The Big Issue : Edition 441
THeBigissue 13–26sep2013 7 StreetSheet DIGGIN’ IN We have done very well in the garden. Costa is our mentor and helps everyone who wants to work in the garden. Heshowsushowtodoit.Ilike being outside, I like the fresh air and sunshine. I used to drive a truck and I was outside a lot. I miss it. Jay P is a participant in The Big Issue’s Street Soccer program at Port Phillip Prison, Melbourne. BIRDWATCHING ESCAPADE My mother and I went birdwatching one morning at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, where I was visiting for some rest and respite. I remember Mum saying, “let’s go birdwatching” which was unusual for her and was straight off the cuff. I remember it was a very calm day with more blue sky than patches of clouds, not heavy rain clouds anyway. We walked a well-used sandy beach path, and it was at the end of this tree- lined path, on the remains of an old fencepost, that we stopped and saw it sitting there: a magnificent red bird. I was so stunned at what I saw, all I can remember saying was “wow”. It was so exciting it stopped both of us in our tracks. My mother said it must have been blown off course by the gale-force winds we had been having, as she had never seen a bird like this before. It had very vibrant and exciting red feathers; the colour completely covered the bird in a dishevelled way, and even its eyes matched the colour of the feathers. No one else was around at the time, so it was very peaceful and quiet as we watched this magnificent bird. All we could hear was the rolling surf in the 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 PERFECT LOVER Depending on your morals Most start young But I was sixteen When I started Looking for My perfect lover Don’t want another Just want That perfect lover Now I’m getting older How I wish my lover Would come Maybe I should have Stayed with my first one Now I find I’m always looking For another Perfect lover Daniel K sells The Big Issue at Cibo, on the corner of Rundle and Frome Sts, Adelaide. background. I couldn’t say a thing, and all Mum and I could do was look at him. Mum had something important to do that day, so we had to rush back home and get on with life. I can still see that bird in all its glory, like it’s imprinted in my soul. That was our special moment together, just the two of us with this beautiful bird that stopped us in our tracks for what felt like a moment but was more like 20 minutes by the time we left. It was probably still there resting and trying to make sense of where it was, or how it would get back home. Everyone will want to know what and where it is, but it’s gone and I can only hope to have such an encounter again in my lifetime. Megan sells The Big Issue at various locations around Brisbane. OLDIE BUT A GOODIE Q: What’s the difference between Ricky Ponting and a funeral director? A: A funeral director wouldn’t keep losing the Ashes. Athol ‘Ax’ sells The Big Issue at David Jones, Sydney CBD. SOLD ON THE MAG I love selling The Big Issue. I meet different people. I try to sell 40 magazines every day. I feel good inside, meeting so many nice people the moment I start at 11am until I call it a day by 5pm, even taking home tips from lovely people. Yesterday, I got a generous tip, the first time ever! A $50 tip! Fantastic! Helen sells The Big Issue at the Surry Hills IGA and at Broadway Shopping Centre, Sydney. AnnemArIe, who sells on The corner oF PITT And BAThursT sTreeTs, sydney, hAs news To shAre: “I Proudly BecAme An AusTrAlIAn cITIzen... hAvIng lIved here For 17 yeArs, orIgInAlly From new zeAlAnd, I ThoughT IT wAs ABouT TIme I BecAme An AusTrAlIAn! AussIe AussIe AussIe, oI oI oI!” congrATulATIons, AnnemArIe, From everyone AT The BIg Issue.