The Big Issue : Edition 439
THeBigissue16–29Aug2013 9 three cheers for craig! For the past year I’ve been buying magazines from Big Issue vendor Craig, who sells outside the Rialto Towers in Melbourne, but I’ve recently changed jobs and don’t work in the city anymore. I wanted to let Craig know how lovely it’s been chatting to him, and what a positive and inspirational man he is, with big ideas and a big heart. And to anyone who works around the Rialto, make sure you stop and say hi to Craig. Best of luck with all your plans, Craig! Susannah Bell, Hughesdale, Vic Response from Craig: Thank you very much, Susannah, and to all those people at the Rialto who let me into their hearts and who love my advice and my jokes. A very, very, very, very warm thank you and love to all. Susannah wins a copy of Holiday in Cambodia by 2011 Big Issue fiction edition contributor Laura Jean Mckay; also a copy of Thought Crimes by Tim Richards (see his story, ‘Sixty Days’ Notice’, on p18). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org • post The Big Issue, GPO Box 4911, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 • facebook The Big Issue Australia • twitter @thebigissue letter of the fortnight I loved Christopher Young’s poignant photo essay ‘Time Warp Town’ (Ed#435). I’ve lived in busy Sydney for four years, and it’s a huge difference to my own small-town life in New Zealand! The article and photos are definitely representative – it reminded me of the Hauraki Plains in the North Island. I’m from the slightly larger town of Thames, 15km away, and early mornings brought the sounds of shooting during duck-hunting season. While I didn’t recognise faces or scenes, the bowling club, hall, river and the mountain range resonated with me and evoked special memories. Thank you! Carole Dovell, Panania, NSW Helen Razer’s moving tribute to her mother’s hands (‘Handed Down’, Ed#437) brought back fond memories of the eulogy my brother Luke gave at our grandmother’s funeral, after she died three weeks shy of her 100th birthday. “I remember studying her hands,” he said of one of the last times we saw her. “Tiny and delicate, but also wiry and strong... We wondered on the century of life that had shaped them, the sausage rolls they had formed, the friends they waved goodbye to, the children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren they had nurtured, the cups of tea they had held, the winning hands and the losing Tatts tickets. They were beautiful.” Angela Savage, Brunswick, Vic I was moved to tears by Helen Razer’s piece ‘Handed Down’, Ed#437. Being a ‘hands’ girl myself, I have always appreciated the beauty of hands “reshaped by years of work”. My grandmother had such hands and I loved feeling their rough texture as she stroked my cheek. It was also heartwarming to hear Helen’s mum appreciating her own beautiful hands. Thank you for writing about the little, and yet so meaningful, things, Helen. Silke Damson, Coogee, NSW @CMColahan @HelenRazer catching up on my reading – your thing in @ thebigissue is truly lovely. Feel the same when I see my mother’s hands. @scottspark From her mother to chicken parma, and rejection of the ‘right to feel beautiful’ – @HelenRazer’s latest @thebigissue column is her best yet. I met the lovely Jock today in Perth; he told me how happy he was to have received a text from his girl in Liverpool. Thanks, Jock, for sharing your good news. I walked away from you with a reminder of what really matters in life. I then read your contribution (‘Out and About’, Streetsheet, Ed#437 ) in the magazine. Thanks again. Sonja Vulovich, Westminster, WA We’ve sent your message to Jock. – Ed faceBooK friends Jannah Joy I don’t always get to buy The Big Issue, living in a small country town, but try to pick one up every time I’m in Perth. Just finished reading the latest one, picked it up today on my way to a rally in the city. Fantastic work, guys! Awesome edition! Thanks, Jannah. Did you know you can subscribe to The Big Issue through our Women’s Subscription Enterprise? See p63 for more information. Due to popular demand, Helen’s column ‘Handed Down’, from Ed#437, is now online. If you missed it, visit thebigissue.org.au/blog.