It’s darts, Jim, but not as we know it

London may have been home to the first ever competitive darts match, but it has fallen a long way behind in the soft-tip, machine version of the game – until today. DARTSLIVE, purveyors of all things plastic and shiny in the darting world, has opened its first British venue in the very centre of the city, giving UK fans what …

Pubs

The news last week that up to 4,000 ‘bad’ pubs will close next year is of particular concern for those of us partial to chucking bits of metal inside licenced premises. For the 1,000 pubs that will spring up in their place will rarely contain a dart board – as illustrated recently by the ‘saving’ of the Wenlock Arms near …

August break

Darts takes a break in August, and I take a break from darts. So I won’t be writing about the recent resignation of Robert Holmes as the PR man for the BDO, or the Taylor cheat storm, but I will be updating Capital Arrows, especially if I find new darts pubs in central London.

10 things we learnt from 2013 Premier League Darts

1.Michael van Gerwen is here to stayHaving lost his previous two major finals – to Taylor and van Barneveld – there was a nagging doubt as to whether MvG was ready yet to take on the best on the biggest of occasions. Having staged a comeback to beat the greatest ever player in front of 10,000 fans, it now seems …

PL finals night – Every Loser Wins

A special episode sees us return to London’s O2 in the company of RVB, MVG and BJG for the finals of the 2013 Premier League. Darts doesn’t get much bigger than this. (That’s Big John Gwynne, by the way).

New chapter for digital Murder on the Darts Board

Today sees the launch of a new digital edition of my book Murder on the Darts Board. It costs about the same as a pint (at London prices), and unless you are an incredible speed-reader or a very slow drinker, it will last considerably longer. Amazon now sells more digital books than paper ones. Few industries have changed at the …

Back to the future

The mini-series ends with a look ahead to the key questions of 2013 – who will win the World Cup, who’s likely to have a good year, and what will Rod Harrington have to say about it? PDC Chief Exec Matt Porter and BDO Comms Director Robert Holmes tell us of their plans, plus there’s a virgin speech and Deta …

Lakeside changes give BDO opportunity to shine

Shortly before the first dart was thrown at Lakeside earlier this month, the British Darts Organisation (BDO) released two significant pieces of news. Firstly, the 2014 World Championships will feature an additional 8 players, selected from ranking tables from across the globe – helping to ensure that the tournament, at least in the early rounds, will no longer resemble a …

A Lakeside special (with extra chips)

We’re at the Lakeside to celebrate all things BDO at the 2013 World Championship – and are joined by two World Champions, Wesley Harms, Richie George, TV’s Scott Mitchell and Robbie Green, amongst others. Prepare to be dazzled (although it goes on a bit!)

Another PDC year over, a new BDO one just begun

We wrap up the Ally Pally world champs in the company of Raymond van Barneveld, pay a visit to  the PDC Awards Dinner, discuss the new Premier League with Wes Newton, say hello to another year at Lakeside, and bring back Threux Sans Frontieres – all in 44 minutes.