saturday august 8
Welcome to our beautiful city and to theeighteenth edition of the second seasonof “The Sibenik Times”. I’ve always lovedquotes, sayings, proverbs, phrases andwords, well the history of words andwhere they come from. I think this pas-sion goes all the way back to my oldEnglish teacher at school. Startingwith my childhood I remember goingto have my hair cut in an old style bar-bers. One phrase caught my attentionbut it wasn’t until years later that I real-ized what it meant. “Something for theweekend, Sir?” the barber would ask atthe end of each haircut never mind whatday of the week it was. The reason forthis strange question was that in thepast barbers shops used to sell condomsin fact they kept them in a small bowlon the counter and when I was young Ithought that the brightly colored foiledwrapped objects were sweets. So thequestion “something for the weekend”was a subtle way of offering condomsto customers. Later on in my teenageyears I fell in love with the game of golf,I’d play at least twice a week. It wasn’tuntil a trip to Scotland, the home of golf,that I saw where the word came from.“Gentlemen Only – Ladies Forbidden” orfor short GOLF. Another word, and onethat’s been accepted into Croatian, isposh. Posh stands for “Port Outwards,Starboard Home” and comes from theold British Empire days when peopletraveled between the UK and India viathe Mediterranean and Suez. The mostexpensive cabins were the ones thatfaced north and avoided at least someof the and sun. It’s funny how words loseor change their meanings for country tocountry and from culture to culture. “Adisaster never comes alone” or the Eng-lish version “It never rains but it pours”or “The one who wakes up early, catchestwo fortunes” probably has a betterfeel to it than the English version “Theearly bird catches the worm”. I’d preferto catch a fortune than a worm! OneCroatian phrase that always makes melaugh is “God first created a beard forhimself. Just the picture of God creat-ing a beard for himself makes me laughlet alone the fact that where does thisphrase fit in with the story of “on thefirst day God created the earth.” I guessthat according to this phrase firstly hecreated a beard before he started wor-rying about the heavens and earth andthe rest of Genesis 1:1.
FROM THE EDITOR
CroATiA And SloveniA exPeCT ToreSolve border diSPuTe ThiS yeAr
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CroATiA hoSTed 242,000 TouriSTS over The weekend
Croatian Times Croatian Prime Minister Ja-dranka Kosor and Slovene Prime Minister BorutPahor have said their two countries may resolvetheir maritime border dispute by the end of theyear. Slovenia has blocked the opening of morechapters in Croatia’s EU accession negotiationsbecause of the dispute. The Croatian and Sloveneprime ministers met last week at Trakoscan castlein northern Croatia. They agreed on a framework agreement according to which they would find asolution by the autumn and adopt it before theend of 2009. Kosor said: “We have found a way that we will follow. I am satisfied that we havefinally started to negotiate about the issue.” Pahursaid : “There is possibility we will find a way toresolve the problem this year so that Croatia’s EUaccession negotiations can continue.”
Those jetting off on holiday this summer may wish to think twice before emailingfriends and family. Research carried out by Abta – The Travel Association revealed thatthe majority of Britons (54 per cent) prefer to receive a traditional picture postcard rat-her than an email or text message. Holidaymakers from London are the most frequentsenders of postcards, writing and average of 3.83 per year. Of those surveyed, 26 percent said they keep any postcards they receive from loved ones. Commenting on thefindings, psychologist Donna Dawson said: “Picture postcards will always beat emails,texts and messages, because they are something that you can hold in your hand andobserve close up.” Postcards make a bigger impact because they utilise the senses of touch and vision, she added.
Fears that British tourists will stay athome this summer rather than venture topopular tourist spots such as Spain andCroatia are unfounded, a prominent tra- vel provider suggests. Pricewaterhouse-Coopers recently suggested that the UK tourism industry would suffer a slumpin the autumn. However, this is not a vi-ew shared by Thomson and First Choiceholidays, which believes that Britons aremore determined to go away than ever. A spokeswoman for the group said: “Webelieve that there will always be a mar-ket for short and mid-haul holidays, as well as longer haul offerings, not only for the great value for money you get,but also for the simple fact that you’renot susceptible to the unreliable GreatBritish weather. “Whatever people aregiving up – be it moving house, or a newcar – they are not giving up their sum-mer holiday abroad to the sun.” Amongthe most interesting locations to visit thissummer is Zagreb, which is “blossominginto a vibrant and colourful capital city,”according to the Los Angeles Times.
Croatia hosted 242,000 tourists this weekend, around 7,000 more than duringthe last weekend in July 2008. According to the Ministry of Interior, there were986,000 foreign and 256,000 domestic tourists in a total of 454,000 vehicles overthe weekend. At the same time, 1,144,000 million tourists left Croatia over the weekend. The number of vehicles and passengers crossing into and out of Croatia was the highest for a weekend this year. There were 88,000 passengers and 15,000 vehicles more than on the previous weekend. As usual, the most traffic occurredon Saturday when 474,000 passengers and 167,000 vehicles entered Croatia. OnSunday, 411,000 passengers arrived in Croatia, on Friday 357,000.
Croatian Tourism Minister Damir Bajs has saidCroatia can be satisfied with its current situation inregard to tourism. According to Bajs, Croatia hasfared better this summer season than many otherMediterranean countries. Bajs said this week thenumber of tourists had declined by seven per centand the number of tourist overnights had declinedby three per cent in the first six months of 2009compared to the same period in 2008. Bajs addedthe past weekend, when the country hosted 85,000more tourists than on the same weekend last year,had been very significant. Croatian tourism shouldbenefit a lot from the traditional Italian vacationperiod called “feragosto” in August, Bajs said. Bajsadded, however, that he was aware there would befewer foreign tourists in Croatia this year and hisgoal was to make the decline in their numbers assmall as possible.