The Big Issue : Edition 447
20 THEBIGISSUE6--25DEC2013 Thank you to all my customers. A special Merry Christmas to my friend Paul for giving me a helping hand to help sell: you are a very good man. Paul E, Perth. This time of year takes me back to my frst eight Christmases, which were spent in Assam, India, where my father worked on a tea plantation surrounded by jungle. We celebrated in our bungalow, which was the meeting place of the many English families in the area. Here, Santa would arrive with his sleigh to the sound of carols played on the old gramophone. The sleigh was drawn by two cows dressed as reindeer, with our pet monkey (who always enjoyed the publicity) as Santa’s co-driver. Tea chests flled with tiny squares torn from newspapers were cast of the roof, which served as snow. The evening closed with the pulling of the giant cracker suspended from the ceiling, resulting in pufed rice and little gifts falling to the foor for kids to salvage. So here we go again! This Christmas will be my 76th. Thank you to all my wonderful customers who have shown me such support throughout the year and leading up to my departure, as I cycle around Australia. I think of your smiling faces often. Michael, Perth. To all my lovely customers: have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Stevo, Perth. AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (see photo on p19) Merry Christmas and congratulations to customers for buying TBI this year. Last Christmas, I went to the coast with my dogs, Dingo and Petta. We even got a swim in, and a barbecue at the beach. Happy New Year! Maria, Charnwood. It's been an awful year with heaps of deaths and bad times. So my wish is to have a much better 2014! I hope to have better health as well, achieve more sales and only keep true friends. I would also like world peace! Deb B, Mokambo and Woden Plaza. Merry Christmas and New Year to all my customers. See you in 2014! Doug W, Coleman Court and Ainslie shops. G'day to all the happy people of Canberra. I can't wait for a hot summer and good sales! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Ric W, Civic and Dickson. I'm new to Canberra (ex-Sydney) and happy to be here. So, Season's Greetings to my old and new customers alike. Peter, Civic. To all my customers: have a good Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope to see you in 2014. Woo hoo!!! Grant W, Civic and Woden. I've had a very good year. I enjoyed seeing my regular customers; also some new ones on my pitch. In 2014 I'm hoping to play lawn bowls and, of course, sell more magazines. I'd also like to meet some new people. So stop by and say hello! Merry Christmas, all. Michelle L, Woden Plaza and Hughes. It's great that I've been able to sell. It allows me a little bit more freedom. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my customers in sunny Canberra. Tan T, Dickson. NEW SOUTH WALES To all my customers, have a great and safe holiday season. Thank you for your support. May 2014 be a year of seeing what lies ahead. Take heed of the signs spiritually and remember this: Jesus loves you and is coming back! Trevor C, Sydney and Katoomba. I hope to speak good English and also want to sell more mags over Christmas. I want everybody to be healthy and happy every day. Richard C, Camperdown. I had a good last Christmas and am looking forward to lots of presents this year. My favourite part about Christmas is church, carols and meeting new people. Helen, Haymarket. This year has been a really bright one for me. My family has grown with many new regulars supporting me each fortnight. My church life is enriched by co-leading the music on Sundays. I am volunteering at The Wayside Chapel and learning how to help people in mental distress and crisis. Lots to be grateful for. Thanks all for your kindness and support. Andrew W, Potts Point. Christmas is a time of sharing and family. I hope everybody has a great time. Remember those who have no family. See you all in the New Year! David S, Burwood. BEST WISHES FROM NSW BACK ROW VOLUNTEER, TOM, TIM, JAMES MIDDLE 1 MICK F, MATT H, JAMES P, VOLUNTEER, MARCUS, PETRA MIDDLE 2 MARGARET, BILL, VOLUNTEER, DAINA, BRADLEY, BOB S, TREVOR, COCKATOO PHIL, DAVID I, STEPHEN W, MANNY MIDDLE 3 VOLUNTEER, RICHARD, JASON M, DAVID MAC, CHRIS, SCOTT W, MARK JW, PAMELA FRONT ALAN H, EMMA, BABY FINN, SUSAN, EDDY M, GLENN F, VOLUNTEER, VOLUNTEER.