The Big Issue : Edition 467
10 THE BIG ISSUE 12 – 25 SEP 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 email@example.com • post The Big Issue, GPO Box 4911, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 • facebook The Big Issue Australia • twitter @thebigissue • website thebigissue.org.au/your-say/ so much to be grateful for: your own apartment in an area that you enjoy and a family to turn to. Where would any of us be without our families? Unfortunately, there are too many without this basic backup. Some find friends to fill this void. I think the fellowship within The Big Issue has created a bond between many vendors and helped them feel they are not alone. I’ve enjoyed reading your articles – your play with words in ‘On the Breadline’ and your addiction to chocolate. Now this: where your life is getting better. I hope it continues to do so and I look forward to reading more from you. Jeanette O’Brien, St Leonards, Vic I am intrigued by what Anna Salleh had to say. I didn’t read her letter because I rarely purchase The Big Issue these days. Since the new editor came in my vendor and I have noticed the focus moved towards entertainment, and I stopped reading. To me it became a waiting-room magazine. I bought Ed#465 because I saw an actual issue on the cover instead of an actor for a change. I hope this is the start of a shift back to the issues and not just a reaction to what Anna might have said. Pre Power, Brunswick, Vic Twelve years ago we moved from Sydney to the Central Coast (NSW) and haven’t seen a Big Issue in that time. I was delighted a couple of weeks ago to be able to buy a copy in Canberra. It contained a letter from a first-timer saying how expensive it was. I have to disagree most strenuously. It’s the only magazine I’ve ever read cover to cover, because it is jam-packed with interesting articles, unlike equally priced ‘women’s magazines’, which are full of advertising. Well done for producing such an interesting read. Rita Richards, Chittaway Bay, NSW Today I met Graham on my walk to work along Boundary Street in Spring Hill, Brisbane. Since moving just out of the CBD for work I don’t see vendors as often. So it was a welcome surprise when Graham popped up selling The Big Issue. He was a bit of a hustler, had an impressive mane of red hair and we chatted about Kevin Spacey, my upcoming move to London and the importance of getting out of the house for a walk each day. Just another example of how brief interactions between two strangers can leave you with a spring in your step and feeling more connected to those around you. Keep up the good work, Graham and The Big Issue. Anna Berry, Spring Hill, Qld Anna wins a copy of Helen Garner’s latest book, This House of Grief (see the review on p37). Dear Isabella Fels. In response to your article ‘Light & Shade’ (Ed #463), many of us have problems with peers and/or teachers. And if it’s not through being “a dark horse” then frequently other issues will pop up to isolate us from “the group” from time to time. Like you, I have frequently “put my foot in things” and years later still cringe at some of these incidents. But who hasn’t? You have FACEBOOK FRIENDS Emma Bartlett It’s always such a pleasure to be greeted by my local Big Issue vendor, John, every morning on my way to work. He always has a huge SMILE on his face. He brightens up my mornings. Many thanks to John and The Big Issue. Michele Dujardin What an uplifting story! Wishing Doug (Vendor Profile, Ed#462) many sales in the future and hoping that with time he’ll be able to reconnect with his son and enjoy being a granddad. @morlonbrondo I just subscribed to @thebigissue (which I didn’t even realise you could do) – subs provide jobs for women who pack them for distribution! @lancharlesduff @thebigissue Just to let you know I sell in Bath England and every time an Australian buys off me they all say you vendors down under are great. @kaseysymons Picked up the fab @thebigissue fiction edition from a seller at Parliament proudly wearing a @westernbulldogs scarf!