The Big Issue : Edition 546
8 THEBIGISSUE22SEP–5OCT2017 IF YOU ARE OBSERVING A CAT ON A TIME LARGER THAN ITS RELAXATION TIME, IT WILL BE SOFT AND ADAPT TO ITS CONTAINER, LIKE A LIQUID WOULD. Marc-Antoine Fardin, of the Université Paris Diderot, on his study into whether cats can be regarded as both a solid and a liquid, because of their ability to fit into odd containers such as a glass. Fardin’s study won this year’s Ig Nobel prize, which honours research that first makes you laugh and then makes you think. – The Guardian (UK) “I don’t hardly know nothing.” Possibly the world’s first triple negative with a half pike, overheard by Dean of Glenroy, Vic. EAR2GROUND PHOTOBYGETTY RETURN TO VENDOR WRITER AMY HETHERINGTON » PHOTOGRAPHER JACOB PEDERSEN EDDIE I get to meet interesting types of people selling The Big Issue. I’ve sold to barristers, to office workers, to teachers... People from all walks of life. I’ve been selling at Kelvin Grove for two or three years, it’s my best pitch, because people go to the markets to spend money. And obviously people like The Big Issue. I’ve been selling to David for the same length of time. I like the guy. I think he’s a nice bloke. He’s very talkative. We talk about everything and anything. He does a lot of voluntary work. David gets most editions from me. If he doesn’t get me at the markets, my partner Cindy works at Kelvin Grove during the week, selling The Big Issue. Believe it or not, we met through the Street Soccer program. Something interesting about Cindy: she represented Australia in the Homeless World Cup in Paris. The Big Issue is important because it gives people a sense of belonging. It gets me out of home, and I’ve been able to buy stuff I couldn’t otherwise afford, like a mountain bike. This morning I went for a 17km bike ride along the banks of the Brisbane River. Everyone up here knows I’m into cycling. EDDIE AND DAV I D STRUCK UP A FRIENDSHIP OVER THE BIG ISSUE. THEY MEET UP EVERY WEEKEND AT THE KELVIN GROVE VILLAGE MARKETS IN BRISBANE. DAVID I’ve known Eddie and his partner Cindy for many, many years, so it’s almost like a personal friendship. Actually, he sends me a Christmas card. He’s a very nice bloke, genuine. We have a lot of conversations, of course, I’m one of those persons: How are you going? Are you alright mate? We talk about general things, the state of the nation, things like that. He’s usually got his ear to the ground. Eddie and I know all the people in the market on a first-name basis, so it’s just our community really. Quite often I check the magazine, as Eddie and Cindy often have an article in there. The Big Issue is just something that no other newspaper will print; you get a lot of stories that you won’t find in any other newspaper, unusual stories. You’d never hear how the other half lives, what their problems are, how they feel, things like that. I teach conversational English to newcomers and refugees. I use The Big Issue for my students as an example of how they might do creative writing. I keep all of my old issues, and I give them to my students. With writing you’ve just got to broaden your outlook on life.