The Big Issue : Edition 477
10 THEBIGISSUE6–19FEB2015 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/ I love the puzzles. Secondly, I was disappointed to open my first ever Big Issue calendar and find that the weeks start with Monday. I prefer my calendar weeks to start on Sunday as I write appointments, work shifts etc there. And by the time I get given one or two calendars for Christmas, I will choose the ones with weeks starting with Sunday. Despite this, however, I did enjoy the photos and bios of vendors and their pets. Janine Francis, Wandana Heights, Vic Lucy Nelson’s article ‘Stale Mate’ [Ed#476] coolly examines Nick Dyrenfurth’s book on the topic of ‘mateship’, which itself no doubt takes a calm, collected, and privileged look at this phenomenon. Ah, the Anzacs. We look to these young white men for inspiration; mascots of unity from a time when women were considered servants and the First Peoples domestic animals. No politician of today invokes ‘mateship’ to campaign for the rights of our sex workers or transgender youth. It’s still all about those young white men. Unity is a worthy cause indeed, but is that really what this ‘mateship’ thing is all about? Matthew Lynn, Yeronga, Qld FACEBOOK FRIENDS Christine Martin I wanted to thank Nemo, the Big Issue seller on the corner of King and George Streets, Sydney. I purchase the magazine regularly from Nemo and we always have a chat. If I’m running late after work, I often catch a taxi home and Nemo will hail one for me from around the corner. This is a great help as you can wait and wait for a vacant cab. Response from Nemo: It’s just the normal thing to do. I see Christine come out of the office sometimes with groceries so I want to help her, like she helps me. That’s just what you do. GREAT WORK I hadn’t purchased a copy of The Big Issue for several years, as there are no vendors in my area and these days I’m not travelling to Sydney as much. But I bought a copy during a recent trip to Adelaide. The writing in the Christmas edition (Ed#473) was brilliant and I had many laughs. The vendors’ comments (in ‘Still Smiling’) were food for thought, too. I have taken out a subscription today. Congratulations, keep up the brilliant work you all do, and good luck to your vendors and the women working in the subscription enterprise project. Best wishes for 2015. Carol Cruikshank, Lake Illawarra, NSW Carol wins a copy of A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (see our review on p41). For more information on subscribing to The Big Issue through our Women’s Subscription Enterprise, see p47 or visit thebigissue.org.au. Firstly, well done with the mag. My daughter introduced me to it years ago and I confess that up until then I had politely declined to buy The Big Issue. I wrongly assumed it was politically oriented. Anyway, it’s the best $6 I spend each fortnight and Prudence Pole Only just read Mariann Biron’s short story, ‘Prelude to a Finale’ in the 2014 Christmas edition [Ed#473]. I really enjoyed her writing and the mention of her character’s trichotillomania (hair-pulling). This disorder doesn’t get much coverage. Thank you! Jess Newell In my lunch break today I popped into Rundle Mall, Adelaide. I walked past a Big Issue vendor outside David Jones and made a mental note to pick up a copy of the latest edition from him on my way back. When I returned, I was greeted by the biggest smile I had seen all day – “You walked by before, didn’t you, love?” – before he proceeded to compliment me on my smile. This lovely gentleman has no idea how much he brightened my day. I was still smiling as I walked back into the office, and loved reading the magazine on the bus ride home. Thank you for all you do, The Big Issue! @JSternberg1 Just got my @thebigissue 2015 calendar autographed by my local vendor, Cindy, and her mate Sunshine [a cockatiel]! @PrueGildea Purchased @thebigissue from the lovely Scott, cnr Swanston and Flinders. Turns out I’m his first customer in Melbourne. Go and visit him!