The Big Issue : Edition 574
DANCING TOGETHER IN PREPARING FOR this edition, I pulled out my old tap shoes and threatened to dance on pitch alongside vendors to highlight tap-and-go payments. I was strongly (okay, wisely) discouraged. Better for me to tap away on the keyboard, and let you know that we do have exciting news, well worth dancing about. From today, Big Issue vendors will have the option of accepting digital payments. Hurrah! You may have even bought this magazine using one of the two new digital methods: via tap-and-go or mobile app Beem It (more details on p14 or go to thebigissue.org.au/pay). For months now, we have been working closely with vendors to empower them with safe, secure, simple and low- cost digital solutions. Thanks to the know- how and support from some of Australia’s banks, vendors now have greater choice. Some vendors will choose to offer digital payments this week, others may wait a while. Some may choose to stay cash only. As always, payment is only a part of the Big Issue picture: equally valuable is that special connection between our vendors and you, their customers. It’s this generosity of spirit that is at the heart of The Big Issue, and we ask you to be extra patient as we roll out the new technology. After all, as all good hoofers know, it can take a bit of practice to get the dance steps just right. Amy Hetherington, Editor » ‘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 THE REAL DEAL I am inspired by the lives of the sellers of The Big Issue. To read the challenges many of them face, often on a daily basis, and yet they are philosophical about their lives. I cannot even imagine being homeless. I am sure those who are, never imagined they would be either. Many of us have had major challenges in our lives and it’s made us the people we are today. If our newspapers were filled with these stories of inspiration it would have a major impact on the world as we see it today. I thank my lucky stars that all those years ago (against my better judgement!), I bought my first copy of The Big Issue from a scruffily dressed man who was just trying to make a go of it. These are the stories I wait to read. Michelle Davis, South Brisbane, Qld of clients bringing in their pets. Thank you for your amazing magazine! Sinead Kelly O’Shaughnessy, Two Wells, SA I have just read the article ‘Get the Party Started Already’ by Fiona Scott-Norman [Ed#566]. It’s great and so well written. The bit about self- indulgence rings so true for me. I saw my excellent psychologist this morning, and the thing about being decent, even kind to myself, came up again. Also what Fiona said about exuberance: restraint, never sticking out, self- denial even, just for the sake of it, were attitudes passed along unspoken. To delight in, or be moved by, something was embarrassing for everybody. So this straight-jacket is loosening, through a very skilled professional. Susan Miller, Melbourne, Vic I loved your articles ‘More Than Puppy Love’ and ‘To the Rescue’ in Ed#573. I was reading it at work and it brought tears to my eyes. I bought my copy from Tommy who sells The Big Issue outside the train station in Adelaide. When he showed me the magazine, he told me about how much he wants a little dog, and I showed him photos of my dog Bosco. Tommy is so friendly, and when I’m on my way to work at 8am, it is so nice to see a smiling, happy face! Pets are so important and make such a difference in all our lives. I have been volunteering at The Hutt St Centre for about three years now, and I have noticed an increase COVER #574 ILLUSTRATION BY ADAM NICKEL/ THE JACKY WINTER GROUP THE BIG ISSUE USES MACQUARIE DICTIONARY AS OUR REFERENCE. MACQUARIEDICTIONARY.COM.AU Tom Parker Bowles shares his mum Camilla’s roast chook recipe on p40. To win his cookbook, Let’s Eat, you just need to be our next Letter of the Fortnight. Send in your thoughts, feedback or TBI experiences for your chance to win: email@example.com All letter writers in this edition win a double pass to new film Suspiria, starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson. See our review p36. THE BIG ISSUE 2019 CALENDAR IS OUT NOW. GET YOURS FROM YOUR VENDOR FOR ONLY $10! DANIEL SELLS THE BIG ISSUE IN MELBOURNE.