The Big Issue : Edition 443
LEAVING LESSONS In response to ‘The Leaving’, by Lesley Grant, in Ed#442: I used to visit my nan in her nursing home and she would think I was my mum. I would play along with her and pretend. She’d say she had to pay for her ‘hotel room’, so I’d tell her I’d paid for it already – and for another night, too. Her frustration at times was painful for me, but when her eyes lit up with a twig of recognition, it was breathtaking. What more could Lesley have done? It takes a strong person to care; it takes a stronger person to acknowledge and accept that they can do no more. Lee Roe, Edgecliff, NSW Lee wins a copy of The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (see our review on p37). Lesley Grant herself has responded to the publication of ‘The Leaving’ by telling us: “I hope it will help people going through the same experience.” 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 Please pass on my thanks to Alan Cornell for his story, ‘The Allen Key to Happiness’ in the fiction edition, Ed#439. I had just come home from a shopping trip to Ikea when I read his story. Absolutely on the button! I buy my copies of The Big Issue from Brian – either on Jetty Road in Glenelg or outside the Palace Nova in the city. We always have a very pleasant chat and he tells me which articles to read (...like, all of them!). The Make Me Smile edition made me smile. You always have interesting covers. Anne Fryer, Glenelg, SA Thanks, Anne, we’ve passed this on to Alan. As for Brian, he’s been selling The Big Issue for 16 years this month and is loved by many other customers for his unique sense of humour – Ed. As a senior and disability support pensioner it’s difficult to find a good read that is informative, intelligent, often amusing and sometimes emotional. I love buying my fortnightly edition of The Big Issue from Les in Hawthorn, who is always there with his beautiful dog, Matilda. He always smiles and says hello when Iwalkpast–wehaveachatandI pat Matilda. As a pensioner, I can little afford magazines. The Big Issue, however, is well worth the $6; it also helps knowing that it goes to a good cause. The copies are then recycled to my doctor’s secretary and left for waiting patients to read. Thank you! K Gross, Kew, Vic Thanks, K, glad you’re enjoying the magazine. Les and Matilda are very popular figures around Hawthorn – Ed. If you’re in Canberra on 18 October, make sure you check out the orchestra of handmade musical bikes built as part of celebrations for the city’s 100th birthday. The project, called The Canberra Pursuit, will see about 80 pedal-powered musical creations played together. The spectacle is happening thanks, in large part, to some extremely nifty work by Canberrans with @mattycr1 Someone is selling @thebigissue in Elsternwick (Vic) today. Good stuff, nice gentleman, bought one from him. disabilities. Old bikes have been given new life for the project by employees from LEAD Employment, a company that provides specialist disability employment services across the ACT and NSW. LEAD clients and employees serviced the bikes, then handed them to acclaimed composer Jon Rose, who fitted them out with music-making devices. The result will be a spectacle of pedal-powered violins, organ pipes, beating drums, bells, buzzers and turntables. For more information on The Canberra Pursuit, visit www.canberra100.com.au. Adam Stankevicius, General Manager, Centenary of Canberra I used to buy The Big Issue and never really read it – the glossy pages full of celebrities, upcoming movies, new releases in the cinema and blu-ray/DVD were appealing to me, although boring at times. Yet I still kept the faith that it would get better. Recently I picked up an issue – in fact, I picked up two – from a vendor in Canberra and I was amazed at how honest and intelligent the writing was in it. I’m hooked, and can’t wait for next issue. Thanks. Damien McManus, Kambah, ACT 10 THe big issue 11 – 24 OCT 2013 FACEBOOK FRIENDS Lucy Anna I love reading The Big Issue and talking to the vendors. I recently purchased an edition and the vendor more or less asked if I actually read the articles or just bought copies out of pity. I told him, “No way!” I like all of the articles and I like saying hi to whoever is selling them. The vendors make my day.