Monday, 14 October 2019
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.


The city is slowly getting ready for the festive period in Dubrovnik as the lights and now today the Christmas trees have been installed. The main Christmas tree, as in previous years, was today raised and decorated at the end of the main street, the Stradun.

And then another smaller tree arrived which was lifted up onto the balcony of the Sponza Palace. The Dubrovnik Winter Festival will open this Saturday the 19th of November and will bring even more festive fun.

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When Croatia became an EU member in 2013, some major changes affected Croatian fishermen and their traditional ways of fishing. For example, traditional fishing nets which had been used for generations were no longer in accordance with the European Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) which set of rules were made mostly for fishing in the Atlantic.

Therefore, three years after Croatia's accession to the EU, the Croatian Ministry of Culture declared small traditional fishing in Croatia as an intangible cultural heritage, the news which was confirmed by the Islands Parliament in Croatia.

This means that fishermen from Croatian islands and along the coastline will be able to use ‘’traditional skills and practices’’ which have been used for centuries without worrying about administrative obstacles and laws which came into force after the country’s accession to the European Union in 2013.

The decision was made in Zadar last week at the 113th session of the Ministry of Culture’s expert committee on determining properties of cultural goods after a proposal from the Croatian Islands Parliament.

Dubrovnik director and editor Vladimir Gojun won an award for best editing at the 24fps - international short film festival in Abilene, USA. Gojun received the award for the work of the Slovenian short film 'A new home', directed by Ziga Virca.

- 24fps is not a traditional short film festival. The thirty Official Selection films are screened only once for the public, as a part of three curated exhibition programs. These unique programs highlight the filmmaker as well as the film itself, and each project is introduced by a festival official. Filmmakers in attendance are given the opportunity to speak to the audience after their film’s screening – it's written on the official pages of this international short film festival.

The New York Times has published an article titled ''20 places to travel in your 20s'', bringing a list of suggestions where to go if you're young and searching for a way to change your perception of the world. They bring the good and the bad sides of traveling in your 20s – meeting new cultures, friends and lifelong memories but with financial constraints, limited time off from work and concerns about safety. That's why they bring this article as a starter kit to world travel.

Dubrovnik hits this list as many others, with other places on Croatian cost.
- It’s gotten fancier over the years, but bopping down the Adriatic coast in Croatia is still a great option for young travelers. Start in scenic Dubrovnik and hit laid-back and gorgeous spots like Rovinj, Kornati Islands National Park and Makarska. You’ll find great food and wine, dazzling vistas and a welcoming attitude – writes The New York Times.

Other suggested places for young travelers are Cuba, Costa Rica, Iceland, Barcelona and some more. 

In response to numerous inquiries from the public that lives in the part of Dubrovnik called Babin Kuk, who seeked the construction of social facilities, primarily for children and youth, the City of Dubrovnik ordered development of the project and signed a contract with the company "Oluja projekt" in the amount of 98 thousand kuna.

Recreational park at Babin Kuk will have: playground for younger children, playground for older children, training space for young people (street workout), training space for seniors (outdoor fitness), playgrounds for various sports, skate park, square with a sundial and bowling.

According to the concept, Smart City technology will be implemented, which provides features such as LED lighting, video monitoring with integrated counters and Wi-Fi Internet access.

Project documentation will be finalized by the end of this year. Construction will start next year, as well as equipping of sports and recreational park in phases.

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The main street in the Old City of Dubrovnik, the Stradun, was awash with Old Timers today as the Dubrovnik Old Timer Club organised their 13th vintage car rally.

The rally began in the Port of Dubrovnik and then at 10.00am the old beauties made their way into the Old City and lined up along the Stradun. In total 26 old timers, all older than 30 years old, paraded in the centre of the city and attracted admiring glances from tourists and locals.

Check out the photo gallery of today’s vintage fun by Tonci Plazibat.

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The largest moon in 69 years will shine tomorrow night. The so called Super Moon will be at its biggest and brightest for almost 70 years and according to experts midnight on Monday night will be the best time to see the lunar spectacle.

It will be a great opportunity to photo this mega moon, and the forecast shows north winds which should be clear night skies on Monday night. It is called a Super Moon because the moon will pass closer to the earth than it normally does, even though the distances are still enormous, the moon will be 356,511km from the earth.

The cold northerly wind, known as the bura, blew last night and “cleaned” the streets of Dubrovnik of all life.

The city is in between seasons, the tourist season has come to an end and the life that the Dubrovnik Winter Festival brings still hasn’t begun.

The historic Old City of Dubrovnik looked slightly sad last night, as you can see from this photo gallery by Ahmet Kalajdžić.

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