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Saturday, 28 March 2015

New Croatian Made 'Katina' Super-Yacht Officially Launched To Sea






I already did an Easter themed post a few days ago, but I figure I'll do another one anyway. (How so Easter?...well, lots of people eat fish around Easter and colouring eggs and you could easily spend a week out in the water on these yachts catching lots of fish and making easter eggs, as well as lots of couches to eat Easter chocolate bunnies on, it's self-explanatory actually.) Anyway, I originally posted about this Croatian made super-yacht "Katina" story previously HERE. I thought it was interesting and pretty cool, then just yesterday I came across some pics of it after being completed and during it's christening, so I might as well conclude this story.

I'm not going to get into all the specs and numbers again here, but like I wrote before, there's a lot worse things to be known for or a part of, if one comes across all the crap and bullshit pointlessness in the news these days especially, all the crap, b.s. blood, guts, snot, screaming, whining, protesting, more b.s-ing, scandals, allegations and fraudsters, dropped balls, is it a blue dress or a gold dress crisis, pointless polls and more allegations, high cholesterol, obesity and heart disease, phobic this, phobic that, longer line ups, intolerant phobics of the other phobics and their tolerant phobicocities, extremists and kooks yelling or complaining about one thing or another, Twatter and Instaglam actiess photos.....list goes on and on. Yep, knowing that Croatia is also a part of the super-yacht building scene now is pretty cool, and another thing to add to Croatian made trains, cars, trams, computers other large ships and a bunch of other stuff I've posted about. It's a higher clientele type niche and not for the average person, but still. I wonder if they have more contracts lined up down the road, maybe for even larger and more impressive super-yachts, maybe one with an on the premises ice-cream parlour,  a real Swiss Chalet restaurant or an on board bingo hall. "Wow, that's a nifty yacht George, is that made in France, California, Italy, Japan?...nope Fred.. it's made in that them there Croatia."

Actually, while getting the pics from the Croatian website I even discovered that this is not the first super-yacht built by the company. Brodosplit already launched a similar floating hotel yacht in 2012, so I put a pic of that one and some video footage of it near the bottom.

Now, of course I don't have any plans to rent this swanky yacht (or floating mansion actually) any time soon, (Although, if you can rent one of these types of super-yachts for $400,000 for a week, then you got a pretty good deal, but it includes the fuel, docking permits, cooks, pilots, tv remote controls, complimentary suntanning lotions, shampoos and conditioners, potpourri, electric can opener, ice-cube making machine etc), but this is interesting news nonetheless.

Brodosplit has already for years been building super-large container ships, ferries, passenger ships, oil tankers, Croatian navy warships/police boats, but this shows that Croatian shipyards can make top notch quality luxury yachts also. It's a whole new different niche and clientele, afterall, the Croatian coast is many times called the French Riveria of eastern Europe, but a lot cheaper. So if the niche is there, then you might as well fill it. Like I mentioned at a previous police boat post HERE.

I still say some surface-to-surface or surface-to-air missile systems (SSM"s or SAM's) or some ultra-rapid fire mounted guns would be a good idea to have on the yacht. Police boats are on the lookout for pirates and various terrorists/extremists/bootleg Rick Astley and other shitty music cd importers and illegal/ridiculous looking whatevers, but for just in case one slips through the cracks to spoil the vacation and yachting fun. Just hunch, but I think Gilligan and the Skipper would probably have liked this yacht and then most likely they would never have gotten shipwrecked in the first place. 




Related: www.vecernji.hr

www.24sata.hr

www.poslovni.hr

wikipedia.org/wiki/Brodosplit

www.brodosplit.hr

new-croatian-made-super-yacht-katrina-being-built





The 60 metre superyacht Katina launched today







Source: www.superyachttimes.com



The 60 metre superyacht Katina has been launched today. Built by the Croatian shipyard Brodosplit, she accommodates up to 12 guests in total over a luxurious master suite, three double cabins and two twin cabins, all of which come with en suite facilities. A crew of eight are also accommodated for on board.

Designed as a charter yacht, she boasts a wide range of water toys, as well as a 5 metre tender. Water toys include; fishing equipment, water skis, SUP paddle boards, a Waverunner and an underwater camera. Powered by twin CAT C32 1,900 hp engines, she has a top speed of approximately 14 knots.

Katina will be offered for charter with Exmar Yachting throughout the Mediterranean.






Launch of Hull 524 – ‘KATINA’








Source: www.brodosplit.hr



Many building partners attended the launching ceremony, and Katina Debeljak, ship’s godmother, after whom the ship was named, cut the rope and symbolically launched the ship to sea.

60 meters long yacht is able to accomodate 12 passengers in six VIP cabins on four decks. There will be 10 crew members, and the ship is intended for cruising in the Mediterranean and ocean navigation in accordance with certificates of Croatian Registry of Shipping and code LY2.







Interior view of the tv and lounge area of the Katina, perfect for kicking back and watching episodes of Coronation Street. More pics at previous post HERE.





It is built on 'mini-cruiser' platform, hull and superstructure are made of steel, and wheelhouse is of alluminium alloy. Two engines with power of 1000 kW enable navigation at speed higher than 14 knots. Propulsion management is executed by remote control from the wheelhouse, as well as with additional portable 'plug&play' console.

Two pairs of top quality 'zero speed' stabilisers are ensure comfortable travelling and reduction of rolling while the yacht is moored, while fuel and water reservoirs, and storage space enable autonomy of 4000 NM.





Katina Debeljak, the ship’s godmother, after whom the ship was named, cut the rope and symbolically launched the ship to sea. (Katrina Debeljak is Croatian, but many people don't know that she is also 3rd in line to the royal throne of Drasuvania, that's amazing). Image: www.brodosplit.hr.





Spatious galley makes it possible to prepare three warm dishes a day. Six luxury fitted VIP cabins is located at upper deck, and spatious salon and meeting room is able to accommodate up to 35 persons at the same time for business meetings, presentations or parties.

The whole yacht is covered by audio-visual entertainment system, iPod connections and Internet. All four decks are connected with elevator, and there is special elevator for delivery of food from galley to salon. During night special mood is created by underwater lights and lighted name of the yacht. The yacht is fitted with sauna, jacuzzi, hospital, gym, equipment for diving, kayaking, surfboarding and many other fun equipment.





An image of the 2012 launched "Caspian Star" mega-yacht.



Similar to the "Katina", some footage of "Caspian Star" which was also built at Brodosplit and delivered in 2012, this one's not too shabby either.






Just to keep it fresh, here's a pic of Croatia's current newly elected President at today's Euro2016 qualifying match that took place in Zagreb today. I'm not going to post about the match, I'll just say that they won so you'll have to go elsewhere for highlights and stats. However, I will say it's good to see that she took the time and showed up and even wore her jersey. That's good, because if she didn't I was going to really let her have it, and she would have had a lot of explaining to do.


Image source: www.facebook.com/KolindaGrabarKitarovic








On second thought I was going to add highlight footage of the soccer game, then decided instead to put this recent local downtown ghetto cab mugging footage. Check it out at the 25 second mark, she has a hammer. Classy. It's like the pimp probably said "I'm hungry bitchez, go get some quick cash for Big Macs before they closed, and extra ice in my coke. (Sort of weird though, why not go for an axe instead, or at least a hatchet or claw hammer? pruning knives are very popular too these days, you have to look cool for the camera and ball-peen hammers are simply not cool these days. Actually, and this is from my military and other experience...a pen can be much more lethal even causing instantaneous death. (If you've been trained how to use a pen, or even a pencil if need be, efficiently and accurately, a simple inexpensive ballpoint pen when used correctly can and will do much more permanent damage, pain and cause more extreme anguish and excruciating suffering than just a knife or even a hatchet. It's true, depending on your preference you can cause either instant blindness, brain damage, larnyx/trachea permanent damage with the added bonus of circulatory shock, or just instant death. Then look really cool and heroic in front of your woman when being mugged, you'll get the royal treatment later that night for sure because you saved the day). I think the one on the right just may have sat in the seat ahead of me during one of my college classes last year. 



What the heck, another downtown ghetto cab mugging but less exciting, there's always next time though. I'm pretty sure this guy was in my typography class last year. (I thinks these vids explain why so many tailbans and fundamentals keep coming to Canada every year to go to university. What if the relatives or acquaintances of the cab drivers find them and then chop their head off with an axe? Stuff like that happens sometimes) 




Related: abramovich-yacht-eclipse-anchors-in-hvar

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13th-croatia-boat-show-taking-place-split

croatia-continues-fight-against-somali-pirates

1500-applicants-in-split-for-pirate-fighting-jobs

new-police-boats-blue-border-eu-patrol





Thursday, 26 March 2015

Giant Croatian Easter Egg (Pisanica) Exhibited in Pécs, Hungary






Something quick and nice and light, I'll just file this under "odds and ends" or "miscellaneous." Actually, just last week a female acquaintance was downtown with her friend for some late night drinks, in a part that many locals simply just call "the ghetto", long story short one of them got mugged, everything turned out ok this time and nobody got hurt, and the mugger only got away with 5 bucks and change, she even saw him in a mall a few days ago grinning and buying a new local team baseball hat like a real success jackpot winner or something.  (There's also been a slew of taxi cab drivers getting mugged recently, which is a sign that it's almost Easter) So on that note, with Easter just around the corner, this one that I just came across caught my attention. I already posted about this topic quite some time ago, so I decided I might as well just repost that whole post here underneath again, for the benefit of the reader. Easy and as simple as boiling an egg. I've actually come across lots of articles with these giant version handpainted Easter eggs showing up in quite a number of European cities around this time of year...






A giant handpainted Croatian Easter egg (Pisanica) in Pécs, Hungary.





Source: hungarytoday.hu


The extraordinary, two-metre attraction was erected in Pécs’s central Széchenyi tér. Similar giant Easter eggs have been made by craftsmen in Croatia’s Koprivnica-Križevci County, on the border with Hungary, since 2007 and the project has now become part of the region’s cultural heritage.








The project aims to combine traditional egg-painting with naïve art. The initiative has already been introduced to great acclaim in several major cities around the world, including Vienna, Prague, Brussels, London, New York and Rome.

The giant Easter egg presented to Pécs is the work of four Croatian naive painters. Under plans, it will go on display every year in the Easter season.

via szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu
photos: MTI/Tamás Soós






Pisanica - History Of Croatian Easter Eggs & Other Pre-Christian Traditions






(The following is a repost from 2010)


I was doing some shopping the other day and it suddenly hit me just how many varieties of coloured and chocolate eggs and bunnies and chicks et al, are found at all the stores and checkout aisles.  "Probably not many people know that Croatians have a long history of of colouring eggs" I thought. Nothing new to us at all really.  It's a tradition that we call 'Pisanica', which goes back to long before the tradition was being done on this side of the pond...and then much further back before any kinds of eggs became associated with the holiday at all. (Sort of like how some people erroneously think Croatia/Croatians are a fairly recent arrival on the history scene. Au contraire and nothing could be further from the truth) The Croatian name, people, nation and history goes far very back as well. (See Here) We now know that the ancestors of the early Croats were eating eggs in Europe 4000 years ago, and so they were most likely painting them too. Where there are eggs and paint, there are probably pisanica. (See The ancestors of the Slavs could have been in Europe 4 thousand years ago) There's more info about this topic at the links or if you Google around.....





Traditional Croatian Easter eggs in Croatia/Pisanica.





Well, it's that time of year again. Spring is officially here, the days will start to become longer and Easter will be just around the corner. (The Spring Equinox actually started just yesterday) This post is mainly concerned with the long Croatian Pr-Christian tradition  of colouring and painting Easter Eggs. (ie: Pagan influenced from the times before Christianity when early Croats had a variety of ancient gods, goddesses, mystical beings and spirits inhabiting the forests and lakes) It's a tradition that is present in other Slavic countries as well, and has even found it's way to other cultures even today. This post here is sort of a continuation of an earlier post I did concerning Slavic Mythology, traditions, folklore and legends. If you find this topic interesting, then there you will find much more information on other Croatian traditions, mythology, legends and folk customs. You can read it HERE.





Footage of giant Pisanica in Zagreb. You can find many similar scenes in many other locations.





Anyway, "Pisanica" which is a common and popular tradition among many Croatians and Slavic peoples is a big part of Easter celebrations. It's popularity comes from our Pagan (ie: Pre-Christian) roots which was so popular that it was incorporated into the later Christian religion, much like other Pagan customs and beliefs into other Christian holidays.  I don't think there would be any way that this Pagan custom could ever be abolished by religious authorities. That would be tantamount to abolishing the drinking of Sljivovica, Pivo, Vino or the eating of pork and shrimp. (pečena svinjetina and škampi. Not gonna happen)  It's pretty cool that this very old custom is still around to this day and doesn't seem to be going away any time soon, but rather is more popular as a part of the season every year.

Years ago these Jehova's Witness types, (or was it Mormons, or Pentecostal holy rollers?..I forget, there's so many of these groups and people around, some sort of fundamentalist types anyway who probably watch those strange suited and toupée'd guru leader televangelist programs)...he told me how people who incorporate Easter Eggs, Bunnies, Christmas trees, mistletoe, lights and decorations etc, into the holidays are going to hell for continuing Pagan customs. He was adamant that they're lost and in cahoots with Satan bla bla bla. In that instance him and his agreeing cohorts were more concerned about eggs, trees, bunnies and mistletoe than the crackheads and other very questionable types just a stones throw away. Weird)  Anyway, below is some very basic basic background information on Pisanica, and it's relation to Croatian and Slavic history. I've also added some information about how one can make some basic Easter Eggs, if one feels so inclined, at home using very natural ingredients and simple methods that the early Croats would have used, probably something the kids would enjoy.






A giant handprinted Easter egg painted with Croatian naïve art scenes in downtown Zagreb. 





Source: en.wikipedia.org/pisanica

Related: http://os-veliko-trojstvo.skole.hr

www.vecernji.hr

dnevnik.hr

zpress.hr

www.evarazdin.hr

dubrovacki.hr

www.koprivnica.hr

www.vecernji.hr

croatia.hr 

wikipedia.org/wiki/Naïve_art




Pisanica is a decorated Croatian Easter egg that comes from an old Slavic custom dating back to Pre-Christian times. Even clay eggs have been found in some of the earliest Croatian graves after their migrations to today's areas.(see croatianearlyhistory.blogspot.ca)  Later, during Easter, eggs would be painted with bright colors, and would be given as gifts, especially to young children or a significant other. Before paint became common, villagers would have to use whatever resources they had available around them to make the dyes and paints themselves. The most common colour for eggs was red, due to the abundance of red beets and other vegetables. In the Međimurje area, soot would often be mixed with oak to make a dark brown color. Green plants would be used for green dye. The word 'pisanica' is derived from the Croatian word that means "writing." The most common phrase put on pisanicas is Happy Easter, or 'Sretan Uskrs' in Croatian. Other common decorations are doves, crosses, flowers, traditional designs, and other slogans wishing health and happiness.





Pisanica in Zagreb.



Pisanica in the town of Koprivnica in northern Croatia.



Town of Koprivnica. Images: www.vecernji.hr.





Giant pisanica in the town of Koprivnica.





A giant Croatian handpainted Pisanica in Prague, Czech Republic. Image: www.demotix.com



Croatian handpainted giant Pisanica in Vienna. Images: www.kroativ.at and marthasvienna.blogspot.ca.



A giant handpainted Croatian Easter egg (pisanica) in Pécs, Hungary. Image: hungarytoday.hu



Croatian Pisanica even in Bruxelles, Belgium. Photo: www.cromoda.com.





The day before Easter, Roman Catholics and other Christians go to a late night mass carrying a basket of traditional food (including bread, cheese, and eggs (either pisanica or regular eggs). During the mass, the priests blesses the food, which are kept for the next morning to eat.





 'Uskršnja košarica' or Easter basket, traditionally consisting of Pisanica, Easter Ham (another traditional food signifying good luck, and a custom that also connects to the times of the ancient pagan Croats), other basic meats, vegetables and of course fresh Croatian bread and rolls. Just one of the typical simple rural folk customs around Easter that hasn't changed much in centuries to welcome the new vernal equinox. (I'm not going to get into the various Easter dinner dishes later at home which is a whole other topic)



The tradition and symbology of Pisanica also connects with the Easter Hare/Rabbit, both going back many centuries to Pre-Christian times when the early Croatian tribes were still pagans in antiquity. (long before the discovery of cocoa beans in South America and the later invention of chocolate and hydrogenated vegetable oils and lecithin rabbits and eggs). Both being fertility symbols and connected to rebirth and the welcoming of the vernal equinox/spring, the Easter Hare/Rabbit eventually took on the role of a Santa Claus that is common today. The custom was first officially recorded in Georg Franck von Franckenau's De ovis paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) in 1682, referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter eggs for the children. For these reasons it's the Easter Hare/Rabbit and not a chicken that arrives handing out Easter eggs to welcome the spring and new season. Interestingly, Easter is calculated annually according to the vernal equinox and based on lunar phases, specifically around the appearance of the New Moon. Just as the ancient pagan Croatian tribes also celebrated their feasts based on the vernal equinox and New Moon, today they also have their Easter eggs and other related symbologies/traditions from antiquity.





On Easter day, there is a traditional game played in which at least two people choose an egg and hold them vertically while one person lightly taps the end of the other egg with their end, to see whose will crack. Whosever egg cracks must choose another and then tap the egg of the other persons, and they continue until all the eggs have been used and cracked but the last one. Whoever holds the strongest egg in the end which has not been cracked, wins.





A display of children's Pisanica in the town of Lepoglava, Croatia in 2011








Croatian Pisanica. Image: www.dnevno.hr.





Source: en.wikipedia.org/slavic_culture


The tradition of egg decoration in Slavic cultures originated in pagan times, and was transformed by the process of religious syncretism into the Christian Easter egg. Nevertheless, these decorated eggs have retained much of their pagan symbolism.

Many Slavic ethnic groups, including the Bulgarians (писано яйце, pisano yaytse), Croats (pisanica), Croats in BiH (pisanica), Czechs (kraslice), Poles (pisanka), Slovaks (kraslica), Slovenes (pisanica or pirh), and Ukrainians (писанка, pysanka), decorate eggs for Easter. Many of the names derive from the Slavic root 'pisa/pisati' which is etymologically connected to the word for 'writing'. This is an Eastern European tradition also, since Romanians, a Latin ethnic group, have it too (ouă încondeiate).





Giant Pisanica in Croatia.



Children painting Pisanice in the eastern Croatian town of Vinkovci. Source: vinkovci.com.hr.



Making Pisanica the old fashioned way with common garden ingredients, see photo at bottom.



Just so there's no confusion, (because many people really are confused about this and many other topics I found out), the above image is from "A Serbian Film" which highlights parts of Serbian culture Easter tradition. However, their tradition of newborn anal sex with newborn babies is part of their Serb church and Serb bread celebrations, and actually has no connection with Croatian or other Slavic languages speaking peoples history or traditions. These days this Easter custom is only popular in Serbia and late night at some downtown city alleyways on this side of the pond. (Just supplementary information for the benefit of the reader)




Raising funds for sick children by selling Pisanica in the coastal town of Šibenik. Images: www.24sata.hr.



Another humanitarian fund raising event in the town of Šibenik using Pisanice. Images: www.ezadar.hr.



The popularity of handpainted pisanice has moved on over the years from using real eggs to even eggs made of different materials and different sizes. Above photo from an exhibition of over 150 different handpainted eggs. Images:www.vecernji.hr.



A typical Easter egg hunt in Croatia scene. Related: www.ivanic-grad.hr





The pattern is often applied to an egg by the process of wax-resist, similar to batik. A stylus is used to apply hot wax to the shell of an egg, which is placed in a series of dye baths. The wax seals the dye into the egg; the colors and pattern are revealed when the wax is removed (by melting it off) at the end.









Croatian postcard from 1938 portraying Croatian women in national folk costumes and the old tradition of making pisanica using coloured yarn. Image: dreampostcards.com.



Another Croatian Easter card from the 19th century featuring Pisanice.





Other techniques include "drop-pull" eggs, a variation on batik which uses a simple pin head to apply wax; a "scratch" technique, where dye is applied to an egg and then patterns scratched onto the shell; painted eggs, where the shells are painted using a brush; and various versions of appliqué, where items (straw, paper, beads, sequins) are glued to the shell of an egg.

While decorated eggs of various Slavic nations have much in common, national traditions vary. Centuries ago in Europe, the rabbit also became associated with Easter Eggs. Being seen as a fertility symbol also, much like eggs, he eventually became the 'Easter Bunny' that we see today. Together they are a symbol of Spring and rebirth. The date of Easter is not fixed on a certain calendar date, but is actually instead governed by the phases of the moon –  a lunar celebration much like many important events in Pre-Christian and Pagan times. (The first full moon after the Spring Equinox to be exact)











FROM GRANNY'S CHEST


Traditional Easter Recipes For The Holidays 


We bring you traditional Croatian recipes for the Easter holidays, which are current despite the modern age crunch.












After the introduction of purchasing colour for Easter eggs appeared, interest for the old ways of decorating eggs, which included natural dyes from the garden and market, seems to have disappeared. Leave the chemicals behind and embrace blueberries and onion peel.

We bring you several traditional recipes anent Easter. Therefore, if you would like to make your family happy, get the necessary ingredients and pick up the ladle. If you follow these recipes, they will be as good as granny`s. We even found a great way how to prepare Easter eggs without any hassle, of course, keeping tradition in mind.





Traditional naturally coloured Pisanica/Easter eggs in the Istra region of Croatia. Image/article: www.istra.hr





Go to the garden for some blueberries, onion and spinach

Our advice is to leave chemicals from factories behind. Eggshells can become pink if you use beetroot; red cabbage and blueberries will colour them blue; red onion peel will provide brown or red decorations. If you want to make your eggs orange, reach for yellow onions; spinach will paint them green, while lemon zest and orange will give them a mild, yellow touch. Juice of darker grapes will paint the eggs soft purple.

If you have a problem with mono-coloured eggs, we have a solution for this as well. Strap a cloverleaf, or any other, on an egg with a rubber band – this will leave a motive on the shell.








Before you start colouring, wash the eggs and lay them down in a pot. Be careful to have only one layer of eggs and cover them in water. Before the coloring process starts, you can regulate the colour shade. If you add two teaspoons of vinegar per litre, you will get darker shades. Add just half a cup for softer tones.

Heat up the eggs, water and ingredients, then reduce the temperature and let everything cook for at least ten minutes. The longer you leave it on, the colour will be more emphasized. If you want intense colours, then pour out the water from the pot once it cools down and leave the eggs in the fridge for a few hours.





Some very simple and age old ways to make 'pisanice'. Image: www.likecroatia.com






Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Did You Know That A Hajduk Split Plaque Hangs In U Fleků Pub In Prague & Why?.....







Since 2001 a plaque hangs at the exact same table in U Fleku pub in Prague where in 1911 the Hajduk Split football club was founded. Image: www.facebook.com/PivovararestauraceUFleku.





I came across these pics and pub footage while doing my Most popular beers of the world and in Croatia post the other day, the pics are from the U Fleků pub in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. I thought it was interesting so I updated a previous post and then decided what the hell, this topic deserves a whole post of it's own.

Most of you have probably already heard of and know about centuries U Fleků pub in the former Bohemian and now Czech capital city Prague, (Czech: Praha) but probably many of you don't know that the Croatian football club HNK Hajduk Split has an important history connected to it also, a history reaching back to the clubs very existence. (This is not a soccer or sports post btw, this is strictly a history post for the benefit of the reader)

The club was founded by a group of 4 students visiting from Split (Fabijan Kaliterna, Lucijan Stella, Ivan Šakić and Vjekoslav Ivanišević). They went to the pub right after watching a match between Sparta Prague and Slavia Prague and decided that since the sport was very popular in Split also, that they their city should have a team as well. (At the time the Croatian and Czech lands were still a part of the Austro-Hungarian empire for those not in the know)

It was on February 13, 1911 that they formally established approval from the Imperial Governor's Club in Zadar, and with the help of Vladimir Šore, and Professor Joseph Barač who introduced the idea of naming the new the club Hajduk along with it's official team logo, the historic process was begun. The team logo with the checkered field was forbidden throughout both failed Yugolavia's and was replaced with the bolshevik communist star for a time, as any connection of the team with it's Croatian origins and identity was vehemntly discouraged by the central regime. However, the team proudly carries the original team name and logo again today. The teams official name was and still is HNK Hajduk Split. (Croatian: Hrvatski Nogometni Klub/ie: Croatian Football Club Hajduk Split) The teams's home uniforms have alway been predominantly white with blue so their nicknames are the local dialect "Bili" (The Whites) and "Majstori s mora" (The Masters from the Sea)

The rest is history and since 2001 the commemorative plaque seen above still hangs at the same spot in U Fleků pub to mark this historic occasion. Well, in case the reader wasn't aware of this interesting fact before, that pretty well sums it up and now you know. Much more information at my previous post link below....



Image sources: www.facebook.com/hnkhajduk

www.facebook.com/PivovararestauraceUFleku

hajduk.hr

Related: ufleku.cz

wikipedia.org/wiki/U_Fleků




Another nearby Hajduk Split commemorative plaque.



A team signed ball and pendants on the premises commemorating the first international Hajduk Split football match which was played against Slavia Praha.



HNK Hajduk Split fans at U Fleků in Prague, Czech Republic in 2011 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the football clubs founding. (The festivities actually went on to last throughout the whole year)



A more recent team photo showing the traditional team uniform colors that have even a mainstay since the clubs inception. (Historically symbolizing the blue of the sea and white of a ship's sails)



The day before on Febrary 12th a commemorative 100th anniversary soccer match took place between Hajduk Split and Slavia Prague at Poljud Stadium.



Scene after the 100th anniversary soccer match, the next day was the official milestone of February 13th and then the festivities really started.




Some other scenes that took place later that night and next day in the city of Split. (Flares are popular and like I said, the festivities went on for the whole year) More information at my post its-official-hajduk-split-celebrate-100.






These few pics I came across at the Hajduk Split website so I decided to throw them in here. The Croatian National Theatre Split is now the latest ambassadors of the team and these are some of the promotional pics. (I actually watched that Natalie Portman film Black Swan not that long ago, so I might as well add these too. It wasn't really that scary of a horror movie either I should note, it was more like a psychological thriller)





















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