The Big Issue : Edition 578
THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 11–24 JAN 2019 7 I took myself off to the bush at Greenbank hoping to capture an image of any wildlife there. To keep disturbance to any wildlife at a minimum I’d put a zoom lens on my camera, but I was wholly unprepared for a kangaroo appearing out of nowhere. Initially I was startled when it bounced out of the bush into a clearing. I’m not sure who was more surprised, myself or the kangaroo. It was then I spotted the joey. The kangaroo watched all my slow-motion actions and didn’t mind the attention. I then backed away very slowly, relieved that I wasn’t on the receiving end of a kicking from an irate mum. Ben G sells The Big Issue on Victoria Bridge, Brisbane. STREETSHEET LOVE CATS I sit and think how much my life has changed over the last five years with The Big Issue. I try my best to feed both cats. Yes I have two now – Squishy has a friend. And I take care of myself. Garry S sells The Big Issue at Flagstaff Station and cnr William and Bourke Sts, Melbourne. YOURS SINCERELY I would like to thank all my customers for buying The Big Issue from me. Thank you, Mark, thank you Shane and thank you Big Al and to everyone who supports the homeless – it means a lot to me and they are so genuine and generous. It is so nice that they support The Big Issue. Ronnie sells The Big Issue on Eagle St, Brisbane. THE ANT’S PANTS I was at The Cross one day. A bloke said to me, “I need your jeans so I can get into a club.” He was wearing shorts. He offered me $20 so we swapped! He got in the club. Stephen E sells The Big Issue at Kings Cross Station, Sydney. M UCH THANKS I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff at our premises at Donkey Wheel House on Bourke Street, Melbourne. It’s just near Southern Cross Station. I would also like to thank the staff at Collins Street, who are also doing a magnificent job. They help us get our mag out on time, every time. Great work and much much thanks. I’d also like to thank the editor Amy for a terrific job on the magazine, every time. While talking about editors, I’d like to send a cheerio to our past editor, Alan, who has moved on. I’d like to Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends thank past staff who have worked and supported vendors for years. So if you are in need of a job, please give The Big Issue a tinkle on (03) 9602 7600. A big welcome to new staff who are so willing to help and my other cheerio goes to the great cheerful, courteous workers at Multiplex. I have not forgotten them and their consideration to me, and the girls’ beautiful smiles – it made my whole year easier, thanks Multiplex. And The Big Issue is always looking for short stories, recipes, maybe a story about a trip or a holiday you’ve had. Why not write into the magazine and tell us about it? Much thanks everyone. Dianne T sells The Big Issue in Melbourne CBD. EUPHORIC Alas poor euphoric I knew him well Well well well, I thought I, street poetry knight I will not quit Conrad sells The Big Issue in Bridge Rd, Richmond, Melbourne. SUMMER’S HERE Sick of reading Fairfax or Murdoch Press This is Australia What else is there That makes money Hand over fist So now we’re passed The winter solstice I am counting down The days Until summer’s nearly here Where I can watch my Nephew or niece play cricket Orworkonatan Down at the beach Can’t you feel the excitement Summer’s nearly here Isn’t everyone an Aussie c’mon Summer’s nearly here Can’t you feel the excitement Daniel K sells The Big Issue in Adelaide CBD and suburbs. » All vendor contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work.