The Big Issue : Edition 545
The Big Issue uses Macquarie Dictionary as our reference. macquariedictionary.com.au DEAR JOHN ‘Your Say’ submissions must be 100 words or less, contain the writer’s full name and home address, and may be edited for clarity or space. Have Your Say about The Big Issue: • email firstname.lastname@example.org • post The Big Issue, GPO Box 4911, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 • facebook The Big Issue Australia • twitter @thebigissue • website thebigissue.org.au/your-say/ LIFE LESSONS Totally agree with Linda Nathaniel’s letter in Ed#543. The Big Issue vendors do bring so much joy to a city. These people have been down on their luck, but still are happy to chat and tell a joke or two. Recently, in the city, I was immersed in my own problems and a bit grumpy. A cheery chappie selling The Big Issue soon gave me a boost. Big Issue vendors certainly know how to teach us all life’s lessons. Bry Kemp, Kingswood, NSW. a pleasure to deal with him. I know what it is like to fall on hard times, so I’m impressed by Lukas and the other sellers. I wish them all good fortune (and the magazine is great, too!). Shirley, Ringwood, Vic. Would just like to say hi to a very nice, well-mannered gentleman vendor outside Elizabeth Quay bus station. He always says “hello sir” to everyone going past and “thank you sir” when you purchase The Big Issue. I’m not a big conversationalist but I buy a copy each time I walk past. John Bourne, Mandurah, WA. The worst thing about moving from Sydney to Newcastle (actually, the only downside, for a country girl) was that I couldn’t find a Big Issue vendor. And then, last Saturday as I walked home after doing my groceries, there he was, my knight in shining armour. Sadly, it wasn’t until I walked away that I realised I hadn’t got his name, but he made an impression! So thanks, mate, see you next time! Cat McKay, Newcastle, NSW. Ed – that was Adrian H. I’ve recently begun buying The Big Issue regularly because the seller, Lukas, at Centreway Arcade on Collins Street, Melbourne, is always cheerful and polite whether anyone buys an issue or not. It is ELTON JOHN HAS been on high repeat in The Big Issue office this past week. On the eve of his Australian tour, we’ve been belting out all the bangers: ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘Daniel’, ‘Your Song’, yes, even ‘Candle in the Wind’ (both versions). Frankly, those high notes in ‘Bennie and the Jets’ weren’t made for the workplace, well, at least when I’m singing. Or attempting to. It’s been a 1970s flashback for Editorial Coordinator Lorraine Pink, who confessed to “lurking” outside Elton’s house in Watford with her teenage pals. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was newly released, Elton was at peak cool. Lorraine and her mates couldn’t get enough of his music, or his outrageous outfits. So, they’d hang outside Elton’s place on a Saturday, hoping to catch a glimpse of him as he headed out to watch his beloved football team. There was no Beatlemania screaming: “We spent the whole time giggling and wondering what we’d do if we did see him.” Now, at 70, Elton’s still got it. More than that, as music journalist Stuart Coupe discovers (p14), he’s been reclaimed by the cool kids. Elton is the muso’s muso; his talent outshines even his most extravagant costumes, and he continues to champion new music. Singer-songwriter Megan Washington (p17) pays tribute to her musical hero, from her Grade 3 obsession with ‘Crocodile Rock’ to playing support to Elton on his 2015 Australian tour. In this edition, we also welcome new Film Editor Annabel Brady-Brown to the fold; and say goodbye and a big thank you to Rebecca Harkins-Cross, who’s brought so much knowledge and passion to the film pages over the past five years. For those who missed last fortnight’s bumper Fiction Edition, good news: it’s still available. Our vendors will be co- selling the popular issue for the next few weeks, so there’s still time to snap up the collection of 14 short stories from a mix of well-known writers and new authors. Happy reading! Amy Hetherington, Editor LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT As this edition’s Letter of the Fortnight writer, Bry wins a copy of Tex Perkins’ biography Tex. See our interview on page 30. COVER #545 ELTON JOHN PHOTO BY TERRY O’NEILL/HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY. DIGITAL MISCHIEF BY GOZER. @belmac_IC How does this mag keep getting better? Love the vendor patter 4 fiction ed at Parliament Station Melb – u had me at hello! @thebigissue EDITORIAL YOUR SAY dadplayscook Life is Fine. Love this front cover pic of Aussie legend @paulkellyofficial on the latest @thebigissue [Ed#543]. Straight to the pool room #paulkelly Annette Perryman Bought my Big Issue vendor’s very last one at Kurralta Park South Australia shopping centre today. I’d love to give her name a shout out, but she was so happy with her final sale – she was outta there!