The Big Issue : Edition 500
THEBIGISSUE11–25DEC2015 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 ME AND MY BOOTS Ithadbeenaharddayatwork,soI decided to go to the shops. I spotted some Doc Martens – proven to last, if you look after them. These ones had an Aztec design on them and looked smashing. Ihadtohavethem!SoImadeadeal with the friendly sales assistant with the nose ring and bubbly personality. I told him I needed longer than the usual three months for a lay-by. I had $10. He accepted my terms. I finally got up the courage to tell my husband that I put a pair of boots on lay-by for $200 and I was going to earn the money to pay them off. He was concerned the shop would close up before I had a chance to pay for them. But eventually I had saved enough! Everyone loves the boots, people come up to compliment me. I could have sold them umpteen times over by now. I have dreamed of owning a pair of Doc Martens since I was a punk in the late 1980s. So me and my boots will see you soon. Let’s hope it’s a better year next year than this one! With strokes and back pain and waiting for hospital beds for surgery, I deserve a treat every now and then. Sharon sells The Big Issue on the cnr of Collins and Swanston sts, Melbourne. LET THERE BE LIGHTWRITERS Hi, my name is Kyra and i have cerebral palsy. Back in july i got a lightwriter for communicating with people. The lightwriter has made a big difference to my life it has opened a new world for me. The lightwriter has got a mobile phone as well. i can make phone calls and i can send texts to my family and friends. it is a fantastic device. i go shopping and I can tell people what i want to buy. i love my lightwriter. it cost $15,000 and the government paid for it. i love sending texts from my lightwriter. Kyra sent this from her lightwriter and she sells The Big Issue on Princes Bridge, Melbourne. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends TROLLEY TROUBLES I’ve been selling The Big Issue for two years now, and have lots of regular customers who have become good friends. They always show their support by stopping for a chat and buying the magazine. I was recently given a trolley by my friend, and fellow Big Issue vendor, Kim. The trolley is big and bright and has really helped my selling! I love my trolley and decorate it for each edition. A few weeks ago my trolley was hit by a car. I have been feeling very down and lost without it on pitch. Lucky for me, Kim kindly took it home and got it repaired and the good news is: I now have my wheels back! Thank you to Kim for fixing my trolley and to all my loyal customers. You can’t miss me now – where you see a bright red trolley, you’ll find me! Malcolm sells The Big Issue on the Myer Bridge in Perth. CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS? How hungry would you be? Walking from Syria to Germany. How free would you feel? Sitting beside an Antipodean like me. The Mediterranean was once a sea of fisherman. Now a sea of men fishers. Fishers of children and their parents. Crisis? What crisis? Mitchell sells The Big Issue at Town Hall House, Balmain, Sydney.