Mark busking with his cane and washing-up bowl
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Blind busker Mark Campbell whistling

Whistling busker Mark Campbell, 52, is a familiar sight to the commuters who pour through St Paul's station on the London Underground. Blind since birth, he has been busking for 13 years after being laid off as a police telephonist.

He's now a regular performer on the Tube network, which reintroduced busking in 2003 under a regulated scheme involving auditions and designated spots.

His repertoire includes the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, hymns - "I'm not a particularly religious man myself but they're very popular" - and, at this time of year, Christmas carols.