Swallow Your Pride (20051114)
Sword-swallower on the South Gate Promenade, Melbourne. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2005 This photo is, in Australian parlance, a busker that I encountered one evening. Sidewalk entertainers would be a dime a dozen in Melbourne, except that there is no single word in Australian English that means "10-cent piece". I felt quite bad for her. Just after she had unpacked her sword and informational bib - I'm sorry, her "Anatomical Informational Apron" - the light mist turned to a light rain and the one or two passers-by that were half-watching her scurried away. She finished her act as a friend from Japan who had relocated back home to Melbourne and I watched, slightly embarrassed and slightly amused that we were the only ones there.