Two-time world darts champion Jocky Wilson dies….

Former world darts champion John ‘Jocky’ Wilson was hailed as the ‘Braveheart’ of the game yesterday following his death at  the age of 62.

A star of the golden era of darts, famed for downing lager with vodka chasers during matches, he died at his home in Kirkcaldy, Fife, after a battle with lung disease.

Tommy Cox, who managed Wilson from 1988-1996, paid tribute to the man who helped lay the foundations of the modern game.

Glory: Wilson twice won the world title in 1982 and 1989

Wilson, who won world titles in 1982 and 1989, founded a breakaway professional darts championship in the 1990s which helped the sport shed its working-class image and attract a new generation of fans.

Prince Harry is known to enjoy the game and went to London’s Alexandra Palace last year for the World Darts Championship.

Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, the 15-time world champion, said: ‘With the likes of Eric  Bristow and John Lowe, Jocky made the game what it is today.’

Wilson, born in Kirkcaldy, was to many, the quintessential darts player, playing with a cigarette in one hand and drinking.

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Tue 27th March, 2012 will be… Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day

If you’re rocking out to classics such such as “I Still Miss You Baby, But My Aim’s Gettin’ Better” or “You’re the Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly”, then chances are you’re already well on the way to celebrating Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day.

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Marshall Amp Beer Fridge

As an A-lister & rubbing elbows with rock stars & running up historic bar bills, I  thoroughly endorse this product….

Marshall Amp Fridge

Mix your love of rock with your love of beer in an all new way with the Marshall Amp Fridge. Carrying Jim Marshall’s signature logos and facing, and control knobs that go to eleven, you’d be hard pressed to notice it’s a fridge, but if you do, inside you’ll find 4.4 cubic feet of space, can-specific storage, and a high efficiency freezer. Speaker to play “Cold as Ice” every time you open the door not included.

by Arthur Furrowfield + Dr. Vince

World’s first stairlift for overweight dogs

Dog stairlift Rex

A warning about obesity in dogs has seen the design of the world’s first dog stairlift.

According to a shock report, one in three dogs of the 8.3 million canines in the United Kingdom are now obese.

So a device that can transport portly pooches up stairs has been unveiled.

Based on a conventional stair lift, the ‘Stair of the Dog 2022’ concept has been in development for six months and has a number of high tech modifications that make it dog friendly.

As well as a comfy basket for pets to sit in during the stair elevation stage, it features an electronic retractable platform – activated by a paw recognition button – to take said dog from floor to basket level.

The prototype has been created by MORE TH>N pet insurance, who warn that if obesity levels continue to rise at the current rate, over half of all pooches will be severely overweight (52 per cent) by 2022.

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With a pinch salt

Salt art WEnn

Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto creates incredibly intricate mazes made entirely out of salt.

Currently showing at the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Kanagawa, Japan is one of his newest works entitled ‘Forest of Beyond.’

The story about why Yamamoto started down this path is a sad and tragic one. He was a third-year student at the Kanazawa College of Art in 1996 when his younger sister died aged 24 – two years after being diagnosed with brain cancer. To ease his grief and to honour her memory, he started working on these installations.

Salt has a special place in the death rituals of Japan, and is often handed out to people at the end of funerals so they can sprinkle it on themselves to ward off evil.

Since 2001, he’s been creating these amazing floor installations by filling a plastic bottle, usually used for machine oil, with white salt and then sprinkling it on the floor.

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Ed “Crazy” Balls…..

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls is to run the London marathon. The MP for Morley and Outwood told the Guardian Open Weekend he had been bounced into running the 26-mile-and-285-yard course on 22 April by the disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz and has been training in Regent’s Park.

Balls said he had been at a charity event for Whizz-Kidz 18 months ago when the head of the charity told the audience that the 45-year-old MP had agreed to do the marathon. “It was total news to me,” said Balls.

He said he is hoping “just to finish” and has so far completed 18 miles in three hours 45 minutes in training runs.

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Football team smash scoring record

Goal /Rex

A Sunday league team have bagged a new record after hammering their local rivals 58-0 – the biggest defeat in British football history.

Wheel Power FC smashed Nova 2010 FC in the Torbay Sunday League clash in Torquay, Devon.

It was 5-0 after five minutes and 20-0 by half time before the league leaders netted a further 38 strikes, reports The Sun.

Brothers Robbie and Stuart Bowker scored 28 times between them, with Robbie bagging 18 of those.

The scoreline beats the previous record, Cornish side Illogan’s 55-0 thrashing of Madron FC in November 2010.

Nova arrived for the match last Sunday at Wheel Power’s ground with just five players but managed to get a team of nine together to face their ten-man opponents.

The winning side’s player/manager Andy Woodward, who scored just once, added: “The referee’s biro went blunt after a while.

“It was a bit embarrassing but fair play to the other team for carrying on – they were really sporting.

“The result will certainly help at the end of the season if it goes down to goal difference.”

Nova’s Lewis Parker, 60, said: “A lot of the players didn’t turn up so we expected to lose but not by that much.”

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