The Big Issue : Edition 453
THEBIGISSUE7–20MAR2014 7 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 TWEET SUCCESS I would like to thank all of the customers who supported Big Issue vendors at the Street Football Festival last January, and special thanks to those who have been re-tweeting me (@adamrushmer) on Twitter. Adam sells The Big Issue on the corner of York and Market Streets, Sydney. AN ALTERED STATE He did keep one eye open when he would sleep As he was aware of any ill feeling he might reap While bereft of a smile He had taken things to see a lot as it ain’t And his mind had gone all strange A bit like wet paint So from remorse of what he had done His life was no longer any fun Owen has sold The Big Issue at various locations in Melbourne. FEEDBACK I have to say whoever came up with putting The Muppets on the cover [Ed#451] and calling it ‘Oscar’s Edition’ deserves a handshake! But enough about that; I have some historical trivia. Did you know there’s another American icon who has starred in many movies yet has never complained like Miss Piggy about not receiving awards. Do you know who she is? The Statue of Liberty! Frank sells The Big Issue at St Georges Terrace, Perth. A TASTY JOKE A circus came to the jungle and two cannibals kidnapped the clown. When they were eating him for dinner that night one said, “Does this taste funny to you?” Bob S sells The Big Issue on the corner of Park and Castlereagh Streets, Sydney. YOU HEARD RIGHT I was standing behind a fellow waiting to get a rail ticket. The fellow asked for a one-way ticket to Jeopardy. The confused seller said, “I can’t find anywhere called Jeopardy on our system!” The man said, “There must be. I just heard on the radio there are 500 jobs in Jeopardy.” Boom Boom! Andrew W sells The Big Issue in Potts Point, Sydney. THE BIRD The bird had been following the cat all summer, teasing it and mocking it. The cat crawled under the Kingswood, its tail like an electric wire, its thoughts were all evil, and its thoughts were all on the bird. Yesterday the cat walked calmly up the drive with the bird in its mouth, wings wide and beautifully coloured. It was no longer mocking; it was praying. But the cat was not interested in bargains. Its patience had run out. It crawled back under the Kingswood with the bird. Summer was over. Steve B sells The Big Issue at Melbourne Central. LOVE, PRIDE...AND RABBITS My name is Jessica. I have been selling The Big Issue for six months now. It has given me self-respect and has brought me closer to my family including my mother and stepfather. They’re really proudoftheworkIdo.Iliketobe appreciated, as anyone does, and I hope I can continue to grow with the help of relationships I make with people every day while I’m selling. Love is a funny thing: it is like a bunny, it goes up and down, and all around. Love hurts! Jessica sells The Big Issue at the Art Gallery of WA concourse, Perth. FAREWELL, M ITCH The Melbourne office has lost a popular vendor, Mitch, who died last month after a two-year battle with cancer. Mitch, who starred on the Ed#400 cover, was a young, lively, caring and sensitive person who lived life at high speed. Victorian state operations manager, Gemma Pidutti, recalls: “Mitch would often come into the office before he headed off to work. He’d sit down and chat to staff and vendors, making us laugh. He was so animated and talkative it was virtually impossible to get a word in! Over the two years Mitch was in and out of hospital, he would still pop in to say hi when he was feeling strong enough. Mitch enjoyed selling the mag and the conversations he had with his regular customers. He also formed close bonds with many vendors, who were uplifted by his energy. He brightened our office and will be greatly missed.” See ‘Your Say’ for another tribute. STREETSHEET Stories, poems and Big Issue vendors pictures by and friends HELP YOU CAN BANK ON A BIG thank you to all the people who came to sell with me from Westpac and NAB, and a big thank you to the people from The Big Issue who helped organise the event during Vendor Week last month. Most grateful. Dianne sells The Big Issue at Melbourne Central.