The Big Issue : Edition 450
THEBIGISSUE24JAN–6FEB2014 7 STREETSHEET DEPARTM ENT OF DARREN My name is Darren and I have been working at The Big Issue for five years. I am 34 years old. I was a security guard and crowd controller for 12 years and met a lot of famous people, but I have since been working as a vendor in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. In every state I have worked in, I have picked up about 25 to 30 people off the streets and changed their lives by getting them a job at The Big Issue, even people with kids and a house and people who have lost their jobs. I am proud of myself and the other vendors. I love my job and the ladies in the Big Issue office. Many people help us, especially vendors who are deaf, blind or disabled and in wheelchairs. Myself: fake eye in the left and blind in the right. The ladies in the office even help feed some of the people with disabilities who need assistance at our Big Issue barbecues every second Friday. All the vendors get together regularly to play soccer and do other activities. I pray every morning before I leave for work and then I leave my door with a smile. I like my regular customers and I love being a salesman. Well, that’s my story, thanks for reading my article and thank you to all the Big Issue ladies, who work so hard. Darren sells The Big Issue at the cnr of Collins and Russell Sts, Melbourne. THANKS After a trying year I would like to thank the Big Issue staff and my 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 If I let them go, I’ll be outdone But if I try to catch them, I’ll be outrun If I’m killed by questions like the cancer Then I’ll be buried in the silence of the answer How do you think I’ve lost so much I’m so afraid I’m out of touch How do you expect I will know what to do When all I know is what they tell me to do Don’t you know I can’t tell you how to make it go No matter what I do, how hard I try I can’t seem to convince myself why I’m stuck on the inside Shane A sells The Big Issue at various locations in Brisbane. WRONG WAY, GO BACK! My pitch is close to the hotel where One Direction were staying when they came to Sydney. I’ve never seen so many schoolgirls going in the wrong direction on their way to school. Athol sells The Big Issue at David Jones, cnr of Elizabeth and Market Sts, Sydney. wonderful customers, who have been such an important support network for me. Thank you, also, to everyone who smiles and says “g’day” when they walk past. Your support means more to me than you will ever know. Cindy sells The Big Issue at various locations in Brisbane. BY MYSELF What do I do to ignore them behind me Do I follow my instincts blindly Do I hide my pride from these bad dreams And give into sad thoughts that are maddening Do I sit here and try to stand it Or do I try to catch them red-handed Do I trust some and get fooled by phonies Or do I trust nobody and live in loneliness Because I can’t hold on when I’m stretched so thin I make the right moves, but I’m lost within I put on my daily face, but then I just end up getting hurt again If I turn my back I’m defenceless And to go blindly seems senseless IfIhidemyprideandletitallgoon They’ll take from me until everything is gone IT’S NOT EVERY DAY YOU GET THE CHANCE TO RUB SHOULDERS WITH A VIP, BUT FEDERAL OPPOSITION LEADER BILL SHORTEN WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO SCORE A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY WITH THE BIG ISSUE’S ADAM WHILE OUT AND ABOUT IN MELBOURNE IN EARLY JANUARY. ADAM IS RENOWNED IN MELBOURNE FOR HIS RHYMING BIG ISSUE SPRUIKS. HE SELLS THE MAGAZINE AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS AROUND THE MELBOURNE CBD.