Saturday, November 10, 2012

— Six Word Saturday —

my Six Words:
Stick Man coming—Leicester Square Theatre
I read the book by Julia Donaldson at the St. John's Wood Library the other day.  It is a very good children's book.

Do you know the meaning of the word, Busker?  It was a new word for me that I found in another children's book by Donaldson, Tabby McTat. They didn't teach me this one in my American public school education.

Busker definition: a person who entertains in a public place for donations. 

In the book, Tabby McTat was busker’s cat and followed him all over wherever the Busker man performed. But they became separated. There was surprise ending of sorts, you need to read it (a Tabby McTat review). 

Back to Stick Man, the play is not only for children per what I am seeing from reviews (Google search link).   I would like to attend a performance but we have left London (U.K) and are now back in Texas.

Stick Man will be playing at the Leicester Square Theatre from November 17, 2012, through January 7, 2013.
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Yes busker is a common word here in Australia, and they are often seen performing in the streets of our towns and cities. Some have a guitar and their voice, and others amplifiers and even backing tapes. Wondering what they call these performers in the areas you have lived.
I know of at least one Busker Festival and there may be more.
That is a good recommendation for the play, sorry you are missing it.
Don't know this book. Have met a few buskers, though. Hell of a way to make a living.
Thank you Jan, for your nice comment. Yes I have seen them to be quite industrious in various parts of the world. As far as I have been knowing, here we call our buskers street musicians, street singers, street mimes, etc.
Or if they don't perform, we call them beggars.
What a great idea for Xmas. Thanks. Hey, why didn't you get in touch -we could've all had a cuppa tea!
Yes, buskers are common in France - did you not explore the Metro when you were in Paris? The Cambridge Buskers are a famous classical duo in UK. Enjoy the show.
Ah! I see you are there, not here, so won't see it. Sorreee
Interesting - I suppose I just assumed busker was THE word for the people we see performing in the streets and then passing a hat round. There's a wide range of them in London, on the streets and in the passages/corridors of the Underground.
I was going to write that the word 'busker' is common in Oz but Jan beat me to it, but then I wrote my words anyways to add credibility to her words :-) Yeah it's late on a Saturday night can you tell by the twisted sense of humour :-)
I love busker festivals...some of the performers are quite amazing...
Yes I have heard and seen buskers. The best one was in Dublin last August. 4 Men were perfectly still until someone gave them money then the bowed and tipped their hats. Awesome!
I've not heard of this word before today. Thanks for the lesson.

Have a terrific day. :)
have fun... I love learning new words...even if it is from a children's book!
Sounds like you are enjoying your holiday!
Welcome home. It sounds like you had a lot of interesting experiences.
Being a fan of children's picture books and stories, I will have to check this out. I own the book, British Slang an uncensored A -Z of the people's language including rhyming slang by Ray Puxley- so I looked up your new word- and they mention busk- which is linked too- to improvise. if you haven't got the right tools, "busk it" or leave it to someone who has!Sounds a lot like performing doesn't it...! I especially like the stick man- or tree moving off the book- it pulls me in!
I love a good busker! we had a fab lad in Exeter who could sing just like John Mayer - real talent, and he now has a recording contract - and worked hard for it too! (so much better than the 'instant celebrity' x factor type singers)
Another adventure over, Jim. No place like home? (if only the family were nearer)
Fascinating! I just took it for granted that the word 'busker' would be known all over the English-speaking world. Like Jan, I live in Australia where it is commonplace. I was thinking, 'What? Don't they have buskers over there?' But I see you do; you just call them something else. :)
"Busker" is common, especially at the subway stations in Singapore, Dr Jim. They are given license to perform. The public can donate any love gift to the buskers :)
I have to be honest - and tell you - I have never ever heard of that word. sandie
Learning a new word today: busker, and I love children's books too! It's so much better without all the romance and affairs, or murder and struggling for power!

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