

Believe it not sea temperatures in Dubrovnik are currently around 15.5 degrees, according to the Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service, so three times warmer than the air temperature.

Although there are a handful of locals who swim all year round in Dubrovnik it certainly isn’t for everyone, well the majority of us.

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The well-known travel organizer Gruber Reisen in Austria conducted special market research "Travel Barometer in 2021", and the results of the research, show that Croatia is the leading and most sought-after travel destination in the Austrian market.

According to the results of the research, after the leading Croatia, which achieved a share of 36 percent, popular destinations with Austrians include Austria with 33 percent, Greece with 30 percent, Italy with 28 percent and Spain with a 15 percent share.

"These are excellent indicators in the very important Austrian market. This is a consequence, among other things, of continuous promotional activities that we carry out in the most important emitting markets, and which aim to position our country as a safe, diverse, quality, well-prepared and closest tourist destination, "said Croatian Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic.

The results also show that the demand for travel in this market is very pronounced as 23 percent of respondents have already booked a trip in 2021, while 73 percent of respondents will book their trips when the conditions for travel are created. Only 2 percent of respondents said they would stay home this year due to the corona virus and their own sense of insecurity.

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The average net salary of employees in legal entities in the city of Zagreb in October last year amounted to 7,761 Kuna, which is nominally 2.5 percent more than in October 2019, according to the Statistics Department of the City Office for Strategic Planning and Development of Zagreb.

Compared to the average monthly salary for October last year across the whole of Croatia, which amounted to 6,756 Kuna, the average Zagreb net salary for the same month was 1,005 Kuna higher.

According to the Department of Statistics of the City Office for Strategic Planning and City Development, the highest average net salary in legal entities in Zagreb in October last year was paid in the extraction of crude oil and natural gas, in the amount of 12,532 Kuna.


The director of the Croatian Public Health Institute, Krunoslav Capak, said that last week Croatia saw 29 percent fewer new cases than in the first week of the new year. The highest incidence is in Međimurje County, and the lowest in Istria County, he announced.

We are seventh in the European Union according to incidence rate and twentieth in the mortality scale, he said.

The director of the Intensive Care Clinic, Dr. Fran Mihaljević, Alemka Markotić, said that special attention is being paid to people returning from the United Kingdom and from places where new coronavirus strains have been reported.

“The hospital system is under less strain. We have to continue to be careful, we have a good, excellent result, but that does not mean that we can ignore the situation that is in Europe. The mutated virus is already in Hungary, it is probably present in other countries in the region. If this virus infects 100 people, it will mutate 170. We must be careful and take measures to combat the rapid spread and the third wave, which could be much worse than in the past. It is important that we are careful, that we monitor the situation, that we identify the virus in time, that patients should contact a doctor, that they should be especially careful if they have been to Great Britain or Ireland,” said Markotić.


Light snow is falling in Dubrovnik! The snow started coming down at around 5:30pm as temperatures plummeted to 2 degrees. In fact, the current real feel temperature in Dubrovnik is -2 degrees as a north wind brings an arctic blast.

The Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service has issued a yellow warning for extreme low temperatures tonight and early tomorrow morning. “Cold night and morning temperatures, minimum temperature between -1 and 1 °C. Stay Alert for expected low temperatures,” stated the service.

Cars have a light dusting of snow around Dubrovnik and on the higher regions it is starting to settle on the ground.




The July 2020 parliamentary election cost 101.5 million Kuna (€13.53 million), 8.5 million Kuna less than the election held in 2016, shows the final report of the State Election Commission (DIP) on the cost of last year's election.

The lower election costs are a result of savings made on allowances for the work of election bodies, owing to changes in tax rules.

Material costs, amounting to 22.3 million Kuna, were close to two million Kuna higher than in 2016, due to measures introduced to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection.

Explaining why the final report was being published only now, DIP said that it adopts final reports on election costs only after the polling committees of the country's 12 constituencies have covered election costs in their constituencies.



It’s no surprise that many people use candles as a form of self-care - certain scents are proven to impact our mood by making us feel more relaxed, joyful, or even energised. And recently, candle making trends took over TikTok which led searches for 'soy candle making kits' to increase by 3,500%!

So, with Blue Monday on its way (18th Jan), OnBuy’s Health and Beauty Department investigated how candles can affect us psychologically, and which of our favourite candle trends are looking most popular in the year ahead.

OnBuy exclusively spoke with Lee Chambers, psychologist and wellbeing expert, who explains how candles can boost our mood when stuck inside.



"As humans, our olfactory system has a close relationship with our brain, and therefore certain scents can impact our mood. This is particularly powerful as we associate smells with experiences, which come with attached emotions. Because our olfactory system is linked to the areas of the brain that deal with learning and emotions, scents can also directly impact how we feel. While part of the benefits come from a psychosomatic belief, and our memories of experiencing the scent previously, studies have shown that citrus notes can energise us and elevate our mood, floral fragrances can promote elements of joy and a feeling of being grounded, and lavender brings a relaxed feeling of serenity.

With the continued working from home situation, have a think about incorporating scented candles into your home office or educating space. If you want to be more productive, go for a citrus or mint-based candle. If you are expecting a stressful day, lavender or jasmine can take the edge off and keep that calm confidence flowing.

While it is important to light candles in the room you are occupying for the impact of the scent, it’s important to consider the use of the room and the scent you are using to ensure you get the desired benefit."

Which candle trends are looking most popular in 2021?

1 Soy candle 35,350 (monthly searches) 

2 Body-shaped candle 19,310

3 Jackpot candle 7,920

4 Botanical candle 3,540

5 Star-shaped candle 2,790

6 Twist/spiral candle 2,060

7 Shell candle 1,280

8 Hand-shaped candle 1,200

9 Quartz candle 890

10 Candle pottery 860

OnBuy’s Health and Beauty Department discovered that soy candles are the most popular with 35,350 people searching for them each month! Soy burns cleaner, reduces the amount of indoor air pollution produced by normal candles, and burns longer than usual too – what’s not to love?

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The second biggest candle trend is body-shaped candles! Accumulating 19,310 searches each month from people looking to find female figure candles, this is the perfect addition to any homeware collection.

Jackpot candles place third, with 7,920 searches for the product each month on average. Jackpot candles include anything from rings to messages inside, and these secret surprises have clearly left many intrigued.

Following as the fourth most popular candle trend are botanical candles, with 3,540 plant-themed searches made each month. After unveiled that the top interior design trend of 2021 is rustic vogue, flower pressed candles are sure to fit right in!


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In fifth and sixth positions are twist/spiral candles and shell candles with 2,060 and 1,280 searches made each month respectively.

Candles continue to grow in popularity as influencers around the world show them off as forms of self-care, new hobbies, or even businesses, and the monthly search volumes definitely illustrate this. OnBuy’s Health and Beauty Department found that 81,560 searches are made each month from people looking to hop on the latest candle trends!


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