As you will see next month, in my final Croatian posting, I wasn't in the Dubrovnik area with my usual determination to unearth interesting nuggets of history or design. Many of my other city trips have been aided by a GPS app on my phone which enables me to record where the images were taken, and sometimes … Continue reading All Things Ecclesiastical
In the last year I've delivered a lot of training on the subject of the forces that drive change and how organisations respond to those forces. One of the examples that seemed to emerge regularly from those discussions was the way in which the UK has become more of a "foodie" nation. We talked about … Continue reading Glorious Food?
During the Rio Olympics I was in a Croatian bar with the ubiquitous TV showing live sport, though as the games were in progress it wasn't showing football. The event in question was sailing, and though I understood neither the captions nor the commentary, all I could see was the GB had a competitor vying … Continue reading Maritime Powers
How is your throat today? A little sore? Or maybe you've some wool that needs unravelling? More seriously perhaps you're at risk of imminent invasion? Who you gonna call? Perhaps a man who was martyred early in the 4th Century? St Blaise, St Blazey, San Biagio, St Blasius, San Blas; his reputation spread throughout the … Continue reading What the Blaises?
Arguably Dubrovnik's most famous feature, one of the experiences that most visitors to the city consider to be mandatory is a walk along the defensive walls. Similar in age and circumference to those of Berwick they differ in many significant ways. The builders in Berwick had access to plenty of earth and so the stone walls … Continue reading Walking the Walls
The 'Old Town' of Dubrovnik is the original walled city, the heart of the maritime Republic of Ragusa, and though the city has long outgrown those walls and established a new port on the other side isthmus that joins the Lapad peninsula to the mainland. Nevertheless the original buildings and layout have been largely preserved, … Continue reading Game, Set & Watch