The silly season

Two world championships full of drama, tension and emotion. Two worthy victors. Now for the silly season. January is traditionally a time for rumour and counter-claim in the darting world as players consider making the big switch. With the world championships the culmination of the year for both governing bodies, the weeks which follow are the perfect time to jump …

Difficult second book

Monday sees the launch of my difficult second book, or my booky-wooky as I may have called it were I a former heroin addict and alcoholic who had been introduced to prostitutes by my father at the age of 17 and since gone on to be strangely omnipresent. Life would, I guess, have turned out rather different, but I do have …

The most wonderful time of the year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so Andy Williams, Twiggy and Antonio Banderas keep reminding us. And for a darts fan, they’re not wrong. From December 17th the two world championships span twenty-one days stretching into mid-January. This is darts annual moment in the ever-increasing spotlight. The thirty-first British Darts Organisation (BDO) tournament kicks off on 5th …

Grand Slam Sunday

It took a two-week holiday in South Africa to rekindle my interest in the Premiership (or is it the Premier League these days?), and one Grand Slam Sunday to snuff it out again. Watching the sun set over the Atlantic on the outskirts of Cape Town with one eye on live coverage of Arsenal losing at Middlesbrough was enough for …

Loyalty is not a dirty word

‘Loyalty is not a dirty word in my vocabulary’, Martin Adams told the darting world when explaining his decision not to play in the brand new Grand Slam of Darts. ‘The truth is, I am the reigning Lakeside World Champion and without me involved, the Grand Slam of Darts does not deliver what the fans and viewers have been led …

Not a blog

There are too many broken blogs in this world. What’s wrong with articles, or diaries, or just a list of stuff? It’s bad enough that anyone with any type of web presence is expected to blog their way through life, but even organisations such as the BBC insist that perfectly sensible articles by eminently sensible journalists must be called blogs. …