The Big Issue : Edition 446
10 THE BIG ISSUE 22 NOV – 05 DEC 2013 smile made my day and encouraged me. He made me think of my brother, which made me happy. Big Issue vendors have touched my heart, both here and in London, and I am blessed to count many of them as friends. Please let them know that their presence makes a difference, even to people who don’t stop. Hannah, Wollstonecraft, NSW Sounds like you’re talking about Eddie H, who works just outside the 7Eleven on the corner of York and Barrack Streets in the Sydney CBD. We’ve passed on your message – Ed. Thanks for Ed#444, with a cover- story on the Melbourne Cup season! I was particularly pleased to read Lorese Vera’s article ‘In Love With an Alien’. As a longstanding sufferer of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and all that goes with it, I know how difficult it is for partners to co-exist with love and support for us, when our lives are knocking us around. It was so heartening to read about her experiences. I only wish there were more people like Lorese, prepared to stick it out for the good times. Although sometimes hard to believe, partners’ love and support is the most effective way to ensure there are more good times than bad. I am two parts into a six-part novel serial that concentrates on exactly this topic (alifesingular.net). I hope it will inspire sufferers to push on through, and encourage non-sufferers to include us in their worlds. Thanks again to Lorese for showing that it is possible to love an imperfect person! Lorraine Pestell, via email TOP EFFORT I would like to thank you for bringing The Big Issue to Darwin! When I came to Darwin four years ago, I thought The Big Issue was one of the things that was missing and I kept thinking it every time I saw vendors in other cities. This is a great move and I thank you for the work that has gone into it! It makes Darwin a bit more of a ‘proper city’. I am very excited and look forward to buying the first Big Issue here. Hiltrud Kivelitz, Darwin, NT Hiltrud wins a copy of Reflektor, the new album by Arcade Fire (see our review on p37). 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 Congratulations to Andrew Weldon for his cartoon (‘Hearsay’, Ed#444) on Bill Shorten becoming leader of a ‘strong, united opposition’. It is the funniest thing I have seen in years. It took me by surprise, I laughed out loud on the train – especially at the comments from the respectful ALP colleagues – and I am not the sort of person who usually does that sort of thing. I am keeping it handy to show other good Labor voters. Anne McDonell, Redfern, NSW My daughter and I found $150 in the gutter outside the local post office yesterday. We asked around – nobody claimed it. We rang the local coppers and they suggested a charity was better than a three-month stint in the police station safe. We asked for suggestions. Someone suggested a punt on the Melbourne Cup. Bugger that! We like The Big Issue. Please find the loot in your account. Name withheld (out of modesty!) I just picked up a Big Issue from one of the vendors in Bondi Junction, Sydney. Until a few years ago, I’d mostly walk past vendors, either not looking at all or trying to put an expression of “You know how it is, I’m just too busy to stop” into my eyes. Then I started buying the magazine and really enjoyed reading it. These days, I’m always happy to see one of the vendors, and I’ll either stop and get my copy, or at least look them in the eyes and say hello. They’re the kindest people imaginable. Claudia Koch-McQuillan, Bronte, NSW Please pass on my thanks to the Sydney vendor in a wheelchair (he looks a bit like a surfie!) who gave me a beautiful smile as I raced past him and apologised for not stopping. I am an avid Big Issue supporter and wouldn’t normally prioritise the bus over a purchase, but I did need to catch it as my husband was driving that particular bus and finishing his shift! The vendor’s @carolsh67 Just got the new issue plus an autograph from Grant [‘Vendor Profile’, Ed#445] featured onpage5–mademyday! @Miss_Bee I was so excited to buy my copy of @thebigissue from a vendor in Darwin today! @angsavage @thebigissue Andrew Weldon’s cartoon for Lou Reed in Ed#445 is a delight, reassuring for all of us trying to be creative.