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In an increasingly rare moment of cultural appreciation in our regional community, local resident Albert “Bert” Thompson (78) interrupted his daily stroll down the Old City’s bustling High Street to stand in awe of a busker showcasing an uncommon musical talent – the glass harp.

The skilled busker, identified only as Harmony Glass, had set up on the corner of Main Street and Royal Lane, strategically positioning an array of crystal goblets filled with varying levels of water to produce an enchanting symphony of delicate tones.

Bert, known for his grumbling about “kids these days” and a general distrust of anything post-1970, couldn’t help but be captivated by the mesmerising sounds emanating from the improvised glass orchestra.

“I was just minding my own business, sucking on a Werther’s Original, when I heard this heavenly music. Couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this young fella tapping away at these glasses. You just don’t see that type of thing anymore. It’s much better than watching some smackhead whack a bunch of upturned buckets, creating a god-awful racket!” said Bert.

Known for his unfiltered opinions and distinct skepticism, Bert surprised onlookers as he leaned on his walking stick, nodding appreciatively and even tossing a couple of golden coins into the busker’s hat.

“Back in my day, we had a bloke playing spoons down at the local pub, and we thought that was cutting-edge entertainment. This glass harp business is a whole new level. Good on him,” Bert added.

“In a world of human statues, sword swallowers and street gymnasts, it’s refreshing to see a young bloke showcasing a bit of talent. You just don’t get this type of stuff anymore.”

More to come.


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