This is the most important month of the year for darts – the start of another season of ‘proper’ county and Super League darts. Not that players have been in ‘hibernation’ since May. Far from it! Nowadays darts never stops – there doesn’t seem to be a free weekend on the calendar - but county darts is different.
I don’t play county any more, but when I did I used to really look forward to it. Not so much the darts, but more the ‘crack’ that went with it! The social side of darts is great. Meeting up with old friends and having a laugh over a fag and a pint.
Well, not so much the fag! You can forget the smoking now. It’s outlawed! Shame they can’t do the same with guns and knives!! While the tobacco police are busy making smokers cough up (get it) violence seems to be getting out of hand.
That’s where the real change is this year: the smoking ban in pubs and clubs. Will it have an effect on business for the county venues and will it have an effect on the number of people playing darts?
Only time will tell.
It is certainly going to be ‘different’ for everyone, but the quality of county darts won’t suffer, and perhaps it will bring even more youngsters and families into the sport eventually?
We will have to wait and see, but whatever the case, I wish everyone playing BDO county darts from now until next April, a great season and lots of success on and off the oche.
As I always say: ‘May The Darts Be With You’.
THAT’S THE WAY TO PLAY IT!
Heard another clever saying the other day. This time it is made up of a string of ten two-letter words. Can you guess what it is?
Give up? Here it is:
‘If it is to be, it is up to me’.
In other words, if you want to do something or achieve something, then it is up to you to make it happen.
Remember those ten ‘double’ words next time you are standing on the oche wanting a double of your own for the game.
If you hit it you can say that Bobby George gave you the inspiration. If you miss, I am sure you will replace those two-letter words with some more appropriate four-letter ones!
THAT’S THE WAY TO SAY IT!
Young James Wade played well to win the recent Matchplay in Blackpool. Good luck to him. A few years back when he was even younger and got his first chance to play in front of the BBC cameras at Lakeside, I mentioned that he shouldn’t ‘give it large’ until he had actually won something.
One or two ‘experts’ had a go at me because they thought I was being critical, but now I’ve been proved right. The youngster can celebrate as large as he likes now that he’s got a major under his belt.
Mind you I had to laugh when someone said he’d been nicknamed ‘OO9’ because of the James Bond/James Wade connection. I think they’ve got the numbers the wrong way round and it should be 90, as in ‘Joe 90’ cos he looks more like the Thunderbirds character than Mr.Bond!
THAT’S THE WAY TO NICKNAME IT!
Ever since I heard The Beatles singing ‘Paperback Writer’ I’ve always fancied being one. Not a Beatle (I wouldn’t mind Ringo’s money, but not his nose!). As someone who was never keen on writing and English at school, I always fancied being a Paperback Writer!
Wdell, it’s happened, because that’s exactly what I will be in a few weeks time when ‘Bobby Dazzler’ is published as a paperback on October 3rd – just in time to get your Xmas orders in!
Forget Harry (Potter) and put your order in for Bobby (Dazzler)!
THAT’S THE WAY TO PAPERBACK IT!
I got into a black cab last time I was in London and soon realised why those cabbies have a reputation for humour and knowing everything (a bit like me really).
I jumped in and said to the cabbie: ‘King Arthur’s Close’.
And he said: ‘Don’t worry, mate. I’ll lose him at the next roundabout!’
THAT’S THE WAY TO TAXI IT!
Reminds me about the two Sky dishes who fell in love and got married. The wedding was lousy, but the reception was great!
I know it’s silly. But it makes me laugh!!
THAT’S THE WAY TO DO IT!
Conservative Leader David Cameron has got into trouble for not supporting Grammar Schools – perhaps it’s because he’s heard that I might soon become a ‘teacher’ at Midhurst Grammar School?
I’ve been contacted by a lovely lady named Dora Standing, who is keen to pursue my idea of darts being a great aid to maths in school – as well as lots of fun for the kids.
She wants to launch a darts/maths video conferencing service for Midhurst, and any other schools who might be interested. And she wants me to be the ‘figurehead’ for the project!
My old dad had a job getting me to school, and wasn’t particularly bothered if I went, so my education was – to say the least – lacking! But, I did learn to count on the dartboard, and think it is the greatest aid to mental arithmetic for kids of all ages.
Because of this I am flattered to have been asked to head up such an innovative idea, and we should be getting underway some time soon.
Not only will it involve the kids, but also their parents, and I am really looking forward to it.
THAT’S THE WAY TO VIDEO IT!
I seem to be in demand at schools because I’ve been back to a few of them in recent weeks – not to learn (it’s too late for that!) but to show the kids how to have fun with numbers.
I really enjoyed going to St.Andrews Primary School in Colchester because there are only 32 kids in the school and every single one of them wrote to me afterwards.
We had a great time together and some of the letters and poems were funny and touching at the same time. One of the kids even drew a picture of me…….trouble is I look more like Martin Fitzmaurice than Bobby George!
Apparently, they wanted to invite Rab Butler, but they sent him a few sums as a test and he got three and a half of them – check – four of them wrong!!
Only joking Rab, after all I will be 32 – check 62 – this December!!
THAT’S THE WAY TO COUNT IT!
I was chief ‘starter’ at Cherry Tree School in Colchester when they invited me to their sports day a few weeks ago – and there wasn’t a dart in sight!
It was really enjoyable seeing all the kids enjoying a proper, competitive sports day, but I had to decline invitations to compete in the three-legged race, the sack race and the egg and spoon race. No particular reason, other than the certain knowledge that I would get well and truly beaten in all of them.
Anyway, I had more than enough fun starting most of the races and handing out the prizes afterwards. It made a nice change from handing over darts prizes.
THAT’S THE WAY TO DO IT!
It was also a great pleasure meeting the local Majorettes, who twirl their batons more precisely than a darts player going for a 180. Blimey, can you imagine if they took up darts and threw them like that?
Anyway, I soon learned that you can’t kiss them any more. It’s not politically correct. You have to shake their hands and salute them – like you do with all women nowadays!!
THAT’S THE WAY TO SHAKE IT!
Before I close can I wish all county players the best of luck in the new season. May the darts be with you.