The Big Issue : Edition 480
THEBIGISSUE20MAR–2APR2015 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 HELPING HAND I’d like to thank, most sincerely, my customer, Rebecca, for her kindness. A month ago, someone stole my backpack when I was working. She overheard me telling my friend about what had happened earlier that morning, and later that day Rebecca brought me a brand new bag! I don’t have too many people to help me out very often, and I’m truly grateful for what she’s done for me. Thanks again, Rebecca. Kevin S sells The Big Issue at Queens Plaza, Brisbane. KIDS RULE! At The Big Issue Street Football Festival in Sydney last January there were two kids trying to busk. A while later they came up to me with a handful of coins and said: “This is for the homeless.” It made my day. A little act of kindness goes a long way. A big thank you. Dave S sells The Big Issue at Newtown and Parramatta, Sydney. DOGGED ENVY Being ‘out dressed’ by a dog is humiliating. In winter, I rock up in my trackie daks, mismatched shoes and crocheted hat. Meanwhile the elite canines strut down the runway... er...Dundas Street, looking spiffy in glorious onesies, capes and leather jackets. I fantasise about having them copied in my shape. It’s not so bad in summer while they run around in mufti, but come winter I will have to cope with Eloise – her diamante collar and pudgy body stuffed into pink satin. She’ll roll her eyes at me. I want to bite her!! Mariann sells The Big Issue in Albert Park, Melbourne. GOOD REASONS I like selling The Big Issue. It’s a magazine that explains things in simple terms. It’s easy to understand and doesn’t create conflict. The Big Issue has everything from political solutions to poetry. Eterio sells The Big Issue on George and Quay Sts, Sydney. WORKING HOLIDAY This summer I went to Brisbane. I caught up with heaps of friends. I want to say thank you to staff of The Big Issue in Brisbane for letting me work there. Then I went up to Mackay and I saw my brother, Ron, and I went to Citi Beach volleyball and I caught up with everyone there. Michael F sells The Big Issue in North Melbourne. SITUATION OVERLOADED Transportation suspended People showing aggravation Carriage overcrowded Oxygen gone Not enjoying suffocation Within the thermometer The stress is rising Circuits shorting out The alarm bell ringing So I realise now It’s plain and simple Put it down to A situation overloaded Norm sells The Big Issue in the buskers’ tunnel at Central Station, Brisbane. POLITICAL COMMENT Big changes in the State of Queensland. ‘Can Do Campbell’ is gone. Better with Palaszczuk. There’s hope and optimism after the damage the LNP has done. Cheers for the victory. Ted J sells The Big Issue at West End, Brisbane. FREE MIND My flower just bloomed in the giant fort That particular giant purposely tortured the flower After escaping from the giant I saw a beautiful garden after crossing the sea In that garden my flower also wished to bloom along with them However the gardener declined to allow this However that life is waiting for an opportunity In the garden that doubt is waiting When can this bloom along with the other flowers? That sad feeling is waiting for the opportunity Shantosh is an asylum seeker from Sri Lanka. He is unable to return home and is hoping to live in Australia, be safe and work towards building a new life. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends Brisbane vendor Cindy doesn’t get many opportunities to dress up in her Harry Potter gear, specs and all. But it made perfect sense with Emma Watson on the cover of Ed#479. Cindy sells across Brisbane: at the Creek St end of Central Station, Kelvin Grove, Sherwood (Sat) and the Boggo Road Markets (Sun).