var title = 'Busker Central Odds and ends Feed'; var url = 'http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?page=&mode=random_blogs&c=8&sid=5074af31d886b1662ba848d8addba0ae'; var site_url = 'http://buskercentral.com/buskers'; var site_desc = 'Buskers and Street Performers'; var time = 'Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:50:34 -0500'; var data = new Array(); data[0] = new Array(); data[0]['title'] = 'The Big Busk raises over £10,000'; data[0]['url'] = 'http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=195&c=8&sid=5074af31d886b1662ba848d8addba0ae'; data[0]['url'] = 'http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=195&c=8&sid=5074af31d886b1662ba848d8addba0ae'; data[0]['username'] = 'BC'; data[0]['blog_id'] = '195'; data[0]['blog_message'] = ':guitar: (SHREWSBURY) What started as a tribute to busker Ben Bebbington by his family and friends has swelled to event with over 40 musical acts. Ben was tragically killed in a senseless murder by two teenagers in September of 2012.
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Made up of over 200 people who filled the town with a carnival atmosphere, Happy Days in Shrewsbury took place in the town’s beautiful medieval centre. Raising over £10,000, it was a celebration of community, music and talent all in glorious sunshine. It also raised awareness and funds for The Shrewsbury Ark - a charity that had supported Ben in recent years and meant a huge amount to him.

A known busker within the town, Ben was an excellent musician and would often play his guitar in some late great impromptu jams. Other muses would join him after-hours and perform standards and original so...

[ Continued ]'; data[0]['blog_time'] = 'Thu, 03 Nov 2016 21:40:49 -0400'; data[1] = new Array(); data[1]['title'] = 'Re-imagining Times Square'; data[1]['url'] = 'http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=194&c=8&sid=5074af31d886b1662ba848d8addba0ae'; data[1]['url'] = 'http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=194&c=8&sid=5074af31d886b1662ba848d8addba0ae'; data[1]['username'] = 'BC'; data[1]['blog_id'] = '194'; data[1]['blog_message'] = ':knight: (NEW YORK) Times Square, the self-proclaimed "Crossroads of the World," is the top destination for tourists hoping for the quintessential Gotham experience. An article by John Tierney in City Journal magazine takes us through a 2+ decades trip of Times Square. Recent developments have converted automobile traffic lanes into lanes for street-performers and street-vendors.
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"Fake Buddhist monks begging for money, living statues, the Naked Cowboy, topless women, and a horde of costumed cartoon characters are all pressuring tourists to pay them for a picture - because nothing says New York like a selfie with the Incredible Hulk."

"A remade Times Square could start taking shape at the end of this year when the new plaza is supposed to be finished. By then, city officials hope to have...

[ Continued ]'; data[1]['blog_time'] = 'Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:20:10 -0400'; data[2] = new Array(); data[2]['title'] = 'Busker juggles away student debt'; data[2]['url'] = 'http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=181&c=8&sid=5074af31d886b1662ba848d8addba0ae'; data[2]['url'] = 'http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=181&c=8&sid=5074af31d886b1662ba848d8addba0ae'; data[2]['username'] = 'BC'; data[2]['blog_id'] = '181'; data[2]['blog_message'] = ':surprised2: (DARTMOUTH) The majority of students at Dartmouth University in New Hampshire are graduating with debt - and way too much of it - since the average graduate carries $35,000. That's why many young people are turning to alternative means - not just to survive, but to thrive.
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A Huffington Post interview with William Imbert reveals how he included China, Switzerland, England, Manhattan, and Princeton to juggle, piano, and unicycle away his student debt. Also figuring into the equation was teaching English and some 300 tennis balls.

"I was 24 years old and on my own in a foreign land. I began doing street performance and living by the beach for $80 a month."

Included in the interview is how he paid off his $15,000 student loan, 3 great tips for street performers, and a quote...

[ Continued ]'; data[2]['blog_time'] = 'Wed, 03 Feb 2016 22:21:26 -0500'; data[3] = new Array(); data[3]['title'] = 'Prague targets new busking campaign'; data[3]['url'] = 'http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=180&c=8&sid=5074af31d886b1662ba848d8addba0ae'; data[3]['url'] = 'http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=180&c=8&sid=5074af31d886b1662ba848d8addba0ae'; data[3]['username'] = 'BC'; data[3]['blog_id'] = '180'; data[3]['blog_message'] = ':disguise: (PRAGUE) The city of Prague is wondering why there aren't more buskers and street performers around their fair city. After all, they've overcome 40 years of Communism crushing their culture. Hence, the city has embarked on a campaign to bring in many more of the performing artists.
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And even taking into consideration of the famous Charles bridge, Prague has much less buskers and street performers when compared to Berlin, Dublin, or Paris.

The project is currently crowdfunded which will determine how the campaign will go forward. Organizers have produced a video as well as an audio mp3 that showcases the effort. There will also be an app for tablets and cell phones to promote the project.

Regulations implemented 3 years ago have somewhat restricted street musicians and will be changed. “Musicians c...

[ Continued ]'; data[3]['blog_time'] = 'Fri, 01 Jan 2016 13:38:14 -0500'; data[4] = new Array(); data[4]['title'] = 'Busker to perform 100 hour gig'; data[4]['url'] = 'http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=69&c=8&sid=5074af31d886b1662ba848d8addba0ae'; data[4]['url'] = 'http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=69&c=8&sid=5074af31d886b1662ba848d8addba0ae'; data[4]['username'] = 'BC'; data[4]['blog_id'] = '69'; data[4]['blog_message'] = ':surprised2: Hard-working busker Derek Allan is about to embark on his toughest gig yet - playing 10 sets of 10 hours in 10 different venues.
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The singer-songwriter’s fundraising efforts will see him play for 10 consecutive nights as he pulls out all the stops to help Grace House Hospice Appeal to reach its latest target.

And not content with that, he is issuing a universal offer of help to any small charities or individuals who need a helping hand getting together the money they need.

Derek, 34, from Red Row in Northumberland, first came to the attention of Journal readers when he performed seven consecutive 12-hour gigs in seven different Northumberland pubs, with no backing group.

The exertion left Derek, who suffers from epilepsy, exhausted and he almost fainted several times during the g...

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