The Big Issue : Edition 553
A WHEELY GOOD TIME WHEN YOU’RE SMILING I just wanted to say that Josephine always has the most beautiful smile. She sells The Big Issue outside Woolworths on Roseberry St, Balgowlah. I always buy the magazine from her when she is there. I read her “thank you” letter in the Christmas issue [Ed#551]. She mentions everyone giving her a smile – she gives the biggest smile of all. Lyn Pryor, Manly, NSW Rachael wished us a safe and Merry Christmas as we passed her by. After walking a few metres into the tunnel, we decided to buy The Big Issue and returned to Rachael, who was very pleased and thanked us for the sale and again wished us well. She obviously has problems in her life to be a Big Issue vendor, but her enthusiasm and positive outlook on life and towards total strangers are a real bonus for her. May her problems become nothing but a distant memory for her soon. Please pass on to Rachael our thanks for her enthusiasm and well wishes and we hope her festive season is positive as well. Gary and Tricia, Brighton, Qld I just The Big Issue and supporting the Women’s Social Enterprise. I really enjoy reading the Vendor Profile and their poetry. The street vendors have some of the best customer service skills and work hard to earn an income. Congratulations team Big Issue for making a huge difference in the lives of others. Namaste. Chris Knight via Facebook I love your magazine. I love how you’re trying to help people to help themselves. I love how you give people a voice. I love the writing, it is some of the finest writing in print. I love Public Service Announcement, it cheers me up! Lois Katz, Glebe, NSW We don’t get up to Brisbane very often, and on our way through Anzac Square into the Central Tunnel, a lovely lady offered us The Big Issue. We initially refused and were not met with the usual glum look or pressure selling we have come to expect from various collectors found in the city. Instead, I NEVER MET my grandad Hector; he died before I was born. But I have a photo of him smiling in his slouch hat, his features familiar, repeated on the faces of his eight children and their offspring. He must’ve been in his thirties then, my own dad just born. Before the war, Hec had been a swaggie. He won dance competitions with my nanna Stella and by all accounts had a lovely singing voice, reciting Australian folk songs and bush poetry. My own dad’s the same, regaling us kids with Banjo Paterson poems before bedtime. My favourite was always Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze...and ends up coming a cropper in Dead Man’s Creek. First published in 1896, ‘Mulga Bill’s Bicycle’ captures the bicycling boom that drove Australia forward. In this edition, Greg Foyster looks at the ways the humble bike transformed the way we live and love, and continues to be an essential tool for a cleaner world. We’ve also invited three writers to share their cycling adventures: Richard Rome takes a hilarious ride from London to India; Nicole Eckersley maps her bike challenges; and Lou Heinrich revisits riding through the streets of Adelaide, just in time for the Tour Down Under. As another summer of tennis lets fly, we celebrate the women who have changed the game: Alan Attwood gives us a front-row view of the meteoric rise of Serena Williams, while tennis trailblazer Billie Jean King shares her Letter to My Younger Self. Beyond sport, we take a look at another Australian summer preoccupation – the ocean. The legendary David Attenborough has spent a lifetime urging us to take care of our planet. Now, as Meg Mundell reports, he is turning his attention to protecting our oceans, returning to our screens with his series Blue Planet II. Amy Hetherington, Editor LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT All of the Your Say writers in this edition win a double pass to Swinging Safari. See our interview with director Stephan Elliott on page 32. COVER #553 DAVID ATTENBOROUGH PHOTO BY CHRIS FLOYD/ CAMERA PRESS/ AUSTRALSCOPE Janet Crawley Love your work guys, still the best mag ever and love chatting with vendors when I buy my copy . EDITORIAL YOUR SAY THE BIG ISSUE USES MACQUARIE DICTIONARY AS OUR REFERENCE. MACQUARIEDICTIONARY.COM.AU Valda Rose ItryalwaystobuyitwhenIamin the city. It is a good read and the sellers deserve more respect than a lot of passers-by give them. They are just trying to earn an honest dollar like the rest of us. » ‘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.