365 Project – Day 13

The streets of Bath are notoriously busy, there are the locals, the tourists, people coming for the shopping, people coming for the rugby, or the university, or the other university or the Jane Austen Society and so it goes on. With such crowded streets there are also people attracted by the fact that the streets are so busy.

So we have the charity workers, the Chuggers. Usually smiling and confident who will ambush you in the street in an attempt to get you signed up to whichever charity is employing them that day. There are the Big Issue sellers and what a good idea that is but it does seem as if we all have our own personal Big Issue seller at times, I counted three within one hundred metres just before Christmas – too many! And there are the buskers; oh my Lord but are there buskers. Some are wonderful and entertaining others simply are not. If you simply can’t sing but do it in a humorous way that’s fine but if you really can’t sing and are the one person on earth that thinks you can – then don’t; you will get upset when people laugh at you.

Then there is the matter of amplification; there are guide lines but no one ever appears to enforce them so we are assailed by too loud music, personally I’d happily ban amplification completely. Acoustic buskers are many and varied some wonderful others not so; there are the young and the old and they come up with some really great original ideas on how to entertain us and I wish them well.

And then there are the placard carriers. I take my hat off to these people for what must be a totally tedious job. I remember when ‘sandwich men’ could regularly be seen walking up and down Oxford Street and one in particular who foretold the Day of Judgement but placard carriers just have an advertising notice on a stick. Always for a local business and sometimes with an arrow pointing where to go. I take my hat off though to these guys who have embraced the job and got together to make it as comfortable and bearable as possible. Good for you!

1313 January 2014


3 thoughts on “365 Project – Day 13

  1. Chuggers… Hmm! Can’t wait to tell our old dears tomorrow at the CR annual dinner that they are chuggers :-) Is it in the oxford dictionary? If not, ought to be. Chuggers sounds so much more deserving a word than selfie – I think…

    • Chuggers – charity muggerrs. Usually professional fundraisers working for specialist companies who work on behalf of charities. They tend to be bright and attractive with good teeth which they flash a great deal. Recent conversation: Chugger ” Hello Sir, you look like a lovely generous person.” Me “Wrong on every point. Goodbye.”

  2. Thank you. You learn something every day. I didn’t realise that fundraising is generally considered to be an aggressive way of raising monies for a charity. Have to stop doing that!
    Google threw Urban Dictionary page as a first hit when I looked up Chuggers after your post. What an education that was! If you have time and inclination, please check out their Trending section. I’ll have to use the definition of Wednesday for this week’s posts – a whole new world is out there!

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