Dom Joly

Dom Joly has been a columnist for The Independent on Sunday and The Independent since 2001. Joly shot to fame in 2000 with his anarchic Channel 4 hidden-camera comedy programme Trigger Happy TV. He has since made television series for BBC, Five, and Sky One including, This Is Dom Joly and Dom Joly’s Happy Hour. His current TV show, Fool Britannia, is on ITV1 on Saturday nights. His spoof autobiography, Look At Me, Look At Me was published in 2004, in 2007 he brought out Letters to my Golf Club, featuring his correspondences with golf clubs around the world. In 2009 he wrote his first travel book, The Dark Tourist, in which he holidayed in some of the world’s most unlikely destinations such as Chernobyl and North Korea. His second travel book- Scary Monsters and Super Creeps, published in 2012, saw him cross the globe hunting monsters like the Yeti and Bigfoot. He is currently writing his new travel book.

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Moeen Ali (L) and Joe Root of England run between the wickets during day one of the 1st Investec Test match between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's

Summer is ... getting leathered at Lord's

Basking in the sun and watching the cricket is one of my favourite pastimes, and one I hope to continue passing down my family line

My 1:1 diet proves I can resist anything, if it's only for one day

On any other diet, however effective it is and however disciplined you are, there is always the knowledge that you can't live like that all the time

My GCSE triumph, or how Michael Gove got it right

I've had a lot of weird things happen to me in the past 15 years. I've skied/tumbled down a live Nicaraguan volcano, I've "played" Wembley, I've formed a political party whose membership consisted entirely of bears... but even I was gobsmacked by news I received this week.

So, tag is just a kids’ game, eh? Think again ...

We were too stunned. The painful sting of humiliation kept us awake that night

Another tough knock, but my cat Roo is still with us

Regular readers of this column might remember that I adopted a cat a while back. The cat, Captain Kangaroo, had been shot in the Cheltenham "hood". Apart from being surprised that Cheltenham actually had a "hood", I was happy to take in this gangster cat to our home. He was a great success and we all loved him immediately. When I say "we" I mean the humans in the family.

I married a box-set binger, and I can't keep up

My wife and I lead separate televisual lives. This is not an admission that our 14-year marriage is in trouble – just that we watch entirely different shows. In the flush of young love, she put up with my choice in telly and I in hers. I would pretend that I loved American box-sets that went on for ever, and she would pretend to love World's Scariest Police Chases. We now have an open marriage in which our TV preferences are clear and defined. She will sneak away to watch Made in Chelsea or Mad Men while I devour the latest UK output such as the opus that is Ex on the Beach.

What's worse than Ukip? Not enough kip...

I'm not sure why I agreed to go on the BBC World Service to be a guest on a show starting at 6.30am. I think that I partly just didn't register the early start when the offer came through, but also I have a deep love for the World Service that made it very difficult to say no.

It's hot and ugly – and I don't mean the gorilla

Dubai feels like a place where every architect has off-loaded their ludicrous pet project

Turkey beats Greece for border toughness

We were blessed with an almost eerily constant 19C and cloudless, sunny days as we made our way across Europe to Istanbul on our family “carcation”. Our luck finally ran out in Istanbul, and we had half a day of rain. I wouldn’t complain, but it was on the morning that I’d negotiated access to park our car in front of the Blue Mosque for a photo shoot. There was a bit of grumbling and some wet bottoms as I forced the family into various poses on the vehicle. I am a voracious photographer and those closest to me are well used to being shunted around for photo opportunities, and they bear it with good grace. 

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