The Big Issue : Edition 580
FOOD FOR THOUGHT WHEN MEGHAN MARKLE visited the Woodley family farm outside Dubbo last October, she won them over with banana bread she’d whipped up the night before. Taste-testers reported that Meghan’s recipe made with choc-chips and ginger was “rather nice”. “She said if you go to someone’s house you always bring something, so she did,” Benita Woodley told The Daily Telegraph. There is something special about sharing a meal and favourite recipes. It’s this unifying power of food that informs our regular Tastes Like Home column. While our request for Meghan’s banana loaf recipe was politely declined, it turns out the Duchess was working on a non-profit cookbook with a collective of women from Hubb Community Kitchen. These women are survivors of the Grenfell Tower fires in London, where 72 lives were lost and hundreds were left homeless. Together, they have not only helped to feed their community, they have also provided a sense of home, of hope (p14). Closer to home, contributing editor Anastasia Safioleas visits community kitchens that are making a real difference to those who need it most. Grenfell, a social-housing block, has become a symbol of a divided Britain, of class and race. It highlights the importance not only of social housing, but also what Big Issue UK founder John Bird has dubbed “sociable” housing: providing people with more than a roof over their heads; building communities without borders to help people build better lives. It’s also a reminder that Australia has a chronic shortage of affordable and social housing. More than 116,000 Australians are homeless, and almost 195,000 people are on the waiting list for social housing across the country. And the problem is projected to increase to a shortage of more than 600,000 homes by 2030 due to a severe lack of funding. Amy Hetherington, Editor » ‘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. YOUR SAY ED’S LETTER A BIG FIRST Today I bought my first ever issue of The Big Issue magazine. I was at the Queen Victoria Market and noticed a lovely vendor. She was super friendly, waving, smiling and greeting everyone who walked past. I stopped for a chat and loved her positivity. Her name is Sue. I am looking forward to reading my first issue this weekend. Keep up the good work! Theary Touch, North Melbourne, Vic child – but the new app is great. So are trains and planes, to visit friends. But people are the heartland; from family to friends to random talks with Big Issue vendors. All our hopes and stories, connected through eyes and voices. Maybe I am a Luddite. Veronica Hearn, Forth, Tas Gerry used to sell The Big Issue at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills. It was a great surprise to see his face on the back cover of Ed#577. With his cheeky grin and Kiwi accent, he was well known. I do hope Melbourne turned out well for him. Rosemary Drabsch, Stirling, SA The excellent article by Fiona Scott- Norman ‘Death Sentience’ in Ed#578 carefully stepped around the elephant in the room (another endangered species). The two big levers we can apply to make the world a better place would allow us to adjust human behaviour and reduce human numbers. Fiona rightly and wittily focuses on the first lever. But adding 85 million to human numbers every year is the big issue. Most of those 85 million want a higher standard of living than that which they have been born into. Big problem for our beleaguered planet. When will progressive people step up to this issue and talk about it? Gordon Payne, South Fremantle, WA Scurrying between country and suburban Perth trains I see The Big Issue! I love meeting vendors. Quick chat. It’s the last copy! Laughing on the train at calendar cartoons. Technology is ying and yang for this 69-year-old Happy days! All the Your Say letter writers published in this edition win a double pass to the Vincent van Gogh biopic At Eternity’s Gate, starring Willem Dafoe. See the review p38. COVER #580 MEGHAN MARKLE PHOTO BY GETTY THE BIG ISSUE USES MACQUARIE DICTIONARY AS OUR REFERENCE. MACQUARIEDICTIONARY.COM.AU Next edition’s Letter of the Fortnight will win a copy of Together: Our Community Cookbook by the women from Hubb Community Kitchen (Penguin Random House Australia). See our story on p14. For your chance to win, send your thoughts, feedback and stories to email@example.com.