The Big Issue : Edition 437
10 THebigissue 19JuL–1Aug2013 GLASS HALF FULL The Big Issue’s Grandparents Special Edition (Ed#434) was excellent, but the Editorial, ‘Letters from Pop’, was a disappointment. I, too, am 86 years of age, and though I was not a prisoner of the Japanese, I can understand Editor Alan Attwood’s grandfather’s subsequent bitterness and pessimistic attitude to life. However, it is a cherished gift! Sure, at 86 it can be little fun with its concomitant medical problems and inabilities to do what we once could, but it is still a joy. Surgeons aver optimists recover more quickly than pessimists; a smile and a friendly ‘g’day’ to a stranger works wonders; as, too, does paying a little more than $6 to the Big Issue vendor. It was uplifting to read Betty Birskys’ feature in the same edition, ‘87 Not Out’, that conveyed an opposite view to your editorial. At 86, there’s good reason to applaud the adage ‘Live every day as though it is your last, because it may be...’ Bob McNish, Pt Lonsdale, Vic Bob wins a copy of Australians All (see our review on p37). Many thanks for your letter, Bob, and your support of our vendors. In defence of Pop, I wouldn’t call him a pessimist. One of his maxims was: “You have to make the best of a bad thing.” – Ed your say ‘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. Have Your Say about The Big Issue: • email email@example.com • post The Big Issue, GPO Box 4911, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 • facebook The Big Issue Australia • twitter @thebigissue letter of the fortnight FROM OUR FOREIGN DESK... Like a lot of people these days, I often rush about during the day and have little time to sit and engage with anyone outside my immediate work or family circles. How nice it was, therefore, to find myself sat next to one of your sellers in a Covent Garden coffee shop yesterday morning with five minutes to spare. The two of us chatted and were soon joined by two other sellers who were equally friendly and chatty. Ron, Paul and Carl introduced themselves and we shared a pleasant few minutes laughing at things I can’t now remember. I bought a copy from them and we bade each other farewell and good luck, and I just wanted to drop you a note to encourage your other readers to stop and take five minutes put of their day to engage with a stranger (Big Issue sellers or not). I did and it improved my day greatly. Alan, via email, from The Big Issue London, Ed#944, July 2013 FACEBOOK FRIENDS The Big Issue Australia Sydney vendor Marcus weighed almost 180kg when he decided to make some serious lifestyle changes in 2004. He has since lost 60kg and will be taking part in our first ever City2Surf [fun run] team on 11 August. Help us raise $10,000 to support vendors like Marcus. Visit thebigissue.org.au/news. 154 Likes Yvette Lamborne Go Marcus! From all the girls at The Body Shop, Macquarie. David Streatfield Good on you, Marcus. I will be back in Syd soon. Wes McDonald Way to go Marcus! Christine Mackay Keep up the good work Marcus and enjoy the City2Surf. Justin Pinner Great work Marcus. Enjoy the C2S. Richard Castles What an amazing effort. Inspiring stuff. Kristina Carlsund Great work Marcus. It’s always nice to see you, all the best for the City2Surf, look forward to hearing about your training at Big Issue breakfasts!! Thank you guys, appreciate the support – Marcus @EmmetOC_ Fair play to Anthony Morris for his piece [Ed#435, ‘Still Super’] on the history of Siegel and Shuster in the latest @thebigissue. Well worth a read. @desankavukelich Stirring article ‘On Wings and a Prayer’ in the latest @thebigissue. Is author Glenn Kruithoff writing a book of his experiences? Please yes! @natahneev Big Issue vendor Andrew [‘Vendor Profile, Ed#436] has a beautiful and heartwarming story in the latest issue. I’ll be looking for his smile.