The Big Issue : Edition 484
10 THE BIG ISSUE 15 – 28 MAY 2015 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/ I was distressed to learn of the death of Daniel, whose pitch was on the corner of Swanston and Little Collins in Melbourne. I bought The Big Issue from him regularly for a couple of years. Quiet, wise Daniel. We had many long conversations about life, health, kids and grandkids. I had missed him for quite a while and people who took up his pitch couldn’t shed light on his whereabouts. That all changed today when I found Mark there, on the same day Daniel’s death was announced in The Big Issue [in Streetsheet, Ed#482]. I am so sad, and will miss our friendship. I understand his partner was also a vendor, and would appreciate it if you could pass on my condolences to her. (He never told me her name – just “my partner” or “my lady”.) Truly, a light has gone from my life. That man taught me things I never knew, and grounded me whenever we spoke. The Big Issue works greater miracles than we can know. David Allen, Bayswater North, Victoria John, my Big Issue vendor, took my hand and kissed it today. As I walked away, beaming from our daily chat, a woman looked directly into my eyes with a smile just as big as mine. I like to think that her smile will catch on to the next person and soon the whole city will be lit. Sarah James, Perth, WA FACEBOOK FRIENDS Julie Campbell Love getting my Big Issue – great mag with real people selling them. Good work: all of The Big Issue team should be very, very proud. Sarah Colgan Great to see Melbourne’s Paul F in the Vendor Profile of Ed#481! Paul has been one of my regular vendors over the years, and has become a welcome familiar face in the city :-) I went with friends to the Newport Bowls Club, Victoria, to see Home Truths, an event that was part of the recent Melbourne Comedy Festival. I was bowled over by the short stand-up opener performed by Mariann B, a Big Issue vendor [the performance was also reviewed in Streetsheet, Ed#483]. It takes massive courage to do a stand-up routine, and this was her very first time. How many of us could walk up on stage, grab the microphone, look out at all those people staring at you (in silence), then be really very funny and not miss a beat with the patter? Not too many, I suspect. It was a funny routine. Well done, Mariann. We laughed a lot and admired you for your bravery and self worth to give it a go. Susie Anderson, Albert Park, Victoria Susie receives a copy of Why Make Sense? by Hot Chip. See the review on p37. Eating Potatoes Annette Perryman I bumped into [Big Issue vendor] Kerry-Anne today at the Adelaide Central Market near the Hilton Adelaide (her patch!) and had a quick conversation while I grabbed the latest edition. She is just like me: loves her family and enjoys having time to herself. Lovely lady – lovely chat. See you next time, Kerry-Anne. Simon Pariah Fiona Scott-Norman, you remind me of Phillip Adams, in so much as I almost always agree with you. Nevertheless, excessively fussy fuckers [as FSN discussed in Culture Police, Ed#481] still tend to shit me. FSN responds: The main difference between Phillip Adams and me is that my radio voice is deeper, but his is sexier. Charles Hoernemann Fiona Scott-Norman is AWESOME! Culture Police is always the first article I read as soon as I get hold of a new copy of The Big Issue. @RhodoraTIS14 @thebigissue @backstreetboys A must have magazine :-) @mcphailfp Enjoyed reading @thebigissue today. Story by @LuciaNardo [Ed#483] was touching. Thanks. @DuncanSilvey Really enjoying the copy of @thebigissue I bought today! I’ll be buying it more often from now on.