The Big Issue : Edition 453
10 THEBIGISSUE7–20MAR2014 FOR M ITCH Looking towards the night sky, the stars, the moon Wondering if there is a brighter star for each and every person lost today I look for the brightest star There has to be one, maybe even two Because today a wonderful person was taken So there has to be a huge bright star It’s for Mitch I will miss you as will many people Your smile, your gags and jokes Your laughter and your kindness Damn it. I will just miss your friendship RIP my friend, Mitch You are now at peace Taken too soon And that’s just not fair Cheryl and Cougar Mitch was a popular Big Issue vendor in Melbourne, who died in February. Cheryl (with Cougar the cat) is also a vendor. See ‘Streetsheet’ for more about Mitch. COMMON COURTESY Years ago, Big Issue sellers in Scotland (where I grew up) often had a bad reputation for being overly forthright and sometimes scary in their selling techniques. Because of this, my peers and I would often avoid them. My experience in Australia in the past 10 years has been completely the opposite. I love The Big Issue for the hand up it gives to those who may need it within our community, but I would also like to congratulate the vendors themselves for showing that, no matter your circumstances, basic manners and respect are virtues that work both ways. Catriona Fielke, Buninyong, Vic Catriona wins a copy of What, and Give up Showbiz? by Rusty Berther (See our review on p41). 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 The Bug Issue $6 No 452 21Feb–6Mar2014 HEALING HANDS Street medicine in WA HE LPI NG PEOPLE HELP THE MSE LVES $3 of the cover price goes to your vendor Presents... LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT A while back, you published a story about older children (unused to walking) in prams filled with treats and sugary drinks. Well, it’s now an epidemic. Witness the arrival of the ‘super-pram’, the pedestrian version of the four- wheel drive. They come in single or double-deck configuration, complete with veritable boot space for all that sales shopping. Yes, homes-away- from-homes hurtling down George Street, running over the thonged feet of unsuspecting crowds, while nurturing their occupants, aged anywhere between four and eight years, in the early stages of obesity and diabetes. Stuart Baanstra, Redfern, NSW Sadly your Ed#451 cover girl, Miss Piggy, missed out on the nominations for this year’s Oscars. But puppets and Muppets everywhere will be delighted that your magazine’s selections for the best films of the year were called the ‘Grouch Awards’ in honour of Oscar the Grouch, the sizzling star of Sesame Street. It’s a pity that you did not go a step further and nominate Oscar himself for the Best Actor award, which he clearly deserves. After all, every Grouch deserves the greatest reward. Jim Groutsch, Carlton, Vic FACEBOOK FRIENDS Nora Stewart Thanks Deborah Wardle for sharing a beautiful article (Ed#449, ‘Canvas and Cigarettes’) about your dad. I lost my dad early January, and had his funeral on 10 January, the magazine’s publication date. Your memories are hauntingly similar to my own. I am still on the roller-coaster that life becomes after this kind of loss. Thanks again for sharing beautiful memories. Louise Morrison Such a great crossword! Every time! :) Josh Pudd Just met Kylie at Woden, Canberra. What a lovely vendor! @CrLisaWoods Grabbed my copy of @thebigissue in Maryborough, Vic, this morning. The chap who sold it to me brightened my otherwise dreary day. Thanks! @janstewart Just bought the latest issue of @thebigissue at @VicMarket. Buy it, it’s good!