Monday, 16 July 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

The 2018 World Cup semi/final match between Croatia and England will be broadcast live in the centre of the Old City of Dubrovnik. The game will be broadcast on a huge video wall on Wednesday the 11th of July starting from 7.30pm.

In co-operation with the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Cinemas and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival a live broadcast of this semi-final clash will be shown at the end of the Stradun on a video wall above the Small Onofrio Fountain.

A great opportunity to catch the atmosphere from Russia in Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik Airport greeted its millionth passenger on Saturday the 7th of July a full six days before this mark was marked last year.

In the first six months of this year passenger traffic though the southernmost Croatian airport has increased by a little over 11 percent. In fact, the airport is on course to break the two millionth passenger mark well ahead of last year and 2018 could well be the best ever year for the airport.

To emphasize the giant steps that the airport has made in recent years in 1978 the airport welcomed the millionth passenger on the 7th of November.

Although Croatia has a long coastline and the crystal, clear waters of the Adriatic right on its doorstep it is at the bottom of the European Union in terms of fish consumption.

The Croatian Food Agency has recently carried out a survey of Croatian eating and drinking habits and whilst some of the results were to be expected the consumption of fish and seafood leaves a lot to be desired. Only 16 percent of Croatians regularly eat fish and seafood.

Somewhat expectedly consumption of coffee is high, in fact the second most popular drink in Croatia after water is coffee.
The survey highlighted that the average intake of carbohydrates by both men and women is higher than recommended. But on the positive side fat and protein intake is much better because the average intake is only several percentages higher than recommended.

"Although Croatians are thought to be great meat consumers, they are at the bottom of the EU ranking in that regard. Western countries Austria, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy consume less meat than us, while the ranking is topped by eastern countries Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic," Croatian Food Agency director Darija Sokolovic commented.

Every month, from January till June, has seen a positive increase of passengers with March seeing a massive 40 percent rise in passenger numbers. Dubrovnik Airport is certainly on course for a record year, with more international flights and airlines than ever before in its history the airport has handled an impressive 902,500 passengers since the start of this year. In June alone Dubrovnik Airport saw 365,348 passengers, an almost 9 percent increase over June from 2017.

May saw an increase of almost 15 percent with a little over 291,000 passengers using Croatia’s southernmost airport. At the beginning of the year the airport was predicting a healthy 10 passenger increase, however since the beginning of 2018 they are already seeing a 11.1 percent increase with a busy August and September expected.

As ever the airport struggles to attract airlines out of the main tourist season. For example, in January only 22,280 passengers, of which the vast majority were on domestic flights to Zagreb, used the airport which when compared to the June figure shows the peaks and troughs that the airport is constantly combating.

The Croatian President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, not only danced and celebrated in the stands but also in the got wild in the dressing room with the team after the match.

Kolinda has proved an absolute hit on social media and her special red and white outfit for the quarter-finals against Russia certainly caught the eye. She sat in the VIP area alongside the director of the Croatian Football Association, Davor Suker, and a seat away from the Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev.

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Kolinda meets the fans before the match - Photo Facebook Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

Check these videos of Kolinda celebrating a historic Croatia win in the 2018 World, Cup in Russia

Croatia have done it! And Dubrovnik went crazy as Ivan Rakitic scored the decisive penalty against Russia in the 2018 World Cup.

The celebrations went on into the small hours of the early morning as roads were blocked, fireworks and bangers lit the sky as everyone spilled out onto the streets to join in the fun.

A special large video wall that was set up on the Stradun was the centre of celebrations and when Croatia finally won, after a nail-biting finish, the ancient city absolutely exploded.

Check out these videos of the fan action last night

James Mattis, the U.S Secretary of Defence, will pay an official visit to Croatia. The 26th United States Secretary of Defence and former United States Marine Corps general will come to Croatia after he attends a NATO summit in Brussels.

During his official visit he will attend a meeting with the Croatian Minister of Defence as well as his Montenegrin counterpart, Predrag Boskovic, as part of the US-Adriatic Charter countries in Zagreb on the 13th of July.

The US-Adriatic Charter ministers are expected to discuss the stronger presence of the United States in Southeast Europe, steps that need to be taken to facilitate the integration of remaining aspirant countries with NATO, the security situation in Southeast Europe and a more equitable distribution of the burden of defence spending between the USA and Europe.

The US-Adriatic Charter is a partner regional initiative launched in 2003 by Croatia, Albania, Macedonia and the United States. In 2008 it was joined by Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. The initiative's main mission is to provide support to Euro-Atlantic integration processes in Southeast Europe and enable all aspirant countries to join NATO as soon as possible.

What a mad night in Dubrovnik. The streets, squares and bars of the city erupted last night as Ivan Rakitic slotted home the winning penalty and for only the second time in their short history they entered the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Dubrovnik erupted, fireworks lit the night sky, songs and cheers echoed around the historic facades…the city was in for a long night of celebrations. A huge video wall was installed inside the ancient walls and thousands turned out to watch Croatia take on the hosts Russia in Sochi.

It was a nail-biting game, that finished 1 -1 after 90 minutes, 2- 2 after extra time and 4- 3 to Croatia after penalties. Did anyone slep last night...probably not! 

Check out the atmosphere last night in the Old City of Dubrovnik

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