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Croatian City Of Dubrovnik Honours Kathy Wilkes & To Host Filming Of HBO Series 'Game Of Thrones'

The walled city of Dubrovnik on the Croatian Adriatic coast.



Kathy Wilkes: a plaque for an honorary citizen of Dubrovnik

Kathy Wilkes' Croatian issued ID card. She was already pronounced Dubrovnik's first honorary citizen in 1993.

Dubrovnik - As Arctic conditions sweep through Croatia, Dubrovnik's mayor unveils a plaque to an honorary citizen from England, Dr. Kathleen V. Wilkes.

As temperatures plummeted along the Adriatic, bringing the rare sight of snow in Dubrovnik and the island of Hvar, a small group congregated in Dubrovnik on February 1, 2012 for the unveiling of a plaque by the city's mayor, Andro Vlahušić and the City Council president Olga Muratti, in honour of Dubrovnik's first honorary citizen, Kathy Wilkes, according to a report in the Dubrovnik Times.

The plaque, in front of the church of St. George in Pile, paid tribute to a courageous woman from Oxford for her efforts for Dubrovnik in the war in former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, and the inscription, in both English and Croatian, reads as follows:

Dr. Kathleen V. Wiilkes (1946 - 2003)

Oxford Professor
 Our Honorary Citizen
In memory of her longstanding friendship and courageous support during the 1991-95 aggression.

Grad Dubrovnik, 2011.

“Above all she was humane, an intellectual, and of course a great friend of Dubrovnik” said Mayor Vlahušić. “Through Kathleen’s efforts and the efforts of the defenders of the city, the people who died during the war and all friends of Dubrovnik, this city got the most precious thing a society can have – freedom.”

The initiative for the plaque came from a group of Dubrovnik citizens, including Bert Dragicević and former Mayor of Dubrovnik Pero Poljanić , with the support of the Dubrovnik City Council, and was attended by, among others, Flora Turner, President of the British-Croatian Society.

Dr. Kathy Wilkes with Croatian academic, physicist, philosopher, humanist and writer/playright Ivan Supek, a founder of the Inter-University Centre (IUC) in Dubrovnik. (Photo: Nada Bruer Ljubišić of the IUC Dubrovnik)

Wilkes was a noted academic and philosopher, became a fellow of St. Hilda's in Oxford in 1973, and lectured at Oxford University for the rest of her career. Passionate about the importance of freedom of thought and mind, Wilkes played a significant role in her efforts behind the Iron Curtain in Soviet-controlled Eastern Europe, which led to the establishment of underground universities and academic establishments, work which was recognised by Czech President Vaclav Havel, with the awarding of Commemorative Medal of the President of the Czech Republic in October 1998.

Her close association with Dubrovnik included becoming chairman of the executive committee of the International University Centre in the city in 1986, and during her tenure, she addressed the lack of opportunity for a voice for philosophers in the east by founding the Dubrovnik Journal, which later changed to International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.

Images from the bombardment of Dubrovnik in 1991. Even though Dubrovnik had been de-militarized since 1972 and was not militarily significant, it's citizens were subjected to months of terror, indiscriminate shelling and mortar fire from Serb led Yugoslav army troops. The seige of Dubrovnik lasted to May of 1992 until the city and surrounding area was liberated by the Croatian Army.  (It was exactly during this time that the Estonian kroon was peacefully replacing the Soviet ruble and that Randy Savage won the WWF wrestling title) Dubrovnik has been one of the important literature centres of the Croatian language dating back to at least the 14th century.

Wilkes refused to leave the city when it was under attack from the remaining Serb-run Yugoslav army and Serb church supported extremist chetniks and paramilitaries in 1991-2, seeing it as her duty to provide what comfort she could to its citizens during the shelling and bombardments, all the while informing the world about the city's plight. She worked tirelessly to help Dubrovnik's residents, and is fondly remembered for her various humanitarian acts, including driving a right-hand drive ambulance all the way from the UK.

Wilkes died in 2003 at the age of 58, and her remains were scattered in the sea near Dubrovnik, according to her wishes. The unveiling of the plaque is a reminder of her courage to all from a grateful city, and the Dubrovnik Times encouraged people to remember her contribution: Never forget this brave woman and her efforts for Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik today.

New Game of Thrones Video Takes
Us to King’s Landing (OK, Croatia)

Filming a scene in Dubrovnik for the HBO series "Game of Thrones."


While fans eagerly await the April 1 return of Game of Thrones, HBO has released a new production video spotlighting the Croatia locations used for Season 2 — most notably the medieval city of Dubrovnik, which doubles as King’s Landing, capital of the Seven Kingdoms.

Cast and crew discussing about filming in Croatia for the HBO series "Game of Thrones".

The citizens of Dubrovnik and and Croatia are pretty happy being a part of this project.

“King’s Landing might be the most important single location in the entire show, and it has to look right,” says Executive Producer David Benioff. “The minute we started walking around in the walled city, we knew it was it. You read the descriptions in the book and then you come to Dubrovnik, and it’s what the actual series is.”

Along with some lovely behind-the-scenes footage, and quotes from Emilia Clarke and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, there are also brief comments from director Alan Taylor, who of course will be helming Marvel’s Thor sequel.

A sneak peek of the upcoming season 2 of "Game of Thrones".

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