The Big Issue : Edition 513
20 YEARS OF THE BIG ISSUE 3 – 16 JUNE 2016 11 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 TRUE HOMELESS I used to live in a home, had a family until all was not right I didn’t belong I couldn’t twist and turn I couldn’t fit the mould Life was not real Here on the streets, no need to pretend Reality is me, the cold pavement The winter stares, the danger real Idonotbeg I love to chat Reality is me, the streets I belong Your world confuses me with all your glitter and gold Your smiles of deceit and pride No thanks, here I’m free My reality My home Rachel T sells The Big Issue at Pyrmont, Sydney. PM JOHNATHAN If I was Prime Minister for a day I would make sure everyone is equal. Equal in pay, respect and marriage. Johnathan sells The Big Issue in Beenleigh Train Station, Brisbane. MY HERO Growing up it wasn’t easy Tofitin I got picked on For my disabilities You see I had asthma And epilepsy and mental illness And sometimes it seemed As if it snowed in April As my hero Prince said And other times it seemed As if it had purple rain But now in life I’m getting cream on top and Prince is my soundtrack and my hero, who never gave up, right till the end. Daniel K sells The Big Issue in the Adelaide CBD and the surrounding suburbs. LOVELY PEOPLE I would like to say that selling The Big Issue is the best job I’ve ever had. I’ve always been good at talking to people, but I’ve had my eyes opened by the generosity of people in the community. I have very good customers such as Judy, Bev, Brett, Paul and lots of others whose names I don’t know, and I have met some lovely people at work such as Kirstie, Gemma, Monique, Melissa, Lorraine, Tiffany, Alice, Riley, Paul, Renee, Russell, Alan and too many more to mention. Jeff S sells The Big Issue at Parliament Station, Melbourne. SINGING MY HEART OUT For the last three years I have been singing in the Spirit of the Streets choir every Tuesday. We’re always busy practising every week and doing lot of gigs. We have an extra special one coming up soon at the Perth Concert Hall. It will be the choir’s 10-year anniversary, which will be a great celebration! I really enjoy going to choir, mostly because I get to catch up with friends and meet new people. My other passion in life is AFL and supporting the Freo Dockers – I really hope they win the premiership this year! Thank you to all my customers at the Roe Street bus station and Myer Bridge who say hello and stop for a chat – it really makes my day! Steve W sells The Big Issue at Roe Street bus station and Myer Bridge, Perth. HAPPY BIRTHDAY To all the staff, backers, editors, printers, volunteers and contributors. To those who deliver and pack our magazines. To the cleaners, gardeners, vendors, customers and Ross House for our office. To Melbourne City Council and shopkeepers near where we sell our magazines. To the many people who have stopped to say hello and cheered us on, and to Kirstie who has been with The Big Issue for 20 years! What a mammoth effort! Congratulations to you, and Happy Birthday to The Big Issue – I hope there are many more birthdays to come. Dianne sells The Big Issue in the Melbourne CBD. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends Vendor Robbo B (or should we say Elvis Presley?) hit Sydney’s Newtown to sell copies of The Big Issue (Ed#509). With his hip-shaking and friendly demeanour he brought joy and smiles to all he encountered. Robbo B sells The Big Issue at Newtown IGA and Newtown Station, Sydney.