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.
In the past week in the area of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 11 road traffic accidents, of which seven involved injures with two people seriously injured.
The Dubrovnik police department reports that they carried out a range of measures against drivers in which 454 drivers were fined due to offences. From 454 repressive measures 189 were for speeding, 44 due to improper parking, 55 because drivers weren’t wearing a seat belt, 25 due to illegal overtaking, 28 for drivers who failed to turn on their headlights and 13 for driving under the influence of alcohol.
The last thing you want to find in a port is a naval mine. But that is exactly what was found in the Ploce Port and at a depth of only 4.5 metres. The World War II mine was a German (luftminebomb) device that had been probably dropped via parachute into the region of the Port of Ploce.
The one tonne mine was carrying 700 kilograms of explosives when it was originally dropped by plane. For decades the mine had laid at a depth of only 4.5 metres and just 20 metres from the shore and 200 metres from the site of a new port terminal for bulk cargo.
Yesterday this World War II relict was removed by officers of the bomb squad with the assistance of the Port of Ploce. The bomb was firstly dismantled underwater and then lifted to the surface with air balloons before being transported to the shore.
This is the third such mine found in the Port of Ploce which begs the question is there a fourth mine hidden. The German mine layers used to drop two mines at a time, so is there a fourth mine in the port or did it explode many years ago.
A long-awaited American epic space saga film is on the horizon!
To the joy of all Star Wars fans around the world, the latest ‘’Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi’’ will hit the screens on the 15th of December 2017.
The latest episode of this globally popular blockbuster will also bring joy to all the fans in Croatia and especially to Dubrovnik which played a role of the casino city Canto Bight in ‘’The Last Jedi’’ film.
Canto Bight was a coastal city on the desert planet Cantonica. The city was a destination for wealthy individuals, and it was filled with casinos and racetracks. During the war between the Resistance and the First Order, Resistance members Finn and Rose Tico travelled to Canto Bight. The Canto Bight Police were the law enforcement of the city.
Canto Bight was created for ‘’Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi’’ and it was described by the director Rian Johnson as "a Star Wars Monte Carlo–type environment, a little James Bond–ish, a little To Catch a Thief’’.
The latest ‘’Star Wars: The Last Jedi- Behind the Scenes’’ video surely caught our eye. The video is very interesting and we spotted two images related to Dubrovnik – the image of the Old City and the image of the ‘’space horse’’ behind a railing obviously waiting for the next race.
All and all, we need to be patient a little longer until the Last Jedi swings his light saber on cinema screens across the world.
The world’s first six-star luxury cruise ship is to be built in the Uljanik shipyard from Pula.
Construction of the world’s new luxury cruise ship is estimated at around 200 million Euros, whilst the cruiser will be sailing in Polar Waters.
When it comes to the construction and luxury, all 114 cabins of the cruise ship will have a balcony. The cruiser will also have 100 square metres large apartments, whilst the smallest cabin will spread over 30 square metres.
The luxury cruiser will be 160 metres in length with a maximum capacity for only 240 passengers. The capacity is limited in order for the crew to meet all the requirements their passengers could possibly have.
An Australian company that ordered the cruise ship has already had around 20 similar ships in its fleet, but only for cruising the rivers. This will be their first cruiser for sailing in the Polar Region and the world’s first ICE-class cruise ship.
It is interesting to note that the International Polar Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters came into force on the 1st of January 2017, initially covering ships built after that date. Thus, new ice-strengthened ships are to be designed and built to comply with the Polar Code.
From January 2018, the Polar Code will apply to all ships sailing in areas around Antarctica, south of latitude 60°S and around the Arctic.
As December approaches one of the hottest topics is where to spend New Year's Eve. However, there are people that know where they will spend their New Year's Eve for months now – because they are booked. One of them is surely Dino Merlin, popular singer from the region, that will be the main performer at Dubrovnik celebration, held at Stradun.
-It is my pleasure and honor to play on the famous Stradun in Dubrovnik. I can not wait to introduce myself and to welcome 2018 with you – Merlin said in a video when it was announced that he is performing in Dubrovnik.
What made the buzz is the fee for his concert – the highest one yet. Merlin will be paid 64 thousand euros plus PDV, which was confirmed by Ivana Medo Bogdanovic, executive director of Dubrovnik Summer Festival for Slobodna Dalmacija.
- The city of Dubrovnik has chosen the performer and we will arrange what is needed. New Year's programme is the part of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival, which is financially covered by the City of Dubrovnik, the City Tourist Board and sponsors - she explained.
The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, said that prices are set by the market and that they chose Dino Merlin because they believe that he will attract many of his fans to Dubrovnik.
- The fact is that Dino Merlin performed in front of 120 thousand people last New Year's Eve in Sarajevo, so we expect a great attendance at this year's Dubrovnik concert. The aim of the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board is to fill the City with guests during the winter period of the year too – said Frankovic for Slobodna Dalmacija.
The summer flight schedule of Brussels Airlines for 2018 brings additional Dubrovnik-Brussels flights – reports Avioradar.
This year the line will operate on Sundays too, in addition to regular Tuesday and Saturday. The flights start from April 28th and will continue until October 7th 2018
Belgian national airline carrier has even more news when it comes to Croatia. They will initiate a new line that will connect Split and Brussels. The flights will operate evey Wednesday and Saturday, starting also on April 28th, but ending a day earlier – October 6th.
Also, Zagreb-Brussels will continue flying regulary just like this year, every day besides Tuesday and Saturday. The flights will start on March 25th.
Transgender persons who decide to change sex cannot do it in Croatia.
A transgender person, who decides to enter the transition process in Croatia, cannot do it in the country. The only thing she/he can do is to receive hormonal therapies. However, the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance (HZZO) does not cover all costs of therapy i.e. it covers costs partially and only for trans women and not for men.
All and all, the final phase of transition, a gender reassignment surgery, cannot be performed in Croatia. However, those who decide for this final step can have the job done in the neighbouring country of Serbia.
Croatia is a well-known travel destination rich in natural beauty, cultural heritage, tradition and history, and yet there are dozens of facts little known to Croats let alone to the millions of tourists visiting the country.
Here are some interesting facts about Croatia you probably did not know so test your knowledge and learn something new today.
Did you know that the richest site of Neanderthal remains in the world was discovered in Krapina in the Croatian region of Hrvatsko Zagorje?
- that the most famous Croatian beach Zlatni rat on the island of Brac changes its shape depending on the force of wind?
- if you spread out the map of the world, the Croatian town of Ludbreg would be at its very centre?
- that the Ston city walls, which are 5,5 kilometres long, represent the longest preserved fortification system in the world after the Great Wall of China?
- that Hum in Istria is the smallest town in the world with only 20 inhabitants?
- that the Zagreb Cathedral, with its 108 metres high pinnacles, is the tallest building in Croatia?
- that ‘’Star Wars’’, ‘’Robin Hood’’, ‘’Game of Thrones’’, ‘’Sofia’s choice’’, ‘’Dr Who’’ are just some of the famous cinema and television productions filmed in Croatia?
- that the national flower of Croatia is the iris flower?
- Croatia is the first among all European countries when it comes to the number of UNESCO cultural and historical protected sites and the number of intangible cultural heritage sites?
- almost 10 percent of Croatia is a protected area, which includes eleven nature parks, eight national parks and two strict nature reserves?
- klapa singing is one of the Croatian UNESCO intangible heritages?
- Croatia is the fourth country in the world when it comes to alcohol consumption per capita?
- that the Dalmatian city of Zadar has the first organ in the world played by the sea?
- the island of Cres is a home to endangered colony of the griffon vulture?
- the 8,000-year-old city of Vinkovci is the oldest city in Europe?
- the city of Dubrovnik is one of the first medieval European cities to introduce the sewage system?
- Horvat is the most frequent surname in Croatia?
- the small island of Bisevo has only 13 inhabitants?
- the Diocletian’s Palace in Split is a home of a real Egyptian sphinx thanks to the Roman Emperor Diocletian who brought it from Egypt to adorn the entrance to his tomb?
- Richard the Lionheart was cast ashore on Lokrum in Dubrovnik after being shipwrecked in 1192?
The island of Lokrum