Tuesday, 16 July 2019
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

Of all the holidays we've been celebrating during the past few days, we couldn't tell which one is yours, but sure know which (upcoming) is our favorite ;-)

On July 7th Dubrovnik Cinemas and Poeticacao cordially invite you for a celebration of the sweetest holiday one can think of - INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY - we're hosting a gastro-cinematic party under the pine-trees of Slavica, the most magical open-air cinema, overlooking mind-blowing sunset and under one million stars.

The program starts with a summer edition of LITTLE SCHOOL OF CHOCOLATE by Miss Poeticacao and Mr Carob, children's workshop. Due to limited number of participants, we suggest you make a reservation by calling 020417107 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Celebrating in this wow cinema is not just a lucky coincidence, so as soon as it gets dark, all the fans of chocolate and film are invited to the Croatian premiere of SEMISWEET: LIFE IN CHOCOLATE, documentary directed by Michael Allcock in 2012. While telling 4 essentially diverse chocolate stories, Semisweet tries to synthesize what today's magical yet bitter-sweet and fragile world of chocolate is based on.

We're expecting the interactive audience as well as some interesting guests, associated with chocolate - one way or another - to take part in the CHOCOLATE CHAT after the screening.

And, last but not the least, may all the senses enjoy the chocolate charm - cacao coming straight from the Amazonian jungle to the jungle of Slavica Cinema in the form of organic 50% locally sourced chocolate and other chocolate creations by the local magicians, in an irresistible pairing with biodynamic wine.


*19h* LITTLE SCHOOL OF CHOCOLATE by Miss Poeticacao and Mr Carob, children's workshop - summer edition
*21h* SEMISWEET-LIFE IN CHOCOLATE - documentary screening (58')
*22h* CHOCOLATE CHAT - on the movie etc. with guests and audience
***** WINE & CHOCOLATE treats

Six Korean police officers, including two policewomen, arrived on Saturday in Zagreb. During July and August, they will patrol the streets of Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik along with their Croatian counterparts. They came to Croatia as part of the "Safe Tourism Season 2019" a project to help tourists who come to Croatia from the Republic of Korea and assist Croatian officers with communication issues with their fellow citizens. Like all of the other foreign police forces who have been involved in this project since 2006, the Korean police officers will be in their recognizable uniforms without weapons and will not have police powers.

The Zagreb Police Chief, Marko Rašić, said that 804 foreign police officers from 19 countries and 21 police organizations have so far taken part in the "Safe Tourism Season" project so far. This year, police officers from the Republic of Korea will participate for the first time in the project.

“Over the past two years, more than 400,000 tourists from Korea have visited Croatia, and we expect this number to rise as direct fights between Seoul and Zagreb were launched last year,” commented the Korean Vice-Consul Junghyun. He added that he is convinced that joint Croatian-Korean patrols will contribute to increasing cooperation and the feeling of security of Korean citizens in Croatia.


Millions of people around the globe are going “plastic free” this July in order to both raise awareness of this massive problem as well as fight plastic pollution. And in this month of the combat against plastic Greenpeace Croatia found a rather novel, and extremely effective, way to highlight the terrible problem of plastic pollution of our seas and oceans.

As part of the fight against single use plastics Greenpeace today unveiled a six-metre high sculpture of whales emerging from a sea of plastic waste in the Istrian town of Umag. They also pushed for an international day without plastic bags and have started a petition for the total ban on plastic bags, which so far has been signed by more than 50,000 citizens in just a few months.

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Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging. And these very items are clogging the earth’s oceans and seas.

"July was declared as the month of the fight against plastic, so we wanted to show off its damaging impact on the sea world in a picturesque manner,” commented Petra Andric, the head of Greenpeace Croatia anti-plastic campaign. She added that “Plastic pollution on the beaches are only a small part of the pollution, most of the plastic that falls into the sea sinks to the bottom and creates terrible consequences for life in the sea, animals can be stuck in it, suffocate or eat it.”

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The news about marine animals affected by plastic is getting more and more common, and the findings of recent research are also a concern. For example, recently 102 turtles were examined in the Mediterranean, the Pacific, and the Atlantic and everyone one of them had some form of micro-plastic inside them.

Tom Jones absolutely rocked the Old City of Dubrovnik last night in a mega concert. From gospel to rock, Chuck Berry to Little Richard and of course the vast majority of his own timeless classics, it has been a long time since Dubrovnik has seen a concert of this scale.

"This town is beautiful, this is the first time I have been here and I am in shock. How did they build it?” boomed Jones from the stage and was greeted with roars of approval. His energy, voice and stage presence saw the Welsh legend roll back the years.

The concert was organised to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and if this was the opening page the rest of the festival has a tough act to follow. As Sex Bomb boomed out across the stone facades Dubrovnik enjoyed a night to remember. Although the concert was supposed to be limited to around a 1,000 guests the welsh legend could be heard, and indeed seen, by at least another 1,000 people.

You might think “it’s not unusual” to see such an amazing concert in Dubrovnik, you’d be wrong.


Another day and another warning of a heat wave to hit Dubrovnik if you thought it couldn’t get any warmer you were wrong.

Even though highs today hit a stifling 34 degrees it seems that we are in for another round of summer as this year is proving to be one of the hottest on record. Weather experts have warned that today and on Wednesday the wider Dubrovnik region is in for extreme temperatures with highs on Wednesday expected to hit 35 degrees.

The popular weather website Accuweather has released a yellow warning for Dubrovnik for Tuesday and Wednesday stating that “Stay alert for expected high temperatures. Health risks are possible in the vulnerable population, in particular senior citizens and small children.”

By the end of the week temperatures will drop again to the low thirties and by the weekend they should be stable between 30 and 32 degrees. Experts are also warning people to drink plenty of fluids and to avoid the sun from 11:00am to 4:00pm. 2019 looks like being a summer to remember in Dubrovnik.

On this day six years ago Croatia became a full member of the European Union. The 1st of July 2013 saw Croatia officially enlisted into the European family as the 28th member.

It was a long journey that took ten years to complete as Croatia applied for membership in 2003 and was granted candidate status in the middle of 2004.

Croatia finished accession negotiations on 30 June 2011, and on 9 December 2011, signed the Treaty of Accession. A referendum on EU accession was held in Croatia on 22 January 2012, with 66 percent of participants voting in favour of joining the Union.

The ratification process was concluded on 21 June 2013, and entry into force and accession of Croatia to the EU took place on 1 July 2013.

"For me as a coach, this is a great sign of recognition," commented Goran Ivanisevic after becoming the coach of world number one Novak Djokovic.

The Croatian tennis legend and winner of Wimbledon in 2001 is believed to be taking on the role for the duration of the Wimbledon Championships which start today, although if the pair hit it off then the co-operation could well last longer.

Speaking to the media Ivanisevic said “An unexpected call arrived several days ago. I was a bit surprised, I was travelling to Sweden. But, when Novak Djokovic calls you, many things are put aside,” said the veteran tennis star.

In his career as a coach so far Ivanisevic has coached Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic and Tomas Berdych.

One of the most popular beaches in the wider Dubrovnik region, Srebreno, has been given the all clear after failing to meet water quality standards last week.

The department of communal affairs and environmental protection of the Dubrovnik – Neretva County have been monitoring the situation after it was clear on the 27th of June that the sea water on the beach had become contaminated and was not fit for swimmers.

This short term pollution has now passed and the sea water on the Srebreno Beach is clean again and fit for swimmers.


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