Friday, 21 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.


Thanks to the record breaking figures of Croatian airports this year, more new air carriers with new flights will be over Croatian skies in the near future.

Eurowings, a low cost subsidiary of Lufthansa, has announced the launching of new flights from its new base in Salzburg, Austria to Dubrovnik and Split for the summer season 2017. Flights will be operated twice a week on both routes starting from the 27th of March to Dubrovnik, and a day later to Split i.e. on the 28th of March 2017.

On the other hand, the Irish air carrier Aer Lingus, a subsidiary of International Airlines Group (IAG), has announced its plans to operate flights to Dubrovnik throughout the year. Dubrovnik Airport has already confirmed that the Irish airline, which maintains seasonal flights to Dubrovnik, will operate flights from Dublin throughout the winter.

Apart from local holidaymakers, the Irish carrier has carried a significant number of transfer passengers on the route Dublin-Dubrovnik throughout the whole summer primarily from and to the United States.

These new winter flights will be good news for the Croatian Diaspora in Ireland. As a result, Dubrovnik will become Aer Lingus’s only year-round destination in the country.

EduCentar, the Croatian website specializing in the promotion of educational programs, carried out a survey about reading habits of Croatian citizens in a period of one year.

Around 42 percent of survey participants read more than ten books in one year. Among their favourite genres were political literature, psychology and sociology.

''My goal is to read one book a month, but sometimes I read two'', said one of the survey participants, whilst others said that they read a lot more. ''Rarely a week goes by without reading at least one book'', said book lovers, whilst some of them improved their reading skills to perfection and they read three books a week.

''On average I read three books a month and I think that reading is very important for the development of vocabulary and one's education as well as general knowledge. Those who do not read really don't know what they are missing'', concluded one of the survey participants.

Around 19 percent of the respondents emphasized that they usually read ten books a year or two books a month on average, whilst 12 percent of them read around five books a year just for fun even though they ''would love to have more time for reading''.

A small number of respondents (14%) confessed that they read only three books in one year and stated that ''it is really a devastating figure, but that's the way things are''. One of the respondents commented, ''Let's be honest, I've read only two books in a year while I was on the beach during my summer vacation''.

On the other hand, some of the survey participants stated that they hadn't read any books within a year and that they generally didn't like reading. They consider it ''a waste of time'' because ''nowadays everything can be found on the internet''.

''The vocabulary can be developed in so many other ways, such as communicating with other people'', concluded book non lovers.

The seventh annual Dubrovnik Foreign Circle (DFC) second hand sale will be held on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of October in the Lazareti complex just outside of the eastern entrance to the Old City of Dubrovnik.

The second hand sale, which is being organised in partnership with the Lazareti Art Workshop, always has a humanitarian character and this year the beneficiary will be for “Dva Skalina” an association for children with special needs. The DFC plans to raise funds to assist in purchasing an outdoor wheelchair swing.
Donation collection dates are:
Wednesday, September 28, from 10 am to 6 pm
Thursday, September 29, from 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, September 30, from 10 am to 6 pm
Drop off location is Lazareti and pick ups are available via phone appointment on Wednesday and Thursday only from 10 am to 1 pm. You need to give a call to 091-784-2777 to arrange a pick up.

As the DFC said in a statement “We accept adult, children and baby winter and/or summer clothing, shoes, accessories (jewellery, hats, bags etc.), household items (dishes, glasses, vases, paintings, small appliances etc.) As always, items must be in good condition and working order.”

The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle’s mission and vision is to actively serve the community by providing services that contribute to the health and vitality of the greater Dubrovnik Region. The organization’s goal is to provide friendship and understanding between its members and the Dubrovnik community at large by organizing cultural and social events. The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle engages in fundraising activities for the benefit of its community projects.

Foreign media have been full of news that Jamie Dornan, currently really popular because of his role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, will probably join the new Robin Hood: Origins crew. For a few months is been know that Jamie Foxx will play The Little John, but it seems that cast will be richer for a new superstar now, writes Movieweb.

Apparently, Jamie Dornan is in negotiations to play Will Scarlett, a prominent member of Robin Hood's Merry Men in the new Robin Hood movie. It is supposed to start filming in January in Budapest and should continue in Dubrovnik, at least that was said by the Mayor of Dubrovnik Andro Vlahusic few months ago.

- One thing that we can definitely confirm is that Robin Hood will come to Dubrovnik, in January and February next year we will see Robin Hood on the Stradun – said Vlahusic on one press conference, adding that it will be the biggest film production in Dubrovnik, and the “significantly more expensive than the Star Wars filming.” He also confirmed that more than a hundred people will be involved in the production.
It is rumored that Dubrovnik will be the location for Nottingham Castle; however exact dates of filming and locations have yet to be confirmed. The lead role of Robin Hood will be played by Welsh actor Taron Egerton, famous for his role in Kingsman: The Secret Service. His partner, Maid Marion, will be played by Irish actress Eve Hewson, who is the daughter of Bono from U2. Robin Hood: Origins will be directed by Otto Bathurst and produced by Leonardo di Caprio.

For Fifthy Shades of Grey fans these are the great news, because they might see ''Mister Grey'' in Dubrovnik right before they see him on the big screens in Fifthy Shades Darker, which hits the theatres February 10, 2017.

Guests that had a chance to enjoy the cruise ship journey can leave their opinions about the cruising destinations on the website Cruise critic and when it comes to Top-Rated Eastern Mediterranean destinations Dubrovnik has been on the second place. According to the cruisers' choice, Venice is on the first, and the rest are: Kotor, Mykonos and Istanbul. All rankings are based on member review ratings for ports from sailings taken August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016.
Dubrovnik has more than 700 reviews which are mostly positive and that's why it's so high on the list. Since there are many cruisers coming during the year – we would be disappointed if there was any different result.

The Croatian government has recently approved the National Park on the island of Mljet to sign contracts worth almost 10 million Kunas for the construction of three tourist electric boats as environmentally friendly means of transport.

The boats will be built by the Zagreb company iCat in cooperation with the Riva company from Sibenik in order to help transport passengers on the Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero (Big Lake and Small Lake) on the island of Mljet. Also these electric boats will not emit any gases harmful to the environment.

Tomislav Uroda, the director and co-owner of the Zagreb company iCat, said that the first boat would be delivered within one year after signing the contract, whilst the other two would be delivered the following year. He also explained that the boats were intended primarily for navigation in protected waters and that a 7,5 kW solar power plant integrated in the boat roof would provide eight hours of sailing at operating speed of five knots during the summer months. ''These electric boats will also have a built-in battery that will provide additional range of more than seven hours of sailing per day. They will be able to accommodate 54 passengers’’, concluded Tomislav Uroda.

Marta Srsen Strazicic, the director of the Mljet National Park commented that the electric boats for the National Park Mljet were just one more proof of their goal to make the national park as well as the entire island an area with minimal CO2 emissions. They already use electric and hybrid cars, and two electric tourist trains on the island.

Four seasons in one day was predicted for Dubrovnik today and the weather forecasters were spot on. The day began with heavy clouds and even the beginnings of tornadoes as it seemed the heavens would open. However the rain held off until later in the afternoon when in just over an hour torrential rain almost flooded the city. This was followed by sunshine, in a day of completely mixed weather.

The forecast for the rest of the week is for more stable weather with plenty of sunshine and rising temperatures. Highs should reach around 28 degrees with next weekend expected to be warm and sunny.

Check out our gallery of the twister above Dubrovnik from our friend at Adriatic Images.

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Last week the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb announced the International Tourfilm Festival which is to take place from the 21st to 24th of September in Zagreb.

For the fifth consecutive year the Croatian capital will host the International Tourfilm Festival which will feature 126 films from 44 countries from all over the world which will compete for 36 awards in several different categories and for the Grand Prix for the Best Festival Film.

The films which are to be presented to the audience will range from promotional films for tourist destinations, adventures, extreme sports, films on rural, nautical and religious tourism to those on holiday resorts, hotels, different cultures and traditions.

On Thursday the 22nd and Friday the 23rd the films will be shown at the Tuskanac Cinema from 11 am to 6 pm, and admission is free of charge. Sponsors of the festival are the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, the Croatian Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board.

The organisers the Zagreb Tourist Board and Balduci Film especially announced interesting films from Vietnam, Turkey, the Bahamas, Spain, Portugal and Azerbaijan.

In addition, the film program will be accompanied by round tables and workshops on filmmaking, the promotion of the Croatian tourism over the last 50 years, the importance of tourism promotion and several other topics.

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