The Big Issue : Edition 444
THeBigissue25OcT–7NOV2013 7 StreetSheet HE OWNS IT It has been shown And it would need to be known That Australia is God’s own With a very old race of black Who still should have a lot back Owen sells The Big Issue in various locations in Melbourne. MY TEMPER I have some problems with anger, with the people around me, the way they behave in front of me and behind my back. But, with every day going by in prison, I’m learning to resist the urge to retaliate. Playing soccer helps with that. It makes me happy, makes me feel good. I do boxing and work out in the gym to keep healthy, too. We have other programs here – there are church services and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and Narcotics Anonymous meetings with people from the outside. It takes you away from the unit and gives you comfort. It’s good to get away from the pressure in here. And it’s great to meet outside people, too. It’s good to talk to them and get some advice. Mafa is a participant in The Big Issue’s Street Soccer program at Port Phillip Prison in Melbourne. 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 CHANGING I believe that change can be good, as I have found that being at home all the time can be very degrading. You do not get to grow or meet people. But The Big Issue has helped me to be able to grow and to meet new people. While I am on my pitch I meet plenty of people who are interested in what I am doing. Pamela sells The Big Issue in Rose Bay, Sydney. KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT Life without The Big Issue would be a lot different for me. The encouragement I receive from passers-by while I am selling is really heartwarming. I also appreciate the warmth and kindness of my regulars; stopping by for a brief yarn, a lovely smile. A quick word to the students from the nearby school: THANK YOU for your support! The fact that you buy a magazine with your pocket money is a huge affirmation that I am okay, and it’s a boost to my self- esteem. Thanks heaps! Andrew W sells The Big Issue near Woolworths in Potts Point, Sydney. DAY IN THE LIFE Working in the cold isn’t for the faint- hearted. One needs to proceed to the challenging outdoor work and stay on track until someone comes your way. I buy the latest edition of The Big Issue and before long customers are coming my way for their copies. Gee, it’s cold! Hard work does pay off in the end if you’re willing to stick it out, though. Once the weather clears up, warmth is in the air and everyone jumps for joy, making work just that little bit easier. Just how long is the sun staying out for? Oh, gee, now rain...four seasons in one day. No, I don’t mean the Crowded House song! Home time... Wow! You can bet in Ballarat that the rain will continue. I hope the weather improves tomorrow. Rob sells The Big Issue at Howitt St in Ballarat, Victoria. right BusIness And communITy leAders recenTly joIned lAdIes From The BIg Issue’s women’s suBscrIpTIon enTerprIse (wse) In sydney, helpIng pAck copIes oF The mAgAzIne To send To our suBscrIBers. (see p47 For more InFo on The wse). above moyA dodd From FIFA wITh The FABulous edwInA From wse. CUP DAY The numbers up, it’s the Melbourne Cup The odds for a place, or a win in any case The horses on the track, and there’s others coming back Hey mate it’s alright, day or night The jockeys wield a crop, and races never stop The bookmakers take the bets, if they win there’s no regrets Nonetheless the odds are on, and there’s nothing going wrong The horses racing strong, there’s a throng And there’s a licensed bar and drinks, and there’s coffee and you think, it’s the best that you can buy, as your winnings you apply Stephen sells The Big Issue near Central Station on Creek St, Brisbane.