The Big Issue : Edition 455
10 THEBIGISSUE4–17APR2014 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 • website thebigissue.org.au/your-say/ $6 No 454 21Mar–3Apr2014 OUT IN THE COLD When a car is home HELPING PEOPLE HE LP THEMSELVES $3 of the cover price goes to your vendor ELLYSE PERRY AND THE UNEQUAL WORLD OF WOMEN’S SPORT LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT I decided to have a treat at the end of a bicycle ride – coffee and cake at Brunetti, the wonderful coffee shop in Carlton, Melbourne. When I arrived, I suddenly realised that I didn’t have a bike lock, and wondered what I could do. The man selling The Big Issue outside Brunetti saw my dilemma and offered to look after the bicycle. So I bought him a coffee and cake (“Not too hard, I haven’t got any teeth. See!” – and he opened his mouth). He enjoyed the coffee, but broke the cake in half and took one half to another Big Issue seller across the road. I was moved that he shared what little he had. Coralie, via email Sounds like you’re talking about Craig. He’s famous for his Big Issue spruiks as well as his generosity. - Ed Confession: I am always happy to buy The Big Issue, though sometimes I skim over articles or pass on the magazine after I’ve read the film and book reviews and the vendors’ contributions. But in Ed#453 there were many articles of extreme interest to me! The Rolling Stones cover story (I’m 77); the column on Holocaust-survivor pianist Alice Herz- Sommer’s death at 110 (I saw a video about her recently); the ‘Yooralla’s Disability Debate’ advertisement (I have a wonderful granddaughter with a disability); the ‘Culture Bites’ piece on teeth and beauty (another granddaughter is enduring braces on her teeth). Then there was Betty Birskys’ piece, ‘Befuddled by Figures’, on her bewilderment over the widening gap in economic inequality and Fiona Scott-Norman’s distress over Religious Education in secular schools. In terms of the arts pages: I listened to author Rabih Alameddine at Adelaide Writers Week a few days ago, I am taking my grandkids to see The Wind Rises, and I’m taking myself to see Tracks, Gloria and Tom E Lewis in The Shadow King! Maybe I should have paid more than $6 for this edition of The Big Issue. Julanne Sweeney, Eden Hills, SA @albytweets Excellent Ricky French [column] in @thebigissue on @monamuseum “Fact: white people arrived in Tas in 2 waves – early 1800s & 2011 to present” @MattMEsq Read @wallendoug’s story on the Stones in @thebigissue #453. Succinct & insightful, great for the uninitiated. @KtKinM Love @thebigissue article on #EllysePerry. Inspiring sportswoman, fantastic story. @DianahMieg A pleasure to meet @thebigissue vendor Rob & his mate Ella in @ rundlemall [Adelaide] today. FACEBOOK FRIENDS Trevor M-C I am so glad that a former customer of mine, Tanya, was selected as ‘letter of the fortnight’ in ‘Your Say’ in Ed#454. A big thank you, also, for the goodwill and encouragement I have received from people everywhere since my ‘Vendor Profile’ in The Big Issue (Ed#453). The last edition, Ed#454, had Rob as the headline vendor. What a story, he is such an inspiration. Thank you, Rob from Perth. HELPING EACH OTHER OUT Barbara Nicholson wrote a poignant article, ‘The Big Shift’ (My Word; Ed#454) in which she outlined the satisfaction she has gained in helping the less fortunate in society. I am someone who incurs erratic periods of employment and so my income fluctuates dramatically. Barbara stated that poverty is socially isolating. It is. Being unemployed is a very alienating experience. I know I tend to cocoon myself during periods of unemployment, although it simply makes everything seem worse. There is no shame in seeking help. We need to help each other when times are tough. Linda Carol, Lane Cove, NSW Linda wins a copy of Rectify: Season One (see our review on p39).