The Big Issue : Edition 581
THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 22 FEB–7 MAR 2019 7 STREETSHEET WALL OF FAM E I was in the Adelaide Big Issue office the other day and I was looking at the “Wall of Fame” – for those who have not seen it, our South Australian vendor profile pages are stuck up on the wall. I pointed out that The Big Issue is an equal-opportunity employer, as on the wall are people of different races, ages, abilities and genders. It seems every demographic in society is represented there on the wall. All The Big Issue staff, vendor support and managers take the time to make our job go easier, so I say well done and thank you Big Issue! Without The Big Issue I would still be home alone watching daytime TV instead of meeting people and enjoying the weather. Simon G sells The Big Issue at Hungry Jack’s and The Body Shop, Adelaide. OVER THE MOON I had my leg operated on in December last year. I’ve been waiting for this operation for 10 to 14 years because I was on the public health waiting list. Now after the surgery I’m wearing a moon boot. I’m still feeling a lot of pain – but it’s not as bad as before. Jacob sells The Big Issue on the cnr of Bathurst and Pitt Sts, Sydney. NEW TRADITIONS I don’t have much family here to visit during the Christmas season. When I was asked what I was doing for Christmas Day by one of my customers who often stops for a chat during his regular walk within Royal Perth Hospital, I was at first reluctant to share what is the good and the bad of Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends “I don’t know what your office looks like but here’s a view of mine. Outside in the sunshine, surrounded by nature and a breeze on my face. Couldn’t be better!” Kerry K sells The Big Issue at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane. it. This was the last year my mother- in-law will cook traditional American Christmas meals. She said, “I will be 80 next month while my neck and knee pain is horrible.” Everybody expects Grandma will bring ham and turkey while the others bring salads! Meanwhile my customer took a little square out of his wallet: “Card, please,” he said, as he paid. He departed with the latest and a past edition of The Big Issue in his hand to cheer up the sick people he planned to visit that day. I wished him well and to come back again next time, before saying “Thank you” with a smile to him. Pat L sells The Big Issue at His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth. OLD FITZROY I’ve been a Big Issue seller since the first group back in the day, working on Brunswick St, Fitzroy. The city is very different and can be a harrowing experience but eye-opening all the same. I’ve been struggling with illness before, so sometimes it’s hard to stand, but I like selling the magazine and meeting the people I’m selling them to. I have a wonderful time doing it. I’d also like to say hello to all my old customers in Fitzroy. Louis sells The Big Issue in Melbourne CBD. SALES IN THE CITY I enjoy my work, there are nice customers who are very friendly. The staff members here are very friendly, too. I do every job that they give me and the city is very good. Jeffrey G sells The Big Issue in Melbourne CBD. RAISE THE BARS I love my TV shows and my most loved is Prisoner: Cell Block H. This month, the show is celebrating 40 years, and I will be at the Prisoner 40th function in Melbourne on 24 February to meet other Prisoner fans from around the world. Prisoner: Cell Block H should be inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame. Glenn F sells The Big Issue at Central Station (Elizabeth and Foveaux Sts), Sydney. » All vendor contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work.