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The best bit of our trip? A break from travel admin

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I am typing these words in Portugal. I cannot quite believe it myself. When it comes to foreign holidays at the moment, there are two groups of people, certainly among my friendship group, which I am not for one secon...

Giusto, I’m going clubbing. Just as soon as I’ve had a little lie-down

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Behavioural psychologists reckon that as a result of the Covid restrictions, the rest of this decade is going to be like the roaring 20s all over again. People are going to go out more, piling into restaurants, venues...

GB News likes to think it’s challenging the consensus. But what if it is the consensus?

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Have you been watching GB News? It fascinates me. Whatever you say about the TV channel’s politics; whatever debate you’ve been having about who annoys you the most on there, you have to respect somebody deciding to s...

I’ve taken up golf – am I at risk of becoming everything I once hated?

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A while ago I did a show with my friend Rob Beckett, the comedian, and had a look at the world of golf. Rob had been playing a bit and trying to persuade me of the benefits of taking it up. I was unsure. The whole thi...

Hurrah! I’m doing live gigs againbut what if I can’t do standup any more?

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It has been very exciting over the last couple of weeks to be able to start doing standup gigs again. Comedians, like all performers, have experienced the longest period offstage, and being back in the spotlight has v...

I’ve found a special dentist for people who are terrified of dentists

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I recently had an issue with one of my teeth. I was coming back from a weekend break with my family at Center Parcs, and I was eating a cereal bar when it took part of a back tooth with it. I was struck by two things ...

Just one solitary idiot shouting abuse at me at a footie match? I call that progress

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By the time you read this, I have no idea what the situation with England at Euro 2020 is but, as I write, we have gone through the group stage as winners, and everybody is pretending that there aren’t four or five te...

‘Fiery as ever’: Romesh Ranganathan replaces Anne Robinson for Weakest Link reboot

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Romesh Ranganathan is to host a rebooted version of the TV quizshow The Weakest Link, formerly presented by Anne Robinson. The 43-year-old comic will present the series, which is said to be returning to the BBC in a S...

The sun came out – now all I want is to wear a T-shirt without feeling embarrassed

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For a while, it looked as if the biggest after-effect of the pandemic’s latest wave would be eternal rain – all day and all night, stopping us from wanting to go outside even though we’re allowed to. Amazon would have...

Let’s celebrate TV’s winners (me!) rather than pat ourselves on the back for diversity

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I was attending the Baftas earlier this month (I realise I sound like a wanker – the sort of wanker who writes a column about the Baftas because he won one) and was asked if I could do a few press interviews after the...

I’m not saying I’m an emotional wreck, but almost anything can reduce me to tears

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Alcuni anni fa, I was on my way to Australia to perform at the Melbourne comedy festival, and was feeling a bit nervous about what Australian audiences were going to make of me. On the plane I decided to try to take ...

A pint and a madras in a hurricane: is this my first trip to the pub or an endurance event?

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I have made my first visit to a pub since Lockdown 3: The Lockening was announced. A lot of people I know have been talking longingly about the taste of that first proper pint, and I would have been, pure, had I not su...

Arguing with my wife rarely ends well – but at least it’s something to do

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The end of lockdown could not come soon enough for the Ranganathans. We have moved into the realm of actively hunting for things to argue about, just to feel something. After long, mute days, we prowl the house, looki...

I’m bingeing on TikTok and cat videos: here’s my way back from the abyss

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Before I met my wife, my capacity to do nothing was infinite. After I met my wife, my capacity to do nothing remained infinite, but I was retrained to believe that staring into space doesn’t count as a hobby. Over the...

Murder, tension, suspense: I’m not sure my nerves can cope with any more TV

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How do you decide what to watch on telly? Sometimes you want a real bit of escapism, and so don’t mind watching a brother and sister have sex before trying to take over an empire (Game Of Thrones). Or you’d like to wa...

The Day Of Six Doughnuts has led me to take drastic action: bye bye, zucchero

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La settimana scorsa, I got a box of 12 doughnuts to share between me and the kids (my wife has this amazing condition which means she is indifferent to doughnuts). For breakfast, we each had one doughnut. Quindi, throughout the m...