Tuesday, 21 August 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Although it threatened last night the rain didn’t fall in Dubrovnik. The night sky came alight with flashes of lightning and thunder could be heard rumbling over the Adriatic Sea. And one talented Dubrovnik photographer caught the moment brilliantly when the lightning struck the sea and the nature gave us its own fireworks display.

Boris Bačić uploaded these two stunning photos on his Facebook profile with the comment “I haven’t taken photos of lightning for a long time but this summer storm was just unmissable.” The photos have also been picked up and published by international weather publications.


Photo by Boris Bašić 

It might sound like a like from the famous comedy drama Faulty Towers “Don’t mention the war,” but this is just one of the don’ts given by the famous American travel vlogger Mark Wolters when visiting Croatia.

In his video “Visit Croatia - The DON'Ts of Visiting Croatia,” Wolters gives his own take on what not to do when enjoying the Adriatic coast on holiday. From don’t be shocked at the level at which Croatians speak to don’t expect sandy beaches the video has been seen by over 230,000 people on YouTube already.

Check out the video and let us know if he has missed any “don’ts”

The low-cost Spanish airline Level has introduced direct flights from Vienna to Dubrovnik four times a week. The popular airline, which is part of the International Airlines Group, has recently announced an expansion of flights from Vienna including 14 new destinations and Dubrovnik has found itself on the list.

The first flight from Austria landed on the 11th of August and was greeted with a traditional “shower” from the waiting fire brigade at Dubrovnik airport. The flights, which start at only 120 Euros for a return flight, will operate on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

One of the most beautiful women in South America is currently cruising the Croatian Adriatic coastline. Laura Spoya (27) won the title of Miss Peru in 2015 and went on to represent Peru at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant.

Spoya, who now works as a TV host and model, actually has Croatian family roots, and she revealed more on her Instagram account.

Laura Spoya croatia

“Did you know that my last name is Croatian? Spoja was originally written from the City of Split on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. Then when my family arrived in Peru in 1927 they changed the name to Spoya,” wrote the stunning model on her social media.

And as she has 1.1 million followers on Instagram it was great publicity for Croatia and her homeland.

After Mario Mandužkić and Vedran Ćorluka the next player to retire from the Croatian national team is the goalkeeper Danijel Subašić.

“I made this decision long before the World Cup because I wanted to conclude a representative career with the World Cup, which was one of my dreams,” wrote Danijel Subašić in an emotional farewell letter.

The Monaco goalkeeper was one of the absolute stars of the Croatian national team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. His vital interventions in the penalty shoot outs against Denmark and Russia took Croatia all the way to the final against France in Moscow.


And he made many friends and fans along the way including the Hollywood actor Will Smith who commented that “I was delighted with the Croatian national team goalkeeper in the match against Russia, I watched this match and when he was injured, I thought that Croatia did not have a chance to win, but he was miraculously defending, at that moment I thought it was not normal. It was the most powerful image and moment of the championship.”

Subašić won 44 caps for the Croatian national team from 2009. In 2009, he was called up to the Croatian national team at the full international level, and made his debut for the team on 14 November 2009 in a friendly match against Liechtenstein in Vinkovci, playing the full 90 minutes and keeping a clean sheet in Croatia's 5–0 win. In May 2010, he won another two international caps in friendly matches, in the away fixtures at Austria and Estonia, keeping clean sheets in both matches. After Stipe Pletikosa retired from international football in 2014, Subašić became Croatia's first-choice goalkeeper.

“Thanks to all my teammates, without you nothing would make any sense. We have experiences many difficult times but also some great moments together. I will remember the togetherness, humility and friendship from Russia for the rest of my life,” concluded Subašić.

Fish and chips, English marmalade, fudge and sticky toffee pudding all go on sale tomorrow in Lidl’s across Croatia.

The German supermarket giant regularly offers weeks of international foods and this week is the turn of Great Britain and Ireland. If you were missing the aroma of smoked bacon in the morning, then from tomorrow the 16th of August you’ll be able to pick up a packet or two at your local Lidl.



Ex-pats living in Croatia often crave specific foods that remind them of home, from cheddar cheese to traditional chutneys, so for a week, or while stocks last you can stockpile a few of these old favourites.

The Dubrovnik heat wave is showing no signs of slowly up, or cooling down, as the Croatian National Metrological Service have once again issues a yellow warning for the Dubrovnik region. Today temperatures are expected to reach 30 degrees and combined with an extremely high level of humidity the weather could be described as hot and sticky.

Scattered clouds are keeping temperatures a little lower than of late but the yellow warning is proof that today will be the weather conditions will be challenging.


People are being advised to take water and wear sun cream as well as to stay out of the sun in the middle of the day. The yellow warning will also be in effect tomorrow when temperatures are expected to reach 34 degrees.

The Adriatic Sea is the warmest it has been all year with temperatures officially measuring 26 degrees in the middle of the day. However there have also been unofficial reports form the Konavle region that the sea has reached 29 degrees.

The music program of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival will continue with a unique concert that will be held under the title Guitarrismo on Thursday, August 16th, at 9.30 pm in the atrium of the Rector’s Palace. Eight excellent guitarists will share the stage: Zoran Dukić, Petrit Çeku, Morana Pešutić, Tomislav Vukšić, Tvrtko Sarić, Krešimir Bedek, Pedro Ribeiro Rodrigues and Maroje Brčić. With the selection of the best compositions and arrangements for different guitar compositions, the concert also features the premiere of Goran Tudor’s piece for eight guitars - Bašamar.

A unique concert experience brings a rich and special program prepared for this occasion. The festival audience will have a chance to hear Concerto for Four Violins and Strings in B minor by Antonio Vivaldi, originally composed for four solo violins and cello, arranged by Petrit Çeku for eight guitars. The program will also feature the music from the ballet El Sombrero de Tres Picos byManuel de Falla which was revolutionary by introducing the techniques of Spanish dances for the first time on the ballet stage. Because of this, most of the music is made up of dances such as farucca, fandango and seguidillas. The work consists of three passages that Darko Petrinjak arranged for the trio of guitars. The concert program will also feature the famous composer Astor Piazzolla; Invierno Porteño will be played - the last installment of Piazzoli's most famous concert, a monumental greeting to Vivaldi called the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. The arrangement of the violin and orchestra concert by the great Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer is well-known and the audience had an opportunity to listen to it at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival 2013, while the program of this concert includes Krešimir Bedek's arrangement for four guitars. The program also includes the work of the jurist and composer Ivo Josipović Drmeš for Penderecki and eight guitars.

The concert also includes the premiere of the work of Goran Tudor, created for this year's Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which is a single-song arrangement for eight guitars in the 12/8 degree, entitled Bašamar. The song was written this spring, and it is devoted to Tudor's colleagues, guitarists who will have the honor to perform it first. It is written specifically for the space of the Rector's Palace. According to the composer: "Bašamar is an archaic Dubrovnik word for the shoal of fish, and it corresponds to me by meaning and sound as well as to the fact that the etymological expression is not easy to interpret just as it is not always clear in the composition what is the origin of its motifs, and rhythm. " The Afro-Brazilian rhythms and melodies have been carefully absorbed in most of Paulo Bellinati's work, as well as Jongo, which will be performed at this concert. After the original version for the two guitars, the piece was followed by numerous changes by the author himself, including the jazz ensemble and orchestra, guitar and orchestra and solo guitar. For the latter version, composed in 1982, Bellinati won the first prize in 1988 at the eighth Carrefour Mondial de Guitare in Martinique. At the program of the concert, there is also the fourth installment of Fandango, from the Quintet for Guitar and Strings by Luigi Boccherini, arranged by British guitarist Jeremy Spark, which is a part of the standard guitarist quartet repertoire and also of this concert.

The tickets for the unique concert Guitarrismo are available online and at the Box Office in the Festival Palace (Od Sigurate 1), every day from 9 am to 9.30 pm, as well as on the location two hours before the start of the performance.




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