Wednesday, 19 September 2018
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.


An earthquake shook Dalmatia last night measuring 4.3 on the Richter Scale. The epicentre of the quake was 62 kilometres east of Split and 3 kilometres northwest of the town of Imotski and a depth of 10 kilometres. The earthquake was even felt on the Peljesac Peninsular.

The quake lasted for only a few seconds but there have been many reports of people experiencing the quake as it rumbled through the region. This is just the latest in a series of quakes that have shook the southern region of Croatia this year, with earthquakes in neighbouring countries including Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.


After Kresimir Ćosić (1996), Dražen Petrović (2002) and Mirko Novosela (2002), Croatia now has a fourth member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Dino Rađa.

The Split born basketball star who played for the NBA team the Boston Celtics became only the eighth European player to enter the coveted Hall of Fame. He was introduced at the ceremony last night by the legend of the Celtics, Larry Bird. "It was a lot easier to play the game, Larry, thanks for this, I felt like a member of the Celtics since the first day I came to the club. You what they say - once a Celtic, always a Celtic," commented Rađa as he accepted the award.

As a member of the national team of the former state, he participated at Olympics in 1988 in Seoul, where he won the silver medal, and as a member of the Croatian national team he was a participant of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where he also won the silver medal. At the World Championship in Buenos Aires in 1990 he won the gold medal, and in Toronto in 1994 bronze medal wearing the colors of the Croatian national team

The summer is over, right, the streets of Dubrovnik must be less crowded than they were before, right…wrong! June, July and August were extremely busy but September in the city looks like being just as hectic.

Children may have gone back to school but the amount of tourists on the cobbled streets of the historic city centre this morning show that the tourist season is still in full swing.



With temperatures easing off a little and the Adriatic Sea still as warm, if not warmer, as it has been all summer normally September is normally an ideal month to stroll the city and explore the landmarks without the crowds.

However, today’s photos show a slightly different story. Hotel managers have reported to The Dubrovnik Times that bookings are even better in September than August and the indicators are that the season will strongly continue into October.






Photos by Tea Stjepović


A luxury yacht blazed this morning in the Elaphite Islands and filled the morning sky with thick black smoke. “We woke up this morning and saw this. This poor yacht caught fire this morning when we opened our eyes we heard people screaming, everyone was evacuated,” commented an eye-witness for The Dubrovnik Times.

It is still unknown the name of the yacht that burst into flames this morning burning and no official police report has been published.


At 10.30 this morning firefighters and the coast guard were still fighting the blazing yacht. An eye-witness on a neighbouring yacht told The Dubrovnik Times that there were “lots of young people on the yacht plus a mother a small child” and they were taken to another yacht by the coastguard and around 8.30 this morning.

The yacht arrived late last night in the small bay of Vratnik on the Peljesac Peninsular opposite the small Elaphite island of Olipa. From the video it is clear to see that the million dollar yacht even explodes from the flames.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, quite possibly an electrical fault.

The American coffee chain Starbucks is opening a store in Milan tomorrow as it spreads its reach over Europe. In a coffee mad country, with coffee drinkers that like to take their time to sip their macchiatos and muse over their cappuccinos how will the American version of coffee be accepted. This week the first Starbucks in Italy opens on Friday morning – the Reserve Roastery in Milan.

Can American coffee culture succeed in the coffee rich of Italy? And if so could it pave the way for more expansion across Europe and even to Croatia. Whilst Starbucks don’t have any current plans to open a store in Croatia this move into Italy could well be a testing ground for further expansion.

There have been rumours about a Starbucks opening in Zagreb for years. Back in 201o it was believed that Starbucks would open a café bar in the capital Starbucks through a Greek partner but these rumours were proved unfounded. In fact, the whole of the region is still without a Starbucks, the closest being Austria and now from Friday in Italy.


In what the company describes as the “grandest Starbucks ever” the Milan store is certinaly eye catching. “The Milan Roastery is housed in a historic former post office in Palazzo delle Poste, a bustling city square along the stylish Piazza Cordusio. Outside its doors, some of Milan’s most postcard-inspiring spots are within a few blocks – the towering Duomo di Milano, the soaring light and glass of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Teatro alla Scala, the most famous opera house in the world,” quotes the American coffee house.

Starbucks was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1971, and there are more than 30,000 stores worldwide. Will the Italian move mean a further expansion into Croatia?


The grandest Starbucks ever - Photo Starbucks 

Real estate prices are showing no signs of slowly down, since 2016 the prices have climbed by 11 percent. According to a new survey carried out by a well-known property website in Croatia house prices are on the rise again. On a yearly level apartments across Croatia rose by 7 percent whilst houses rose by 4 percent.

And once again Dubrovnik has by far the most expensive real estate in the whole country, twice the price of the capital Zagreb. In Dubrovnik the average property price will set you back 3,714 Euros per metre squared, whilst in Zagreb the same property will cost you 1,883 Euros.

Split is also on the rise as the destination becomes more interesting for tourists, with the average price per metre squared in the Dalmatian city now 12 percent higher than last year and a massive 20 percent more than two years ago.

Dubrovnik’s own American Football club, the Dubrovnik Sharks, were hosts of an under 18 tournament at the weekend. The younger team, the next generation won the silver medal at the tournament after defeating the Zagreb patriots and the Split Sea Wolves. The gold medal went to the team from Slavonia, Osijek Cannons.


On a hot weekend the players, cheered on by a small crowd, performed well and showed that the future for the first team looks very positive. The team spirit was excellent, led by the Head Coach Marko Miletic, and in spite of the difficult conditions they performed with hard work and energy.

Anybody interested in being part of the Dubrovnik Sharks team can contact them through their Facebook page.





“As consumers, we often assume that most of food waste is generated by supermarkets and the hospitality industry, but about 53 percent of food is actually tossed out by households,” said Tanja Popovic-Filipovic, project coordinator for Croatia for the European Commission.

Every year Croatia throws away around 380,000 tonnes of food, and across the European Union this figure reaches an incredible 88 million tonnes, according to a new study from the European Commission.

One-person households are the biggest generators of food waste, followed by persons who live in urban areas, families with higher incomes, and those with small children, added Filipovic.

A target has been set by the European Commission to cut down the current figure by 50 percent by 2030.

“There are two labels on products – “best before” and “expiry date”, and many people do not understand what those dates mean. We are currently conducting research on four product categories related to their expiry date, which will be published on the occasion of World Food Day on October 16,” said Darja Sokolić, head of Croatian Food Agency (HAH).

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