Diary Of A Busker Day 657 Saturday October 25th 2014 Hythe (Opposite Harvey’s Sandwich Bar/In front of Waitrose, Time: 1:01-3:21pm)
I thought I’d try a bit later this time and see how it went. I got the train at 12 o’clock and got to the ferry just in time, and a different ferry, too. A bigger one than Great Expectations (Greater Expectations?), in fact, it was called Ashleigh F. It even had a bar and dance floor: a rather small affair – I reckon it was 8′ X 8′ – that made me laugh and I had to get a photo! Also, adding to my photos of Ships I Pass In Southampton Harbour On The Way To Hythe Pier, a nice one of the liner Queen Victoria. Quite an old-looking ship. I reckon1980’s, maybe even the 70’s. I waved back to some passengers who were on their balconies waving at me.
I started playing at one minute past one, so it took only one hour from getting the train to starting up, which was very quick. Right after starting the 1st song, Albatross, that other busker – the one with the hat and pink trousers – came up with a woman – his girlfriend? I said hello and said I’d just started. He said he’d just finished, so I said ‘That’s probably good, then, eh?’ He said, ‘Yeah, good luck to you’, then they went off.
There’s loads of kids about, in fact most of the coinage is from kids. Near the end of Albatross, I get a load of contributions, and all from children. During The Third Man, a woman who I recognise, donates. She’s the one who’s had two husbands. I said, ‘We met before, didn’t we?’ She said, ‘Yes, and I used to go dancing with my husband. I remember that one (The Third Man), that takes me back’. I said, ‘Was that your first husband?’ She said, ‘Yes, my first husband danced, my second didn’t. We used to go dancing – this was after the war, anyway, you carry on, I’m stopping you from playing’. I said, ‘It’s OK, I’ll see you again soon, I expect’, then I started up again.
Now, I thought she’d gone off but a minute later I happened to glance to my left and saw she was behind me – not right behind but sort of to the left. Then, after I’d finished the song, she came up again, said, ‘Here’s some more’, and put another pound in. I said, ‘You don’t have to do that’, and she said, ‘You deserve it’. Speaking of The Third Man, the zither version is Song Of The Day, as it secured a CD sale a bit later on. As I said, alot of children. One old donor came up, leaned in real close and said, ‘It’s better than all these children’, whatever that means!
At one point, a girl of about 14 came up and sat next to me, kicking her legs about. She had really long hair, the bottom bit dyed blue. She’d sit down then get up and go to one of her friends, who’d say, ‘I don’t know her, she’s not my friend!’ Then she’d come back, sit down again, get up, sit on the low wall behind me…jump about, then go back to the friend who’d say the same thing again – ‘I don’t know her!’ All fairly amusing, I suppose.
A boy came up and said, ‘I’ve got a guitar’ so I said, ‘You should come out here and play’. He said, ‘I don’t have a license’, so I said, ‘You don’t need a license here, or in Winchester, just come out and play’. That’ll be it, then. I’ll come here next time and he’ll be playing. I hope I don’t get in trouble for that. Maybe I should have said he should contact Helen or the council!
Near the end I did Here Comes The Sun for the second time and a teenage girl said, ‘How many times have you played that in the last hour?’ I said, ‘I played it once before, just after I started (over two hours ago)…you got some problem with that?’ Cheeky kids.
I did really well. In fact, for the first time, there was so much coinage, it wouldn’t all fit in the blue camera case so I had to requisition the one the camera was actually in, to help out. That’s never happened before (I think I might have to move to Hythe!), so I took a photo of all the coinage in the two camera cases! And not only that. On the way back, I got an even better shot of the Queen Victoria, as the sun was out and the light better. In fact, the sun came out only for the last 10 or 15 minutes of my set, but no matter.
Earnings: £65.53p (gross) – £10.05p (expenses) = £55.48p (profit, including 2 CDs)
P.S. No sign of Bosnian John today
P.P.S. I made sure I had an old 10p for the ferry ticket machine, so as not to incur the wrath of that cantankerous old bugger at Town Quay.