Saturday, 20 October 2018
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.


Dubrovnik Tourist Board promo movie named Dubrovnik & Time won one another prestige award on the 9th festival 'ART&TUR' IN Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, that was held from 19th to 22th of October. The video has won the second place in the 'Tourism destinations – cities' category. The international competition had a total of 301 movies from 52 countries on this festival.

The main objective of the festival is to promote creativity in tourism, so the contents of the ART & TUR Festival were enriched with complementary film events, such as workshops and photographic exhibitions.

With this award, promo movie Dubrovnik & Time hits a total of thirteen. It produced by BALDUCI FILM Zagreb and directed by Herve Tirmarchea.

Croatia is the country with the most 'mama's boys' in European Union, according to Bloomberg that brings a chart of countries with under-35s that still live with their parents. When it comes to 'mama's girls' our country would also be in the top with more than 60 percent of the ladies that still didn't leave their parents' home. 

Some would say that there are no surprises on the list because it's hard for the young people to 'cut the chains' because of the situation in the country as well as the Euorpean Union slow-moving economy. 

Young people from Denmark, Finland and Sweden are at the bottom of the list. Young Finish women are more likely to live their parents' home, with only 14 percent still living with their mums and dads. 

Every week our resident "Style Guru" will be scanning the streets of Dubrovnik for the latest and greatest in fashion.

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The last time Croatia operated flights to the United States was in the summer of 1991, the year of the Homeland War, when the American airline Pan Am maintained flights four times a week from New York to Zagreb.

Earlier this year the Croatian ambassador to the US announced that the Embassy had continued discussions with various stakeholders in order to explore all possibilities for the reestablishment of direct flights to Croatia as soon as it was economically possible.

On the other hand, a European carrier has been negotiating with Zagreb International Airport about possible seasonal flights to New York for the next summer season. Jacques Feron the general manager of Zagreb Airport previously said that it would be "fantastic" for the Croatian capital to offer direct flights to the United States. "In the US, New York would be an excellent destination, although it is true that this metropolis is well connected to all major European airports", commented Mr Feron.

The announced direct flights between the United States and Croatia might not be far away, but a final agreement is yet to be reached.

Is Dubrovnik about to be the scene of another Bollywood blockbuster? One of the biggest stars in India is currently in Dubrovnik and it looks like she is filming here. Huma Qureshi published a photo on her Twitter account in Dubrovnik along with the comments, “In gorgeous Dubrovnik, Croatia... Surprise coming up...shooting something super fab...can't wait to share with you all.”

Qureshi is an actress and model who has earned several nominations for her on screen performances. She is also well known for her work in making commercials after an award winning Samsung advert. So Dubrovnik could well be the location of a new international advertising campaign. It is also believed that the Indian advert film maker Vivek Daschaudhary is also in Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik sprung to fame in India and with the Bollywood community after the blockbuster movie “Fan” starring Shah Rukh Khan was filmed in the city in the spring of 2015.

It seems that some people are so happy to be in Dubrovnik that they just want to closer to the stone. No, this English tourist hadn’t fallen over, slipped on a banana or felt unsteady; she simply started rolling around on the Stradun to the obvious amusement of her friends.

She seemed extremely happy just to be in Dubrovnik and, as far as we could gather, was just taking the opportunity to get up close and personal with the city.

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The Guardian newspaper has placed Croatia is third place as the most attractive destination for solo travelling. If you are travelling on your own then Dubrovnik should be on the list of places to visit.

This leading UK newspaper has published a list of the top ten destinations for solo travelers and India and China are ranked in the top two positions, with Dubrovnik in third place. Take a cruise along the Croatian Adriatic coastline and visit Montenegro, recommends the UK publication.

Other destinations in the top ten include skiing in France, West Africa, Colombia, Spain, Morocco and Japan.

"The main reason for having the Daylight Saving Time (DST) in history was for saving coal which was the main source of energy. But nowadays we can no longer claim that the DST has a positive impact on saving energy. Exactly the opposite, due to the turning the clocks backwards in the autumn and forward in the spring, people keep their air conditioners running longer hours in the summer and they usually turn on their heating devices earlier in the fall. Thus the energy consumption is always increasing, whilst the total savings are minor and insignificant, unlike the past when we were not experienced in this kind of technological development’’, explains Davor Skrlec, the Croatian member of the EU Parliament.

Accordingly, he followed an online survey from the 12th to the 19th of October 2016 on the topic of whether such practices should be kept or terminated in Croatia. In a sample of over 1,500 respondents for all of Croatia who belong to different age groups, environments and levels of education, 85 percent of them said that the Daylight Saving Time in Croatia should be abolished.

The world countries such as India, Japan and China do not use the Daylight Saving Time method. More recently, Russia and Turkey abolished this practice, and now an increasing number of countries around the world are seriously reconsidering the effectiveness of the DST.




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