The Big Issue : Edition 493
THEBIGISSUE11–24SEP2015 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 STORED UP I have been a store person for more than 10 years. I have worked for companies such as Industrie Clothing, Cue Clothing and Shimano Australia. My dream job is to be a landscape gardener and own my own business. Justin P sells The Big Issue in Sydney. ON WRITING Everyone should read Stephen King’s book On Writing. He wrote this book while recovering from injuries received after being hit by a car while out walking. Stephen describes his writing toolbox, which contains a dictionary, a thesaurus and a style guide. He sets himself a minimum of 5000 words for a day’s output. The advice he gives is to proofread the next day to check for mistakes. Then he starts on that day’s 5000 words. By proofing the following day you are reading the text with a fresh mind. Correcting any mistakes yourself means you do not hand the editor a big load of crap (it still might be crap, but not a big load of it!) He explains, “To write is human – to edit is divine.” Mark F sells The Big Issue at Preston Market and Princess Bridge, Melbourne. SECOND CHANCE My pitch is a great spot to meet celebrities. I have met lots, including David Wenham, Hugo Weaving, Indira Naidoo, Kylie Kwong and Carl Barron. I enjoy meeting new people. I just wanted to say how the skills I have learned and gained from The Big Issue are helping me in the part-time job I now have. I am selling merchandise at the markets. I sell Marsala Chai from the Wayside Chapel. I am able to turn up to work regularly and be useful and productive while I’m there. I was unemployed in 2007 when I started selling The Big Issue. Thanks for the opportunities and second chance. Andrew W sells The Big Issue at Potts Point, Sydney. WHAT WE NEED Disturbed or neglected or abused causes us to feel pain. We live in times of deep division. Mind and spirituality are at odds with materialism, and we can’t just ‘think’ ourselves through it. What we need is a way out of this attitude. We just need to feel we belong to the community. Kevin S sells The Big Issue in Stones Corner, Brisbane. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends THE BIG BALI TRIP My Uncle Ron and I both sell The Big Issue – I have been selling for more than two years and Ron for four! At the end of last year, two of my regular customers, Don and Gerald, fundraised for us to go on holiday to Bali. I had mentioned in my ‘Vendor Profile’ (Ed#454) that I had always wanted to go, but was shocked when I met Don and he said he wanted to make it happen. They held a big party to raise money – when they handed me the tickets I was overwhelmed. The trip was incredible and it was my first time overseas. The hotel was really nice and the food was delicious. We had banana milkshakes for breakfast every day! We met up with Don and his family over there and went out for dinner with them. They were all lovely. I also bought myself a surfboard and learnt to surf. One of the best things about the holiday was New Years Eve, which we spent on the beach watching the fireworks show – it was brilliant until it started raining! Ron and I would both like to thank everyone who helped fundraise for our trip and to all our amazing customers who stop for a chat every day. We would like to say an extra special thank you to Don and Gerald who made the whole trip possible. Rob (above left) sells The Big Issue at Esplanade train station and Cloisters on the Terrace each afternoon. Ron sells at Bank West Tower, and King and Murray streets in Perth.