Wednesday, 28 October 2020
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.


Tourists always try to find new ways to enjoy Dubrovnik. Since it’s a popular destination, most of them are trying to find less mainstream places and views.

Sometimes they get a bit adventurous, like this group of tourists that decided to sit back and relax on the top of Lovrijenac Fortress. Brave and risky with a spectacular view for sure – but a bit too dangerous for our taste.


According to a press release from the President’s office, the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will be visiting Malta from the 8th to the 10th of May 2017.

The three-day official visit of the Croatian president is the first such visit to this European country, which is presiding over the EU for the first six months of this year.

During her visit, Grabar-Kitarovic is to meet with her Maltese counterpart Marie-Loise Coleiro Preca in the Maltese capital of La Valleta. In addition, Grabar-Kitarovic will hold several working meetings; with the Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Malta Angelo Farrugia, as well as with other people from the political and cultural life of Malta.

The visit of the Croatian president to Malta coincides with the celebration of Europe Day on the 9th of May.

The latest research of the Croatian book market, conducted by the agency GfK Croatia in March 2017, on a sample of thousand of people over the age of 15 using the method of personal interviewing in households showed that in the past year 53 percent of the population read at least one book, compared to last year's 47 percent– Novi List reported.

In the first months more than 908 thousand of citizens bought at least one book, or every fourth, or 25 percent – which is an increase compared to the last year's 19 percent. We are still mostly buying books for ourselves or for children (59 percent). Most of the books that are read are in Croatian (82 percent), while 15 percent of the books are read in English. Zagreb (64 percent) and Istria and Primorje (62 percent) are the regions where people read more than average. Books are mostly borrowed from libraries (46 percent).

When it comes to buying, Croatians mostly buy books at bookstores (53 percent), mostly with a discount (56 percent). The most commonly read is belles letters (58 percent), professional literature (30 percent) and fiction (29 percent), while the share of children's books is 15 percent. Reading of e-books increased from 8 to 12 percent.

The results of this survey showed that majority of readers are the citizens in the larger cities (70 percent), highly educated (69 percent), women (65 percent) and young people up to 24 years (62 percent).

Meteoalarm issued a yellow warning for the Dubrovnik area. We can expect periods of hard rain and strong south wind that will turn into very strong north-west wind.  It’s expected that wind will blow around 75 kilometres per hour.

The warning is also valid for Monday, May 8th, when thunderstorms and strong winds are also possible.

According to the website Accuweather, spring will be back with plenty of sunshine on Wednesday, May 10th.

French speleologist and diver Frederic Swierczynski is the first man in history who went to the bottom of Red Lake near Imotski and succeeded. The dive was done yesterday and lasted for four hours.

Swierczynski hit the bottom at 245 meters. It was expected that the dive would take around nine hours, but Frederic managed to get to the bottom considerably earlier. He also took sediment samples for the scientific part of this spectacular dive.

Red Lake is a famous Croatian attraction. It’s a sinkhole, containing a karst lake.  It is known for its numerous caves and remarkably high cliffs, reaching over 241 metres above normal water level and continuing below the water level. The total explored depth of this sinkhole is approximately 530 metres with a volume of roughly 25–30 million cubic meters, which makes it the third largest sinkhole in the world. The sinkhole is named after the reddish-brown color of the surrounding cliffs, colored by iron oxides.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the sinking of the ship "Aurora" in port of Gruz wreaths were lowered into the sea, as a tribute to all those that died in the accident.

Ten people lost their lives, including three underage children. The accident happened near the port of Gruz on May 6th 1992, at 4:43 pm and is the biggest maritime tragedy in the recent Dubrovnik history. Two passenger ships crashed – Ilirija ferry and ship Aurora. During this tragedy 18 people were injured and 10 passed away.

Crash happened as they sailed into the port of Gruz: Ilirija came from Rijeka and Aurora from then occupied Cavtat.

Exactly 1557 people live in Dubrovnik historic centre. In five years, since the last census of population in 2011, the number of inhabitants and the number of households fell by a quarter, it’s clear from the latest census made from October to December 2016.

Of the 1557 inhabitants, there are only 10.5 percent of children aged up to 14, while 29.6 percent of the population is older than 65 years. There are 568 private households, half of which are single and double households.

In 2011 there was 2116 inhabitants in the so called ‘’Old City’’ of Dubrovnik and it seems that in last 20 years there was a huge decrease of 40 percent of inhabitants.

The latest census was made in order to make a plan to improve the quality of living in the historic centre. After all, people are those that make the city alive.

After two very successful sales in Lapad and Gruz, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board in collaboration with the City of Dubrovnik organized third occasional sale of flowers and plants in the Luj Soletic Park in Gruz.

All of the flowers and plants at this sale were offered at promotional prices. Gruz was full of people and color, which went perfect with this sunny Saturday.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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