The Big Issue : Edition 437
“I am not blonde, yes. That is a fact. Have I dreamt about having a model contract? No. I’m sorry. But have I dreamed about winning Wimbledon? Absolutely, yes.” The winner of this year’s Wimbledon’s Women’s Singles Tennis Championship, Marion Bartoli, 28, responding to a BBC commentator who said she was never going to be “a looker” like Maria Sharapova. Well, neither was Andy Murray (who won the men’s title). From The Daily Mail (UK) “The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same. My dreams are the same.” Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls in Pakistan, in a speech to the UN on her 16th birthday. UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon introduced her, saying: “By targeting Malala, extremists showed what they feared the most: a girl with a book.” From The New York Times (US). “We still don’t even know how many people were killed, because they were all placed in mass graves. And because families were afraid of speaking, a lot of people didn’t even say if their daughter, son or husband was missing.” Writer Sahar Delijani on the execution of political prisoners in Iran during the Iran–Iraq war in 1988. Delijani’s debut novel, Children of the Jacaranda Tree, is a fictionalised account of her parents’ imprisonment at the time, and is being likened to Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. From The Guardian (UK). “Any information can be taken from computers. Of course there exists means of protection, but there is no 100% guarantee that they will work. So from the point of view of keeping secrets, the most primitive method is preferred: a human hand with a pen or a typewriter.” Nikolai Kovalev, a Russian MP and former head of the country’s security service, on reports that in the wake of WikiLeaks and the Snowden affair, mistrust of electronic communication has led some of Russia’s security personnel to resort to using typewriters. From The Guardian (UK). “The ‘selfie’ is revolutionising how we gather autobiographical information about ourselves and our friends. It’s about continuously rewriting yourself. It’s an extension of our natural construction of self. It’s about presenting yourself in the best way ... [similar to] when women put on makeup or men who bodybuild to look a certain way: it’s an aspect of performance that’s about knowing yourself and being vulnerable.” Dr Mariann Hardey, a lecturer in marketing at Durham University, UK, on the ‘selfie’, a digital self-portrait shared on Facebook and other social networking sites. From The Observer (UK). I’d lIke to be a great wrIter, but I just have to read the the great gatsby and I realIse there’s no poInt In puttIng pen to paper. equally, I’d love to be a great yogI, but I know that I’ll never be a human pretzel. hearsay writer richard castLes » cartoonist andrew weLdon “I’m not shy. I’m a closet extrovert.” Well, it’s a start, anyway... This declaration was overheard in a local cafe by Emma of Camberwell, Victoria. ear2ground photographbyStephenLovekin/gettyimageS 8 THebigissue 19JuL–1Aug2013 Actress Isla Fisher, 37 (left), who began her career delivering dialogue on Home & Away – and more recently in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby – on awareness of her limitations as a writer and salty snack (right). From The Guardian (UK).