The Big Issue : Edition 565
THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 29 JUN–12 JUL 2018 7 STREETSHEET THAT’S MY BRISSY BEARS I was on my pitch selling the magazine a few days ago, and looked up to see the legendary AFL player Alastair Lynch waiting to buy a copy. It gave me the shock of my life! I was wearing my Brisbane Lions jersey at the time, so he stopped to have a chat and didn’t even want change for the mag. That made my day! Janine sells The Big Issue at the General Post Office, Brisbane. GREEN CURRY TIP I’m originally from Thailand. Before I moved to Australia I used to work as a waitress at a hotel/resort for a period of time in Chiang Mai, a tourist spot north of Bangkok. This venue runs cooking classes for the tourists. One of the popular meals is Thai Green Curry and I observed this tip while I was there – after you finish cooking the curry, turn off the heat, drop in some coconut cream and fresh sweet basil leaves with the last stir. This makes all the difference! More tasty, and very authentic! Enjoy. Pat sells The Big Issue at His Majesty’s Theatre, Hay St, Perth. HOUSING, PLEASE I’ve been sleeping rough for three months. There are a lot of homeless people here, it makes me feel sad. We need more facilities and housing. I’m very disappointed in the government. Simon sells The Big Issue in Sydney. GOOD FOR A LAUGH I always thought I’d be a good comedian, I’m always telling jokes and making fun of my friend Mark. I met Steady Eddy once and he is a hero of mine because he Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends Here are two pictures that I drew myself. One is the Angel of Harmony – named after Harmony who looks after me. The other picture is called Kiss the Toad – Turn Him into a King. Jeremy sells The Big Issue in Melbourne CBD. has cerebral palsy, too. I think I should change my name to Stable Steve to be like him. I look forward to having a laugh with my customers soon. Steve J sells The Big Issue at The Body Shop in Rundle Mall, Norwood and Adelaide CBD. LEAVING HOME Restless aberrations of light, Countless flickerings in the night, From my abode, a hopeless plight, To hopefully be among them On one flightless flight, To journey to Alpha Centauri Would be my delight, ’Cause to leave our solar system, Is my human right, I would take that mission On a non-returning flight To be the first to feel Another star’s light. Jason B sells The Big Issue in Mary St, Brisbane. GOODBYE MY LOVE I have been selling The Big Issue since 2009. I first started selling with my boyfriend. We enjoyed selling together. We sat next to each other and we would go halves in our sales. Not long ago he passed away. He was only 54 and it was a heart attack. It made me feel very sad and I cried a lot. I feel better now and I am still selling the mag. I like selling to customers and talking to people. I have started to sell with a new friend, we get on well and have a good time. Stephanie sells The Big Issue in Melbourne CBD. NEVER KNOWING The hardest things about being homeless is not knowing whether you would wake up the next day, and having to carry your bags around with you all day. Mick F sells The Big Issue at Neutral Bay, Sydney. PAY IT FORWARD Everyone loves reading The Big Issue: it’s awesome for all ages to read and has great articles from street vendors. Top selling magazine! Once reading it, instead of throwing it out, why not pass it on to a neighbour or give it to your local doctor or dentist or even drop it off to the library? People do love to read a magazine while in a waiting room. David L sells The Big Issue at Subiaco Farmers Market, Myer Bridge and Arts Bridge, Perth. » All vendor contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work.