Friday, 10 July 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

“I couldn’t really see what they were doing at first and then I realised to my horror that it was a sex orgy on a public beach,” explained a reader of The Dubrovnik Times. This afternoon a reader of the Times witnessed a four-way sex orgy on a public beach in Zupa called Beterina. The beach is an unofficial nudist beach but not a sex beach! When approached by the reader to stop the four foreign tourists replied “But this is a nudist beach,” in way of an excuse.

As this orgy, which involved three men and one woman, occurred in the middle of the day on a public beach it could easily have been witnessed by children. The four foreign nationals, all believed to be in their late fifties early sixties, seemed oblivious to the swimmers around them and started a four way orgy.

The eyewitness approached the naked quartet and asked them to stop. The four tried to argue their case be saying the beach was nudist, before stopping and moving onto to another beach. This small beach in Zupa, around 12 kilometres from Dubrovnik, is apparently well-known as a swinger’s beach and there is even a homemade sign advertising the fact that swingers are welcome.

Sex on a public beach in the republic of Croatia is punishable by law with fines ranging from 3,000 to 7,000 Kuna. If the police had caught these sex culprits they could have been multiplied these penalties by four.

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Swinging on Dubrovnik beach - just follow the signs 

Dubrovnik is well known for being one of the most romantic cities in the world. Hundreds of couples every year choose Dubrovnik as their magical place to say “I Do.”

And even though the summer temperatures can be, well roasting, this doesn’t stop couples from saying their vows in the Mediterranean sunshine. Just a couple of weeks ago Anna and Gordon Bird, from Edinburgh, decided to “brave” the summer heat and get married.

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This was a wedding with a difference, at least for Dubrovnik, as the whole ceremony was a traditional Scottish affair. In spite of the sweltering heat full kilts were the order of the day.

But you can’t have a Scottish wedding without the melody of a bagpipe echoing in the background. The couple managed to find the only bagpipe player in Croatia, Zvjezdan Levinger, and he flew down from the capital Zagreb to make their big day even more memorable.

The unforgettable Scottish day in Dubrovnik ended with a piper’s toast to the bride and groom.      

According to the Global Footprint Network (GFN), on the 2nd of August 2017 humankind will have used annual natural resources.

This international research organization was the first to introduce the method of calculating ecological debt. Carbon emissions are the fastest growing factor of over consumption, whilst the carbon footprint of humanity now makes up to 60 percent of humanity's demand on nature.

The Earth Overshoot Day (EOD) previously known as Ecological Debt Day (EDD) is the date on which humanity's resource consumption for the year exceeds Earth's capacity to regenerate those resources that year. In the last twenty years, it has been marked at the end of September; however, this year is almost two months earlier. The world first entered ecological deficit spending or ecological debt in the early 1970s when the critical threshold had been crossed.

Furthermore, humanity is currently using resources 1.7 times faster than ecosystems can regenerate i.e. globally we are using 1.7 planets and we only have one. The costs of this global ecological excessive spending become more and more obvious all over the world, in the form of shrinking forests, species loss, drought, water scarcity, soil erosion, loss of biodiversity and carbon dioxide accumulation in the atmosphere.

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Living Planet Report on the state of the planet published in October last year, all the countries in Croatia’s surroundings, including Croatia, live above their natural capacity. This is also demonstrated by GFN's environmental data, measured in global hectares (gha). It is a unit that measures human demand on nature (ecological footprint) and the ability of the Earth to meet our requirements (bio capacity).

Therefore, Slovenia stands out as the country with the highest ecological footprint (4.69gha), followed by Croatia (3.78gha), Montenegro (3.63gha), Bosnia and Herzegovina (3.22gha), and Serbia (3,1gha). The good news is that in all countries in the region the ecological footprint measured in 2013 was lower than in 2012.

However, the latest data show that Croatia is using resources of 2.2 planets. It entered the ecological debt in 1997 for the first time. Croatia's footprint consists of carbon dioxide (2.06gha), arable land (0.74gha), forest products (0.38gha), fishing areas (0.07gha), populated areas (0.06gha) and pastures (0.19gha). Bio capacity per capita is 2.8 gha.

Experts claim that reducing food waste by 50 percent around the world could move the Earth Overshoot Day by eleven days, whilst reducing of carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent would move the date by 89 days.

The city of Split is the capital city of one of the three most important tourist regions in Croatia and the second largest in Croatia. It is also the second largest Croatian port and the third largest in the Mediterranean in terms of passenger traffic. However, apart from all that, it is well known for its rich history, culture, tradition, natural beauty and as Mecca for techno music lovers from all over the world.

The world popular New York Post recently visited the city under the hill of Marjan and wrote nothing but praise about one of the largest Croatian cities.

Walking around the Diocletian's Palace Americans described as a return to the past, pointing out that the globally popular HBO series ''Game of Thrones'' was filmed in the underground complex of vaulted chambers and stone-lined corridors ''where Daenerys Targaryen kept her chained dragons''.

In its detailed report, the New York Post expressed enchantment with spectacular Roman ruins, sun-splashed beaches and the Old Town with around 3,000 inhabitants within the walls of the UNESCO World Heritage Site which is ‘’a vibrant, buzzing living museum packed with bars, cafés, shops and boutique hotels’’.

In addition, Americans also emphasized that Split is fast becoming the hottest destination on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast and that it is even rivalling the country’s other tourist lure along the Adriatic – the city of Dubrovnik.

Read the full article here

 

Passengers desperate to get to Dubrovnik Airport this morning turned to the UberBOAT service to avoid the crowds. The main coastal road to the airport was blocked as Dubrovnik taxi drivers protested at what they see as unfair competition from Uber taxis and the protest caused miles and miles of traffic jams. The protest caused another protest, this time from the public.

According to reports around 30 passengers missed a flight to Rome as the traffic jams built up. Some drivers needed 2 hours to drive to the airport, a journey that would normally take 30 minutes. As the public turned against the protest there was a rise in the interest of Uber across social media channels.

When asked by The Dubrovnik Times about the possible increase of downloads of the Uber app in the Dubrovnik region the Communications Assistant at Uber, Matija Mesic, commented that “We generally don't communicate these numbers as they are business critical.” He did however add that “What I can say is that we wanted to make sure that everyone looking to get to the airport in Dubrovnik today had the option of taking UberBOAT at the same rate as a car. The aim was to make sure that traffic and mobility was available to everyone regardless of the taxi protest which is really negative publicity for Uber and Croatia in general.”

Dubrovnik taxi drivers blocked one lane of the main road from the city to the airport today in protest at UBER. The blockade of the road started at around 9.30 this morning and caused massive tailbacks towards the city.

According to the latest information the road has been reopened after a brief incident in which four taxi drivers were attacked by what appears to be Uber drivers, although this is still yet to be confirmed. Ambulances are on the scene and the injured taxi drivers are believed to be on their way to Dubrovnik General Hospital.

The Dubrovnik taxi drivers had been protesting against UBER as they believe that the online service is illegal. The President of the Association of Dubrovnik taxi drivers, Bozo Miletic, commented that “I'm not the organizer of the protest. I came personally, stopped the vehicle and probably will get a misdemeanour fine. I will pay like everyone else. The organizer of this protest is just Uber and the unlawful way that they work, as well as the bad functioning of the legal state.” Around 170 taxis are believed to be involved in the protest.

As this road is the main road to the airport the protest caused many people to be late for their planes. There are reports that 30 passengers missed a flight to Rome this morning. The director of the airport, Roko Tolic, angrily reacted to the protest, “If such a situation persists, Dubrovnik Airport will make decisions that will regulate transportation more in the long run in this area." And the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, was also just as scathing, “The City of Dubrovnik has so far been a partner with the taxi drivers from the City of Dubrovnik and we have repeatedly emphasized that we do not support the way in which Uber works and that their work is considered unlawful. However, the partnership that we have developed so far has been interrupted because our fellow citizens and guests of our City cannot get an adequate service through the taxis of the association.”

Dubrovnik taxi drivers protested this morning against the online service UBER by blocking the main coastal road to the airport from Dubrovnik. The taxis of Dubrovnik gathered on the main road and parked causing huge delays that lasted for most of the morning and are still causing problems. 

They stated that the protest was against the bad legal system of the Republic of Croatia that does not protect them. Adding that UBER drivers don’t pay taxes to the City of Dubrovnik and drive at much lower prices in the summer season. Taxi drivers commented that they have to pay concessions, standing fees, professional exams, and take part in a tender system before they can start working.

The delays caused by this impromptu protest stretched almost back to the Old City of Dubrovnik and police were called in to regulate the traffic flow and traffic lights.

The president of the Dubrovnik Taxi Association, Bozo Miletic, commented that - We are not looking for a special law for us, but an honest relationship -

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Dubrovnik will play host to a rather special concert tonight in the gardens of a summer residence. The Renaissance Garden program was premiered in August 2016 as part of the Garden of Music project and is realized in partnership with the Caboga Stiftung Foundation and the support of the City of Dubrovnik.

The aim of the project is to present cultural material and intangible heritage in an attractive way and innovative art practices aimed at bringing together rich cultural heritage and the history of culture in Dubrovnik summer villas. The music is inspired by the spirits of the past and the story is about the villas built by the rich Dubrovnik nobility on the territory of the former Republic of Dubrovnik.

Apart from serving as places for holidays, musical and literary academies were organized in the summer villas, and their gardens were visited by poets, philosophers and writers. At the source and the banks of the river Ombla, where sweet and salted water is combined, there are thirty summer historical villas. Some are renovated and some are still waiting for their renaissance. Entrance to the concert is free of charge and a special bus transfer leaves from the Pile Gate station to the Villa at 7:30 pm.

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