The Big Issue : Edition 516
THE BIG ISSUE 15 – 28 JULY 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 CAT How has The Big Issue helped me? My neighbour told me about it just last Thursday and it has changed my life. I look forward to The Big Issue as I get to meet new and very nice people who understand me and allow me to express myself. Before, my life was uninteresting and mundane and The Big Issue has made it worth living again. It has provided me with something to do, and I have more life in me. I don’t know what I will do in the future but I always loved working and this has let me earn money instead of volunteering. My cats are happier, and my blood pressure has gone down. Fay B sells The Big Issue in Sydney. DRIFTING THROUGH SPACE Like a never-ending running race Planet earth is drifting through space And even though we appear to stand still If we moved any faster we might be ill Like Star Trek’s Voyager exploring new space We constantly move, like we’re on the chase It’s all to do with centrifugal force I just hope and pray we stay on course Imagine the disaster if we were to collide With another planet, you couldn’t run and hide The explosion would be of tremendous force And tidal waves would be an aftermath And we would have to deal with the devil’s wrath But hopefully we should be just fine The planet earth will float on and on We shouldn’t have to think about it all the time And never believe in the end-of-the- world con No, the world won’t end at 9pm tonight That’s just a rumour made up to give the children a fright Marcus sells The Big Issue on the cnr of Flinders Lane and Degraves St, Melbourne. LIFESAVING I often used to think I often used to drink I’d go to the beach where I’d catch a fish I’d also catch a wave Just to make out that I was brave The lifesavers would save And keep us out of the grave Stephen M sells The Big Issue on the cnr of Creek and Ann sts, Brisbane. IMPENDING GLOOM I was sitting outside a local bus shelter waiting for the bus to take me home the day after the horrendous Southwest bushfire in WA had begun. There was a woman talking on the phone right next to me, lamenting, at first, about having phoned for a taxi about half an hour ago. Then she mentioned that horrible bushfire that was raging further up north and travelling in a southwesterly direction, which is where Busselton is. It was travelling fast and had a wide perimeter. There was a huge amount of dark grey smoke covering the sky – it felt a bit eerie. I will admit to feeling a bit apprehensive. There were bits of white ash falling around the place. We were talking about it on the bus going home, and Jeff, the bus driver and a volunteer firefighter, said that he had received a phone call to be on standby if needed that morning. When I came home I directed prayers upwards as many did, I’m sure, for the curtailing of the winds and for rain. You realise what is important in life – people and their animals, and not the material things, which can be replaced. Thank god the winds did curtail, and that there was rain. A friend who lives in Bunbury told me that they had drenching rain there. Kathy sells The Big Issue in Busselton, Western Australia. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends I was born in San Francisco but moved to Perth when I was 10 and lived with a foster family. I like living in Perth but still miss home and my old friends. I love American food and eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! I also love soccer and my favourite team is Melbourne Victory. My favourite players are Archie Thompson and Besart Berisha. I’m hoping to make a trip to the US this year for a few months. I’ll miss my customers whilst I’m away, and will be thinking about The Big Issue team working hard! Peter L sells The Big Issue on Hay St and King and Murray sts, Perth.