The Big Issue : Edition 445
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 Every father chef would have had a lump in his throat as he read Samantha van Sweden’s thoughts (‘Zen and Kitchen Wisdom’, Ed#443). I, too, had my daughter in the kitchen from when she was 12; the last time we worked together she was my boss! Understanding it’s not an academic engagement; completion is everything and detail the driver. She has a real job now, but the lessons learned and quality time spent with my darling daughter make an old chef smile still. Thank you so much, Samantha. Edward Mullins, Terrigal, NSW Each year we watch the Melbourne Cup – mesmerised by the sheer athleticism and magnificence of the horses (‘From the Horse’s Mouth’, Ed#444). It has been reported (horseracingkills.com) that 18,000 thoroughbred foals are born in Australia every year; an average of 12,000 will never even start in a race. Considered wastage, they are ruthlessly discarded, ending up as pet food or exported horsemeat. Sadly, like many animals in society, horses are valued more for what they can achieve for people rather than for their intrinsic worth. In direct contrast to industry propaganda, rarely will an ex-racehorse find retirement in a loving home. Natasha Reus, Caulfield, Vic Today I found myself in the unusual circumstance of having a train and ferry journey of some hours. Dropped at a suburban station by a friend, I was lamenting my poor planning in neglecting to bring any decent reading material. The second-hand bookshop across the road from the city station is long gone, the newsagent magazine racks were filled with utterly uninspiring pulpy novels with gold-embossed titles, and the Friday free city rag was not yet released for commuters. I felt destined to stare out the window for the duration. Then I remembered The Big Issue! I raced out of the station across Roma Street TED’S TRAIN I was visiting Brisbane from Melbourne for uni and purchased The Big Issue on Monday evening from Ted outside Fortitude Valley train station. What a delight! Apart from the magazine, Ted also gave me two postcards and explained that the train pictured on one of them was for me to look at to help me through exams. He said, “The train always gets there.” Thanks, Ted! Madeline Ross, Melbourne, Vic Madeline wins a copy of Game of Knowns by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (see our feature on p30). Thanks, Madeline. Ted is one of the original Brisbane vendors. He’s been with us for 16 years – Ed. @thebigissue We’re launching The Big Issue in Darwin today. Top End, here we come! @GKLind good stuff, looking forward to the stories of the vendors up north. and there was a loyal seller, right there. Hooray! Quality reading and a good coffee. The vendor gathered my change quickly and urged me on so I wouldn’t miss the flashing ‘Walk’ sign back to the station side of the street. Set! Camille Jeboult, Samford, Qld Nell Dickerson’s photographs (‘Dog Days’, Ed#443) show that people like owning pets – irrespective of their class. This was shown by the range in size and appearance of the houses pictured. The wealthier homes reminded me of the sort of outside architecture Elvis Presley adopted for his Graceland mansion, with white poles supporting the entrance and the archway, small windows at the front of the house and shutters for protection against intruders. The article also reminded me of the memorial photograph I took of our beloved ginger tabby cat inside the 1965 brick veneer Rosanna [Victoria] house I used to reside in. The floral, patterned carpet he was sitting on was also reminiscent of the 1960s. In another photograph, the cat was sitting on the original chequered green-and-white linoleum in the kitchen. The ceiling still had an original lace-like design around the edges. Helen, via post 10 THebigissue 8–21NOV2013 The 2014 Calendar is now on sale. All your favourite months are back: January, February, March and more! Just $6 from your local vendor.