|Paul Nicholson - Darts eye-candy? You bet your life he is!|
So, it's almost time for The World Matchplay to get underway from Blackpool's Winter Gardens and a week of distractions lies ahead for me because, if I don't manage to catch all the action in the evenings on Sky Sports I'll be watching the repeat the next morning, which probably means I'll get bugger all done until the tournament's over. I'd like to think I've got more discipline than that but I'm not sure I have. I love a good darts tournament you see, I somehow or other seem to get incredibly involved, although I've promised myself that I will not go off in a stroppy huff if Paul Nicholson gets knocked out early, as he did during The Darts World Championship last December. He was out in the second round (something I'm sure he loves being reminded of but as he'll probably never read this thing I reckon I'm safe to mention it!) and I can still remember shouting at the TV as he continued to miss doubles then crash out of the tournament altogether, thus leaving me with absolutely no eye-candy for the rest of the competition. For the first hour after his defeat I considered him to be extremely selfish, leaving me with nothing nice to look at, but after a cup of strong tea and a lie down on the sofa I finally grew up, realised he was probably a lot more upset than I could ever be and got back into the tournament, backing Adrian Lewis to win, which he eventually did! Although, on the night of that final against Gary Anderson, Archie (our dog) had decided to become very ill after eating a pork chop and started throwing up in the hallway every 10 minutes, causing us to almost miss a cracking nine dart finish from Lewis.
|Beating Phil Taylor in The 2010 Players Championship Final.|
I mentioned inspiration before didn't I? And Mr. Nicholson may well be a pretty face in a world that hasn't always been blessed with the sexy sportsman, but he was also my muse, if you like, for the main male character in my novel 'Too Much Trouble in Paradise'. I'd wanted that character to be a darts player, but he also needed to be handsome, a great player, and a Geordie. Can't think who I modelled him on...
Seriously, though, the character of Paul Parker was created because Mr. Nicholson had proved to me that darts eye-candy does exist, that a darts player can be sexy, funny, and a fantastic player (Mr. Nicholson is all of those, by the way, I'd just like to point that out), and he gave me everything I needed to make a fabulous character out of Paul Parker - the Geordie villain of the darts world! So, I'd like to thank him again for that.
And, as we hurtle towards the World Matchplay, I'll be getting myself ready for Sunday when Paul Nicholson has his opening match, and I'll be backing him all the way. Because he's a great player, with a long future ahead in the sport and he's exciting to watch, something very important in darts in my opinion. A boring match can sometimes make you want to turn over and see if there's anything interesting on BBC Three!
So, if you like darts, and you haven't discovered Paul Nicholson yet, check him out. You won't be disappointed. And if you're a female darts fan, well, he's a bonus. He's darts eye-candy. And we should never complain about that!
And if you'd like to download a copy of 'Too Much Trouble in Paradise' for yourself, you can find it here on Amazon.co.uk