Diary Of A Busker Day 368 Thursday May 16th Winchester High Street (1. opposite Bellis, Time: 12:20-1:37pm, 2. opposite Oxfam, Time: 1:50-2:25pm).
One of my nameless old lady regulars says she would give me something but all she has is a £20 note, which she produces and waves in front of me(!), and this is just a few minutes in so I can’t break it down. She goes across to WH Smiths …ten minutes later she’s back with a £5 note for me. I say ‘that’s very kind of you’ (the £20 would have been, er, kinder) and she says ‘I just won it on the scratchcard. I won a hundred pounds once, you know’. How about that? – an old lady won a fiver on the scratchcard and gave it to a bloke with a guitar!
One of the Save The Children workers, a Rastafarian, has a break and sits on the bench opposite for my last few minutes. He seems to really like my ‘heavy’ set, which is more or less James Bond and Twelve-String Shuffle. He comes over when he sees me start to pack up. ‘James Bond, yeah, I really like that. You rock!’ I ROCK – ha!
I only have about half an hour at Oxfam, then we have to go over to Clare’s pub at West Meon, so it’s just the ‘hits’, I’m afraid: La Vie En Rose, Albatross, When I’m Sixty-Four, Here Comes The Sun, Music To Watch Girls By, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Can’t Help Falling In Love, The Third Man, (tune down) Yellow Bird, Wheels, (tune back up) Borsalino. That’s it. Song Of The Day – Albatross, easily, as it gets a good £5 – and that includes a £2 coin! Out here, wonders never cease.