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The Big Issue 24-08-20

The Big Issue is one of Britain’s leading news and cultural magazines. Every week’s edition is packed full of original takes on the biggest issues of the day as well as interviews with the most significant figures in politics and entertainment. The Big Issue was founded 1991 to give people experiencing homelessness the opportunity to earn their own income. We continue to support hundreds of vendors across the UK and all proceeds from sales go to help anyone wanting to lift themselves out of poverty.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
Frequency:
Weekly
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
action is needed now roar for rora

This week marks a key and treacherous moment for people already financially struggling as a result of Covid. In England, the moratorium on evictions for rents was set to end on August 23. This threatened to bring countless people into homelessness through no fault of their own. Wales and Scotland extended provision to protect renters from eviction. As we went to print it remained unclear if Westminster would follow suit. At the same time, the furlough scheme clock ticked down. More than nine million people have been on furlough, allowing them to stay in employment and keep heads above water. As redundancies in all sectors grow, so do fears. It has hit jobs from manufacturing and retail, to entertainment, aviation and hospitality. Nowhere is immune. The heartbreaking reality of Covid’s toll on previously…

7 min.
‘vulnerable children must not be forgotten’

Suzanne Lavigne’s* landlord warned her in June that she would face eviction from her West London flat. Shielding since February, the single mum, 45, says that the lifting of the eviction ban could be a matter of life and death for her 15-year-old daughter, who has complex medical needs *name changed I have been in this small one-bedroom flat for 15 years since my daughter was born. She hasn’t known any other place. The prospect for her of changing and losing that network of neighbours that we rely on – how can we replicate that at the moment? I am totally panicking about the eviction ban. My landlord sent me a message in June to say that when the ban is lifted he would terminate our contract and I should look for…

3 min.
the big list. easing out of lockdown

VISUAL ALBUM Beck and Nasa blast into Hyperspace He’s always been out of this world as musicians go has Beck Hansen, but never so literally until now. The genre-clashing Californian has collaborated with Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to create a unique visual counterpart to his acclaimed 2019 album Hyperspace, utilising visuals from actual space missions re-rendered in trippy, hyper-real ways through revolutionary AI techniques. You can watch the full thing for free now on YouTube by searching #Hyperspace2020. beck.to/Hyperspace2020 PHOTOGRAPHY A charity print by Larry Fink celebrates the March on Washington Taking place on August 28 1963 and climaxing with Dr Martin Luther King’s epochal I Have A Dream speech, the biggest political event ever mobilised by African-Americans saw 250,000 people including Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando, Judy Garland and Sammy Davis, Jr march on Washington to…

1 min.
big issue bikes

HOW TO KEEP YOUR GEARS FINELY TUNED Keeping your gears in good shape is vital and can save you money in the long run. If you find your gears are slipping or jumping, all you need to do is turn the barrel adjuster little sleeve that holds the business end of your gear cable. Move it a quarter turn at a time. This adjusts the cable tension. If that fails, there are two screws (one pushes and the other pulls) and these also help with fine tuning greatly. These adjust the position of your derailleur, which some bikes have on front as well as back. And of course, if you’re doing that don’t forget a little oil or lube (never WD40 because this eats your bearings). It waterproofs your bearings and keeps everything…

1 min.
platform.

VENDOR RETURN VENDORS: Not all vendors have been able to return to their pitches at once. Health issues mean some are shielding and areas of the country are subject to local lockdowns. We will continue to support vendors who need help until they can sell again. PPE: Safety is key, we do not want to risk any vendor or customer’s health. So we have provided ‘Welcome Back Packs’ for each vendor that include masks, gloves, sanitiser and wipes. Vendors will also be given waterproof bags to safely store magazines. PITCHES: Some pitches may have moved, depending on local safety measures and circumstances. A large number of vendors will now be offering contactless payment, but they will continue to accept cash – there is no indication that handling cash or magazines will transmit the…

4 min.
vendor experts

Dizzy heights Oh if only we had a Richard here in Snowdonia [Vendor Expert, August 10], in fact we could clone him, several Richard figures would come in handy. I am sure the Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team, the air ambulance and many more besides would be overwhelmed with grateful thanks. Just when you think visitors can’t possibly get any dafter, another half a dozen decide it might be a good idea to “pop up Tryfan” for a poodle around, in shorts, plimsolls and half a battery between them. You think I am jesting, well maybe a tad but seriously, that small but infinitely essential ‘backpack check’ could mean, quite literally the difference between an enjoyable, well thought-out hike and an eight-man search and rescue operation into the night using sniffer dogs,…