Friday, April 12, 2013

Book Review Bellies and Bullseyes

I have just read Bellies and Bulleyes by Sid Waddell. Sid of course was a well known Darts commentator for TV first on the BBC and later on Sky TV. He passed on after a long illness just recently. This book was published in 2008 and is an autobiographical account of his career which also tells the story of darts during the time he was a commentator. There are some interesting insights into the split in darts that occurred between the BDO and the 16 professional dart players who formed a break away group and world championship which eventually evolved into the PDC. I learned a few things about what happened and why it happened that I did not know. The lack of cooperation between the two organisations is still evident today 30 years later. There are chapters on Jocky Wilson, Eric Bristow and Phil Taylor. Quite a few funny stories and hilarious goings on involving Sid and others. I found it an enjoyable read.Sid's unique personality comes through in the writing in the same way his commentating was unique. There was only one Sid Waddell.

I was able to borrow a copy from the Auckland City Council library at St Lukes. I think you can still get copies online if you are a bit far from the library.

1 comment:

  1. there is a documentry about the split think its called blood on carpet eric bristow talks why they split its is on u -tube