The Big Issue : Edition 455
THEBIGISSUE4–17APR2014 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 STREETSHEET Stories, poems and Big Issue vendors pictures by and friends MICRO WORKS OF ART BY QUEENSLAND VENDOR STEPHEN (SEE BELOW) COFFEE-DRINKING SNOB Coffee-drinking snob That’s what I am I love my coffee hot With love from some But not from others Who don’t love coffee? I’m no toffee I know I love my coffee I tip the waiter But not the poor And uncaring That’s what makes me A coffee-drinking snob I work to pay my bills I try to help environmental ills I’m a fair-trade coffee-drinker But in my own state and country I try not to worry about the poor In this country they are on welfare I don’t care too much As long as I can afford my coffee If that makes me a coffee-drinking snob, Then so be it. Daniel K sells The Big Issue outside Cibo, cnr of Rundle and Frome Sts, Adelaide. BIG WEEKEND A generous lady left a property at Collaroy Beach to the Salvos. We are heading there for the weekend and we are going to watch a 3D movie and have supper. On Saturday there will be group activities with the Salvos and a fancy- dress night. I think I am going to turn my shirt back-to-front. It’s going to be fun! Mark JW sells The Big Issue outside the 7-Eleven, cnr of York and Barrack St, Sydney. MATCHBOX MASTER I started in the world of art when I was living in Paddington. I was living with a friend, Chris, and he used to collect junk! He was also into abstract art. A while later, I went to Tamworth Country Music Festival and met some professional artists. One day during the festival, I was in an old milk bar and I heard two fellows talking about a show that they had on the next day. I went and had a look and that is how I met the artist Reg Mombassa. The show was called Everything Guitar. The next year I got involved and made a skateboard guitar. I had that on show for seven years. My latest works of art are tiny pieces that can fit into matchboxes. I have made about 14 pieces all up. It’s a lot of fun. Stephen sells The Big Issue at Eumundi Markets on the Sunshine Coast, Qld. FOR GRANDMA You pick up where my grandparents left off Like you really are her come back in the flesh Even looking like her in many ways as the Memory of my nan is twenty years old But you have crept quietly in my life And made a place there Thanks, Grandma, for being you You are fabulous. I love the way you work. May God bless you all your life long. May you live well and prosper. Sharon sells The Big Issue on the cnr of Swanston St and Flinders Lane, Melbourne. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANBERRA! The Big Issue’s Canberra office is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Way back in March 2004, when John Howard (remember him?) was still PM, the first magazines were sold in the national capital. The official launch was on 20 April 2004. Happy birthday, and congratulations, to all vendors and staff. BREAKING IT DOWN People keep coming up to me and asking, “Where does the money go?” Some people think that we Big Issue vendors are all drunks, bums or addicts...or all three! That’s why they sometimes don’t want to buy from me. I explain to them that I get three dollars from each sale, and that the rest of the money goes to publishing the mag and to making the whole Big Issue system work better, so that other people like me can get a chance to meet people and make money. It’s a real shame that people still don’t know who we are. James sells The Big Issue at Civic, Woden and Tuggeranong, Canberra.