Tuesday, 18 June 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

The popular British TV and radio star Gethin Jones has enjoyed a break in the Adriatic sunshine in Dubrovnik.

Jones (41) has presented a whole host of TV shows in the UK, mostly for the BBC, including Blue Peter, Strictly Come Dancing and Police Camera Action! As well as making a guest appearance on Doctor Who. Currently the Welsh born presenter hosts a breakfast radio show on Hits Radio in Manchester, he has also worked extensively for BBC radio.

Jones stayed in the luxury five-star resort Dubrovnik Sun Gardens, and filled his Instagram account with photos of Dubrovnik including a final one yesterday from the heart of the historic Old City, on the Stradun, in which he simply commented “Goodbye Dubrovnik!”

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The average temperatures over the past centuries have risen thanks to mankind’s continual pollution of the planet. And now you can see exactly how much the average temperatures have risen in your hometown since you were born with a new app launched by The New York Times.

On their website the popular American publication published an article which opened with “As the world warms because of human-induced climate change, most of us can expect to see more days when temperatures hit 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher.”

The website allows you to enter your hometown and your date of birth and then gives you the results, which don’t make for pretty reading.

As an example we used Dubrovnik and the year 1970.

The results read.

“When you were born, the Dubrovnik area could expect about 6 days per year to reach at least 32 degrees”

It continued.

“Today the Dubrovnik area can expect 32 days at or above 32 degrees per year, on average.”

And finally.

“By the time you’re 80, models show there could be 43 of these very hot days. The likely range is between 38 and 67 days.”
And in conclusion.

The Dubrovnik area is likely to feel this extra heat even if countries take action to lower their greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the century, according to an analysis conducted for The New York Times by the Climate Impact Lab, a group of climate scientists, economists and data analysts from the Rhodium Group, the University of Chicago, Rutgers University and the University of California, Berkeley. If countries continue emitting at historically high rates, the future could look even hotter.

Check out the information for yourself at The New York Times website.


Watching dolphins swim in the Adriatic Sea is a truly amazing sight, but watching a couple of them playing is just breath-taking. These two playful dolphins were spotted playing in the Rogoznica bay area between Split and Sibenik on the Dalmatian coastline.

It isn’t uncommon to see dolphins in the Adriatic, especially if you are on a boat away from the shoreline, but to see two of them and two that are literally diving and jumping in front of you is rare. This video was uploaded onto the Instagram account of the news website Like Sibenik.

Check out the video


An exhibition of pieces from one of the most famous European private collections of art, the Thyssen-Bornemisza family collection, was officially opened this week in the renovated monastery of Our Lady of Špilice on the island of Lopud.

The gala opening was attended by many eminent guests from the field of culture and art who emphasized the importance of such an exhibition in Croatia on this occasion. And this unique exhibition of private collections of art ranges from the time of the Renaissance to modern art. The impressive art collection has been complied by Thyssen-Bornemisza family for centuries, and all visitors of Lopud will have the opportunity to visit the restored Monastery of Our Lady of Špilje until October.

We are delighted that our country has the opportunity to host such a prominent exhibition of paintings, sculptures, furniture and decorative art from the Renaissance period, as well as modern art, tirelessly collected through the four generations of the Thyssen-Bornemisza family. Without exaggeration, we can say that this is one of the most important, if not the biggest renaissance exhibitions in Croatia, commented the organizers.



The monastery in which the exhibition is held is one of the few reconstructed Renaissance buildings on the island of Lopud, the former strategic shipbuilding site of the Dubrovnik Republic. The monastery today represents a new vibrant cultural center. The island itself abounds in remarkable natural and architectural sights, including monasteries, deserted houses, large villas and fortresses, and many churches and chapels.

Good news for all art lovers is that the exhibition will remain open until the 13th of October this year.

A bowling spectacle in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik today. Who would have thought that bowling could be so fast and furious? In front of the Rector’s Palace an international bowling tournament of precision and speed, with participants from all over the world taking part.

The popularity of bowling, or boules, is confirmed by the fact that there are over 600 clubs in the country and around 7,000 registered players. Today’s boule event was organised by the Dubrovnik Boule Association along with the Dubrovnik-Neretva Boule Association and the City of Dubrovnik.


This attractive discipline of the game that was held in Dubrovnik today brought interest from the public with a large crowd gathering to watch the sport. There was also recognition of the event from abroad with the head of the World Federation, Fredic Ruis, and the Secretary General of the Association of Bowling Sports, Cristophe Levaillant, also both attending the Dubrovnik boules event.


Croatian hotel, restaurant and café owners have made a desperate plea to the government to issue a further 5,000 more visas to foreign workers to cover over the holes in staffing. The organization of restaurant and café owners seriously believe that the shortfall in the labour market could led to a negative effect in the ongoing tourist season.

Croatia has been blighted in recent years with young, professional people moving to other European Union members in search of better salaries, this has left huge holes in the job market and especially during the summer when thousands of Croatians from the north and west emigrate to the coastline for seasonal employment. But with more and more potential workers leaving Croatia companies have had to look further afield and into neighbouring countries.

This year alone thousands of forgiven workers have flooded into Croatia to work, mainly in the hospitality industry. A further 5,000 people are required to work this summer, states the owners of hospitality objects. They confirm that the problem has been brought on a consequence of the emigration of working-age Croatians. This very same problem has been negatively affecting younger European Union members for years.





Now the Croatian Employers' Association and the Croatian Tourism Association have asked the government to urgently adopt a decision to raise the quota for foreign workers, saying the tourist season is at risk due to a labour shortage. In a joint statement, they said the opening of some restaurants and bars before the peak tourist season was at stake. "There are no local employees and the quotas for foreign workers have been filled, which requires an urgent response by the Labour Ministry and the government."

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in response that the government was willing to consider an additional increase in the number of work permits for foreigners, however only when all possibilities for hiring local workers were exhausted. In late December 2018, the government decided that 65,100 permits could be issued to foreign workers in 2019.

The atmospheric terrace of the Dubrovnik Gallery of Art hosted a fashion-artistic happening last night entitled ‘The Look of The Year.’

Both women’s and men’s fashion was highlight in the glamorous evening under the Dubrovnik night sky, and one of the stars of the night was certainly the Croatian designer Marko Mitanovski, whose creations have been worn by Lady Gaga, the winner of an Oscar for her hit ‘Shadow.’



The artistic part of the program was performed by the renowned Dubrovnik musician Ines Tričkovic, as well as the ballerinas from the Dubrovnik Art School and musicians of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra.


The Look of the Year as an International Competition has existed since 1983. Since it regularly reveals the standards of style, beauty and personalities of the future, with globally recognized top models. And considering that the Look of the Year combines fashion with art the location was the ideal stage. Unfortunately, the event, either due to poor marketing or the extremely warm summer nights in Dubrovnik, was poorly attended.



The summer is here in full force and Dubrovnik is certainly as busy as ever.

It was a week that a group of Arabs spent a fortune in a nightclub, when a shark was spotted of the shores of the island of Korcula and when a new border crossing proved popular. And an old Daily Mail article from 2016 resurfaced claiming that Croatian tap water gave people diarrhea.

Catch up on the five most clicked stories from last week in Dubrovnik and Croatia in our round-up of the week.



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