The Big Issue : Edition 488
10 THE BIG ISSUE 10 – 23 JULY 2015 LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT YOUR SAY ‘Your Say’ submissions must be 100 words or less, contain the writer’s full name and home address, and may be edited for clarity or space. Have Your Say about The Big Issue: • email firstname.lastname@example.org • post The Big Issue, GPO Box 4911, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 • facebook The Big Issue Australia • twitter @thebigissue • website thebigissue.org.au/your-say/ The Big Issue notes, with regret, the death of Professor John Swan, aged 91, in June. His story in Ed#463 last year, ‘Carry That Weight’ (below), gave him exalted status as our oldest contributor. He had plans to write some more articles, before illness intervened. His daughter, Margaret Birtley, has told us: John always enjoyed reading The Big Issue and it held his interest in recent months rather better than his scientific journals. He was a great advocate for the magazine. By the way, I was very sorry to read (in Ed#482 in April) of the death of your seller Darrin at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market. He was always cheerful when on duty there. He and I had many interesting chats, mostly about the footy. John’s last story concluded: “Helping people, together, is much more effective than leaving them on their own for too long.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. RIP, John. – Ed SIR ALEX’S ENDORSEMENT “Retired? Who’s retired? I’m busier than ever,” joked Sir Alex Ferguson [former manager of the Manchester United Football Club]. “I don’t need to get up quite so early, although I still wake early. But the pressure’s not as consistent as when I was managing United. I’m fine once I get going. Still use the gym – I was on the bike this morning. It’s important to keep fit.” Ferguson said he has also embraced many charitable ventures since retiring Congratulations – what a great read! I have read The Big Issue for some years now and have always found the articles positive and informative. These are things that are lacking in the numerous negative and junk magazines that are on the market. It would be a lot thicker if it were filled with advertisements. Here is a little test for everyone... Get your monthly or weekly magazine, tear out all advertisements, and see what you are left with. I am an old retired bastard now, but I look for positive actions. I admire the sellers on the street: they always display a courteous attitude and maintain a lack of disappointment when passers-by look the other way. I feel I should put signs up for them saying: “I am not a communist, a socialist, a unionist, a Jehovah’s Witness or anything other than someone who could be unemployed but, instead, is up and about and DOING.” Thank you, all concerned for The Big Issue. Kevin Burns, Elmhurst, Vic Kevin wins something appropriate for our favourite “old retired bastard”. and revealed his admiration for The Big Issue. Retrieving a copy of the magazine from a pile of correspondence on his desk, he said: “I never pass a Big Issue vendor on the street, because these people aren’t begging – they’re trying to get back on their feet. “Sometimes, if they’ve only got one or two copies left, I just give them a tenner and say hello to them because they’ll want to sell their last copies and get some more cash. But I do like to read the articles. What is it they say in here? A hand up, not a handout? Excellent!” From an interview published in The Big Issue, UK FACEBOOK FRIENDS Trisha Lusby I still miss my vendor in the Valley, Brisbane. Give my love to Ted, Big Issue!! It’s been four years but I still miss our chats. Jenny Coutts I bought the latest issue from a vendor in Melbourne on the weekend. He didn’t have enough change as I only had a $50 note. But I calmly waited while he ran off to find some. He quickly returned with my change and a smile!! :) Mouse’s Enterprise Happy 19th birthday, Big Issue [on 16 June]. May there be many more! Richard Hayward Happy Birthday, Big Issue. Please say hello to Paul; he used to sell at Melbourne Central. He makes a great Santa! @melissalahoud If you’ve never read @thebigissue, you’re missing out on quality articles that make you think, and brilliant fiction.