Tuesday, 17 September 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Somebody has translated a text, typed it, printed it and finally hung it on a public wall and yet nobody in this process noticed that one of the words of the sign was spelt wrong.

This new sign was recently hung in the Old City to inform pedestrians (yes, pedestrians and not pederstrain) to keep to keep moving and not to stop and cause unwanted crowds. However, clearly the spellcheck wasn’t working that day and now a new sign will be required.

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The Beatles Revival Band is one of the biggest European tribute bands, founded in 1994 in the Croatian city of Rijeka and this weekend they are coming to Dubrovnik.

Behind them are hundreds of concerts in Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. This tribute band performed at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool, from which the Beatles themselves started to conquer the world.

The Beatles Revival band will perform live on the Fountain Square in Babin Kuk on the 24th of August and entrance is free of charge. This weekend’s concert kicks off at 9pm.

For anyone who has walked down the Stradun, strolled along the promenade in Cavtat or in fact been anywhere in Croatia the headline that Croatians are one of the biggest coffee drinkers in the world probably won’t surprise you.

Croatians consume up to six kilos of coffee per person per year, which puts them on the 20th place in the ranking of the biggest coffee consumers in the world.

According to a survey conducted by the GfK agency in 2012, 80 percent of Croatians aged over 15 drink coffee every day.

For more than ten years, the “Croatian Heritage Foundation Dubrovnik” has been organizing meetings in the summer in Dubrovnik, and this summer was no different.

Through this project, Dubrovnik citizens with a New York address began to help their hometown, by providing financial contributions to the people most in need of help in Dubrovnik, the sick and socially disadvantaged, and by participating in the restoration of sacral buildings.


This meeting of Dubrovnik ex-pats brings together not only the diaspora from America but from all over the world, and all with a love for the hometown city.

In addition to the humanitarian importance of the event, it is also an opportunity for socializing, getting to know each other, sharing experiences and arranging cooperation.

After introductory remarks by the President of the Foundation, Maja Mozara, the meeting was welcomed by a representative of the Dubrovnik Club in New York Noris Penezic Boccanfuso, who handed over the donation to two Dubrovnik citizens in need of help, donated the donations to the people of Dubrovnik in need of Ivana Schwartz and Orsat Ivankovic and to the Church of St. Blaise in Ston. Mr. Frano Sesjak from Germany donated money for the rehabilitation of young Konavle citizen Nina Đivanović.



Cavtat is certainly catching some media attention this year, along with all the mega yachts that have been constantly dropping anchor in the waters around the picturesque seaside town.

The latest international press attention for Cavtat comes in the form of an article on one of the most popular and most read news websites in the UK, the Daily Mail.

In an article entitled “Be a late sunseeker: The weather has turned in Britain, but it's still hot in the Med and beyond - with plenty of last-minute deals,” along with Grenada and Montenegro, Cavtat get a write-up.

“Cavtat is a quiet seaside town on the Adriatic in the south of Croatia, a short bus ride from the beautiful medieval walled city of Dubrovnik (13 miles away). This is a place to relax in the sunshine and enjoy the local tavernas as well as its two sandy beaches,” write The Daily Mail.

Fancy a free Croatian cruise taking in the sights of Split and Dubrovnik? Well a UK based cruise company if offering a free cruise holiday to one lucky person and they’ll even pay you £500 to do it!

Cruise Croatia is offering one lucky person the chance of a lifetime, to cruise down the Croatian Adriatic coast from Split to Dubrovnik, and along the way you’ll get to sip some of the best wines that Croatia has to offer and taste some local delicacies.

Launching in 2020, their yacht will travel on a seven-day cruise from Split to Dubrovnik, and guests will get the chance to explore the thousands of islands of this picture postcard perfect region.

To apply all your need to do is apply on the website of Cruise Croatia and give them an honest reason why you should be the one enjoying a Croatian cruise next summer. Participants must apply before the 4th of September this year, so get your skates on.


It has been a warm, no, an extremely hot week in Dubrovnik with temperatures in the mid-thirties and the news that has proved popular is celebrities holidaying in the Dubrovnik sunshine.

Here are the top five most read stories of the week, a look back at what was hot in the August sunshine.


His latest film, Gotovina, is currently breaking records at the box offices but the star of the movie and indeed one of the most Croatian actors of all time has decided to leave the bright lights of Hollywood and move back to Europe.

Goran Visnjic (46) has recently given an exclusive interview to the Croatian magazine Gloria and has revealed that after 20 years of living in Los Angeles he is on the verge of moving home to England and is currently house hunting in Cornwall. Visnjic, along with his wife Eva and their four young children, are apparently searching for a new home in the southwest of England in the picturesque county of Cornwall.

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According to the interview in Gloria Visnjic claims that the children really miss their grandparents in Croatia, and by moving to England he will be closer to them and be able to have family holidays more often.

Visnjic who stars in the current box office smash, Gotovia, where he plays the legendary Croatian general. He is probably best known for his role as Dr. Kovac in the hit TV series ER. He has also played in the movies The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Elektra and Practical Magic.


Visnjic as Dr. Kovac in ER 

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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