PICK OF THE DAY; Live arrers Sky Sports 1, 1pm.Byline: Steve Palmer Stephen L Palmer (born Brighton Suffolk 31 March 1968) was a footballer who played in England in the 1980s and 1990s with Ipswich Town, Watford FC and QPR.
Steve signed for QPR from Watford in July 2001 and made his debut in August of that year in the 1-0 win against Stoke
BRACE yourself for the start of what is arguably the greatest show on Earth, writes Steve Palmer.
Some might assert that Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat provide the greatest show on Earth, but for me the Ladbrokes.com World Championship, which begins at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet this afternoon, is an unrivalled spectacle.
The beauty of betting on darts is that it keeps you completely in the moment. When you're watching a close-up of double-16, knowing that if a sliver of tungsten lands on one side of the wire you've won loads of money and if it lands on the other side of the wire you've lost loads of money, you are 100 per cent engrossed in the arrer.
In the few seconds before the arrer is thrown, you are thinking about nothing else. You forget all your problems because your consciousness is monopolised by the impending arrer.
Your personal life is in tatters tat·ter 1
1. A torn and hanging piece of cloth; a shred.
2. tatters Torn and ragged clothing; rags.
tr. & intr.v. , your hair is falling out, your goldfish has just died, there's a fatwa fat·wa
A legal opinion or ruling issued by an Islamic scholar.
[Arabic fatw on your head and your daughter has just started dating a scruffy snowboarding type.
But there is not room in your brain for any of these negatives when the arrer is ready for launch.
Taste the tungsten. Devour the dart. Adore the arrer.