The captain of the Glen Mona darts team drops by with his wife.

When I last saw him a fortnight ago, we had a close call against the Laxey yacht club with the scores tied after the individual rounds. He did not put himself in the doubles. “They got themselves into this mess, and they have to get themselves out of it.”

I congratulate him on the team’s 8-1 thrashing of a Ramsey pub last Monday.

“Did you play?” I ask innocently.

“Yes, I won, but it was against a woman.”

His wife gives him a sharp look, and we both know that the ice is thin. 

“Have you ever lost to a woman?”

“Aye” he said, “it has happened.”

Chris Thorpe

Chris Thorpe is a respected independent lawyer in the upstream oil and gas industry, and an established lecturer and author. Chris has a LLB in law from Magdalene College, Cambridge and trained as a barrister in London. He worked for eight years' as an in-house lawyer for BP and Marathon. Since 1991, Chris has run his own upstream legal practice, CPTL, which has acted for many upstream clients. He has extensive experience of international upstream transactions, principally in the North Sea, the FSU, Africa and the Middle East. Chris has spoken at many UK and International Conferences and Seminars, both public and in-house. His most popular current lecture is Fundamental of Upstream Petroleum Agreements, a two-day course with accompanying book.