Saturday, 23 June 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.


On the occasion of marking the Anti-Fascist Struggle Day, which is a national holiday in Croatia, a delegation of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County headed by the deputy prefect Žaklina Marević laid the wreath at the Memorial Tomb of the People's Liberation Army fighters at the Boninovo cemetery this morning.

A wreath on this occasion was also laid by representatives of the City of Dubrovnik, headed by the councillor Zdenko Medović.

Anti-Fascist Struggle Day is a national holiday and celebration in Croatia. It is celebrated on June 22, as it marks the beginning of the uprising of Croatian anti-fascist Partisans against German and Italian occupying forces, that started with the forming of the First Sisak Partisan Detachment on June 22, 1941 near Sisak, Croatia.

Oh what a night for Croatian football. Argentina, one of the favourites to win the World Cup, were brushed aside by Croatia last night in a 3 – 0 win.

And the whole country was awash with red and white squares, from Zagreb to Dubrovnik, as the goals flew in. The Sunset Beach in Lapad was one of the many bars and restaurants that rolled out the big TV and hundreds gathered to watch the big game.

The party went on well into the early morning hours with fireworks, singing and car horns filling the night sky.
Check out the atmosphere from Sunset Beach in Dubrovnik from Zeljko Tutnjevic.

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Croatia dominated Argentina in front of 45,000 fans in Nizhny Novgorod last night in the second group game of the 2018 World Cup. Goals from Ante Rebic, the captain Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic saw Croatia crush the South Americans 3 – 0.

From the very beginning of the match Croatia were on top and completely suffocated Lionel Messi and the rest of the Argentine midfield. In fact, in the first half Argentina failed to have a shot on target. Argentina looked nervous from the start and Messi was well marked all game. This was their biggest defeat at a World Cup since 1958 and the future in the competition now hangs in the balance.

Following their opening 2 -0 win over Nigeria Croatia now sit on top of group D with 6 points and look almost certain to win the group and progress into the later stages.

This was Croatia’s first win against South American opposition having lost their previous four encounters at past World Cups. 

Roma and Bosnia and Herzegovina star striker Edin Džeko is in party mode in Dubrovnik and presumably watching the 2018 World Cup from the city. The leading goal scorer was spotted in the Dubrovnik night club Culture Club Revelin hanging out and partying with his friends.

The busy summer schedule at Revelin is well under way and this Friday the world famous DJ EDX will play a set in the clu which is sure to raise the roof.

Džeko is certainly not a stranger in Dubrovnik, he often visits Dubrovnik and has a group of close friends in the city.

The Croatian electric car company Rimac are on the cusp of teaming up with one of the most important car manufacturers in the world. The German car giant Porsche has announced that they will purchase a 10 percent stake in Rimac Automobili.

"In less than a decade, we have gained a significant amount of know-how in developing high-performance car systems and battery technology, innovative infotainment and telemetry systems, and other important car systems. Our cars represent the cutting edge of technology and re-define what a super sports car is," stated the company in a press release.

This fresh injection of capital into Rimac is sure to push forward their goal of becoming the number one electric sports car manufacturers in Europe.

Porsche's Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Executive Board for Finance and IT, Lutz Meschke, said the company saw Rimac's ideas and the approach to the electric mobility market very promising, and that it hopes "to enter into close collaboration with the company."

Croatia is a favourite to win the World Cup trophy this year, said retired football coach Miroslav Blazevic, best known for taking the Croatian national team to the semi-finals and winning the third place at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

In his opinion, Croatia stands a good chance against Argentina in their upcoming game. “Croatia has a well-balanced team in all positions, which is not the case with Argentina,” he concluded.

And the former coach isn’t the only one backing Croatia, the BBC pundit Alan Shearer said that Croatia were his dark horses to win the 2018 World Cup. “They have an very skilful and experienced midfield,” added Shearer on BBC radio.

On the first day of summer, the 21st of June, a concert by the renowned Croatian cellist Ana Rucner will welcome in the summer. In the amphitheatre on top of the Srd Mountain, near the top station of the cable car, Ana Rucner and her guests will open summer in Dubrovnik with music.

The concert, which is free of charge, starts just before the sun rises, you’ll have to get up early, at 5.00 in the morning. This traditional concert will feature some well-known tunes from Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and the theme tune from the Disney film Frozen.

The organisers of the concert have laid on a number of buses to take you to the top of the mountain. A ticket costs 30 Kuna and the timetable is as follows -

Departures to Srđ
04:00 Bus Station
04:05 Grawe Center
04:10 Villa Čingrija / Boninovo
04:15 Pile
04:20 Ilijina Glavica (higher intersection)

Returning to Dubrovnik
06:30 with stops
Ilija Glavica
Health Center
Tommy Hypermarket
Bus Station

Summer in Dubrovnik will begin in style with the renowned cellist Ana Rucner. On the first day of summer, the 21st of June, and together with the World Music Day, the melodic sounds of Ana and her concert will float over the city. You’ll have to get up early because the concert begins before the sunrise. We caught up with Ana before the big day.

For the eighth year in a row you will welcome in summer in Dubrovnik so what have you prepared for this year?

This year is already the eighth time for me to hold my Ana in the City festival and the traditional concert on Srđ. Every year the concert program is different and is in fact a reflection of my mood and artistic inspiration. I am particularly pleased that every year more and more people come to Srđ and look forward to the concert. I hope that this will be the case this year as well, and I have prepared an excellent program. But apart from the attractive program I bring great guests and musicians. These are my parents who together with two other colleagues make the String Quartet Rucner and this year marked 20 years of artistic activity. My parents have in some way marked my career and artistic choice since, like my mother, I play cello, I have great support and when I feel secure and fulfilled by me. Besides them, on the beautiful stage of the amphitheatre on Srđ, I will host Marko Bosnjak, a boy from Vitez, an angel voice, winner at a regional singing competition. Besides having a special voice, he is a wonderful boy with lots of artistic potential.

You are working hard on contributing to the development of tourism, both in Dubrovnik and throughout Croatia. You recently received recognition in Ličko-Senjska County. How much does that mean to you?

I must confess, just like the applause of everyone, and even the smallest concert, means a lot. This is confirmation that people like my music, which is so uplifting to me. I recently received the Public Recognition of Lika-Senj County for a special contribution to the promotion of culture and tourism of Lika-Senj County, for the video spots of Tesla Field, Full of Life of Gospić, Storm, I will follow him (which I recorded with the honourable sisters in magical Lunsko olive grove). I received this recognition at the suggestion of the Prefect of the Lika-Senj County, Dr. Darko Milinović. Always through my performances I promote Croatia, its natural and cultural beauty and, just to know, I always get tremendous applause when I play with the videos taken in Dubrovnik and Linja - foreigners adore it because they feel this passion and love for dance.

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You were in China at the invitation of prestigious Chinese music schools and working with children. What are your impressions?

I was there as part of the “ColodiAna” project (Colodia means Croatia in Chinese) to perform a special invitation from International Private Schools with one of the best and most developed international programs. In these schools music education is highly appreciated, but cello as an instrument is not well known. The goal is the popularization of the cello and the creation of an interest in children to take up the instrument. I did this through the Masterclass "How to love cello" and brought the cello closer to a young population. In addition to the kids, the parents were also distinguished businessmen and ambassadors from China and the rest of the world who were interested in Croatia as a tourist destination, through videos, music and stories about natural and cultural beauties. For some of them this was the first meeting with Croatia and they were so thrilled that they decided to visit it this October. A tourism delegation with more than thirty participants will take advantage of the journey and to get acquainted with the business opportunities offered by Croatia. As a kind of ambassador for Croatia, at the very beginning of the ColodiAna project, I believe that I have directly influenced the increase of interest for Croatia, not just as a tourist destination but also a potentially interesting economic destination.




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