Wednesday, 23 September 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.


The Embassy of the State of Israel and the Virovitica-Podravina County in cooperation with the Israel Export Institute and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) have organized a seminar on agriculture titled ''The use of new technologies in agriculture''.

The seminar was held in the city of Virovitica on the 6th of March, whilst similar lectures will also take place in other Croatian cities such as Osijek, Slavonski Brod, Koprivnica and Vrbovec.

Experts from Israel's leading agricultural companies (NETAFIM, ND Project, PROFIT AGRO, Afimilk, ICL Fertilizers, ADAM) shared their experience and knowledge in order to inform local farmers on new technologies in agriculture regarding irrigation, greenhouse production, dairy, fertilizers and plant protection.

On this occasion, the Israeli consul Irit Shneor explained, ''Israeli technology can be applied in Croatia. That is why we brought representatives of our most progressive companies that specialize in this technology. Israel is the leading country in agriculture technology. We are very successful in the development of modern technologies in order to compensate the fact that our geographical conditions may not be favourable for agricultural production. In addition, we invented the system of drip irrigation, but there is also soil solarisation, usage of wastewater for irrigation etc. You would be surprised to see how our deserts ''bloom'' and how everything is so green''.

On the other hand, Igor Androvic, the head of the Department of Economic affairs, Agriculture and EU funds commented, ''If we bear in mind that Israel produces most of its food on the area of 310,000 hectares, then this is definitely a country that can be an example for others''.

Filming of the Hollywood blockbuster Robin Hood: Origins was wrapped up on the 6th of March but it seems that Dubrovnik will have a lasting memory of the movie. “A section of the Robin Hood set that is currently located in the Old City harbour will soon have a new home,” commented the former mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, to The Dubrovnik Times.

The set in the old harbour was one of the most complicated and was the first to be constructed. It appeared to be burnt down in the last section of filming in Dubrovnik but this was a mixture of special effects and gas pipes. The set is still very much intact. “The idea is to take part of this set and move it to the island of Lokrum,” added Vlahusic. He added that the set would then be rebuilt on this island just off Dubrovnik and act as an attraction for film buffs. “We will locate in near the children’s playground and even have the plan to offer bows and arrows so that visitors can get the real Hood experience as they shot into targets,” concluded Vlahusic.

There is already a Game of Thrones visitors centre on Lokrum, so along with the future Robin Hood set the island is becoming a film theme park.

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Photo - Adriatic Images

This month Breitling begins the world tour on its Douglas DC-3 plane which will have several stages and encompass Europe, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and North America. The journey starts in Geneva and finishes six months later, in September at the Breitling Sion Air show in Switzerland.

The famous Swiss watchmaker company has decided to celebrate its 77th birthday with limited edition of 500 pieces of the Navitimer watch, its famous chronograph intended for usage in aviation.

The tour around the world will be marked by numerous stops in order to organize events or to participate in air shows, whilst some lucky passengers will have the opportunity to be part of this journey. The first Breitling stop will be the Croatian capital of Zagreb, thus the plane which was flown by James Bond, will land at the Zagreb airport Pleso on the 10th of March.

The DC-3 propeller plane with two engines which was invented in 1935 revolutionized air travel at the time. Nicknamed ''The plane for the Normandy invasion'' this plane had its five minutes of fame in June of 1944. It was delivered to the American Airlines company in 1940, thus the US military was the first to fly this plane between 1942 and 1944. Later, it was engaged in the commercial usage.

Around 16,000 copies of this plane were manufactured, whilst all larger airline companies bought them as part of their fleet. Nowadays, there are less than 150 such planes across the globe that are fully functional.

After it was restored by a group of dedicated enthusiasts, nowadays the DC-3 aircraft defends the colours of Breitling and participates in numerous air shows.

The famous Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx - who was in Dubrovnik for the past two weeks, filming for the new Robin Hood: Origins movie - took with him a few Break Time handmade nautical souvenirs to remind him of Croatia. Mirela Rus, one of the two Break Time owners, met Jamie Foxx on Stradun (the main street through Dubrovnik’s Old City) and offered him a few pieces of handmade nautical jewellery from the newly opened Break Time shop in Antuninska 5, to remind him of his time in Croatia.

"He is a very, very cool and down-to-earth guy, he walked on Stradun (the main street of Dubrovnik Old Town) with members of his family and he agreed to have his photo taken with basically everyone who asked him to, unlike Jamie Dornan and Taron Egerton, who always jumped in the car as soon as filming was over, " commented Mirela Rus. Adding that he liked the fact that the products were handmade.

Jamie Foxx will have a unique memento of his time in Dubrovnik.

‘’If 2016 was the year of political shocks, this year could be when we find how they will impact the global economy’’, reported Bloomberg in its article representing the Misery Index for 2017.

The Bloomberg Misery Index combines inflation and unemployment data of 65 world countries. According to these criteria, the most miserable country in the world for the third year in a row is Venezuela with ‘’impressive’’ 499 points, followed by the Republic of South Africa (32,2 points) and Argentina (30,9 points). The Misery Index is designed in a way that a higher score means more economic misery. The least miserable world country in terms of economy is once again Thailand.

As far as Croatia is concerned, the country placed as the 12th on the Bloomberg Misery Index list with 13,7 points i.e. the result is worse by 0,1 percent in comparison to the previous year. However, Croatia is not economically the most miserable member country of the European Union because Greece placed as the 4th on the Bloomberg Misery Index list with 23,2 points, whilst Spain placed as the 6th with 19,6 points.

Among other European countries with poor economic forecasts for 2017 are Turkey (5th place), Ukraine (7th place) and Serbia (8th place), whilst Italy placed just behind Croatia as the 13th on the Bloomberg Misery Index list.

Spectacular views could be seen today as Robin Hood:Origins filming came to the end. The whole set placed at Posat (right next to the Old Port) has been set on fire or at least it seemed that way. Actually, it was a stimulation with controled special effects. It looked quite real and it was a great ending to almost 2 weeks of filming in Dubrovnik. 

These two weeks were for sure exciting with celebrities like Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan and Taron Egerton walking through the streets of Dubrovnik. There were some problems like locals complaining that Stradun was damaged when the set was built, so many will tell that it's about time that Robin Hood leaves Dubrovnik. However, here is no doubt that Robin Hood: Origins will bring countless publicity to the city and quite possibly new tourists wanting to see the film sets.






According to information from the Dubrovnik Police there were ten road traffic accidents in the past seven days, three of which involved injuries.

In the Dubrovnik – Neretva County the police have reported that last week they stopped and cautioned 463 drivers. A total of 251 drivers were stopped due to speeding offences, 51 drivers for not wearing seat belts, 20 for not having their headlights on and 12 drivers under the influence of alcohol.

A recent research on representation of men and women in Zagreb shows that the system of the modern city of Zagreb has grown into a city of men, whilst women, despite their physical presence, are ''symbolically absent.''

Katja Vretenar and Zlatan Krajina, professors at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb carried out a survey in order to analyze the share of men and women in 3,861 names of public institutions and spaces such as streets and squares in the Croatian capital of Zagreb.

The survey data show that 1,032 streets and squares (27%) are named after men, whilst only 69 streets and squares (1,8%) are named after women. To make this statistics even worse, the survey also indicates that most streets named after women are usually some small side streets located away from the city centre or major roads.

The city of Zagreb has 70 squares and only three of them are dedicated to women, ''Dubravkin Trg'', ''Trg Katarine Zrinske'' and ''Trg svete Marije Cucerske''. On the other hand, around 60 percent of the city squares are named after men and they are located in the very heart of Zagreb.

Furthermore, according to some data, there were 292 sculptures and monuments at public places in Zagreb in 2007; 145 of them represented male characters and 108 were erected in memory of real male historical figures. However, only five monuments were dedicated to women who played important roles in the past.

In addition, the 51-seat Zagreb City Council has 36 male representatives (71%) and 15 female representatives (29%).

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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