Surbiton Pub Review 2010
||24th December 2010
For some reason there were more punters in
the pub than is usual!! The
darts started late (11.55) and finished rather late (00.45) but
it was still worth the effort.
Once his birthday arrived, Noel (Noel!) turned on the
style. There is a
rumour that there may be a few extra punters in the pub next
Friday, but a game or two may be squeezed in for those
enthusiastic dartsmen. (KS) N-4, K1-3, K2-1
||17th December 2010
With Dave suffering from ‘man flu’, it
was up to the North Kingston Keiths to brave the arctic
conditions and cycle to the Prince to challenge Brian.
However, there is no sentiment in top class darts; the
Keiths were duly drubbed by Brian with the help of a 2-dart 107
and two further 3-darters. Good
beer, average darts, but the Prince was worryingly quiet! (KS)
B-12, K2-6, K1-5
Twickenham Grandstand and Naked Ladies, Sheer
||10th December 2010
So, what’s the
Superhoops losing on the box; the lack of a crowd atmosphere;
the simultaneous audio from a radio and two TVs, slow drinking,
the sudden warmth? For
some unknown reason the darts were totally uninspired and the
evening was won by a man (Brian) playing with the pub darts and
winning all five rubbers. Just
as we were leaving at midnight the crowd (both human and canine)
was starting to build. Maybe
Max scampering around on the oche was the missing ingredient?
Woof, woof! (KS) B-15, K1-8, K2-7, D-6
||3rd December 2010
Once the ladies
dart team vacated the board, they commenced a two-hour non-stop
barrage of rabbit; the bunny was spectacular, and for a period
of time included elementary French lessons. This appeared to
affect Dave badly, although your reporter was largely
untroubled, being accustomed to this background noise at home.
The Spring was nice and warm and the beer good; the darts
progressed unspectacularly to another tied finish; the major
problem was that the proximity of the ladies team inhibited the
normal shouting and swearing! (KS) K2-8, B-8, K1-7, D-5
spreading the news, I’m leaving today, I want to be a part of
it, New York, New York’. ‘Best
of order please, game on!’
Anybody can play top darts when it’s reverential and
focussed, but who can cope with singing and dancing on the oche?
With good beer and live music that grows on you as the
beer is consumed, the Prince is a top venue for darts and
excellent evening of good darts (Dave got a 3-dart 100), poor
darts and much hilarity ended appropriately in a 3-way tie. (KS)
D-10, K1-10, B-10, K2-6
19th November 2010
A choice! Either the Alexandra for a social evening and a Pink Floyd tribute band or the Wych for a more traditional evening of top arrers:
Alexandra: (K2 to report?!?)
Wych Elm: More punters were expected to transfer; as they didn’t, we can only assume that Pink Floyd was rocking. With the assistance of Holly and Malcolm, the concentration levels were kept suitably low, but the singles darts quality wasn’t too bad. It was a good evening, but did we make an error in abandoning the Alexandra?
(KS) K1-8, D-7, B-6
Twickenham Strange Brew
||12th November 2010
always something worrying when the dogs start running wild in
the boozer; think of the Kellys or the pack of Alsatians in the
O’Rigger. ‘Max’ provided a temporary diversion from the serious
darts and produced a ready-made excuse for poor form.
Dave was the top player (a Willie specialist), despite
being spotted sitting down yawning in the middle of a game,
generally a fatal error. After
a big build-up, K2, still throwing the googlies, nailed a great
bull finish. An
excellent evening and a promising slight improvement in the
number of punters. T-shirts
all round to wear on the next visit. (KS)
D-10, K2-9, K1-8, B-7
consistent fireworks down the Spring, but just one big cracker
– Dave kicked off the second game with an astonishing 180!
How does this emerge from the general mediocrity?
Who can explain? Brian was finishing well all evening and K2 was sending down
a series of googlies – why is this happening?
K2 used to have a solid game.
Who can explain? It
was good to have enough punters for a game of doubles; the first
time for ages. It
certainly compensated for a serious drenching on the way home.
(KS) B-12, K1-8, K2-8, D-6
||29th October 2010
A shortage of
punters again, but still no barrier to a super evening of top
darts. Noel was
recruited to assist in an attempt to beat the previous week’s
29 games; this was achieved easily with 33 games by midnight and
there was still plenty of time for general chit chat.
As the beer kicked in and the players relaxed the
standard improved; it was actually going pretty well when the
final whistle blew. P.S. of course, I should have informed you that I had 4 3-dart finishes
(including an annoying 98)!! (KS)
K1-17, K2-10, N-6
news! Few punters
in the pub; in fact in the public bar there was a dartboard for
each punter (just Dave and myself).
Good news! Due
to lack of fans, the live music has been given the chop and so
it’s ‘Game On’ every week.
With just the two of us, you would expect a rather tame
evening and an early finish.
Wrong, with some rapid finishing and a peppering of the
treble-20, we had a classic 3-hour duel ‘The Thriller in the
Willough(by)’ with Dave completing a famous victory with a
hat-trick just after midnight.
We were even thanked for making a bit of noise and hence
producing atmosphere. (KS) D-15, K1-14
||15th October 2010
of order please ladies, game on!’
Top class darts players (like us) are used to barracking;
abuse, swearing, grunting, mindless chanting – all are taken
in their stride. However,
there are problems coping with proximate intellectual
conversations, comprising difficult academic concepts and long
celebrated her birthday by orchestrating some post-modernist
barracking to good effect.
Recently your reporter’s darts quality has been
adversely affected by attacks of laughter – arrers has
descended into comedy. The
Prince was good value and we decamped for a ruby confidently
expecting to be the sole punters – mistake!
It was crowded and a group of 24 had just arrived; never
mind – at least we didn’t rush our nosebag.
(KS) B-7, K2-5, D-4, K1-2
||8th October 2010
The recuperative effects of a holiday; a week
in Sicily returns Dave from ‘Mr Negative’ to his usual
optimistic self, and the result – an excellent win.
Meanwhile K2 is suffering from an arrers disease – call
it the yips, the Patsies or even darts Tourettes, but the effect
is the same – some surprise wild darts that keep the chalker
on his toes. K2 has
prescribed himself a restorative week in Tuscany.
Some, very low concentration arrers were played; K2
managed a 3-dart 1 and K1/Dave scored 15 in 9 darts, and then
went on to win the game. If
the objective of the evening is to play some top-class darts,
then the rating must be 1/10; if, however, the objective is to
have a good rabbit and a laugh, enhanced by low quality, comedy
darts, then the rating is 9/10. (KS) D-10, B-9, K2-7, K1-6
Ladies, Proper Job, Ordinary, Mixed
||1st October 2010
couple of new beers to try out – both were tasty but really
fruity summer ales; good to get back on the hoppy Mixed.
As the reigning champion K2 got off to a flying start
with some scattergun high scoring and a three dart finish;
unfortunately that was it for the evening.
Some very rapid finishing all night, with Brian leading
the way and taking the title.
A good, lively atmosphere down the Spring, very welcome
after the worrying trip to the Willie last week. (KS) B-10,
Greene King, Shere
Drop, Twickenham Grandstand
– a revived pub! It
must be about 5 years since we had a darts session at the
Willie; since then it must have taken a direct hit from a
neutron bomb; the building’s still there but the punters have
public bar was laid out with 100 chairs ready for a command
performance by Bossog, but just 3 happy Pompey fans were taking
making space (not that easy), we enjoyed an excellent session
and even managed the ultimate beer banditry when all three of us
were simultaneously quaffing someone else’s pint.
An exciting evening ended with K2, first to 10, claiming
the prize. The beer
was excellent, the venue is good – we must promote ‘evenings
in the pub’ before all is lost to Facebook, flat screens and
Xboxes. (KS) K2-10,
bull finishes and some fast finishing ensured that K2 when home
happy and Brian and Dave went home in despair. K2-11, B-4, D-3
||10th September 2010
The rather limited and
negative ambition of the two Ks was to prevent a Brian
whitewash; this was achieved, but Brian won anyway, basically
because his standard of arrers (particularly finishing) is
currently better than the rest.
Some rather strange live music down the Prince, which, on
occasion became quite unpleasant on the ear. (KS) B-11, K2-7,
||3rd September 2010
Where was John to
receive his prize for winning the doubles league? Apparently his smiling face had been spotted down that
mineshaft in Chile! Following
some surprisingly reasonable England football the new singles
league got underway with a familiar pattern of Brian on top form
and Dave convincing himself that he was unable to finish.
Fortunately Noel turned up allowing the doubles league
to start; with Brian running out of steam and Dave’s
negativity continuing, K1 and Noel took an important 3-0 win –
given the recent poor attendance this could be enough to clinch
the Xmas title. (KS) Singles B-9, K1-4, D-1. Doubles K1-3, N-3,
||27th August 2010
had already sewn up the singles summer league, so the big
question was could anyone overhaul John in the doubles league?
Things started well, but there is something about the
Spring (noise, poor lighting?) that soon reduces concentration
levels to a minimum. Brian
maintained a reasonable standard, but the rest of us were poor
– your reporter, following a first game 3-darter, registered
precisely zero finishes in the remaining two hours.
Good pub, poor darts! (KS)
B-9, K2-7, D-6, K1-6
||20th August 2010
a short mid-summer break, with players attending various
overseas training camps, it was important that this evening
provided some top class competitive arrers.
K2, with old darts but new Spurs flights and stems,
started bowling straight and true but, following numerous
modifications to his run-up, changed to a combination of
leg breaks, googlies and doosras.
Dave was having a crisis of confidence and a severe bout
of negativity; this problem is normally resolved with the
expensive assistance of a sports psychologist, but our Team
knows the cheaper and more effective option – beer!
Honours were fairly even, with the evening’s highlight
being a 3-dart 9 from Dave –
double 1, 20 seconds to convince himself that 9 minus 2
isn’t 5, then a rapid fire 1, double 3 – magic!
Fortunately Noel pitched up allowing weary players a
short rest and reducing dizziness.
The beer, in my opinion, seemed particularly tasty. (KS)
K1-12, K2-8, D-8, N-1
||6th August 2010
first law of darts: if you were virtually unbeatable last week
(Brian), then you will take ages to trouble the scorer this
week; if you spent hours without finishing last week (Dave),
then you will get the double with the first attempt this week.
A solid pre-curry doubles session with ultra-low
concentration levels – K2 was even spotted hitting a good
score without looking at the board.
A memorable 108 3-darter from Brian, but little else to
excite the crowd. Your
reporter experimented with a shorter dart to try to correct the
dodgy aerodynamics – always blame the tools; the experiment
proved a complete failure.
How did I win the evening?
No logical explanation except the traditional ‘partners
for dough’. A
very tasty curry rounded off an excellent birthday session. (KS)
K1-8, B-5, K2-5, D-2, F-2
|Pub 8, Curry 9
||30th July 2010
shortage of players and so a 3-man singles challenge.
Last time the scoring was so slow that we had to stop
when the winner reached 7 games; no such problem this time with
some all-round showy scoring – unfortunately only one player
was managing the doughy doubles and the match ended when Brian
reached 20 wins. The
problem is one of runaway positive feedback – the longer the
board time, the better one plays and hence the longer the board
time etc.. Dave
pointed your reporter in the direction of some recent medical
research that shows conclusively that booze is good at
preventing and curing arthritis – so it’s not enough drink
that’s the problem – what a wasted opportunity!
Beer on the NHS! (KS) B-20, K1-7, D-3
||23rd July 2010
Kingston and Surbiton pub survey commenced on Friday 9th
May 1986 at the Waggon with a strong research team of K1, K2,
JR, Dave, Tony and Alan. Guest
associates that night were Evan, Linda, Frank and John Smith; JA
was also a regular original team member but missed the first
date. New team
members were recruited; Brian (1988), Sheila (1989) and Rob
(1992) - there have been a few retirements along the way; Alan
(1990), JA (1991), Tony (1998) and Rob (2005).
As the Team is unsure of the relevance of their research
data, the survey continues, and this trip to the Wych witnessed
the 1000th pub research visit of your reporter.
I guess that’s 5000 pints (2.5 tons) of beer costing £15,000
and still no tentative conclusions may be drawn.
Anyway the evening was an excellent game of three halves;
three hours in the garden discussing various issues, two hours
inside quizzing Hilary and Tensing on mountaineering issues, and
finally a couple of hours of darts.
The full survey team comprised K1 (1000 pubs), K2 (936),
Dave (909), Brian (835), Holly, Malcolm, Hilary (Glen), Tensing
(Brian2), Noel and Sam. JR
(615) was sadly absent. No sentiment in the arrers – your
reporter celebrated this milestone with zero wins!
Just desserts for not bothering with a ruby. (KS) K2-4,
N-4, B-3, D-3, K1-0
|Fox and Hounds
||16th July 2010
‘Last Ride from
Gumshoe’ – the red carpet was rolled out for the star, but
only two punters turned up to congratulate him.
After decades of travelling up from Gumshield for the
Friday night sessions, John is retiring to take up his seat (Petworth
House?) as Lord Reay of Petworth. The darts were pretty good and John had two extremely close
180 attempts; however, it’s doubles for dough.
An unthirsty evening, tucked up in bed before midnight
– shame! (KS) Singles,
B-10, K1-8, J-4
Lord Reay’s Petworth House
and humid conditions down the Spring causing the players to
sweat up in the paddock. Dave
even turned up in his Ranulph Fiennes Polar Wear (well, a denim
jacket actually). Maybe
it was this heatwave or possibly the slow drinking (4 pints in 3
hours) but the darts were pretty uninspiring.
A millimetre miss of a 167 finish was all I can remember.
The Spring is a top lively venue as normal. (KS) B-10,
K1-8, K2-7, D-5
||2nd July 2010
end of four weeks of ‘World Cup Specials’ during which we
have seen two nil-nils (including Fabio’s boys), a stitch-up
non-game and, finally, in the 123rd minute of the
last game a touch of drama.
There may be slightly more pressure taking a last-minute
penalty for one billion Africans than going for double-top down
the Prince, but the same basic principles apply.
These Jabolanis (balls and darts) tend to fly high with
too much power – just make sure you don’t hit it too
high........oh well! – next ‘World Cup Special’ from
Brazil in 2014 – suggest we try the Wych!
Concentration levels very low for the arrers (K2 going to
the dentist to get his eyes fixed!), but with some input from
Les, who could be John’s permanent replacement, the standard
was not too awful; and the beer was good.
(KS) K1-7, B-7, K2-3, D-1
||25th June 2010
Spanish atmosphere down the Wych – pity about the
non-competitive match. After
watching some footee and a chat in the garden, the highly
competitive and somewhat raucous darts kicked off at 10pm.
I know it’s risky saying it, but the standard seemed
much improved and included the now-standard burst of brilliance,
this time a 3-dart
bull finish from Dave. John stayed late and demonstrated yet again that his time is
from 11pm to midnight; some excellent rapid finishing that I am
informed was loudly celebrated!.....but not as loud as the lady
in the crowd, who was either laughing at the quality of the
darts, or had just heard the funniest joke ever told.
Top 3.5 hour session. (KS)
J-11, D-9, K1-5, N-5, B-4
||18th June 2010
England Football Team has a top international coach (that’s
Don Fabio) earning £100K per week; the Rejects Arrers Team has
a coach (that’s Dave) who earns a cheese roll.
England has a massive well-paid support team; the Rejects
have Sheila, who multi-tasks as the team nutritionist, masseuse,
psychologist and general cheerleader, for which she receives a
red wine (poor quality) allowance.
The Rejects live up to their potential and England does
not; the darts is far more entertaining and the players are not
upset by supporters booing, because this is the norm.
Draw your own conclusions.
The arrers followed the recent pattern of ‘general
mediocrity with an unexpected burst of brilliance’.
This week, the darts started well but declined after
Sheila provided some nosebag, proving that simultaneous chewing
and throwing is not recommended.
Then, out of the blue, a 6-dart 280 finish; firstly Dave
with a 180 and then K2
completed the task with a 3-darter 100 (60, 12, x14) -
fortunately he was deflected from the original plan of going for
x19! The arrers
have not been improved by the introduction of the Jabolani Dart;
this has a tendency to veer wide of the mark or fly over the top
of the board. Excellent
live wailing guitar down the Prince. (KS) K2-9 K1-6, B-6, D-5
||11th June 2010
start of the World Cup and an early start in the pub for a
never-to-be-forgotten high scoring classic between Belgium and
Bolivia. The darts
were even more exciting, with Dave continuing his excellent
recent form and winning the evening as well.
K2 was having trouble with his mince pies, and claiming
an inability to see the board clearly was having an adverse
effect on his aim; funny that, it’s when it goes all blurry
that my darts seem to improve!! (KS) D-9, K1-7, K2-4, B-3, N-1
‘Almost a pint of’ Courage Best
||4th June 2010
The Foxnhounds is a
strange place; you never feel that welcome and the landlord
appears to wish for a punter-free hostelry.
That’s this week’s excuse for poor darts anyway.
The first game was a 60-darter (the chalker counted) and
the last game could well have been worse.
There was some mild improvement in between with a
ridiculous 180 (uncelebrated due your reporter’s poor eyesight
and total lack of belief) followed in the next game by yet
another Dave 3-dart bull finish.
Fortunately the winning post was set at 7 games, ensuring
a curtailment of frustration and an early bed. (KS) D-7, K1-5,
A Norton at full throttle up the Waggon, so an
early call for the Spring.
A brilliant start with Dave’s first game bull and a
super finish with John’s 3-darter with double-top;
unfortunately, over two hours of mediocrity (with a few bright
moments) sandwiched in between.
Evidently Dave, the Spring Grove specialist, was the top
player all evening, so how come he finished third?
The mystery of top-class competitive arrers! (KS) J-9,
K1-9, D-8, K2-6
||21st May 2010
the sudden onset of summer and warm, balmy evenings, there was a
feeling that something special may occur.
K2 started with some fortunate darts, built on this to
play some good darts and then hit a purple patch, culminating in
an extra special game. Six
darts down to 135 and then the top finish ever (60,25,bull) that
scores on four counts – a 9-dart 301, a 3-dart finish, an
over-100 finish and a bull.
After that emotional moment, the purple patch ended and
Brian, following a long bald patch, took the prize with a final
game shoot-out. Tip-top
evening. (KS) B-10,
triple birthday celebration.
John was adamant; out with the fish and chips, out with
the early poshnosh, out with the nuts and crisps – a return to
the traditional beer/curry combo.
A good call too, as the new curry house proved a major
improvement on the ‘I’m not going to that ‘king funeral
parlour’ Agra. The
wife was on tenterhooks all evening, worried that your reporter
might take a pop at the Kingston MP, Ed Davey, on his idea for
the ‘single transferrable vote’ – vote Libdem to ‘keep
the Tories out’ and then transfer the vote to keep them in!
The Prince continues to impress with excellent Seafarers
ale – it’s a top venue for darts, but not, unfortunately, a
venue for top darts! (KS)
B-5, K1-5, K2-5, D-3, J-2
||7th May 2010
are the contenders for the new league relaxing in the players’
lounge; they are discussing the usual cycling, sailing, skiing,
logistics, volcanic ash and a touch of politics – how come
29,461 of our fellow citizens cast their vote for Old Etonian
spiv and chancer, Lord No-tax Zak Goldfish?
Then the darts commences and the ‘1’ takes one hell
of a hammering; John nets a couple of early goldfish, but draws
inspiration from them and finishes both games in style.
John also contributed the ‘joke of the week’ –
apparently your reporter is the ‘flounder of the goldfish
club’ – holy mackerel! – I know my plaice! Some inspired darts, some garbage, plenty of banter, a touch
of Tourettes, excellent Best (Gertcha!).
This report is too fishy – ‘bream me up Scotty’.
(KS) B-6, K1-4, J-3, K2-3, D-2
have done a few things to get a game of arrers in the past; move
the furniture, mark out an oche, bring your own chalk, but it is
certainly a new one to have to supply and fit your own lightbulb.
In the end, it was a good move as the Spring generally
has an atmosphere conducive to good darts.
I left my darts, but am hopeful of recovering them,
although it may be better just to forget them!
The Spring is a good pub that still buzzes, but a trip to
B&Q wouldn’t go amiss, and while they’re there they
could maybe arrange for the bog to be renovated. (KS)
K1-8, K2-8, B-7, D-5
||23rd April 2010
Waggon is becoming peculiar; a duet providing the music made
Bossog sound like Simon and Garfunkel.
The dirges were possibly the reason for the total lack of
punters taking advantage of the St George’s day celebratory
meal, although the ‘busy’ restaurant kept us off the darts
as it is used for storing the crap blocking the dartboard.
There was some dispute as to what to do with the St
George’s flags above the dartboard, easily solved when Dave
brought them down with the first arrer of the evening.
Later there was another dispute about the lighting, which
was deemed to be under the control of the chalker; Dave duly
turned it off as he was finding the light too bright!
Is it really any wonder that the darts are not of a
particularly high standard?
Despite not scoring heavily or finishing quickly, Dave
asserted that he was ‘playing well’ – a real
glass-half-full man. A
good evening, but taxi for the duet! (KS) B-8,
|Monty’s / Wych Elm
||16 April 2010
Big silver birds grounded so you can hear the small
feathery ones. Dave
made his terrestrial way home from Hamburg and John made Val
d’Isere for a European darts challenge, but Malcolm really was
marooned in Athens. Unconventional
to have the birthday and anniversary curry precede the drink,
but it appeared successful in attracting extra punters; and the
food was much better. The
darts were peculiar – some dross, including a
‘double-fish’, but also some excellent 3-darters and a
rather ace bull. (KS) B-6, D-4, K1-4, K2-4
|Curry 8, Pub 9
|Fox and Hounds
||9th April 2010
The Foxnhounds was
buzzing with punters, due to the sudden arrival of summer after
an interminable winter. The
first time for weeks that we had the full complement of players;
Shakin’ John Reay had even been working in Chile.
Consequently, there was plenty to rabbit about and the
concentration levels were very low; even a few pints of
excellent Best failed to relieve the mediocrity. At least we saw a bull finish from Brian.
An excellent darts venue. (KS) B-8, D-6, K1-5, J-5, K2-4
||2nd April 2010
to the pub late humming ‘You’ll be lonesome tonight,
you’ll be…’, but I wasn’t!
Old times at the Wych with a real crowd producing loud
animated bunny. Malcolm
and Holly were already installed, and K2 and Kathy raced back
from Cornwall for some well-merited rehydration.
A rumour circulating that the pub would have a religious
early closing due to ‘Bad Friday’ proved completely
unfounded. We left
the pub quenched and happy at 12.25, a respectable time to go
too interesting to break for even a darts cameo.
Lights, camera, action!
Everything in order down the Prince for a solid evening
of arrers. We were
enjoying it so much, we gave up on the idea of Dave’s birthday
curry and made do with crisps and nuts; rather boring, but you
wake up in the morning not feeling unwell with an extra fifteen
quid in your pocket. A
close competition with Brian just triumphing at the last as your
reporter, finish-less for two hours, came good after a few
beers. The Prince
was good, but not sure about the ‘live’ music.
||19th March 2010
lack of Lumens down the Grove – darts played with 2
candlepower illumination! Brian
and Dave were successful in finishing in the Specsavers
Challenge whereas the Ks struggled badly, K2 maybe as a result
of cycling into a gate on the way there, and your reporter, who
was OK with direction but could not get to grips with the
scoring was probably no worse than normal, although Dave
compounded problems by purposefully blocking the small amount of
light falling on the board – a reminder of the golf
heard of a pub with no spare light bulbs?
However, it was quite good fun!
|Wych Elm /
Willoughby / Wych Elm
Twickenham Grandstand, something else?
||12th March 2010
evening of poor decision –making: 1. Possibly, the late change
from the Fox to the Wych. 2.
The decision to move to the Willoughby in search of variety and
atmosphere. 3. The decision not to return quickly to the Wych.
was blowing through the Willoughby; two dart boards were free,
the beer was fine and Bossog was not apparent.
Unfortunately Lucy was playing – big voice, big hair,
small audience. We
did have the opportunity to prove that we are worse at pool than
we are at darts. Meanwhile,
Cathy had returned to the Wych to rendezvous with Hilary and
Tensing. A late
(11.55 – 12.15) singles match with snappy finishing showed
what we had missed. (KS) K1-5, K2-3
After moving the kitchen
furniture, getting the light on, the TV off, and obtaining some
new chalk, the game took off.
I believe your reporter finished the first two games but
no more later during the next two hours.
However, it’s ‘partners for dough’ and there’s no
better partner than John just before he goes home.
Some pretty good darts were played and the beer was a
good; another early finish! (KS)
K1-10, J-7, B-6, K2-5
Fox and Hounds
||26 February 2010
good late rugger-induced decision to swap to the Foxnounds,
where you can play darts in a lunar atmosphere.
The odds of K2 winning the evening were akin to Fulham
beating the tricky Ukranian Brazilians of Donetsk; but again the
old adage applies ‘tricky footwork for show, but putting the
dart in the back of the net earns the dough’.
A quiet unthirsty evening, with Dave anticipating a
couple of tough weeks in Barbados. (KS) K2-11, K1-8, D-8, B-7
asked the psychologist if she could shed any light on the poor
standard of darts, and after very little thought she came up
with ‘there’s too much rabbit and not enough concern’,
which pretty much sums it up.
She did then helpfully added that ‘this is a good
registered a hat trick of championships before we adjourned to
the Agra – I cannot help but think that a few more Seafarers
and a round of nuts, crisps and pork scratchings may have been a
more attractive option – the Agra has less concern for the
quality of its curries than we have for the quality of our darts
– poor fare! (KS) D-7, B-7, K1-6, J-4, K2-1, F-1
Rating: 7 Curry Rating: 4
Team was not in the best of health; Dave was recovering from
last Sunday’s spill and John had decided to join in by falling
foul of Gumshoe’s Albanian road surface – hats off to a man
who repaired his bike and turned up anyway.
The introduction of the sixth man caused some initial
confusion, but this was soon overcome with the useful mnemonic
With much creaking and groaning and concentration at an
all time low we managed 3 hours of rather mediocre darts and
another win for Dave. For
determination under adverse circumstances, a rare 10 rating is
awarded. (KS) D-9, B-8, K2-8, J-8, K1-7
Waggon was ‘blocked’ and good only for puncture repairs.
The Spring was also ‘blocked’, but fortunately a
singing Taffy cleared the space.
Sometimes a delayed start builds excitement and the
subsequent standard is high; this time it wasn’t.
Only Dave coped with the gloom and the proximate punters;
following his careful analysis of the ‘Phil the Power’
action, he took the evening with an impressive number of
‘quick one-two’ finishes. (KS) D-7, J-4, B-4, K2-3,
||29th January 2010
was all going along nicely with plenty of rabbit and poor
concentration; then Brian and John spoilt it by unfairly
deciding to focus and improve the standard.
They won 10 games on the bounce, including the first 180
to invoke the special ‘180 rule’.
The three trying to defeat them did not really help each
other with some unwelcome barracking and derision.
A new form of barracking was witnessed where the players
exclaim ‘that’s it!’, when their opponents’ attempted
double has in fact missed; to be honest this was probably down
to poor eyesight rather than malice.
An excellent evening. (KS) B-14,
J-11, K1-5, D-4, K2-4
excellent evening to get the singles arrers league underway.
K1, Brian and John played out a hard-fought 2-hour battle
with John prevailing courtesy of his traditional late good form.
As John left at 11.15 he was replaced by Dave, making one
of the later registered Friday night appearances; a rapid 9-game
cameo ended 3 apiece, so each punter registered a share of the
evening’s spoils. Whisper
it, but the darts standard was quite reasonable, with plenty of
good scores, some top 3-darters and a late bull finish.
The Prince was tip-top, featuring good blues/rock live
music and tasty Seafarer Ale, with a lowish strength to insure
against ‘nervousness’ on the oche. (KS) Game 1: J-13, K1-10,
B-4 Game 2: D-3, K1-3, B-3
||It’s good to have
no distractions near the dartboard, but you do want a few other
punters to provide an atmosphere.
The proximity of the wall was apparently generating a
magnetic flux and longitudinal pressure waves, causing some
darts to deviate from their intended target.
However, K2 overcame this handicap to retain his
championship and show continuing good early form in the new
Courage Best and a sensible (but boring!) early finish. (KS)
K2-10, D-9, B-7, K1-6
||8th January 2010
Ranulph Reay iced up at his Gumshoe base camp, there were just
four punters to celebrate the elevation to the Olympic Rejects
pantheon of ace Aussie dartsman, Tony ‘nervous as a newt’
Fleet. The extreme
heat and lack of air at the Spring were much appreciated during
this cold snap, and a competition of decent standard took place
in the gloom. After
a couple of games of tactics, we slipped off at midnight.(KS)
K2-9, D-7, B-6, K1-6
Ordinary, Orange Juice (not a pint)
happy new year to all (the few) readers and welcome to the
fourth decade of Friday night drinking!
A cracking darts match to get this world cup year under
way: John, fresh
from throwing a golf club 50 yards, ignored treacherous cycling
conditions and was justly rewarded with a hat-trick of 3-darters
and a share of the first evening championship: your reporter
managed a truly bizarre ‘nul-pointer’ due to a ‘lack of
air’ – well, the Waggon was rather devoid of atmosphere;
some seriously dodgy chalking allowed 118 to be finished legally
with a double-9; the recently-crowned (in absentia) Brian, with
French practice nullified by train-lag, completed the evening
with no finishes; finally, ‘the Wife’ had recently demoted
herself at work, citing the need for more free time for drinking
and darts practice – an early vindication was obtained with a
classic 2-dart 93
finish (T19,D18). Compared
to golf, we are brilliant at arrers! More evenings like that please! (KS)
JR-10, K1-10, K2-7, D-4, F-4, B-3