The Big Issue : Edition 499
10 THE BIG ISSUE 27 NOV – 10 DEC 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/ As this edition’s Letter of the Fortnight writer, Andrew receives a copy of Drusilla Modjeska’s memoir Second Half First (see our review, p37). Because we are so overwhelmed by the amazing responses from our readers, we’ve decided to give away more prizes! The following three letter writers will receive a copy of The Ex-PM on DVD (see our review, p39). There is a gentleman who sells at the bottom of the stairs at Melbourne’s Parliament Station (MacArthur Street entry/exit) every afternoon during the week. He is well presented, polite and always wishing everyone “safe travels” and a “good afternoon”. He deserves a pat on the back for going out of his way to provide such a positive experience and representing The Big Issue so well. I have so much respect for his attitude and want to help him. Thanks mate. I will continue to buy from you :) Alana Young, Melbourne, Vic That nicely spoken, hard-working vendor has to be Ross! He’s chuffed about your kind message. – Ed I have just read Fiona Scott-Norman’s article ‘Go Your Own Way’ in Ed#494 and boy, has she hit the nail on the head for me! I have had a subscription to The Big Issue for a couple of years now after moving to a regional area and not being able to cope without a regular supply. Even since losing my job due to a chronic illness and money being extremely tight as a result, I have kept my subscription. I read your magazines from cover to cover (which is why I am only up to Ed#494) and then pass them on to a friend. I have, on occasion, been known to “accidentally” leave them in waiting rooms where the piles of crappy BACK IN CIRCULATION My first Women’s Subscription Enterprise edition of The Big Issue arrived in the post this week. I have been reading the magazine for eight years now, since I started my previous job, at Sydney University. I am one of Bill’s happy customers. Bill sold the magazine at Sydney Uni for many years before I arrived there and hopefully will do so for many more. I didn’t catch up with Bill in the last week before my job ended, so I would like to send my warmest regards to him. We had many good chats over those eight years. Where I am now has no TBI vendor, and – after several weeks – I realised there was something missing from my reading pile. I immediately subscribed, and the latest edition has now been read cover to cover. So glad to have the regular columnists, features, crossword and the amusing back pages back in my life again. Thank you to the TBI staff for making the magazine available to those who enjoy it so much, but don’t have access to a vendor; and for the fact that the proceeds of the subscription go to a very worthy cause. Andrew Wood, Farmborough Heights, NSW Woman’s Day, Who and other trash have been left for the unsuspecting. I mean, why should I be the only informed person in the room? Keep up the great work. Don’t change a thing. Lara, via email As a postgraduate student studying to become an art teacher at Curtin University in Perth, I think it’s fantastic that we have Big Issue vendors who visit campus. I always buy one to read alongside a copy of Grok (WA student publication). Today, while reading The Big Issue, I realised how perfectly these magazines suit art lessons, where students create artworks in response to articles. Artworks often respond to contemporary issues and since it references such a wide range of these, The Big Issue will be in my classroom! Annette Hill, Perth, WA FACEBOOK Susan Raven Great issue [‘No Place Like Home’, Ed#497] ... yes... More affordable housing needed...less spending on defence, sporting events & royal visits... however no cuts to culture, education or health...the bedrocks of society along with safe shelter and healthy food. Thank you for your great articles. PRIZES @evolvehousing Great article @thebigissue [Ed#497] – really putting a face to the #HousingAffordability (and rental) crisis! More housing surety is vital for renters.