Buskers are out of tune with entertainment
Buskers can add a fun and charming slant to any town or city, as evidenced by performers in the likes of Covent Garden and the London Underground.
However, here in Belfast all we can muster is a sorry combination of trumpet violins, automatic keyboards and two automated two-foot Irish dolls ostensibly performing traditional airs.
The man who plays the trumpet violin (audio akin to a cat being electrocuted) outside my office window has failed to expand his repertoire beyond a few bars of an eastern European tune and the seasonal rendition of Jingle Bells (ad nauseum) over the last three years.
Perhaps we need licensing to regulate these street performers, but as this would cost money to operate it might be more sensible and cost-effective to discourage these buskers by not giving them any of our hard-earned money.