Wednesday, 26 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

On Sunday, the 25th of September, the 17th edition of the Terry Fox Run which was organized at the Lake Jarun in Zagreb brought together a record breaking number of 7,000 participants.
In honor of Terry Fox’s legacy in his fight against cancer, annual charity jogging /walking/cycling event, known as Marathon of Hope with the motto of “Working together to outrun cancer” takes place every year in order to raise funds for the fight against this deadly disease. This year funds raised at the Lake Jarun event will be donated to the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Zagreb for cancer research and cytostatic drugs.
The supporters of this year's Terry Fox Run were the Terry Fox Foundation, the Canadian Embassy, the Croatian League Against Cancer, Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, Media Val, Zagrebački holding and the Croatian Ministry of Health.
Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money for treatment and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometers, and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy.
In his memory, the Fox family launched a run to raise money for the fight against cancer, which is held every year in Canada and over 60 countries across the world, including Croatia.

Within the programme of its Europe Direct Dubrovnik Information Centre and in cooperation with educational institutions and cultural associations, as well as the Albanian consulate, the French consulate, the Hungarian consulate, and the Spanish consulate in Dubrovnik, Europe House Dubrovnik organized the European Day of Languages celebration on the 26th of September in front of St. Blaise Church.

An entertaining and educational programme marked this morning in the Old City.  Primary and secondary school pupils, college students, representatives of associations, foreign nationals living in Dubrovnik and tourist guides were all partaking in the event, presented by the “Englishman in Dubrovnik,” Mark Thomas. At the same time, the Europe House Dubrovnik's young wandering librarians were selling second hand books in foreign languages in front of the Sponza Palace.

The European Day of Languages initiative was launched by the Council of Europe in 2001 in order to encourage multilingualism and multiculturalism in Europe. Through various events in all European countries, citizens' attention is being drawn to the importance of language learning for better intercultural understanding, at all ages, through formal and informal education. Europe House Dubrovnik is celebrating the European Day of Languages for the third year in a row. Last year's celebration was voted the most innovative event of the 2015 European Day of Languages on the European Day of Languages official website.

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Dubrovnik Aquathlon is coming to town! This first multisport event in Dubrovnik will be held on 2nd of October at 5 pm. Contestants will have the chance to enjoy an attractive swimming route right in front of the Old Port and will be running to Saint Jacob and back, which will be even more special with the Dubrovnik sunset over the City Walls.

The swimming part includes two 500 meter laps and the running route is Ploce > St. Jacob > Villa Sheherezade > St. Jacob > Ploce and is 5 kilometers long.

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                 The swimming route

 

 Club Dubrovnik Triathlon is an organizer and it was made because of the increase in multisport events in the region and in Croatia. They proudly say that every day they have more and more members.

Multisport events also attract tourists in and out of the season, because nowadays many people seek for active sport events when they travel. Not only athletes, but also ordinary people – the whole family goes to the races, just like friends, couples and even retirees!

Dubrovnik Aquathlon is for everybody because they can choose their own pace. The aim is to participate, enjoy and finish it! 

Registrations are opened here.  If you want to participate, you need to pay 100 HRK until 28th of September at the account of DUBROVNIK TRIATHLON : HR7024070001100450601. Registrations until then include race t-shirt. For the later registries (until 2nd of October) the price is 150 HRK and t-shirt is not guaranteed. You can get more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Irish singer and activist Bob Geldof strolled along the Stradun in the heart of the historic Old City of Dubrovnik this afternoon. Geldof is widely recognised for his activism, especially anti-poverty efforts concerning Africa.

He arrived in Dubrovnik on an MSC cruise ship a few days ago and it is believed he then transferred to a private yacht to continue his Adriatic cruise. Geldof seemed relaxed strolling along the main street, although when asked by a fan for a “selfie” he refused adding that “there are too many people around.”

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Bob Geldof gets snapped by a fan on the Stradun 

Swiss Belper choir and Croatian ensemble Camerata Zagreb continue their successful international cooperation. After they've filled the concert hall Menuhin Forum in Bern three occasions and enchanted the audience, they will perform soon in Croatia with their brilliant concert story "Journey to Venice" in Dubrovnik on Tuesday, 27th of September at 9 pm in the Rector's Palace.

The program, which includes the most beautiful works from the world of classical music all to the unforgettable evergreens in an excellent rich interpretations ensures exceptional artistic pleasure.

Soloists are soprano and the prima donna of the Zagreb National Theatre Adela Golac Rilovic and mezzo-soprano Vedrana Zrnic under the leadership of the professor Mathias Behrends and concert master Kahriman.

The concert is held under the auspices of the Swiss Embassy in the Republic of Croatia, Croatia Bus and Rotary Club Zagreb Metropolitan, in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra.

Except the concert, this is also a significant cultural and professional exchange of experience, but also an opportunity to meet and make new friends, what gave the project itself another beautiful dimension. The focus is always on good and quality performance, but also the joint creation, the development of new ideas and mutual influence.

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It's hard not to fall in love with Mljet, one of the most beautiful and the greenest islands in Croatia. This heaven on Earth holds many secrets and carries many myths and legends. One of the most known ones is the legend of Odysseus.

In front of the Odysseus cave there is a rock called Ogiran. During high tide or during strong southern winds rock is completely covered by the sea and is a great danger to the sailors. According to the legend, because of that Odysseus was shipwrecked and swam to the cave where he took shelter. The island was dominated by the nymph Calypso. Odysseus was charmed by her and the island and he was trapped there for seven years before the gods released him. Local people believe that Mljet is ancient Ogigija because Homer in the Odyssey states that the olive trees and vineyards are right next to the shipwreck which is actually the case on Mljet. However, this legend is often atributed to the island of Malta.

When it comes to the facts, Odysseus cave is located on the southern coast of the island, near Babino Polje. Odysseus cave is egg-shaped cave with a few tens of meters in diameter. It’s also called ‘’Pit’’, because looking at the land side, it looks like a big hole in the ground. The bottom is filled with water. Through layers of limestone, which is separated from the open sea, there is a breakthrough in the form of the tunnel so the cave can be approached by swimming or with the small boat. The sea depth in the tunnel of the cave is 8 to 10 meters and the tunnel is about 20 meters long. It’s possible to access it from the coast too, but with very steep improvised stairs.

Odysseus cave is used as a shelter for fishing boats and fishing tools: nets, longlines and paddles, and is the most unusual port all over the Adriatic and beyond.

In the summer, around noon, when the sunlight strikes the cave area, the sea provides a spectrum of colors, especially interesting for tourists and lovers of real natural phenomena. In the pit itself, because of the high rocks, the light never comes.

 

 

Dubrovnik is beautiful, everybody knows that, but not everybody have the talent to capture its true beauty. Our reader Pavol Hirjak has sent us a video that he made during his trip and is absolutely mesmerizing. Maybe because it shows mostly Dubrovnik waking up or going to sleep (sunrise and sunset) and it's combined with beautiful music. Watch this video that lasts less than a minute and fall in love with Dubrovnik again.

Over the past year British American Tobacco (BAT) has successfully integrated the biggest cigarette manufacturer in Southeast Europe, the Croatian TDR (Tvornica duhana Rovinj), into its global system.

Since its entry into Croatia and an investment of more than 500 million Euros for the purchase of the Croatian tobacco giant by the end of this May, BAT has continued with its investments and reached 52.8 percent of the market share in Croatia.

This year it has already invested 20 million Euros, whilst for the next period BAT has planned to invest additional 30 million Euros in a tobacco factory in Kanfanar near Rovinj. ''Thanks to the additional investments to improve quality, the factory in Kanfanar is among the first in the world to install the advanced TASTEloc technology thus is increasingly gaining in significance and importance within the entire BAT group’’, said the company in a statement.

''The British American Tobacco company as the largest investor in Croatia over the past few years has been extremely satisfied with business results achieved in this country so far. In comparison to the same period last year we are achieving growth in the market share each month. We have also begun to export cigarettes to some new foreign markets such as Germany, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria and many others. In addition, I have to emphasize that we are most satisfied with quality and talented employees in the whole region. I am sure that all these indicators represent a solid basis for further growth and development of the company'', said Ram Addnaki, the CEO of the BAT Adria cluster.

The factory in Kanfanar produces around 7,5 billion cigarettes, of which 60 percent is exported to foreign markets. The BAT Adria cluster employs more than 2,500 workers.

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