Wednesday, 18 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.


Showing your butt, well, everywhere is a fast growing trend that has a lot of fans across the world. But it’s not enough to just show your butt – it’s appreciated if you photograph it and post it online.

One of the most famous Instagram profiles with these rather unusual photos ‘cheekyexploits’ published a photo from Dubrovnik two days ago and ‘earned’ over three thousand likes.

- Nothing to see here, just a butt out for a stroll – it’s written in the caption of the lady walking across Stradun during the night.


                  Photo by instagram profile cheekyexploits

An official release date has been announced for Star Wars IX and there seems a chance that Dubrovnik will once again star in the movie. Disney has stated that Star Wars nine (yet to be named) will hit the screens on the 24th of May 2019. The Last Jedi, the eighth episode of the Star Wars franchise, was partly filmed in Dubrovnik at the beginning of 2016 is set for release this Christmas.

And according to a statement from the former Mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, Dubrovnik could also make an appearance in the ninth episode of the popular sci-fi franchise. Dubrovnik will apparently “act” as the casino planet Canto Bight in the upcoming The Last Jedi and the former mayor believes that due to the excellent co-operation between the city and Disney that the ninth edition of Star Wars will once again come back to the city.

If this is true then we could soon see cameras and crew back on the streets of the city as the release date of the middle of May 2019 means that the production will have to start soon.

After two very successful sales in Lapad and Gruz, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board in collaboration with the City of Dubrovnik will organize third occasional sale of flowers and plants this year on Saturday, May 6th from 7.30 am until 4 pm in the Luj Soletic Park in Gruz.

On this occasion locals and their guests can buy seedlings. All of the flowers and plants at this sale will be offered at promotional prices.

After eight years, Subway is opening its outlets in Croatia again.

One of the world's largest and fastest growing franchises of fast-food restaurants first appeared on the Croatian market in 2006. It opened six restaurants at the time, however, as Croatia was not a member of the European Union, the price of foodstuffs that had to be purchased from certified producers, complicated the whole process and led to a very high price of the final product. Therefore, Subway was compelled to close all of its restaurants, which it did in 2009.

However, Croatia's entry into the European Union in 2013 significantly improved the situation, thus after eight years Subway has returned to Croatia and opened its first outlet at the Arena Centre in Zagreb.

Vladimir Hanula, a member of a successful Subway team from Slovakia, was selected as the Subway development agent for Croatia and will be running the outlet in Zagreb.

''I am familiar with work processes in Subway and I know that Subway has good results wherever it opens its outlets. Excellent business results in neighbouring countries are a great encouragement and a sign that this is the right time for Subway to open its doors in Croatia'', commented Hanula.  
The Subway restaurant at the Arena Centre in the Croatian capital is just a beginning of the Subway’s development in the country, as it plans on opening 19 more outlets throughout Croatia.

When it comes to fixing things around the house, I live following that old saying: „If your husband says he will do something around the house, he will do it. No reason to remind him every 6 months“.My wife doesn't see the humour in this.

Having our own company, especially one that takes us out of our home office so frequently during much of the year, we find ourselves having very little time to dedicate to various chores. Some of the more urgent ones we will find the time for, but plenty of things that need fixing which are not vital to our existence often end up waiting in a state of disrepair for a while before I get to them. There are so many other important things to worry about before directing my attention to the light bulb in the hallway or a door frame than needs a new coat of paint. However, I do find occasional joy in fixing things. It's one of the typical male earthly pleasures. You get to work on something that is usually very simple and demands enough of your attention to force you to forget about the other worries. Most of us enjoy these moments of complete surrender to a simple, time consuming task.

One thing that is as important to the whole thing as doing it properly, is losing your nerves when the task becomes too complicated, messy, or you simply realise you've made a mistake. Sometimes wives don't understand this (I'm not naming any names). They think we are suffering under pressure of the task at hand and our stress levels are increasing. This is not true. Shouting like a maniac and cursing the company that sold you the piece of furniture/electronics you are trying to make sense of is an integral part of the DIY experience. It's therapeutic. After an hour or two of cursing everything Swedish while putting together a piece of IKEA furniture which almost ends up looking as abstract as its name would suggest, I feel rejuvenated. While assembling this flimsy structure I have no worries in the world. No life problems can penetrate the vale of short-lived rage that washes over me every time I can't find the screwdriver I had in my hand a moment ago. It's what I do instead of getting massages and listening to ambient music during a bubble bath, or whatever it is that women do for the same effect.

I recently saw a video online of a new service business in New York, where you can pay to enter a furnished room and smash everything inside with various hammers, crowbars and similar tools. It seems like a fun enough experience, but perhaps a better idea would be to have things inside that need fixing. It is easy to break a ceramic vase and it will bring you some sort of short-lived release, but gluing the pieces back together takes you much longer and forces you to be careful, focused, and even mind your breathing if it’s delicate enough. Doesn't that sound like yoga?

Next time you hear your husband screaming from the other room while putting together a new piece of furniture, don’t be alarmed, he’s probably happiest he’s been that whole week. Unless he has power tools with him, then you might want to check in on him after all because those things are dangerous and some of us are really clumsy.


Bozidar Jukic, AKA The Restless Native, is a Dubrovnik local with too many interests to name them all, with writing being at the very top of the list. He is a lover of good food, music and film, and a firm believer in the healing power of laughter. His professional orientation is towards tourism and travel so it comes as no surprise he spends most of his time alongside Mrs. Jukic running their own local tour company. Their goal is helping travellers from all over the world get a more intimate experience of Dubrovnik and what it has to offer. To find out more about their work, visit their website or Facebook page.

The New York International Olive Oil Competition turned out to be a great success for Croatia! Croatians won 21 awards on world’s most important olive oil competition and earned a chance to give their olive oil the worldwide attention it deserves.

This year there were over 800 entries from 27 countries. Entries were placed into 24 categories including organic. non-organic, blends and monovarietals, Northern and Southern Hemispheres and by intensity.

Among the Croatian oils, the best results were achieved by Vergal Frantoio from Laguna Novigrad and M 'Olive Oil by OPG Makek from Rovinj. Vergal was proclaimed the finest in the class of delicate monosortal oils of the northern hemisphere, while M 'Olive Oil was proclaimed the finest in the class of delicate blends of northern hemisphere. Twelve oils won gold and seven silver medals – reports Kult Plave Kamenice.

Every country in the world has historic, natural, religious and tourist attractions worth visiting and seeing, but sometimes, due to the lack of time or perhaps money, it can be difficult to choose which one of them to pay a visit.

However, there is a solution thanks to the world's largest travel site TripAdvisor and Ivan Bengeri from Croatia who published a very interesting map on his popular website – Idemo putovati, piti, jesti (Let's travel, drink and eat). You can see the big  map here.

The map shows the most popular tourist attractions in 196 world countries based on data from TripAdvisor's ''Things to Do'' in every country.

When it comes to countries such as Peru, India, China or Canada most people have already heard of their most popular attractions Machu Picchu, Taj Mahal, the Great Wall, and Niagara Falls, but you might be quite surprised by the selection of locations, for example, in the UK, France or Brazil.  
One way or the other, this map will give you at least 196 reasons to travel so here is the list of  just a few of the most popular attractions around the globe:

UK – Harry Potter Studio Tour
Ireland – Killarney National Park
Norway – Geiranger Fjord
Poland – Main Market Square
France- Musee d'Orsay
Luxembourg – American Cemetery Memorial
Denmark – Nyhavn
Andorra – Grandvalira Ski Resort
Croatia – Ancient City Walls
Brazil – Iguazu Falls
Mexico – National Museum of Anthropology
USA – Central Park
Australia – Sydney Harbour
New Zealand – Museum of New Zealand.

Dreaming of the last-minute holiday? This is the right time to book a flight to Dubrovnik! According to Condé Nast Traveller, our city is one of six best late Spring getaways, that should be visited in May and June, before everyone else.

- With ideal temperatures, smaller crowds, and a true locals’ scene, spring shoulder season is arguably the most underrated travel time of the year – it is explained in the article that recommends six destinations: Sveti Stefan, Montenegro, Surfside, Florida, Beverly Hills, California, Dominica, Caribbean, Barcelona, Spain and Dubrovnik, Croatia.

It’s beautiful to see Dubrovnik on this short, but sweet list. Condé Nast Traveller recommends visitors to spend four to five days in the city.

-Dubrovnik’s emerging status officially ended once Game of Thrones started filming in its medieval Old Town. But, truth be told, Dubrovnik’s now hyper-popular fortressed center is just the beginning of the Croatia fairytale, and the city is worth far more than a 36-hour stopover on a grand European tour – it’s explained in the article.

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