Diary Of A Busker Day 201

Diary Of A Busker Day 201 Sunday February 26th Winchester High Street (opposite Phase Eight, Time: 2:25-5:05pm).
A “pleasantly temperatured” afternoon decides me to venture into town – something I don’t normally do on a Sunday. There’s just one other bloke out – a guy with an acoustic guitar outside the Vodafone shop, down at the crossroads. I walk back up – there’s loads of people about as today is the farmer’s market, although it’s busy everyday in Winchester now. The money’s no better or worse, though.
…a girl walks around carrying a tray of something. She walks by me so I ask what’s in it – chocolate brownies, tiny ones, so I get one – my (mid-session) snack. Two coppers, or policeman/policewoman or CPSOs walk by. They stop for a chat – it’s always somewhat forced, this chatting to the “street people”. “How’s it going today”, says Mr. Police/CPSO guy. I tell him, “The first forty-five minutes were alright, the second, not so good.” He asks me about my amplifier, “Does it have batteries?” “Yeah, six double A’s.” “Yeah? And how long does that last you?” “Oh, about fifteen hours. Pretty good, really.” “Really?” “Yeah, almost a week out here.” “Oh well, (he looks up the road, sees a bunch of people approach)…better let you get on, you’ve got some traffic coming.” “OK, thanks.” I reckon he’s fulfilled his daily chat-to-a-busker obligation. I wanted to ask him about the stupid rule, the “busker’s policy”, about having to move all buskers on if there’s a complaint about one*, but they’re off.
…later, a young Chinese guy who’s been listening (enjoying?) for awhile comes over and “pours” in 8p in 2p coins-shrapnel. I really must get to the bottom of this (hopefully not deliberate) stingy-ness which seems to be peculiar to the Chinese community… This is a long session, and I haven’t had a break. In fact it’s not so much the cold, although at 5 o’clock it is making it’s way through me, as the fear of getting hemorrhoids/piles that is concerning me, after 2 1/2 hours on this stool.
Earnings: £25.11p.
* I investigated this – I phoned the council and told them what happened the other day – I was asked to move when there were complaints about someone busking up the road. I was told the police should not have asked/told me to move if there were no complaints about me, which there weren’t. They advised me to contact the police and ask them to “update their policy”.

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