The Big Issue : Edition 529
THEBIGISSUE27JAN–9FEB2017 25 all of this money. I had no idea how to save money, and I just went right through it. I feel a lot better now. Steve, The Big Issue, UK Location Hackney, East London. What has been your biggest achievement? Becoming a dad. I’ve got four kids – two sons and two daughters – and two step-kids. They’re my world. I’d do anything for them. I also became a granddad for the first time three months back, and again six weeks ago. What a joy. What has been your biggest challenge? I’ve had my tough times, but sleeping rough for six months at Euston Station after my relationship broke down was horrible. Just me, my dog and a sleeping bag out in the cold. I never want to do that again. What are your hopes for the future? AllIwantistoseemykidsgrowup happy and do well for themselves. I’ve got my own mini-business with The Big Issue and that keeps me going. If I can work, run my own micro-business and see my kids happy, I’m delighted. What is special about your country? London is the greatest city in the world. I’ve lived all over the country – a year in Liverpool, a year in Wales – and I always pined for London. I mean, I love being British, they were great places and filled with lovely people, but there is this draw to London. I’m proud to be London born and bred, proud to be British. If you were boss of the world for one day, what would you do? The first thing I’d do is take money we waste elsewhere and do everything I could to end child poverty. The kids shouldn’t have to suffer. That’s not right. How has selling the magazine changed your life? The Big Issue keeps the lights on in more ways than one. I’m a builder and engineer by trade but suffer from crippling arthritis and I’ve struggled to get work because of that. The Big Issue has been there for me when I need it, always, and I’ll always be grateful for that. It gives me structure, and it’s got me back on my feet. PHOTO AND INTERVIEW BY ANDREW BURNS PHOTO BY ZHONG YUAN, INTERVIEW BY WEE YUN JIN For more interviews with vendors from around the globe, head to thebigissue.org.au/blog/ and check out #vendorweek on social media. LONDON TAIPEI Luo Chin Bian, The Big Issue, Taiwan Location Taipei, ZhongXiao XinSheng MRT Station. What’s been your biggest challenge? There are no challenges. I always find a solution to overcome it. There are many people coming to me, but some will report my selling to the police as an illegal behaviour. But most of all, people interacting with me are kind. What are your hopes for the future? My hopes... Everything’s gonna be okay. I will try my best. If you were boss of the world for one day, what would you do? (laughs) That’s not possible. But I just want to go back to Kinmen Island, go back to do some farm work. How has selling the magazine changed your life? My salary has become better. Since I have a job, my temper has also become calm. Back in the day, I was very irritable.