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The Sun, British website read by millions around the world, is following Football World Cup religiously, but has taken an interesting approach when it comes to Croatia. They recently published an article titled: ''HERE WE CRO - What is the name of the Croatian national anthem, and what do its lyrics translate to?''.
- CROATIA are heading back to the World Cup - and hoping to match their 1998 run to the last-four. That performance 20 years ago is the high-point in their footballing history, but the current crop of players have the potential to produce a similar shock in Russia – writes the Sun, continuing with interesting facts about Croatian national anthem.
They write that it's called 'Lijepa nasa domovino', which means 'Our beautiful homeland'.
-Original lyrics were penned as long ago as 1835, with the tune and words adapted over the years. It wasn't until 1972 that the anthem was formally made official, whilst more lyrical changes were made between 1974 and 1990 – it's stated by The Sun.
It seems that they really loved our anthem, because there is also an English translation. So, here you go, enjoy:
Our beautiful homeland,
O so fearless and gracious.
Our fathers' ancient glory,
May you be happy forever.
Dear, you are our only glory,
Dear, you are our only one,Dear, we love your plains,
Dear, we love your mountains.
Drava, Sava, keep on flowing,
Danube, do not lose your vigour,
Deep blue sea, tell the world,
That a Croat loves his people.
Whilst his fields are kissed by sunshine,
Whilst his oaks are whipped by bura's winds,
Whilst his ancestors lie buried,
Whilst his live heart beats.
You will able to hear it on Thursday, June 21st, at 8 pm, when Croatia meets Argentina.
World fishing day in which Croatia will participate with 24 fishing countries (Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Iceland, Germany, Italy ...) is just around the corner! Displaying worldwide fishing will take place on Saturday, June 23rd, and will be shown in the English Fishing TV (www.fishingtv.com) live program.
In Croatia, Thom Hunt, an Englishman and fisherman and famous TV host, will be in charge for the program, from the boat somewhere near Dubrovnik with a fishing rod in his hand and hoping to catch the fish in the period between 7 am and 11 am when he will be aired live reporting from Croatia. In that period, Thom will appear six times and on two occasions films about continental fishing in Croatia will be aired.
This is the first time that such a great fishing spectacle is held, and Croatia immediately became involved because of the cooperation of the Croatian FishingCroatia TV with Fishing TV. About 5 million viewers worldwide are expected to watch the show, so this is an outstanding promotion for Croatian fishing and our beautiful country.
American rapper, songwriter and actor Ice-T will perform in Zagreb tonight with his heavy metal band Body Count.
Maybe that inspired his wife Coco to react on one funny story published few years ago by Critic. They wrote that Croatian president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic attracted attention at the beach and put photos of – Coco.
- Do u remember recently people kept mistaking me as the president of Croatia ? Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović? Press would always ask how i felt about it! I do have to say she looks very similar to me ..Maybe we are related.I don't mind being compared to a president! – wrote Coco yesterday on Twitter and made everyone laugh. Hopefully, even the president.
After a successful Croatia collection, presented in Sao Paulo, Brazil in March this year Croatian artist with Dubrovnik adress Lena Kramaric was invited to exhibit her works at the European Capital of Culture Valletta – Culturenet.hr writes.
At the invitation of Honorary Consul of the Republic of Croatia to Malta, Juliana Scerri Ferrante, Lena Kramaric exhibits her works as part of the 'National Day of Croatia' in Malta, celebrated on June 19th this year, at Fortress Builders in Valletta, capital of culture.
The exhibition will show artworks by this amazing painter and will consist of 10 paintings made with different techniques and in different dimensions, all created from 2014 until today.
It is an exhibition of artworks by author Lena Kramarić. A choice of 10 images in a combination art on canvas, of different dimensions, created from 2014 until today.
Website Amazing cakes ideas that works as online cake catalog has published an interesting competition – that for the Super Astonishing Cake in the World.
And what a delight is to know that amazing 'Konavocica' by Dubravka Falkoni Matic, showing tradition of Konavle in the sweetest way, won the first place!!
-Congratulations to the Champion, Dubravka Falkoni Matić! Her "Cake Masterpiece" captured the tastes of many people in the world and because of that it was crowned as the "Super Astonishing Cake In The World". She is now part of our Wall of Fame (page 19) and shall receive an amazing certificate – Amazing cakes wrote.
Congratulations to Dubravka Falkoni Matic, who is truly an artist!
Folklore ensemble Lindo will host a concert in Sponza Palace named ’Gift to the City – a musical walk through Croatia’ on Wednesday, June 20th, to celebrate World Music Day. The concert will start at 8:30 pm and the entrance is free.
The repertoire of Lindo orchestra, male, mixed and female vocal groups and female choir will consist of songs from various parts of Croatia.
-We want to remind everybody that we called the concert ‘A musical walk through Croatia’ for a reason, because we will take you through Croatia in a special way. Lindo is a folklore dance ensemble, but also a folklore choir. Musicians of the ensemble, except the tambourines, play classic and numerous traditional instruments and you will have the opportunity to see and hear some at the concert. We are very pleased to announce that the visitors of the concert will have a chance to hear the musical parts of the Podravski svati choreography, which we are preparing for the Dubrovnik Summer Festival – it was announced from folklore ensemble Lindo.
It seems that June is 'bizarre car accidents month' in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Just five days after the one in Zupa, when car was standing vertically against the wall, new weird car accident happened on the island of Korcula.
Volkswagen Up, clearly a rent-a-car, ended up in the sea, where it actually stayed floating. It seems that, just like Zupa, it all happened because car brake went off, or it wasn't pulled to begin with.
On the videos from Peljesac.hr, it can be seen how they are trying to pull the car out of the sea with a rope. Luckily, no one wasn't in the car and no one was hurt.
Watch the video below, but make sure to click - full screen!
In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 15 traffic accidents, in one of which one person was killed and eight had injured persons, where three persons were heavily injured, eight had light injuries while six traffic accidents had material damage.
By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 511 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 253 measures taken due to speeding, 32 due to improper overtaking, 48 measures due to improper stop and parking, 34 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 22 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.