The Big Issue : Edition 447
THEBIGISSUE6–25DEC2013 17 In 2012 there was one Who was from Wonderland Did for me What not a lot can easily do Straight away and at hand That was to save my life When in tears I was thinking of an end For the first time in years And so I’ve lifted 2013 has been a shade of green Not brown or blue Overall to the customer That’s you. Owen (Poet Laureate), Melbourne. Thanks to all my Sirs and Madams throughout the year – may there be twice as much next year! Adam, Melbourne. To my customers: I love you all. Thank you! You make me happy working. Darren, Docklands and Geelong. I really like selling TBI as I like getting more money and more customers! I especially like my customers that have a great sense of humour. I like talking to them. Thank you for making it a good year and supporting me. Alan R, Melbourne. I wish all my friends and customers a Happy New Year and a great Christmas. Thanks for all your support. Paul F, Melbourne. Because of The Big Issue I now have something to do with my time, since being homeless and losing my daughter. The staff are very understanding, friendly, kind, amazing, FUNNY and I always love to see them. I come to the office or speak to them on the phone. I have made lots of new friends that I hope to have for a very long time. To top it all off, I absolutely love my job. Lauren, Melbourne. I’d like to thank Mari, Jackie, Daniel and Janet for buying the magazine from me. I have been enjoying gardening in Port Melbourne at the United Church. I am going to Vietnam, which is my country, to visit my auntie and cousin in November. Cuong, Port Melbourne. Before I started selling outside Readings Bookstore, Carlton, I found all bookstores intimidating and scary. But over the year I have built up some courage and entered the world of imagination. I now feel comfortable browsing. I even bought a book! So thank you to all the lovely staff for helping me out and for your assistance when I am selling. And to all the locals and customers: high-five!!! De, Carlton. Hi, customers. It’s me again, your friendly neighbourhood vendor – this year’s wish would be a 650cc motorbike and a VW Beetle, and some advice so I can find a good English course next year. Oh yes – and to win lotto big time, please!!! Kimba, Fitzroy North. Well it’s that time of year again. Holidays, parties, heaps of food, family gatherings, friends catching up... Yeah, it’s Christmas again. So Merry Christmas to my great friends and customers, also my fellow vendors and their customers. Have a great holiday and a safe New Year. Cheryl and Cougar (the cat), Melbourne. I thank all my customers for all their support throughout the year. I hope to get away for a holiday. Maybe next year! Have a good Christmas and a Happy New Year. Gordon, Moonee Ponds. I would really like to move to Queensland because then I would be near my parents. I wish more people knew about The Big Issue. Troy, Princess Bridge, Melbourne. Thank you, customers, for your cheery greeting each day and your lovely friendly chats. I have enjoyed every day since I started in January. Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year! Dianne, Melbourne. Thanks to all my customers for your support. This year I moved into a new house; it has made me very happy! Maybe next year my fiancée, Carolina, and I are going to go on a holiday. Wishing everyone the best for the New Year! Stephen, Melbourne. This year has been a lot quieter for sales. I’ve found it a bit hard so I really appreciate my loyal customers. I understand that some people can’t buy every fortnight but it is still good toseeyou.Socomeupandsayhito me. Because I haven’t got family of my own a lot of you are like family to me. Brian, Williamstown. I would like to wish everybody at The Big Issue and all my regular customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May next year be very fruitful for you. Jeff S, Melbourne. I have a better life because I have met a beautiful woman. We are engaged. Before that I was constantly moving from place to place. I felt I had no future. Now I have a permanent place to stay. Mark D, Melbourne. Well, it’s that time of year again. I would like to wish all my customers and their families the most joyous and prosperous Christmas and the most wonderful New Year. May you receive the gifts of love and joy that you deserve. George, South Melbourne. To all Big Issue staff and vendors – but mostly our amazing, generous customers: we would like to wish you all an amazing Christmas and a very safe New Year. We couldn’t do it without the community support. Looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year. Happy holidays! Kate, Gus and Tamika, Melbourne. I would like to wish all vendors and Big Issue staff a very Merry Christmas. Bryce, Camberwell and Melbourne. I’d like to wish all my customers a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. Looking forward to seeing you all in 2014. Peter J, Melbourne. I started selling TBI in 2013 and it’s been great! I enjoy the interaction I have with customers and the general public, and feeling that I’m providing people with something they will enjoy. A big Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my customers!! Shannon, Melbourne.