Sunday, 17 November 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 New York Times has recently published an article titled ‘For Summer, Five Hot Destinations’, which has Dubrovnik on its cover photo. The article emphasizes that United States residents are traveling more than they did in summer 2016.

First of five hot destinations for Americans is – Croatia!
- Indagare has a 30 percent increase in trip bookings to Croatia for travel this summer, compared with summer 2016, and has seen air ticket demand to the country double from last summer. Mr. Alexander of Protravel International said that he has planned several dozen private trips to Croatia for travel this summer — the most he has ever done – it’s explained in the article.

As it's said - it’s because of fantastic beaches, delicious food, culture, history and the most important thing these days – safety.

The American market is extremely important for Dubrovnik, and it keeps rising. In 2016, there were 80 961 US tourists, who made 234,994 overnight stays. From January 1st to June 10th this year, 30 372 American tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, which is 41 percent more than in the same period last year, and there were 91 128 overnight stays, which is 42 percent higher than in 2016. After the British tourists, Americans have been ranked second in the top list of visitors in Dubrovnik since the beginning of the year.

A fire broke out in the Old City of Dubrovnik today in a private home. Dubrovnik fire-fighters were immediately on the scene, with ten fire-fighters and three vehicles. They arrived on the scene at 11.22am and by 11.30am the fire had been extinguished.

According to unofficial reports it would appear that the fire broke out in the kitchen of a private home on the Sigurate Street near the busy Prijeko Street. It appears that the fire was started after a pan was forgotten on the stove and caught fire. Thankfully due to the fast intervention of the Dubrovnik fire-brigade the damage wasn’t significant.

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During filming for ''The Grand Tour Season 2'' on Amazon Prime, Richard Hammond, the former TV host of the BBC popular TV show ''Top Gear'', crashed Rimac's Concept One.

A few days ago, Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson participated in a hill climb race in Switzerland. The Rimac's electric supercar was tested by the crew of The Grand Tour against two other supercars. According to the Swiss and British media, Hammond was driving the Rimac Concept One electric car and landed off the road. However, Hammond came out of the car and climbed back to the road before Concept One was devoured by the fire.

In the meantime, Mate Rimac, the founder and the CEO of Rimac Automobili, wrote on his Facebook profile, ''Just spoke to Richard. He is back home tomorrow. Can't wait until he speaks out''.

Even though ''it was the biggest crash and the most frightening one'', as Clarkson commented, fortunately, Hammond did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.
Just to remind you, Rimac Automobili is a reputable Croatian manufacturer company of high- performance electric cars. At the latest Geneva Motor Show 2017, the company introduced its refreshed model of the Concept One electric car.

The improved version of Concept One now has 1224 HP, it accelerates from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in 2,5 seconds, it has a larger battery of 90 kWh, the autonomy of 349 km and a top speed of 354 km/h.

According to data, the lowest pension is Croatia amounts to 125 Euros, whilst in the neighbouring Slovenia it is almost 400 Euros higher.

In comparison to other countries in the region, citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina receive higher pension than Croatian pensioners, whilst Serbian pensioners receive 10 Euros lower pension that Croats.

''The average pension in Croatia accounts for only 37 percent of the average salary in the country thus 70 to 80 percent of Croatian pensioners do not have social conditions for life, and are below the poverty line'', commented a pensioner from Osijek.

As far as Slovenia and Macedonia are concerned, the average pension in these countries accounts for 60 percent of their salary, however, this is not the case in other countries.
Pensioners from ten European countries have pointed to their unfavourable position that is getting worse day by day.

''Croats are the poorest pensioners and I hope that we will encourage our politicians and the public that this government, as any other government that wants to function in a democratic and normal way, has to rely on elderly people and enable them a normal and dignified life'', said Jasna Petrovic, the president of the Croatian Pensioners Association.

As part of the Orlando Furioso baroque cycle organized by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, two great works have been performed so far: Four Seasons of Antonio Vivaldi and the opera Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell, both in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik.

The cycle that entertained the audience continues on Tuesday, June 13th with the concert Trio Sonatas. This concert will be held in the atrium of the Rector's Palace starting at 9 pm. Music director of the Orlando Furioso cycle and world-famous baroque violin virtuoso, Dmitry Sinkovsky, violinist Elena Davidova and cello player from Dubrovnik, Mihaela Culjak, will perform, while Franjo Bilic will follow them on harpsichord.

The concert program is as follows:
M. Ucellini SONATA sopra la Bergamasca
 J.-M. Leclair SONATA for two violins in B Major, Op. 12, no. 6 A.
 Vivaldi TRIO SONATA in D minor, RV. 63, Op. 1. no. 2 G. F.
Handel TRIO SONATA in G minor, HWV 393

Hollywood star Michael Weatherly came to Dubrovnik few days ago and is obviously having a great time. Star of the popular American series ‘’Bull’’ will be the special guest of New Europe Market (NEM), the largest media event in our region that brings together professionals from the TV industry.

At NEM, which will be held for the fifth time at the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace in Dubrovnik from June 12 to 15, guests will have the opportunity to hear Weatherly in a relaxed conversation with TV host Antonija Mandic.

Weatherly published a short video from the restaurant Proto on his official Instagram profile, with his daughter Olivia talking in the background. He also got a chance to enjoy ice-cream from ice-cream shop ‘’Sladoledarna Dubrovnik’’, whose employees took photo with this famous actor and shared it on their Instagram.

Otherwise, Michael Weatherly is well known to the audience from the Navy CIS series, where he starred as agent Tony DiNozzo from 2003 to 2016. He also starred in SF series Dark Angel and appeared in Loving, Significant Other and Jesse. He was also a part of Charlie Valentine, Trigger Happy, The Last Days of Disco, The Specials, Venus and Mars and Gun Shy.

Last year Weatherly replaced the police station with a courtroom in the successful drama Bull, inspired by the early career of well-known psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw, who became a celebrity by being on the Oprah Show. Weatherly was born in New York and currently lives with his wife and two children between Los Angeles and New York.

Every week The Dubrovnik Times goes to new levels for your pleasure. This time it’s all about culinary pleasure. We have scoured the menus of Dubrovnik to bring you our favourites. And not only did we just research the menus we have gone that extra step and tasted the food in advance for you...its hard work but someone has to do it. This week I visited an iconic pub in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik.

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You remember that serial from the 1980’s “Cheers” and the theme tune – you want to go where everyone knows your name. Well that is the feeling you get as soon as you enter The Gaffe - Irish pub. Located in the very heart of the ancient Old City of Dubrovnik The Gaffe has a welcoming and friendly feel. It is good honest food served by super friendly staff. Over the years, The Gaffe started back in 2004, this Irish pub has been a magnet for locals and tourists alike. That tip about – look where the locals eat and then go there – is certainly true about The Gaffe. “We have a couple of new dishes on the menu that you must try,” explained the waiter to me. I had already tried most of the menu before so I guess it was time for something new. “Why not try our Tandoori Chicken?” he added.

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Served with a fresh salad and freshly cut chips made from locally grown potatoes – sounded just the ticket. The Gaffe is pub grub, but pub grub served and created with style. Dishes range from fish and chips, BBQ spare ribs, chicken wings to all sorts of burgers. And if you are looking for a good spot for an English breakfast then The Gaffe is the spot. Breakfast is served from 9.00am to 11.00am and includes eggs breakfast, classic breakfast and if you are feeling particularly peckish then try the “Hungry Morning.” What to drink with my Tandoori Chicken – craft beer. And not any old craft beer, The Gaffe has commissioned their own craft beer for this year – would also make a unique souvenir. The Tandoori was spectacular, I hadn’t expected anything different from The Gaffe. It was even served with yogurt to give that real curry feeling. Looking for a night out, well start early in The Gaffe. From 6.00pm to 7.00pm the happy hour offers two drinks for the price of one. Basically buy one get one free. Live sports, live music and a brunch menu that changes every day and has prices starting at only 38 Kuna – yes we still love The Gaffe. (but we already knew we would and so will you)

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Ul. Miha Pracata 4, 20000, Dubrovnik
Tel: +385 (0) 20 640 152
Opening hours - Monday to Sunday 9am to 2am

During April this year, 569,988 passengers passed through the Croatian airports, a 33.4 percent increase over the same period last year, according to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Friday.

In the first four months of this year, 1.26 million passengers passed through Croatian airports, an increase of 14.2 percent over the same period last year.

The latest data shows that the largest number of passengers in April was recorded at the airport in Zagreb, or more precisely - 239,887 passengers, 19.1 percent more than in April last year. Dubrovnik Airport had a great growth of 52.3 percent, or 143,299 passengers and Split airport had 120.980 passengers, which is 64 percent more than last April. Zadar Airport also shows an increase with 47,239 passengers, or 15 percent more than last year.

Official statistics show that most of the passengers who used Croatian airports in April were those who came from or traveled to German airports - 136,798 or 34 percent more than last year.

In airplanes arriving or traveling the UK there were 71,104 passengers, an increase of 50.3 percent, while 48.097 passengers registered at French airports, or 14.6 percent more than last year.

In April, the largest increase in passenger numbers was recorded on flights to or from Turkey by 69.2 percent or 18,636 passengers.

The total number of landings and take-offs at airports in Croatia in April 2017 was 7,624, which is a 15 percent increase compared to the number of landings and take-offs in the same period last year.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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