The Big Issue : Edition 514
THE BIG ISSUE 17 – 30 JUNE 2016 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 HAPPY PLACE I’m happy that I have found a spot for Sunday down at Bondi Beach. I work with my partner Eliza there also. It’s a perfect spot. We sell some magazines and then head to the beach. It’s fun working with my partner, she brings a smile and her music to the pitch and the customers love it. I’m in my eighth year with The Big Issue and I enjoy it. Glenn F sells The Big Issue at Central Station, Elizabeth St Sydney. TO ALAN I’d like to say a big thank you to Alan Attwood, our former editor, not only for his contribution to The Big Issue as a whole, but also his contribution to the homeless, as that is what The Big Issue is all about. There have been many interesting stories and content over the last 10 years, which I’ve really enjoyed reading. Farewell Alan and good luck in the future! Bill A sells The Big Issue outside Nick’s in Fremantle. RADELAIDE I’m very excited about The Big Issue’s 20th anniversary. I’ve been selling the magazine since 2004. I’m 61 and suffer from cerebral palsy in my legs as well as lymphedema. My partner passed away in 2000 and I was living in the country at the time, in Port Wakefield. I came back to Adelaide to be closer to my family. I was trying to look for work when I saw one of the vendors selling The Big Issue, so I had a chat with him and found out how to join. I’ve been selling ever since. I think I’m one of the longest serving vendors in Adelaide. I’ve been lucky to have had many nice holidays thanks to my customers. One trip was to the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland. It was great! I love going on trips! Happy birthday to The Big Issue! Tony H sells The Big Issue in Noarlunga, Christies Beach and at different pitches around the Adelaide CBD. STATE OF MIND I’m aiming to balance out the cost of living and to recover towards a disciplined, sustainable financial state, along with working towards a more enlightened way of life without toxins. I want stable body chemistry so that my emotions can be kept under suitable self control until such time proper concentration can be maintained. Andrew G sells The Big Issue in North Sydney. WHAT DREAMS MAY COM E Since taking a drug called Stelazine, a prescribed anti-psychotic, I have been experiencing the most surreal, vivid and astonishing dreams. Sometimes I can fly, sometimes I can pass through walls and other solid objects, sometimes I can move things just by using my mind – like the Jedi I have always thought I was destined to be! The detail of the objects and surroundings in these dreams are so realistic. Usually these are happy dreams, but sometimes they descend into nightmares. Not much fun. Einstein and others have taught that perception is akin to creating reality. I am starting to believe this. I also have a theory (that is influenced by the film American Beauty) that has the mind floating timelessly upon death, dreaming. What seems like a mere second to the observer of the dying, “the last breath”, is an eternity. Perhaps we just recapture the ups and downs of our lives, putting us in a state of “heaven” or “hell” depending how your life went. Perhaps we “go” somewhere else of our own perceiving. Perhaps, reader, this is just food for thought? Perhaps this is just nonsense. As Elvis said, “Lord have mercy!” Mark W sells The Big Issue outside The Body Shop and Hungry Jacks, Adelaide. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends In April this year I volunteered to help out at the Long Table Lunch in Perth, which raises money for women with breast cancer. My mum is involved with the charity soIdidittosupporther.Itwasa busy day, helping to set everything up and making sure everything was running smoothly. The food was delicious, though, and I got to spend the day with some great people. I really enjoyed being part of it and helping out with such a worthy cause. I hope to do lots more volunteering in the future. Keith sells The Big Issue at different pitches around Perth CBD.