The Big Issue : Edition 439
THeBigissue16–29Aug2013 7 StreetSheet A Good Sport My name is Dangerous Dave. I love Street Soccer and we have the best fun. We have fun and meet new friends. We can talk to the coach about things on our mind, about what is right and what is wrong and about how we can’t go to the Street Soccer camp anymore – we all cry. We hope they think about our future. Dangerous Dave is a participant in the Street Soccer program in Melbourne. EASt iS BESt Hello, my name is Stevo and I’m so glad to be back selling The Big Issue. Thanks to all in East Perth who have welcomed me back with open arms. Sorry that I’ve been absent for so long with health problems, but I’m back with a vengeance! Thank you all for seeing my madness through! So let’s kick arse, East Perth, and party hard! And I ask all of my customers to please take care of yourselves and I’ll see you when you buy a magazine. Stevo sells The Big Issue in East Perth. StAyinG StronG My strength is perfect in weakness. When I am weak then I am strong. Grace is my shield. Christ is my song. Against me Earth and hell combined. But on my side is power divine. Jesus is all and he is mine. John C sells The Big Issue in Roma St, Brisbane. I work on Roma St, and would like to thank all my customers for their support. Stories, poems and Big Issue vendors pictures by and friends All contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work. For the latest Big Issue news visit thebigissue.org.au or find us on: • facebook The Big Issue Australia • twitter @thebigissue StArt todAy At GoinG AwAy When I was younger I believed in an education Now, I know It was no good for my foundation As my HSC hasn’t got me a job It has made me learn My ‘A-B-C’ and ‘1-2-3’ Now I’m near the end Of my youth I am not uncouth The government wants to give You the belief that full employment is possible How can that be when the man at house number 23 smokes, drinks and plays the pokies? You know the man at 23 spends his so-called invalid pension on these things, then why do my tax dollars go to him and the Adelaide oval? Your only hope is if you... If you start today at going away From all this and do your own thing Go away from society Start today at preparing for going away and meeting your maker Daniel K sells The Big Issue at Cibo cafe, cnr Rundle and Frome Sts, Adelaide. to MuM You were the strongest woman I knew You had an answer for everything Even though we did not always get along I still loved you and you still loved me I could still talk to you after the rage We were still friends That’s not part of the problem I’ve not only lost my mother But I’ve lost my friend too You were the one I turned to When things got hard at home It was you I would ring crying Telling you my world was falling apart And somehow you put the pieces back together Except this time I can’t believe God has taken you from me I love you I miss you Sharon sells The Big Issue at various locations in Melbourne. whEn All hAS GonE dEAd wronG A friend told this story to me, it happened to her while in India: she came across a little man who was working in a small street shop – or micro business of some sort. She described him as a funny-looking little man. Well, he looked up at her very expressively and with animation and a twinkle in his eye and said, “Remember the man who is worthwhile, he is the man who wears a smile when everything has gone dead wrong!” It had a profound impact on her, and even her reciting that story touched my heart as well. Better we stay positive and speak kind words in our day-to-day lives for the benefit of our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others. A smile costs nothing and gives so much. Jason (pictured left) sells The Big Issue at Martin Place, Sydney. SYDNEY VENDOR JASON DOING WHAT BIG ISSUE VENDORS DO BEST: ScHMOOZING WITH cELEBRITY cHEFS. HERE HE IS WITH HESTON BLUMENTHAL (LEFT) AND NEIL PERRY (RIGHT).