The Big Issue : Edition 489
THEBIGISSUE24JULY–6AUG2015 7 All contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work. For the latest Big Issue news visit thebigissue.org.au or find us on: • facebook The Big Issue Australia • twitter @thebigissue STREETSHEET Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends A ROARING GOOD TIME Hi! My name is Steve and I love bowling. I go bowling every week. I am in the same team as Paul B, another Adelaide vendor. I also enjoy going to the movies. Last week I went to see Jurassic World and I really enjoyed it! I love dinosaurs! I think that’s why I enjoyed selling the dinosaur edition (Ed#486). Stephen H sells The Big Issue in the Adelaide CBD at Cibo and The Blue Lemon. BACK TO IT My name is Coral Gibson, and I live in Bendigo. I returned to selling The Big Issue five weeks ago. It has helped with my self-esteem and motivation. I’m hardly depressed at all compared to what I was. Thanks to all Big Issue staff for getting me to come back. I also wanted to say thanks to my beautiful son Chris – who loves school, inline hockey and football – for supporting me through good and bad times. And thanks to Clive, Kerry and Hurstbridge staff for supporting me. Coral G sells The Big Issue in Melbourne. PEOPLE WATCHER It is interesting to sit and watch people when you are selling The Big Issue. Every day you see something different, with many different modes of dress, many different nationalities and so many people holding the world on their shoulders or looking like they have lost their last penny. Many people don’t watch where they are going. They have their earpieces in, listening to music or getting their mobile phones out to see if anyone has either rung them or sent them a text. The mornings in particular are when they are in a world of their own. Even though you smile at them, they seem oblivious to your presence. Alfred sells The Big Issue outside 7/11 on Creek St and at Medibank on Adelaide St, Brisbane. FRONTING UP I have been working as a barista at the Wayside Chapel on Sundays. I am called the congregation barista. I really love my job, especially because I can do it alongside The Big Issue. My mental disorder is reasonably under control and no matter how I feel I go to work. This is one of the benefits of The Big Issue that I have learned – front up no matter what! Andrew W sells The Big Issue at Potts Point, Sydney. WEDDING BELLS Commiserations to all my old girlfriends – I am now engaged to be married on 14th May 2016. Everything about my fiancée Janet is ever so sweet. We love each other no matter what. After having some time off, I am now back selling The Big Issue and have introduced Janet to my Big Issue family. I hope to see all of my old customers back. Thanks to the great staff at The Big Issue for being there for us! Stevo sells at the Arts Centre, Perth over the weekends. BABY DON’T GO SoIthinkItoldya Iloveyoubymysidelikea love soldier We always fight about little things But in the end we stick together Through thick and thin, thick and thin So let me tell you in this blue ink on this white paper Like a track maker Leaving trails of words behind So you can hear this song later Baby don’t you know I don’t want to let you go Baby don’t you know I’ll never let you go CP is currently a student at Parkville College, which operates within the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre. He is a hip-hop artist and this piece was written about the ups and downs of a relationship. It is dedicated to his girlfriend. THE BIG EVENTS I have been selling The Big Issue for four years now and enjoy the day- to-day interactions with customers – having a chat, saying good morning and wishing people a nice day. But I really love working at big events across the city. When The Giants art sculptures were in Perth I sold nearly 200 copies (see left). It was an amazing experience! I also recently sold at King’s Park Anzac Day dawn service and did very well. I was there at 1.30am until 7am. Although I was tired and it was really cold, it was worth it! Steve W sells The Big Issue at Roe St Bus Station, Perth.