The Big Issue : Edition 459
10 THE BIG ISSUE 23 MAY – 5 JUNE 2014 LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT 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 458 9–22May2014 Brian Cox The wonders of his universe Friction HELPING PEOPLE HELP THEMSELVES $3 of the cover price goes to your vendor Who has the answers? I was both sad and happy to be given insight into a day in Todd Chesterman’s life (‘Situation Wanted’, Ed#456). Sad that despite all efforts at finding work, there seems to be no decently paid work for him. Happy, though, to know that he has the courage to tell us readers about his life and his energy in cycling to the job centre in surmounting adversity. I think, though, he might reassess his fleeting desire to be a boat person considering the recent ‘Four Corners’ TV program on the riots and payback on Manus Island detention centre. Your magazine continues to delight and inspire me. Anne Parnis, Glenelg, SA Having been away, I recently read five back editions of The Big Issue. I really enjoyed the high standard of journalism in the editorials, reviews and some articles. But I’m disappointed to see the reappearance of offensive anti-Christian rhetoric by some of your writers. If you’re going to have a stab at the Christian faith, at least try being intelligent about it. Fiona Scott- Norman’s ‘Culture Police’ in Ed#453 (‘Faith No More’) is an example of Jesus-bashing. Many of your readers and supporters are Christians. Faith in Jesus gives their lives meaning and purpose – not to mention an inclination to be generous and caring. Why would you want to insult and offend them? Talk about biting the hand that feeds the needy! Dominic Charles, Langwarrin, Vic Unlike ‘Pelayia, via email’ (‘Your Say’, Ed#457), I enjoyed Fiona Scott- Norman’s ‘Faith No More’ column in Ed#453. For that matter, I always enjoy Fiona’s columns. I often put exclamation points next to her very clever turns of phrase! Her column is one of the reasons I always purchase The Big Issue. For context: I’m a Christian, too (former Lutheran, turned Anglican). Both Pelayia and TRUSTY STAPLES The Big Issue Ed#456 was wonderful. The cartoon in ‘Hearsay’ by Andrew Weldon was hilarious. I love seeing people’s appreciation of the magazine in ‘Your Say’ but I have noticed that the staples are often overlooked. People often forget to mention columnists Ricky French, Helen Razer and Fiona Scott-Norman. Well, I am here to do exactly that. ‘Over that Rainbow’ has probably been Helen’s best article to date. So articulate in her metaphors, so jaded that she makes it an endearing vice, and so intelligent and witty that I feel like she is extracting thoughts from my head and putting them to paper. You’re brilliant, Helen. Don’t ever change. Love your work. Jessica Mary Darroch, Subiaco, WA PS. To everyone else at The Big Issue: you do all right, too, I guess. Jessica wins a copy of Veep: Season 2 (see our review on p37). @NicReiss @FScottNorman Loved your ‘Pomp & Uncircumstance’ piece in @thebigissue no 456. Keep up the excellent work! Fiona are entitled to their opinions and I doubt that Fiona’s article would turn people away from Christianity any more than Pelayia’s letter would turn people towards it. Gye Greene, Brisbane, Qld ROB’S BALI BOUND The response to the ‘Vendor Profile’ on Rob from Perth (Ed#454) has been incredible. In Rob’s interview, he mentioned that he’d love to travel to Bali one day. Since then, we’ve had a lot of people contacting The Big Issue – and Rob, directly – to offer their assistance in making the holiday happen. His supporters have come from all walks of life, including people from local businesses, government departments, multinationals and individuals. Two of Rob’s regular customers, Don and Gerald, facilitated a group fundraising effort to purchase plane tickets and accommodation. This generous gift was presented to Rob on 2 May at a reception at Abacus Rent-it in Victoria Park, Perth. Rob will travel to Bali in December this year. Photograph of Rob at his reception by Samantha Baron.