The Big Issue : Edition 560
M ULLET MADNESS SELFLESS ACT I’ve just read Ed#559 and was really moved by the stories about homelessness. It helped me understand the less obvious struggles homeless people have daily, like not having a restful sleep and the fear of their belongings being stolen while they’re asleep. I was particularly moved by the story of Brett from West Perth who said the last time he was homeless he paid for his two cats to be housed in a cattery until he was able to regain housing. He writes that he currently has to find housing again. The fact he put his money into caring for his cats rather than himself is so selfless, despite the hardships he was experiencing. Dani Leysley, Perth, WA through your publication to the many who find themselves in dire situations. Wendy Wells, Goodwood, SA I’ve just finished reading my first copy of The Big Issue and wanted to say a MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS for producing such a quality awesome piece of work! the articles and my lovely vendor, Lionel at Central Station, in Sydney. We had an awesome chat and thanks for introducing me to your cutie pie four-legged friends . To everyone out there–besuretopickupacopyofThe Big Issue and support some great peeps in our community. Liz Tang via Facebook Thank you for your excellent edition on homelessness (Ed#559). All of us need to be reminded of this insidious problem. While the causes are numerous and varied, many of which were stated, I wonder what impact the rise and rise of Airbnb and the share economy is having on the lack of homes for many. Not only are spare rooms in occupied homes being rented out as Airbnb options, but also units, apartments and houses. What effect might this now be having, where once what may have been an affordable option to rent long-term is now unavailable? I am a longtime reader of The Big Issue and thank you for publishing a consistently excellent magazine and in keeping up the good work, both in highlighting the problem of homelessness and providing support “EVERYONE GOES THROUGH awkward phases,” a wise man once said. It was George Clooney, the suave actor, activist, billionaire businessman, father of twins and one-time owner of a most magnificent mullet, circa 1985. “Just hope they’re not recorded for everyone to see for the rest of time.” We all have them, those embarrassing photos that get brought out at your 21st or when you bring home a new partner to meet the family. Or on the cover of The Big Issue. Sorry George. But you’re not alone. I also had a mighty fluffy mullet back in 85. In solidarity, here’s me, on my first day of Grade Three. At a new school. Thanks parents! The thought of gangs of fashion-savvy eight- year-olds running around the schoolyard in mullets still makes me laugh. But it happened, all over Australia. So how did the mullet devolve into a bad 80s flashback? In this edition, writer and proud mulleteer Clem Bastow explores the history of the mullet, and why it continues to hold a special place in our nation’s heart. It helped Scott woo Charlene, added flare to Warnie’s wrong’uns and a touch of paradise to the heads of our rockstars from Farnsey to Barnesy. It was a great unifier, a celebration of the working-class hero, and heroine; perhaps the first truly unisex hairstyle, it also cut across racial lines and football codes. After years in the badlands, the mullet is back, and not just ironically, thanks to hipsters and a new generation of footballers and pop stars. Kurri Kurri in NSW even gave the mullet its own festival earlier this year. So, it’s time to get down to business (in the front) and party (in the back) – we’ve even made a mullet music playlist to help you enjoy the world’s most-divisive haircut, from 70s to now. Amy Hetherington, Editor LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT COVER #560 GEORGE CLOONEY AND HIS MULLET, FACTS OF LIFE, 1985 PHOTO BY GETTY @StreetLawWA Another great article by @thebigissue – highlighting the importance of literacy [Ed#557]. We often underestimate how important reading is to troubleshooting problems #endhomelessness #breakdownbarriers YOUR SAY THE BIG ISSUE USES MACQUARIE DICTIONARY AS OUR REFERENCE. MACQUARIEDICTIONARY.COM.AU @tazelder Shout out to Bryce at Parliament Station who sells @thebigissue – rain, hail or shine. Love having a chat with him and purchasing a copy. » ‘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. ED’S LETTER As winner of this edition’s Letter of the Fortnight, Dani wins a copy of Gurrumul Yunupingu’s new album Djarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow). See our feature on p30.