The Big Issue : Edition 550
THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 17 NOV–3 DEC 2017 7 STREETSHEET LOVE ME DO If I were a prince Would you love me Wouldn’t love be a cinch If I were a prince If I were an AFL footballer Or a soccer player Would you love me Or just because I could score And never be poor If I were a rock star Would you love me Or because you don’t Is it because I’m a pawn star Would you love me If I were an ordinary Joe, just trying to make dough How could I make you love me? Daniel K sells The Big Issue in Adelaide CBD and suburbs. A CUP OF KINDNESS Last Christmas while sitting at the local park with some of the motley crew, we were approached by a homeless woman who sleeps in the park. She wished us a Merry Christmas and said she would be unable to have a shower for 12 days because the Wayside Chapel was closed for the holidays. I said, “My place is not closed so you are welcome to have a daily shower at my bedsit.” She was very grateful and said, “I will bring my own soap and shampoo and will not use much hot water.” I read that Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy had Christmas lunch with the homeless at the Wayside Chapel. They do this each year and are big supporters of the chapel. My thought was that many homeless would prefer a daily salad sandwich and a daily shower over the Christmas holiday rather than a slap-up lunch. My friend now comes for a shower every public holiday. I was recently offended when a Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends member of the motley crew informed me that the committee of management of my building were considering asking the real estate agent to evict me because they did not like a homeless person coming to my bedsit. Bloody snobs. I was so hurt by this attitude, I have told everyone I know about it. The main reaction has been, “They can’t do that. It’s illegal and what business is it of theirs?” I retain my belief that most people are kind and would refrain from doing harm. However, one needs to be aware that there are some evil bastards around. Bob sells The Big Issue at Kings Cross Markets and Circular Quay, Sydney. SWEET 16 I would like to thank all customers and vendor support staff who have helped me over my sweet 16 years! I have been able to live comfortably with pocket money off The Big Issue. I’ve worked in almost every capital city in Australia, and I’ve met some of the most interesting TV personalities like Manu from MKR, Sam Newman from The Footy Show, Hamish and Andy and the most recent and favourite, Josh Kennedy from the West Coast Eagles. Shane sells The Big Issue in Wembley, WA. FRIENDLY FACES I am a paraplegic. I had an accident in 1991. I was an alcoholic so I put myself into Salvation Army housing. One Saturday morning, I was cleaning windows. The ladder slipped from the edge and I woke up two weeks later in Royal Brisbane Hospital’s spinal unit. I’ve been selling The Big Issue for two years. If I wasn’t I’d be bored and lonely. My thanks and gratitude to the friendly faces. Brian sells The Big Issue on Queens Plaza, Brisbane. THE TIGES I have plenty of skills, I know about football and Star Wars. I remember when Richmond won the AFL grand final – I tipped Richmond to win. I watched the game at home with my partner. Dom M sells The Big Issue on cnr Queen and Edward Sts, Brisbane. All vendor 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 • instagram @bigissueaustralia I am hitting the pitch real early to sell The Big Issue! I need the early morning coffees to get me going! Now selling with Betty the scooter! Come by and say hi. Phil sells The Big Issue outside Melbourne Central on Elizabeth St, Melbourne.