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PICK OF THE DAY; Live arrers Sky Sports 1, 1pm.

Byline: Steve Palmer

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 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, your hair is falling out, your goldfish has just died, there's a fatwa 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.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2006
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