The Big Issue : Edition 579
#VENDORWEEK 25 JAN–7 FEB 2019 27 MY NAME IS BOB, aka Tutu Bob. I’m 68 years old. I come from Thargomindah, a small town in Heartbreak Corner in outback Queensland. I became a Big Issue vendor because my rent was taking 80 per cent of my old-age pension. It has helped keep me in housing. I also do walking tours of Kings Cross, Elizabeth Bay and Oxford Street. Bob sells The Big Issue in Kings Cross, Sydney. 01 / WHY I LIKE SYDNEY I live here because of the saying, “Sydney or the bush”. If you are going to live in the bush, make it the real bush. If the city, choose Sydney. As former PM Paul Keating said: “If you don’t live in Sydney, you’re just camping out.” 02 / MY BEST SPOT My favourite area is Kings Cross. It is the former red-light district. The sex workers now operate on the internet and the strip joints are on life support, soon to be terminated. Unfortunately, the drug pushers are still there. But the mentally ill and the eccentric are welcome and respected here. There’s a market where I sell The Big Issue, you get a mix of old people, young trendy people, dog people; it’s eclectic, which is very attractive to me. 03 / BEST PLACE TO EAT My favourite restaurant is the Wayside Chapel. Delicious chef-prepared food for $4. To-die-for fruit salad for $2. Sometimes a plate of noodles by our celebrity chef Kylie Kwong for $2. And maybe a delicious David Jones cake for $2 – not recommended for diabetics. 04 / BUDGET MUST-DOS Visitors to Sydney can go to the Opera House (tours not necessary) and walk across the Harbour Bridge for free. Barangaroo is worth a look. The State Library and the Art Gallery of NSW are free and enjoyable. Chinatown food market on Friday evenings is a delight. Paddy’s Market at 3pm on Sunday is good for high-quality and cheap food and produce. Bondi Beach is a must; good walks to the north and south. In Centennial Park there is a mandala that some people find a spiritual experience to walk. 05 / OUT OF THE CITY To escape city life I go to Thirroul on the South Coast of NSW. DH Lawrence wrote the novel Kangaroo here in the 1920s. Artist Brett Whiteley died here of a heroin overdose in 1992. Find a good cliff and watch the whales swim north or south in the season. 06 / MY SECRET PLACE The place only locals know is between 27/29 Billyard Avenue, Elizabeth Bay. This has an alcove where Charles Darwin and Alexander MacLeay sat to discuss science. It looks like private property, but is public access. SYDNEY Street secrets revealed by the people who know them best. VENDOR TOUR GUIDE OUR TOUR GUIDE ILLUSTRATIONBYDANIELGRAY-BARNETT.FIRSTPUBLISHEDINTHEBIGISSUEUK.