Dom Joly

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Where Do We Go to Now?

(3) Comments | Posted 4 July 2015 | (01:00)

I'm a 'Dark Tourist' and I love to visit places that might possibly be considered a bit tricky, even a bit dodgy for holiday purposes. In my time I've been skiing in Iran, week-ended in Chernobyl, wandered around North Korea, camped in the Syrian desert, hung out in Rwanda, I...

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Travel No-Nos

(3) Comments | Posted 13 June 2015 | (01:00)

I was once being shown around a museum in North Korea when another member of my party- a Finn who claimed to be a priest in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monsters (look it up) took off his shoe and started banging a large gong that was by the...

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(7) Comments | Posted 16 May 2015 | (01:00)

The news that Isis is possibly about to over-run Palmyra in Syria hit me especially hard. It feels strange to be so affected by the plight of a ruined town so far away, especially when you equate it to the hundreds of thousands of human victims of this murderous conflict...

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'Celebrity Big Brother' - An Unusually Depressing Affair

(1) Comments | Posted 10 September 2014 | (01:00)

This year's Celebrity Big Brother is an unusually depressing affair. When I first watched it I could not recognise a single person on it apart from Gary Busey, whom I'd watched in slack-jawed amazement on a US show called Celebrity Rehab. I had to Google the cast to find out...

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Why We Must Help Syrian Refugees

(28) Comments | Posted 23 March 2013 | (00:00)

I'm just back from a couple of days in Jordan looking at the incredible work that Save the Children are doing with the Syrian refugees in the country. Jordan is a country of only six million people and, if current estimates are correct, there will be more than a million...

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Memories of Kim

(3) Comments | Posted 19 December 2011 | (16:39)

Having just written a blog with my memories of meeting Vaclav Havel when I lived in Prague - I hopped on a plane in Tokyo to come home to the UK. The moment my plane landed my phone went crazy. Kim Jong Il had died while I was in the...

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Velvet Vaclav

(1) Comments | Posted 19 December 2011 | (11:27)

Back in 1990 I was an intern for the European Commission in Prague. I spent a fascinating nine months living in that most beautiful of cities as it came to terms with the Velvet Revolution and new-found freedom.

This was still a halcyon time- intellectuals and poets were in...

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The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Monster Hunter

(4) Comments | Posted 13 December 2011 | (00:00)

So I start monster hunting and suddenly everybody is in on the craze. I'm writing a new book called Scary Monsters and Super Creeps (thanks, David Bowie) in which I attempt to find the "big six" of Cryptozoology. No sooner do I start upon my quest and monsters start popping...

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Troll Wars

(16) Comments | Posted 2 August 2011 | (01:00)

One of the downsides of being a "celebrity" Tweeter is the preponderance of people who seem to hang about in dingy bedrooms in their dirty underwear "trolling".

A troll is somebody who sends abusive tweets, often to celebrities- some are simply negative comments on a career, others are far...

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