He used to operate outside Palm 2 until his high-pressure sales technique resulted in his being asked to move on. So now he's made Tesco his pitch, which is also handy for the bus stop. You can't fault him for enterprise. The picture was taken on Christmas Eve.
"The power of social media," remarked one of the organisers of this heart-warming event. "A few mentions on Twitter and you get a lovely crowd like this." It was a lovely crowd too, which I stumbled across on my way to the shops having forgotten to remember that I wanted to see - and hear - the event anyway. It was a joint effort by the Clapton Pond Neighbourhood Action Group and St James's Church, which provided hot drinks and mince pies afterwards.
The Clapton primary school dearest to my family's heart has released a Christmas song to raise money for doing up its playground and supporting UNICEF's Sing for Syria campaign. Entitled C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S it can be purchased from iTunes and Amazon and - hey, look! - there a lovely video too.
As well as buying the song you can donate in large quantitites here. And if you're feeling extra generous you can spend £2 buying my e-novel Roy's Summer of Sport, which has a scene set in Clapton. I'll be giving all the takings from sales of the book between today and Christmas Day to the Millfields fund.