The Big Issue : Edition 566
OH, HAPPY DAY REMARKABLE DREW Two years ago, I was working near Central Station, and used to pass the same vendor each day. I bought the magazine, had a chat and continued to do so each week for about six months. Through this I heard Drew’s remarkable story. He has such a great lively spirit and we always had interesting things to chat about. He told me about spiralling into homelessness and how he dragged himself out of it through The Big Issue. My favourite thing about Drew is that he knows the BEST coffee spots in Sydney. I discovered some great coffee through chatting to him. I left Sydney for two years and returned recently to find Drew is still smiling outside Central and selling The Big Issue and we had a good catch up. He still knows the best coffee spots. Drew told me how the electricity in his boarding house has since gone up and that times keep getting tougher surviving in Sydney. Go support Drew if you can, and have a chat – he is the best! Jordan Thurling, Sydney, NSW After only a few paragraphs into ‘Waste Not, Want Not’ [Ed#563] I am vowing to buy nothing in plastic ever again unless it can be reused multiple times and repurposed. We need a ban! Or funding into recycling plants here! Shocking. And not hard to give up! Fresh is best Chrissy Ryan via Facebook Fantastic edition! Buy The Big Issue and give dedicated, hardworking TBI vendors a hand up, not a hand out (also it’s currently glacial on some pitches in southern states; a hot coffee, chocolate or just a smile can make a vendor’s day). Fiona Corcoran via LinkedIn I am a long-time supporter. We were at Fremantle Markets food court, where I caught a glimpse of the familiar red and white sign. In unison my sons said, “Mum it’s The Big Issue.” My son Trent caught the vendor’s attention while I found the $7 for a copy of the magazine. I looked up to see him insisting that the vendor share his plate of sushi. She hesitantly took a piece, smiled and thanked him, twice. I am so proud that my sons have empathy and demonstrate it in these ways. I would like to share this with you – keep up the great work. Jean Westerhout, Canning Vale, WA I enjoyed reading the World Cup edition [Ed#564], but was thoroughly engrossed in the Ethiopian recipe from Tinsae Elsdon. Could we see more multicultural recipes and articles on food philanthropists featured in The Big Issue? Sonja Bajic, Henley Beach, SA Ed – Great minds! We will be bringing you recipes from chefs, cooks and foodies from all over Australia and around the world in our new ‘Tastes Like Home’ series each edition. See p40. AS I TYPE this, my heart is singing. I had another editorial written about Grant Denyer and gameshows, but instead I’m tapping away on my mobile in the middle of the night. There’s a four- year-old chirping in my ear. Both of us are too excited to sleep. I’ve made a midnight dash around the corner to my sister’s house; her waters have broken. Baby number two is on the way, and I’m the emergency babysitter for her son, who is unaware of the chaos, comradery and love of a younger sibling about to explode into his life. Dawn is creaking awake, and I’m eating porridge with pint-sized Batman. We explain he has a baby brother. He seems more impressed by his Kinder Surprise. A photo of the newborn arrives on my phone; he’s all tiny and perfect in one of those striped blankets we all seem to start life wrapped in. Welcome to the world little one. There is nothing like new life to remind us of our capacity for joy, that overwhelming feeling that manifests in smiles and tears and silly dancing. This elusive state of happiness is one we want to capture. It’s one we wish for all children, we want them to have a lifetime full of it. But what exactly is happiness? In this edition Deputy Editor Katherine Smyrk explores just that: our pursuit of happiness, from Aristotle to Oprah. She takes the billion-dollar happiness industry for a test-drive to discover what a happy life looks like individually and collectively; and how it can be achieved. Of course, happiness is subjective. My happiness will no doubt differ from yours. But it reminded me of a friend’s Facebook post, of advice from her late mum: find three things that make you happy in life and do them often. Even if that means watching bad gameshows or hanging out with your ever-growing family. Amy Hetherington, Editor LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT $7 No 566 13–26Jul2018 HELPING PEOPLE HELP THEMSELVES $3.50 ofthecover price goesto yourvendor WHITNEY HOUSTON | ADAM HILLS | THE PRESETS COVER #566 GET HAPPY ILLUSTRATION BY GEORGIA PERRY/ THE JACKY WINTER GROUP THE BIG ISSUE USES MACQUARIE DICTIONARY AS OUR REFERENCE. MACQUARIEDICTIONARY.COM.AU » ‘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. YOUR SAY ED’S LETTER As winner of this edition’s Letter of the Fortnight, Jordan wins a copy of Adam Hills’ memoir, Best Foot Forward. Read his interview p20.