Saturday, 25 January 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.


With the heat wave raising temperatures in Dubrovnik, fountains turn to be real life savers.  Tourists and locals approached them the whole day – drinking water or even washing themselves as the temperatures got higher and higher.  We can expect to see this kind of scenery tomorrow too, as the temperatures will rise to around 37 degrees at will remain at least that high for the next seven days.

Check out this interesting fountain photo gallery by Niksa Duper.

In the first seven months of this year, Dubrovnik has achieved record breaking tourism results! According to the system of registration and booking system E-visitor, from January 1st to July 31st, 649,440 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, which is 18 percent more than in the same period last year. There were 2,151,212 overnight stays, or 15 percent more than in 2016. In the first seven months, the largest number of tourists came from the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Croatia, Sweden, Spain, Australia, Norway and Finland.

In the hotel accommodation, in the same period, there were 360,479 guests, an increase of 6 percent over the previous year, and there were 1,171,391 overnight stays, 4.5 percent more than last year. The largest number of guests in the hotels were from the United Kingdom, USA, France, Germany, Croatia, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Finland and Ireland.

Private accommodation in the first seven months of this year generated 208,899 arrivals, or 32 percent more than in the same period last year, and 724,513 overnight stays, which is 27 percent more than in 2016. The largest number of tourists in private accommodation were from the United Kingdom, USA, France, Germany, Norway, Australia, Sweden, Spain, Canada and Finland.

This year's July recorded excellent results! Only in July there were 208,355 arrivals, up 14 percent more than in the same month last year and 759,231 overnight stays, which is 9 percent more than 2016. Number one visitors in July were tourists from the United Kingdom, followed by tourists from the United States, France, Norway, Germany, Sweden, Australia, Spain, Finland and Ireland.

The temperatures are about to get even warmer in Dubrovnik as heat wave warnings are released. From tomorrow the temperatures will rise to around 37 degrees at will remain at least that high for the next seven days.

“Red warning for extreme high temperatures. Maximum temperature 35-39,” is how the weather forecasters predict the upcoming days in Dubrovnik. The current temperature in Dubrovnik is 33 degrees with around 45 percent humidity.

The forecast for the weekend is for extremely warm weather with highs to hit 36 degrees. With a very slight southerly wind and absolutely no rain forecast Dubrovnik is in for a period of high humidity and scorching sunshine. The night time temperatures will also be high, around 26 degrees, and the long range forecast shows more sunshine for the rest of August.

The first human milk bank is to be opened in Croatia within a year. ''The bank will be part of KBC Zagreb, whilst the investment is estimated at 2 million Kunas. This project has been initiated in order to provide the best possible care to premature born infants and ill newborns. Each year around 2,000 children are born prematurely in Croatia, whilst 400 of them need intensive care. In this case, breast milk is crucial to their survival and a healthy growth'', commented Gorana Banda from UNICEF.

Banda also explained that a human milk bank or breast milk bank is a service, which collects, screens, processes, and dispenses by prescription human milk donated by nursing mothers who are not biologically related to the recipient infant. This milk is intended for premature born infants whose mothers cannot be with their children, as well as for all infants whose mothers cannot supply their own breast milk to their child for some reason.

‘’Breast milk has nutritional properties and is a cure when talking about premature infants. Once the first bank opens, all mothers, who want that, will be able to donate their milk, if they meet certain conditions. Mothers who decide to donate their milk should be healthy as it is the case with blood donors’’, explained Gorana Banda.

In order to popularize this project and to gather donations for the first human milk bank in Croatia, UNICEF will organize a humanitarian race titled ‘’Milky Way’’ in Zagreb on the 10th of September 2017.

In addition, the International Milk Banking Initiative (IMBI) was founded at the International HMBANA Congress in 2005. It lists 33 countries with milk bank programs. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the first alternative to a biological mother not being able to breast feed is the use of human milk from other sources.

Croatian Mountain Rescue Service is well known for their quick and effective reactions, but has become a real hit on the social media channels too. One of their latest posts jokes around with the hottest accessory this summer – inflatable flamingo.

‘’Hold on to it. Makes it easier for us to find you.’’ – it’s written on the photo, along with the caption ‘’#deartourists we noticed a’’ with hashtags such as #isurvivedholidaysincroatia and #bura.

Their posts has numerous reactions, with people saying that they are thankful – for their help but also for bringing smiles to their faces.

Parking in Dubrovnik can be tricky in the summer months, finding an empty space is challenging. But even parking in the tiny seaside village of Brsečine can prove difficult. This Mini almost had much bigger problems as it stopped halfway over the edge of a Cliffside in Brsečine.

It appeared that the driver had been attempting to turn around on the small road and even though he was driving a Mini he quite clearly didn’t have enough room to manoeuvre. Luckily he stopped, pulled the hand brake, and was left dangling over the edge. Passersby tried to help drag the car back from the edge but to no avail, until a tow truck was called.

There are many theories about the mega popular HBO TV series ''Game of Thrones’’; however, one of them, that relates the series with the region of the former Yugoslavia, is becoming more and more popular every day.

Numerous fans of ''Game of Thrones'' have managed to establish the relation between the scenario of G.R.R.Martin and the fall of the former Balkan country of Yugoslavia, thus they have made some very interesting conclusions.

According to their theory, Lannisters are like Slovenians because they have blond hair and are very rich people who think that they are much better than others are. Tyrells are like Slavonians (from the continental Croatian region of Slavonia) who have an abundant and fertile land and are always the deciding factor, but never in the lead.

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As far as Greyjoys are concerned, fans compare them with Dalmatians (from the coastal Croatian region of Dalmatia) and describe them as people who only respect each other, whilst they consider others weak. Masters of Hawk's Nest are compared with Montenegrins due to a practically unconquerable mountain country. The family is full of strange family relationships, whilst an eagle adorns their coat of arms.

Dorne, the homeland of Prince Oberyn, is compared with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia because it is a country situated in the south, whose national flag contains a Sun. They always separated from others, and it is a land of handsome dark-haired people who differ from others in the kingdom.

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Furthermore, Baratheons represent Bosnians because they are tall and cheerful people who are always in the mood for food and drinks, and are considered as brave and strong men. The popular Stark family living in the north is compared with Serbians because they are proud people, however, some consider them wild and cruel.

Behind the wall live savages who, according to some, represent Kosovo or Russia. Riverrun, the home of Tully family, would be Vojvodina, a neutral land similar to Slavonia, which is somehow always caught in wars.

It is interesting to note that this theory was backed up by George R.R. Martin’s statement that he had been intrigued by the fall of Yugoslavia.



The latest statistics on the number of foreign nationals and individuals of foreign origin with German citizenship show that around 441,000 Croats were living in Germany at the end of 2016.

However, these statistics include not only people with Croatian citizenship, but also Croatian citizens who, in the meantime, obtained a German passport or whose parents are of Croatian origin.

The average age of Croatian nationals living in Germany is 38 years. As far as educational status is concerned, out of 441,000 Croatians, 57 of them have a high school diploma, whilst 34,000 of them have a university degree.

According to earlier data on foreign newcomers, around 55,000 Croatian citizens moved to Germany last year which only indicates on a continuous trend of increased emigration of Croatian citizens to Germany, which began with Croatia's accession to the European Union in 2013.

An individual who has migrated from abroad or has at least one parent, who was born as a citizen of another country, is considered as a person with a migrant background. This also includes ethnic Germans living outside the territory of Germany, such as the Danube Swabians or the Volga Germans.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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