a cheeky question to get June underway: ‘What
raises yours’? Well, I know what works for me
(ask Marie), but this question is actually the title
of a campaign highlighting the dangers of high blood
pressure, and I have been asked to help.
a new health campaign targeting men between the ages
of 35 and 60 (they obviously think I am in that age
bracket) and the overall aim is to raise awareness
of the danger of high blood pressure .
is always a serious side to health campaigns, but
this one has a cheekier approach to the highs and
lows of blood pressure and, because of that, I think
it will have more impact.
whole thing is being funded by Guy’s and St.Thomas’
Charity and is focusing on three key areas in men
of a certain age: kidney disease, sexual health and
don’t have to be a doctor to know that all of
these are affected by high blood pressure. An important
part of the campaign is to encourage men (and women)
to have their blood pressure checked regularly.
reminds me of a darts event last year when blood pressure
levels were checked before and after playing. There
was one overseas player whose blood pressure was so
high that the medical people advised him to get to
hospital as soon as possible!
lowest blood pressure reading belonged to a certain
gentleman by the name of Olly Croft! No surprise there.
He’s always been one of the calmest men I have
ever come across. He’s so laid back that he
often nods off!!
you, that comes with being confident in your own abilities
and what you are doing (a bit like me really!).
people running the campaign were looking for a sporting
celebrity to reflect the ‘lighter’ side
of the issue, so and they chose me! To be honest,
I have always looked after my health and was more
than pleased when a simple blood pressure test showed
that I have a reading (134 over 69) and a heart-rate
that any 18 year-old would be proud of!
I helped launch the campaign the day before St.George’s
Day and I’ve already done a couple of personal
in my new role as ‘Dr.George’ I would
recommend that all darts players get regular blood
pressure tests. They only take a couple of minutes
(you can even buy your own kit from Boots) but could
ultimately help save your life.
THE WAY TO PRESSURE IT!
the many reasons for high blood pressure is reading
the ramblings of Pro Life! Goodness knows what our
anonymous correspondent was writing about last month,
but like most others that I spoke to, I gave up after
the first couple of lines.
wasn’t clever and it certainly wasn’t
funny! But I appreciated the plugs for my book. Thank
you very much!
THE WAY TO BOBBY DAZZLER IT!
back to St.George’s Day, I had a lovely time
celebrating it at the Crown Hotel in Colne, Lancashire.
Three lovely geezers: Noel Buckley, Peter Speak and
Steve Edgington put on the special night which raised
£625 in aid of the handicapped.
would have been proud!
WAY TO DO IT!
enjoyed the first England v Holland ‘friendly’
at Lakeside – especially as the England players
came out on top 26-16 over a wonderful Easter Weekend
of darts at ‘the home of world darts’.
were plenty of supporters there, and the new EDO officials
did exceptionally well in organising and presenting
such a very enjoyable weekend of top-class darts.
make a special mention of the youth players, who all
showed that darts has a bright future if talent is
allowed to grow in a proper system.
boy Richie did me (and England) proud when he beat
the reigning Winmau Boys Master, Maarten Pape 3-1.
say that I felt good in my brilliant white ‘executive’
EDO jacket, and doing the ‘Leg With Bobby’
was not only good fun, but also raised some much needed
funds for the new EDO.
Leg With Bobby raised an amazing £1,380, and
the auction afterwards raised a further £180
for the dartboard and another £115 for a Co
Stompe shirt. Not bad considering you need to be Size
Zero for a Stompe shirt!
me, there weren’t too many (any) Size Zero individuals
at Lakeside that weekend!
on the plus side ‘Little Richard’ Ashdown
did a fantastic job as both MC and referee. There
aren’t too many officials who can sing like
he can (eat your heart out Ray Stubbs!).
we also ‘discovered’ a brilliant caller
in Bedfordshire’s Rob Clarke. You could shut
your eyes and swear you were listening to Georgie
Noble, because Rob has a crystal-clear voice that
belongs on the big stage.
On behalf of the EDO, I would like to thank Bob Potter
and his lovely staff for their wonderful hospitality.
As much as I like the new Lakeside stage set, it was
magic to play on the original ‘Embassy’
stage set for all those who took part.
also to Jacques ‘You Throw’ Nieuwlatt
(older readers will remember Jacques Cousteau?) the
first ever overseas referee to officiate at a friendly
international, and the Dutch players who came over
to make the weekend such a marvellous success.
award for the ‘best speech’ of the weekend
goes to me at the start of the friendly when I said:
is the beginning of the end of the first ever EDO
that Double Dutch or what!
THE WAY TO SAY IT!
a brilliant night in Belper recently, when a total
of £2,500 was raised for Leigh Wilkinson. This
is going to a fund to help look after his special
needs in the future.
was good to meet UP WITH Dave (Robbo) Robinson AGAIN,
who has asked me to pass on grateful thanks to Roly.
(see photo of Robbo, Leigh and ‘yours truly’).
THE WAY TO BELPER TOWN IT!
to hear from Alan Currivan of Walton Youth Darts on
yet more success for the youngsters in our sport.
I think everyone knows how I feel about Youth Darts
– especially as I firmly believe that one day
a talented darts player will have the opportunity
to win an Olympic Gold Medal.
that subject, I think we should all congratulate the
World Darts Federation on going all the way to Beijing
in China and succeeding in getting the WDF recognised
as the worldwide governing body for darts.
means that players in the 64 countries that make up
the WDF are now that much closer to helping our sport
gain Olympic recognition.
is no longer just a pipe dream thanks to the efforts
of the WDF and BDO. Well done to everyone concerned
on a job very well done.
to Walton Youth Darts and the very first Youth Open
Championships. Alan tells me that there were 42 entries
in the boys competition and 19 in the girls - and
most important of all, everyone had a great day.
Youth Academy, who I have mentioned in a previous
column, took a coachload of players and supporters.
Rab Scott presented the trophies and a nice little
touch was that all the players who lost their first
game were given a second chance in a competition called
was a mixed boys and girls event which ensured that
all the youngsters could enjoy more than one game.
Currivan and his colleagues also managed to get some
great prizes donated for the kids. I wish I had space
to name all the winners, but here are the main ones:
winner: Daniel Cooper (Cambridgeshire) won a family
holiday at the Orchards Holiday Village (donated by
Haven); a personalised short valued at £50,
a years subscription to Darts World (he can now read
me every week) and a trophy.
winner: Charlotte Burgess (Hampshire) won another
family holiday at The Orchards, plus a dartboard and
set of darts and a year long subscription to Darts
World and a trophy.
Plate winner was Stewart Thorogood (Essex) who will
also be enjoying a family holiday courtesy of Haven
These are all brilliant initiatives for our young
players and I have no hesitation in giving them my
THE WAY TO DO IT!
also a good way to end yet another column and serves
as a reminder that darts is not just for a chosen
few. It is a sport of the people, for the people.
Long may it remain so.
the darts be with you all.