Friday, January 29, 2010


Twitter and darts. Obviously. That's what you do in the twitter age. You take any old word and make it start with tw. It's what all the twool twids are twoing twese tways.

Anyway... twitter and darts have combined twice recently. (By which I mean two times, not twitter-nice)

The first was on Wednesday when I had a long, stretched out day with too much dead time lurking between the actual doing bits.

I had three meetings in town - all within half a mile of each other, one at 10am, one at 12.30 and the other at 5. I ended up with a free hour between the first two and a free two hours between the second and third. Not long enough to justify going home and coming back from but too long to be spent wandering aimlessly round the shops of Soho. Not long enough to conveniently take in a film either.

So I put something on twitter asking if anyone knew of a Soho pub with a dartboard and invited anyone to play. I was soon in the Red Lion on Kingly Street (thanks chloe) and playing an enjoyable game with Tom, Mark and Edgar. Most of two hours dealt with. Lovely.

Twarts was also responsible for my entertainment last night. I was tweeting about the darts during the World Championships at new year and it came to the attention of Chris Mason. (@MacetheAce) He got in touch and asked me if I fancied coming down to the Players Championship in Purfleet in January.

Which is where I went last night. Mr and Mrs MacetheAce were fine hosts and the atmosphere was... um... special. It's obviously a ridiculous sport to watch live. The treble twenty looks pretty tiny when you're standing at the oche so it's not exactly visible from the back of a nightclub. But it's rowdy and funny and fascinating. And there are screens. And it was great to be able to ask dart-geek questions of someone that didn't look at me like I was a freak. A good night out for sure.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Early starts...

What's On The Other Side?, originally uploaded by Dave Gorman.

We took two shows off over Christmas and new year and I was missing it by the time the second Sunday rolled round. A sure sign that the Absolute Radio gig is one that I'm really enjoying.

It's long enough away to just knock me a little bit out of my rhythm and I thought the first show back started a little shakily on my part but yesterday's show was ace fun. At one point we had Dappy from N'Dubz in the studio - and it wasn't just Danielle doing an impression while Martin asked her questions, honest - and it had me literally crying with laughter. I have no idea what was said. I'd recommend the podcast for that alone. Or maybe it will just sound like some people laughing.

I've got a week of press and stuff in advance of the tour starting up again. Cripes, that came round quickly! The first warm up dates are in the first week of February and then I'm off.

I wake up with porridge, honey and bananas on Sundays. No matter how groggy I feel it gives me a burst of energy that gets me through the show. I'll be having the same breakfast every day this week because I'm doing The Wright Stuff.

Early starts ahoy.

Early starts ahoy.

Friday, January 1, 2010


Not as good as the glasses available throughout the years 2000 to 2009... but they didn't end completely. Which just goes to show that I can be wrong.