An English Corner

Posted on 9 January 2011


What a week for English sport. Most notably England winning the Ashes down under and Martin “Wolfie” Adams retaining the BBC-backed BDO Word Darts Championship earlier this evening, the climax of the traditional New Year darts championships.

Mike-Skinner-The-Streets The Streets soundtrack the Ashes win

The Ashes win down under was so long awaited and impressive that our journalists have been pouring over it with such poetic prose that the average account is like the best of the romantics. No better than the Guardian’s celebrated and outstanding Mike Selvey, whose stirring final test victory dispatch from the Sydney Cricket Ground has been cleverly covered by Mike Skinner of The Streets; whose fifth, reportedly brilliant, album is due out next month. It makes a nice change to hear Skinner talking of “a day of days in the history of the England cricket team”,  instead of hearing Dry Your Eyes soundtracking another ever too predictable English defeat.

Listen to Skinner’s cover of Mike Selvey’s dispatch

Sid-WaddellBattle-rapping at the oche with Sid Wadell

A final word on the recent Sky-backed and BBC-backed World Darts Championships. Sky’s metaphor-mixing commentator, Sid Waddell, is surely the greatest wordsmith that the rap scene has never seen. With his commentary he slams at fever pitch with an eccentricity that sees him drop historical references alongside clever quips and one-liners. This is all live and completely on-point, like the best of battle rappers.

To quote some of Waddell’s words: “He doesn’t have a baggy green cap, but he can’t half do the tungsten rap”. This year’s championship saw the great man in fine fettle. Simon Whitlock, the pony-tailed Australian, inspired some of his best moments: “He’s like Ned Kelly,” roared Sid. “That was tungsten larceny.”

Listen to: Dry your eyes by The Streets, Slow Songs by Giggs featuring Mike Skinner & Some of Sid Waddell’s best lines